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645 NII and a cactus flower
Posted By: Ole, 11-25-2007, 09:58 AM

It could be my imagination but I find the texture and color extraordinarily smooth and varied. It would have been nice to have had a digital shot for comparison!

Kodak Portra 160VC. Pentax 645 NII with smc Pentax-A 645 120mm Macro.



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11-25-2007, 10:07 AM   #2
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Some things about film cannot underestmated Ole! I would be very curious to see how the digital capture would look. Obviously the lens will have some influence on the contrast, etc.

Beautiful colors and very nice scan!!! I wish it wasn't raining and around a balmy 35F/2C here....
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Lovely image with beautiful colors.
Could you please tell us about the scanning parameters?
I had my film scanned at a "pro" place using a drum scanner but I don't think they were terribly succesful.
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Looks good to me Ole,

I borrowed a Mamiya 645 a couple of weeks ago, and was impressed by the difference in colours and contrast over Digital.

I liked it enough to make an offer on it, and it'll be mine in 2 days or so
So I'll be looking at a medium format macro lens for it soon

Would you care to share any secrets to a medium format newbie?

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Wonderfull capture - great detail
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QuoteOriginally posted by bc_the_path Quote
Lovely image with beautiful colors.
Could you please tell us about the scanning parameters?
I had my film scanned at a "pro" place using a drum scanner but I don't think they were terribly succesful.
I send my film out for scanning on a drum scanner.

They call it a 60MB high resolution scan. The resolution is about 20 MP (5217 x 3777), so the uncompressed file size is almost 60MB. In order to benefit fully from the large negative I would think one could use an even higher resolution.
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QuoteOriginally posted by little laker Quote
Looks good to me Ole,

I borrowed a Mamiya 645 a couple of weeks ago, and was impressed by the difference in colours and contrast over Digital.

I liked it enough to make an offer on it, and it'll be mine in 2 days or so
So I'll be looking at a medium format macro lens for it soon

Would you care to share any secrets to a medium format newbie?
I haven't used 4.5 x 6 very much so I consider myself still a newbie

What I have found is that the bulky equipment makes you slow down a lot and consider each shot carefully. And you only have 16 shots on a roll of film so that's another reason to go slow!

Autofocus is not a big plus - since you tend to work at slow pace it's not a problem to take the time to focus.

A sturdy tripod is good to have - it eliminates camera shake and it's nice to be able to "park" the camera when scouting for the next shot rather than having to carry the rig around. The tripod also allows me to use mirror lock-up so as to avoid any degredation in sharpness from the the mirror slap.

Finally, I preload two to three camera backs at home - having to load 120 film out in the field is no joy.

The 645 is good for macro and landscape - forget action photo!
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Thanks Ole,

The one I'm getting has the waist level viewfinder, as a result I found it so much easier using the tripod.

I was wondering if they're good for macro's. Now I know.
I'll get my first macro lens for it then. Too bad that I only see 80mm's listed for the manual focus Mamiya's.

I guess that I'll have to find someone with a better scanner soon.

I hope that you have some fun with yours, and I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures from it.

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