Quotes: " if there is a need" - ??
THAT IS THE only REASON. I would purchase a camera such as this:
A specific need - where as there is nothing else available that could do the job as well ! X-cept an 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 OL fashioned film camera.
The Mayor of the North Slope Borough & The Mayor(s) of the city of Barrow have all asked me the same question. What can we do to keep tourists in Barrow longer ??
I gave them a simple answer that 'painted' quite a picture that was easily recognizable and as such.. .. I can reveal what this purpose is.
TRANSFORM Barrow into the BROADWAY of the Arctic
This means the highest quality images displayed using DIGITAL LED FRAMES backlit images printed on FILM
These frames can withstand any temps - tested to - 50 C.
300 - 500 gigantic framed photographs
For a self guided tourist info tour on Inupiaq Lifestyle & Culture & traditions.
44" wide & 64" wide photographs printed on clear film for the most colorful saturated images you have ever seen.
Yes I will purchase this fine camera for sure. .. only because, It will not cost me anything.
When ever I want a new piece of equipment (and we all do) I let the public purchase it for me! I have been doing this since the early 70's and I still use this valued method.
"Ideas are more powerful than money"
That is an exact quote from a former Governor of Alaska.
A simple idea to a decades old problem here in Barrow. funds are not a problem. Creating that many spectacular images will indeed be a true test of skill and artistic composition for all to see.
Yes gigantic 'snapshots' !!
To make money in this business all you have to do.. is be able to do something .. no one else can do !! or wants to do. ( in your area) !!
It always begins.. .. with a 'simple' idea !!
In 40 years time working in this business I have never had the need to ever use film or ISO above 100 . for a customer. I have never had a professional need or project that requred more than 1 frame per second.
I have however needed the higest possible resolution for huge prints and images where only an 8x10 camera w/film could provide the necessary razor sharpness for extreme texture detail.
upgrading from Panasonic FZ-50 ? I use lots of cameras for lots of different reasons !
My all time favorite is my obsolete Mamiya RB 67
Now as far as this high rez mega pixel being available for 10 years - that is absolute nonsense !!
2003 Mamiya Rb had a digital back of 22 mega pixels - now 6 years later they are @ 30 . Leica has the highest in the industry @ 37+
The main drawback for the Mamiya RB digital back was the excessive downlod times after capturing an image.
I have used 6x7 format for years doing sports events w a huge 360 mm lens. My photos were always much cleaner and noticeably sharper than what any 35 mm could ever produce !
The trick is to skillfully capture one frame. Not blast away @ 6 fps AND HOPE you capture that image. I do not need that feature.
Medium format is in a class by itself -
I spent many months pondering the purchase of a Hassleblad in the early 70's. 1973 to be exact (October). I purchased a Mamiya 67 for one reason.
Hassleblad cannot use the entire negative (same as 35mm) to place that image on standard size papers.
6x7 & 4x5 or 8 x 10 are all perfect formats
You can put an image on any size paper that goes from edge to edge both vertical and horizontal in the viewfinder.
I want to use the entire frame !!
Use your brain; it is easy to gain fame in this game !!