Need some input - hopefully the shah kicks around.
In January I want to grab a Medium Format camera - at the moment I'm open to all options (645, 6x6, 67 and 6x9) - learning towards 645 or 67.
Basically I'm trying to work out if it's worth going all out (and buying a really high quality package with some good glass - Mamiya 7 would really be the go to), or whether it's worth getting a less expensive system and trying it out first.
For reference MF is noticably more expensive - it's the same price for film, but 1/3 the exposures per roll, then it's about double the cost for processing and scanning. So you're looking at 60cents per shot for 35mm compared to $2.20 for MF - massive increase.
I'd really be using it to take photos once I've visualised, and maybe even taken a 35mm shot - and for portraits. I'd be using MF to make longer bodies of work with the view to make prints (although I could just buy my own scanner and scan 35mm at massively high resolution) and, perhaps most honestly, many people I admire use MF - I love that the longer barrel length of the lenses gives a different DoF but you still get images that are slightly wide-angle.
I've thought a bit about a TLR (Yashica Mat) and 645 (Mamiya 645) a 6x7 (Mamiya or Pentax, they are about the same price) or a 6x9 (Fuji), but I'm not sure.
Currently I have an Olympus XA, which is tiny and is mainly for travel (though it takes great images) - the issue is that it's not fully manual controls so if I have a particular look I'm going for the camera does over or underexpose for that look.
Thoughts? Ideas? Stay in the cheaper system (35mm) but grab something manual? Go balls to the wall, or dip my feet in (645 is cheaper - more negatives per roll)? Say fuck it and head back to digital land?