Is medium format right for me?
I am a commercial photographer based out of Nashville, TN. I shoot mostly for advertising agencies. The vast majority of my shoots take place in the studio. I shoot a mix of both product and people. I have recently started taking on larger advertising jobs that may benefit from the improved image quality that comes from a MFDB.
I currently shoot with a Canon 1DMKIII, 1DSMKIII, and a variety of Canon L series prime lenses ranging from 24-200mm.
I feel that after 5 years I am ready to move onto a new camera and have debated the Canon 1DX, Canon 5DMKIII, Nikon D4, and Nikon D800. I think they are all great cameras, but I want something different.
I am seriously considering the move to medium format. I love the image quality of the files. I see smoother transitions between in focus and out of focus areas, also smother tonal graduations, and more micro contrast all of which I like. I also like the narrower dof that MF allows.
I do not have a ton of money to spend. I would like to keep this move under the 10k mark the further under that price the better.
I have been looking at used: DM22, or DM28 with the DF back and the 80 LS lens. I have also been looking at some of the older backs with a AFD II or III body and a P25, or P30. I have also seen a few Pentax AFD bodies in my price range.
Here is my question coming from a 1DSMKIII will I be happy with the handling of any of the medium format bodies? In reality do these bodies seem as slow as I have been told they are? How bad is the resolution on the back of the camera compared to my Canon? How fast and accurate is the auto focus? How easy is it to manual focus on any of the Mamiya bodies?
I am also wondering about how much lighting power I need? I tend to like to shoot between F5.6 and F11 @ iso 100 on 35mm to get the same DOF on medium format where do I need to be?
Also if anyone could point me towards some more MF resources that would be awesome. I would really like to know more about the tech specs of the different backs that I listed and also on the different bodies.
I would love to handle one of these systems locally but there are not that many shooters in my area that own a MF digital system. I do plan on stopping by Capture Integration in Atlanta some time in June/July if I have a free day.
If you want to see my work check out my website www.nickbumgardnerphoto.com
Sorry that was a lot of questions. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.