I just didn't like the feel of the Pentax, looking into the viewfinder was like looking down a straw, and it just felt plasticy and toyish ... The service reputation for Pentax was poor at best .. I found that even when looking at it, the guy in the shop wouldn't even put a battery in it for me ... so I just had to play with it dead and just manual focus it in the shop.
The winner for me was hands down the Phase One "SYSTEM" ... I intend to buy an Alpa technical body and then I'll be able to use all the top quality Rodenstock lenses out front with the digital back on.
Service from both Phase One dealers here in Aust was second to none, L&pFoto in Sydney and Specular in Melbourne.
They can take Schneider, Phase One and Mamiya lenses on the body.
Aquatech also make a water housing for the camera too, which is my next purchase.
The back will hold it's value to some extent and I'll try and up-grade as time goes on to the IQ backs.
But for now the image quality of this camera has astounded me, of course it's inherent in medium format.
I don't regret for one second buying into an older sensor, it's fine for what I wanted, low iso, the overall system of the Phase One is what swayed me .... to me the ONLY thing I saw going for the Pentax was the new sensor ... and it made it a hard decision, but the versatility and solid build of the Phase One system as a whole was what made it a no brainer in the end for me.
Oh and YES Danielle .. Capture One Pro 8
There are things going for the 645Z, but they only matter to certain people. The sales and support channel is better with Phase or Hasselblad based on their existing channel. There are existing sales folks whom have no business dealing in medium format gear, and it sounds like you found a few.
Strong points for the Pentax over the PhaseOne P45+:
- High ISO (100-204,000)
- 3 fps
- Live view with articulating screen and focus peaking
- Dual SD card slots
- Weather Sealed body and lenses
- AF points and tracking ability
Strong points for the Phase over the Pentax:
- 1 hour exposure time
- ISO 50
- lots of Leaf Shutter lenses (1/800th flash sync)
- CaptureOne & tethered workflow
- Technical camera functionality