I became interested in LF this time last year and almost made the jump with a Shen-Hao. Time passed and for the last month Iíve really been searching the forum for what I need. To finalize my decisions I would like to request some input from you on several items. I currently use a Nikon F100/17-35AFS (and try to shoot like a large format photographer.) Iíll be shooting landscape and architecture, thus the need for a mono-rail. Iíve saved for over a year so Iím able to get the AS. Iíve read Jack Dykingas book (very well illustrated). Iíve never used/rented a LF camera and I donít want to rent something I wonít be purchasing. I just know Iíll love LF (hasnít ÖÖ everyone?)
CAMERA: I read the few posts regarding the Misura and also read the article The Misura, a question of measure...by Guillaume Pťronne (www.galerie-photo.com/misura_peronne_us.html). After what Iíve read I think I would prefer the Misura. I understand it does not have rear tilt, but according to Mr. Peronne, it isnít necessary. I do like the compact size and I do day-hike. Also, there is no geared front focus. Is that a problem? The rail folds up (rather than down on the F-line field) yet I believe Mr. Peronne stated in a post that the rail did not get in the way. Iím also interested in the AS F-line field and have studied it as well. So, AS F-Line field or Misura? There probably are not that many Misura users since itís still new.
LENS: I love to shoot wide angle with my Nikon 17-35. I shoot more in the 20mm range with interesting foreground and Iím looking at the Schneider 72mm SA XL as my first lens, base on its specs. I know itís big to pack around, but Iím tough. I wonder about the difficulty with the 95mm ring size for filters, though. What do you think?
FILTERS: Polarizer: I have the Lee system for my Nikon so I should build on this. Lee makes the 100mm slip over foundation kit specifically for 72 & 90 SA XL. But what about a polarizer in conjunction with the kit? Lee makes a circ. Polarizer to fit on the 105mm ring adapter, but how to attach filters? How about a B&W screw-in polarizer? How do you use 4x6 ND filters with the screw-in? Hand-hold? (This is what I do with the Nikon, but with a LF I assume the ND filter needs to be attached since you canít see the image once you close the shutter). And finally, what about vignetting when using the Lee hardware?
Thanks for taking the time to read the long post and I appreciate your responses.