Image Quality and the Mamiya RZ33 (aka: the DM33 and Leaf Aptus-II 7)

Introduction In two previous articles, I discussed both the features and market position of the Mamiya RZ33 (Introduction: The Mamiya RZ33) and the ergonomics of using the big camera in the field (On Location with the Mamiya RZ33).  As is often the case with big cameras and perhaps the most sophisticated gear of any discipline, it’s the results that make the added complexity worth the extra effort.  The Big Mamiya is no exception, with generous doses of both complexity... Read More

On Location with the Hasselblad H4D-40

The Hasselblad H4D-40, Medium Format DSLR, Part 2 My first encounter with medium format digital photography was during an MFA class, “Advanced Digital Capture”.  The camera, a Hasselblad H1 with a Leaf digital back, was a complex machine, capable of creating big image files, but only with patience, practice, and a bit of professional training.  The back operated tethered to a computer and operation was most comfortably a two-person job. Since those days, much has changed... Read More

Full Throttle 645, The Hasselblad H4D-40

The Hasselblad H4D-40, Medium Format DSLR Hasselblad’s “H” series is very arguably the finest family of cameras in the world, offering a robust line of camera bodies, lenses, digital and film backs, viewfinders, and accessories.  The Swedish company has hurdled into the digital age with a full line of lenses, cameras, and software that work in harmony to produce stunningly large and clear image files.  Through 5 generations of camera bodies, the H series has... Read More

Image Quality and the Hasselblad H3DII-31

The Hasselblad H3DII-31 When compared to more nimble 35mm cameras there are certain compromises to shooting a big 645 DSLR.  It often operates more slowly, with less flexibility of exposure and focus, and – in most cases – it’s more cumbersome.  Is the added complexity and added cost worth it?  Do the trade-offs pay off once the files hit the hard drives and big TIFFs go to print? Why race a Station Wagon and a Super Car? I’ve been thinking through questions... Read More

On Location with the Hasselblad H3DII-31

Update, July 2011: Since our review of the Hasselblad H3DII-31, Hasselblad has updated the camera by bundling its digital back with the new Hasselblad H4D camera body.  The combination, the H4D-31 sells for around $13k.  Check it out here, a link to one of our sponsors, Samy’s Camera.  The digital back is unchanged, though the H4D camera body adds Hasselblad’s excellent True Focus system. It would be fair to consider this beast of a digital camera most at home... Read More

Entry-Level Digital Medium Format and the $10k Hasselblad H3DII-31

The Mighty Hassleblad H3DII-31 Update, July 2011: Since the time of this writing, Hasselblad has replaced the H3DII-31 with the updated H4D-31.  The new camera uses the same digital back bundled to the H4D camera body, which adds Hasselblad’s True Focus system.  The new camera can be found at Samy’s Camera here.  Readers may also be interested in our review of the H4D-40 here. [I want to offer a Huge thanks to Keeble & Shuchat in Palo Alto and Hasselblad genius... Read More