Following is the official press release on the new Techno camera introduced last week at Photokina. We will try to show it in two weeks at PhotoPlus in New York. Cameras should be available in the second quarter of 2009.
LINHOF TECHNO – THE NEW SUPER PRECISION HIGH-TECH CAMERA
FOR DIGITAL OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY.
The Linhof tradition of more than 120 years in developing and manufacturing professonal precision camera systems is now continued by another innovative product designed for digital outdoor photography - without compromizes. The Linhof TECHNO is the ideal combination of the advantages of the legendary field system TECHNIKA and the universal studio system M 679 optimized for digital photography.
The TECHNO is a compact hightech camera offering all practical adjustment facilities for extreme short to longer focal lenses. All currently available digital backs can be adapted. The user is always free to select his favourite digital system. The generous adjustment facilities even cover following generations of chip backs. This new design is based on the needs and experiences of the photographer with special emphasis to architectural photography. This means: shift facilities, use of wide angle lenses starting with 23 mm focal length, perfect control of vertical orientation.
The results: 40 mm of self-aligning vertical shift with exact parallel control. Zero clickstops which can be engaged whenever needed. Spirit levels at lens standard and rear standard for precicise vertical orientation. A special wide angle bellows for extremely easy adjustments. The self-aligning focusing is operated via the the camera bellows extension and not via a helicoid system of the lens. This permits large extensions up to 240 mm which is a prerequisite for long focal lenses. This is a camera for landscapes as well as for close-ups. By turning and levelling of the lens creative depth-of-field results can be achieved. All operating elements are ergonomically placed and manufactured in Linhof precision quality. Scales showing millimeters and degrees permit exact control of the adjustments.
All lenses in mechanical or electronic shutter systems mounted on the proven Technika lensboards can be used. We recommend the latest digital lens developments from 23 mm to 210 mm.
The M 679 professional compendium can be adapted to the accessory shoe. The lens standard is compatible with the existing components of the Linhof M 679, such as viewing aids, adapter system and universal rapid change adapter slide. Good news also for the classic rollfilm photography: The following rollfilm backs can be adapted to the Linhof TECHNO: Mamiya RB, Horseman, Linhof Rapid Rollex and special Linhof Super Rollex cassettes 6 x 9 cm. This new Linhof camera is a real eye catcher. An aesthetic beauty of sturdy light alloy combined with carbon fibre.