After 30 pages of good reading I must present my case:
Iīm a DSLR Full Frame user for travel and macro.
Collodion photography newbie (among other processes) for portrait and still life.
But I canīt travel no more with a DSLR+lenses. Too heavy for my bones even with just one full frame body+one lenses (50mm).
For months Iīve been searching for a full frame compact camera. Compact but with pro quality (full frame on not). I saw several Sonyīs, etc; but none were that "spark!!!"
End up always with the Leica M (full frame, compact, no bayer filter). Too expensive for me as a second/third system just to travel.
The first alternative (Sony RX-1) isnīt that cheap yet (itīs the first; we must pay that price).
These Merrills... Well, they look like magnificent tools to produce really high-end results, no bayer filters, excellent color, and simple machines. Portable.
Affordable as a "second" system oriented to work outside my studio/traveling.
I do not use most of my DSLR fancy features. Theyīve too much stuff and repeat functions in my modest opinion. Too many menus, etc.
So I think that Merrillīs simplicity are good news (I like Leica approach because they keep things simple). A "camera obscura" with a bit of convenience ,-)
This is the type of work I do/I will do with a Merrill?http://ateliercunha.com/ibp_menu_iconand.html
Am I finally in the presence of my compact, pro quality, light, affordable camera? At last?
All your help and thoughts are most welcome.
Thank you so much in advance.