A Medium-Format and a Massive Zoom

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  1. End Game

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    First off, if anyone out there has one, I'd like to know whether or not it's worth getting a medium-format camera. You know, those 50lb "things" that give you 22MP or higher? And also, I'm looking for a really good zoom for my XTi-something like 50-450. I'm not one of the guys who knows everything about every camera and every lens *But thank god for the people who do* so I need some opinions.
     
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    large format view cameras will give you better quality than any medium format camera, film or digital. They are also able to shift and tilt at the same time, both the front and back.
     
  3. If you're not sure about MF with a digital back you should probably rent one before buying. With lenses etc you're looking at $15,000+ very quickly.

    Regarding zooms, that seems like a really long range... and chances are that even if such a lens was available, it wouldn't be very good. I'm also not quite the qear-head, but chances are that zoom doesn't really exist. HOWEVER - I gather there are some nice 75-300mm lenses. Check out Canon's products, but also look at Sigma and Tamron lenses.

    As almost always in gear-related matters, the question is how flexible is your budget.
     
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    YIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!! 15k????? OOOOOK...that puts the MF and LF out for now. And thanks for the advice on lenses, I'll go check it out.
     
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    Well, you could spend much more if you wanted :p
     
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    Large format isn't 15,000. 10,000 is for the DIGITAL medium format.

    For less than $2,000 and you can get a brand new 4x5 camera system.
     
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    He is talking MP .. so he is talking of MF with digital back ... and 10-15k is the lower end here.

    Of course film is way cheaper, and used you get nice systems way below 2k these days.
     
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    Wow...well, I guess I'm not getting an MF any time soon, so I guess all the money that I had for the MF is going to go into the zoom and a boatload of new filters. *Been wanting them forever*
     
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    What's wrong with film? digital isn't the holy grail it's made up to be yet.

    There is so much more color information on a slide of Velvia than any digital contraption can crank out.
     
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    nothing wrong with film.
    but if someone wants digital, that is his decision.

    I am a Velvia shooter myself, but I nevertheless enjoy my digital camera.
     
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    About wanting a 50-450mm zoom... Sigma have a 50-500mm (sometimes known as the "Bigma") if you really need to cover that range with only one lens... and if you're willing to carry it around.
     
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    Lol, Bigma--nice. I'm very willing ^^ thanks. I'll probably end up buying that.
     

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