Thursday, February 25, 2016

The wonder of medium format

I loved to shoot in medium format. This of course meant a twin lens reflex. I had several and it all began with my first Yashicamat 124 followed by the Yashicamat 124 G, a Minolta Autocord, several Mamyias and naturally my Rolleiflex. The ability to look at the ground glass and see the image just like it would appear on the negative or slide was priceless. You saw it in the same spacial relationship as the final image. Of course the image was reversed horizontally. This was not a big deal. I would love to have a similar camera in digital. The medium format digicams of today are   large single lens reflexes that are just heavy and bulky DSLR's. They have a mega pixel advantage but the "normal" DSLR's [ 24X36mm] are almost just as good. Of course they cost as much as a Mecedes-Benz. This is of course all moot since most people swear that their smart phones take great images and under most normal conditions, they do. The image below was taken with a Mamyia C-330. The film was Ektachrome 100 Professional.

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