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Cameras that record images on film or a digital senor larger than 24x36mm (the size of 35mm film) but smaller than 4x5" (large format).

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What medium format film camera should an SLR guy look at?

Ok, I know the SLR world pretty well, I've owned Pentax, Canon, and now Nikon film SLRs, from the '80s to the naughties. But I know nothing about medium format cameras, so I need your advice! My ...
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Why invest in high end large- and medium-format digital cameras?

I've been reading about Hasselblad, Mamiya (medium format) and Sinar (large format), both offer lots and lots of megapixels and the frame format. On the other hand, I've been learning about concepts ...
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Affordable Entry Level Medium Format

I would like to do some medium format work. What is a cheap but good camera to start with. I have several 120 cameras but which would be a good camera to use
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Tests to determine the condition of a used medium format camera

I am shopping around for a used medium format Mamiya RB67 camera to broaden my horizons outside of the 'work' photography I do with my Canons. When I'm looking at a used body what are some specific ...
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Why doesn't a Medium Format camera exist with good performance at high ISO?

I have had a look at enough medium format offerings, but all the products seems to offer many megapixels and poor performance at high ISOs. Why doesn't a brand exist to offer slightly lower ...
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What are the differences between 120 film and 220 film?

Aside from the number of frames available on a roll, are there any differences between 120 film and 220 film?
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Medium Format Scanner

I have a 500CM Hasselblad medium format film camera that I shoot with Kodak Ektachrome color transparency slide film. It seems to me that the best medium format slide scanner around is the Nikon Super ...
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What benefit does Hasselblad have vs high-end Canon / Nikon?

When should one switch to Hasselblad vs. Canon 1DX or high-end Nikon ? Apart from the number of pixels, what do the cameras from that brand bring?
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What is shutter latency in a Phase One medium format camera?

What is shutter latency? The camera I'm using (medium format from Phase One) has the option to set the shutter latency to short or long — what's the difference between the two and when would I use ...
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Loss of detail in high key areas?

Lately I took a few pictures from quite bright things with a Nikon D700. Even though I did not overexpose them by at least 2/3rds of a stop, the pictures lacked a lot of details in high key. Later on ...
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What's the formula for f-stop equivalence between different sensor sizes?

The famous Group f/64, to which Ansel Adams and several other prominent photographers of that day belonged, were named that because of the f-stop: The term f/64 refers to a small aperture setting ...
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Medium format starter kit for “playing with”

Ive been doing digital photography for quite a long time, I dropped into it right at the start of the "Digital Revolution" back in the mid ninety's, and due to the "free" nature of digital (ie no ...
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What should I look for in a tripod for medium format landscape photography?

I've recently bought my first medium format camera (Bronica ETRs), but before I go out taking landscape pictures I'm in desperate need of a tripod that can support it. My requirements: Weight is ...
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Why are medium format cameras used primarily in good lighting conditions?

It seems that Medium Format cameras are geared towards studio work (although it seems that there are also landscape photographers who shoot with them). Which aspects make the other systems (DSLRs, ...
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What are Medium Format and Large Format cameras?

What are they and what are they used for? And how are they different from regular SLR or DLSR cameras?
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Mamiya 645AF *not* Digital: Can A Digital Back Be Attached?

I was poking through my "old gear" -- you know, the stuff that started collecting dust as soon as digital SLRs became viable? -- and dug out my Mamiya 645AF. I forgot what a wonderful experience ...
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What lenses can I use to build a DIY tilt/shift lens for a Nikon DX body?

I've found an awesome description for how to build your own tilt/shift lens (http://www.creativepro.com/article/build-a-tilt-shift-camera-lens-peanuts) that mentions using, for example, a lens for the ...
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Help identifying a camera during the London Olympics games 2012

During the final competition of the individual all-around gymnastics (won by Gabby Douglas) I noticed a photographer (if memory doesn't fail me, he was placed behind the russian team) with a very ...
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Is there anything in medium format systems which can beat pro-level 35mm digital with fast lenses in low light?

When someone wants to compliment a 35mm sensor, he can say that it's [almost] as good as medium format. Medium format appears to be the gold standard where image quality is concerned. But. I'm ...
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How do I test if my Mamiya RZ67 is working?

I have acquired a second hand Mamiya RZ67 Professional (Not 2) body for very cheap. to clarify it is just the body with no focusing screen, no film back, no viewfinder, no lens. I did put a new ...
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Do lenses need to be made with more precision for Hasselblad's 60MPix camera?

One of Hasselblad's cameras has a Double-Full-Frame sensor. Does that mean that the lenses needed for it are incredibly complex to build (to have a sharp, high quality, abberation free image on the ...
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What is a reasonable amount to pay for 120 b&w processing?

My preferred local lab charges $20 to process a roll of black & white 120 film and print a contact sheet. This feels high. Is this price reasonable given the base expenses plus the time and ...
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Why are medium format cameras considered superior? [duplicate]

It is widely believed, that medium format delivers better image quality. Because, as they say, size matters. But. According to this article , 1DX pixels are physically larger than pixels in Leica S2 ...
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Konica Omega Rapid Viewfinder usage

This is the view through the viewfinder. Im confused by it and where Im supposed to frame my shot with it. As you focus, the lines change for parallax correction apparently. I don't get what is meant ...
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Why choose Digital Medium Format over high end DSLR? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand why the company I work got a medium format Phase One camera to take photos for their website. The person who ordered it has left, so we don't know their reasoning, but I ...
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What are some of the implications of using a medium-format lens on a DSLR?

Medium format lenses can be used on DSLRs via tilt/shift-adapters (Mirex, Zoerk, etc.). A medium format lens with a focal length of, for example, 80mm, has as equivalent focal length on small format ...
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Canon TS-E 24mm vs Hasselblad Tilt-Shift adapter

Our studio just purchased a new Hasselblad H4D (don't ask why & don't ask how much it cost) with some lenses and a tilt-shift adapter. OTOH, since I'm mostly photojournalist I'm considering to ...
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About Raw file format of Hasselblad H5D

We have a very good image manager which reads the Hasselblad H4D raw files and I want to ask some questions: Does someone know if the RAW format of Hassy H5D is the same with the H4D? IOW, if we can ...
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Are older Hasselblad H series cameras worth investing in?

I have been looking at getting a medium format camera for a while, and I particularly want a Hasselblad (I know it's a brand thing). What are the pros and cons of the V series (e.g. 503CW) vs the ...
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Affordable Medium Format SLR? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Affordable Entry Level Medium Format Affordable medium format film SLR?