Do You Need a Medium Format Camera?

The shift to medium format photography can mark a significant milestone for a landscape photographer, but it's also very expensive to do so. Do you really need to do so

Coming to you from Mark Denney, this informative video explores the nuanced journey of transitioning to medium format photography for landscape work. Denney shares his firsthand experiences, focusing on the tangible benefits and challenges encountered over three years of using a medium format system. He discusses how this change has not necessarily made him a better photographer but has enhanced his confidence in handling various lighting conditions without the need for bracketing exposures. This shift has simplified his workflow, proving that the right tools can indeed make a significant difference in the field. The insights provided are valuable for photographers contemplating a similar leap, offering a realistic perspective on what to expect.

Moreover, Denney addresses the physical aspects of medium format systems, such as the size and weight of lenses, and the implications for travel and mobility. He also touches on the limitations, like the lack of long lens solutions, which can affect the versatility of medium format systems in certain shooting scenarios. These considerations are critical for photographers who value flexibility in their equipment. The practical advice and solutions Denney offers, such as using alternative systems for longer focal lengths, demonstrate adaptive strategies that can mitigate these drawbacks. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Denney.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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