Medium Format Camera Market

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BJL:
MF might not be quite as badly off as those numbers suggest; many MF users might be keeping their existing bodies and putting their money towards digital backs for them. Some for example might be keeping their current body until they can get an integrated digital MF body, like the ones that Mamiya and Pentax have promised but not yet delivered. (The Mamiya ZD is available in Japan only so far.)

On the other hand, the Hasselblad H series 645 MF bodies are made in Japan by Fuji (and sold under the Fuji brand in Japan only) so they might be included in those numbers, which would make the situation sound even worse.

Gary Ferguson:
I'm not 100% sure but I think the Hasselblad H series bodies are made in Sweden, including the ones sold in Japan under the Fuji name, the lenses however do come from Japan.

BJL:
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I'm not 100% sure but I think the Hasselblad H series bodies are made in Sweden, including the ones sold in Japan under the Fuji name, the lenses however do come from Japan.

bob mccarthy:
I would offer that the medium format camera/back now belongs in the "large format" realm. The better DLSR's now offering the image quality of medium format.

How much inventory is sitting on the dealers shelves around the world. Can't be trivial. I surprised I can't find some really tasty "close out" deals though.

The categories have been scrambled by the increasing capability of digital sensors. If one added in the roll film back view camera, would the numbers improve. I sort of doubt it.

For ultimate image quality, the latest backs have to be coming close to 4x5 from a practical vantagepoint.

Bob

bob mccarthy:
Just how close to 4x5 does the new 39 mpxl backs come?

Is film dead even at the larger sizes?

Is the only reason for large format to soldier on, the high cost of backs?

I see that Epson is releasing a newer scanner - Epson Perfection V750 Pro.  Perhaps a sub $1000 scanner is now good enough to get most of quality out of a big piece of film. May hold off the inevitable.

I have been on the edge of buying back into large format for hobby reasons. I just can't seem to pull the trigger.

Bob

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