just for the record and to put it straight:
- there is NOT such a "the swiss are in holidays for a month".
I'm sorry, Mr. Hagenauer, it was a joke. Relax. And it was a mistake too -- actually it's six weeks instead of four weeks.
But welcome back, where've you been for so long?
In addition, I agree with Mr TMARK there on many points -- to me, at this point, Sinar/Leaf/Rollei/whatever make the best camera, on the front end, whatever it's called. To be able to, soon, slap on a 6x6 film back and shoot square film, and then five seconds later, slap on a digital back, well, that's a great approach, at least to me. Even with the PocketWizard sticking out the left side of the body, just asking to be ripped off by your left hand as you go to focus, it's still a great camera.
As for the warranty, that 24 loaner is of no interest to me. If you buy one, you buy two and have a back up ready. What if Back One goes down at 9:01am, and there is talent, crew, and support standing around all day, being paid, (now, by me), while I tap my foot at the Fedex Store, waiting for a replacement? No way. You're either a pro, or you're not.
I agree about the Tech too -- how many Techs, even in Manhattan, would know the Sinar workflow inside and out? I suspect very few.
My complaint is a masked invitation to Sinar to invade America. Invade it with force. Invade it with intention. Yank Thierry off the beach and send him to 22nd Street in Manhattan, and let Sinar have a FACE and a VOICE, and begin to retire that Lab Coat Scientist reputation that they have here, and bring a little humanity to the brand. That Thierry guy has done more for Sinar's brand than any ads that they could run in PDN.
With $50-60k on the line, who's going to take a risk, when we all know how well CaptureOne tethers, and how rock solid it is, and we could list ten Techs that know it like the back of their hand?
The CAMERA is the star with the Sinar line; the digital back and the software are the scary part.