When it comes to picking up your first medium format camera, the sheer number of options can be quite daunting. Moreover, the different types of options (SLR, TLR, and rangefinder) can cover uncharted territory.
In this video, Kyle McDougall covers the full array of options available for medium format film cameras. Though he covers a lot ground and goes into depth in some areas, the way it’s presented makes the information very digestible for people at all familiar with cameras. As a bonus, he makes specific camera recommendations for each type he covers.
This video acts as an excellent supplement to a recent Fstoppers article which covered the broader range of film format options from 35mm to large format. For me, medium format is often my go-to when I leave the house with a camera in hand. With the larger negative, it is difficult to beat the resolution of a 645, compared with 35mm and even modern digital cameras. By the time you are shooting 6×7, only the highest megapixel digital cameras coupled with the sharpest lenses can compete.
If you currently shoot digital and want to give film a shot but don’t want to sacrifice the resolution, give medium format a go.