Thoughts on upgrading camera system

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OP roelkphoto New Member • Posts: 8
Re: Thoughts on upgrading camera system

robgendreau wrote:

roelkphoto wrote:

I'm a full-time working real estate/architectural photographer that also occasionally shoots other work, like portraits and landscapes, and I'm interested in upgrading my camera setup, so I'm looking for advice/thoughts. Mostly, I'm after improved image quality. Autofocus capability, and burst mode are not my priorities.

I've been a solid Canon user for years, and currently own a Canon 5d Mkii (that's right), with 17-40mm L and 70-200mm f4 L lenses (I have a couple other Canon lenses but don't use those professionally). This camera has been great, has not given me problems thus far, and has some decent life left in it; I think the shutter count is less than 100K. I also own a Hasselblad 500cm with a 80mm T*Planar lens. I'd always wanted one, and bought it about 15 years ago, but then digital took hold and I never really used it, as much as I still love that camera.

So, having glanced at current values of the Hasselblad, I'm planning to sell it and use the money to begin the upgrade process. My first thought was I'd upgrade to the 5d Mk IV, but then I thought I wanted something newer, even though that camera still seems fairly relevant and widely used, at least until mirrorless came along. And I could use the glass I already have.

I entertained getting the 5dSR, being mostly a shooter of structures and not moving athletes, but looking at reviews lately, I see it's not the all-encompassing camera I thought it was. I do also need to be able to shoot video, and it's not good for that. I also thought maybe I should get into the mirrorless game with the Canon R5 or R6, but I would have to reinvest in new glass to use with that system, and I want to stay full frame. Although I understand there are adapters for the R series for use with EF L lenses, I'm not sure if there is any image quality loss. I've never used adapters before.

The adapters have no glass. They simply change the distance to the sensor. Some RF lenses are superior lenses, because they're new, fast, etc, but you won't lose quality based on just using an adapter.

So, even though there's no glass, doesn't changing the distance to the sensor essentially turn the camera into a APS-C format, where you lose width in the lens?

Lately, though, I've been utterly fascinated by the medium format Fujifilm GFX cameras, namely the 50s ii and the 100s. I'm really loving the idea of moving up in image quality using an MF system. Of course, getting the Fujifilm would mean acquiring new lenses for a new system, which will incur more cost.

There will be some big tradeoffs in going to a bigger sensor in a GFX 100 (the 50 doesn't improve as much on the high MP FF cameras). It might come down to lens, not sensor. There aren't as many for the GFX. I'd rent and test yourself on what you shoot. But maybe you won't ever need a tilt shift, etc, so the lens choices might not matter.

At some point, I do want to begin using a tilt shift, as my main goal is to shoot high end interiors. They're a bit too time consuming for real estate shoots, where time is of the essence, but I've read about some RE photogs who use them anyway.

My ideal setup would be: one of the MF Fujifilms with a super-wide zoom and mid length zoom for shooting high-end homes and interiors, and then a smaller FF camera I could use for everyday real estate shooting, which at the moment, and for the foreseeable future, is the bread and butter of my business. The bummer is that the GFX's have their own set of lenses, so it's not like I could get a smaller Fujifilm and be able to use the same lenses across both cameras.

Any suggestions?

And I assume you've tried making bigger MP images by making panos and such. Interiors and architecture is usually static, and many make use of techniques like that for better IQ vs a bigger sensored camera. But time is money. Again, I'd rent and see if it works.

I've not tried this, no. I'd need a bit of a tutorial on that

Thanks for your input!

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