Why Shooting Large Format Makes it So Hard to Go Back to 35mm

After shooting 35mm for a number of years I was intrigued by the higher resolution, and richer images produced by medium format cameras. I was a sucker for that ratio you get from a 6×7 negative too, but after seeing Joel Meyerowitz’ book Between the Dog and Wolf, my intrigue in larger formats began to build. “Why go medium when you can go large,” I thought? So I took the plunge, started researching eBay and the Large Format Photography forum (a great resource), and managed to find a kit for sale.

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Paul Kohlhausen’s 3D Printed K-Pan Shoots 6×14 Negatives; Now on Kickstarter

A while ago, we broke the story about Paul Kohlhausen and his K-Pan camera that he 3D printed to shoot 6×14 medium format negative photos. Back then, he was still playing with the idea of putting it on Kickstarter. Lucky for you all, he’s done it and photographers will be able to hook up their very own K-Pan and 4×5 camera lenses to shoot medium format panoramic photos. Photographers who back this idea and project are rewarded with a ton of goodies not only including the camera, but also rolls of film and a swanky tote bag.

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First Impressions: Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR (Sample Images Included)

I applaud Fujifilm for delivering the Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR to us in such a short time. Being the equivalent of the 35mm field of view, I also applaud them delivering a wide angle medium format lens with a relatively fast aperture. Like the other Fujifilm GF lenses, this one is weather sealed and is putting an emphasis on delivering only the absolute best image quality from Fujifilm. What’s really interesting here though is that a lens like this delivers the equivalent field of view of an approximately 35mm lens, but is inherently a longer focal length. What that translates into is less distortion for something like portraiture–which I’m positive the Fujifilm GF 45mm f2.8 R WR will be used for.

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The New Phase One 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back Has a Low ISO of 35

We are all photographers here; we all know too well how cameras just see things differently than we do with our eyes. Some of that is lens choice, sure, but some of it goes back to just how the sensor captures the light information it is exposed to. Phase One has just announced their new 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, the brainchild of their collaboration with Sony, and the interesting thing about this sensor is that they are claiming it has been designed to capture color as it is perceived by the human eye. Continue reading…

Film Review: Lomography Earl Grey 100 Black and White (35mm and 120)

Years ago, Lomography introduced Lomography Earl Grey 100 black and white film and added yet another entry into a market looking for more 100 ISO black and white films. There are a few from Ilford, none from Kodak except for T-Max, one from Fujifilm and a few other manufacturers producing them. But slower ISO black and white films aren’t really spoken of except for Acros. Black and white ISO 100 films are great for studio and portraiture work but in many cases have the versatility to deliver great results when pushed.

Lomography’s Earl Grey 100 used to be an older emulsion of Kodak T-Max 100. But that’s changed over the years. It’s now a Fomapan emulsion. But in the end, who cares? All that matters is the results.

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Hasselblad’s New X1D Field Kit Is Everything A Mirrorless Medium Format Shooter Needs

Right now it is a two horse race in the medium format mirrorless game between Fujifilm’s GFX system and the Hasselblad X1D system. There are reasons for a photographer to choose either side and at this point–neither one has separated itself from the competition much. That said, if you have been considering these systems and are leaning towards the X1D, the today’s announcement from Hasselblad could be some great news for you.

Hasselblad has announced a brand new field kit for their X1D system which if purchased would allow a photographer to not only be set up with everything they need in the X1D system in terms of the camera and some lenses, but also as far as a rugged pelican case (with custom foam insert to fit and protect each piece of gear perfectly), shoulder and wrist straps, and extra batteries. This really is a one stop shop for the X1D system.

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Film Review: Lomography Color Negative 400 (35mm and 120)

Lomography Color Negative 400 is one of those alternative color films that unfortunately isn’t spoken about enough. And for some of us, that’s perfectly fine. I’m okay with all the haters of Lomography refusing to understand what the company is doing and saving more film for me. Walking into the West Village store in NYC to be greeted warmly by the employees and always having the ability to buy some simply makes me happier. And all the folks who only shoot digital and only care about shooting digital can keep doing so. They’ll never understand the awesome secret that the rest of us know that is ironically being published on one of the biggest indie photo blogs on the web.

That’s all just fine.

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