I have a question for Rainer and other ARtec useres:
I wonder how good the Artec works regarding tollerances and reliability of the movements etc.
I had one in my hand once but could not take any images with it.
While the Alpa SWA is maybe prettier I still believe in the end the Artec offers more (more movements, and the posibility to check focus atc. on the groundgrass with the sliding adapter) and prices of the Artec have come down a bit as well.
Another question. How good you feel when using a groundglass in MF-size? Do you find it is bright enough and enough detail to focus accurate?
Its quite a bit smaller than those large format ground glasses. Is it as usefull?
The other question is which lens as a first lens. I plan to use it for landscape 70% and architecture and other stuff 30%, "all just for fun" (I am not a pro).
I tend to go 35mm first and maybe add in a year (if I win the lottery) a 23/24mm and one day 47mm.
However maybe 28 would be the better way to start? Any comments?
sorry i just saw your questions now. thierry is right . i am very busy these days till end of july .
movements and tolerances are very fine. soon i will get the new artec with the changed tilt mechanism ( geared ), i am looking forward that this might make it more easy to "fine-tune" the tilt settings. but so far no critic from my side to tolerances and how the movements work.
i am not focussing on the groundglas. i use the meter scale on the optic and zoom sometimes to 100%. some people focus on the groundglas, i dont like to do this. but its bright and it is possible to focus accurate, if someone likes to do that.
i would suggest to start with the 35mm. maybe than the 60 and the 23.