This is really so disappointing.
I've been holding off making a decision to buy a camera because the 1ds life cycle is due. I've been renting and wasting money. Right now I really think Canon sucks - time for me to jump to Medium Format Digital I think.
Surely, there's no way that they'd make an announcement at the end of the show and lose out on the exposure. Corporate a-holes don't do surprises bigger than calculator mouses. Their blood is to thick and slimy.
I'm thinking the same, posted the same time as you! Looking to use it for studio / outdoor portraits / wedding formals etc. Which way you leaning? Leica, hassie, leaf, contax or P1?
I'm begining to think central shutter is a must, syncing at 1/800 - 1/1600 and being able to work in film is great.
I know the 1ds4 would be more flexible but I can keep my current dslrs for flexibility and add the mfd when its easiest to do so.
Sucks don't it?
Not sure. I'm not particularly enamored by any of the cameras, except for the Leica S2. Pricey though, right?
I like the Hasselblad, I've found a very decent price on an HD3-39 but I'm not sure about the closed system and I prefer the look of the files form the Phase backs which I've used a fair bit. The Hasselblad H System I like but I'm not so sure of the backs...
It's looking like the Mamiya/Phase option I think, Or a V series Blad, but I would rather AF. I find the Mamiya a rather dull and uninspiring camera. The contax 645 was/is nice, but I don't want to invest in a redundant system. Blad V Series seems like a safe choice but I really could do with AF and a zoom...not that AF speed is that quick on the MF cameras, but it's nice to have the accuracy (hopefully) hat AF gives.
The Leaf AFi was a very interesting and a really possible route, shame it didn't work out. I've used the Leaf backs a fair bit though and find the colour and tone flat in comparison to the Phase backs.
So, I think it needs to be a Phase back but I'm not convinced by any one camera system yet. Shame when the system is a rather hefty investment.
I hate decisions like this, but I'm not waiting any longer for this damn Canon camera. And the extra I will spend I will gain in quality so I'm fine with that and I need to invest for tax reasons too.
So with all that in mind...I have no idea.
And you? What system do you like and are drawn too?