2.8 D-max is huge and to my knowledge wasn't even approached in the traditional darkroom Once cadmium was removed from b/w paper even a selenium toned piece of fiber base paper only reached a d-max of 2.2 to 2.3 on glossy fiber base paper!
I do see this as an option but think outside the studio, think about rim light on the edge of a cliff, prow of a ship, etc., yes you could get it with a boom poll but this could make for some interesting images as long as there was minimal wind
So a famous retired NY fashion photographer Neal Barr was shooting nudes on a white Lucite platform in 1971.
I want to see this in every professional soccer stadium in the world. When a player fakes a fall the replay is broadcast immediately and if it was faked he is red carded and fined on the spot!!!!!!!!!
Now I love my NEX-7
It would be interesting to see a review of the sweep pano mode vs. apps panos.
I wish I could truly explain to everyone the difference between taking photographs and being a photographer. The value / cost in hiring someone to take photographs is very different from hiring a photographer. You hire a photographer for a vision and what they bring to the project. A photographer is chosen based upon their style and vision for the project I know there will be a lot of people who disagree with this or don't understand this concept. I know it took me a long time to grasp the concept. It would have been a very different discussion on a commercial job where the photographer billed for expenses and then added their creative fee. Yes their creative fee and this is what a photographer charges because they are hired for this. I don't believe the client who is looking for a low price is looking for a photographer because they are just looking for someone to take photographs.