I'm an architectural photographer and I've decided to make the jump to medium format. I have never shot using anything other than DSRLs and I have no idea about anything MF so it will be a steep learning curve.
I'm hoping to get some impartial guidance as I've asked a local dealer for some information and although very helpful he has a vested interest, so I would like to get other opinions on the setup that will best suit me.
I'm currently shooting with a 5D MkIII and tilt shift lenses (17mm, 24mm and 45mm). I would like to keep these focal lengths as I've become used to them. As I'm shooting architecture, shifting is very important and I manage to do some pretty big shifts (up to 12mm) with all my lenses. I would like to retain this ability with my new system.
Given this information, the dealer has recommended the following setup:
IQ180 back (they have a used one for a good price)
Cambo Wide RS
Cambo Wide-DS Rodenstock 23mm f5.6 HR Digaron-S Lenspanel
Cambo Wide-RS Rodenstock 40mm f4.0 HR Digaron-W Lenspanel
Cambo Wide-DS Rodenstock 70mm f5.6 HR Digaron-W Lenspanel
So, I have a some questions. It would be great if you could answer them:
1. How does this setup sound given how I shoot as explained above? Especially regarding image circle size and the ability to obtain equivalent shifting to my current setup.
2. Why would he have chosen these particular lenses - does Schneider make equivalent lenses?
3. Does a guide exist with an explanation to all the Rodenstock and Schneider lens naming? HR? Digaron-s? Digaron-W? Lenspanel?
4. I'm used to composing through the viewfinder. How true to the actual image are technical camera viewfinders?
5. Will I have to buy a really powerful computer to handle the 80megapixel files? If so, I might be better off buying an IQ160. I'm only getting the IQ180 as it's used and therefore cheaper. Don't really need 80megapixels.
Thanks for your help everyone!