A mentor of mine once explained the meaning of being decisive when I was waffling back and forth about a layout I was working on (with a looming deadline BTW):
"Boy, I say Boy, get it through your thick scull ... when you make a decision, you eliminate all the other possibilities."
With today's state of MFD, the possibilities are indeed mind boggling.
And every possibility is well presented and very well represented on this great forum.
In my deliberations about my next MFD move I've heard from folks I simply trust at their word ... David, Chris, Steve ... and my current Michigan area Hasselblad dealer Jim Arnosky ... not to mention all the accumulated wisdom and experience of the member's here.
For me this may well be my last big MFD move because retirement looms ... not retirement from making photos, retirement from making the serious coin needed to make any move in MFD ...
Sort of a last Hurrah! ... so it has to be a good one.
I must say, the new things from Phase One are absolutely delicious to think about. WOW has Mamiya/Phase made miraculous moves in the past few years.
And the Leica S2 certainly gives one pause by presenting a fork in the road for those looking for just the right system to fit their needs. I have no doubt that it'll all come together for Leica.
Then both Phase One and Hasselblad have some of the most aggressive promotions I've seen in many years.
So the waffling is over ... sort of.
In the end the S2 didn't fit my need for diverse studio use, and couldn't replace the DSLR system ... plus, the price was just to steep to add it as a third kit. Great camera, no doubt about it IMO!
The Phase One P65+ was the real contender with an improved camera, Sensor Plus and Schneider LS optics. However, no matter how I crunched the numbers it represented a staggering cost to swap out from Hasselblad ... even with the VERY tempting and aggressive trade-in promo. This isn't like going from Canon to Nikon or Sony.
Plus, we forget about all the auxiliary support stuff that surrounds a well planned MFD system. Like a $2,000. sliding back for my view camera, my H2F and 3 film backs, and CF adapter ... and so on ... and so on. Really complex and expensive.
So it will be the H4D/60 swap out promo ... which for me is the least expensive route by far. So much less expensive that I could add the CFV/39 for the 203FE and still have money left over.
It provides the 60 meg near FF sensor to distance my MFD capture from future 35mm DSLRs, preserves the investment in lenses and the endless stuff that goes with a diverse kit, allows use of the WLF that I often use in the studio .... and frankly requires little to no learning curve in terms of operation, software etc. etc. In addition, I've gotten feedback about the new focusing system for people who I trust quite a bit, and it promises to be a very valuable asset for the way I shoot out of the studio.
To those who have assisted me in this trek, I offer my most sincere thanks.