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| p.1 #9 · Thinking about diving into medium format |
Guru Don't know about that. But I do own a couple of RZ67 and a handful of lenses, so I know just how great these cameras and lenses are. What I don't know is if it makes any kind of sense today to jump into shooting film for commercial jobs. I think film is still viable for a whole range of images, but it's also a pain in the ass in a lot of ways, and if you've only got a relatively inexpensive Epson flatbed to scan your RZ images, you're going to be missing out on a good portion of what you bought the camera for in the first place. You might be able to get away with that setup if you're only shooting color neg and making small scans, but you're always going to be wondering how much more was in the film or how much better a really great scan would look.
I'm probably the last person in the world to discourage someone from shooting film, but I'm not sure, in this case, that it's the right thing to do - at least not at first on paying jobs. There's a definite learning curve to shooting with an RZ, and if you're used to shooting digital, it can be a rough slap in the face having to change film after every ten shots (twenty for 220, but that's a whole 'nuther ball...) I tend to use my film cameras theses days for personal projects or for black and white, but paying jobs are, and have been for the last ten years, almost exclusively digital.
All that being said, I've got really great looking 30x40's from Mamiya RZs in my studio, but they were scanned on a high end drum scanner, recording virtually everything on the film. A low end flatbed is going to miss so much of that, and contrary to what a lot of people say, you can see the difference even with web images.
I guess my advice would be to get the camera if it's a really good deal, spend some time getting to know it, and then decide if it's something that can work in your own situation to add that special something that no one else in your area is offering.