Thinking about going Digital Medium Format
Well I was doing some research on DigiBacks and Medium Format. While now the second hand market has brought Digital Medium Format under the 5,000 Euros mark for a system. You probably could manage a Hasselblad H3D with 22MP and lens or Mamiya system with a few lens. The Mamiya tends to be the most flexible with more lens available at a cheaper price than the Hassy. The options for Digital Backs are many though : Aptus/Leaf/Hasselblad/Phase One etc…
As I was still researching away, when I thought to myself I don’t want to sell my Canon system with my nice primes and 24mm TSE MKII – oh no. Yet, Digital MF offers much more in terms of color depth and dynamic range, even the the new Nikon D800 can’t match it. So why buy a DSLR with 36 MP with lenses when you could buy an entry level MF system ? Of course it all depends on the type of photography you pursue. However as a landscape photographer mainly in B&W, a MF system appeals to me. Firstly I shot 90% of the time on a tripod at 100 ISO with live view and manual focus. Taking 50-80 images a day maybe, just slight difference exposures and compositions. Which boils down to it, if am lucky ten subjects that interest me.
Using Mamiya Lens on Canon
I love to be able to make the most of my camera equipment, in fact if I notice I no longer am using a lens or camera body – I sell it. So this leads me onto using Mamiya Lens on a Canon DSLR. There are two adaptor the Mirex Tilt/Shift and Fotodiox offers a straight Mamiya to EF convertor. I leave you with some interesting links I’ve found on my Internet travels below.
- Read first! – Using Mamiya Lens on a Canon DSLR – Fred Miranda http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/882423/3
- An adaptor to allow Mamiya Lens on Canon Body – http://www.fotodiox.com/product_info.php?products_id=355
- Tilt and Shift Mamiya Lens on Canon – http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/lenses/m645-shift.html
- Tilt and Shift Adaptor – http://www.mirex-adapter.de/tilt_shift_adapter.htm