* It would be interesting to know the shutter speed of the right hand frame, regarding mirror slap blur in the nose area. That area is hotter, and is obviously lit by ambient (sun), whereas the shadow area appears to be lit by strobe.
* It would be interesting to see that same scene shot, not using strobes, comparing the Canon to the H2 mirror slap, and then compare the sharpness. Using this particular comparison test, this implies that you must shoot every frame with strobe, with the H2, to get sharp files. Again, view the motion-blur nose area in the Phase file.
* It would be interesting to know the Input Profiles used on both files. If this guy is going to show a test, it's important that he knows how to process files. I assume the output profile, for the web, is sRGB.
* It would be interesting to do a test like this, and view the files at 100%, instead of how this is done.
* It would be interesting to see this test, P30+ versus the 1ds3, in December. This particular test, above, pits a first-generation Canon, (current street price, probably $2500), against the latest/greatest P30+, ($22-25k for the back alone, with no camera). I'd say the Canon 1ds held it own quite well, thank you.
* It would be interesting to see both of those files printed in CMYK in a magazine, at 175 line screen, to see if people could pick them apart. Or, on an Epson printer. I wonder how many people here make their living off of how their files appear on their monitors at home. I know I don't.
* It would be interesting to see this test, with the Canon run in DPP, and the Phase file run in CaptureOne. Also interesting to see both files run in Lightroom 1.2, apples and apples. You need DPP to squeeze every ounce out of the Canon file. (Or Lightroom, maybe). I never process Canon files in CaptureOne.
* It is a given that the CMOS in Canon will need additional USM or SmartSharpen, to compare to CCD in MF. No one argues that. But if the files are processed in 16bit, it's incredibly easy to apply the SmartSharpen to the Canon CMOS. Having done that, then view both files.
* It would be interesting to shoot a test similar to this, in the studio, with strobe, to eliminate mirror slap, and see what the file is really doing.
* Having said this, I own Phase P30+ and P21+ (and Canon 1ds2). I use the Phase/Contax 99% of the time, but it's due more to the camera than the Phase back. Yet, just because I'm a dick, I will try to show a test soon, where the Canon can clearly hold its own. It truly is not necessary for a young photographer, in today's economic climate, to be forced to buy medium format, in order to produce quality images for reproduction. Don't believe the hype.
* You guys sit here and ponder every morsel of shadow detail, as if real people would. I advise anyone to go to a Barnes and Noble, or a Borders, and watch people read a magazine. You think every person is sitting there, pondering the shadow detail of your images, and counting the pores and the resolution? No, they've already turned the page.
Just one opinion.