Photographing a Hot Rod in Medium Format

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Once upon a time I got to review the Phase One 645DF medium format camera for Shutterbug magazine. You can read the full review here. It’s not every day that get to I test a camera that cost as much as a new Challenger and like the Dodge there’s plenty of options from front to back that affect the as delivered price.

The IIQ RAW files captured with the camera are large and vary in size from 35-45 MB and were processed into a smaller TIFF files using Phase One’s Capture One software.

How I made this shot: Lens was a Schneider Kreuznach LS 80mm f/2.8 lens with six elements in five groups so traditionalists might think of it as a Super-Symmar XL but it does not bear this honored name. This image was shot using the 645DF’s Program exposure mode that produced an exposure of 1/250 sec at f/11 and ISO 200 with the most amazing detail I’ve ever seen in any automobile photograph that I’ve made.

Phase One’s P40+ back that I was attached to the 645DF produced images of such startling clarity that I may never be able to look at automobile images captured with my digital SLRs or mirrorless cameras in quite the same way again.