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Sender:Carl von Einem
Date/Time:2009-Dec-18 15:26:52
Subject:Re: early scanning backs (was: 425 Megapixel VR shot ...)


PanoTools NG: Re: early scanning backs (was: 425 Megapixel VR shot ...) Carl von Einem 2009-Dec-18 15:26:52
The abstract of that US only patent says that it is about a single pass
scanning back for a view camera. So that maybe makes the Betterlight the
first scanning back camera in the US.

The more compact Rollei and the other solution I worked with used a
three pass scan array connected via SCSI which still makes me doubt that
Betterlight was the inventor of scanning backs for cameras if you accept
development outside the USA.

"1991 Rollei enters digital photography with the Rollei Digital Scan
Pack for the Rolleiflex 6008."
An image is on <>
-> ROLLEI Digital ScanPack – 1991

BTW for that scanning device we used a really nice scan software called
Cirrus from Canto. Sadly Canto gave up on Cirrus after their newer
project Cumulus found a bigger market.

The only other really different scanning technology (for photography) I
know of was used in Kontron's ProgRes 3012 which hit the market in 1996:

Not a camera back, though, but also a great device to work with! It
needed to be attached to a special card (it was the time of those Mac
clones so that already was a PCI card inside that strange Umax SuperMac).


Posted by: "bohonus"
> --- In #removed#, Carl von Einem <einem@...> wrote:
>> >
>> > Posted by: "bohonus"
>>> > > (...) Betterlight (the inventor of the scanning back camera)
>>> > >
>> > 
>> > That site claims "...the original digital scanning back released in 1994..."
>> > The first Rollei scanning back was a little bit earlier, about mid of
>> > 1992 (probably introduced at the Photokina).
>> > 
> My guess is that the Rollei device you mentioned used different technology.
> Here's Mike Collete's (Betterlight) US Patent for the scanning back camera insert-


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