Medium Format Camera News

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William Walker  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments

Since this is my first foray into camera reviews, I’ll start with a little background info. I am an automotive photographer on staff at two of Shutterbug’s sister publications, Motor Trend and Automobile. Prior to Motor Trend I managed Silvio’s Photoworks in SoCal, and before that I was a manager at the equipment and studio checkout at Brooks Institute of Photography, where I got my BFA. I have used everything from 4x5s to my iPhone, old or new, film or digital. And ever since my dad first handed me his Pentax K1000 in fifth grade, my lens has been aimed at cars.

Dan Havlik  |  Jan 04, 2016  |  0 comments

Phase One announced it has joined forces with Sony to design a new 100MP CMOS sensor for the new Phase One XF 100MP Camera System. The Phase One XF 100MP Camera System is shipping now and is available through the company’s sales partners worldwide for a whopping $48,990 USD. (The system comes with a Schneider Kreuznach 80mm LS lens.)

Jack Neubart  |  Dec 29, 2015  |  0 comments

For those of you who have never worked in medium format, trust me, there is a difference you can see and feel. It’s no wonder that photographers such as Douglas Sonders choose a medium format camera system over a DSLR for the bulk of their work. And in Sonders’s case, his workhorse camera system is Phase One.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Dec 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Last year, we told you about Hasselblad’s new H5D-50c medium format camera with Wi-Fi, which seemed pretty awesome but was a tad, ahem, pricey. That 50-megapixel camera, which was loaded with new technology, has just come down in price. Drastically. But it will only be offered at the discounted rate for a short time!

Dan Havlik  |  Nov 05, 2015  |  0 comments

One of the better deals we saw at the recent PhotoPlus Expo show in New York City was a massive price drop on the Pentax 645Z medium format camera and on a complete 645Z “Starter Kit” that included three high quality lenses, accessories and an extended warranty. And now here’s the good news: the deal, which cuts $1,500 off the price of the 51-megapixel 645Z, has been extended, making digital medium format slightly more accessible to the masses.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Some photographers may think that every camera is only capable of making the exact same sound when the shutter is pressed (to capture a single shot or a rapid burst of images): that familiar soft metallic click. While that may seem to be true, in reality nearly every make and model of camera has a shutter sound that is quite unique.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 21, 2015  |  0 comments

Phase One just rolled out a major update to its XF Medium Format Camera System, which was only introduced last June. The Copenhagen, Demnark-based company also announced three new Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses to add to the arsenal.

The Editors  |  Oct 20, 2015  |  0 comments

The Goods is a new feature in Shutterbug that spotlights the hottest premium photo gear out there.

Dan Havlik  |  Aug 25, 2015  |  0 comments

Leica announced this morning that its long-awaited Leica S (Typ 007) medium format camera will start shipping globally next month. It’s unclear, however, when exactly the 37.5-megapixel camera will go on sale here in the United States. In a press announcement this morning, the company said only that the Leica S (Typ 007) will start “rolling out in U.S. stores throughout the fall.”

Cynthia Boylan  |  Jul 29, 2015  |  0 comments

The Pentax 645D has just seen another major price drop. This 40-megapixel medium format digital camera, which retailed for around $10,000 when it launched in 2010, is now selling for $3999 from B&H Photo, Amazon, and other locations.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Jun 04, 2015  |  0 comments

Hasselblad has just launched the A5D, the company's newest medium format camera system for aerial photography. Designed to deliver high image quality and reliability, the Hasselblad A5D is available in three sensor sizes: 40, 50 and 60 megapixels. The sensor options include the CCD-based A5D-40 and A5D-60, and a CMOS- based A5D-50.

Dan Havlik  |  Jun 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Phase One just unveiled a major overhaul of its medium format camera system. Called the Phase One XF Camera System, the new medium format platform features several key upgrades, revamps, and additions including “robust, aerial-grade mechanics, advanced electronics, a new autofocus platform, new modularity options, new software and customizable touch controls,” according to Phase One.

Cynthia Boylan  |  May 13, 2015  |  0 comments

The video embedded below, which was posted just a few days ago by photographer Andrew Jamieson, of Andy Creative, lasts just four minutes and seventeen seconds but it’s already making photographers on the Internet go crazy with nostalgia over the glory days of film.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 10, 2015  |  0 comments

Some photo assignments require you to bring out the big guns. And when it comes to digital photography, there are few bigger guns than medium format systems. More digital SLR users have been making the jump to medium format now that several new models are equipped with CMOS sensors that can capture relatively low-noise images at high ISOs, shoot photos more quickly, and capture HD and even 4K video. Combine these handy features with the massive amount of resolution and extremely high image quality you get from the huge imaging chips in medium format camera systems, and there’s no better time to go big. Here’s a look at the latest cameras and lenses from five major medium format brands.

Dan Havlik  |  Mar 30, 2015  |  0 comments

Phase One Industrial has announced the Phase One iXU 180, which the company says is the world’s smallest and lightest 80-megapxiel medium format aerial camera. The Phase One iXU 180 weighs less than 34 ounces and can fit in the palm of your hand.

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