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My medium format digital journey - Where do I stand now

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My medium format digital journey
raw images for download
Where do I stand now
The experience
Color Profiles
Resolution Tests
Real World Samples
Color rendition
Dynamic Range
Moiré & aliasing
DoF and diffraction
More real world images
Three format comparison
Diffractio series
The lenses
The Bad News
Capture One or LR 4.4
Some comments on Phase One business model
The Ultimate Platform?
All Pages

Where do I stand now?

Actually, I don't know where I stand. 

  • Working with the Hasselblad is fun, it is a classic.
  • Focusing is hard. It feels like the camera is in decent register. Working hard to learn better focusing. 
  • Hartblei loupe is good for focusing, but PM-5 prism is much more comfortable. 
  • With the DSLR I take one picture, because I know what I do, with the Hasselblad I make many exposures. Are the results better? Hmmm...
  • Working with fixed focals is a compromise, possibly a good one, not sure about that.
  • The P45+ can play it's advantage, if everything is OK, but the full frame DSLR I also carry makes a tremendous job. No walkover victory for MFDB.
  • I struggle a bit with colors on the P45+, oversaturated and yellowish greens? Sony much more accurate.
  • I shoot landscape and no studio portrait so I do know little about skin tones.
  • I had some negative experience with C1, and had seen a good demonstration of it's advantages.
Some things that keep me confused:

  • I built a DNG profile for the P45+ back, but it seems that I mostly prefer the Adobe Standard profile.
  • I have a Zeiss 120/4 Macro Planar, a lens everyone seems to love, but also a lens that has about the worst MTF curves seen, at infinity. Close up it is quite good. My experience is similar to the MTF curves. Still working on it.
A short comment on lenses:

  • Sonnar 150/4 is the champ, sharp and crisp over the field even at full aperture!
  • Planar 80/2.8 CF and Distagon 50/4 CF (FLE) are very good at center and also very good in corners at f/8 or so.
  • The Planar 120/4 Macro? I don't know. Right now I don't feel it does match my 70-400/4-5.6G lens used on the DSLR, but it may be very good at close up distances.Of course, it is possible that I have a bad sample. On the other hand the MTF curves indicate a clear weakness, and that is what I can see.
  • I need to stop down for depth of field! Easy to forget...

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 12:38  


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