Kodak Professional today announced the availability of the Kodak Professional DCS Pro Back - a medium-format digital camera back that sets new industry benchmarks with 16-megapixel resolution that creates 48Mb image files.
Currently available for the Mamiya RZ and Hasselblad 555 ELD cameras this back's full-frame CCD delivers more than twice the resolution of any single-shot, medium-format camera back currently available and will be available from April in the UK with a list price expected to be in the region of 13,300.
It's designed for commercial location and tabletop photography and high-end portraiture applications. It will appeal to advertising and catalogue photographers, table-top studios, and in-house and independent portrait studios.
The DCS Pro Back is a single-shot unit that is designed to afford photographers as much freedom as possible. Currently compatible with Hasselblad 555 ELD and Mamiya RZ film cameras, the camera back will eventually have interfaces for a wide range of medium- and large-format camera systems. And the DCS Pro Back operates away from the computer, making it suitable for high-end location photography as well as studio work.
The fully featured LCD gives photographers critical real-time control over the images they take. The LCD screen has a full 90 degrees of movement for waist-level operation and can be controlled one-handed. In addition to acting as a viewfinder, the LCD provides instant review, a histogram for precise exposure control, focus check, and a built-in spot meter.
It can also perform 1:1 zoom and pan functions for precise images, and offers video review capability for high-angle or other out-of-reach camera placements. The sensor - measuring 36.86mm by 36.86mm - produces 48Mb files with very low noise. A removable anti-aliasing filter, digital anti-aliasing solutions and a non-reflecting IR cutoff filter help ensure the highest image quality.
The new Pro Back captures images at the equivalent of ISO 100 at a rate of two seconds per image, and up to eight images can be taken before writing to either internal PC cards or a host computer via an IEEE 1394 Firewire connection.
The hardware advances of the DCS Pro Back are complemented by new software that uses standard photographic terms. It includes familiar imaging tools such as masking/feathering, as well as sharpening tools and an eyedropper-style colour selector.
Said Kodak Professional's UK capture manager, Ernesto Jaconelli: 'This is the camera back the world has been waiting for. It has been both designed and manufactured by Kodak and will provide medium-format photographers with an unprecedented combination of 16-megapixel image quality, user-friendly file management and versatility of application - at a very competitive price point.'
He added: 'This is a digital camera that creates large, precise, quality image files that are easy to capture, evaluate and process in an existing professional workflow.'
Complementing the DCS Pro Back is Kodak Professional DCS Capture Studio Software, Version 1.5, a stand-alone application for capturing and editing digital images. This software uses an open systems approach to color management that maintains the integrity of captured images for virtually all monitors and printers, computer platforms and imaging applications.
More info at www.kodak.com/go/professional