Everyone is talking about the MF manufacturers not delivering enough but afaik they are partly at the mercy of the chips produced by Kodak and Dalsa.
I'm not sure it is fair to compare with Red because they use a small cheap sensor which apparently is very fast to read and refresh. Could be an off-the-shelf chip. Does anyone know?
What I'd like to see is either Kodak or Dalsa producing a new ground-breaking 645 30MP chip at a price which assumes much higher volumes, and I think it would be a great success.
This isn't about the chip, it's about the complete thought behind the Red system.
They've covered entry level autofocus to high end 5k files.
They have thier own lens line, cf cards, monitors, storage banks and accessories.
They built a system that will integrate with the standard PL mount lenses, Nikon and Canon and did it from scratch, not left overs from the past.
I don't know why medium format is where it is today, but they seem to be content on keeping their market marginal rather than step way up and increasing their share. Somebody needs to walk in with a 1ds Mark III, drop it on the engineers lap and say make it 50% better in every respect, not just better file quality for a lot harder process. (Also make it look professional, not cute).
Now I can write a long list of what my medium format backs will do that a dslr won't but I've yet to see any manufacturer say that in their advertising.
They always want to feature some guy who says, "I can send the images to my client overnight", like he just discovered the fact that digital photography exists.
(Overnight, hell I can send them when I'm shooting, of course I have to be hooked to 55 lbs of computer to do it.)
Once again, don't give me what I presently have at 10% better use for 15% less price. Offer me something I can't live without.
I like the fact that there are professional camera makers whose thought is for me, not the 99.999% of the flicker photogrpahers, but I do know that medium format seems to be in the perpetual wait and see what's next process.
I also don't want it to be an all Canon world because those files and thier glass is making a lot of photography look the same.
And Graham, BTW, life ain't fair.