Some more entertainment. I took Mampy (Mamiya/P45+) out for a stroll in the local market. This was instructive, as expected:
Every single knob on the Mamiya seemed to get moved, in spite of the interlocks. Captures got wrecked all over the place:
- The meter dial got moved to spot.
- The exposure compensation dial got moved to minus something bad.
- The focus mode (S-C-M) dial got moved to in-between positions.
Obviously, I have some learning and some sticky-taping to do; I'm starting to appreciate the two-handed push-button approach of the Canon pro bodies.
Another minor annoyance, the image on the preview keeps bouncing from vertical to horizontal as I hold the camera flat to view the screen. I don't know whether this is normal or indicative of an orientation sensor failure. When in magnification mode the orientation reverts to horizontal.
Also, the Mamiya's battery insert seems a bit loose. But it works.
- exposure is unreliable (not as good as Canon!)
- focus is good.
On balance, the system is functional but the ergonomics of both camera and back really are about three generations in the past. The screen quality matches the degree of usability of the Phase menu system: One can live with it, but it doesn't convey any sense of satisfaction about the image just captured.
In spite of the above minor hassles, I'd like to say something very positive: The combo focuses reasonably quickly, handles like a dSLR, shoots sharply, and from what I've seen so far outresolves any 35mm dSLR I've used, even handheld.
I know of a very well known landscape photographer here in Sydney using the same set & loves the 28mm lens.