Genuine Mirrorless Medium Format

The above image was taken on my Fuji 6x9 film Camera. Shot on Fuji Provia 100, 1/250th. at f/11. It was scanned at 3200 ppi. on an Epson V850 Pro Scanner, which produced a 703MB - 232MP file and at print resolution (300 dpi) it's file size is 64" x 43". That's over five feet along it's horizontal side. Below is a 100% blowup from that 232MP file. 

To put this into perspective, I used the diagram below to show the size of the Fuji 6 x 9 frame in a previous article

As you can see, it is way bigger than either 'Full Frame' or the 50MP sensor used on the Fuji GFX. So it's really no wonder that I can get the resolution I do from scanning film images from the Fuji 6 x 9. 

Now there are some things that need to be stated here. Firstly the 6 x 9 scans need quite a lot of sharpening, which is the case with all film scanning. It also has to be remembered that the Fuji 6 x 9 camera is hardly the most versatile out there. For a start it is completely manual. No exposure meter, no batteries and focusing is done by a (not so great) rangefinder system. It has a fixed 90mm f/3.5 mm lens, which is around the 42mm mark in 35mm terms and it shoots 8 exposures per 120 film, the cost of which with buying the film and having it processed comes out at around £2.50 per shot. So hardly anything to get the gadget heads all hot and bothered. 

But it is genuine medium format. In fact it's the biggest MF you can get apart from some panoramic cameras and of course it cost me £300 as opposed to the £6000 needed to buy the Fuji GFX body without a lens. It is also a mirrorless camera.

For my stock work I would never upload a file size this big. Firstly picture libraries have an upper limit on file size and secondly a 5' x 3 1/2' is way over the top for stock library use. So after editing in Photoshop I end up with a 50MP file, the same as the Fuji GFX. And this is a very high quality file, which would reproduce beautifully for any purpose. In terms of the restrictions I have no problem with the fixed lens as I like anything around the 40mm equivalent mark anyway. As you would expect I use it for landscape / location and architectural images, in good light and when I have the time to work at a slow pace. I've recently returned from s stock shooting trip to Somerset and I kept my gear to a minimum. My Leica V-LUX (Typ 114), my iPhone 7 Plus the Fuji. And often I would go out with just the Fuji and iPhone. The latter has a light meter app. called LUX which is actually very accurate. 

Now there is no big deal here, no point to prove other than there are many different ways to create photographic images other than what passes through the majority of the photographic internet. I love shooting on film again, many will feel the opposite. What I will say however is that shooting on a 100% manual camera is refreshing. No buttons to press other than the shutter, no menus, no AF. Just me and my years of accumulated photographic knowledge. And if I didn't relish that, what on earth am I doing calling myself a photographer.