All posts tagged: medium format

Film isn’t dead: The large format revolution is here

Of the many adjectives you could use to describe large-format film photography, affordable isn’t the first that springs to mind. But one Brighton based start-up is on a mission to change that. Hot on the success of their £250 4×5 camera, which they financed through crowdfunding, the Intrepid Camera Company has today launched their Kickstarter for an 8×10 model. Intrepid’s founder-director Maxim Grew had the idea for the camera while mid-way through an undergraduate degree in Product Design at the University of Sussex. He’d become increasingly fascinated by the format beloved of photography greats from Ansel Adams to Gregory Crewdson for its magical, contemplative process and the incredible visual quality of images it produces. However, on finding that his student loan didn’t stretch to the several thousand pounds it can cost to buy a camera, he started experimenting with building one himself. “I was making these really simple things – essentially just boxes with lenses on the end, using instant film and using photographic paper to make paper negatives,” he remembers. Originally Grew’s vision was …

2017-05-26T18:08:06+00:00

Englishman in New York: A young photographer blends old and new techniques

When Owen Harvey arrived in New York last August, armed with his Bronica SQ-A, he wasn’t sure what to expect. Having just left a job to focus full-time on his own photography, he’d set off for America with a not-entirely-concrete plan to shoot a project on a low riders group he’d been in touch with over email. “All they said was, ‘Yeah no worries, give us a call when you’re here’,” he remembers. “I didn’t really know if it was going ahead or not but I thought the worse thing that happens is I make some connections in New York and fly back a few weeks later.” Luckily for him, they stuck to their word. The next three months saw Harvey fully immersed in the world of the Lunatics Lowrider Club: days spent meeting up with them individually to shoot portraits, nights spent cruising around the city in convoys of ten vehicles. Harvey’s recent clients include Time, GQ and the BBC but it’s his personal series on British youth subcultures, Mod UK and Skins and …

2017-05-05T10:50:16+00:00

Fujifilm GFX 50S with GF 63mm lens f/2.8

Introducing the Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm’s ‘development announcement’ of a compact medium format camera using mirrorless technology was one of the major talking points at last year’s Photokina trade show. Not that there was any real doubt it going into full production, confirmation of which came today, with the promise that it will be in UK stores by late February. The GFX 50S uses a customised version of the 43.8×32.9mm Sony 51.4-megapixel sensor seen elsewhere, making the most of its 3.69m-dot electronic display to offer a vari-angle viewfinder that flips and rotates for all-round viewing. The body is very much like the X Series, and is able to use a similar short flange-back design for improved lens-to-sensor transmission. It weighs 1230g when paired with a standard lens (GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR), which Fuji claims is nearly a third less than current MF cameras with a similar size sensor, and more comparable to a 35mm format DSLR. We were told last September that the price was going to make headlines; Damien Demolder guessing that it would be “significantly less than …

2017-01-24T11:33:17+00:00

Hasselblad X1D 4116 Edition

Photokina News: Hasselblad celebrates its 75th anniversary

Hasselblad has added an all-black X1D camera kit to its product line-up to mark the 75th anniversary of its cameras. The new-style body will be exactly the same as the existing chrome-topped X1D but will come kitted with a XCD 45mm f/3.5 lens and a three-year warranty instead of two. The £8990+VAT kit comes in a special box and includes a leather hand strap. Hasselblad has also released details of the 30mm lens that was informally announced at the time of the X1D launch – the third in the XCD range for the 50-megapixel mirrorless camera. The XCD 30mm f/3.5 has the same 83° angle of view you’d expect from a 24mm lens on a 35mm system camera. The aperture range finishes at f/32 and the closest focusing distance is 0.4m. The lens weighs 550g and takes 77mm screw-in filters. No price has been released as yet.

2016-09-27T12:45:48+00:00

Fujifilm GFX 50S

Photokina News: Introducing the Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm has announced that it will introduce a new medium format system in 2017 called GFX. The company has shown a GFX 50S mirrorless camera body, and says that by the end of the first year the system will have a range of six GF lenses. The GFX 50S will use a customised version current 51.4MP medium format sensor, measuring 43.8×32.9mm. With a flange back of just 26.7mm, it can get its rear elements as close as 16.7mm to the sensor to maintain almost parallel light rays that will interact with the pixels without producing vignetting or false colour – as it does with the X series. The company chose the mirrorless route to allow it to create a small body – it says the GFX 50S is smaller than a pro full frame DSLR to maximise resolution by avoiding the disruption of mirror vibrations. The camera instead uses a focal plane shutter that allows speeds of up to 1/4000sec. The camera will feature HDMI out and will be set-up for tethered shooting by the time …

2016-09-20T12:17:14+00:00

Phase One IQ1 100MP

Photokina News: 100 megapixels for less

Medium format camera manufacturer Phase One has added its 100-million-pixel sensor to its IQ1 ‘no frills’ camera back line-up. The sensor is the same one used in the IQ3, but the back itself lacks some elements of functionality and menu options. The principle difference between the IQ3 and IQ1 back is that the IQ1 model doesn’t have wifi or HDMI connections, and can’t power share with the battery in the body of the XF camera. Furthermore, the IQ1 model lacks a number of the information displays that the IQ3 back provides, such as exposure maps and exposure clipping, and also is unable to shoot in live view mode. The new back will come in fittings for the XF camera as well as in H for Hasselblad H models. While Phase One offers a ‘free’ lens to the value of €5990 with XF bodies bought with an IQ3 back, the offer doesn’t apply to those buying an IQ1 back. The company has also added wideangle and moderate telephoto lenses to its premium Blue Ring series. The Schneider Kreuznach 45mm …

2016-09-20T13:20:55+00:00

Introducing the H6D: Hasselblad’s latest medium format camera, “designed from scratch”

If last year was unusually quiet for Hasselblad, all became apparent this lunchtime with the introduction of the latest generation H camera. Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Swedish firm chose London (just around the corner from our office in Shoreditch in fact) for the global launch, explaining that it had been putting its recent investment into R&D while working flat out on the H6D. The camera has an all-new electronic platform, “designed from scratch” to handle a 100-megapixel sensor and HD video, and much else has been added to or improved. In addition, a new lens range was revealed, and further announcements are promised for later in the year (with the Photokina trade show in Cologne this September looking like the obvious venue to make them). The key message for today was that Hasselblad is back. Meanwhile, the H6D goes on sale later this month in two versions, giving a choice of 50- or 100-megapixel resolutions, both delivered using a Sony-made CMOS sensor, the larger one being 53.4x40mm. The ergonomics of the H camera, and the …

2016-04-12T10:36:26+00:00

Fuji's Takashi Ueno with the X-Pro2 he designed

Fuji’s second coming

Fuji X-Pro1 owners who’ve been waiting for the next generation of their neat little digital rangefinder may well be feeling a good deal older than when they first started waiting. And those who didn’t buy, deciding to wait it out for the follow up instead, might have had the feeling that it was never going to arrive. They’ve kept their hopes alive largely because the original is so nice, but it has a few things that really need fixing. It is exactly four years since Fuji launched its first interchangeable lens compact system camera, and while it has introduced a number of very attractive alternatives since then, they have been just that – alternatives. The X-Pro1 is a very distinctive camera with its rangefinder styling and its unique viewfinder, and if that is the kind of camera you like to use the X-T1 isn’t going to fill its shoes. In a market in which we might expect updates for this sort of model every couple of years, the X-Pro2 seems pretty overdue. I suspect though …

2016-02-02T13:56:57+00:00

The rural mythologies of English country life

It took Andy Sewell five years to photograph the fragment of green that is Hampstead Heath, and given that its “ancient trees, tall grass and thickets dense enough to get lost in” cover just a couple of square miles, it was some investigation. For this British photographer, endgame is long in the forging. Instead, he begins with “an attraction; something I feel confused about, and making the work is the process of finding some coherence within that”. For his latest undertaking, he has set about unravelling the myths, histories and impressions encircling the English countryside. Once again the venture took five years, and once again it will be published initially as a special edition book – an approach that worked well with The Heath, which won the International Photobook Award in 2012 and plaudits from both Martin Parr and Robert Adams, the latter stating that it had rekindled his dwindling faith in photography. Both bodies of work engage with landscape, but where grand, sweeping views might have been an obvious source of inspiration, Sewell hones in on the particular. …

2015-09-30T11:45:32+00:00

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