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I know no technical reason why colors should be directly related to CCD or CMOS. Manufacturers change color filters all the time. In the transition from CCD to CMOS, they also changed the color filters.
The benefits you mention of medium format look can be realised in 35 mm FF if the manufacturers give up the high ISO performance race. The filter packs can be made with priority on color fidelity over transmission. The sensor can be made with priority on full well capacity over sensitivity. Full well capacity is paramount for smooth tonal transitions. The resolution can be increased to...Show more →
I don't know what it is about CCD, but the colors are more pleasing to my eyes than what I see from CMOS sensors. I could be the color filters favor slightly different wavelengths. I wouldn't call it more color accurate. Sony cameras are actually measured to be more color accurate than any cameras out there, including medium format, but I wouldn't say they have the best colors. The Foveon sensor has a unique color look that is clearly not accurate, but many people, including myself, love some sample of their images. The colors from my Hassy was extremely pleasing to look at, even shots taken at ISO 400. Images I know I cannot get with a Nikon. The colors tend to be more supple and smoother and cooler in temperature. The D800 may have more dynamic range than these medium format cameras, but most of that range is tucked in the shadows and requires a great deal of post processing to pull it. I think these camera makers need to put more focus on the colors they output. It's not enough to have high ISO and high DR if the default output requires a lot of PP. Fuji seems to be the only one who is focused on the default color output of their images in the 35mm space, but then, they probably know more about color science than any other company now that Kodak has all but lost their photographic roots. I really don't care about high color fidelity as much as pleasing colors. Film was never that accurate.
Still, color difference is not enough for me to keep so much money locked up in a system. It's quite a different mentality when you move up into this level. Once you buy in, then you gotta spend more on everything to optimize the IQ, and I don't think I had anything near optimal. My last purchase for my medium format system was a ballhead that cost more than most people's DSLRs. I was looking to get a $6k HTS for tilt and shift. It never stops, and in the end, I felt this style of shooting didn't fit me well. The ergonomics didn't fit me well. I'm in the process of selling it all off, but I'm keeping the ballhead . It'll look good with my little NEX that is 1/5 the size on top of it . If I ever get back into MF, it will be a digital back with an Alpa TC. With live view, it's pretty much a mirrorless MF system.