I can’t afford medium format yet, at least not to own. But it’s interesting how it’s changing.
I remember when the D800 came out, the average user though it would be the end of medium format. In a resolution sense, it might have been. But not in where medium format really shines: dynamic range and sensor size [which has numerous benefits far beyond ‘just’ resolution, although that’s a part].
Phase One has relatively recently upgraded their body with the new XF and come out with a 100MP CMOS back. Now Hasselblad has done the same. Ming Thein, industrial photographer and Hasselblad sponsor, created a short editorial commenting about it.
Here is just an interesting tidbit for you to sample before the jump:
There are basically only two complete system players left in medium format: Hasselblad and Phase One. I don’t consider Leica or Pentax to be complete systems: Leica lacks tilt shift lenses other than the 120, and Pentax lacks both leaf shutter lenses, tilt shift lenses, and a complete set of lenses whose performance is consistent and commensurate with the abilities of its sensor. Furthermore, as subjective as these things are, I don’t think the Pentax implementation of the sensor is quite as good as either Hasselblad or Phase One; its files seem to lack the depth and richness produced by the other two, or the accuracy and highlight handling of the Hasselblad.