Mamiya Digital Versus Film

This page presents an output comparison of the Mamiya ZD digital SLR and the Mamiya 645 1000s film camera. The film shot was taken a few years earlier but with the same lens (the Mamiya 210mm f4)

Mamiya ZD versus Mamiya 1000s film camera

The ZD shot below left is straight out of the camera. This is to try and compare digital to film, in particular tonal quality. Film often appears to have better tonal graduation than digital. I’m not sure if that is strictly true (looking at these two shots) but I still prefer the look of the film one.

I’ve tried to improve the ZD shot just by making it slightly sepia.. Perhaps it is a bit better for this particular frame. So now, the film shot, which I still prefer, is the one in the middle on the top row

I’ve done a couple more conversions on the second row below. I think digital is still fine in it’s own right but trying to produce the film look is certainly tricky. The colour one was inspired by some old portrait paintings I saw, with vivid but sort of pastel colours. Printed on Matte paper I think this will give me what I’m after. For these last two, I have cut down the contrast considerably and increased the exposure to compensate.

2012-07-22 R portraits

 

Digital
Straight out of the camera

FILM
Mamiya 1000s - with the same lens.

Digital
Processed slightly, just to make it Sepia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Digital
Contrast--- and Exposure+++

Digital
Contrast--- and Exposure+++