So, i switched my camera to the 30 MP Canon EOS R, which I used to use as my stationary "reproduction" camera, to duplicate film negatives, bringing them into the digital world.

As I don't use a camera strap on that one, it is very handy - for example using it on the Vertex adapter, which needs to be rotated by 90 degrees for every new images (out of 4). Now, the resolution in total increases to 75 MP - which... well, like a serious digital medium format camera.

I love the handling of the Canon EOS R. In fact, it feels to me like a new camera, because i haven't used it for normal photography over 2 years, since i bought the (20 MP) Canon EOS R6 with it's included image stabilization, and therefore more flexible, as well less noisy.

Now, with the Vertex Medium format adapter - the whole thing changes. Here the Canon EOS R really shines (once you set it up comfortably). The body itself feels very solid, with a sense of dignity.

The stupid touch-bar, i use as the 5x and 10x enlargement when i set the sharpness manually. Works flawless in that regard, making it much more useful.


Test with the Pentax 6x7 Takumar 105mm f 2.4

This Takumar 105mm ƒ 2.4 lens is like a "silent legend", due to it's way it renders an image, the background bokeh as well it's unusual brightness. Something you are not spoiled with when it comes to big 6x7 medium format lenses.

So, I wanted to know how it works on my kitchen sink. Nothing special, just "as it is". To be honest, i like it. In fact, everything this far, with the medium format adapter - i simply love. Again, the handling on tripod, the slower pace - remind me of using an analog medium format camera.

The effort is worth it - that is what makes it so fun. Everything is just worth it. And far more rewarding than using a fullframe camera, and cut the frame into a fake "6x6" image.


Classic analog lenses vs. digital image sensors

do of course show chromatic aberations (red and green fringing, even in highlights of background bokeh (i think that is called something else... spherochromatic aberation perhaps ? I can't remember out of memory).

The 6x7 Takumar 105/2.4 does of course have it, too - but is generally not a problem when you correct these things carefully in Photoshop.


I am so in love

This whole medium format thing - is absolutely fun. The work with the files, the fine tuning, the handling of the camera and Pentax 6x7 lenses on a tripod... everything makes it so fun. I feel passion - and the work feels highly rewarding. I lvoe the slower pace, the work in details.... everything.

I haven't felt like this for a long time.

Perhaps it am this entusiastic, because analog film photography with big studio cameras... is kind of slippong away.


Issues with exorbitant prices + Quality Issues (analog film)

Hahaha. From love and passion, to irritation and barfing. So, here it comes.

When it comes to color material - gosh, the industry is just crazy when it comes to prices on films, going through the roof and beyond any common reason. No, this time i am not excusing the analog film industry, and feel "sympathy" for them.

I don't.

The companies sell us more and more garbage to way exaggerated prices. And while I understand that creating film is deep knowledge, and these days many film emulsions can't be recreated. But for heavens sake, stop selling people "new" films, which look like totally outdated (=old), super grainy shit film, for extravagant prices.

It's just BS.

Not to mention the ever lasting issues with backing paper on 120-film rolls (medium format) - an issue since 2014 - making film so unreliable even after short time. You get ugly negatives; negative imprints from the printed numbers on the backing paper, strange granular diffuse patterns overlaying the entire frame....

Ah, go fuck you self, you know. What is this ? It certainly isn't professionalism, to tell "Kodak" films like that, being so unreliable. Either knowledge is being skimped on, and likely also concerns and handling - just don't work the way it used to. Perhaps because the photo professional world relies on digital cameras, and not on analog film anymore. So, the quality issues are mainly an economical consequence of greed, and giving a rats ass in general. Of course, not publicly stated.

Yes. I am rude. in my attitude. Yes, it stinks.

But I am also older now, and don't buy naive company BS anymore.

It's actually that simple

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