I have the opportunity to pickup a dm33, mamiya 645df and 80mm LS lens for what I think is the low price of 6.5k usd. I was ready to jump on this until I read about problems with shutters jamming and the like. I used to shoot a hasty 500cm and got pretty handy unjamming those lenses with a flathead screwdriver but wanted to get some feedback on this. To complicate matters the kit was a former rental so I'm even more wary of it...
I'm mostly attracted to mf for the possibility of the 1600th sync speeds, and possibly picking up a tech cam in the future.
I started photography almost 10 years ago now on a Nikon f2, then switching to a hassy and later a sinar p2 and then a arca f metric. Earlier this year I sold off everything for a canon 5d2 with some nice lenses (24mm ts-e II, 85 L II)... I was/am attracted to a d800 setup for the great DR but less than satisfied with the nikon 24mm pc-e so am exploring other options.
I'm almost thinking of getting something like a gigapan pro and shooting not panos but using it to shoot the compositions i would normally do with a shift lens with either the mfdb or d800 setup, so that's how I plan replacing the ts-e. normally I would never use software corrected perspective tools because of the loss of resotion, but I feel this could be a nonissue stitching together 12/etc shots from either the dm33 or d800.
I should mention I just finished an architecture degree, something I got into through my photography, but I'm now that I work with buildings I also enjoy shooting humans more, hence the odd pairing of wanting high sync speeds with shifts.