a granite photo session

The field  type of large format  camera photographed below --an old Linhof 5x4 Technika IV film camera --- is very much the opposite of the automation of the  modern,  medium format digital camera,  with their possibilities of auto image stacking, stitching, automatic perspective correction, and sharp lenses that go in the direction that folks call 'clinical'.   With the Linhof everything is manual.  Nothing is automatic. It is rudimentary equipment and it's slow work.  

The Linhof  does  offer a different kind of photographic experience --a more contemplative one--as well as  a different aesthetic in that  it enable  the extended toe and shoulder of sheet film.

With the advances in  digital technology the world of medium format digital cameras has changed and, with  the  cropped 33x44mm cropped medium format 50 megapixels cameras --( Pentax 645Z,  Fujifilm's GFX and Hasselblad 1XD),  medium format digital cameras are now within people's grasp.  These cameras, especially the Fujifilm GFX and the Hasselblad X1D, are attractive options as they avoid the need for the expensive digital back the Linhof Techno needs, have lightweight bodies, smallish lenses,  rich and full quality files, and are able to be carried  around in the field.  The 100mp  CMOS sensor  versions are expected around 2019. 

What this means is that  people are moving away from using 5x4 film cameras and 35mm DSLR's and they are willing to make the $15, 000 minimum investment that is required to acquire a medium format digital camera and avoid the pitfalls of second hand digital backs.   They find the high level micro-contrast of the modern lenses attractive, whereas I find them too clinical. 

I will stick with  just updating  my  35mm digital camera  by investing in a Sony A7r111 for my hand held work,  and  continuing to use a large format film camera  for  the tripod work. I have no need to invest in a medium format digital camera.