I currently own a Hasselblad 503 CW and I am just about to order a Phase One P45. I consodered Leaf and Sinar, but for various reasons and as a result of my demo of the3 backs in NYC a month ago I have all butt decided to purchased the P45+.
I am at the same position so far. Honestly, I feel like Iíve been pushed towards P45+ by the pure reasons, which are: potentially less problems in literally every way, starting form the Software point of view and work-flow to Quality which is debatable as I'm sure it should be. Further more, I know, not extremely important but still important enough to consider, the Resale value & the Resale demand!
One other thing to consider is renting. Availability of renting Phase is pretty much standard everywhere. Others include Hasselblad/Leaf/Sinar, but you will find them more or less decreased in orderly fashion by the numbers per unit.
One thing with P45 that bothers me though is additional cable for wake-up call when used with ALPA and other associated cameras. However, I guess that shouldn't concern you much.
That is based on my personal opinion
, others are welcome to respond and help
Hello all, my name is William Rennaker. I am a lifestyle photographer in Nassau, Bahamas.
Since you are a lifestyle photographer I should think that P45+ would be overkill, especially with MF. I believe P30+ is adequate and High ISO will help, not to mention that you save your self a considerable amount of money. Otherwise, if the money is not the object and you found P45+ ideal, then P45+ it is.
Can anyone give me their impressions of the P45 and 503 CW. I am not an autofocus kind of guy. I have always used MF manual focus cameras.
Nothing wrong with that, but Iíll bet you, P45+ will more likely remind you about AF convenience.
I hate the H series and don't really want to change to the Contax 645 which is no longer manufacturerd. It scares the daylights out of me to commit to a dead system.
I see you hate H series, Mamiya could definitely Help. However, with regards to H series, I will disagree because of the following: why not take the advantage of what you already have and whatever future holds, I would most probably or at least rethink about the H series, because you can still use your lenses from the 503 CW system anyway. Being in that position, weather you like or need MF/AF is simply available at your choice, or in future. Because of that alone, I think it is rather practical to give it a second chance. Otherwise, if 503 CW makes the most sense down the road, then 503 CW it is.
Unfortunately, pure shame that Contax 645 is no longer manufactured and BTW I feel the same way about it.
Rollei probably comes with the best set of lenses available, but if you go with P45+, Iím not sure if it will work.
So what say you?
Digital Back purchase is not something I found enjoyable at all.