The field widens.
Sinar, Cambo, Hasselblad, ALPA, and seemingly infinite combinations.
I’ve looked at everyone’s comments, sites, and, when possible, images.
Very good info and knowledge.
Pricing for any of the above is in the same general range to start, 25-30K.
Using motorcycling as an analogy, I believe my decision will come down to innate familiarity and comfort. Although I have not always ridden BMW, once I discovered the brand I didn’t stray. Even within the model range, after several ownerships, I return to the same model, and setup, for the same reasons – I can count on it to do what I want it to do, no matter where I go.
The same is likely true for most shooters with their camera gear. All of the above mentioned technology works beautifully, and although there may be some differences in design, I imagine there’s only marginal difference in performance & output. The real difference is most likely in seeing, and what you do after you capture the shot. In other words, there’s no perfect solution, only good ones – the ones that work for the shooter. Of course, every brand loyalist will want to share their enthusiasm, and good experiences – one of the finer qualities of human beings.
It’s becoming apparent moving forward with MF will be a greater challenge than I initially thought. The challenge, of course, is deciding on brand and set-up. Once there, the challenge will be getting out shooting – the fun stuff.
Perhaps I should follow the advise of an old friend, who getting advise from an older friend was told, “The best is enemy of the good”, and throw the dart, see where it lands, and take the plunge.
In any case, regardless of the direction I take, the challenge of aperture, exposure, and lens selection, etc, will be the same.
Thanks for your comments and suggestions. I derived enough info to find my way to the rabbit hole, and stepped deep enough in to know there’s no end in sight – just what I look for in any adventure!