This Voigtlander Bessa II Shoots 120 Film and Has a Pretty Rare Lens

It’s truly hard to beat the look of some vintage medium format cameras. Take for example this Voigtlander Bessa II. Lots of folks love shooting with their Mamiya RB67 and Pentax 67. But why not go for 6×9 format instead? Well that’s what the Voigtlander Bessa II is. This beauty is a 69 format rangefinder camera with a pretty fast f4.9 lens. To translate to 35mm parameters, that’s a 45mm f1.9 equivalence. What’s more, this is a pretty rare lens. However, it still has all the great rendering of a medium format camera. 

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Shooting with a “Ghostbusters” Brooks-Veriwide Camera

Let’s do a little throwback to 1989 and see if anyone still remembers the quirky Brooks-Veriwide camera and its cameo in Ghostbusters II!

Looking for the next quirky camera to add to your camera collection? We can trust Paris-based photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern to always have something interesting to consider. This time, it’s another nostalgic camera that made a Hollywood cameo: a Brooks-Veriwide medium format panoramic camera that appeared in Ghostbusters II in 1989.

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5 Great 6×9 Format Cameras for the Medium Format Film Photographer

If you’re looking to get larger images with medium format film, these 6×9 format cameras are some of your best options.

One reason why 120 film is a medium loved by many is the versatility offered by its different frame sizes. Some photographers prefer the 6×7 format because it’s only slightly larger than the 6×6 format and prints nearly exactly to 8×10 paper. Others go for the 6×9 because it has the same aspect ratio as the frame of 35mm film. So, if you need both the extra resolution and a wider area for your photos, this medium format frame size may be for you. If you’ve already decided to make the shift, we have a bunch of camera recommendations for your consideration.

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How Well Do Old Medium Format Lenses Hold Their Sharpness Vs Modern Prime Lenses?

Something that has always been in the back of any camera lens lover’s mind is the question of how well the older lenses hold their own against the newer lenses. Indeed, older lenses have a special character to them that can’t really be replicated with most modern lenses, sans the offerings from Lomography and Lensbaby. While most 35mm film format lenses were designed with an appeal for consumers over professionals, medium format was always more of the cream of the crop (with exception to large format).

So we went through our archives and looked at how a few classic medium format lenses compare to the new king: the Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art lens. Of course, this is a very interesting battle in the film vs digital debate.

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Review: Lomography Belair X 6-12

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Lomography Belair X 6-12

When Lomography announced the Belair X 6-12, the analog world was abuzz. Being known for lo-tech products such as the LC-A and Diana, no one was expecting such an elaborate piece of technology from the company that is one of the last strongholds of analog photography. Yet, Lomography came up with a 6×12 panoramic medium format folder that not only features interchangeable lenses, but also an electronic meter with auto exposure and interchangeable masks for 6×6, 6×9 and 6×12 format. We had the chance to try out this unique camera.

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Lomography Announces ‘Belair X 6-12’ Panoramic Medium Format Camera with Some Interesting Lenses

The Lomography Belair X 6-12 limited Globetrotter Edition

Holy moly! Where did this come from!? Out of nowhere, Lomography just announced a new medium format film camera — and not just some medium format film camera. The ‘Belair X 6-12’ — so its official designation — is a medium format panoramic camera that exposes 120 roll film in the 6×12 panoramic format, which equals a negative size of 52x104mm. Besides featuring an absolutely gorgeous retro bellows design, the Belair X 6-12 comes with two interchangeable lenses, aperture priority automatic exposure (a first in a 6×12 medium format camera) and the ability to select between the classic 6×6 format, the 35mm-like 6×9 format or the panoramic 6×12 format. Continue reading…