Then is it any wonder that other contributors to this thread have reported disquiet and uncertainty on the part of some Hasselblad agents?
You really have to wonder about the wisdom of this move, strategically speaking. It is no surprise that, in an attempt to get people on board, they have been offering a free lens and hard case with the H3D basic kit.
On balance, the H2 + CF39-MS is still very tempting. But, shutting me out of future developments before I even enter the frame is moronic, to put it mildly.
On the other hand, the H3D could become the next 2000FC.
The latter is the more likely scenario, in my view. I just don't think that people will buy into this crap. This is the age of the internet and it's impossible to pull the wool over people's eyes.
You are potentially
correct that lens additions may be at a dead-end for H1/H2 cameras.
However, if your application would benefit the most from multi-shot technology (as it seems to be from your post), why can't you purchase a CF-MS unit? You do not have to use it on an H2, it will go on almost any camera you want, which is the same case with the Sinar 75H. The only potential limitation is if you want it on the H2 platform, meaning that it appears future lens development may be HXD only, although this remains to be seen. It works perfectly fine on Mamiya, Contax, etc.
I suppose it's possible that future development of the H3D (H4D, etc) may include multi-shot technology, but it's also possible that the design plans for HxD don't easily accomodate that technology. In that case, Hasselblad will likley leave the multi-shot technology to CF-MS units, which, like the single shot CF backs, allow for complete flexibility for photographers to choose their system of choice, even allowing for use on multiple camera systems.
I don't understand your mention of the page with regards to "discontinueds". The only discontinued items are H1D and H2D, which have been discontinued by the emergence of the H3D.
Regarding the free lens and case, and the notion that Hasselblad has to do that to "get people on board" - I can tell you that all digital back manufacturers typically offer some type of "sweetener". And that H3D sales have boomed (at least for us) ever since the announcement of the product. We have many new customers only too happy to take advantage of what the technology offers.
For those who prefer not to use the H2 system (and it's potential limitations), we have successfully provided CF digital backs and CF-MS digital backs for their camera of choice.
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