Like most people I started with 35mm. After a few years I became fascinated by LF and bought an old 4x5" camera. It was fun to use, but loading and developing the film was a hassle to me and I frequently mixed up the thing with the dark slide and pre-exposed the film by accident. Since I donīt do my own color work, that was also drawback for me. After that I bought a Rollei TLR and realised that this was what I was searching for. I think medium format is the best compromise in speed, format, size of viewfinder, shots per roll and portability although it does not excel in any of these aspects. Barry Thornton made a comparison with motorcycles that he used to drive in his youth in his book "The edge of darkness". While a 125ccm machine was agile, it lacked power. A 500ccm machine was a steamhammer, but heavy and ponderous. A 250ccm machine was both agile and powerful, though not to the extremes of the other two. He ended using this one.
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