This seems to be a great place for MF digital so here goes... stumbled upon it through a google search, hope you can help.
A bit of background first. At work I shoot with a Leica M8 system (mainly car photography). I love the results I get and don't intend getting rid of this one system. BUT, I do require a backup camera and although I was initally going to go straight for a 2nd M8 my first thoughts were to instead get a DSLR to give myself a broader bag of tools and ultimately more power and flexibility. When I looked at DSLRs it seemed to me silly not to go for the 1ds MKiii. I don't need super speed but the large sensor and resolution appeals greatly. I was hoping for a larger resolution M8 at photokina but that does not look like its happening.
Then my thinking was, well, if you are going for an 1ds MKiii, why not size down the leica gear a little by selling one or two lenses (I have too many really) to fund the H3D 31 which is at such a great price at the moment.
One day I hope to make the jump from editorial to comercial so the H3D would cover that when I come to it and in the meantime it will provide superior quality for double page hero shots that I work on and potentially more of a lure for future clients. Also, I actually really dislike the 35mm aspect ratio and I get on with 654 or 6x6 much better and feel my compositions excel at these sizes. And generally, I just don't like large DSLRs and am not a canon fan either.
So the question is.... for 18x12 prints would I notice any difference with the H3D 31 over an M8 or indeed the 1ds MKiii ? Will my clients be happier ? I also sometimes do a lot of post on my pictures, so thats multilayered compositing, some extreme grades, blurring and all sorts of stuff and often the M8 files start to show the cracks and I end up having to degrain and clean the picture up a bit. My thinking is that the H3D files would have far greater dynamic latitude and could be graded and altered with far less risk of introducing noise or artefacts.
Finally, how much does the crop factor affect the framing on the 31 ? Is the amount of picture you lose quite noticeable. I actually really dislike the mismatch of perspective to coverage on sensor crop cameras and it was one thing I was also hoping to eradicate with my backup or 2nd system. I was therefore a bit miffed when I learnt that the H3D 31 has a crop but financially I could not stretch to a 39MP.
would apreciate any help