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    Who Says Black & White is dead?

    PhaseOne has just brought out . . . drrrum rrrolll . . .

    The Achromatic+ a 39 megapixel medium format digital camera back that provides wide spectrum black and white images. With it the photographic opportunities are virtually endless. This came about as the growing demise of traditional photographic film has even affected the scientific community, with many specialty scientific films are no longer available or are becoming increasingly difficult to acquire (sound familiar, film users?). This includes infrared and other scientific films that are sensitive to specific nanometer ranges in both the visible and invisible spectrums. And dealing with the chemical processes that film requires was becoming increasingly difficult in the workplace.

    Jim Taskett and Karla Johnson of Bear Images Photographic Inc., in San Francisco put together a research consortium including both US Government and private companies and not-for -profits, focused on finding a digital capture solution to replace scientific film and traditional processes. The result is the Achromatic. See the announcement here and click the More Info button for a full run down and some other links.

    Id love a back dedicated to B&W but dont think Ill be indulging anytime soon. Id have to sell and awful lot of calendars to cover that one . . .
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    Re: Who Says Black & White is dead?

    FLI and Apogee now offer a similar camera....cooled to -35C!


    http://www.narrowbandimaging.com/proline_39k_color.htm


    Anyone need a H3DII 39?


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    Re: Who Says Black & White is dead?

    Just a FYI . Dave at Capture Integration had this shipped in to us at the Bandon Workshop and we had a ball with it. Pretty amazing back
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    Re: Who Says Black & White is dead?

    Back was actually released a year ago. Really cool niche camera. We are a dealer.

    The other "similar" cameras pointed to DocMoore are not really "similar" except in so far as they use the same sensor. They are geared towards a scientific market.

    The AChromatic+ uses the same software (Capture One) and can be purchased in any of the four digital back mounts Phase One makes (Mamiya-Phase/Contax/HassyV/HassyH) with the same easy UI, same wide CF card compatibility, easy tethered shooting etc. If you're a photographer (especially existing Phase One shooters/renters) it will be a very easy camera to use compared to a device made for a scientific market.

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    Re: Who Says Black & White is dead?

    Doug someday like to get a old P25 and convert to IR
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