Rollei are still making cameras, which is quite an achievement for any medium format manufacturer these days.
Somebody must be buying them and and if the upcoming Hy6 is going to take Phase backs as well as Leaf and Sinar there will be a lot more customers too...
Does Rollei really make cameras, or are they just clearing exisiting stock? I 've never heard a definative answer on this?
Definative answers are hard to find in the digital world. Is Hasselblad really locking off the H series cameras to everyone but themselves? Obviouisly some of the manufacturers think so, hence the sing on with the HY6, I have yet to see a statement that say exactly what camera will only work with which back.
As far as Rollei, or F+H or anyone having success with a new camera, I believe it will depend on the quality of the camera, not the installed user base that may own a series of lenses.
Because of all of this, I think this is why the Contax continues to be attractive. The price is good, but more importantly it's not a moving target like the other cameras. The firmware is locked and if you have an issue with your Phase, Leaf, or Sinar back on a Contax, you can put it at the back makers door rather than the camera makers.
It's a shame the Contax didin't continue, but in a lot of ways it's almost a blessing because today it will work the same as it wil tomorrow.
Personally, without ever seeing or using one the HY6 should be a success, but ONLY if it is an exceptional camera that comes out of the gate glitch free and it is widely available.
Don't underestimate the availability part of this, because if you have to wait weeks or months, most working professionals will go another route.