I just read this whole thread, and it has been an interesting 'ride'. I hope you have learned from it, and others too.
It certainly build my confidence making the decision about purchasing ALPA Cameras & LF Digital Lenses but as far as Digital Back is concerned, unfortunately it doesnít lead anywhere but to severe layers of Typhlosis. So, I highly hope that will change.
I recently bought a Sinar e22 back, and was really drawn to this system because of the adapters. I love the fact that I could put the back on a Rollei 6008 one day, and something like a Hasselblad SWC the next. Not to mention various view camera options, or upcoming bodies like the Hy6. I feel quite free to choose my platform.
Considering that you do Commercial work/Fashion/etc. I am a bit surprised that you purchased e22. However, I must admit, adapters are their good selling point, but as I said before, unless they change the gear and move forward in to the right direction this year 2007, who ever is at the top deciding will turn SINAR in to DINAR
, worthless coin these days.
I hope SIANR keeps their eyes & ears open and letís hope for the best.
By comparison, a friend of mine bought a new P30 in Sweden with Mamiya mount and then wanted to change to a Hass H mount only two months later. He was charged around $4k to swap the mount, and now he is still stuck with one mount.
Iím surprised he didnít get the deal they offered me which entitles me to change the mount during the period of 12 months. However, you canít beat Sinarís & Hasselbladís convenience of interchangeable adapters and that alone is a huge +. Therefore, In my opinion Hasselblad along with Sinar are in the best position to balance the market gap between the performance & convenience and ultimately Sinar with multiple systems will lead the market. So far, I can only vote based on their convenience and that alone Iím afraid is not enough.
Will it happen? Iím not sure.
I shoot people mainly, so I can't be of much help with specialised architectural applications. However, I can add a few comments in reply to some of your posts:
Your comments are more then welcome and highly appreciated.
The upcoming Hy6 is not a brand new body. The name is new but it is in effect a Rollei 6008 AF 'D'. It is important to realise that this camera is built on a proven platform and should not be regarded as a higher risk than a Hass H3, for example. For some reason people feel secure in the Hass H platform because many others are using it, but that is very flawed logic (think sheep!) You should also be aware that Hass H has some problems with the camera locking up. You need to remove the battery to reset the camera and continue shooting. You will find various threads on this. Also, there are many reports of the 50-110mm zoom lens falling apart.
I am in favor of Rollei and therefore have high hopes for Hy6. Having said that, I simply donít have any religious interest comparing products like H1/H2/H3 and product like Hy6 that didnít surf yet.
We can certainly compare Rollei vs. Hasselblad/Mamiya, other then that, letís wait a while and see what happens.
I am not trying to start a brand-war, but just pointing out that the assumption that Hass H is proven and totally reliable and that the Hy6 is a complete unknown is quite FALSE.
Hasselblad is of course not proven, but I canít deny that it is getting better and better. Hy6 is not unknown you are right, but more among the enthusiasts then anywhere else. Majority of working photographers couldnít care less and Iíll believe that until it gets in action. The question is, will it be proven when it gets on the street? Certainly not. So, how far away is really Hy6 and how good is the Hasselblad/Mamiya Now, Today, This Very Hour? Of course there will always be space for improvement, regardless of platform/model we decide to purchase.
The Hy6 will also offer a rotating back (great feature which I already enjoy on the 6008), faster lenses, faster flash sync, and a wider array of lenses and accessories, and of course you can start using the system today with a 6008 body, as I do.
I donít think anybody can complain in that regard. Remember, I like Rollei and with ALPA Cameras I can use their lenses, their Hy6 would be IDEAL as a MF AF platform. So basically, I canít ask for more. However, the fact remains Hy6 is not to surf next week or next month, etc.
So, letís wait and see what happens and of course, hope for the BEST.
[span style=\'font-size:13pt;line-height:100%\']To be continued