Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Medium Format Photographs.

Before I go on and ramble about how great medium format is, this posting is inspired by a fabulous photographer friend, Kuang. Congrates on getting published in Brides Nov/Dec magazine. Read his blog to see more of his images.

Medium format cameras use 120 or 220 roll film, which is about 6 centimeters wide (2 and 1/4 inches). This size of roll film was introduced in 1898 by Kodak for its Folding Pocket KODAK Camera. It thus seems safe to say that the world has reached agreement on the proper height for a medium-format negative. On the other hand, nobody has ever agreed on the proper width. There are many standard widths for 120 camera frames: 645, 6x6, 6x7, 6x8, 6x9, 6x12, and 6x17. These numbers are ostensibly in centimeters although in practice a 6x6 camera such as a Hasselblad will expose a 56 x 56 mm frame.

The pictures from medium format film has a higher quality than the common 35mm film. It used to be the common format from the 1890s to the 1950s. I love photographs taken with film. The images are somehow more beautiful. Now with the low cost medium format cameras like the Lomos, it does not mean that you have to pay thousands to be able to capture such beautiful images.

Looking through the view finder of a medium format camera.
A image of a tumbleweed in a desert.
Black and white photo of people in an airport waiting.
Portrait shot in medium format.
This is taken with a Holga (China made Lomo)

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