as a long time reader, I thought know it might be about time to post something on these forums.
Yesterday there was a Sinar presentation of the Hy6 here in munich which I attended to see this hyped camera. I was able to hold it, play around a little and press the shutter release, while it was not possible to take away raws.
Attached to the body was a sinar back emotion 75 with the mamiya rz style rotating adaptor, a wlf and the AF 80 2.8.
The camer felt very good in my hands, i was surprised about the weight, very light. (but there was no prism attached, not even on at all to look at, or mirror viewfinder, whatever it will be...).
The handgrip is absolutley nice, the viewfinder very bright with an oldschool nikon F4 style display in it. AF worked very good, also the little red focus helping light came in handy in that dim studio. I couldn't really test it, but my feeling was at least, maybe better then Hasselblads AF.
The rotating adaptor is what I really dig on this camera ( i shot rz for quite a while), although one thing about it is strange. It doesn't really lock in its current position, which means you don't need to push a button or anything to rotate the back, there is just a little drag (?right word?) to overcome and I picture myself constantly turning the back accidentially by mistake by some degrees, causing the camera not to fire. But its a great feature, shooting portrait wihout turning the cam.
Mirrorslap seems to be a lot less then on the H really.
The back, I can't say anything about the quality of the files. There was a photographer doing a demo shoot with the emotion 75 attached to a macpro 2x2,66 running capture shop and the whole show hung up after 4 frames...
But the display on that back is so bad, I think even worse then the old non plus phase displays, a joke.
And some rumors for you as well: the local phase one dealer said that their backs will be availlable for the hy6. as for when and how, with cable or without and all those things, there where no answers (of course, i think they just don't really know themselves). And the Sinar Guy at the show yesterday said, yes it is an open system (whatever that means...)
But anyway, time will tell, this is a great camera already, although without a phase back it is only worth half of it.
ps: something about me, as this is my first post here: I am a fashion photographer, shooting H2 with phase P45+ and P30+, sometimes Canon 1ds MKII. I don't really like my cameras, thinking about switching back to V series Hasselblads, but I really like the Phase backs. Here in Germany Phase is definitley number one in the Pro market, you can rent them in every mayor city, which i think is absolutley necessary, and everyone i know is shooting the phase on a H2.