Medium format film photography was at another level for resolution and detail compared with the 35mm format. For magazine work, posters, and large format prints it was an understandable format……for film. Move forward to 2017, where even the resolution from an iPhone, let alone micro 4/3, apsc or full frame options, is more than most people will ever need. Online photo sharing and delivery is the #1 distribution channel for digital photos, even film photos that have been scanned. Other than extreme pixel peeping, billboards or large format art prints, where is the market for this? Or are we seeing the early stages of medium format sensors becoming much cheaper and better so that dslrs of the future will all be medium format allowing extreme cropping? I’m pondering this question as I’ve been watching several reviews and online videos from all sorts of people claiming this is the an absolute must have camera. Really? For what purpose? Who’s printing huge files for commercial work? I’d guess about a handful of people. Are the range of full frame and apsc cameras not coping? I’d like to hear your views on this, so please drop me a comment. Thanks.
How did I not buy this camera earlier? I love the organic output it produces, and paired with the Fuji 35mm f1.4 lens it produces incredible files – jpeg and processed raw files. For me output is the most more important factor in creating an image. The files from this camera and lens combination are sublime, easily edited (both raw and jpeg), and the camera is fun to use. The following images were all shot with the 35mm f1.4 lens which creates sharp images with great contrast. Click images for bigger. Enjoy.
Photography is not just about acquiring sharper lens, new bodies, the latest lighting and new gadgetry just to make yourself feel like a more complete photographer. Photography is really about composition and conveying an idea to whoever may be viewing a picture. It’s very easy to get caught up in the gear acquisition syndrome (GAS) and at the same time there is so little discussion about the art of photography.
Since the days of film, photography has evolved from a slow and decisive process to one of immediacy, available to everybody with a decent smartphone. This raises the question …. “is photography really changing and his photography now evolving to its true and normal state”? And has technology simply enabled photography to move into a world where even the most amateur photographer with a cell phone capable of good pictures and can title themselves a photographer?
Photography used to be a process of shooting with film developing film and presenting pictures in a printed format on paper. Today overwhelmingly the majority of photography is taken digitally and shared digitally around the world from one device to another device in almost an instant feed. The question is “will this change should this change and does it really matter”?
Photography in essence is about communication. Yes it can be an art and yes it can be a profession, however at the end of the day images are some of the most powerful ways of communicating from one person to another. We all remember images in our minds and often we use complicated dialogue and text to do that, however the simplicity and beauty of an image is still the most powerful & memorable form of communication.
So forget being over technical and enjoy photography and think about what you’re trying to communicate rather than sharpness or buying a better gear. You’ll have more fun too.
Can really old lenses work well on modern bodies. Yep – absolutely. This old Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar can produce beautiful images on the XT1, and you can sometimes find these lenses going for a song at a yard sale or in a thirft shop. Online the prices have risen significantly over the past few years as mirrorless cameras have grown in popularity. Click images for larger. Enjoy.
This lens is (1) very sharp (2) very well priced and (3) very adaptable to many bodies when used with an adaptor and manual focus. These images were taken on the Fujifilm XT1 with a K&F adaptor bought off ebay for $15. The colors stay true and the opportunity to manual focus with focus peaking aids on mirrorless cameras makes this a useable option. Enjoy. Click pictures for larger view.