I think we discussed the lcd problem a lot at RG. It's still a shame that the backmakers are not able or willing to put some good lcds on their backs. Especialy at this price point. Every handheld has a better screen. I was hoping that the newer backs (plus and s series) would adress that.
My hasselblad dealer told me, that the better lcds would produce more heat and that wouldn't be to good for the sensors inside. Sounds like a poor excuse.
My point wasn't really to diss the manufacturerers, but the theme of this thread was that there was a big gap between the Canon's and medium format.
I just think if the medium format backs were a little more refined, the costs and use would be easier to accept.
We all have workarounds for the lcd. Me, I've move to tethering 75% of what I do and actually have grown to like the process.
Still, it's kind of hard for most of us to accept that a twice price product still has a barely readable lcd, or software is glitchy, or worse, we get into reboot, overshoot, freeze, white balance or corrupt file problems.
I sometimes wonder if the manufactuers of the backs are so focused on getting new product out to compete, they are producing backs that just are not ready.
Everyone I know that uses a medium format back tells me how much they love the files, then somewhere in the conversation it always gets around to how they have to reboot the back, or move to tethering to get a readable preview.
It's amazing what all of us go through just to get better quality.
I am amazed that I know look at a $15,000 purchase as a pretty good deal, when in the film days, a $15,000 camera purchase would yield a decade's worth of use.
We can all talk about the film and processing savings and sometimes they can be substatianial, though when I look at $30,000 a year in storage fees, the hours it takes processing, archiving, building web galleries and proofs I know that in the end, digital capture is not less expensive as film.
A few years ago I had a first assistant say that someday we will look back \remember when each film frame we shot only costs me 50 cents an image.
Given all of this, there is no going backward.