Take this in a positive way, but this is the $64,000 question, or should I say the $52,000 question;
Are you going to purchase a P65+, new Phase Body and three new lenses?
I ask this because these forums always light up with the _______ is the best in the world, or the best skin tones, or the whatever, but 95% of those people posting are using 22mpx backs hooked to older used cameras and many of those people are shooting their real pressured projects with a 5d2 or a D3x or some kind of dslr.
Want, need and buy seem to be in three seperate catagories.
Had the same people that raved about the HY6 went out that day and bought one, they would probably still be in business.
You and your partner do a lot of work in post, in fact I think that is part of your style, so at the end of the day, shooting a 22, 31, 39, or 60mpx back do you really see any difference after you've gone through 12 stages of post work and client corrections and if you do, are you going to write that $52,000 check?
I can agree with much of this post. I follow and keep a close ear to things in the pipeline to see when some new technology makes some serious break through(like in DSLR more recently), and honestly, with some modifications to the existing tech, its all resolution and convenience mods for MF. A new camera body/system is sure not going to get me to buy an entire system.
I see it this way...
The S2 does look nice, and I think it comes close to playing both hats well, but there is always something missed when you try and make a hybrid system....
For what the S2 would be used for PRIMARLY (as I know there are a number of users who need it), you can do the DSLR route, but for the specific studio shooter, you DO need a MF larger sensor, but NOT the stiff body.
What you are left with are the FEW that can actually benefit from such a hybrid, and the few that can chase technology at the bleeding edge in search of the silver bullet picture machine. These last 2 come at a price, AND a new lens system.
With DSLR's getting better (sorry, I know this has been beat to a pulp), and when one of these manufacturers find the balls/tech-knowhow to make a DSLR with REMOVABLE AA filter, there will be some very serious shake-ups for a NUMBER of markets needing MF. No NOTall, but a significant amount. And that first manufacturer will get my $ for their system before I upgrade my MFDB.