I've radically changed some aspects of my photographic worldview over the last few days.
I've come to terms with the idea that Zeiss ZE is almost certainly for EOS, and that the 5D Mk-II (or 7D, or...?) is almost certainly going to raise the bar to the same extent the 5D did years ago. After all the wishing it not be so, I think nobody ever really surpasses Canon at sensor design.
Sean Reid's excellent review of the D700 puts that camera much closer to the older 5D than I had anticipated. I had expected some kind of clear lead, but what's there is faint to say the least. In the end Reid's review is making a really good case for 1Ds Mk-III being in a league of its own (Lloyd Chambers demonstrates as well, here too). This is the league I expect the 5D Mk-II will join, and to bring one better, i.e. basically just adding gapless microlenses to the excellent Canon 21.1MP sensor.
This (would, in theory?) upset my worldview because it's clear to me that there is more imaging quality to be got there than by combining Zeiss ZFs with the D700, which was my plan up until now. The existing ZF lenses on the 1Ds Mk-III produce more impressive images than they do on the D3.
People close to me were shocked, to say the least, that after... after the messianic D700 finally got here... that I would speak openly of maybe switching systems. I reassured them that I wasn't going to leave the F-mount, but that I may embrace the Canon technology. What does that mean?
It turns out that a ZF lens on an F-to-EOS adapter ring is about as functional as the same ZF lens is on an F body, and probably similar to a ZE lens (in theory). It's also the case that the ZF on an adapter is a lot more future-proof than a ZE lens is, because the latter could never be fitted to anything else but the EOS mount. So by continuing on my current journey, switching to full-manual and expanding my piece of the ZF line, I'm actually freeing myself from a specific camera system and opening up to a real choice among bodies.
So we'll see... there's no point in talking about switching until there's a product out there, but if the right product comes along then I might in fact buy a Canon body.
I hate how everything stacks up on the 15th. It's annoying. I would have preferred a spread over the week... ...