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Canon (and others) to move into digital medium format cameras?
Musings on where next after a 35mm full frame digital SLR. Includes other general digital medium format information and news
A new collection of lenses and cameras at the top of the Canon range? ...or maybe Nikon, Samsung or Sony will beat them to it?
The image to the right is a Canon concept camera from Colani (it stirred the rumours in 2007)
Ever popular is the square sensor at 36mm x 36mm. This is often claimed to be compatible with EF lenses, but it isn't really. It's all about the sensor diagonal and the image circle needed.
We receive all kinds of camera rumour info. - some more believable/risible than others. Please do use your common sense when reading the stuff here, and remember that what we've got here for entertainment as much as anything else.
Hasselblad is proud to introduce the groundbreaking X1D – weighing less than half that of a conventional digital medium format camera, the mirrorless 50MP camera is a game changer in the world of photography.
Inspired by the brand’s iconic design heritage, the camera is ergonomic and compact, offering a handling experience unlike any other. Handmade in Sweden, the X1D combines Scandinavian sensibility with beautiful performance.
Like the iconic V System, the X1D seamlessly combines portability with excellent optical quality for which the brand is renowned. Hasselblad has ingeniously introduced mirrorless technology to digital medium format for the first time ever, creating a precision performance camera that can sit in the palm of your hand. The 50MP CMOS sensor captures the finest details with true natural colours.
Commenting on the announcement Perry Oosting, Hasselblad CEO noted: “The X1D marks a pivotal point in Hasselblad’s rich 75-year history. This camera makes medium format photography available to a new generation of Hasselblad users, while pushing the existing limits of photography to new heights.”
A completely new family of dedicated autofocus lenses has been developed to support optical quality and portability, offering a wide range of shutter speeds and full flash synchronisation up to 1/2000th second.
Weighing just 725g and including HD video, Wi-Fi and built-in GPS, the X1D is a trusted partner and ideal travel companion. The robust exterior is dust and weather proof, providing durability to take with you wherever you go.
The X1D has been created with passionate photographers in mind, opening up Hasselblad to a new generation of creatives. Ideal for those who want to create the highest quality medium format images with a straightforward and easy to use camera that can fit in the palm of your hand.
The Hasselblad X1D is priced at 7,900 EUR / 8,995 USD / 5,990 GBP
All new lens mount, accepting XCD lenses.
Two announced at launch: 45mm/3.5 and a 90/F4.5. More on the way, including a 30mm
An H lens adapter will extend support to Hasselblad's existing H lens system.
Specs include a 3" 920k-dot touchscreen and XGA EVF. Wi-Fi and GPS are built-in, with dual SD card slots.
Body with battery weighs 725g
The X1D will come in at $8995/£5990/€7900 for body-only.
A kit with 45mm F3.5 lens will cost $11,290, and bundled with both lenses the X1D will cost $13,985.
The XCD 45mm F3.5 will set you back $2,295 and the XCD 90mm F4.5 $2695.
Delivery? ... August.
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Values for MF film formats are typical exposed areas, and that LF formats vary with type of film holder
Canon TS-E 24 MkII image circle = 67.2mm
Values for MF film formats are typical exposed areas, and that LF formats vary with type of film holder
Canon TS-E 24 MkII image circle = 67.2mm
* Includes Sapphire Glass monitor screen and S-Body Platinum Service
2009 June 25th As long expected, the number of digital MF companies was too much for the market.
The latest to 'not quite vanish' is Leaf, which is being subsumed into Phase One, although calming words are in order, so as not to spook the horses.
There has been talk that Kodak wanted to get shot of Leaf for some time, so it could be viewed as Phase actually saving Leaf, although by this time next year I'm not expecting to see more companies with MF offerings.
Over at DPR, there is some more info which, depending on how you choose to interpret it, is perhaps not so welcome to Leaf users/dealers.
Watch for that classic weasel word 'synergy', which is never welcome to staff and supply/dealer chains in merger/acquisition situations.
As to Canon/Nikon - there has been no real rumours for quite some time, but there seems no rush to get into this market.
15th A collection of new Mamiya backs announced.
"The M series digital backs have all been designed for compatibility with Mamiya's 645AFDIII. Through use of the specifically designed digital back adapter HX701, the backs can also be attached to our famed RZ Pro IID. The M18 has a resolution of 18 megapixels and a CCD size of 44.2 x 33.1mm. The M22 has a resolution of 22.1 megapixels and a CCD size of 48.9 x 36.7mm while the M31 has 31.6 megapixels and a 44.2 x 33.1mm CCD."
2009 May 14th Yes, big sensors really do make a difference.
New DxOMark scores
it seems the P65+ sensor really does do a good job - and so it should for that price ;-)
Other than that we're still waiting for the Nikon MX stuff suggest by a French magazine, back in March.
As to Canon, our most recent comment received was that 'large sensor work' was 'on hold again'.
The 'something for landscape and architectural photographers' comment we heard back in October, most likely was referring to the two new TS-E lenses.
May 1st MF related talk for Canon and Nikon has dried up again, however for £12,000...
Phase 1 bring out the P40+ which looks to offer pixel binning to give 10MP at up to ISO 3200
P 40+ full resolution capture mode:
P 40+ Sensor+ capture mode:
More info [PDF]
April 4th Phase 1 is effectively taking over Mamiya - or as they would put it "becoming a major shareholder in the company behind the Mamiya brand of medium format cameras and lenses"
How many digital MF suppliers will be left at the end of the decade?
1st A removable back for the Pentax 645 or just a test design? [RH]
2009 March 19th Mamiya up their MF DL28 to 33MP.
A bargain at $20k and if you get your order in soon, there's a free lens.
17th More hints at Nikon producing something a bit bigger...
In the French Magazine 'Réponses Photo' there is a comment suggesting it's more than a rumour and they will have news soon [NR]
5th It seems that Pentax is back with another go at the 645 [AP]
"The camera will go on display at the Photo Imaging Expo show in Tokyo later this month, said John Carlson, product marketing and support manager at Pentax USA."
"... it will not be marketed in the United States because Pentax predicted it would only sell 200 units there."
If this sounds familiar, then a glance back through this page should refresh your memories.February 13th Some info about a potential Nikon 'middle format' camera by the end of the year....
More info at Nikon Rumours [NR] ($30k-$40k BTW)
2009 January 8th In a nice example of how 2+2 often equals 144 in rumourland - you might remember the Nikon BIG ads and how this presaged Nikon MF? Well, according to WPPI [WPPI] it's about some band appearing at an event...
"We told you something BIG is coming to WPPI! Something so BIG that we had to rent out the MGM Grand Arena. We promised—and we delivered. Please join us for a private WPPI performance by Blues Traveler! This is a free concert to all WPPI attendees."
2008 December 8th Is all that Nikon MF talk based on some D3x adverts? A possibility - see NR
See this D3x video (warning - excruciatingly bad production and sound :-)
Will there be an 'MF' camera from Nikon? The oft mentioned MX format? Well, there is a collection of comments and thoughts on what a 'DM1' MX format camera might mean over at Nikon Guides
Certainly, such a camera would stick a boot quite nicely into the somewhat 'refined' digital MF market. I'm sure many digital MF dealers (or the few remaining manufacturers) would not welcome Nikon barging into their market ;-)
All our recent information suggests that Canon still has semi-active MF design projects, which could quickly be moved into more active modes -if- they thought it worthwhile from a business point of view. At the moment Canon want to concentrate on 'MF quality from 35mm' but if Nikon (and particularly Sony) make moves in this area, Canon might decide to respond.
Includes a version with a 186mm x 56mm sensor (yes, 6x17)
Rather a lot of TBA items in the brochure... ;-)
More info, including the note that the 617 chip will appear in Spring 2010 and cost $55,000
12th Lots of MX speculation out there, and Thom Hogan has made his pronouncements for 2009, which even raises the question of a potential Canon 'big' camera too.
10th In the 'perhaps not so likely' category ;-) comes the DPR MX specs... 20th Nov New Nikon MX - bigger than FF in a D700 sized body and over 24MP
2008 October 27th Just to show that there is still someone in the design office, I see that Pentax are filing new MF related patents [PB] ;-) (our earliest Pentax 645D mention on this page is in September 2006 and refers to a 2005 story)
23rd Earlier this year we had some comments about something 'very different' that was being worked on by Canon - there were mentions of providing 'serious movements' and it being 'not your usual DSLR'
All good stuff, but we've just had some further comments pointing to Canon actually announcing something 'in the next few months' that would be of particular interest to 'Landscape and Architectural photographers' ... 'and not a new lens'
Now whilst I'd be happy with a 1Ds3/5D2 sensor (liveview) and shutter at the back of a mirrorless camera with movements, I'm not at all sure how well it would sell (note that only the 3 Canon T/S lenses currently have large image circles too)
Here's my version I built for my 1Ds - the body/mirror effectively limits it to a shortest lens FL of about 90mm.
Anyone else hear anything of such a Canon project?
17th An interesting TH post on DPR there is this comment about the move to 'MF'
However it seems that the meeting has been postponed to Nov 20th [Google Tr] and may well only be software.
13th A Nikon product announcement in Copenhagen on the 22nd has people interested.
However, the press invite [D3x page] doesn't suggest what it might be...
2008 October 4th The Nikon MX rumours are going well, with several new pictures of supposed ad copy for something new from Nikon.
There are full size versions of these pictures at Nikonrumors
Things to note, are the much larger lens mount and lack of focus screw in the 'new' mount.
On DPR, there is the interesting comment that in producing 3 new tilt/shift (PC) lenses, Nikon have optical designs for 24/45/85mm lenses with a big enough image circle...
September 29th The Leica S2 has if nothing else given the slightly moribund Canon MF rumours market a boost, with a DPR post on the subject of Canon using a 36x48mm 77MP sensor, but EVF.
That said, we're still hearing that the push is in the 35mm format and that a large sensor design is seen as an expensive distraction for finite development resources - of course, markets change ;-)
24th More big CCD sensors announced by Kodak [DPR]
Note that we've still not seen big CMOS sensors - Canon could make a 44MP '2FF' (48mmx36mm) sensor with existing (1Ds3/5D2) performance or go to 76MP at 50D pixel sizes. Of course there is far more to it than that, but I suspect the Canon MF project is not quite as dead as some might think ;-)
An all new 37MP MF like system with a 30x45mm sensor and a whole range of lenses. [BJP, Leica] €20,000 body only, available summer 2009.
There is a page of info from ProPhotograper Magazine [flkr] - the salient points are copied here.
Expect to require a lottery win before buying one. It sits between the EOS 5D and EOS 1Ds MkIII in terms of body size.
Of course it makes the Nikon MF discussions a bit more interesting and also the long rumoured 'special' camera from Sony (modular, MF like and with everything they can think of included ;-)
If the new moves to MF do prove at all successful, expect Canon to look again at their MF projects.
The WPPI stuff rumbles on with no new info - see 23rd Aug below
2008 September 19th Mamiya have a new 22MP digital back.
The Mamiya ZDb Digital Back has a 48x36mm full-frame transfer CCD and works with the Mamiya 645AFDII, Mamiya 645AFDIII, RZ67Pro-IID and RB67Pro-SD cameras. Price... TBA ;-) [Mamiya info - (slow)]
11th The Nikon MF story rumbles on and Leaf have announced a some cameras for photokina
The AFi-II 10, 7 and 6 digital medium format cameras and matching Aptus-II 10, 7 and 6 digital backs. AFi-II 7 and 10 have got the first tiltable LCD screens on MF cameras.
The AFi-II 10 and Aptus AFi 10 use a 56MP, 56x36mm sensor.
The cameras' backs have 3.5" touch screen LCD displays, 12 stop dynamic range, 50 to 800 ISO range and 16bit output.
Leaf has introduced a new version of its capture software, Leaf Capture version 11.2.
5th More on the MX format and Nikon MF from Wired.
"The sensor will be similar in design to the D3 sensor and the camera itself will be able to use existing FX (full frame) lenses via an adapter. This will give a crop factor of 0.5x -- pop on a 50mm lens and it will act like a 25mm lens. It will also shoot rectangular pictures by cropping the image from the sensor, which means that you can choose either landscape or portrait orientation without actually moving the camera. Finally, the camera wil be cheap."
4th It seems our enthusiasm for a Canon MF was misplaced. We're told that last year the decision was made to concentrate on getting FF sensors up to 65MP and the lenses to make use of them.
3rd In a load more Canon technical info we were sent there is talk of redefining what a 'pro' camera is. Time for the Canon MF to re-emerge? Info on the 60D page.
2008 September 1st it's certainly Nikon that has moved up into the MF camera rumours front row.
At NR there is mention of the new MX format 6380x6380 (and crop verions) although I'm told the text in part of the image refers to grocery related information ;-)
All related to the 'big' info - should be enough to kick the Canon MF rumour mill out of its torpor. :-)
Add to that Thom Hogan's DPR comments about how Nikon 'could' do a new MF (24MP, modular, new lens mount, $10k, not a D3X) and you have the Nikon version of the sort of 'move to MF' rumours that have been finding their way here for over 2 years ;-)
At 56MP, the biggest difference is the aspect ratio of the 56x36mm sensor which can be rotated in the back
According to Leaf:
The comparative areas of some of the top end sensors are shown below.
Note that it's a Dalsa chip - Even though I've heard a couple of rumours about Canon negotiating to buy itself a MF camera company, I don't really see it as very likely myself.
2008 July 14th Big chips are the thing in the news.
A new 60MP Dalsa chip in going to make its debut in the Phase One P65
At 40.4 X 54.9mm it's pretty close to 'full frame'. Mamiya 645, for example, is 41.5 x 56 mm.
There is a lengthy announcement at LL where the price is mentioned at ~$40k for the back, and a full camera system starting at ~$42k - looks to be ready for Christmas if you want one.
One interesting comment regards the suppliers of large imaging chips...
A chip at 1DsMk3 pixel density scales up to just short of 60MP... however see this page - 17th Sept 07
10th More info on that Kodak chip at DPR
July 8th With Canon announcing a 'showcase' presentation before photokina, that will specifically cover sensor developments, I've had a lot of people asking if the MF project is back on again? Unfortunately, all we've seen so far is people asking the question :-)
In the land of 'real' cameras, there is the H3DII-50 at a nice round 50MP
Some info (german) and some details of the tilt/shift adaptor available for it.
The adaptor will work with the 28, 35, 50 and 80mm lenses, +/-18mm shift, +/- 10 degrees tilt, +/- 90 degrees rotation.
The CCD chip is a Kodak 50MP sensor KAF-50100
[Kodak spec info]
June 19th Nothing from Canon, but at last a Nikon FF rumour on DPR
"F3ux, 36x48mm 2F-format 48mpx, 6fps, 16-bit, 108-point AF with user feeling detection AF-system $12,000"
I'm still hearing reports of development work on a Canon MF solution, but the project seems to have been put on the back burner this year.
March 19th Nothing connected with Canon at the moment, and the words I've had about them releasing some new tilt/shift lenses this year suggest that the 35mm format is still their main attack on MF
However Phase One have announced their 645 'open' system in conjunction with Mamiya.
2008 January 4th Some MF related rumours and a wishlist at TOP ;-)
"Canon will enter the medium format world with a new camera, a new line of lenses and a digital back. The price point of a lens/camera/back kit will be in the range of $12,000-$14,000. Whether or not the back will be compatible with existing m.f. cameras (excluding the new Hassies, of course) is unclear. There are people who claim to know people who have tested this product line in the past year or so."
I noted that the Canon MF project was 'on hold' last year, rather than cancelled, so maybe there is hope yet ;-)
And from the same page, a camera 'rumour' that stretches the envelope a bit :-) ;-)
"Fuji GA 645 D:
The fixed four position zoom 45mm, 55mm, 80mm and 120mm (35mm equivalent: 28mm f4, 35mm f4.2, 50mm f4.8 and 75mm f5.6) is crisp and sharp "wide open" at all settings with no discernable chromatic aberation and limited easily correctable distortions at the extremes.The autofocus is much improved over the GA645 series - very fast and very sharp (beyond the resolution of the sensor).
Shooting speed of 3 frames per second until buffer fills with 1.5 frames per second thereafter. Buffer depth is 10 frames.
I think I'd only add a wider wide setting for my own wishlist ;-)
2007 November 15th Nothing on other formats from Canon, but Mamiya and Phase One have decided to work together. The MF market is never going to be a big one, so given Hasselblad's decision to go for a closed system, Phase One had to go somewhere.
September 19th In an update to the MF comments we were told some more about why the MF project is on hold (not 'canned' as we were originally told ;-)
"Canon believe that by continuing to push the 35mm full frame lens and sensor technology they can continue to replace most uses of MF except for very high resolution studio and landscape shots."
"Many studios that used to have several MF film bodies have cut down and may only have one in regular use with a digital back, or just get out the film body for special shoots"
This has been suspended for a combination of reasons:
However - Some of Sony's future plans in this respect are interesting (this from Canon's POV we believe)
Sony are known to be pursuing several fronts over the next 2-3 years:
2007 August 18th Canon can now make 35mm full frame chips in one step - and can make larger ones too - more info on the 50D page from a lengthy email we were sent.
4th All quiet but still plenty plenty of talk of the ZD ... I'll stick with my MPP (see above :-)
July 7th Good to see some thoughts still being put into what Canon MF could do (DPR :-)
4th I've had a good look round for any Canon MF noises and all seems quiet
However I'd forgotten to mention that if you want to move into Digital MF on a lower budget ($10k) then there is the Mamiya 645AFD II Medium Format Camera with 80mm f/2.8 AF lens and the Mamiya ZD 22 Megapixel Digital Back.
The Mamiya ZD digital back offers a 36mm x 48mm Dalsa CCD 22 mega pixel image capture sensor.
This is a 1.15x crop compared with 120 film use (42x56mm)
Discussion in a PDN thread
May 20th Looks as if Pentax and Hoya might get together - or maybe not -- check various posts in this LL thread for the various points of view. Whatever happens, the 645D still looks a long way off...
"Tokyo-based newspaper Nikkei reported yesterday that Pentax plans to 'abandon the development of medium format single-lens reflex cameras designed for professional photographers and specialise in digital SLR offerings for new and intermediate users.' "
Looks like continuing fallout from the (failed/stalled) Hoya takeover.
2007 May 8th I'm just back from a drive up the Northern California and Oregon coasts (nice way of spending a couple of weeks ;-) and have been having a good look round for any info - seem that this particular rumour thread has dried up for the time being :-(
April 10th For those looking at the long awaited Pentax MF digital (see below), I notice the proposed Pentax/Hoya merger/takeover is off, or on again. More info from www.bloomberg.com/index.html (type Pentax into the search box).
March 8th PMA opens and the Canon 2FF seems firmly still in the imagination class of cameras - much like the Nikon D3 much hyped over the last week or so ;-)
Anyway if you're still not familar with the 'it will be available at a future date' marketing, somewhat more common in the digital MF field, have a look at some Sinar info. Despite occasional mentions on forums, I'd not expect Canon to make any move on this type of 'modular' approach.
"FF 645 will need a sensor size of 56 x 41.5mm, I can't see how a 48 x 36mm can be call FF. That camera will have a 'crop factor' of 1,34"
"a sensor of "only" 44 x 33 mm, you a have a crop factor of 1,6"
And the Pentax... (note the somewhat vague timing ;-)
Pentax 645 Digital medium-format digital SLR camera
Interchangeable standard lens for Pentax 645
Pentax AF200FG dedicated auto flash
Pentax 645 - 'real soon now'
Other pentax announcements at LGD
18th Various MF musings on the lists -- I do particularly like one Canon MF system mentioned of FM :-)
Note that this was in DPR on 19th Jan ;-)
2007 February 17th More prospects for a bigger than 35mm Canon?
An interesting thread on a board that points towards some very interesting announcements?
Have a read, draw your own conclusions, but some quotes:
and on MF
No recent Canon talk on the MF forum at LL - I'm looking forward to the reaction if Canon do decide to storm the MF market. The 'barbarians at the gates' threads will start the day that DPreview has a Canon Medium Format forum :-) :-)
I'm told that Canon have made some purchases in the MF area that might be of interest... from FM
13th If you read the sensor info yesterday, then do look at some of the info in the follow up posts in that LL thread.
12th Things are pretty quiet on the Canon MF rumours front, but there was a recent document posted on the LL forum by Sinar. I've got a pdf version available.
"33 MP Dalsa and 39 MP Kodak Sensors, Technical Differences and Facts" perhaps slanted a bit towards the Dalsa chip (it's what sinar use) but a good reference.
While we're collecting some older posts - there is this collection of info I missed which has a fairly broad range of rumours (unfortunately no sources or attribution), including a 4D (popular opinion has always been that Canon would avoid the number 4 for various reasons) and this on 'MF'
2007 January 30th For those of you with more spare cash there is the new Hassie H3D-31. I love the marketing droids emphasis on 'near full frame' - much like the EOS 1D2 ;-)
"Featuring near full-frame capture, the H3D-31 uses a 44x33mm sensor enhanced with micro-lenses to boost ISO rating one stop to a new maximum of ISO 800. The system’s new high-speed capture architecture, which is common to all H3D models and enables the fastest possible operation, also gives the H3D-31 an impressive capture rate of 1.2 seconds per image in either mobile or tethered mode."
Nice as it would be to have one, ISO 800 max and .7 frames per second would be a royal pain on some of my work - but for other stuff it would be nice to use, however I can't personally make a valid business case for such kit... :-(
29th I saw a comment mentioning that Canon acquired a company that had designed an MF sensor a few months ago. Is there anything to this ...has anyone any further information?
27th Not quite MF, but another suggestion of a new lens mount and camera at LL
22nd Interesting picture sent from Italy...
Old news I'm told
Possible Canon MF? -No :-(
It seems that this is from the mid 80's when Canon had several MF prototypes, before the whole EOS system appeared. Well if they could do it then, why not now ;-)
19th I notice that there has even been a flurry of comments on DPR relating to a Canon camera with a bigger sensor - see this post for a thorough wish list of 'Super L' lenses ;-)
"The new MF Canon camera sensor is 41.5x56mm and 40MP" -- hmm yes, Canon R&D has been busy :-)
6th An interesting take on Canon's new 'pro' stuff for this year. It was mentioned to us that there will be an additional all new 1 series body in addition to the expected '1DsMkiii'. This one would be a rather specialist offering and the key word was 'movements'. Could this be the 'all' new system referred to a few days ago?
As someone who uses the TS-E 24 and TS-E 90 lenses quite a bit, this one piqued my interest. If implemented well, a camera with a movable lens mount would make it on to many people's 'want one' list :-) I can certainly see a lot of studio uses if coupled with an improved sensor (dynamic range, bit depth etc)
There are obvious difficulties in the limited image circle with most current EF lenses (~58 mm on TS-E lenses) and I'm sure there are a whole host of other mechanical difficulties...
It's certainly worth seeing if any new lenses that get announced have bigger image circles, although I'd expect any such 'specialist' camera to have a few new lenses to add to the marketing fanfare of the announcement ;-)
2007 January 1st The 'all new' Canon system could (and I suspect this is more likely) point to a big jump in performance in the next 1D type top of the range 35mm FF dslr.
This post on the LL site suggests that:
Unfortunately it also pushes back this camera until November 2007
2006 November 12th I noticed (OK it was at Photokina ;-) that Leaf and Jenoptic have announced "a new auto focus, medium-format camera", however the press release is rather thin on actual details... There is a bit more detail from Leaf themselves.
In the mean time there has been not a whisper of any "larger than 35mm" info about Canon for some time. I've no doubt that if they wanted to, Canon could wreak havoc in the current digital MF market. If the next 1Ds has ~22Mpix, then quite a few MF backs already lose some of their advantages. I'd be happy if they also increased the bit depth and DR in the next IDs, since when it comes down to it, I've no great desire to buy all new lenses...
Will Canon bring out something really big next year, or stick to 35mm and smaller? I believe that if they did, and had an 'open' lens mount design (much like the EF mount) they could clean up in the market. Question is, does it fit in the corporate road map?
Of course, the best place to ask a question like this might be the Luminous Landscape MF forum, rather than say DPreview ;-)
October 8th I was asked about a possible move to a 4:3 sensor in Canon Pro cameras. My own thoughts are that a 27x36mm 4:3 sensor is just not a big enough move from 35mm to warrant all the new design work needed. Also after the Hasselblad noises I noticed that Canon had already got their own dig in at the H3D 'full frame' claims in their excellent sensor design PDF
"While some vendors are calling their very expensive 49 x 36.7mm image sensors 'full-frame', they are not, at least in terms of medium format."
5th Just a catch up on the rumblings in the MF digital market, following on from the Hasselblad announcement at Photokina.
In what some see as a short sighted move for the overall MF digital market, Hasselblad have decided that the H3D will -only- work with their own digital backs - so no more Phase 1, Leaf or Sinar backs , they'll only work with H1s or H2s. Add to that, the fact that you can't use a lens like the new 28mm on the older bodies and you can see what looks to all intents and purposes like a major player trying to enforce its will. I can imagine the uproar (and disbelief) if this was tried in the digital SLR market...
For a longer take (from a long time Hasselblad user) on this, see MR's comments on Luminous Landscape.
Info on latest Phase One P+ range of backs (Info and pdf product sheet)
2006 September 26th Nothing from Canon at Photokina...
Hasselblad announce the H3D, with a double (35mm) frame MF CCD up to ISO 400 - slightly smaller than that Canon prototype at the top of the page, but no pop-up flash or print button ;-) (thanks Martin)
"Large format 48x36mm digital capture.
September 23rd While everyone wonders what/if Canon is going to announce for Photokina. I've been looking at wider developments in the larger format digital imaging area (the one where I don't have enough spare cash to experiment)
For only 28,900 Euros you can have a Seitz 6x17. ISO 500-10000 scanning back that can take a full width shot in one second.
I love the idea of using something like this hand held :-)
Sensor manufacturer DALSA Corporation exclusive for Seitz
As someone who avoids using a tripod whenever possible, I'm glad to see those hefty hand grips :-)
Whilst on technologies, have a look at the very interesting paper about sensor noise from NuCORE (two useful PDF files).
And for things that were announced and never saw the light of day... this Pentax 645D mockup from 2005. I've noticed a flurry of recent reports and even suggestons for prices, but it hardly looks set to make Canon quake in their boots :-)
2006 August 28th If you have a look in Canon's very interesting 30 page PDF article about full frame sensors there is lots of info that might point to possible movement in the MF sized field.
The bit about stepper capacity and wafer yields certainly points to any camera not being cheap...
...and there is this bit about what the 'others' manage with MF
"While some vendors are calling their very expensive 49 x 36.7mm image sensors 'full-frame', they are not, at least in terms of medium format."
Note also this MF inspired thread on LL where post 3 (May 06) predicts the 50/1.2L and a dual 'crop' mode 1Ds 3 for photokina
20th There is a big Canon event on the 24th, it's possible we might get some advance warning of an 'all new' system although I'd not expect it until PMA early next year, since it would take some of the glory (and sales) of any new 1Ds Mk2N or 1Ds3.
We've picked some of the potentially MF related info from the 1Ds Mk3 page below...
2006 August 10th At last some pictures of the new MF Canon - we believe the '4' signifies an early example of the 1Ds Mk4. we were told that the body is only for test purposes though and the final camera may look slightly different. Interestingly enough it looks like a normal 70-200 2.8L on the front
Canon MF camera?
Good to see that Canon have listened to some of the experts on dpreview and included a pop-up flash ;-)
9th Still no real info on Canon's supposed entry to the 'medium format' area, but consider that a sensor that size would be well beyond the image circle of current EF lenses... (10th - Thanks to Darren for pointing out that the TS-E lenses have a 58.6mm image circle - I should have remembered this since I recently wrote a lengthy article about using my 24mm 3.5L TS-E but the '2FF' chip size (48x36) has a diagonal of 60mm)
2006 August 7th Well it seems the thread I linked to yesterday has been deleted. The most interesting reason would be that it was too close to the truth and Canon lent on the site - maybe it just got too long and was culled. Anyway, here is the original text (as posted on dpreview) from a supposed beta tester.
It was pointed out to me that that would make the chip the same size as the H2D-39 (pdf spec)
Hasselblad H2D-39 Specs: Sensor size- 39 Mpixels: Sensor dimensions- 36.7 x 49.0 mm: Image size (8/16 bit RGB): RAW capture 78 MBytes, lossless compressed 50 MBytes (average)
August 6th Just to follow the buzz, have a look at the post from a supposed 1DS 3 (EOS 1D3) Beta tester on dpreview. Manages to mix enough probables, along with the contents of enough wishlists and enough new bits (48x36 chip and all new lenses) to stir the pot nicely :-)
July 12th More comment received suggesting that the 1Ds Mk2 N will indeed have 22MP, faster buffer and bigger LCD - and a $10k price tag.
2006 July 4th A different take on the 'no new MkIII at photokina' -- We've been told that although the new flagship camera exists, all the marketing and production requirements mean that it'll first be shown (in a box - for show only) in Feb 2007 in time for PMA. It will not be a Mk3 and is likely to be an 'around $10k' camera.
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