Budget: don't really have one. David Hobby got a setup for $10k. Is that realistic for a used setup that is upgradable? I guess my budget is maybe 10-20k tops.
To add to that, I find glass is always better from them when it includes caps. If you have the option, spend the extra money and get the lenses that already have caps and you'll have fewer, if any scratches. They do have an excellent return policy though.Look at KEH.com. Their "bargain" rated gear is still excellent!
Having struggled with C-41 processing some years ago, I'm not in any hurry to try it again, especially with client images. Experimentation is fine if you aren't working on client images, but for clients, I wouldn't trust anyone but a good pro lab.As to film processing, I should probably point out that it is relatively easy to process B&W film at home. Color reversal can be done with special amateur kits relatively easily as well and even C41 (color negative) is doable if one has a temperature stabilized bath.
Although, from personal experience, I would only consider color negative if I really could not find a lab...
Experimentation is fine if you aren't working on client images, but for clients, I wouldn't trust anyone but a good pro lab.
Jerome, that's true. But the price of the Pentax 645D has dropped too! It's now just [/url=http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=cart_accessories&A=details&Q=&sku=739072&is=REG&bundleId=739072REG]$8796[/url] and they throw in a free 55mm autofocus lens Pentax Pentax-D FA 645 55mm f/2.8 AL[IF] SDM AW Lens.Revisiting an old thread, I would like to add that the situation has changed and that the price of used digital MF has gone down by about a factor 2.
Theodoros,My contribution to this, is originated by the following: 1. If I was to do it again, I would do it the same way (I am very satisfied out of my choice) 2. I am always concerned with costs and believe in long term decisions.
I started MF photography with Bronica ETRS during the 80's... The replacement to Contax 645 was decided at 2005 for 2 reasons... A. The digital era and the compatibility to MFDBs, B. The collection of lenses available. Because, I am very careful with costs, I decided with a focal plane shutter system that would give me a wide choice of lenses... staying with leaf shutter, the choice could only be limited with the maker... Soooo, I started with a basic kit and added all 6 CJZ (Carl Zeiss Jena - P6 mount) lenses on it via adapters... the cost was very affordable
Thanks for your welcome Asher... Thanks for your your excellent use of my mother language too...Theodoros,
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It's sort of absurd that having done very well with a Bronica Sq at 6x6 cm and a Pentax Spotmatic I became spoiled by Eos autofocus! The truth is that MF is slower but more accurate. We've had our technique degraded by microsecond pretty accurate focus for sports, that we forget that MF at events like weddings was normal for many years.
The only drawback to the con tax is service of the camera. However, there must be a lot of private repair shops. Can Zeiss repair them?