This was a refinement of the existing body. The requests you have above are all requests for a new platform - something Phase One has already publicly committed to.
"New" takes time to get right. In the meantime offering a refinement of what's currently available is a logical course.
Doing one does not mean you're not also working on the other.
All sounds a bit feeble. All this talk about a full rehaul of all moving parts, but nothing changed on the outside.
I do not see why more focus points or film backs requite a new platform. Even a removable viewfinder could be done based on the same body.
Hell just about every Mamiya before this had removable finders. The real problem is that Mamiya thought AF would trump the need of different finders.
Not the case.
While a refinement is a move forward I think it will back fire to a certain extent. Phase Mamiya often make somewhat exaggerated claims.
The fixing of reliability remains to be seen. The claim of the most reliable high end camera is unfounded, unless they have had an H5D for 6 months to compare.
I think it makes DF owners that have issues quite pissed off as it is in a sense admitting that the camera is flawed and yet they do not offer an upgrade path even
for recent DF buyers. Profit margins on these cameras are high.... $6,000 for a body with no sensor. There is plenty of room to provide an upgrade path.
I think that doing so would give people far more confidence in the system.
I think that an upgrade path is also important because there is supposedly a totally new camera in the works.
Why is it that there is a reasonably good upgrade path for backs, but not for the flawed body?
Doug you mentioned that dealers can offer something, but I do not think that is going far enough for Phase or mamiya. The brunt should not be on the dealer and the message sent should be from the manufacturer.