to cut a long story short: I jumped ship and am now proud owner of a Hasselblad H2 with Phase One P30+. Did I once say I'd never go for a 44x33mm sensor? I certainly don't remember...
So I sold my Mamiya 645 AFD II, AF 80mm and Leaf Aptus 22 and got enough money to buy the H2 with back from a local dealer.
Right now I'm looking at the HC 80mm as my first lens. I'm thinking about adding the HC 35mm and the HC 150mm or 210mm along the way. I did think about getting the 50-110mm zoom to obtain several FLs in one lens but the weight, dimensions and looks of it made me change my mind.
I was hoping that some of you guys could share your experience with the lenses I mentioned and especially with the ones that might have disappointed you. I read that the first version of the 50mm was not that great and as far as I understand I won't be able to use HCD lenses with the H2. Has anyone tried to do that anyway? If so, what happened (probably nothing right?)?
Main reason to go for the H2 was my desire to use leaf shutter lenses. With the Mamiya system, I would have had to get the 645DF first and it would have costed me much much more.
My first impressions with the H2 and P30+ in comparision to the Mamiya 645 AFD II with Aptus 22 are as follows:
-I like the AF system of the H much better than the one used by Mamiya/P1. I would dare to say, that it is as fast and precise as the AF of the 645DF+.
-The camera LCD display and menue is much more sophisticated and thought through.
-The grip of the camera feels great in the hands and makes handling much steadier.
-Great value for money
-Why can't it be black? It's a camera and not a mirror!
-The camera itself feels a bit plasticky and cheap.
-To me, it's not the most beautiful camera there is (not that this would matter or bother me in any way).
-Lenses look like they were designed with phallic symbols in mind.
What I like about the P30+:
-Usable high ISO speeds
-Feels very durable
-It's a Phase One back so I won't have to deal with phocus
What I don't like about it:
-Relatively small sensor, therefore large crop of the viewfinder. Even if there is just a tiny bit of difference between the Aptus 22 and the P30+, I do notice it and it bothers me a bit.
-The colors right out of the box aren't as good as with the Aptus 22. I'll certainly be missing that back and the way it rendered.
This is everything I have noticed so far. Now, I'm curious to know what your thoughts on that matter are. After all, it was the best deal in MF land I have ever come across.