Take a guess: Which of the following images is medium format digital and which is film?
I took the opportunity to borrow the University of Iowa’s Mamiya 645 camera with a digital back out to shoot and compare with my own Mamiya 645 1000s, which uses film.
Both cameras absolutely have their advantages and disadvantages. The digital is bulky, creates enormous files (which can be both an advantage and a disadvantage), and would cost thousands of dollars (probably $20,000+) if I were to buy it myself. Obviously, as a soon-to-be college graduate with a liberal arts degree, this isn’t feasible for me and likely never will be.
At the same time, I could see my images instantly on the back of the camera, never had to deal with film, and had great results.
I’ll keep this post short because I’m not going to debate which image is the winner. The compositions of these two images are of course not equal (I think the top image’s composition is much better) but it’s fascinating to finally observe them side by side.
Top image: Mamiya 645 with digital back
Bottom image: Mamiya 645 1000s, Kodak Portra 400 film