I am new here, and registered to join a community of MF photographers. I use a Bessa III and Mamiya 645 1000s for a lot of my work - mostly black-white and non-professional, but some more or less "professional" (e.g., all images in the Voigtländer were taken by me with the Bessa).
I love film, and have a good setup with a Nikon Coolscan 8000 and access to a Hasselblad X1 if I need something for a magazine.
What I am increasingly considering is a "cheap" MF back, for more casual shooting and when I want color. I came across a Kodak DCS Pro Back 645M. A dinosaur of sorts, I know, but I was wondering:
- how hard is accurate focus with the Mamiya 645 AFD and a manual lens like the Sekor 110mm f/2.8? The 1000s has a nice split-screen, nailing focus is not a problem. But that is WLF and film....digital forgives less.
- the sensor itself: Lets say I stick to ISO 100 and 200ish...how well does the IQ fare in comparison to, say, a Leica M8 (my digital reference)? Not so much in resolution, more in clarity and "robustness" of the files (DR, color depth, bw conversions, etc).
- the Kodak back and modern software - I use Lightroom CC...how is that going to work? I use Xrite with calibrated screen, but does LR read the files well at all?
- Finally...I can stretch my budget a bit later in the year. Any recommendations for more modern alternatives? Phase One P25?
For critical work I have the full film thing, so it does not need to "comped" with that.
I does not have to be a Mamiya, but I like the 645 for film and the lenses (80mm f/1.9 and 110mm f/2.8) and a Contax 645 or Hasselblad would increase the investment again.
Also: I have no interest in digital FF. APS-C on my Leica X1 is the sweet-spot for size-performance. Any expenses in digital will be in MF.
Thanks for any advice,