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Medium format vs. full frame

Medium Format digital cameras have sensors that are significantly larger than full frame DSLR’s. That also means the lenses are larger and the price tag is usually much larger, as well. Hasselblad has long been one of the top manufacturers of medium format cameras, and this series of videos compares medium format with full frame. The videos are produced by Hasselblad, so I’m sure you can guess which one ends up being better, but they give a fair insight into some of the advantages of medium format.

This sensor size comparison gives you some idea of the differences. From Hasselblad.com

Hasselblad, Fuji, PhaseOne and Pentax make some of the most popular medium format cameras and lenses, but most of these are the smaller of the two medium format sensors, 44mm x 33mm. A few years ago, I shot with Pentax’s 645D, and I loved it. I love the different view of the world, and I love the depth and detail that just doesn’t compare with small sensors like DSLR’s have. It’s about a lot more than just megapixels. If you get the chance, I highly recommend trying out some medium format cameras — I can’t wait to get my hands on the Fuji for testing.

In the meantime, check out these videos and see some of the advantages to using medium format cameras.

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