Among several other aspects, the medium format (6x6, 6x7...) itself has one big advantage over smaller formats. The photographer can put a considerable emphasis on a subject by working with the very small depth of field aperture settings. If you follow that line, you better know your lenses. The Mamiya RZ lenses have a lever that can stop down to the preferred aperture and visually check the DOF, however, that does not always help due to the darkness of the focusing screen when you close the aperture. The Mamiya lenses also have a little slide ring that can be adjusted (aperture/distance) that show the DOF, but it is relatively coarse. S
From Analog Negatives to Digital Art: A Short Overview of a Technical Solution
I've had quite a few inquiries on how I scan my analog photos and which scanner I use. A lot of people were surprised, if not bewildered when I answered that, for monochrome negatives, I don't use a scanner at all.
In the moment, I use a Sony Alpha 77 DSLR with a Tamron 60mm Macro for DSLR digitzing. Generally, I would say any good DSLR with a large sensor (megapixels really count here!) is good. A good macro lens is essential because of the close distance to the negative. It must be good if you want to make 2 or 4 (or more) shots of a single negative, because di
Finally, after years of agonizing if I should do this, I got myself a good monitor (Asus PA279Q "ProArt" <-- Art is always good :-) )
Pro: The most stunning colors I have ever seen on a monitor, also the monochrome photos look better. The monitor has a very high color reproduction: 99% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB, and 120% NTSC. Also, the WQHD resolution is great when working with highres photos.
Con: Darn! On a calibrated monitors most of my photos look way off, too dark mostly. Seems like I have a long and tedious job of adjusting to do. The photos, of course :-)
Oh well, can't have it all, it seems.
After a five week trip through Sri Lanka we're back again. We loved it in "the land of the smiles" and already miss it dearly.
Took the Mamiya "beast" along, of course, and exposed around 30 films. The film rolls are processed now and I'll be spending the next few months picking out the good ones and getting them ready for displaying.