Medium format vs full frame camera?

9 years 4 months ago #14303 by Freshstart
Can someone please clarify the difference between a medium format camera and a full frame?

I was just reading another post here about that Phase One 645DF camera which is a "medium format". I have seen this term before, but never really bothered to ask about it.

Thanks for the 411!

Katie


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9 years 4 months ago #14307 by Scotty

Freshstart wrote: Can someone please clarify the difference between a medium format camera and a full frame?

I was just reading another post here about that Phase One 645DF camera which is a "medium format". I have seen this term before, but never really bothered to ask about it.

Thanks for the 411!

Katie


The difference is about 30-40 grand on average.

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9 years 4 months ago #14308 by Yasko
Pretty easy, the term "full frame" refers to a digital camera that has the same size sensor as a 35mm film camera. Basically, the same size as a 35mm film negative, which has 36x24mm dimensions.

"Medium Format" is not the same as full frame. Modern medium format cameras have a negative or sensor size that's much bigger, and generally are capable of more detail and tonal range. The most common sizes in medium formats are 6x6cm, 6x7cm, and 6x4.5cm which is what the phase one 645DF has.


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9 years 4 months ago #14309 by Yasko
And yeah, way more expensive lol


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9 years 4 months ago #14310 by Scotty

Yasko wrote: Pretty easy, the term "full frame" refers to a digital camera that has the same size sensor as a 35mm film camera. Basically, the same size as a 35mm film negative, which has 36x24mm dimensions.

"Medium Format" is not the same as full frame. Modern medium format cameras have a negative or sensor size that's much bigger, and generally are capable of more detail and tonal range. The most common sizes in medium formats are 6x6cm, 6x7cm, and 6x4.5cm which is what the phase one 645DF has.


Correct.


Medium format is usually used in high end commercial work, because the files handle being photoshopped more, and offers more resolution for promotional work. They're honestly a PITA to use though. I prefer 35mm equivalent myself.

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9 years 4 months ago #14332 by Litebox Fotos
What's PITA mean?


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9 years 4 months ago #14359 by photobod
I own a Bronica etrsi, medium format camera, is it possible to turn it into a digital camera and if so tips please, and yes I know it will be expensive, this is curiosity only, hmmmm I think !!!!!!

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9 years 4 months ago #14579 by KenMan

Scotty wrote:

Freshstart wrote: Can someone please clarify the difference between a medium format camera and a full frame?

I was just reading another post here about that Phase One 645DF camera which is a "medium format". I have seen this term before, but never really bothered to ask about it.

Thanks for the 411!

Katie


The difference is about 30-40 grand on average.


That's a nice sports car!


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9 years 4 months ago #14581 by KenMan

Litebox Fotos wrote: What's PITA mean?


Pain in the as$


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9 years 4 months ago #14639 by Litebox Fotos

KenMan wrote:

Litebox Fotos wrote: What's PITA mean?


Pain in the as$


What's "as$" mean?


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9 years 4 months ago - 9 years 4 months ago #14676 by Yasko

Litebox Fotos wrote:

KenMan wrote:

Litebox Fotos wrote: What's PITA mean?


Pain in the as$


What's "as$" mean?


Ke!ste®, de®®ie®e, or ©aßøøse


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9 years 4 months ago #14678 by Joves

photobod wrote: I own a Bronica etrsi, medium format camera, is it possible to turn it into a digital camera and if so tips please, and yes I know it will be expensive, this is curiosity only, hmmmm I think !!!!!!


Im sorry to tell you no. You have to buy bodies that are made to either flip from film backs to digital or, full digitals. The Pextax 645D is the least expensive but one of the best out there, well in my opinion. At $10K it is a bargain in the MF world. Digitalbacks for Hasselblads start at $20K if I remember right.


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9 years 4 months ago #15958 by KenMan

Yasko wrote:

Litebox Fotos wrote:

KenMan wrote:

Litebox Fotos wrote: What's PITA mean?


Pain in the as$


What's "as$" mean?


Ke!ste®, de®®ie®e, or ©aßøøse


LOL! Yeah what he said! :lol:


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