All I can say is that this thread is a part of my process of making my decision about the P45 investment. I ordered the P30 the same day they was announced, but have now got the P45 instead. But everytime we are talkin above 15.000$ it is a tough decision to make :-)
I'm new here, but discovered this board last night and have been reading the posts with fascination regarding the digital battle, esp the story about Joey Terrill. I'm a serious amateur out of L.A. wanting to turn pro, and this issue has been weighing heavily on my mind lately. I currently shoot with an 8MP Canon 350D, but I've always wanted MF and haven't been able to afford it. I do have an older Rollei copy TLR that I occasionally shoot 6X6 with, but it's unreliable and not that practical, without interchangeable lenses.
Lately I've been on eBay looking at used Hassies with the intention of buying one to eventually hook up to a digital back (or rent one as needed). My photography goal is in shooting architecture/interiors and similar commercial work, so I figure I need the most MP I can get for my money (which right now is none).
I've thought about the 5D, which sounds like a great machine but also out of reach financially at 3 grand, let alone the MkII. This is another reason I'm looking at older Hassies to couple with digital backs. But from what I'm reading here, many of you (and others on eBay) are ditching Hassies in favor of other systems.
So my questions are: am I barking up the wrong tree by going for Hassies, considering what I want to shoot?
And more burningly: is it becoming increasingly more difficult to charge clients a rental fee for the use of digital backs like the P25 or P45? My teacher at Ucla shoots primarily architecture and rents his back to the clients he shoots for, and he says the back has since paid for itself. He's replaced the cost of film and processing with a charge for the back.
Lastly: at what point do 35mm DSLRs and MFs with backs merge in quality (i.e. is the line blurring between them, resolution-wise, or is there a real difference between, say, a Mk II and a MF with P25 back)? Does all that depend on your eventual photographic intention and result?
I appreciate your input. Best regards,