Rainyday wrote in post #18761092
Could someone help me understand the appeal of medium format cameras? I get they are awesome for really big prints (11x14 and such) but do they offer more detail? More correct color? Different dof?
Bigger prints are certainly a place where you can really see the benefits. In fact, printing big is a great way to improve your skills--it reveals the good and the bad.
You get much more subtle variations of color from one place to the next in plants, skin, clothing, etc giving a more life-like look.
You get more subtle transitions of tone from light to darks. Again, more life-like.
You get less noise and more detail in shadows.
You get a file which is easier to work with in post processing.
In the case of Fuji at least you get phenomenally good lenses.
Out of camera with the GFX, the images look more 3D.
It won't make a person a better photographer to use MF (but printing big will make you a better photographer). But if you do your part, MF can help you produce a better image.
Looking at good images helps develop your eye. Looking carefully at your own work will do that, too. Once you start doing that, you start to see subtle difference which matter to you. At least this has been my experience.
Many elements contribute to a sense of presence in an image (the "3D look") including lighting, post processing, lens qualities, aperture choice, colors, etc. You can get this with any camera if you get things lined up right. MF makes it easier to achieve with less struggle.
Look at the GFX group on Facebook and you will see many good examples. And, yes, you can tell looking at the images in the small, horribly compressed images on FB. It doesn't have to be a big print.