I had the chance to lay my hands on a pentax 645d the other day and shoot a few portraits. I work as a professional photographer and mainly shoot portraits for magazines or business clients. most of the time using available light. until 2004 i used to work with a pentax 645, an H1, and a Pentax 645. After having switched to digital in 2004 i now landed up using a canon 5d2 with the whole set of L-Lenses. (probably like so many other pros).
the canon works fine, i like the IQ etc. but i still have my eye on MF.
so...i picked up the 645d and immediatley liked its heft, weight andf builtquality. the body really moulds into your hand, the viewfinder is huge and bright, all dials are easy to operate, and AF was spot-on on all frames i took. it actully feels more than an big DSLR, than a MF camera.
the cons: from triggering the shutter to actually seeing a picture on the back screen you will have to wait 8 (!) seconds. there is no tethering! the mirror slap caused all handheld shots at 1/80sec to be slightly blurry. the dng files i got from the pentax looked fine up to 400 iso. any iso above that i wouldnt recommend. the sync speed i rather slow and there probably wont be any leaf shutter lenes coming from pentax. (i know this all leads to the comment: why dont you get the phase cam with a 30+ back?) to be honest: i just dont want spend more than 10k.
i dont have to change to MF, but i would very much like to. and the pricetag of the pentax is very tempting. do you think this is worth it?
will i see a noticable difference? i am glad to hear any real life comments and suggestions.