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    Thank you for all the info and experience

    I just wanted to thank you guys for answering many of my questions in the process to decide for a MF system.

    In the end I saw pros and cons of each system and could not say that there was one which only would have pros and no cons.

    I have decided for a Hy6 with LV54 system.
    Reasons were the follwing:

    1) Hy6:
    I wanted the MF as an additional system to my Nikon and Leica M. I just think that no MF system can come close to the speed and low light capabilities of these cameras.
    For that reason I wanted to add a system which would give me a more conventional classic MF-feeling including the flexibility to also use a nice WLF.
    I was tempted to go Hassy V, but wasnt sure if in some cases AF (of the Hy6) would not be an advantage, as well as the fact to have all the metering options in the camera-body.
    Plus I was a little bit afraid that a square sensor in the CFV size might (eventually) be a little limiting regarding wideangle.
    Now if you think WLF and 3:4 sensor the rotating back of Sinar (or the rotating sensor of Leaf) makes sense.
    Also as a german guy I was somewhat influenced to get a camera which is manufactured in my home country.
    I realized that the Sinar service in the US might be not the greatest and that the hmi of the Hy6 would not be self explaining. However so far I have received very fast response and service from several guys at Sinar (from Sinar Swizerland, from Sinar Germany and from the responsible Sales guy in may area). Price was competitive.
    ALso some nice glass available for the system - first I was shocked by prices but the used market here in Germany is ok and I could get a "3 lens starter kit" (40-80-150) for reasonable prices.

    The Back: LV54
    Reasons were a) the decision for the Hy6, b) the option to use it with a rotating adapter c) the felexibility to use it with different systems vs adapters and d) price
    I would have prefered the LV75 but not in my price range.
    Again I guess the Phase+ backs might have nicer display and little more intuitive user interface (and also the software) but I think I will manage the Sinar back as well. After spending 2-3 evenings with the equipment I now think to understand the ideas behind it.

    Overall my first impression is quit good.

    Again thanks for all the help.

    Cheers, Tom

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    Re: Thank you for all the info and experience

    Congrats, Tom. Enjoy the system with the knowledge that you are getting excellent equipment.

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    Ditto. Tom glad the forum members where able to help in your decision. Best of luck and let's see some shots soon.
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    Congratulations on your new camera - enjoy!

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    Congrats and welcome to MF.

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    thanks for all the nice answers.
    Here a rainy dark weekend. Not the best weather if you want to get new MF equipment running.

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    Re: Thank you for all the info and experience

    I'm looking forward to seeing some results

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    Re: Thank you for all the info and experience

    Quote Originally Posted by foto-z View Post
    I'm looking forward to seeing some results
    No pressure!

    Congratulations!
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    Its awfull. These days I enter my office in the dark and I leave it in the dark. At the weekend its raining. So at least I have some excuses to not have shown anything exciting yet.

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    Go to work later
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    Thats how it looks like these days for me:

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    Quote Originally Posted by t_streng View Post
    Thats how it looks like these days for me:
    Hello All,
    Very well captured image, Tom. In the style of Caspar David Friedrich, I think.
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    Very nice, sir!! Love the mood!!

    We must be at a similar latitude. It's just about pitch black here in Seattle by 4pm this time of year. Ugh.

    While we're sharing, a couple of days ago I posted 22 photos from a shoot I did in Iceland with the Hy6/e75r. You can see them at http://GibsonPhotographic.com/Iceland.

    Take care,
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    Hi Tom,

    congratulations on your new Hy6. Your picture shows that you will have a lot of fun.

    Best Regards,
    Claus


    BTW: What happened to your ZD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weinglas View Post
    Hi Tom,

    congratulations on your new Hy6. Your picture shows that you will have a lot of fun.

    Best Regards,
    Claus


    BTW: What happened to your ZD?
    Thanks CLaus,
    I still have the ZD and want to keep it for some time. Im not sure if for some ocassions (travel for example) the ZD with it compactness and low weight might not be good and I dont think I will loose much money if I keep it for some more time.
    Regards, Tom

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    Re: Thank you for all the info and experience

    Quote Originally Posted by t_streng View Post
    Thanks CLaus,
    I still have the ZD and want to keep it for some time. Im not sure if for some ocassions (travel for example) the ZD with it compactness and low weight might not be good and I dont think I will loose much money if I keep it for some more time.
    Regards, Tom
    Congratulations Tom! BTW your ZD could have saved you 7K if you were buying a new AFi-II 7

    Cheers, yair
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    Quote Originally Posted by yaya View Post
    Congratulations Tom! BTW your ZD could have saved you 7K if you were buying a new AFi-II 7

    Cheers, yair
    Thanks Yair.

    Does that mean one could buy a Leaf AFi-II 7 camera system package
    for 19.995 minus 7000 for a ZD =12.995 for the set?

    Why doesnt Leaf tell people?

    Cheers, Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradleyGibson View Post
    We must be at a similar latitude. It's just about pitch black here in Seattle by 4pm this time of year. Ugh.
    You're not alone. I'm on the same latitude as southern Alaska. You won't be seeing any daylight shots from me for a while...

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    Quote Originally Posted by t_streng View Post
    Thanks Yair.

    Does that mean one could buy a Leaf AFi-II 7 camera system package
    for 19.995 minus 7000 for a ZD =12.995 for the set?

    Why doesnt Leaf tell people?

    Cheers, Tom
    No, it means that you could get 7K off the list price of 24,995.

    BR

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    Quote Originally Posted by yaya View Post
    No, it means that you could get 7K off the list price of 24,995.

    BR

    Yair
    ok, now I feel better. Thanks
    I bet its worth the money but it was above my financial posibilities.
    Best Regards, Tom

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