Ode on Medium Format
What is this fuss all about?
I am a pro … well, almost! I have a website or two, I’ve posted a few photos of benches and branches, I’ve annoyed some people in chatrooms and I have a very, very big zoom lens. This makes me a pro, doesn’t it? But there is one problem.
I have always wanted this full-frame stuff. My Canikon friends make fun of me whenever they see me running around with my APS-C size sensor. I am not really sure what this loaded name means but it’s apparently not as good as full frame. Now I understand how Donald Trump felt when the “fake media” made fun of his small hands. Bigly!
I also know why my photography has been so crappy. Sure I have two backpacks full of gear … well OK I will be honest … I am still missing this must-have XF 100-400 zoom lens. If I only had this lens I would have no problem shooting a five-million-dollar, Andreas Gursky-style snap of a river (I even have a river on my doorstep) and I would go after all the Zacks and LaRoques of this world. I could even chase Jarvis to stardom.
And then when my piggy bank was almost full after years of saving all the pocket money I got from my parents, they came up with this luxe toy! What the hell is medium format? Why is this so Vancouver-like expensive? I haven’t even had a chance to google this and yet some of my rich Vancouver friends have already posted their selfies with this stuff. They even say that it has better “pop” than full frame. I cannot believe how stupid these kids are – even the name is a warning. Why I would pay so much money for something in the middle if I can go full frame? These Fuji guys are indeed a brilliant bunch. Instead of going after already-caught-with-their-pants-down Sony people, they came up with this medium stuff, which is not even full (frame), wrapped it up in white boxes to get Apple crazies excited and … it worked! Go figure! Is this the Goldilocks syndrome at work?
I admit, the sample images are jaw-dropping! I may even be willing to test this medium thing to prove how insane the world has become. However, I doubt they would trick me as they did those rich Vancouver kids. OK, OK, I admit it. I am intrigued and as nervous as a cat. What if I like this medium thing? Then I would need such a huge piggy bank it would not fit in my Vancouver, cannot-afford-it-anyway, 400 sq. ft. basement apartment.
@fujiguys, what have you done!?
For gear enthusiasts, yours truly is holding the one and only vintage 1967 Picture Story Fisher Price camera.
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