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| p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Square format: gone, but not forgotten .... (?) |
If the Pentax 645D had been a 66D it would make it more appealling to me. So far none of the digital MF outfits has had a square sensor, and none have been full size (mainstream anyway).
I don't get that, because there is a market for people using the square format. Not only pure commercial use, but also for fine art. I remember looking at the website of the London School of Economics, (LSE), a while ago and the pictures there, were in square format. I also saw a GAP campaign in square format. One could shoot in rectangle format and then crop, but is not the same. Wether one is doing pure art, (thinking perhaps of Howard Schatz), or just documentary photography, (I just thought of Maya Goded). A lot of more creative work could be done if that format had a more economic digital solution.
I recently bought a Bronica SQ-A outfit from the buy and sell forum here as I had wanted a square format camera for a long time and decided to try this approach. It's a lot more fuss and bother to shoot film and scan it, but there aren't a lot of alternatives with an affordable price.
Perhaps in five years an inexpensive digital back is made. A new Canon EOS 5D Mark II is around $2,400 now. In a few months, the price is supposed to go down, perhaps to $2,000, or less. A 6x6 square format is about 3.5 times the surface of a full frame 35 mm. camera. We could suppose that, sensorwise one needs 3.5 times the sensor of a 5D, or 3.5 x $2,000 = $7,000. Perhaps in three to five five years that will be a solution costing half of the price for a 20 to 22 Megapixel back or camera. Rumors has it that sony has promised a full frame 35 mm camera for this summer for around a $1,000. So, perhaps there is a bit of luck or us in some time : ) !!!
I use a Rolleiflex TLR. Love it. No digital necessary!
My first medium format camera was a Yashica TLR. The feeling using it was amazing!
Then I got a Hasselblad with one lens for a good price.
igmolinav : ) !!!
P.S. The work of the two photographers I mentioned does not appeal a lot to me at the moment. I'll try to list the work of some photographers I find more appealing later on : ) !!!
P.S.2. Any medium format forum(s) you may want to recommend ??