Quite simple - there are no 17mm lenses from Rodenstock or Schneider - so compare with what ?
The 24mm TS-E offers movements even on 80 MPix - the 23mm Rodenstock barely covers !
We do not need LCC nor a centerfilter nor chromaremovement - there is none needed.
Proof: here is a link to a full resolution 80 Mpix shot with an Aptus II 12R on the HCam with 17mm
Take a look and then tell me - compare with what ? http://www.hcam.de/downloads/Leaf80Mpix_Canon17mmTSE.jpg
Wideangle is right now not really working on Viewcameras, Schneider´s 24mm barely works with 40 Mpix, even their 28 or 35mm have ugly colorshifts.
Rodenstock is a bit better, but for the price of the 23mm you nearly get an HCam-B1 + a TS-E24mm.
I dare to say, actually the hightech Canon TS-E lenses with pressed aspherical glass are representing the top of technological devellopment in wideangle
neither Schneider nor Rodenstock have anything that only comes close,they are simply unable to build this kind of stuff, not to speak of their pricing.
It is fairly snobby to ignore the technological advances that have been made the last few years, especially when you even have not used these.
I agree the nikon PC-E´s are not up to the task. Bad for Nikon users. That´s also the reason why we do not offer a Nikon mount.
The Bajonett is simply too small for the task and will vignette with movements on MF.
I'm sure the Hcam is very strong in its domain of competence. But forget a second about those 17/24mm t/S lenses (17mm = 11mm on a 40*54mm sensor, this is really, really wide and certainly fun to use at a time but certainly not all the time).
So please let’s talk about more common focal lengths: discussions regarding 3 or 4 lenses kits options in this forum do speak about 28/35mm – 60/72mm – 90mm or 120mm lenses kits for instance and those focals do fit 95% of my needs too.
I would really like to see which lenses options do exist for HCam in those ranges. Are T/S options available in those ranges ? how do the IQ compare with equivalent Rodenstock HR /Schneider digitar lenses in those ranges?
Without strong facts and figures on these options for those focal lengths, I just can't keep thinking that the HCam is only a (very good but expensive) super wide angle lens option (just the opinion of un inexperienced HCam user that is ready and able to change his mind).