Would Canon benefit from offering some kind of product similar to the Leica S? Not a "full-blown" MF system to compete with Phase One or Hasselblad, but still something larger than 35mm?
I'm just not sure of the benefit given 35mm sensors now boast amazingly high resolution. The quality of the pixels is what Leica sells in their S body, given its comparatively modest resolution for a MF system. The leap in quality undoubtedly exists in the lenses.
Interesting play on Canon's part...
It's not about resolution, it's about sensor area. For a given subject framing, assuming you frame the same in all cameras, a larger sensor will always perform better. It doesn't matter how many pixels there are or how big they are, all that matters is the total amount of light gathered. Bigger sensor, more light at any given aperture. A MFD gathers more light than 35mm which gathers more light than APS-C which gathers more light than m4/3 which gathers more light than the inch fractional sensors at f/4. Simple as that.
You nailed it.
The Nikon D800(x) has more MP than some older MF cameras. But there is no way people can say the Nikon images look like any images that come from a MF camera. It's good. But not that good.
I've tried both the PhaseOnes and Leica S cameras. I absolutely loved the form factor of the Leica S. Total love. But with the Leaf Shutter lenses available for it, you can only sync a flash up to 1/500 natively. Which is a little more than 2x than a typical DSLR. But far short the 1/1600 that Phase One can deliver. And there isn't a big price difference either. If any.
Bigger sensors are the future. APS-C are fine for soccer moms and people who want great quality for a cheap price. I was taking casual pics today with my 50D and loved the quality. But the APS-C sensor is on it's last legs in a DSLR format. And FF pricing is dropping. The totally fine 6D can be had on sale for $1500. Two years ago, that price was un-heard of for FF. Just a few days ago, I sold some gear I wasn't using to this total newb... And he had a 5D MKIII with some lenses that made me a bit envious.
And that's not un-common. Heck, I saw a guy show up at a $20 Meetup.com gig to group photograph a model... And he had a Hassy.... Too bad he couldn't figure out why his flash wasn't working
I would love to have a 1DX for the simple reason is that it's workhorse and can do lots of things extremely well. That camera would be a great business investment. A camera I could use well for 5 years. No problem. But for the fashion work where I want to have that 'extra something' in the image... MF is my only choice. But that's a big step. And where Canon can help..
Canon could come out with a MF camera and due to their production setup, could make it for much cheaper than other MF makers. Heck, Phase One is HAND-ASSEMBLED. With Canon's mass-production capabilities, they can put out a MF camera for a quarter of the price of a Phase One. Possibly. That would sell like crazy... Think Zeiss could have a version of their Otus lens with a new Canon mount? You bet they would.
The 5-layer foveon sensor that Canon submitted a patent for looks really interesting and might be able to overcome the size advantage of MF.... And could be a better solution than MF since the sensor would be the same size as FF. And re-tooling wouldn't be as significant.
I can't wait until September