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Wednesday, 27 June 2018


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Your theory about the origin of that digital view camera sounds like stories you've told in the past about the audiophile industry.

Several years ago, Stephen Shore started using FF Nikon digital- he found it gave him quality close enough to approximate 4X5 film, with a lot more convenience...


I'd love to try a portrait with the gigapan and a 12" lens!!! I wonder could I stay still enough.

According to Northlight, LargeSense was founded in 2014 by Bill Charbonnet. The inspiration for the camera was Mitchell Feinberg’s 8x10 digital back, which had as its basis Polaroid...


You failed to emphasize that the LS911 is a monochrome sensor! A color version is anticipated around 2020. And a 4x5 version of the LS 911, the LS45, is due by the end of this year. You can no longer pick on Leica for the priciest monochrome sensor cameras.

And then, having the camera, wonders “what about the lenses”.

Mmmm. HP5+. My favorite flavor. I can only digest up to 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 though.

Mike, as I understand it the sensor is made by Canon - it is designed for astronomical imaging - and is supposedly in limited production. Your math is likely spot on :)

Why would the body for a digital view camera cost more with a digital sensor than with a sheet of film? It's just a box with a lens.

I always try to encourage small special purpose manufacturers, but hard as I try, it is difficult to think of a use case where this thing is the best option. (or even a good option)
As Mike says, there has got to be a story we don't know.
Early adopter(s) beware.

I dunno, I think whomever made this 8 X 10" digital view camera into a product for commercialization is likely as delusional as Kodak is in ramping up Ektrachrome production again. C'mon, gimme a break.

Mike, you really should rent the GFX50S some time....if only for a weekend.

Your “yarn” certainly seems in the realm of plausibility. The camera’s sensor is clearly engineered for some other industrial purpose. The calibration and control tablet software doesn’t look like a hobby project at all.

But just watching that short video of that girl setting the camera up was enough to vanquish any remaining vestiges of big-rig lust I may have still harbored. Whew! It brought to mind the horror stories I recall Nicholas Nixon telling of shooting the Boston skyline from windy rooftops with a full-size view camera.

No. Thank. You.

A friend of my father had an 8x10" view camera and a seemingly unending supply of Kodak Panatomic-X. He would print big and it was like having a gorgeous wall of etched silver in front of you.

I asked dad if we could get one. He handed me my Canonette and said, "No. We don't have room for that big of print washer."

I miss my dad.

I was reckoning the "digital equivalent" to be in the form of a scanner, rather than a camera, for those big negatives.

Apparently you should have been a bit more specific when you requested a monochrome digital camera. Of the few companies to take you up on it, Leica is by far the most affordable.

You got your paradigm wrong, Mike - you can still buy new speakers with Walsh drivers, and new cameras with Fovean sensors. I have the latter, and may well acquire the former.

Heads up.
Your "the Walsh Driver" link goes to the Sony camera.

No need to publish this.

[It's a Sigma camera, and see paragraph 2. I should have said that. I'll go change it. Thanks Phil. --Mike]

The walsh driver was the answer to the question no one was asking. I heard ohm walsh 5s multiple times and they were nothing to write home about at all. Go listen to some German Physiks speakers and get it out of your system. In short, the concept sucks and is not worth pursuing.

The foveon sensor however is far superior to any bayer sensor, and second only to actual analog film. It is too bad sigma has dumbed it down with the quattro thing, they should go back to the Merrill design.

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