imagine...the IQ180 and the Alpa TC, 45mm, no viewfinder, chimping with live view. how cool is that?
I've been traveling in the Southern Hemisphere with my STC for 3 weeks now, and am extremely happy with it. One lightweight camera to walk around with (60mm) or do a 2-way stitch (90mm) when on a tripod, and that larger file is needed. Great huge MF files from a compact package.
The TC is still smaller, but you can't stitch with that. The Max does bigger stitches, but you can't walk around with it easily. The STC is close to perfect compromise.
I pick up my STC on Friday and I'm looking forward to it being the perfect compromise for travel/stitching as you mention. The Max has great versatility but when I look at the type of images I've been shooting they've almost entirely been stitched OR rise/fall, and only a couple where I combined the movements.
The extra compactness is the thing that sold me in the end and I ended up trading my Max and going to the smaller combination. I'm sure that I'll miss the extra two dimensional movements at some point but hopefully the extra convenience coupled with it being all I need for 99% of my shooting will make it the ideal compromise you describe. I'll have a good opportunity to test out the convenience next week on the GetDPI winter gig with my P40+, STC & 47/90/150 combination.
any comments on the choice to stitch by camera shifts vs. panning the camera? (assuming parallax is not an issue if the rotation point is set correctly)
i see the main argument for the STC over the TC is perspective control
This is a scary thread. I'm headed to my dealer next week for the Phase One US announcement of the IQ backs. I already have my upgrade on order so perhaps I'll be saved Grahams struggles.
Fortunately Cambo doesn't have a similar gem and I am pretty deep into that platform.
You don't actually have to go anywhere near a dealer to get into trouble. Just hanging around this forum can do the job.
I just bought Doc Moore's TC and related stuff and a couple of lenses (35 APO switar and 45 Rodenstock). I can always save money by taking the subway to Fotocare when I buy the 24 or a 28.
One of my favorite cameras ever is the Hasselblad SWC. The TC is really modern version: a 28mm lens produces an equivalent perspective to the 38 Biogen if you assume the sensor is cropped to square; a 35mm does the same if you assume that film is cropped to 3x4. And the external form factor is really similar. Except in my case I'll have an umbilical cord hanging out of the back. I do hope that Hasselblad gets around to providing a better external battery solution.
Once the weather here permits delivery I plan on using it as my carry around camera for daily images for a couple of weeks so I'll be posting images here.
You are all evil...
Can I sue if I have been led astray by this site?
RE: The Alpa Viewfinder - despite the high price and rather questionable usefulness as a framing device, for me it is one of the features that make the Alpa so damn sexy and cool!
I regularly shoot handheld with my ALPA STC w/35mm and either my P65+ or Aptus 12. The firm grip and the good ergonomics make this, with practice, a very high strike rate camera at slow speeds. Provided I am not getting bumped or otherwise destabilized, I'll happily handhold at 1/30th. Sure, there is the odd frame that is not pin sharp, but I'd call my strike rate at 80%.
The usual rules apply - keep your elbows tucked in, shoot on the end of a steady exhallation breath.