Interesting points - I have some observations:
However, the arguement here is about a consistently good graduation of blues underwater across the board, and I know for a fact they are still frowned upon by picture editors because of the cloudy or dirty blues, the current chips produce.
I can produce images straight from my Nikonos, untouched onto a slide projector (and have lots of times) on a liveaboard and no-one on the dive would believe it was the same place. I am sure Scotty has produced equally clear shots in far from optimum viz.
This is where I hope the foveon chip will come into its own.
I have found that most picture editors have a 'bias' against digital images still, and expect to see dirty blues or problems- whether they are there or not.
I had a discussion with one last week over an image of mine he wanted to use - the digital one was MUCH better, but he wanted the transparency because he was 'worried about the print ending up looking digital'. Turns out he hadn't even looked at the digital submissions.
Of course the first thing he would have done if he had taken the transparency was to scan it and make it digital. (It is a long story and I wont bore you with it).
I am now at the point with the S2 where I can consistantly get the same quality blues I was getting with slide film. However it take some time and experimenting with settings to get what I was looking for.
There is nothing I can see wrong with the blues in my above posted image - perhaps it is not the sensor itself, but the photographer? Or perhaps slide film compensates better for bad vis (yes vis was pretty good for that image)? Or even the thought "with Prova I'd shoot this at F5.6 with 1/500 shutter speed, I'll set my camera to that for this image." I am seeing a lot of professional photographers not taking the time to go through the learning curve you need to go through with new equipment to produce the results you are looking for.
I think a lot of it is just the industry not quite keeping pace - and I can understand that - digital makes all their traditional methods obselete and that is a lot of change. And change is scary for most.
Also a slide projector is not a fair way to compare anything - almost none of them are in any way light corrected. And lets face it, with the people on this discussion so far - it is likely that we are the 'best' photog on board so we should be impressing everyone :-)
I wouldn't count on this generation of Froveon chip to solve anything. Especially if this is a problem I am unsure even exists.
Random thoughts of mine - what do you think?