I suppose that there is always an excuse behind a policy, I just hope that the new owners of the company will change that (IMO wrong) policy and: a)Offer the opportunity to more photographers to get to know the benefits of MF, by buying even cheaper than you state b)Open the system (as far as DB is concerned) to people that own different cameras. Cheers, Theodoros. www.fotometria.gr
Theodoros - not quite sure what you are asking/stating in a.), but I agree with get MF in more hands...
b.) open the system as far as DB is concerned;
I am amazed at how many photographers (including readers of this forum) who do not know Hasselblad continues to make digital backs
The current series (CF) uses i-Adaptor plates to very quickly switch between Hasselblad H, Hasselblad V, Mamiya RZ, Mamiya RB, Fuji GX680, Contax 645, and Rollei 6008. I simply do not know a more "open system" than that - yet, despite all this openness
, the buyers
(read: the people who vote with their money) choose to purchase the integrated systems by an overwhelming percentage over digital backs.
Hasselblad is making a product (H2D/H3D/H4D) that photographers want to own much like Apple makes their products that consumers want to own for valid reasons; a smart manufacturer is going to make what people want to buy. That makes sense, right? We can see the results when companies ignore the buyers preferences, even in our own industry.
If you like the Hasselblad feel in your hands and happen to need an H-system that will support your brand of digital back, we have an H1 kit ready for purchase in stock & ready to go (including several other sources to readily obtain H1 and H2 bodies.)
I appreciate every opportunity to address the truth of the open system argument, it helps to educate everyone who cares to ask.