I will be very grateful for any suggestions.
Firstly a ford mondeo cost £15k? and BMW 750 costs £80k? - both can get four passengers safely up to the speed limit
Price increases exponentially with a linear quality increase : backs dont offer good 'value'
16MP is good for DPS in a magazine - so I dont think you need more MP
Costs are not so bad in terms of a business tool over 3/5 years
A big camera like a hassy H1 is lovely to look through
The larger chip gives less depth of field which many love
MF lenses can have great character/bokeh
Leaf shutter lenses offer high flash synch speed
MF backs offer 25 or 50 ISO
Using a 'proper camera' can look right in front of clients - as can gumming up thier machines with pixel peepable files
Depending on exposure conditions a 16bit file can be much more flexible in post production and cropable
(now most pros dont crop due to shooting error but sometimes clients need square or postbox shaped files)
'Tethered only' backs like the H25 offer best value to quality and are likely to be practical if you have a DS2 to fall back on
It is really a personal choice
I was won over by the Narrow DOF, High Synch speeds and the 'viewing pleasure'
Having just bought a D200 for fast handheld work the step back is a huge shock in terms of the file and the DOF and the 'viewing pleasure'
The D200 will probably look 'fine' in a magazine