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

Introduction: The Leica S2

Introduction With the new S2 camera system, Leica has boldly entered the world of professional imaging at the very top.  The Leica S2 is a tool designed for professional photographers, optimized to churn out big, clear files.  Unlike other cameras in photography’s upper reaches, though, the S2 immediately feels like something familiar, in many ways more closely related to modern 35mm DSLRs than to oblong 645 format cameras. To put our test camera to work, I set up a number... 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