Earlier this year I made the decision to switch my primary camera system to medium format. With medium format equipment recently becoming relatively affordable it seemed to make sense to make the switch before my trip to New Zealand – If I am travelling to the other side of the world, I want to future proof my images by shooting with the best equipment that I can justify buying.
Back in the days of film, I used to use a 6×7 medium format camera alongside my 35mm equipment. It was the perfect balance of IQ and flexibility with medium format lenses being large and quite restrictive compared to 35mm (full frame) glass. This hasn’t changed in the digital world!
Currently I am using the Fujifilm GFX50S with only one lens – the 32-64 zoom. Luckily, IQ wise, it is an absolutely staggering lens! For my trip to New Zealand I was using the Fujifilm X system alongside it. The only problem being that once you shoot medium format you become hooked to shooting medium format. This is the main reason why I have now sold my Fujifilm X gear and now use a Canon EOS R for the accompanying camera. Confused? I think I will keep the reasoning behind that for a future blog post!
On a recent trip to the Lake District I found myself revisiting a location which I had shot 15 years ago on film. So whilst the following shot is not really a true comparison of digital and medium format, it does give you an idea.
And this one is for you pixel peepers out there!
If I am being honest, I still really like the ‘feel’ of medium format film. However it is hard to overlook the convenience of digital and I just love shooting medium format whatever the method of capture. I will leave you with the recent digital medium format shot.