After roughly 2 years of digital MF use I am in the crisis now.
In the beginning I was convinced by some of my first results that MF gives me superior clarity and tonality compared to my Nikon and Leica systems.
(However I believe that in my first testings some focus errors had been envolved in favor for MF and the real distance is not as much as I initially thought).
I also liked the large viewfinder and the more traditional approach (WLF etc).
In the beginning I used it quite a bit but lately (and specially after the M9 appeared) I explored again how good results I can get with the M9, with lugging around much less wait, having more accurate focus/ better percentage of keepers, less post processing and much less obstrusive.
18MP are enough for allmost all of my prints.
My MF back (Sinar75LV) has pretty good high ISO for MF so I can use the back without tripod as well but still the whole gear is slow and heavy and large and takes attention (I knew this before but maybe ignored it or thought I would accept it9. With the M9 delievering me so good I now really wonder if I should not get out of MF.
I like hiking, I like outdoor sports etc. Yes, one can carry a MF camera for a while (and I did) but it only makes sense if one gains on the other side (which I dont see that much any more). The most beautiful places and light I have experienced at places where one can not park a car.
With the Leica 24/1.4 I can now even get that wide angle-shallow DOF look which is normally difficult to achieve with sensors smaller than MF.
The small IQ advatage of my Hy6 is then sometimes destroyed by smallest focus inaccurancies .
If I sell my MF gear (Hy6+Sinarback+Artec) it ould be a large loss and emotional difficult but then it doesnt make sense if I dont use it that much.
The other thought is if maybe a lighter MF system would offer me more flexibility and focus accurancy. (Maybe like the new phase body or the S2 system)
So here are some questions:
.anybody here also compared the M9 with MF and can tell me his opinion how IQ compares as long as you do not have to upres. the M9 shots?
-how accurate is the AF of your MF-system? (By the way the new Hasselblad approach could really make sense IMO)
-How accurate can you focus it manually if it is not on a tripod and your subject is not still?
-anybody else who has been in a comparable situation like me and wants to share his decision and if he regrets getting out of Medium format?
-Who thinks that Medium Format does work for subjects other than exterieurs/interieurs and shots from parking lots of national parks as well as studio shooting? This is not meant critically but I am really trying to find out what makes sense and what does not.
And last but not least: Why do you use MF???