MalVeauX wrote in post #18048375
This seems really interesting. I'm one of those "wants a medium format" people who can't afford it. I also know that in many ways, some modern full frame offerings are so close now that it's sort of not a big deal now (like Sony's latest). But I just really like the idea of medium format mirrorless body, that is slim and small for the format, you could walk around with this and enjoy it and not feel like you're carrying a 90's video camera with a big cassette tape inside. And I absolutely like the idea of the shutter and how it syncs, that is awesome, as I do a lot of lighting work in the sun with my strobes. Plus I just like the look of the large sensor in terms of how depth of field looks with things like even 70~100mm lenses with apertures around F2.8 or F4 even. Just interesting for portrait and general shooting.
But I'll wait 10 years when it's maybe $1k and affordable for me...
Agreed! When I was single and earning plenty of disposable income, it was easy enough to justify to myself spending 3X film SLR for a medium format camera. In 1992 you could get a medium format SLR with metering prism, back, and a normal lens for $3100...about 2-3x what you would pay for a top 135 format SLR ($1000-1800). But $9000 today gets you a medium format body only with no lens, in the case of the X1D; add another $2300 for a normal lens.
In 1992, the CPI was 140, whereas now it is 240...things should cost 1.7x more today than 25 years ago.
- The $1500 135 format 1992 film SLR would be $2550 today, and you can get a 5DIII for that.
- The $3100 1992 medium format film camera today would be $5300...but $6000 only gets you a digital-capable body (Mamiya 645), but no lens and no digital back, you pay $14000 for a usable kit!
- Maintaining the same 2-3x price differential for 135 vs. MF should mean $7500 for a full kit digital medium format, not a body-only expense!
The cost-benefit of digital medium format puts it a long way off from even a typical single techie earning a fat salary from spending 1/3 of a BMW price on a camera.