I can understand from both a selling and buying standpoint why 22mp wouldn't be enough resolution for many tasks. but whether it is flooring or food, where would the benefit be for buying an 80mp over a multishot 50 or even a single shot 60 mp? You can get these for a fraction of the cost and in 99 out of a 100 cases you still have too many megapixels. Are photographers lazy? Does it take too long for flooring and food photographers to let the multishot backs do their job? When does this mp race slow down? As photographers, we need to express our opinions. I hope that photographers finally realize what they need and buy accordingly. The only good thing with this is that equal 33 or 39 mp backs are available slightly used for cheap.
Give me a multishot back that can shoot a 24"x36" piece of art at 360 dpi and 1:1 without stitching and that's another story. At least that would address art repro.
Jonathan, I don't understand your "selling and buying" statement. Are you referring to POS materials?
I didn't say the client hadn't already considered a 60MP solution (they may still). These discussions didn't begin yesterday. Price-wise, I think 60MP digital backs at a "fraction" of the cost of an 80MP back is a bit of an overstatement...In fact, as of today, an 80MP Leaf Aptus II costs less than a 60MP Phase One, although I'm sure that may change shortly.
I don't understand your lazy photography remark either. If anything, I find just the opposite. Photographers are working harder than they ever have (at least our clients are). More shots, faster turnaround, speed to market. The pace is intense and yes, time is a factor. I don't think it has anything to do with laziness. A single shot solution can make a huge difference.