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What is Medium Format Film and Why Has it Moved?

Medium Format Film Pictured Left | 35mm Film Right

Medium Format Film Pictured Left | 35mm Film Right

Medium format traditionally refers to a film format in still photography and the related cameras and equipment that use that type of film. In general the term applies to film and digital cameras that record images on media larger than 24 by 36 mm full-frame used in 35 mm photography, but smaller than 4 by 5 inches which is considered to be large-format photography.

In the film world, medium format has moved from being the most widely used film size for over 60 years (1890s through 1950s) to a niche film used by professionals and some amateur photography enthusiasts, but one which is still substantially more popular than large format film. In digital, medium format is a very expensive option, with typical brand new all-digital medium format cameras retailing for approximately $10,000 (example Mamiya ZD) to $32,000 (example Hasselblad H3D) 2008 prices, though, older and used equipment can be substantially less expensive.

While at one time or another a variety of medium format film sizes were produced, today the vast majority of medium format film is produced in the 6 cm 120 and 220 sizes. Other sizes are mainly produced for use in antique cameras, and often many people assume 120/220 film when the term medium format is used.

The general rule with consumer cameras — as opposed to specialized industrial, scientific, and military equipment — is the more cameras sold, the more sophisticated the automation features available. Medium format cameras made since the 1950s are generally less automated than smaller cameras made at the same time, having high image quality as their primary advantage. Consider that autofocus became available in consumer 35 mm cameras in 1977, but did not reach medium format until the late 1990s, and has never been available in a consumer large format camera.

Every May you ask your Mom: “What do you want for Mother’s Day?” and she always says the same thing : “I’ll love whatever you get me, honey.”

Mothers Day Gifts 2010

If she still hasn’t exactly treasured what you got her last year, maybe it’s time to adjust your Mother’s Day gift giving considerations. Don’t put your geek-atude aside to get her something she’ll love for years to come, here is a few ideas that might allow you to express your nerdiness with her sensibility. If you heed our advice, Mom will never have to set aside another one of your Mother’s Day gifts to collect dust. Retro, Vintage and Antique gifts may be just what the “doctor” ordered ! Forget the same old same old and get her something that she will remember and it could be something that stirs up warm memories for her. The following are some suggestions for a successful Mother’s Day gifting experience.

Antique Books for the Book Lover Mom

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Vintage Ephemera for the Art Lover Mom

1880 Vintage Christmas Post Card


1880 Vintage Christmas Post Card

The Marriage Vintage Kewpie Post Card from 1907

The Marriage Vintage Kewpie Post Card from 1907

Retro Board-Games for the Gamer Mom:

1961 Vintage Rack-O Game

1961 Vintage Rack-O Game Complete with Instructions

Vintage Cameras for the Photographer Mom:

Camera Selections

Old Black and White Photos,Tintypes or Stereoview Cards for the Visual Mother:

Tintype Photo Circa 1800s Little Girl w/Baby

Tintype Photo of Cute Little with Adorable Baby

Old Cookbooks for the Cook:

Sunset Cook Book of Desserts 1963

Sunset Cook Book of Desserts 1963

Sunset Cook Book of Desserts 1963 Vintage

Antique Radios for the Music Lover Mom:

1949 RCA Victor 9-X-571 Vintage Art Deco Tube Radio

1949 RCA Victor 9-X-571 Vintage Art Deco Tube Radio

1949 RCA Victor 9-X-571 Vintage Art Deco Tube Radio

Vintage Sewing Patterns for the Seamstress Mom:

Simplicity Sewing Pattern 8076 Toddler Pajamas

Simplicity Sewing Pattern 8076 Toddler Pajamas

Simplicity Pattern 8076 Vintage Retro Toddler Pajamas from RetroVintageBazaar

Antique School Book for the School Teacher Mom:

Walsh's New Grammar School Arithmetic Book c.1903

Walsh's New Grammar School Arithmetic Book c.1903

Walsh’s New Grammar School Arithmetic 1903

Hand Made Awareness Jewelry for the Fashionable Mother:

Select a vast array of jewelry for most awareness causes from RocknBauble