Thanks for all that, Kevin. Those that take the time to read and think about your words should find nothing to dispute.
These systems will always be pricey and that is because it is a limited marketplace.
This seems clear and obvious. A full on Hassie system decades ago was no cheaper than high end digital now, relative to $ value then.
I've had not a moment of regret about the money I spent for my 1ds, but I'm passing on 1ds2 for reasons already specified. Do you see MF DSLR's with the sensor quality of p25 any time in the foreseeable future? Do you see something of that quality for around $10,000 coming up in the next few years? I can't see $30,000 coming up in my life any time soon for an MF digital system. Do you have any "insider" knowledge or hunches about what to expect from Mamiya ZD? Any chance it will be somewhat comparable to basic 1ds quality, but double the effective resolution? I'd start a serious bux acquisition program for that, but $25,000 just for a back would only be realistic if I find a winning lottery ticket on the sidewalk. I assume you guys have done the necessary development and manufacturing cost/market size analyses and $25,000 is the optimal figure, but that sure is out of reach for a lot of people who otherwise don't mind spending big money for photo gear. No matter how good it is, it also has to be possible.