Lens Design and Performance

The medium format camera best suited for your photography may be, and often is, determined by the lens or lenses. If you are in the market for a camera, it is worthwhile considering the following points:

• type and range of available focal lengths; location of the lens scales and convenience of operating the lens controls;

• extent and desirability of automation; and

• the manufacturer’s reputation for quality and reliability.


Lenses are an expensive part of a good camera system with a single lens perhaps costing more than the camera body. Medium format lenses are likely to cost more than equivalent 35 mm lenses because the lens elements, the lens barrel and diaphragm, must be larger. Increasing ...

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