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10-31-2011, 02:08 PM   #1
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Can you shoot smaller than 40mp with the 645D?

I'd be interested in a 20mp mode if you could do it? I shoot weddings so I don't need the landscape savvy 40mp. I like the tonality, the depth, the and the depth of field.

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In RAW you have 40 MP. That is it unless you would like to crop or down rez later. In JPEG you can make smaller images (32MP, 21MP, 13MP), but they are 8-bit. You can shoot both RAW and JPEG together and convert a RAW to JPEG in camera.

But the pixel resolution is not for landscapes. I shoot portraits and I very much appreciate the pixels.

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The 645D has 5 lower levels for JPG images - 7MP, 13MP, 21MP, 32MP and 40MP.
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If you shoot at lower resolutions jpg does it speed up the camera or review time any?

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JPEGs actually take the camera longer to write--RAW files are always the fastest as there is no processing or resizing. As far as preview times, I have never tried.
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I'm seriously considering one for my wedding business. I know it's overkill but I'm going for a high end clientele. I already offere super 8 film film making and my K-5 kills it now, but I want the look of medium format without film.
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I don't think anyone would consider it overkill. Medium format film was a standard for wedding photography before the success of full-frame digital cameras. I think many people would appreciate the look. However, it does seem like it would be more difficult to capture the magic with a larger, heavier camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by fuent104 Quote
I think many people would appreciate the look. However, it does seem like it would be more difficult to capture the magic with a larger, heavier camera.
What magic would that be?

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What magic would that be?
This kind: INSTAMAT
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QuoteOriginally posted by Yamanobori Quote
What magic would that be?
I was referring to the once-in-a lifetime magical moments that can happen at a wedding, and disappear in the blink of an eye. I meant that using a camera that is physically more difficult to operate could cause the photographer to miss some of these moments.
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If you have one, two hours for the portraits of bride & groom, the 645D is an option to consider. It is not an option for the church (before, during, after) or the party afterwards, as it is way too slow.
I usually work with a Nikon D700 or D3X at weddings and they turn out to be all I need. The more gear you bring, the more complicated (and heavy) it can become.
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If you have one, two hours for the portraits of bride & groom, the 645D is an option to consider. It is not an option for the church (before, during, after) or the party afterwards, as it is way too slow.
I usually work with a Nikon D700 or D3X at weddings and they turn out to be all I need. The more gear you bring, the more complicated (and heavy) it can become.
Yeah, I defiantly have run into that. I follow work by people shooting weddings with film Contax 645s or medium format in general, and their work is always so beautiful. I just don't want to shoot film at a wedding, other than what I do now, which is super 8, totally different.

Plus I'd use it for my personal stuff. I used to shoot large format so I've been really wanting a digital solution for that gap... Its just that entry money...11199 plus tax with the 55mm 2.8... I've never bought anything that expensive before! And I'd probably want the 45-85 and the 75 2.8 too. And it's hard because it would be stupid to replace any of my current gear with the 645D, so I can't sell anything to offset the cost. Yikes! But I really fell in love with the thing at the photo expo. The color tonality and definition was incredible.

Basically the only way I could pay for it is by booking like 4 weddings at my middle tier cost and setting aside all the cash, haha. Yikes. Good thing I didn't quit my day job!
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I tend to think that shooting on film is different. Film is very forgiving, the sensor not so much. If I can cover the costs and have the time, I'd always shoot on film – it still looks better to me and more authentic.*

*Not that I wouldn't love my 645D, it's a grand camera! But nothing is better than film.
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That's true...I do think about just getting a 645NII to tide myself over. I just picture myself at the wedding starting to shoot Portra 400, and then getting nervous and switching back to my K-5. There is a lot to be said for the "knowing you got it" factor of digital. Not that nothing can go wrong with digital too, but you know, peace of mind thing.
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Well, I have found the 645D faster than my film medium-format gear and much simpler to use. I just had it in the studio and took 160 odd photos in a 30 minute portrait session. For fun a few month ago, I took it to the Common Ground Fair and it worked beautifully. I was able to grab shoots very quickly and easily. The preview time is a bit of a pain, but if you are just using it for exposure, then you can just shoot. The 645D is really quite responsive. I can't imagine anything lacking for wedding work. The camera is a joy to use.
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