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What principal format do you use/recommend for your Type Of work?
We use Nikon Hi-Res Digital SLR cameras. Digital technology has evolved to a point where the resolution of these cameras approaches the resolution of 4x5 film. We also use the Nikon 24mm PC-E Shift lens as an integral part of our work. The dynamic range of the newer Nikon DSLR's is simply astounding and covers the needs of 90% of our clients'. When the nature of the project calls for the absolute State-of-the-Art digital capture tools, we also use technical cameras such as the Cambo Wide RS series.
Can distortion be corrected as it can with a 4x5 view camera Or a Technical Camera?
The short answer is yes - to some degree. A DSLR is nothing like a 4x5 view camera. The view camera has more movements available, as well as, a much wider range of movements. It is a very deliberate camera. A DSLR with a PC (Perspective Control) lens attached affords a shorter range of movements and will not be able to perform functions such as film plane shift or tilt. Because the view camera's lens plane and film plane are independent, each can be controlled as such. On a DSLR - with specially designed lenses, you can only shift and tilt the lens. You cannot tilt the image plane (camera sensor plane). The Cambo Wide RS allows for these movements. It also affords a higher resolution and an expanded dynamic range than that found on the Nikon DSLR capture tools.
Approximately how many images can you generate in a typical creative work day?
There are many factors that dictate the final number of images in a typical day. Factors such as furniture, props, lights, spaces, time of day, camera operation, and others all have a final impact on the number of images we produce. When we shoot, we try to capture the optimal angle to make sure that we capture that space in its best light. Choice of capture tool also plays an integral part in how fast or deliberate the process is.
Would you consider using other formats?
Due to the maturity of the resolution and techniques available on a DSLR, and apart from the occasional client who chooses to use the technical camera option, the answer is no. We have decided to abandon the 4x5 film view camera and its pitfalls such as expense and inconsistencies of 4x5 film, as well as other sophisticated film cameras, in favor of the speed, accuracy, and consistency of the digital workflow. The Fuji GX617 format camera was used for making our panoramic images. Now, techniques with the DSLR have replaced this older film technology. Not only are the files sharper with better resolution, they are incrementally larger, stitching x number of frames together versus 1 sheet of 2 1/4 medium format 617 film.