As documented on this site and in my recent book, I’ve spent most of 2010 working in medium format. I’ve enjoyed the change of pace and method, and I want to do more. The time is right, I feel, to invest in better gear which will make achieving quality results – consistently – just a little easier.
Here are the two main options I’ve been thinking about:
1) Mamiya 6: medium format film rangefinder. Pros: compact body with great (and collapsible) lenses: 50mm, 75mm, 150mm. Cons: expense and hassle of shooting film (film, processing, scanning).
2) Nikon D700: full frame (35mm) digital. Pros: Large choice of excellent glass, rugged body, digital convenience. Cons: the built-in redundancy and value loss of digital bodies.
I’m leaning towards the full Mamiya 6 set because I think it will really suit what and how I shoot. The D700 is a quality camera but it is expensive and rather long in the tooth. For the same money, you can get a complete Mamiya set and it will hold its value better than the Nikon.