Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 26

Thread: Affordable digital back for 4X5?

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    571

    Affordable digital back for 4X5?

    I am curious. I wonder if someday there will be a back , the size of a 4X5 film holder, that can be used in a 4x5 camera for digital capture. I remember a few years ago there was a company that came out with a device that fit into a 35mm camera that captured digital images. That idea was wiped off the map. I love film, but I would like the flexibility to use both types of capture in the same camera.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    823

    Re: Affordable digital back for 4X5?

    i've been using http://www.betterlight.com/ with very few problems since 2001 (90% field work)

    not as flexible as film for working conditions (wind is the biggest issue.. against the camera more than the subject)..but i've found it an excellent tool

  3. #3

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    grand rapids
    Posts
    3,835

    Re: Affordable digital back for 4X5?

    nope.

  4. #4
    Kirk Gittings's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Albuquerque, Nuevo Mexico
    Posts
    9,712

    Re: Affordable digital back for 4X5?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim collum View Post
    i've been using http://www.betterlight.com/ with very few problems since 2001 (90% field work)

    not as flexible as film for working conditions (wind is the biggest issue.. against the camera more than the subject)..but i've found it an excellent tool
    And doing some damn fine work too.
    Thanks,
    Kirk

    at age 67
    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Austin TX
    Posts
    2,052

    Re: Affordable digital back for 4X5?

    Check into large format Xray backs used in hospitals. The best (smaller of course) have 35 to 75 um pixel pitches. Larger run 75 to 160 pitch. B&W only of course.

    Nate Potter, Austin TX.

  6. #6
    Unwitting Thread Killer Ari's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Ottawa, Canada
    Posts
    4,950

    Re: Affordable digital back for 4X5?

    Quote Originally Posted by vinny View Post
    nope.
    If brevity be the soul of wit, you, sir, must be a riot at parties.


  7. #7

    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    823

    Re: Affordable digital back for 4X5?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Gittings View Post
    And doing some damn fine work too.
    wow... thanks Kirk for the kind words!!

    hope to get out your way some day to actually meet you in person

    jim

  8. #8
    bob carnie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario,
    Posts
    3,945

    Re: Affordable digital back for 4X5?

    Just make sure he gets something to eat and Paletti is not around.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim collum View Post
    wow... thanks Kirk for the kind words!!

    hope to get out your way some day to actually meet you in person

    jim

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Dec 1997
    Location
    Baraboo, Wisconsin
    Posts
    7,695

    Re: Affordable digital back for 4X5?

    The first digital camera was the Kodak DCS 100 that came out in 1991. It had a 1.4 mpx sensor and had to be tethered to a big bulky monitor/control unit. The whole rig was carried around in a custom-made suitcase. It cost $30,000. Back then who would have thought that a cell phone or pocket-size P&S would be infinitely better and cost next to nothing?

    That was only 20 years ago. Considering what's happened in just 20 years, I think it would be foolish to think that an affordable 4x5 back can't be produced in the next 20. The only question IMHO is whether the potential market is big enough for anyone to bother doing it.
    Brian Ellis
    Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you do criticize them you'll be
    a mile away and you'll have their shoes.

  10. #10
    Kirk Gittings's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Albuquerque, Nuevo Mexico
    Posts
    9,712

    Re: Affordable digital back for 4X5?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim collum View Post
    wow... thanks Kirk for the kind words!!

    hope to get out your way some day to actually meet you in person

    jim
    Maybe for the reception at the LFF FS exhibit (assuming it happens)?
    Thanks,
    Kirk

    at age 67
    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

Similar Threads

  1. Digital back on an Arca-Swiss 4x5?
    By badbluesman in forum Digital Hardware
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 22-Jun-2010, 08:18
  2. DIY a camera for digital back
    By asd in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 19-Sep-2009, 16:27
  3. Film vs. Digital
    By Richard Boulware in forum Cameras & Camera Accessories
    Replies: 103
    Last Post: 13-Feb-2006, 07:44
  4. Digital back on Linhof M679
    By adam mC8rk in forum Digital Hardware
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 16-Mar-1999, 19:51

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •