Digital medium format cameras hit the market in 1992, with Leaf’s release of the DCB. At the time, this 4mp back launched what would be a tremendous resurgence of medium format photography, primarily within commercial and portrait markets. But why? These systems cost anywhere from 4-10 times what flagship DSLRs cost. Are they really that much better?
If a photo is worth 1000 words and a clip has 24 frames a second, how would you even rate an 8K timelapse? Videographer Martin Heck challenges the assumption that such a movie can be described with words at all (I vote no).
Aside the obvious technical challenges of making a 100,000 photos time-lapse while traveling 7500 kilometers for six weeks in southern Chile and Argentina, Martin had a small (or rather medium) thing to take care of. Martin shot this movie with a medium format Pentax 645Z camera. That helped bring the total volume of the project to just over 4TB of footage.
Pentax is one of the only few camera companies out there that still produces and manufactures medium-format cameras.
Today they they’re announcing their newest medium-format entry, and it is a 51.4mp, (almost) 4k video CMOS sensor beast.