Medium format refers to the size of your roll of film (or if you’re talking digital, it’s the size of the camera sensor). It really just means that you are shooting on a bigger piece of film than you do with a 35mm camera. The increased size of medium format film means a much larger negative. This will give you finer details and less grain.
Choosing your Right Medium Format Camera
Twin Lens Reflex (TLRS)
TLRs use two objective lens of the same focal length. The photographic objective lens is the one that is used to take the picture. The other lens, called the view lens, is connected to the viewfinder. Most TLRs are fixed focal length, and the more expensive models may incorporate a rudimentary room function. Most TLRs use a leaf shutter system, resulting in high speeds, quiet operation and low shutter vibration. There are also close-up, wide angle and telephoto adapters for TLRs.
Some popular TLRS cameras are: Yashica MAT-124G, Rolleiflex 2.8F, Minolta Autocord and Mamiya C330
Rangefinder cameras are medium format cameras with a range finder. This negates the waistline, viewing that most TLRs carry. They are also much smaller than TLRs, and allow for easier point and shoot photographs. They tend to have limited focusing ranges, and do not have lenses larger than 180mm or 200mm. Rangefinders are quieter and easier to focus in dim light. They are mostly fixed lens models, but higher range models also provide for interchangeability.
Some popular rangefinder cameras are: Fujica G690, Mamiya 6/7, Bronica RF645, Norita 66 and Pentax 67
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Virtual Viewing with
Travel may be limited these days, but discovering incredible experiences from across the globe doesn’t have to be. Virtual tours, especially in the real estate industry, were becoming increasingly popular even before the COVID-19 pandemic. This is where the virtual tour comes in – you can use this medium to present a property to potential customers online, either live (using a video conferencing software such as Zoom) or by sharing a link.
360 for Virtual Viewing
Simply put, a 360 camera captures panoramic photos and videos from a single position. A 30 camera can pan both vertically and horizontally, creating a photo that is fully navigable and makes the viewers feel like they are actually at the location where the photo was taken.
There are some factors to take into account when choosing your 360 camera for virtual viewing.
Many 360 cameras have put more focus on their panoramic video capabilities, adding in features such as video stabilisation and high frame rates. These aren’t necessary when choosing a 360 camera for virtual tours. The first thing to consider is image resolution – basically, the higher, the better. A 360 camera which has the option to shoot in High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode, which can help give your photos a more vibrant look.
Ease of Workflow
For those with no photography experience, a camera which requires minimal intervention from the user will be suitable. However, there are also those who would like to take on a more active role in post-processing. Look up on reviews online to understand more about the camera you are interested in. You might need to make additional investment for a post-processing software like Adobe Lightroom and Matterport.
Although there are no technical specs that will let you know how well a 360 camera does its stitching. Your best bet would be to check out examples of their output. Look for telltale signs of poor stitching – discontinuous lines, distorted features, or inconsistent lighting.