Have you investigated switching out the focussing screen for the "Microprism Type C" screen designed to be used with the manual focus lenses? I'm assuming that it will aid in manual focussing with the AF lenses also.
I realize that MF lenses don't even touch 1,4 but when you take into consideration that a 90mm lens in MF is equivalent to a 50mm lens in 35mm, not much difference. Still, the fact of shooting wide open doesn't work well with action shots.
In the op's case, shooting weddings and portraits, the action is generally slow. The subjects are normally walking slow, standing or sitting and they have very predictable destinations.
Even in fast paced sports the magic is simply knowing/predicting where and when the subject will be.
Or one of the Fuji Af's. The GA series. Smaller body, smaller lens = faster AF?
Thanks for the input, as always!
I shoot mainly weddings and portraits. I'm not real big into "classic" wedding style where most of the shots are posed and strobes are used, I find it to be really static and boring most of the time. I only use strobes when it's absolutely necessary or during receptions. I'm more into the documentary style, which is great for 35mm. But the thing about the Mamiya is that even when doing posed formal shots and it takes 10 seconds just to get the focus, than it becomes very very difficult to anticipate and capture the best moments, where it's cake on 35mm.
16shots/roll + FedEx + Richard Photo Lab = expensive (but good) results. One roll of 120, 16 pictures, costs almost $40 to get developed and scanned at RPL after cost of purchasing, shipping, and developing+scanning that roll.
My 24mm f/1.4G lives at f/1.4. It's the reason I bought it, and it is perfect for shooting receptions on black and white film.
I just wish I had more contrast to work with.
Thanks for the input again, I'll sit and think on this for a while longer, and I'll shoot with the Mamiya more in the meantime and practice with it more. What I think happened was I noticed how much slower the Mamiya was and I didn't like how I was missing shots I normally wouldn't with it, so I just stopped using it. It's just when I look back at the scans on my computer, they look awesome (when they're in focus) and I get 2nd thoughts on switching to 100% 35mm.
Does anyone know of any wedding/portrait photographers who aren't editorial or documentary shooters who shoot exclusively 35mm? I think Joe Buissink used to, but pretty sure he shoots digital now.
Your F100 with some top-tier ED glass should be fine. I have shot various 35mm rolls through my EOS system with pro-grade L-glass and with pro-grade film would put them against anything taken with a 645 any day of the week.
Glass, cellulose and composition are the three key ingredients in a good photograph. I have nailed damn near perfect shots on a $10 EOS 650 film body with my 70-200/4L IS. With that camera the only time I missed a shot was when I needed a wide and had a tele mounted, and vice-versa.
I shot an outside wedding reception with it today and was impressed. A little loud for my tastes but it gets the job done without complaint or issues. I have done 3 weddings in 35mm format + full-frame digital (more 35mm than digi, the digi is mainly to test exposure vs. older bodies and for my portfolio) using mostly Canon EOS systems and have never once had any issues. Prints and enlargements look great. I've ran the gamut on EOS bodies and I love the simplicity of the 650, and the AF of the later bodies like my Elan 7e.
Now I am on the other side of the fence here, I've been using 35mm and want to cross over into MF and I'm not afraid to manual focus. I ran a roll through my Nikkormat practicing focus time and I seem to nail it damn near every time. I was thinking the RB67 Pro-S for anything I would enlarge and anything planned or premeditated and my EOS system for when I need to get a quick shot or something I wouldn't need to enlarge past 4x6. thoughts?
The hasselblad AFs, the H series if I'm not mistaken, was advertised as having very fast AF.
I never used any AF nikons, but my view on the AF of the older F5 and F100 compared to F6, is it really that superior? If you go 35mm it'll be better to invest in lenses I say :) and for wireless flash there's many way to get around it from the cheap Chinese transmitters to the more sophisticated pocket wizards.