I Hate Medium Format...
...because now I don't use my 35mm equipment much anymore and I spent a fortune on it. I'm spoiled on the relative image quality of MF. Now, I better avoid looking at that 4x5 camera I saw the other day, otherwise I might be writing a "I Hate Large Format..." thread in the near future. Anyone else have a similar experience?
My name is paul and i am a medium format junkie! I tried quitting many times, even tried large format to no avail.
I AM ADDICTED!
Shame i have a ton of 35mm stuff in the closets too that i just cant let go of!
I AM ADDICTED!
OH this isnt photographer junkies annonymous? PJA?
Then, get a view camera..
Most people consider that 35mm will be the first film format to disappear in the future. Roll film and sheet film will hold on for a bit longer given the popularity of the imaging quality, as you have found out. No secret then that MF was the chosen format for wedding photography for so many, many years.
Yes, I spent more than 30 years on 35mm and invested many thousands over the same time (printing to Ilfochrome Classic). I still do have a good use for it, though nowhere near intensively as it was.
I've sold every last piece of my 135 equipment and film so that I can hate medium format exclusively now...
I use an 11x14 -- 4x5 is small format! LOL!
But I use MF mostly (8x10).
One step at a time... :laugh:
Originally Posted by eclarke
I love whatever format system I happen to be shooting on a particular day. It helps the creative juices to switch things up from time to time.
But once I'm in the darkroom things are no longer equal. The bigger the better, meaning 8x10 is my favorite film size, then right down the line.
Medium format is awfully nice when it's just too windy or rainy for a view camera (and when I want a larger neg than 35mm), for quick pot shots from the highway, and for vacation travel (when my wife gets impatient if I set up a view camera). I also sometimes take "finanacial
vacations" from the cost of sheet film by shooting 120 roll film.
For me 35mm is for when I am not siriusabout the quality of the finished product or I am traveling without much spare time.
My sirius work is done with the Hasselblad using 120 film of course.
The 4"x5" format is when I want to play shooting LF handheld or as a view camera with shifts and tilts.
When I take my Yashicamat out on a "date" she is the most beautiful creature in the world. But when I sneak out with my Yashica Y or Minister rangefinder 35mm, my poor heart goes thumpatythump.
But when I get into a darkened room with my Yashicamat negatives I forget all about those other vixens.
I have a Canonet 35mm that is over 50 years old but she looks like a teenager.
I have owned a Nikkormat since they first came on the market and just recently obtained a 50mm f 1.4 Nikkor that matches it perfectly. What a sockaroo one-two punch.
However I still pine for my Praktisix 2 1/4 by 2 1/4 SLR that was built like an oversized 35mm and that dyanmite 180mm f2.8 Olympic
Sonnar. A lot of camera to love.