A couple of images taken with Plaubel Makina 67 with Kodak Portra 160NC. This was my last 160NC film, an expired one which combined with not keeping it the fridge, showed some signs of deterioration.
Shooting wide open with a 6×7 camera like the Makina, gives me the opportunity to create images with a shallow depth of field and a look that I cannot get from my digital cameras, even my full frame Nikon D800E. It has nothing to do with digital vs film (although you can’t really beat the smooth transition of tones from a medium format film camera). Its simply the size of the medium.
The Makina 80mm lens is a 40mm equivalent. Shooting it wide open at f/2.8 at its minimum focus distance (1 meter) has a razor thin DoF of 3cm. To achieve the same with a FF camera (and keep the same frame), you need a 35mm f/1 lens. You can get closer with a 35mm lens , for instance to 70cm distance so you don’t actually need a f/1 lens (there’s is not such a thing in the market after all), but then distortion comes in. This could be more evident in a portrait situation for example.
So, this is a good reason for me to keep shooting MF film, among others !!
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