MFDB is great to make your clients think that you're good;"you must be good if you can afford the big expensive camera,Its always been like that.
definitely not my experience, they literally don't give a shit about what camera you use, and nearly everybody can't tell a difference between a MF and a large Canon. and they don't care.
anyway, I went to photokina and looked at those lenses.
I have mixed feeling about them.
- they are huge! I'd say impossible to use handheld, which I do quite often with the TSEs.
- at f4 the viewfinder gets quite dark and it is difficult to see the tilt or shift effect. much easier at f2.8, although I hardly ever use that for shooting.
- Aperture is preselect only, no automatic diaphragm, again not good for handheld
- all movements are set by very large rings, and there are a lot of them:
two rings for aperture
one focus ring
one shift ring (which only goes in one direction, which means you have to rotate the whole thing to gor 180° )
one ring to rotate the shift
one tilt ring (again only one direction)
one ring to rotate the tilt mechanism
- the tripod mount is quite flimsy, but they said this will be revised.
- the lens is unchipped, so no focus confirmation yet
- the build quality seems great, I'd say worth the price
- close focus for the 90 is closer than 60cm, I'd say between 50 and 55.
They still have to do their homework, I will look into these lenses once they are out in early 2011. by then I expect the 90mm tse to have a successor, probably introduced at PMA with the new 1ds Mk4