Introduction To Medium Format Photography

Shooting with 35mm is usually how most of you probably got introduced to the wonders of film photography. But if you’re anything like me, you’re most likely already itching to move on to bigger and better things. I would say jump in, but do get a little familiar with the basic concepts first.

Frankly, a short guide would never be enough for such a huge aspect of photography, which is why we call it an“introduction”. You’ll get a taste of what medium format is, what it offers,and why you need to try it, along with a bit about cameras, lenses, film, and shooting with medium format; just enough to send you on your way. So let’s begin!

What Is Medium Format?

In simple terms, medium format is just that; medium-sized film, measured somewhere between 35mm and large format sheet film. In more practical terms, the film is 6 inches in height, and unlike 35mm, the width of the shot may vary depending on the camera. Thus, the number of shots in a roll will vary too as the length of the roll is also fixed, but more on that later.

So basically, medium format photography happens with larger cameras that support the larger film size. Although, it is considered a more professional level of photography, it is really not that much complicated or difficult. It just needs a bit of getting used to. The results you get, however, are infinitely better.

{Tortuguero Lagoon by Eduardo Romero, shot with a Pentax 6x7 medium format camera.}

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