- Jan 16, 2017
That quote makes me think of looking at a Van Gogh. The brush stroke are obvious, but the collection of them is incredible.Medium format, like full frame, isn't a term which travels well from film to digital.
Film photographers intending to sell 20" wedding pictures and be taken seriously had little choice but to go medium format. There is a very obvious difference between a 20" print from 35mm neg and one from 6x6cm. It's worth remembering that something like a Bronica SQA was not a stellar investment over 35mm, but the print quality gains were significant at standard wall sizes.
That simply does not apply to good quality modern digital equipment. You do not need a massive sensor to knock out sharp 20" prints any more. Go bigger, then the differences start to show, but you are now departing from general purpose cameras, cameras which make MFT and APS-C so appealing. You are also talking very serious money.
Of course, some clients will insist on masses of resolution. Some photographers will market their ability to produce work at very high resolution, so for them medium format is definitely the way to go.
Won't fix your composition though
David Thorpe on the G9 and S1.
"Go up for a 40 inch print and there will be a difference, but you would have to look into the print to see it.
And if you see someone doing that to one of your prints, the main message is that the picture has failed to capture the attention".