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Digital film for traditional cameras


wdlowe 14 3
11 May 2003 8:20AM
I am sure I remember, a couple of years ago, talk about producing a 'digital film' to place in a camera in place of a 35mm film and cassette.
Does anyone know of any ?
It would be great for us all to be able to use our 'old' cameras for both types of photography.

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Little Jo 13 2.3k United Kingdom
11 May 2003 9:34AM
A company was trying to develop a digital film that could be used in 35mm cameras, but the project was abandoned as their R&D lost pace with the pace of development of digital cameras. It was going to be very expensive and couldn't compete in such a high pressure, fast moving market.

Digital is getting cheaper, and in a few years, the technology of digital SLRs should reach the masses. As it is at the moment, it is very much restricted to those who can afford a four figure sum for a camera. Old s/h models that are selling for under a thousand pounds have poor handling compared to the latest models.

Jo
suemccartin 12 16
11 May 2003 4:04PM
Some high end cameras, Nikon, Pentax, Minolta, Canon, Hasselblad have "digital backs" that replace the back of the back of the camera and provide a digital pickup instead of a place for the film to be exposed. I can't speak for the quality of these "backs" I know that many studio photographers used them to "pre-shoot" so they could make sure their lighting was setup properly. I'm not sure they ever were intended to do what a digicam does.
pj.morley 12 947
11 May 2003 11:20PM
wdlowe 14 3
12 May 2003 6:58AM
Thanks for the link.
I read the article then visited a manufacturer's web-site.
See http://www.siliconfilm.com/ for pictures.

Unfortunateley I then went on to read at http://www.irvine-sensors.com/News/silicon_film_suspends.html

SILICON FILM SUSPENDS OPERATIONS

COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA - September 15, 2001 - Irvine Sensors Corporation (NASDAQ: IRSN, Boston Stock Exchange: ISC), announced that Silicon Film Technologies, Inc., an independent and consolidated subsidiary, has suspended operations. The Silicon Film Board has retained special counsel in contemplation of liquidation through bankruptcy proceedings, if immediate financing alternatives are not secured.

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