I see that the discussion went on way after midnight when I went to bed, like you James that posted at 2 in the morning... I bet I am the only one back at the post at 8 AM...
...."with everything in medium format, most of this is on the to come list and the HY6 is not alone in this."...
Compared to film time we live in fast changing times, for example, Hasselblads changed little for year and when you got one you were "set for life" not expected to upgrade it in 3 years. Now we have some companies that die like Bronica, Contax, Fuji 68, Hasselblad changed their format from 6x6 to 6x4.5 -- and disowned their legacy lens line, unbelievable back then --.
In this context, and after the H3D closed the architecture the other players scrambled their air force as fast as possible. And now, in no time we have a Leaf camera, a Sinar camera, a Phase one camera. Amazing.
The new systems are beach heads that had to be taken in time and form, so the Hy6 went with the available excellent lens base and modernized what is basically old film camera. (Phase did even less ... for now)
Now all the players have to begin to take continental territory and test their choices on a difficult battle theater.
I think that Sinar could do more to integrate the old view camera modular system in to the digital era with smaller more practical products before others do.
I have to go make me a Grande Late...
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.