How does medium-format camera and film work?
Is it the same as 35mm film where it will fit any 35mm camera? The reason i’m asking is because i’m flying over to visit an aunt and i know she collects medium format cameras and i would like to buy a bunch of medium format film to shoot with. I’m not exactly sure what camera brands she has (maybe mamiya and hasselblads).
Suggestion by Judas
The most common medium format film is 120 film. That is compatible with all cameras which take 120 film. This includes Mamiya, Hasselblad, Bronica, all the major brands. Notably, most Kodak medium format cameras take 620 film rather than 120, which has subtly different spools.
Have fun with those medium format cameras. They’re a different beast!
Suggestion by fhotoace
Find out if she shoots black and white film or colour negative and if she has a favorite brand and type.
Suggestion by Steve P
A medium format camera will, in the vast majority of cases, use 120 film. Now, if you are not familiar with these cameras, you are probably going to run in to the format issue that may confuse you.
MF cameras can be designed to shoot in different formats, and some cameras can even be adjusted to shoot in more than one format.
For instance, one format is 6 x 4.50 cm frame size, which gives 15 shots on a roll of 120 film
Another size is the square 6 x 6 cm which gives 12 shots per roll
The 6 x 7 cm format also gives 12 shots per roll
Some cameras will shoot at 6 x 8 or even 6 x 9 cm frame size, which gives only about 8 shots on a roll of film.
So that is a major difference between MF cameras and 35mm. The 35mm cameras give you the same size frame all the time, whereas the MF cameras can vary, which also affects how many shots you get per roll. That is why you never see 120 film, (or 220 either), stating how many shots you get per roll, because the film manufacturer has no way of knowing in what type of camera it will be used.
Also, as far as using the camera goes, you have less depth of field for any given focal length compared to 35mm, so focus can be more critical. Also, the MF camera, (if it is an SLR type), has a much larger mirror and shutter which can really make for some loud, hard “slap” when the photo is taken. You typically need to shoot at faster shutter speeds than with 35mm, and ideally, put the camera on a tripod and use mirror lock up.
Lenses will not “see” like you are used to with 35mm. A “normal” lens for medium format is in the 70mm range. A good portrait lens will be in the 150mm range. Most MF lenses are not as “fast” as 35mm lenses. Most zoom MF lenses will be not be fast at all, and even prime lenses will seldom be faster than 2.8.
Bottom line, having some 35mm experience will help you,but you are going to encounter some real differences with MF if you have no prior experience with it.
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What size basketball jersey should i get in mens if i usually wear a medium t-shirt?
Im trying to buy a basketball jersey and im not sure if a medium will fit.
I wear a medium size t-shirt.
Suggestion by Gordon Penn
if your just wearing the jersey get a medium. the length is also +2. if you wear a shirt then a jersey on top probably get a large
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