Medium Format Anyone?

Posted May. 26th, 2021 by Daniel J. Cox

I’ve had some requests to update my blog due to my last blog post being a bit sad and difficult for some people to look at. Since I’m on the road working in Iceland I don’t have a great deal of time to really come up with anything amazing. But I did find this interesting piece on the medium format Hasselblad cameras which I’ve been toying with the idea of testing for quite some time.

Let me know what you think about me testing a Hasselblad or possible the new Fuji GFX100. When I’ve started dreaming about medium I have a hard time deciding which one I would want to go with. Would love to hear from my readers what they think about this whole idea. Am I crazy?

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  1. Luis MesaOn Jul. 29th, 2022 (2 months ago)

    Daniel, at the end of 2021 I rented a Fuji gfx 50S ii, a 51 mpx camera with the kit lens 35-70 (28-55) 4.5-5.6. I fell in love with the camera because of the images, and the Fuji film simulations are absolutely great. Even with the kit lens, dark scenes were excellent up to iso 5000+, and the ibis in this camera works great. I bought it and rented the 110 (87) mm f2. A gem of a lens, but very big and heavy. I loved the images, but then I started shooting with my Oly and Lumix in High definition, and made prints. The images from both systems once printed at 22×17 were very competitive after some processing with photoshop, mainly the colors in the mft photos. The Fuji images required almost no post processing and the great benefit was that I could crop them a lot and still get excellent prints.Then my wife reminded me of the reasons why I had sold all my Nikon full frame equipment, which were weight and size, and it made me reevaluate my new direction, and I returned the Fuji to B&H.
    But the itch remains. However you really have to be ready for the weight, size, and expense, even using primes like the 110 and 23 mm. They each weight 2+ pounds and cost over $2500.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jul. 30th, 2022 (2 months ago)

      Thanks for the reality check Luis. Although I’ve definitely given it a lot of thought. Many of your arguments against the larger camera are why I’ve not done it yet. But if I do it will only be one body one lens. Just for landscapes. I’m still on the fence but the current discount on the Fuji system has me thinking about it again.

  2. ChrisOn Jun. 21st, 2021

    I think that there is an appeal to the 100 MB Fuji, but it probably is not all that rational, although I feel it too. One camera one lens, crop as desired. If you start using many lenses for the system then I suspect you may rue the day you started. The value proposition is not all that good when compared to high MP FF options like the Sony A7/Canon R5/Nikon Z6. It is not like the pics will be radically different given that these are not medium format cameras like in the film days. The increased sensor size is not very different to FF so the 3-D effect/shallow depth of field opportunities are really only on a par with FF and fast f1.2 and f1.4 lenses (of which there seem to be plenty). If you want deep depth of field for landscapes (most do), then one could argue that medium format is too much in the wrong direction too, and there are no tilt-shift lenses for the Fuji, or the Hasselblad (I think?)

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 21st, 2021

      All really good thoughts Kriss. Each of them things I’ve thought about as well. That said I’m still kind of thinking about a one lens Fuji 100. Not sure I’ll ever do it but it’s like you said, it’s tempting.

  3. Peter SimpsonOn May. 28th, 2021

    Hi Dan,

    Many thanks for posting this new blog entry, I’m just into wildlife photography right now so haven’t given a lot of thought to landscape yet. The thought of carrying around another complete system would is rather daunting! ???

    Best wishes, Peter

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 28th, 2021

      You’re right Peter. It would be difficult to have another system. That’s part of what’s kept me from doing it. I was appreciate hearing from my readers and you make a good point. Thanks for joining the conversation.

  4. Peter SimpsonOn May. 28th, 2021

    Hi Dan,

    Many thanks for posting this new blog entry, I’m just into wildlife photography right now so haven’t given a lot of thought to landscape yet. The thought of carrying around another complete system would is rather daunting! ???

    Best wishes, Peter

  5. Rick PophamOn May. 28th, 2021

    Hi Dan,

    I don’t think you’re crazy. Or maybe you’re crazy like me, because I keep thinking about trying one of these cameras to see what it can offer. The Fuji system’s range of lenses is more interesting to me, so that’s the one I’ve been thinking about — and the Fuji system is more aggressively priced. Probably not the choice for wildlife, but I can’t help but wonder about landscapes.

    At any rate, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts if you decide to test one. Do you have a project in mind?

    Rick

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 28th, 2021

      Thanks for joining the conversation Rick. I’m actually leaning towards Fuji myself. Nothing specific in mind for a particular project other than using it for my landscape work. I definitely wouldn’t even think about it for wildlife since I don’t wanna carry the great big lenses.

  6. Mircea BlanaruOn May. 27th, 2021

    I believe you are not crazy at all. My dream is to take pictures with a medium format camera, too. I have in the family album pictures taken with analog medium or big format cameras and the 3D feeling is just great! Of course, the money involved here are a big problem for everyone, but if you can afford it, I believe this is the ultimate dream for a photographer…

    P.S. Hope your father is well, again!!!

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