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Old 07-24-2014   #1
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Just curious if I have missed any new developments....

I love my RB67 and My Bronica ETRS.....But I cannot see investing $30,000 when I could buy so much more for my Canon kit.....

Are there any hints that a reasonably affordable (say, $2000 or less) digital back is in the works for these film cameras....or should I start looking to sell to free up space?

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I think the cheapest they'll get is about $5000 from a dealer for an older, demo back. A bit less from private individuals.

An old Phase One Lightphase back is about $1000 right now, but it can only be used tethered to an older Mac with powered FireWire and the sensors are sometimes tiny.

Unless there's a huge upswing in demand, I don't see an untethered digital back worth using dropping to $2000 any time soon.
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Of course we'll someday have affordable digital backs unless DSLRs or mirror-free camera systems become capable of almost everything we now expect from larger cameras, and large film cameras will be relegated to esoteric printmaking. However, this doesn't answer the question of what we should do for now.
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Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
Of course we'll someday have affordable digital backs unless DSLRs or
mirror-free camera systems become capable of almost everything we
now expect from larger cameras, and large film cameras will be
relegated to esoteric printmaking. However, this doesn't answer the
question of what we should do for now.
Your description of the natural progression of technology and the
price of technology is easy to agree with, but I disagree about your
take on an interim measure for the present vs the very near future.

Point is, the need for the interim measure is already obsolete. New
more affordable digital backs are simply not needed. There is already
gear out there right now that fills the bill for what you've relegated
to the future. The very concept of "medium format" is crumbling.
Format size no longer automatically represents degree of IQ and the
movements of a view camera are available as tilt-shift lenses.

The real technological reason for shooting larger film was not to
impress your comrades with golly-gee image quality, altho you can
definitely do that. The real reason was to make life easier for the
color separations techs in the publishing industry, cuz the easier you
make their job, the better they'll make you look ! But it was all about
CMYK halftones one paper pages, IOW a final image quality that was
inferior to the digital SLRs of 10 years ago ! Today, the format size
means little and it's all about quality data.


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