6. Rentals. All of these systems must be in the major market for rentals. With the Contax and it's pricing almost anyone can afford to own two complete systems, but few people will do that with a camera like the AFI and HY6. The lenses, at least the lenses, should be in every major rental house in every major market. What do you do if the 150mm goes down in studio?
7. Price. I know every maker wants to get the news of their new equipment out, but the first thing I look at is price. Not just the buy in for the new equipment, but what I presently have invested. I'm careful in the way I purchase but right now, even with Contax and the smaller P30+ and P21+ backs I have close to $50,000 invested in those systems. For me to scrap that and go to any new back or camera, I have to know exactly what it is going to cost me.
Yes, prices are important for the endusers. Believe me that we do our best here. On the other hand, we cannot calculate a price which we know being a loss for the company. There is a price we need to ask for, seriously calculated, not to steal the money from the customers, but to be able to survive. I agree that it is then the decision of this customer to accept this price or not.
8. Clairty. Maybe I'm reading this wrong but the new HY6 camera annoucement somewhat confuses me. You do have it where it rotates on the camera and you don't have it where it rotates on the camera.
I might also not have been very clear. There are 2 Hy6 camera systems:
- the Sinar Hy6 - 65: it is an integrated system, the back can be taken away and rotated, but this back cannot be adapted to another camera platform/brand.
- the Sinar Hy6 - s65r: this camera system has a REVOLVING adapter. The digital back for this configuration can accept any adapter to mount the back to other MF bodies (Hasselblad V, H1/H2, Mamiya 645, Sinar m). Contax is not longer supported.
Why not just one back that fits the HY6 that rotates?
Is this a cost measure or an engineering problem, actually that doesn't matter to me, but what does matter is the usability.
Both backs rotate: one by taking it away, the other by revolving on/with the adapter.
Why 2 different?: simply because of different needs and different prices.
You mention you might go to 800 iso or might go to 1600 iso. No offense meant but medium format is notorious for making a "suggestion" and then not following up for long time.
I have PURPOSELY not indicated the definitive ISO range, because we are still working on it. If we are able to deliver a CLEAN ISO 1600, then we will implement it at Photokina. If not, then it will be ISO 800 AT Photokina. Concerning the quality of this ISO 800, and without having tested/seen it yet, I beleive that it will be at least as good as the ISO 800 available from the eMotion 75 MPx, probably better.
Once again I know you want to get your message out, but I don't understand partial messages because at this price range you can't make a decision based on partial information.
This is not a matter of not wanting to tell, but simply a wish to give the best possible without making false promises or statements.
Take this with a grain of salt as this is just what I need from a system and I don't know if it is what others would necessarily ask for.
I do take it seriously. Your input is valuable and am convinced that many others see it this way also.
I wish you all the best with your new camera.
Thanks James, much appreciated.