First time Medium format buyer.
Hey guys. I was just wondering if you could help me out with getting into MF for the first time.
A bit of history about me. I'm currently 20 and shooting exclusivly in digital. I've always liked photography, ever since I was 7 and my parents gave me my first basic point and shoot for Christmas. I've really gotten into it in the past couple of years though, and I'm looking to push myself further. I've taken some good photos in the past couple of years, but there are way more 'misses' than there are 'hits'.
Because of this, I want something thats going to slow me right down, and make me put alot more thought into each shot. No matter how much I try with digital, I always have the mindset of "Who cares if it's a bad shot?! I Can just delete it later!", and that's not the best way to go about getting more great shots. I see film, and more specifically MF to be a good solution for this.
I've done a reasonably amount of research on the web, and so far the camera I'm giving the most thought towards is a Mamiya 645E. It's right about how much I'm happily willing to spend at the moment, and has the advantage of being 100% new. The second hand market is tiny here, and I would like to avoid buying second hand off ebay and the like, just to avoid the whole having to deal with something that's not in the condition I thought it was, and trying to contact someone overseas. KEH does make a good case for buying second hand though, and would probably be an exception. Any other ideas on a good system to start with would be well appreciated, as there's so much out there! I don't really mind if it's a 6x4.5, 6x6 or 6x7 format either.
Thanks alot for just reading this long winded post, and a special thanks for any replies. Medium format equipment is still quite a daunting price for someone my age, earning New Zealand 'pesos'.