Three years ago I sold my DLSR system and went into mirrorless,
as mention I wasn’t 100% confident of this move. I still own a
Digital Medium Format(DMF) for commercial client that requires
larger output. That was my safety net too. I wasn’t sure if X-trans
16MP APS-C good enough.
Yesterday I decided to take out my DMF out for a spin and relive
the medium format dream. Its may not be the latest model but its
still a great tool. Its a Phase One 645DF with a Leaf Aptus 6 ll
28 MP digital back.
As I place it on my work table; X-Pro2 was just by it side. I was just
wondering how much different is the IQ between this 2 awesome
cameras? X-Pro2 mounted with a XF35mm F1.4 and Phase One
with a 80mm F2.8 Schneider-Kreuznach lens. Which is about 50mm
in 135mm format.
As usual I commission my not so trusty model, Summer; A.K.A. my
cheeky 5 years old daughter. I brought the DMF and XPro-2 for a
little unfair face-off at the playground.
As we all know there are so much differences between the 2 system.
First; its the size of the sensor. MF vs APS-C, CCD Sensor vs X-Trans
CMOS Sensor, 16bit depth vs 14bit depth. Old tech vs latest. 28MP vs
24MP. Almost 4 times in weight differences, and also as many times or
more in price differences. The list goes on.
They are different. Since I own both system, why not do a simple test of
how much different the picture will turn out. This is not a technical review
as I will leave this to the real expert.
Here are 3 samples taken. Both system are taken in Raw and converted
into Tiff. Its a no brainer that the MF do have more details in the picture.
Much creamer bokeh. The dynamic range is better. 28mp vs X-Pro2 24mp.
The winner is definitely the DMF.
My next question to myself; do I really still need this DMF? Is it so much better?
X-Pro2 is so much more affordable. At 24MP its good enough for a lot of commercial
work. The details from X-Pro2 is pretty amazing. Paired with the awesome Fujinon
lenses and this system is so much lighter. What is there not to love?
According to this article by HWZ, ‘Hard to believe, but it certainly seems
like Fuji’s engineers are spot on when they say their new APS-C 24.3MP
X-Trans III sensor resolves as much as a 30-plus megapixel full-frame sensor.’
Here is the link:
Is it time to upgrade to a 40MP to 50MP DMF? Is it worth in gold? I am
not sure about that. Its really a lot of money to invest into the latest DMF.
What do you think?
If rumor is true then I will be very excited about the new Fujifilm MF system. If the
price is true according to the article I read from Peta Pixel. “Yep, the medium format
Fuji will come,” Fuji Rumors says. “And if priced somewhere between the Pentax
645D [$3,400] and the Pentax 645Z [$7,000] this camera could be a real winner
Then I think the ownership of DMF system will be a lot more affordable. Finally
the last question; anyone keen in to buy my DMF system with 4 lenses? 😛
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