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    Want To GET BEST PORTRAITS USE DSLR or Digital Medium Format

    I USE THE CANON 5D MK2 and Canon L Glass for my weddings. I am satisfied with them BUT I am not sure if I need to Buy a Medium Format camera and a Mid range Digital back to get this. I use the 70-200 2.8 from Canon, Am I going crazy??? I dont know. Maybe I have wanted a MF camera and feel I should buy one and see how it compares to My MK2. If no considerable difference then I would sell it. Thank you, rollsman

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    Re: Want To GET BEST PORTRAITS USE DSLR or Digital Medium Format

    If your weddings are mainly journal style, I think you don't need MF. Imo.
    On the difference factor, for what I've seen there is not much o a difference unless you go full-frame digital MF. On the worth factor, is only up to you to decide.
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    Re: Want To GET BEST PORTRAITS USE DSLR or Digital Medium Format

    I simply love more mpx for use in detailed pore-level retouch.
    Skin color is generally better as well with MF, OTOH I have seen many fine portraits shot with a dslr, but some of my favorites, such as the karsh portrait of Churchill were done in 8x10.
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    Re: Want To GET BEST PORTRAITS USE DSLR or Digital Medium Format

    Rollsman,

    I have a couple of comparisions between 5dMK2 and Hasselblad H3D2-39 at http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20046 post #17 .

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    Re: Want To GET BEST PORTRAITS USE DSLR or Digital Medium Format

    If you go for MF you may want to consider something with a revolving back for portrait use. Makes a lot of difference in ergonomics. I use Sinar Hy6/ eMotion 75LV but I think Leaf also makes some Aptus backs with a revolving chip.

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    Re: Want To GET BEST PORTRAITS USE DSLR or Digital Medium Format

    No need to buy right out of the gate. Rent one to see if it's for you.

    Ask yourself these questions:

    Are there things your clients are asking for that you are unable to provide with the equipment you have now?

    Do you have prospective clients who tell you that they love your work, but they are hiring your competition instead because they are using MFD equipment?

    Will this major expense pay for itself by creating additional sales?

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    Re: Want To GET BEST PORTRAITS USE DSLR or Digital Medium Format

    Karsh
    Now you're talking. My favorite portrait photographer.
    8X10? Not fair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    I simply love more mpx for use in detailed pore-level retouch.
    Skin color is generally better as well with MF, OTOH I have seen many fine portraits shot with a dslr, but some of my favorites, such as the karsh portrait of Churchill were done in 8x10.
    -bob

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    Re: Want To GET BEST PORTRAITS USE DSLR or Digital Medium Format

    Looked at this again.

    Sure, mf will kickass in studio. Way better than any dslr. That's established.

    But the wedding end is something else. Ability to go iso 5000 and get nice images of receptions with 5dMK2 with just a touch of on-camera flash and the available ambient light is something no mf can come anywhere close to getting. If doing the reception with mf, need tripod, studio light to add background, a good size on-camera flash of some kind.

    I have my daughter's wedding coming up and my main photographer is using 5dmk2. Second guy will do formals with Hasselblad, plus some things like first dance, father daughter dance, cutting cake, etc., with potato masher, but after that he's on a second 5dmk2. At least that's the plan for now.

    But for portraits with dslr, tripod or camera stand is a must. With 5dmk2, it's a light weight camera and benefits from locking mirror up. If that 70-200 is IS, make sure the IS is turned off if on tripod/camera stand. Single center point is best focus point, but no matter what, expect some out of focus as auto focus gets confused even with decent modeling light. 5dmk2 images benefit from pulling in black and white points in Levels in PS. And after all that, it's still expression that sells. lol.
    Last edited by David Schneider; 11th December 2010 at 16:19.

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