When you combine medium format camera with 135 film, you get panoramas. I recently shot my very first roll with this kind of panorama set up.
Zenza Bronica ETR -series cameras have often been overlooked as a medium format cameras, because they “only shoot” 6×4,5 cm negatives, when the “proper” ones shoot 6×6 and even larger 6×9 cm negatives. I don’t know if 6×4,5 is enough to get that “medium format look“, but when you use a panoramic film back, you get a very distinctive look nevertheless. The panoramic film back essentially enables you to use 35mm film in medium format camera, which normally uses 120 film. When loaded into the camera, both films span equally wide, but 120 film is 6cm high when the 35mm is only 2,4 mm high, resulting in panorama format 24×55 mm. Normal 35mm negative is exposed as 24x36mm.
So there. That’s the nerdy side of things, here are some examples of the pictures:
I think panoramas are well suited for blog pictures, the wide but short format works well in terms of scroll-down efficiency! 🙂 When uploading the pictures to Instagram, I have to create a bit of a border to make the total picture 16:9 aspect ratio. Otherwise IG crops part of the panorama away.
I really like the panorama format and really look forward to spending the summer with the camera!
Thanks to Kameratori for scan and develop!