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I had been contemplating going up onto medium format for quite some time. There were plenty of contenders, and the couple main ones at the moment were the Pentax 645Z and the Hasselblad X1D. They were not cheap certainly. But the one I was anticipating would be the Fuji GFX 50S. All 3 uses almost similar sensors, about 1.7 times bigger than my current full-frame gears.

The famous Tokyo Street inside Pavilion KL

The famous Tokyo Street inside Pavilion KL

Bright neon sign

Bright neon sign

Not too scary

Not too scary

A quick walk outside

A quick walk outside

Further down past the fountain 

Further down past the fountain 

But they were going to be big and heavy. And I mainly like street work. And I have fast glasses to cover 28, 35, 50 and 85mm, not to mention standard and wide-angle zooms.

In the last few months, I had been mainly doing wide-angle walks. I decided to use a 85mm 1.4 rig yesterday. The overcast weather made the decision easy. And I was able to snap both indoors and evening outdoors without much hassle.

Looking in

Looking in

Tokyo Street

Tokyo Street

Nice lanterns

Nice lanterns

Always under construction. When will it ever be completed?

Always under construction. When will it ever be completed?

That famous fountain at night

That famous fountain at night

They were pretty strict down there

They were pretty strict down there

After looking at the results, it made me think about whether it would be worth the effort, cost and hassle of upgrading and abandoning the system I built over the years to accommodate this new endeavour. Bearing in mind, I was not planning of getting any monetary return from all this.

So, as it stood at the moment I might venture into medium format in the future. The question was not if, but onto which system. Apart from the Hasselblad, I don’t think the other medium format setup had the upper hand to my current kit. When I do go medium format, I would expect the results to blow me away, similar to when I was first able to use a Leica properly and appreciate what a sharp lens really meant.

Nicely arranged

Nicely arranged

Losing out to Uber I suspect

Losing out to Uber I suspect

Across the road, Starhill Gallery

Across the road, Starhill Gallery

In clear bold letters

In clear bold letters

Just call them sweat pants ....

Just call them sweat pants ....

I remember the advise from one of my mentor, that when you go into the field I am in - a Haemato-Oncologist, you would need an escape. For me it had always been photography since my student years. Guess, I would need to up my game now ….