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    Re: Renting Phase One on a (very tight) budget

    Wow, Gareth, you've really tasted the Nikon koolaid mate! This lad clearly likes a photography setup that is precisely what Nikon isn't.

    Shelby .. come back!

    I'd defend Doug and Yair, as most valuable people, the unselfish manner that both these guys help us out is way way in excess of any commercial attribution. I don't know about other groups but in the MF forums they're gold dust.

    @jars121 ... Welcome to MF Digital, with your set up, you won't regret the results. Looking forward to seeing your images in the Fun with ... threads, film and digital!
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    Re: Renting Phase One on a (very tight) budget

    Wentbackward:

    I think that there are plenty of us who really don't care about the ease of use of a CaNikSony system, über megapixels per $$, or lightweight outfits. We just enjoy using medium format be it digital or analog. Just as some folks like shooting 35mm film, 4x5 or 8x10 or other less 'practical' systems.

    Of course, if I had to make a living at it ...
    Remember: adventure before dementia!

    As Oscar Wilde said, "my tastes are simple, I only like the best"
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    Re: Renting Phase One on a (very tight) budget

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Wentbackward:

    I think that there are plenty of us who really don't care about the ease of use of a CaNikSony system, über megapixels per $$, or lightweight outfits. We just enjoy using medium format be it digital or analog. Just as some folks like shooting 35mm film, 4x5 or 8x10 or other less 'practical' systems.

    Of course, if I had to make a living at it ...
    Couldn't agree more

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    Re: Renting Phase One on a (very tight) budget

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    My advice as a Pro I shoot every damn piece of gear out there to make money, does not mean I enjoy any of them but if I was a hobbyist I would certainly shoot whatever turned my jets on, regardless of costs or format. It's a freaking hobby your supposed to have fun with it. My hobby is golf and have some of the best clubs you can buy but for me if I'm going to spend 5 hours away from my family , I'm going to soak up the pleasure as much as I can in the time I have for that activity. Any hobby IMHO your entitled to be as crazy as you want to be, its supposed to be fun and relaxing from your everyday stress and crazy life. I'm all in when it comes to a hobby, obviously you need to put food on the table so like life its always a balance. I mentioned to the golf pro at a golf course the other day i wanted a 3 wood rescue club in the worst way,his response was how many days do you have left on this planet.
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: Renting Phase One on a (very tight) budget

    As a hobbyist I tried many cameras, Canon 5d2, Nikon D3x, sigma dP2M, Contax 645 with film and with a sinar 54lv, Alpa TC and SWA with Sinar 54, leaf 75s, and Phase P65+.
    Lots of money, but as I buy used equipment, the cost of ownership is not more than playing golf, having nice cars or so.
    I tend to think that the needs of pros are different fom mines :
    - pros need technically perfect images : no distorsion, no color shift, 100% sharpness, ability to make huge prints ; pros need to make money with it, ie optimize investments and focus on what their customers are expecting. I think know-how, lightning mastering, post-treatment workflow, are more important there than material. And it is logical than pros use both dslr and MF
    - i only need nice pictures, with gorgeous colours and I am happy enough if I make 10 great shots of my son a year, if I capture unique family events, if I come back from a trip with a few great shots. I mean "great" ... to my eyes and sensibility only (i have pro material but certainly do not pretend to make pro-quality pictures, I have neither the skills nor the technique).
    If film processing were as convenient as digital, I would probably use a 4x5 camera, trying to capture the unique portraits these camera can make.

    For digital portraits, I would never trade my contax and sinar back for anything else.
    For landscapes, I enjoy the Alpa a lot, and now have a P65+ on it.
    To be honest, I wonder if this back is not too professional for my use : impressive capabilities, beyond the sinar's. But if the pictures are technically superior in almost any aspect, I do not prefer them over the sinar. I want to improve my technique and keep it for the time being.

    If I had to keep only one camera, whatever the price, that would be contax and the sinar, as they deliver the best portraits, and as family portraits is the first thing I want.
    But the alpa is also addictive, smaller and capable of incredible landscapes. So as long as I can afford, I will keep one. Could be with a smaller back than the P65.

    So yes, a used 22Mpix MFDB is still a great option for some hobbyists who are interested in slow making photography and who accept its limitations (no low light, no action, ...).
    Such a used back is about 3000 usd. So the total cost is not very different from a good dslr and a few lenses.
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    Re: Renting Phase One on a (very tight) budget

    Quote Originally Posted by OliverM View Post
    So yes, a used 22Mpix MFDB is still a great option for some hobbyists who are interested in slow making photography and who accept its limitations (no low light, no action, ...).
    Myself being one of them. I have a Leaf Aptus 22 for my Mamiyas (I kind of collected the AFD, AFD II and AFD III) that produces gorgeous, gorgeous files, very film like (think Fuji Pro). Still shoot film too, though, so I have a Fuji GA645 strictly for travel and family vacations photos. And a few film backs for my Mamiyas and lots of film ...
    Keeping film photography and printing alive!

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    Re: Renting Phase One on a (very tight) budget

    Quote Originally Posted by dougpeterson View Post
    Of course every day we have pro's jumping into MF kit.

    Net net the last few years have been very good to MF.
    I guess if some pro - for example Gareth - sells his MF kit, someone else must be buying it!

    I checked out rental prices in Perth (over my way - just for my interest) and all I could find was a P25 for $300/day. Not very attractive. Easier just to buy something, shoot it and sell it if needed I figure.

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