Yeah. my Contax + P30 is looking better and better, since it remains unclear whether Phase will get in on the Hy6 project and, even if it does, how "tight" the final product will be in light of F&H and Jenoptik not looking realy open to Phase involvement from the ground up...
Just going from the statements by the manufacturer's reps and that bjp article;
I think it's funny that the three back manufacturer's with the most "challenged" software are the three that are trying to lock out Phase, or I guess in their terms, "secure a competitive edge in the market".
Personally I think they would all be better off to invest in software that equaled C-1, better lcd's, faster workflows, rather than spend time trying to lock anyone out of a camera platform.
All three, Sinar, Leaf and Hasselblad have software suites "to come", though C-1 is is stable, funcitonal and professional today, hence the reason Phase leads the market.
I think this says more for the state of professional photography equipment than almost any development I've seen in since the start of digital capture.
Victor Hasselblad would never have made a camera that only accepted one brand of film.
These type of proprietary systems are not designed by artists their are cooked up in conference rooms.
Maybe I'm stubborn, but I want to be able to chose my camera and my film (digital) in any combination that suits my style.
I don't want to have to be locked into any one camera, any one lense or any one digital back.
I want more options than I had with film, not less.