mkravit, What made you choose the H3D? Why chose that over the Phase? I still don't know what to do with my Leaf Aptus 75and it list of problems?
It was a tough decision......very tough.
After 9 months of frustration, error messages, centerfolds, etc. I had just about had it. I looked at the P45 and talked with Dave Gallagher in depth. Dave is also a very nice and knowledgeable man.
I went with the Hasselblad for a number of reasons;
1. I spoke with the President of Hassy and was left with a warm and cozy feeling with respect to committment and development of new and innovative product. He was clear that in order to produce and provide the best image quality and product companies now need to push the envelope and their products. In order to do this and not fall victim to the current rash of issues all manufacturers will be moving toward more proprietary systems.
2. I got together with some friends and we tested the Hasselblad, Phase, Leaf and Emotion backs side by side in real world conditions. Models, lighting, makeup, wardrobe, etc. Images were processed and evaluated on 30" Cinema Displays. The bottom line is that all of the current offerings produce excellent images and results. The days of people saying the Leaf is more "film like" ended with the P45, CFH-39 and Aptus 75. After shooting and evaluating many images we could not tell the difference between the files.
3. I considered the fact that the H3D would need to be tethered or need the New Image Bank to shoot on my ALPA, this was not a problem for me as I am now shooting most of my architecture with a MacBook Pro for composition and focus. For fully portable untethered work I use the H3D body and back.
4. We also compared the same images and scenes shot with Zeiss (Contax), Mamiya and Hassy HC glass, after processing and review the images were virtually indestiguishable. In fact, a number of my friends selected the Hasselblad HC15o to have the sweetest out of focus charateristics.
5. And finally, I wanted to go into a system and get away from a camera made by one manufacturer and a back made by another. I want a system that is designed to work together from the start.
6. I thought about the AFi or Hy6, but right now and at least for the next 6-9 months they are unavailable. So for me, at this time the Hasselblad was right choice.