A long time lurker and first time poster looking for a little advice.
Iím looking at making the jump to MFD, almost ready to ďAbandon HopeĒ as the forum sub-title says . I havenít quite made the decision yet but Iím getting very close.
I shoot landscapes with 4x5 film and occasionally a Canon 5DMk II, for various reasons Iím looking to replace the 4x5 system and maybe the Canon. Currently I have the budget to get started with a used back and SLR, if this works out then Iíd partly fund a digital view camera system by selling the 4x5 gear and some Canon glass.
Iíve found a couple of used packages which Iím considering.
1: Phase One P65+ with 645 DF and 80mm LS lens.
2: Leaf Aptus-II 12 with 645 DF Ė body only.
The P65+ system is 2K cheaper than the Aptus and includes a lens so more spare cash for other bits and bobs. 60MP will be plenty for me, 80MP might be nice but itís not really a factor in my decision.
So, some questions
The Aptus is tempting being newer tech and 80MP with a larger LCD but apart from the extra expense Iím worried about weatherproofing, it rains a lot here in the UK and I like to shoot seascapes often in stormy conditions where salt spray might be a problem, how weatherproof is the Aptus compared to the P65+?
Iím currently leaning towards the P65+, from what Iíve seen itís built like a tank and does everything I need, the only slight concern is the small LCD, is it usable for checking focus?
Lens choice, an 80mm lens makes sense as Iíll want a normal perspective but Iíll need to add a wide angle, I find I use a 90mm maybe 80% of the time on 4x5 (24mm when I shoot with the 35mm system) so something roughly equivalent for 645 MF would be needed. I was wondering if anybody has any recommendations.
Many thanks and I apologies if this has all been covered a hundred times,