What is the best medium format film camera for portraits?

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Medium format sensors are usually housed in expensive cameras, but with film bodies you have many more options without having to re-mortgage. In this video, a film photographer explains which is the best medium format film camera for portraits.

This video will likely attract vitriol in Fstoppers’ comments on two counts: one is a film and the second is a medium format. Well, for those of us who love both, the conversation is worth it. If you don’t think there is a medium format “look” and film photography is useless, move on.

Vuhlandes is a brilliantly talented photographer who shoots a lot of films. Among his cameras are medium format bodies and in this video he discusses the pros and cons of one in particular. Among his collection is the iconic camera, the Mamiya RZ 67, which has – deservedly – a cult following. With the waist-level viewfinder (one of my all-time favorite features of cameras over the years), you get a singular shooting experience. While I would vote for the Mamiya RZ 67 in this list, I haven’t shot with very many medium format film boxes and can’t make informed comparisons.

Have you ever shot medium format films? Which camera would say is the best? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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