But my finances don't allow me to spend 15k.
A year or two ?
I dont want to know about your finincail situation but a am happy to share mine
Around three or four years ago I decided to hunt for digital quality - I was shooting a D1 and a 645ProTL for 'quality' work - I was tipped when my local lab processed my trannies of the new 'MINI' car in C41 - I thought - DIGITAL IT MUST BE from now on
I had about $10000 in straight cash.
What I wanted was the brand new released P25 or sinarE22 - they cost more than twice that
So I bought a used kodak pro back for my $10000 on a mamiya
I was fully aware of the loser flash synch speed and the dismal crop but I only had that cash
So I got the thing. Actually in the right light (lots and even) it produced amazing files
So amazing that I knew I could not take my D100 (top at the time) seriously ever again
So then I was stuck - I 'needed' to be shooting MFDB (no 1ds2 yet) but the tool I had was severely limited
So I flogged it all for $5000 and then got a loan to buy the E22 and H1 system
The internal memory of the E22 saved me $2000 in CF card costs !!!!!!!So with hindsight the interest payments on a loan for the cash I didnt have would have been far less than the loss I sustained on buying the wrong gear
and I would have had another year of 'unrestricted' shooting
Your choice - you have it a lot cheaper and easier now
If you are really stressed for cash buy a 5d