To me, the most overlooked consideration in selecting/using a camera platform is the photographic experience. It is a very personal decision, and when made well, that is when the best images and joy in photography meet at the same time. That's nirvana.
I just don't understand why some people can't respect the personal decisions that others make in selecting their different camera platforms and respective formats, for what they suits them best.
Absolutely! I couldn't agree more with Ken.
For some people shooting with medium format using inconvenient low tech cameras is a pleasure. The thoughtfulness that goes in to shooting and the experience can be a world of difference from that of the smaller DSLR platforms and enjoyable just for that. I totally respect why people choose to still shoot film, large format, medium format vintage cameras and all manner of atypical formats and mediums.
For an affordable medium format digital outfit, which might be unfathomable to those who might prefer to convince us that the Nikon D800 is the be-all and end-all of cameras, I definitely think that there are options using older technology backs. You don't need 33mp, 60mp, or the latest greatest technology to appreciate and enjoy shooting digitally with a traditional medium format camera. I know that when I started it was with a Kodak DCS back which today you can find for a pittance. Ditto the Mamiya ZD. A Kodak DCS Pro would be an interesting option if you can find one too. Ditto Imacon and earlier Phase backs in V mount.
If I were starting again with a limited budget then I'd seriously look at the Leaf Aptus range - 22, 65, 75, II 5 etc. Great backs.