Sorry for the oversight, living in NYC for 7 yrs I know the guys at DT quite well, do say hi to Michelle back now in Denmark or Sweden I think.
Am in London/Europe for the remainder of 2012 so will bug the guys here on the 240 LS.
I see your point but what are you waiting for at these events...?
Yes you love Rollei but they were never in all the rental houses, never 2nd to Hassie back in the day so anyone trying to get Rollie ' up there' would have a tough task when Mamiya was already there and kit both new and used was plentiful.
Look how tough it is for Sony to get their top DSLR up there, when it came out they really pushed it in the NYC rental houses and had big stands at PhotoExpo etc... You could rent a DSLR, 2 lenses and flash for $99 a day...!
It was aimed at assistants and seemed a good camera and a sound plan...... But where is it...?
As I said before, I used professionally both the H series and the DF and neither of them are bad, it's the old PC-MAC thing.
I found that for me I just used the cameras more, everyday and very quickly the camera and I were one.
Instead of dreaming of a better camera I go out and shoot what I see, if the auto focus is playing up, then manual it is, of the light is low, then 35mm DSLR it is......
I know what you mean about flimsy marketing, it is annoying and irritating but we are in a deep recession, survival of the fittest.... If a camera maker said to me ' no new cameras or gizmos for 5 yrs..... But we will still be here, supporting you in 5 yrs... '
I'd take that... It also means I don't have think about upgrading anything (we never needed too before) and I can set that money aside for marketing, personal work or a new kettle.
Maybe without a recession someone should buy Rollei and Contax and make the dream camera but to a man no one would take better pictures with.