Very interesting thread which I've only just discovered.
Have been sitting on the fence for the last few months trying to decide what to do next in terms of equipment.
Currently I am using a Sinar P (yes, film!) and a Canon 5D. One year ago, there were 4 E6 labs in my city. There is now one, and next month they are moving to half-time.
So, I need to decide what to do going forward.
Ultimately, I will need to replace the Sinar with a digital equivalent - though, being honest about it, many clients don't need 4x5, they just like the look of the trannies on a lightbox!
I also want a true substitute for my now redundant Mamiya 6x7 system.
Ideally, I would buy a H2D with the 39Mp MS back. Multi-shot is something I could use in my line of work - mostly art catalogues/books.
In addition, I think that the new Canon Mk 111 will be a substitute for my medium-format system.
However, reading this thread, I am wondering should I combine a second-hand Imacon with a new Canon to fill both gaps?
I have a feeling that, since in film days, most of us used medium-format most of the time, the new Canon is going to put serious pressure on the digital back industry.
With the closed H3D system, the loss of the use of Zeiss glass and the move away from Capture One processing, two industry insiders I have spoken to - one a Hasselblad dealer, I should add - believe that Hasselblad have shot themselves in the foot at least three times.
Thus, I would not like to find in six months time that I had paid, say, €10k too much for a 39Mp MS.
Are Imacon backs readily available second-hand?
Does my argument make sense?
ps....I've often thought....if the Hassie/Phase backs were half the price they are currently, would they *only* sell twice as many of them? Surely not! Three times as many? Six times? Ten times?! ;-)