do anybdy seriously think or remember that in film days it appeard also similar often the question
if 35mm would be equal than 4x5" or the bigger mf formats as 6x7 ?..................... the gap will be already smaller and smaller.
This is just a money conversation, always has been.
In the film days a larger format system might costs five times as much but didn't costs $44,000 Vs. $3,500.
That's where this comes from, that and the fact the $44,000 camera doesn't have as many features as the $3,500 one.
If the top line medium format camera only costs $7,000 these conversations would be 1/100th of the volume we see now.
In the film days the difference between the film size of a hand camera vs a large format camera was huge, same with the image quality, but now 645 vs. 35mm isn't that much of a difference.
That's why you hear this 3d look talk, or sharpness talk because in reality 22mpx is still 22mpx and even then it's a larger file than required for most printed pages.
Also in the film days every view camera had swings, tilts, movements that we're almost impossible to do with a smaller camera. Now with dslr tilt shift lenses that isn't true.
Then again in the film days, regardless of price you bought a camera for a decade not 18 months.
But basically, It's just a money thing,