Iím considering investing under $12,000. What I hope to accomplish with this investment is to begin a career in photography, which is currently a hobby.
My current system is the Fuji X-T1 which I donít plan to get rid of and love for reasons I wonít go into here.
I also currently have a rail camera I have not used yet Ė Calumet with a few lenses Iíll be pulling out of my grandfatherís basement in a couple weeks and an Epson 4990 for scanning film to Digital.
The systems Iím considering:
Tachihara Ė Large Format Film (For portability in field)
Cambo Wide DS Ė DB
Contax Ė DB
Phase One/Mamiya Ė DB
Hasselblad H4D 30
Alpa 12 TC - DB
Pentax 645z or 645d
What I like to shoot: Landscape, Portrait, Model, Minimal, Night/City Scape, Still Life, Macro & Action In your price range I strongly suggest a DSLR. DSLRs are extremely versatile, with medium format unless you go for the most recent 50MP CMOS systems there is always a compromise be it poor high iso performance, long exposure performance etc. And no MF SLR camera has the AF performance of a DSLR (35mm) Most of us that own Medium Format Digital have multiple systems for that reason
Why MF? The look/feel of medium format seems exceptional beyond what Iíve been able to produce within the limitations of my gear. I particularly like to be able to capture the detail and crop photographs that arenít framed perfectly. Iím hoping to capture greater depth of contrast, and fine detail sharpness. Again, In your price range I strongly suggest a DSLR (35mm). To handily beat a camera like a D810 in regards to detail under a wide range of conditions you really need one of the better and more $ Medium Format Digital systems
1. What is the difference between technical setup (Cambo) vs Medium Format, why do niche photographers go technical?
2. Should Lenses be my focus, and I should be looking at older Digital Backs (within my price range) like the P20ís?
3. Given that sometimes I like to go into the field for a few days, is technical even an option?
4. Given my broad range of what I like to shoot, should I be looking for the most flexible system?
5. Why do the H Digital Backs seem less expensive second hand?
7. I feel like having an exceptional set up sets a photographer apart from the competition, but part of me thinks I have a lot to learn and should wait for a year or so before making a huge depreciating investment. Quality of work (including post-production), work ethic, client relations, self-promotion and service will set you apart, not your gear
All that said a Medium Format Digital back is a great piece of gear to have. It is versatile in the sense that you can mount it in a wide range of platforms, from tech cameras to SLRs like the PhaseOne/Mamiya bodies, Hasselblad H bodies, Contax and Hasselblad V among others. But not all backs are the same there is a HUGE range in price, quality, performance and user experience. Hence, it's best to work with a dealer (I use DigitalTransitions in NY) unless you REALLY know your stuff already, in which case you would not be asking in this forum in the first place!