Can you guess why? Sometimes it all just works really well. Such as in the above photograph. Ok, it’s a long way from a perfect image, but it works enough. What is medium format film photography
Medium Format Film Photography for the Digital Age Film Noob
Chances are your entry level DSLR has an electronic sensor somewhere in the APS-C range. Although larger than the average sensor in a compact point & shoot digi camera, it’s still pretty small. Indeed it’s named after a similar size frame of film named APS, that was introduced by Kodak late into the Age of Film. It was considered a miniature sized film, and was not popular with enthusiasts.
Subsequently, a certain value has recently centred on higher range DSLRs that feature so-called Full Frame sized sensors. This sensor is a similar size to a frame of 135 or 35mm film. Funny thing is, at one time during the Age of Film, even this was considered to be a “miniature format”. Still, does size really count? Well some think so.
Long before 35mm film was even introduced, the popular format of film for amateurs was the 120 roll. Amazingly, this format was introduced way back around 1901 by Kodak. It’s a fat 6cm wide film, backed and protected by a roll of paper. Some 113 years later, it’s still manufactured by several companies in a variety of emulsions. On my Bronica, Lubitel, and Agfa medium format cameras, it exposes a square frame of 6cm by 6cm. That’s an area of more than four times that of 35mm film or a digital full frame sensor. With a decent bit of glass, it potentially captures a lot of detail.