So, this is the story of my transition to medium format photography territory and my first impressions of the Leaf Aptus 75, 33 Mpx digital back I’ve bought a few days ago.
My Story and First Impressions
| Full frame CCD, Dual Sensor Readout (DSR) for double capture speed (patent pending)
6726 x 5040
48 x 36 mm
6.8 x 6.8 micron
| 6 x 7 cm (3.5 in.)
Advanced touch-screen interface.
Pre-shoot file naming, image flags, full browsing and file management, job folders, preview up to 20 images on one screen and more.
16 bit (65,536 levels per color)
0° to 40ºC (32º to 104ºF)
Hasselblad H1 and V series
50, 100, 200, 400, 800
|Portable storage options:||Compact flash (CF) card type II, tested: Sandisk Extreme III, Sandisk Ultra II, Lexar CF pro Series 80x.
30 GB Digital Magazine (read/write speed—17 MB per second).
High-volume portable Firewire disks are optional.
Highlights and Shadow Recovery Tests:
On each I was trying to pull up as much as possible using ACR. I’ve used Adobe RAW converter because it gave me slightly higher range of adjustments over Capture One. The quality of the output was the same from both.
100% Crop From the Image Above
100% Crop off the Leaf Aptus Shot
Another Highlight and Shadow Recovery Example
100% Crop From the Above:
Another Example of Leaf Aptus Dynamic Range
Highlights Recovery Example: Not the Best From Leaf
Highlights recovery is not that impressive though. But there is always could be a level of overexposure when sensor frys pixels. May be one day we’ll have something like electronic iris on each pixel? this would be cool:-)
What Is Next:
P.S Speaking of the pricing of Medium format backs on eBay: Check this Hasselblad H3D39! Average selling price is around $6000, and this one was sold for $2900