Hello all, name is Seth and I am a commercial photog about to jump into the MF world. There is a lot of info out there, unfortunately that makes it hard to sift through to find answers so I am coming here for some more direct answers to questions and suggestions to help me find what I need.
I've looked through several "newbie" thread here and elsewhere to tell you to first go rent or test out the various camera systems and then make an informed decision based upon that. I have shot a few MF bodies previously and I am leaning towards a Hasselblad system because of comfort - to be honest pretty much anything will be higher IQ than my 5DmkII at this point. MP count isn't entirely important but I would like to make a step upward from where I am working at currently, so something in the 30-40MP range would be perfect. I realize it's not everything but I do want to leave some room to grow in the next few years as (hopefully) my work gets used in larger sizes.
I shoot almost everything - portrait, fashion/glamour, landscapes for art sales, product and food, automotive, weddings... I am looking for something I can also possibly start to attach onto a large format 4x5 Cambo system for some of the product/food studio work I do (and hopefully get more of). I realize I need an adapter for that but want to make sure I am buying the right back for it as well. From what I have seen mostly everything has an adapter for this use. However, what about if I wanted to try an older film camera like a Rollei 6008 or Mamiya 645 AF with a digital back. I am wondering how something like an H4D-31 (what I am leaning towards buying both out of liking the feel/images and budget) would be able to fit on one of those. Looking around there are different mounts obviously and I am confused as to what can be converted to fit other backs. Even though my first priority is to upgrade to deliver great images, I think it would be fun to use an older, less expensive MF camera system as a back up body too.
Anyway, that's where I will start. I do have more questions/recommendations I will need to address once I get over this first hump but I very much appreciate everyone's help.