Are they too happy, or too despairing to contribute?
I doubt they are too despairing. Perhaps,they're just too busy :>))
There is a group at Yahoo Groups called Flexframe that is dedicated to Imacon/Hasselblad
back users and is a very tightly run,informative list without a lot of the typical,personal
BS that infiltrates most forums or heated discussions.
Generally,it is an owners only group but a few of us non-owning infidels have managed to
slip through the cracks.
I don't recall if their archives are publicly viewable but ,at any rate,you can contact the
list owner via Yahoo channels when inquiring about Flexframe and possibly get access.
I think it would be fair to characterize Imacon/Hasselblad back users no differently that
Leaf or Phase owners. The majority are very satisfied with, and loyal to, their chosen brand.
As seen here with other brands,there are some Imacon users who have run into issues
that have left them upset (with cause) but,by and large,they are a very satisfied group.
FWIW, I was able to test a CF39 on an H2 a few weeks back for a few days and was very
satisfied with the results. Files were as clean (although I didn't go past 100 iso) as I could
have wanted without any indication of sensor related color issues.
As it wasn't imperative to my needs,I didn't test the back in a people situation (which would
be of benefit to Edmund) or in an architectural situation (which would be of interest to Michael K)
I am looking for something to replace film (6x9 and 4x5) for use in print resale in a gallery
business. The CF39 files,initially,seem to meet my expectations but additional testing (which
is booked for this coming weekend) is needed to determine how the back will handle the
type of tilt movement I use frequently to achieve extreme near/far focus corrections with 4x5.
I'll be using the back with my Hasselblad ArcBody and,while the lenses for that system are
not optimized for hi-res digital capture they will do fine (and performed very well on
a P45,BTW) to guage the overall performance of the back.
If it's of interest to you,Michael K, I'll do a few tests where I shift the lens in a fashion that
would be more of interest to someone shooting architectural subject matter.
Ther lenses,of course, aren't the current digital lineup and might not be prone to introduce
some of the lens/sensor aberrations that have been discussed,of late,but should give an
indication of the backs limitations,or strengths.