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Exploring Medium Format, an Outdoor Perspective

Writing here for offers a different venue than my usual reviews and how-to approach. In the coming months I will discuss how to achieve peak image quality on medium format, because the 35mm format is already nipping at the heels of medium format—a perfectly executed shot with 35mm can easily compete with a medium format image in which mistakes were made. I also intend to discuss choosing a medium format system and when and where to skip medium format and choose another solution.

My general approach to everything I do is to ignore assumptions and instead ask “why?” and “how?”, and that will be my approach in my articles. The medium format market is growing, so it is worth justifying when and why medium format makes sense, easing readers along the path of deciding for or against medium format, and then how to make best use of it.

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Diglloyd Medium Format covers medium format camera systems, including the Hasselblad X1D and Fujifilm GFX.

These systems are hugely expensive, so make the right choice for your own needs (full frame vs medium format).

  • In-depth lens evaluations covering behaviors not likely to be found anywhere else, based on real-world field shooting.
  • How to configure menus and buttons and best operating practices, gotchas and how-to.
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens and camera behaviors.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to 100 megapixels filling up to 5K display, plus large crops.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.
Lone Pine at Sunrise, Lundy Canyon Area
f2 @ 7.5 sec, ISO 100; 2017-07-28 04:51:53
GFX 50S + Fujifilm GF 110mm f/2 R LM WR @ 90.5mm equiv (110mm)

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