Hi everybody, I hope I don't start on a bad note for my first post - I mentioned the word Nikon in this forum (again.... I know I know ).
We're currently shooting Canon 5D mark IIs at the studio doing jewelry photography, including watches. I've been wanting to get more detail out of my work, being always done in the macro world. Cropping my 21mp images reduces the pixels I can play with, and sometimes my work is blow up quite large for in-store or tradeshow displays. So detail is important.
I can't rent a D800 here yet, but have tried a H4D-60 and Phase One 645DF w/P65+ briefly (~2 hrs). In the very fine detailed areas, such as brushed metals, etchings, etc, it's incredible. Watch faces are incredible.
With our 5D MII cameras, tethered shooting has been raising a hellfire, we use C1, but I'm on my 5th camera that's had to have the USB plug fixed - for some reason, this is a weak link (3 cameras, 4 repairs, one that will need it shortly it's starting to bug). It's frustrating when we shoot catalogs and focus stack with 9-14 images per shot and need to restart. It's $400 each repair.
My question to you knowledgeable folk is this: For macro purposes (as I said we focus stack), what would be better? A Nikon D800(e) with Macro lens, or a used Phase One 645DF + 120mm Macro w/P65+ back? We shoot tethered 99% of the time. We also do some fashion shoots, but this accounts perhaps 5% of our work currently.
I've snooped around the forums, but for my macro purposes, I'm a little lost.
Thanks so much for any help you can give me!