ALPA is a nice sort of dream kit, but not a snap away camera at all, cost you the price for your live time journey, is heavy with all the added needs, even professional avoid this kind of kit unless you got some assistant !
(OK if you are in to high paid fashion shoots it's a kind of must have "toy" beside to impress the Art director but not the guys in the bazaar you may want to see)
I admit... if you like great lonely landscapes... well the ALPA is "one" of the kind to chose if you got the right size wallet.
If you like medium format cameras and the considerable amount of extra weight for film material, tripod and so on... and don't mind carrying the extra weight... well buy your self a 2nd hand Hasselblad 503 with a 80mm and 50mm lens one or two magazines for size 240 film and you will be set... oh yea don't forget a heavy tripod that set you down for some £700+head, a proper light meter... cost some £300 to £700 quit as well.
(ok the old eBay may help out... but be aware of dodgy and worn down cheap offered kit)
on the other hand, if you like the good old 35mm film like me... well get a 2nd hand Leica M6 for about £800 + a 50mm lens for some additional £500 quit and you have a nice quick and light shooter camera for on the bike... (well in case you want best quality in the 35mm range)
If you don't want to spend this sort of money... well a new "Voightlaender Bessa R4" may a camera of interest.... (2nd choice to me)
the question is, can you handle mechanical cameras or do you need this misleading an unpredictable automatic wonder machines ?
if you want to shoot professional pictures... well the camera is only a tool that will help to catch your imagination... are you up for that ?
A expensive camera is no warranties for good pictures at all... good pictures pop up in your head, coupled with knowledge of the photographic physics and light, don't underestimate the tiny bit called "luck" witch is the seventh son of a bitch.
Even the mater of B/W prints compare to colour slides will make a whole different class of it's own.
You have to know what you want first, knowing your photographic skills is important, a camera is only the right tool that will be chosen carefully for the job.
One more kick... learning to do good photos is like learning to drive a car or bike that requires a licence and to pass a test, at least it takes some time to study the matter but more important is it needs a lot of practice and experiences...
question your self... would you do a driving licence and get your self an Royce Royce in advanced ?
well I hope this will help you to safe up for your journey and not wasting your dosh for some thing you may regret.
Last edited by spooky; 18 Dec 2009 at 12:34.