After much consideration of features, weight, system versatility, etc, I've deci ded to make the switch from my beloved Linhof Kardan Bi to something in the Arca Swiss F-Line. My one remaining decision is how much I need geared movements. The cameras I've narrowed it down to are the F-Line Compact and the F-Metric Com pact. I will be using the camera for landscape, architecture, and occasionally some stuff in the studio. Because I will be using this camera through the remai nder of my college career and I'm assuming well into my professional career, I'm wondering if it wouldn't be worth the extra $705.00 to go for the F-Metric mode l so I could have geared rise and shift. Though my budget as a college student certainly doesn't allow a whole lot of room for that extra $705.00, I'm not sure that over time the convenience of geared movements wouldn't pay for themselves since I'll be using it to shoot architecture the majority of the time. Thoughts ? Thanks in advance.