Medium Format


and so my journey into the art of photography continues. There have been a few changes lately – I’ve sold my Olympus camera’s (OM2(n), SP35, RC35) and lenses, bought almost all the materials I need to start making my own prints in the darkroom (aka my converted bathroom) and bought a Hassselblad 503cx medium format camera.

I still absolutely love 35mm photography and still have my Leica M3 and a new (old) Pentax MX but I have found myself taking a lot of landscape/micro landscape/nature type photographs with the intention of making wet prints and believe the 6cm square negatives of the Hasselblad will make better (technical) quality prints.

Unfortunately, while I have a dedicated 35mm film scanner I don’t have a very good quality flatbed scanner for the bigger negatives and can’t quite justify the £1000 or so a dedicated medium format scanner costs.

So….while my medium format negatives look really good the scans look really poor(see above). I wonder if scanning a full size print will produce a better image? Oh well, I’ll just have to make some prints and find out!


Hasselblad 503cx/Zeiss Planar cf 80/f2.8

Tri-X/D76 1:1

4 Replies to “Medium Format”

  1. Congrats John!!! I love your results, and what a great thing to have a darkroom to make real prints. I’m in awe…..
    Can’t wait to see your prints! 🙂


    • John Pickles says:

      Thanks Marie. I have quite a bit of free time in December so I’ll be hiding from the worst of the British weather in the bathroom, sorry darkroom!!


  2. simon0252 says:

    Looking forward to seeing the results from your Hasselblad and new darkroom.


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