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    Nikon digital back for 35mm film SLR cameras :)


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    Re: Nikon digital back for 35mm film SLR cameras :)

    Very cool. If it's true, I can see prices of used FM3A bodies going through the roof.

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    Re: Nikon digital back for 35mm film SLR cameras :)

    Yes, the first thing I did when I saw this rumour was to check the date -- no, it's not April 1! This technology has been dreamed of by long-time film photographers (like myself), who railed against replacing the entire camera each time we wanted to update the sensor. Heck, we didn't have to buy a new camera when Velvia appeared, so why should we when there is a different type of improvement in sensor technology?

    However, it seems uncertain that this "digital back" will ever reach the market, and even less that it will cost less than, say, a whole D600 (back, shutter, mirrorbox and all). There are quite a few devils lurking in the details. Nettar

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    Re: Nikon digital back for 35mm film SLR cameras :)

    Awesome news!

    Guess I'd better get serious re finding a really nice F6 sooner, rather than later, before the prices shoot up.

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    Re: Nikon digital back for 35mm film SLR cameras :)

    Nahhh, my F100 only likes film
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    Minolta looked into something like this and concluded the tolerances would not be high enough--not that anyone here would tolerate loose tolerances. This is looks like an engineering exercise. It would be a nightmare to put in production.

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    Re: Nikon digital back for 35mm film SLR cameras :)

    Nothing is undoable, although I wouldn't bet on it ever becoming reality. Seems like an exercise in the same category as the Contax AX, the camera that gives AF to manual focus lenses by moving the whole film plane. I agree that it could become expensive, but for some people, me included, it would stil be a worthwhile thing to try.

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    Re: Nikon digital back for 35mm film SLR cameras :)

    It was already a nightmare working with the Leica DMR and a fine tuned R9, so I can only say that I do no longer believe in such things.

    Anyway good luck to those who would want to try

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    Nikon digital back for 35mm film SLR cameras :)


    what I don't get is how you can patent putting one trivial thing on another trivial thing

    sometimes I'm sick and tired of patents

    I wish Vivek had come first with this F-mount-digital-back trick

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    Re: Nikon digital back for 35mm film SLR cameras :)

    Hi Steen, It is a no go. You should see the Leica DMR in person to appreciate what it takes mechanically to make such a thing work and be useful.

    Like many posters in the rumor thread point out, it is all a pre-emptive spoiler patent from Nikon, unfortunately.

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    Re: Nikon digital back for 35mm film SLR cameras :)

    It seems to me that some think that the DMR represents proof why this is not possible, but it's the other way around: The DMR is proof that it is possible. The fact that Leica couldn't find a more practical solution was partly a consequence of the technology at the time, but probably also that their resources were limited. They were indeed on the verge of bankruptcy.

    The DMR was announced in June 2003 and entered the market early 2006. 9 years in the digital world is a very long time. In 2003, commercially viable DSLR cameras had only been available for 4 years. I don't know if it would be financially feasible for Nikon to launch such a product, but I don't doubt for a second that it would be possible optically as well as electronically.

    Those who "point out" that it's a pre-emptive spoiler patent from Nikon, what do they know? They know nothing! If they did, they wouldn't be allowed to say it, at least not on an open internet forum.

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    Re: Nikon digital back for 35mm film SLR cameras :)

    Nikon should be delighted that they made some rumor columns and this sort of discussion. Too late for this.

    They could still make some nostalgic products though. They did make a limited run Nikon SP a while ago. A thing of beauty. A Japanese version of the Hermes edition.

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    Re: Nikon digital back for 35mm film SLR cameras :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    Nikon should be delighted that they made some rumor columns and this sort of discussion. Too late for this.

    They could still make some nostalgic products though. They did make a limited run Nikon SP a while ago. A thing of beauty. A Japanese version of the Hermes edition.
    The fact that there hasn't been a "nostalgic" product from Nikon in around a decade is possibly one of the strongest reasons why this will not happen. Or maybe they are going to change that. They must have noticed that Fuji, Olympus and Leica are doing rather well with their hi tech retro.

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