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Kodak Wide Compatibility DCS Pro Back Plus digital camera back set to launch

Kodak Wide Compatibility DCS Pro Back Plus digital camera back set to launch - 

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Kodak Professional is set to launch a new version of its 16-megapixel DCS Pro Back digital camera back. The new Kodak Professional DCS Pro Back Plus digital camera back, will deliver all the resolution, functionality and portability found in the original model, but new 'wider compatibility' means that now more photographers will be able to use it.

The 16-megapixel resolution creates versatile 48-megabyte image files and the back features untethered freedom of operation, a fully featured LCD with histogram, new-generation software for exceptional workflow and a host of other capabilities. Removable anti-aliasing and infrared filters give photographers maximum flexibility. The Pro Back Plus's light sensitivity is equivalent to ISO 100.  It can capture an image every two seconds, and store up to eight images before writing to either internal PC cards or host computer via an IEEE 1394 'Firewire'.

Kodak say the back's new-generation software understands how photographers work with images and greatly simplifies workflow. Capture Studio software gets the best quality out of Pro Back Plus pictures with timesaving, intuitive features that let professional photographers concentrate on taking pictures.

Said Kodak Professional's UK capture manager, Ernesto Jaconelli: "When we introduced the original Pro Back digital camera back, we promised we would ultimately enable a wide variety of cameras so more photographers could take advantage of its capabilities. The new Pro Back Plus, available next month at a list price of 16,995, fulfils that pledge."
He added: "Now almost any medium-format camera with an electronic shutter - and several other camera models too - can reap the benefits of high-quality 16-megapixel resolution in this portable, affordable new unit".

New integrated electronic circuit boards and housings incorporate a versatile shutter release port into the new Pro Back Plus camera back.  To extend compatibility even further, Kodak Professional has developed new ES (electronic shutter) cables and worked on interface modifications with a number of camera manufacturers.  These innovations promise the simplest connections, while the Pro Back Plus camera back's overall design allows photographers to take advantage of digital imaging techniques while using a familiar film camera.

The company has posted a compatibility guide on its website to explain the proper interface between the Pro Back Plus digital camera back and the following models:

Medium Format:
 Hasselblad 553 ELD
 Hasselblad 503
 Mechanical Hasselblads
 Fuji 680
 Kapture Group True-Wide

Large Format:
 Arca Swiss

Other Cameras:
 Horseman DigiFlex

Availability and Pricing
Available October 2001 at a list price of 16,995.

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