Our Favorite 645 Cameras for Medium Format Photography Magic

If you’re bored of shooting squares on medium format film, you might want to get your hands on these noteworthy 645 format cameras.

If you feel limited by the square format, it may be time for you to try other frame sizes available. Yes, there’s more to shooting 120 film than the popular 6×6 format. If you feel like experimenting with other frame sizes, you may want to try 6×4.5 first. Whether you’re curious about this (or simply need the perfect excuse to grab another medium format film camera) we put together a quick camera recommendation with five of your best options. You’re welcome!

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Infographic: The Different Film Sizes Compared

The-Phoblographer-Infographic-on-Film-sizes

Inspired by Zack Arias’s video on film and digital sensor size comparisons, we decided to whip up a quick infographic for you on the different film sizes available in a friendly comparison. Think it’s cool to have a full frame 35mm sensor in your camera? Well consider the fact that you can get 645 (6×4.5) 6×7 film cameras for fairly cheap. Sure, you’ll have to pay for the film expenses, but you’ll also put more effort into you photos and have loads more keeper shots if you’re careful. Plus, you likely won’t upgrade your camera every couple of years.

As we show in the infographic above, 35mm film is smaller compared to everything else. In fact, 35mm film was originally invented to please consumers, not professionals. It was designed quite literally for novices but because the standard once people could deliver great work with it.

Sound familiar? It sounds a lot like the phone generation.

Pentax’s New 645Z Sports a 51.4MP CMOS Sensor

Pentax 645Z front angled view

Going the same route as Phase One and Hasselblad in their latest medium format camera models, Pentax today announces the new 645Z medium format SLR camera featuring a large 33x44mm CMOS sensor. As a successor to the 645D, the 645Z continues the company’s medium format tradition, while at the same time bringing it up to par with the competition. Thanks to the new sensor, the 645Z now boasts a wopping 51.4 megapixels, ISO as high as 204,800, Full-HD video as well as a live-view mode. It seems that medium format cameras have finally arrived in the 21st century.

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