I think I bought my Contax the week after they announced the end of production and one of the specific reasons was because they were going out of production. I knew there would be no firmware upgrades to move me to a Contax branded back, or a new lens or finder that only worked with the new system.
Though in honest truth I bought the Contax because I liked it much better than the H-1, mostly because of the build quality and that it was a focal plane shutter and offered almost unlimited lens choices, with and without adpaters. With the Contax I can go tilt shift soft , to uber sharp commercial, all with a change of the lens, autofocus to wide open F2 manual. I just felt that since it had a digital interface and didn't require cords it was a good bet.
Also the price was right. People continue to complain about the cost of medium format digital, but if I sold my Two Contax's, lenses and the A-22 back I have used for almost 2 years I probably would be out less than $4,000 which is pretty much the depreciation of a 1ds2 in 2 years.
In fact I think some of the Contax items have actually gone up from the price I originally paid.
I have had the Contax system from Kodak days when I got one of the first contax backs.I built up a good lens collection..
I then agonized over the P25 upgrade, when Contax was on the way out (we all knew Kyocera was pullingout), I had a few Hassy V lenses (30, 50) and was really pleased.
So I went with Contax on P25.
Now two years later, I have added a bunch of terrific lenses, including the Contax 350mm and several Hassy's also Hartblei.
Not only that I have Leica R9/DMR and guess what, I get to use the hasselblad there too!
I recently tried the P45 vs P25 and (sorry Michael) found the glass holds up well. Maybe the 210 is a bit soft, not the 80 Contax or the 120 Makro
and the hassey's are even better (I did a P25 vs P45 vs DMR all with the 180mm hasselblad)
Again,I can change mount, but to what?
mamiya (sorry, no wayyy :-),
Hassey 500? Not when I get FOCUS CONFIRMATION OF HASSYlenses on the Contax!
H3D (and yes, I could afford the loses and just do it) again, why?
And the new Hy6? well, MF Zeiss glass ok but no better than what I have (for a clumsy desig, the contax with P25 and 80mm lens is SMALLER feel and look than the R9/DMR with a 50mm lens !)
And there are still Contax mounts for Alpa, Cambo (ok not horseman swd,)
AND I get to use all the schneider Rodenstock on say an Alpa ($4000 for the TC
and cables and mounts)
soooo, not to drive up prices but I have battery holders, lenses, extra body, two viewfinders and 10 years serice from contax and zeiss
I am getting P45plus, can hardly justify that based on the great P25 files, but hey, this is the next plateau.
So even if there are NO MORE BACKS I could care less, In fact, without the distraction of the D--n technology, maybe I will get in more image making..
I'm pretty happy