I'm new to the forum, exciting to see such an active base of users that know a LOT more than I do about MF digital
I'm not new to photography, but have a recent upcoming personal project that will likely take 6 months to 12 months to complete. I'm extremely familiar with the Canon system, mainly because what I shoot is portraits. I do shoot architectural commissions from time to time, and am familiar with stitching multiple photos (with TS-E lenses or non) and for the most part am very happy with this approach.
Since this project is a personal one, and more a labor of love, and a different subject matter as well (landscapes + buildings), I'm looking for the best image quality, then resolution.
While my 5D2 + stitching is great for standard use, this project will likely end up in a very nice fine-art book, and possibly even in a gallery at some point. Not HUGE huge prints, but, I'm not looking into MFDB for resolution . . . it just happens to be a benefit.
I've long known the qualities and advantages of the Phase One backs, but have never had ANY real world experience with the files, or with using the system.
The purpose of this post is to hopefully acquire some additional resources to prove to my "financial" brain that the jump to a P45+ would be a wise move for this project. I'm looking for the best, cleanest file quality, a significant step-up from the dynamic range that Canon is offering, and the best lenses. I just don't know where to look, where to get some sample files (RAW files, although I do not have Capture1), anything that will help me with my decision.
I'm in AZ, and don't know of anywhere that I could test out any of the PhaseOne backs and cameras. I'm definitely a hands-on person, and being able to make tests on my own would be the best way for me to better understand, but just not sure how to go about doing it.
Does Phase make it fairly easy to test their products?
If I do go the MFDB route, I don't have a preference on camera body, not a huge deal to me, but any recommendations would be helpful. I'm very familiar with Contax (still have a kit), same with Mamiya, and from what I understand Phase's cameras are about the same.
I'll likely be buying a back that is used. I don't really have the means to jump into anything $20k+, so anything new isn't really in the equation.
Any help, links, resources would be much appreciated.