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Mark Sincevich

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Hasselblad dominates the Best of the Best Professional Digital Cameras, but Leica with the introduction of its S2, is putting pressure on the front runner. Hasselblad makes cameras in the medium format category and this means you will get more megapixels (MP), a larger image sensor and better optics. The bottom line is when you use the Hasselblad medium-format digital cameras, you will capture the best quality digital images period. Nearly all digital cameras in this category are predominately used by fashion and advertising photographers.

With digital cameras in the medium format category, you get more control over the people, places and objects that tickle your photographic fancy. However, the more control comes with caveats – the size of your camera is going to be larger (medium format is larger than a 35mm DSLR) and you will spend more for the medium-format camera body. The Best of the Best camera in this professional digital category is going to be the Hasselblad H3DII-39. It features an extremely large image sensor, which is over twice as large as ones on a DSLR, 39 MP and superior optics. Most of the Hasselblads have a full-frame image sensor so there is negligible lens size distortion.

Also, the medium-format digital cameras aren’t as ruggedized as the professional digital cameras from Nikon or Canon, because they are used primarily in a photo studio. The Leicas are also ruggedized as it’s meant to be used as a creative and photojournalistic digital camera. While the lenses are almost always the most expensive part of a photographer’s gear, this is only true for the Leica and the Canon cameras. The steep entry price of the Hasselblad’s makes the lenses seem like a bargain.

All Best of the Best Professional Digital Cameras reviewed can take photographs in a combination of RAW and TIFF format or RAW and JPEG format, accept the professional CFII (compact flash) cards (with the exception of the Leica M8), have a hot shoe for an external flash gun or other lighting, and have sophisticated electronics. The Best of the Best Professional Digital Camera is the Hasselblad H3DII-39. It has a sensor size of 36.7 mm x 49 mm and captures 39MP of information.

Best Professional Class Digital Cameras by Mark Sincevich

The Best You Can Get

  • Hasselblad H3DII-39

    Mark says: The Hasselblad H3DII-39 is a high performance, professional medium format camera for the most demanding advertising or fashion applications. It has the best in the industry sharpness with its extremely large image sensor (over twice the size of a DSLR) and an extremely high 39 MP image file capacity. It also has the ability to change between eye level and waist level viewfinders and can even work with film for those extreme conditions. It also allows three levels of digital operation and storage and can capture images in the industry-standard DNG (Digital NeGative) RAW format.



    • Type: Medium-format
    • Capacity: 39MP
    • Sensor size: 36.7 x 49 mm
    • Focal multiplier: 1.1x
    • Lens type: Hasselblad HC-Lenses
  • Hasselblad H3DII-31

    Mark says: The Hasselblad H3DII-31 is a top-notch medium format digital camera. It has a slightly smaller sensor than the H3DII-39, and a little less MP for a slightly lower price. You still get the same 48-bit color depth and the ability to capture images in the industry-standard DNG (Digital NeGative) RAW or TIFF format. The H3DII-31 also has the ability to change between eye level and waist level viewfinders and can even work with film for those extreme conditions. It also allows three levels of digital operation and storage.



    • Type: Medium-Format
    • Capacity: 31MP
    • Sensor size: 33.1 x 44.2 mm
    • Focal multiplier: 1.3x
    • Lens type: Hasselblad HC-Lenses
  • Leica S2

    Mark says: The Leica S2 is the most advanced Leica ever produced. It has the largest sensor of any Leica, 30 x 45mm, and the highest amount of megapixels, 37.5. The S2 uses an advanced dual shutter and the sensor is 56% larger than a full-frame 35mm camera. The camera also provides twice the operating speed of current medium-format bodies.


    • Type: near Medium-Format
    • Capacity: 37.5MP
    • Sensor size: 30 x 45 mm
    • Focal multiplier: 1x
    • Lens type: Leica S Lenses
  • Leica M-8

    Mark says: The Leica is the ‘Rolls Royce’ of the professional range-finder type cameras. In fact, it is the only professional digital camera to use the range finder type system. This allows for more creative photography because of its small size. It is definitely the smallest professional quality digital camera in either the Best of the Best or the Best of the Rest categories. The quality of the camera’s optics rivals the images from both Nikon and Canon. This rivalry comes at a steep price; you will pay more for the lenses. Note this camera takes SD (secure digital) cards only, stores images in DNG or JPEG and can accept any Leica M lens since 1954!



    • Type: 35 mm range finder
    • Capacity: 10.2 MP
    • Sensor size: 18mm x 27mm
    • Focal multiplier: 1.33x
    • Lens lype: All Leica M lenses
  • Canon EOS-1Dx Mark III

    Mark says: The Canon EOS-1Dx Mark III is the only DSLR (digital single lens reflex) in the Best of the Best category professional category. It features a full-frame image sensor and over 21 MP nearly rivaling the image quality of the Hasselblad H3DII-22. It has a three-inch LCD sensor, five frames per second, a self-cleaning sensor, and a magnesium-alloy weather-resistant body. It also allows wireless transfer and back-up and even a connection to a GPS receiver.



    • Type: 35 mm DLSR
    • Capacity: 21.1MP
    • Sensor size: 24 x 36mm
    • Focal multiplier: 1x
    • Lens type: Canon EF Mount

You will be happy with any of these

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II

    Mark says: The EOS 5D Mark II is the first full-frame DSLR for the mid-range professional market. It is extremely lightweight for its feature set and has a ruggedized magnesium body. The great thing about this camera is if you put a 50mm lens on your 5D Mark II, you will get a photograph from a 50mm lens due to its full-frame image sensor. It features a 9-point auto focus system and a 3-inch LCD.


    • Type: 35 mm DLSR
    • Capacity: 21.1MP
    • Sensor size: 24 x 36mm
    • Focal multiplier: 1x
    • Lens type: Canon EF Mount
  • Nikon D700

    Mark says: A close second to the Canon 5D is the Nikon D700. The Nikon D700 has extremely fast image processing, a 51-point auto focusing area and a large 3-inch LCD! It is also Nikon’s second camera to have a full-size sensor. It has a self-cleaning sensor, so dust will be vibrated off of the resulting images. The camera is ruggedized for the most demanding of applications, can take 5 frames per second (fps) in burst mode and has a feature called Live View to reveal the final image before the shutter is pressed. The D700 can even be set to ISO 6400 and has a 51-point auto focus!


    • Type: 35 mm DLSR
    • Capacity: 12.1MP
    • Sensor size: 23.9 x 36 mm
    • Focal multiplier: 1x
    • Lens type: Nikon F Mount
  • Nikon D3

    Mark says: The Nikon D3 is the full-sized professional version of the D300. It features Nikon’s first full size FX sensor, so there is no more need to deal with a lens multiplication factor. In addition, it features dual Compact Flash II (CFII) slots, a three-inch VGA quality screen, 51-point auto focus, nine frames per second continuous and ISO up to 6400. If you want to use the exact camera that the pros use, this is the one from Nikon. The D3 also has a self-cleaning sensor.



    • Type: 35 mm DLSR
    • Capacity: 12.1MP
    • Sensor size: 23.9 x 36mm
    • Focal multiplier: 1x
    • Lens type: Nikon F Mount
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark III

    Mark says: The Canon EOS-1D Mark III is the full-sensor size sports version of the top-of-the line Canon EOS-1Dx Mark III. It uses an integrated sensor cleaning system to produce amazing images with its 10.1 MP CMOS sensor. It features a 45-point auto focus system, a burst shooting capacity of up to ten frames per second, a light weather-tight body, and a large three-inch LCD. The EOS-1D also has a Highlight Tone Priority setting that enables the camera to use the maximum allowable highlight level for improved image quality.



    • Type: 35 mm DLSR
    • Capacity: 10.1MP
    • Sensor size: 24 x 36mm
    • Focal multiplier: 1x
    • Lens type: Canon EF Mount
  • Fuji IS Pro

    Mark says: The Fuji IS Pro is the latest FujiFilm digital that accepts Nikon F-mount lenses. It uses Fuji’s Super CCD Technology with UV and IR Sensitivity! Have you ever thought about taking photographs in the Infrared spectrum of light? The results are both eerie and beautiful. This camera allows you to capture this range of light invisible to the naked eye. This means the Fuji IS provides a solution to a broad range of medical, scientific and artistic uses. The IS Pro uses capture face detection technology, an optional TIFF format capture feature and Live Image Preview.


    • Type: 35 mm DLSR
    • Capacity: 12.3MP
    • Sensor size: 15.5 x 23 mm
    • Focal multiplier: 1.5x
    • Lens type: Nikon F Mount

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