I have owned a Sinar emotion 75 for a little over a year now and use it with my rollei 6008. I have had 3 computers for capture and nothing but problems. My back has gone down 2 times and the loaner even went down while I was waiting 3 months for my back to be repaired. In my experience Sinar is sleeping at the wheel. The image quality is good but support is horrible, 3 months for a warranty repair? And the software ridiculously buggy, crashes when exporting more than one image, crashes when shooting to the laptop and the lid closes on the laptop, or whenever it really just feels like it. I have done all the updates to back and software and computer. Also I never even got an instruction book for the back or the software it took me a month or so to even find the various process functions you so cleverly hide in the grey area of the process tab that requires a right click to locate ( or alt click ) I have yelled about these things for a year now. Oh yeah and what about the famous STI in bridge data sabotage "little" bug. Your company's response, we sent an email and made a post about that a few months ago. Are you kidding me. There should be men in white lab coats showing up at the doorstep of every photographer shooting in STI to tell them "uh hey uh dont try using bridge to organize your STI files or you may never see them again " I am mad yeah can you tell. I am posting this so that other photographers who are using your products can join up and demand a little effort from you guys at Sinar for our $25,000.00 spent. And I also hope that you get on it and actually fix some of these basic issues. Better yet just program the backs to shoot in DNG and forget the STI. I am converting mine to DNG with Brumbauer tools anyway. But for god's sake man don't release another version of thatsoftware without fixing at least some of these things. Ok I know you fixed the bridge thing, a year later, and a year after I lost 5 of my clients shots to your little glitch.
Sorry to hear about your experience, I have had the exact opposite experience............in fact I would say that I have virtual 24/7 support. I don't know your identity or your geographic location, but I am in the US and can talk to my dealer @ Calumet via phone during the day or evening. When its night time, I usually prefer to contact Thierry ( I think it 12 hours difference to Thailand). There have been times when I was evaluating the gear that Rainer_V and Stefan Hess (Dr. Brumbaer) have assisted me through little jams and glitches. While not as extensive as the virtual 24/7 Sinar support, the same is true of the Leaf support............you can always get Rick Adshead on the phone or Yair via email, as well as knowledgeable reps like Steve Hendrix @ PPR.
The Sinar back is unusal in the marketplace in that you have the option of an integrated and/or a non integrated solution both in terms of hardware ( adapter plates) and software (Leaf offers this as well but only in software options.....you can use LC or raw software of you choice with gain files applied to the raw files).
I shoot architecture, so the demands on the sensor are greater than a studio shooter (moderate wides and teles, axial lenses and typically short exposures with consistent light sources)......ultra wide angle lenses with non axial lens movements and add to that longish exposures and various mixed light sources.
I have found for my use that the non integrated software solution (Brumbaer Tools) works spectacularly. The file quality is just amazing and the workflow that Stefan and Rainer colloborated is the best non tethered solution in the market place in my opinion. It is so simple to use and produces such sophisticated tonal ranges...........its simply astonishing not having to use
photoshop for fixing menial things like color and tonality. My post production time involvement is dramatically reduced to execute normal file prep issues.
Its actually astonishing how a couple guys( Stefan & Rainer) have identified issues and designed a software that the major players (hassy,phase,leaf and sinar) can't even produce.
Specifically LCC,gainfiles, & white reference files applied to raw files and having the ability process through 3rd party softwares.
Its actually hard to comprehend why these solutions from the big 4 are not being addressed more aggressively............architectural/landscape shooters require larger megapixel sensors, its not a luxury item for us. I cannot do my job well with a canon or a nikon fulframe camera.
If you prefer an integrated software solution you can use Capture Shop or the upcoming Xposure............I hope that it will also support the Brumbaer DNG.
The great thing is that you have options.........you can use Brumbaer and take the DNG through
developer of your choice or take the raw files through the manufacturer's integrated software
solution. The adapter plates give you hardware options to many optical platforms and there is the HY6 if you prefer an integrated optical and receptor solution.
If file quality is the most important selection criteria.............go for an emotion back and if you want the sensor to perform like the hot rods in Mad Max use the Brumbaer tools: its like the nitro
valve in those race cars. If you needs are more general and universal, it can also driven like a minivan.