Where's Thierry when you need him?
Just kidding but it would be nice to have a sinar presence on the forums to answer these questions that have come up:
1) Are the smaller file size the result of software binning or hardware binning or a selection of the raw data?
2) Why no screen
3) New software
4) General stability of the company
5) Is this just a reuse of the same sensor and old 54h parts?
Unfortunately, Thierry Hagenauer (who no longer works for Sinar a long time ago) don't participate more in conversations of Luminous Landscape, because the company he works for (and which also makes some great cameras) has imposed silence on the internet .. .
Let's go to the questions:
1) Good question. No answer today.
2) It is the principle of Sinar's multishot backs: the work is made by the Mac, which simplifies the back's architecture. It heats up less, and features fewer electronics. The back is always connected by the FireWire, which also provides the energy. The back don't wear memory card or battery. Some will regret the lack of mobility of such a system. Others consider that it is the best condition for maximum quality.
3) The software is CaptureShop 6.1. No major problems. It has long operated with all the Sinar back. The eXposure program, arrived when Sinar was related to Eyelike, has unfortunately been abandoned. However, it only worked with some backs and not with multishots.
4) After some arduous years (the mistakes of the son Koch, the switchover to digital, the acquisition and abandonment by Jenoptic, the industrial failure of Hy6, etc ...) Sinar has refocused on top specific market. He abandoned any part of his equipment (Hy6, m, some "non professional" back, etc ...). Let's hope that these choices, very conservative, are the best!
5) The sensor of 86H is excellent. Its development with multishot technique, well developed, makes very good news. It is'nt an adventure into the unknown.