Three years ago I attended an architectural photography workshop in Chicago. It was my first opportunity to work with medium format digital and with a modern technical camera. It was immediately the obvious next step for how I wanted to work and where I wanted to take my photography. Since then it's been a waiting game for when I thought I was actually ready, and when I thought the technology was worthy of this level of investment. It's an expensive system, and I only wanted to do this once.
For the last two months I've quietly been working with a completely new camera system. I went with a Phase One IQ260 digital back, and an Arca Swiss R3mdi technical camera. Everything is different. The process of making a photograph in the field is different, it's a slow, measured, more thoughtful process. This is not a point and shoot camera. This is an artist's camera in which you think, compose and then create an image. It's a process I enjoy greatly and I'm ready to talk about it.
Why digital medium format?
1. Image Quality
Even compared to my Nikon D800 this is the easily one the greatest advantages. Lots of important science goes in to this system. A sensor 2.5 times the size of full frame 35mm digital, paired with amazing lenses. It's optics, it's science.
The resulting resolution of a technically well shot image is stunning. For example, take these images below. I wanted to put the camera to work, and my client SmithGroupJJR was nice enough to let me point it at their new DC Office. The original image is on the left, showing the entry and how their building nicely craddles the Corcoran Gallery. The image on the right is a rather large crop—a large crop in the corner of a shifted image. The results were stunning, the cropped image was still 16 megapixels. Plenty sharp and large enough for various usages.