O.K.you asked a question. That pre-supposes that you want an honest answer. If you want the best from medium format, shoot film, develop your own film if you are doing black and white, print on silver paper.

Taking the above as the parameters from which you would be operating, if in fact you are sincere in wanting the best results, then I would shoot slow speed film (efke comes to mind). Don't stop down your lens any more then absolutely necessary (limits the effects of diffraction). Use only a tripod mounted camera for your exposures (movement becomes apparent at enlargement). Learn the characteristics of your materials based on your operating conditions. (the EI and the proper development times). I wouldn't print any larger the 11X14 maximum (preferably 8X10) from a 6X4.5 negative.

Most Important: THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS...DO THE WORK...DON'T RELY SOLELY ON THE INPUT OF OTHERS.


Quote Originally Posted by rrobinson54
This is my first post here. I am a long time 35mm user (Contax N1) and have used digital a couple of years (Olympus E1). Both are good cameras and I have been happy with the results. Except when it comes to landscapes. Despite my best efforts (tripod, slow film, etc.), the results when shooting landscapes are often disappointing. In an effort to improve my landscapes, I have purchased Fuji GSW690III (6x9 rangefinder) and Mamiya 6MF (6X4.5 rangefinder) cameras. I am looking for advice on how to get the most out of using medium format:

1. Film scanner vs. Flatbed scanner - I cannot spend more than an additional $1,000 on a good scanner and am leaning toward the dedicated film scanner (if I can find one for around $1,000). My question is: do the latest flatbed scanners by Epson & Canon come close to the performance of a mid-level medium format film scanner? The technology on the Minolta Multi Scan Pro is getting a bit old (2002). Is it still good enough for high quality film scanning?

2. I have an HP7960 printer (8-1/2"X11"), which I plan to keep as a b&w printer. I plan to buy a good used Epson 2200. Is the Epson still considered one of the best printers (quality, life of print, color, etc.)? If not, what would be a better choice?

3. I know that I will need to upgrade my current computer to handle the file sizes of medium format. I am still using an iMac G3 and am thinking of buying a used Apple G4, with enough memory to handle medium format files. Would I be smarter to buy a new iMac G5 or something else?

4. Film - I normally use Fuji Astia, but will probably start using Velvia. Good or bad choice? I would prefer to stay with slide film and I am looking for the best quality film for landscapes and scanning purposes.

Any information or opinions would be much appreciated.