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    Now Fuji go medium format

    Hot on the heels of the Hasselblad X1D comes Fuji's latest.
    http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/19/12...photokina-2016

    This is becoming an interesting segment of the market for people looking to get the extra detail and dynamic range of these MF sensors. I wonder what the price will be.
    Maybe the Sony A9 will get announced as well. Not MF but sounds interesting.
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    I think Fuji will bring traditionally expensive realms of photography to a new group of users. I started another post about being more than a little disappointed about Canikon at the event.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MissionMan View Post
    I think Fuji will bring traditionally expensive realms of photography to a new group of users. I started another post about being more than a little disappointed about Canikon at the event.


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    Yeah, Canikon do seem to be falling behind a bit, especially Canon if image quality and dynamic range are your thing.
    It may take a while for the full range of lenses to be available for the Fuji though and 120 mm (35 mm equivalent) seemed to be the longest planned to date. Not sure I'd want to jump until I can get the ones I need. But it's good to see the direction things are heading, at least for what I do.

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    Fuji used to have (I think they still have them? ) medium format film system.

    Would be good if they had an adapter available for the old lenses to suit the shorter backfocus distance of this new format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster View Post
    It may take a while for the full range of lenses to be available for the Fuji though and 120 mm (35 mm equivalent) seemed to be the longest planned to date. Not sure I'd want to jump until I can get the ones I need. But it's good to see the direction things are heading, at least for what I do.
    The 120 mm macro that is available and the 110 mm that is planned will offer an equivalent 35 mm field of view of 95 and 87 mm respectively and those figures are well into "traditional" portraiture lengths. Combine those and the wider lenses for landscapes etc and they are well on their way to covering the sort of usage that MF cameras get.

    Definitely looks look a lust worthy bit of gear but most importantly will be software support for their raw files. I can't see anything out there about file format and a$obe have been extremely slow providing "proper" support of the Fuji RAF files, particularly the models with the x-trans sensors. I can't see Capture One reacting speedily to support files from a camera that threatens a few sales from their own product line.

    If their prices as quoted are correct they are still going to be expensive here down under but maybe the cheapest way to get into that size camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I @ M View Post
    The 120 mm macro that is available and the 110 mm that is planned will offer an equivalent 35 mm field of view of 95 and 87 mm respectively and those figures are well into "traditional" portraiture lengths. Combine those and the wider lenses for landscapes etc and they are well on their way to covering the sort of usage that MF cameras get.

    Definitely looks look a lust worthy bit of gear but most importantly will be software support for their raw files. I can't see anything out there about file format and a$obe have been extremely slow providing "proper" support of the Fuji RAF files, particularly the models with the x-trans sensors. I can't see Capture One reacting speedily to support files from a camera that threatens a few sales from their own product line.

    If their prices as quoted are correct they are still going to be expensive here down under but maybe the cheapest way to get into that size camera.
    I often us a 200 mm for landscapes taken from a spot I would call a large vista. It allows me to pick out interesting segments of the entire vista, but I take your point re the wider landscape lenses. Plus there's a bit more croppability with more pixels which can be used to get in closer. But I hate the thought of spending all that money on a nice big sensor and then throwing all those expensive pixels around the middle away.
    200 mm is also useful for photographing small children, as they can run around at a distance and you can capture more candid shots. Maybe not so traditional for MF but certainly something I'd use it for, especially given it will basically move from the old behemoth of a MF camera to something that can be used in a more portably SLR type way.

    It'll be interesting to see what Phase do with Capture One should MF cameras become more prevalent. For example, currently they don't support Pentax 645Z Raw, and it's not like the Pentax is a direct competitor to an XF system. So they may carry on with this (slightly churlish IMHO) approach, or just say, lets become a serious competitor to Adobe and service the needs of a wider range of MF cameras (but not Hasselblad )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster View Post
    Plus there's a bit more croppability with more pixels which can be used to get in closer. But I hate the thought of spending all that money on a nice big sensor and then throwing all those expensive pixels around the middle away.
    Totally agree, people spend extra $$ for the extra pickles and then discard a heap of them. Sort of like buying a hamburger with the lot and then binning the egg, pineapple, bacon and lettuce.

    We will wait and see how the body behaves in the real world, somehow I don't think it will up to the job of chasing moving subjects but more aimed at tripod mounted duties.

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