"And the only digital support Hassel gives to the V series, is a 16Mp back, hardly enough for today's demands on MFDB level photography."
They make backs upto 39MP and a Multishot at that. I have no idea where you get the 16 thing from.
From Hasselblad's own website. A little while ago, they advertised, side by side, the H3DII with the 39Mp back, and something along the lines of "but we didn't forget about the V series" announcing a 16Mp back.
Thanks everyone for your input and personal ideas. Yes, I know it's a purelly market decision, and currently, the system I own is a Canon one, which is HIGHTLY proprietary, it's just not a debate you see when talking 35mm. But, my point was simply, since the V system is already an openly adopted one, why not put that to their own advantage? But they have their corporate strategy and only time will prove if it's the correct one. Corporate and business common sense isn't the common men's common sense
Anyway, about square and 45/67, if it's just about resolution and cropping, cameras should go all the way to 67. I know a few Pentax users of 67 cameras who will just love it. I love the square format, mostly for my own personal work. But it yes, sucks, to compose taking cropping into consideration. Either way, I think. Either composing a square inside a rectangle, or composing a rectangle inside a square. I face that when shooting CD covers, and I ask whoever is assisting me, to poke me every 20 seconds, and warn me I have to shoot a square cover, because sometimes I get carried away, and compose to the full screen :| Call it lack of experience, I'll take it
Still, what make the Hy6 so interesting, was the possibility of being able to still shoot film, in a square format ( for artwork purposes, please, not commercially ), or shoot digital with a 45 back. Instantly, came to mind that Hassel could update the V series into the same level the Hy6 is, with some effort, but without coming from scratch. Because, from anyone who used an "old" MF camera, the feeling of plastic is the most common complaint I hear from anyone using the H cameras. In a sense that, even with a Canon 5D, you don't get that plastic feeling as much as in the H system ( I guess this is made more critical, from the fact anyone will compare with the V system, which is a sturdy metal camera traditional camera , making it feel too much plastic, even if it's not more plastic than most cameras today anyway).
Anyway, I'm still a few years from that kind of investment, but it was very fruitful to see this debate, thank you everyone for all ideas, input and impressions I always learn something on these discussions ( as long as pixel peeping can be left out for a while... )