Lets put our cards on the table , I am a Nikon user and no Canon fan boy however I am also a camera whore like most photographers who have a less than secret addiction to all that is new and of high pixel count.
Like all addicts our addiction blinds us to a truth that we dare not admit to , most of us pro’s and semi pro’s whatever that means don’t actually need that higher a pixel count 24 mpixels will print at 300 dpi across a double page spread in a magazine.
“But we need it for editing so we can correct imperfections!”
Question , how many of us actual work in beauty and fashion and need to correct to that level
Question , How much of your work goes straight to web at 72 dpi and no more than a 1000 pixels
Answer truthfully and we are narrowing down a bit aren’t we to a smaller group of Photographers who have been looking seriously at the Pentax 645Z medium format camera.
This is the true reason why this Camera was created, for when you look at its limitations it makes no sense as a tool for a general photographer.
The same logic applies to the Nikon D810 for the majority of photographers once we stop being blinded by our desire for the latest and greatest both cameras are a workflow menace in many situations.
Wedding Photographer, anything above 1600 iso is a mess of digital noise
Event Photographer , 200MB+ file size and lack of video support stick with the 5D MkIII
News & PR Photographer, See above
Oh and here is the kicker think your current glass is up to the job , Think again from someone who has used a Nikon D810 unless your glass is the best on offer don’t bother it won’t be able to resolve the detail the sensor can pick up.
The truth is at the pixel density both cameras use there are only a few lenses out there which can do them justice a couple of Sigma’s a couple from their own range and a few Zeiss lenses.
So do I want one , hell Yeah
I am a camera whore and I am not in denial , I admit it and shout it from the roof tops however £6000 for a camera and lens set up which I can only use on 20-30% of my work at most.
That makes no sense to me, Like the Nikon set up I have if a job needs a high pixel count I will hire it and charge it to the client and only when it makes economic sense buy outright .
So why the Post
As photographers we get caught up in the hardware its in our nature and we loose sight of the truth in what we do is that we create images and that starts with an idea and the talent to see it through until its finished and delivered to a client .
It does not involve reading so called reviews by people trying to sell you their training course or DVD or Reading a 1000 and 1 forum posts
IT IS JUST NOISE
Just ask yourself and answer truthfully a few simple questions.
1, Can I afford it based on my current work ?
2, How much use will I get out of it ” its a tool not a Leica ”
If you can answer both of those truthfully then you are doing well doing what you love .
BUY IT USE IT YOU WON’T REGRET IT