Over the past year and a half, I have been waiting patiently for Canon to come out with a new camera with higher resolution and potentially a larger sensor (says rumors). This weekend, I grew tired of waiting.
I have decided to make the step up to mf. I have done a bit of research and from chatting with two local dealers (one for phase, one for hassy) I am able to purchase the IQ140/645DF+/80mm (new) or the H4D-50/80mm (Certified Pre-Owned) for a difference of a $3k (phase more expensive).
I will be keeping my canon system as a back up. The work I do ranges from food/still life/people photography (80% of time my camera is on a tripod) to landscapes which I love using up to 400mm (100% on tripod) and filters from Lee and Singh ray.
Here are my pros and cons of each potential systemH4D-50
I am very familiar with this system.
I love how I only need one battery
enjoy using the tilt-shift adaptor, think its brilliant!
like the 300mm option they have along with the teleconverter.
Love the 50mp resolution and think its a sweet spot for my work. Also like that its a full frame sensor and not cropped.
True Focus seems pretty awesome
Stuck with one system (can't use technical cameras),
while I am familiar with phocus I tend to like C1 more.
its certified pre-owned and everything should be fine, the phase would be brand new.IQ140
Body/Back seems more rugged, and for my landscapes I "feel" it maybe be better for the different weather conditions than the hassy.
Love the Touch screen/Retina LCD, just seems so field friendly. Touch focus and viewing images at 100% on the LCD to check focus is great!
The option to use a technical camera later on when I have more funds.
Like how integrated c1 can potentially be. I will be keeping my canon and it just makes sense to be able to use c1 for both systems. Profoto integration for my studio lights (which I dont have yet, but looking at).
Like the v-grip idea to trigger profoto lights.
would ideally want the 160 but its a huge price gap another $8k.
Not sure about the crop sensor, seems like I will be stepping up to mf, but only half way in my quest for bigger sensor.
40mp is better than what I have now, but the hassy is 50 and larger sensor.
have to worry about two batteries, and I'd imagine when I'm out doing landscape, I'll have to carry a twice as much.
maybe not as good value compared to the hassy
So now I'm stuck. I'm going to be visiting both dealers and ask if I can test them out, but I'm not sure if that will change much of my opinion. I "plan" to keep whichever digital back I get for 3 years or more. I have also considered the P65+ however after seeing the features of the touch screen/retina lcd, its as future proof.
Hopefully you guys can chime in and help me out! Its so much money and I'm not as familiar or technical as you guys are! Help