One more comparison of the Nikon D800E, this time against the Plaubel Makina 67 MF camera loaded with Fuji Acros 100 b&w film.
Both photos were taken mid-day (very harsh light) and the Nikkor 24-70mm was set to 40mm (which is the equivalent focal length of the Plaubel). I chose to shoot both cameras handheld, since I rarely put the Plaubel on a tripod and wanted this comparison to be close to my usual shooting habits.
Both images look very similar, although the film managed to record better the highlights areas and the tonality is better than the D800E. Now let’s see a crop part of the images.
At this zoom level, the Nikon D800E has a slight advantage in resolution, but not too much. This difference would be visible in a very large print. So, what I am going to keep from this comparison is the great tonality and highlight recovery of the medium format film.
I don’t know how much better results the D800E would yield if it was on a tripod (there’s mirror vibration, while the Makina being a rangefinder camera has no mirror), but as I have already written, I shoot my Plaubel handheld and that’s the way I should compare it with the Nikon.
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