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    When does 35mm become Medium Format?

    I recently finished a 'pet project' and built a cute 35mm panorama camera that shoots two full frames with a 40mm lens. This little camera has a wider view than I first thought it would and as it uses a medium format lens, does it qualify as an MF camera? Frame size is 24x72, wider than an X Pan.
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    I really don't think it matters what it is called, simply because it is so darned COOL!

    While it might as well be a medium format camera, I would say that the film used determines what format it is, so it is a small format camera with a 3:1 aspect ratio.

    You would get similarly sized pix at a similar price per roll by cropping down a 6x7 frame, but this thing's nice and beautiful design makes it very appealing.
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    Yes, I agree, and how can I buy one?

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    Nomenclatures change, if you read older publications 35mm & 120 were both miniature formats

    I guess the frame height prevents it being MF, but 24x72mm is a great format, just a touch wider in aspect ration than a 6x17. Looks like it's a wonderful practical camera.

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    This is soooo cool... I admire your work, I really do.

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    Great work, congrats! Any sample images from that camera? Would love to see some...

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    Quote Originally Posted by razzledog View Post
    I recently finished a 'pet project' and built a cute 35mm panorama camera that shoots two full frames with a 40mm lens. This little camera has a wider view than I first thought it would and as it uses a medium format lens, does it qualify as an MF camera? Frame size is 24x72, wider than an X Pan.

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    The camera is neat looking! Looks like you do work. I love to see some images.

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    Great project. I've seen one or two pano cameras made out of two Nikon bodies back in the late 1970s or early 1980s.
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    Fantastic looking camera - I too look forward to seeing a few results. It's an interesting question - does my Bronica ETRSi cease to be a medium-format camera when I use a 35w panoramic back?

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    Obsession 135 is a waay cool name, nice!!

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