Larger sensor with only slightly more pixels = larger pixels = higher ISO @ lower noise... And remember Dalsa is already prepared to deliver 48x48mm sensors now at a price level the smaller ones sold for until recently. This has nothing to do with justifying the design choice of the Hy6 as that market is too small at this moment to exclusively design a 48x48mm sensor for. But there is that huge pile of already existing 6x6 systems with all those great lenses that need a good home. Going to smaller image circles would be something like going the Nikon route: first buy into 35mm equipment for years (film era), than drop everything to go APS-C sensor and now buy back again into true full frame 35mm. That will be extremely costly if you want to do this with MF gear. To me the Hy6 choice makes perfect sense, although for those photogs living in the fast lane it might not be the best solution at this very moment. For those the Hasselblad route (and to a certain degree the Mamiya/PhaseOne route) might look more attractive now, but if the larger sensors arrive it will be a dead end. Nobody knows for sure what the future will hold, but I'll put my money in a camera that can use the Schneider and Zeiss lenses from Rollei that I have developed a love for. That's my personal bet. And I may be wrong of course.
There is a lot I don't understand about this.
First why is it that the larger pixels of (almost) all 645 sensors have not equated to higher iso.
Nearly all of them are larger than the Canon 1ds3 and few can get close in higher iso to the Canon, so will moving to a 6x6 sensor really give higher iso?
The next is price. Don't get me wrong this camera has a lot of good things going for it, but now, with a few lenses, a back, a body and a prism, your over $50,000. What will a larger sensor add, another $5,000, $10,000?
I'm fortunate, I stay busy and can buy a new camera if I so wish, but the idea of a wholesale change to one single $60,000 camera that is one back, one body and 4 or 5 lenses boggles my mind and takes this system into cinema film territory.
Who is this camera specifically marketed to, because I shoot a lot of varied work, stay busy and I still can't rationalize the price?
As far as the Schneider and Rollei lenses, well those have been out for the 6000 series for a long time and I only know one "busy" photographer that used that camera. I know of no rental house that had a supply and even to this day, it's not like you can find these things widely available.
As far as square, I'm very mixed on this. Maybe, just maybe I can see it for a few applications, but as of today more of my work is going horizontal rather than vertical and I still haven't had a request for a pure square frame in a long time.
Still, as with everything in medium format, most of this is on the to come list and the HY6 is not alone in this.
One thing I do know that if the larger sensors come out and they are just the same iso with another 10mega pixels, we are getting way past what any client I work with asks for, in fact I downsize more images than I actually uprez.