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For medium format photographers who primarily shoot with film, we all know about the Kiev 88. Love them or hate them, they were Russian clones of Hasselblad cameras that had lots of quirks to them. However, they were very capable of creating beautiful photos. If you were ever curious about what goes into a medium format SLR and how they differ from 35mm, then this video will show you everything you want to know in its cool stop motion format.

– Hat tip to Jeroen Tissen for sharing this on our Facebook wall

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Full frame, APS-C and 1/2.3

A blog post that published recently was the source of a bit of confusion for some, so we decided to explain how it all works. But when this subject is talked about, it is often talked about only in terms of full frame 35mm imaging sensors, APS-C sensors and Four Thirds sensors.

Crop factor and apertures/depth of field absolutely totally correlate in many ways and therefore also greatly affect the way that the image that you create will look. For many photographers, this is the biggest determining factor of the type of camera and sensor/film they will use.

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All images by Drew English. Used with permission.

I’m not afraid of people. I’m not afraid of talking to total strangers. But for years I have had an aversion to approaching people on the street and getting them to participate in my creative process point blank. Living in New York City, you’re consistently surrounded by seemingly unlimited human diversity, which I find very artistically inspiring. My eye is often drawn to an interesting face, look or style and my knee-jerk reaction is a desire to capture their portrait. Unfortunately, my nerves always held me back and I have missed out on countless opportunities.

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julius motal the phoblographer darkroom photo essay-15

If you ask most photographers in Istanbul about where you can find a good darkroom, they’ll tell you to talk to Taylan Bağcı. He’s got a darkroom on the second floor of a nondescript building on a side street in the Tophane (Tohp-ha-neh) neighborhood. It takes a bit of navigational know-how and perhaps a Turkish friend or two to help you find it, but once you do, you’ll find yourself in a space dedicated to film photography.

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Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 shot wide open. You're not going to get bokeh like this with the Olympus offering.

Medium Format SLR cameras aren’t incredibly expensive compared to their digital descendants, but some of them can be quite pricey if you’re looking for the very best. Indeed, there are some cameras that when mentioned will make a photographer’s jaw drop. Medium format can give a photographer better image quality than 35mm and 35mm digital while also providing them with a fairly portable camera to do their professional work. But amongst those cameras, four stand out as some of our favorites.

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03 - Wet plate photography class

All images by Jack Baldwin. Used with permission

Jack Baldwin is a journalist by day, and uses digital cameras for his work. But he began his journey into film photography when he moved from Australia to California and purchased a medium format film camera. When he moved back to Australia, he started his journalism career, which was about getting the shot and filing as soon as possible. But with film, Jack found something more.

“I shoot film because it’s the antithesis of that. I can take my time, I don’t have to stress, it doesn’t have to be something that sits nicely next to a headline.” states Jack. “It’s just the photo I want to take.”

It eventually turned into him going to workshops and experimenting with many, many more formats. Jack tells us that it makes you think that much more about composition and framing.

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