I think I am about ready to re-kindle my relationship with my Mamaiya 7, although I'm only using an 80mm lens - good discipline / skills, I hear you mutter!
I had contemplated a replacement for my old, now sold, 'Blad 500c, but it does seem the D800e has ecilpsed it somewhat. I had set my sights on something "more" and thought the new 'Blad system might fulfil the brief, but the review here
of the "D800e verses" has not convinced me there'd be any real advantage. I am sure someone else will proves links to scotch this idea!
My other interest is moving into some 5x4, and have booked a Calumet "Intro to LF" next month in London.
I have a few projects I am working on an as they're tripod mounted and shot mostly at dusk and night time, though not exclusively, I wanted to pick your collective brains if may
1) it's obvious you need top-notch prime lenses to extract the very best from the D800e. I was looking at possibly the R series Leica lenses or the Carl Zeiss for starters. Any firm recommendations in the 24 - 135 range? The best I have are the 50mm and an 85mm circa 2000, which give almost identical results.
2) I want a 5x4 Field camera and lens set up and should be making myself more familiar with them.
I am aware of the Wista and Ebony but should I be looking at others, and if so, which ones?
I want a relatively compact system, one where I can go from 24mm - 135-ish (35mm equivalent) with one system.
Other considerations I have not set in stone yet, such as being able to shoot 120mm film or instant film with the 5x4.
My project is much like Stephen Shore's and Paul Grahams classic works and since I am taking time and effort to compose and really take considered images, I see no harm in moving up from the 35mm format.
I appreciate this is the proverbial can o' worms, but if you have any feelings on the above, please, do comment.