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I'm thinking of going medium format....

any advice?

That's one of the reasons I'm selling my G2 kit (see separate ad for details).

I certainly don't intend to abandon digital, rather I see my E system cameras supplementing medium format. It's just that for my landscapes, I sometimes feel that they could do with having been made with more patience and consideration, plus some of them would certainly have been bettered by a little more resolution.

But I haven't used a medium format camera since my Dad's Box Brownie in the 50s, so I really don't know much about which camera, lens, film etc to go for. I'm sure many of you have come up that route and may even practice it now, so I'm looking for guidance please.

Oh, and if anyone wants to part-ex their Hasselblad for my Panasonic G2, just ask!
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Re: I'm thinking of going medium format....

Interesting. When I started taking pic, a long time ago, medium format was 4" x 5". 2 1/4 sq was considered miniature.
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Re: I'm thinking of going medium format....

If you want to slow down consider a 5x4 for landscapes.

I've shot landscapes with 35mm, medium format and 5x4 and found I used much more thought and consideration using the 5x4 than the other two.
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Re: I'm thinking of going medium format....

I'd just posted a thread about an interesting camera that I saw up at Bamburgh yesterday, before reading this thread, so you may be interested to see this at http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=12811
But be warned, the price will seriously damage your wallet and probably your life! But it's an amusing option to throw into your considerations.

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Re: I'm thinking of going medium format....

I can agree that the Seitz is an amazing camera for landscape photography. It is like an amazing car: when you've driven it once, you'll lose a good night's sleep dreaming of getting one yourself.

But the reality of the pricetag will get you on your feet again and you will learn to be happy with your E-system again...
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Re: I'm thinking of going medium format....

I did this a decade ago. At the time my son in law worked at Jessops so I could pick up Bronica ETRSi bits at almost staff prices, I had the body, the TTL prism, 3 lenses and the winder grip.

What a monster! You sure feel grown up with one of those round yer neck..

What happened? I put half a dozen films through it but it was so heavy and noisy I sold it all and bought my first DSLR. I found when I scanned the gorgeous slides on my flat bed, the files were no larger than scanning 35mm on my Dimage scanner.

However, I still think every Photographer should have a real medium format camera once. Rather like every Petrol Head should have owned an Alfa at some stage.. edit: I'm afraid I've had 5 Alfas



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Re: I'm thinking of going medium format....

Oh, What bad timing!

I sold my Bronica ETRSi with WLF and prism, spare back, 50mm, 75mm, 105mm, 150mm and 250mm lenses a couple of months ago - all for 350. Sorry!

But the good news is that Bronica prices are rock bottom and bargains are there to be had.

Why did I sell my system? Two reasons; I couln't afford the film and processing any more and loading films was becoming increasingly difficult with my Parkinson's. Still rate it as the best camera I've ever owned, though, although the E-3 is pushing it hard in 2nd place!
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Re: I'm thinking of going medium format....

Thanks folks for some very valid comments so far. 5x4 WILL be too big for me - 120 film is quite large and dear enough, thank you! I'm frightened that I might react just as Pete says - and, yes, I've owned Alfas! The Bronica is the camera I would probably go for, pity yours has gone, John, but I do need to cost-evaluate the film and scanning. And as for the Seitz - well, in my dreams!

I might well wait till I can afford an E-5, having seen the resolution that can produce. But I have an itch. I need to scratch it!
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5x4 WILL be too big for me - 120 film is quite large and dear enough, thank you!
The cost of shooting 5x4 is what makes you give much more thought and consideration to each shot.

When I found out one of my agents was duping my 35mm up to 5x4 I stopped shooting as much 5x4 and sold the camera later.
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Oh, What bad timing!

I sold my Bronica ETRSi with WLF and prism, spare back, 50mm, 75mm, 105mm, 150mm and 250mm lenses a couple of months ago - all for 350. Sorry!
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I have an itch. I need to scratch it!
That's what drives us all to get new cameras, new lenses and other gadgets. Where would the manufacturers be without us?
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Thanks folks for some very valid comments so far. 5x4 WILL be too big for me - 120 film is quite large and dear enough, thank you! I'm frightened that I might react just as Pete says - and, yes, I've owned Alfas! The Bronica is the camera I would probably go for, pity yours has gone, John, but I do need to cost-evaluate the film and scanning. And as for the Seitz - well, in my dreams!

I might well wait till I can afford an E-5, having seen the resolution that can produce. But I have an itch. I need to scratch it!
I used to get my film (Fuji Velvia) from 7dayshop.com because it was (relatively) cheap and I had it processed by Peak Imaging at Sheffield because their quality was flawless and they never let me down. If I remember right, when I stopped shooting each frame was costing about 50p with film, processing and postage taken into account. I scan on an Epsom V500 which cost me about 200 although I have since seen it cheaper. I can send you some files if you want to check the quality for yourself, reduced to 10mb if I email or larger if I post on a CD. Just let me know.
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Re: I'm thinking of going medium format....

How about one of these?

http://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/c/4...R-Cameras.html

More seriously, SRS usually have 2nd hand medium format cameras in stock.

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How about one of these?

http://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/c/4...R-Cameras.html

More seriously, SRS usually have 2nd hand medium format cameras in stock.

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Haha! If we all club together we might just afford one, then take it in turns passing it around the forum. I bags the first year, then I'll pass it on to you!

Perhaps Ian could diversify and add one (plus a few lenses) to the hire stock!
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Re: I'm thinking of going medium format....

Does all this interest in medium format mean that this forum would be a good place to advertise my Bronica ETRC?


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