Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New 56mp Leaf AFi 10 medium format (Medium Format Strikes Back!)

Medium format strikes back once again with a third 50+ megapixel offering. We've already seen the megapixel-leading 60mp Phase One P65+, and the 50mp Hasselblad H3DII-50, using a Kodak CCD sensor.

Meet the Leaf AFi 10
Now we turn the ...leaf, with a new 56mp Leaf AFi camera and digital back, using a Dalsa (not salsa) sensor, at 6 microns. But the most "fun" aspect of this is a internal sensor rotator, the sensor flips in place and you can go from portrait to landscape and vice versa. This is of interest, because the resolution is 9288x6000, and you don't want to be on the wrong side of the crop :)

Other major features include 1fps speed, ISO 50-800, 56x36mm sensor size, and files 114MB/171MB (MOS/RGB TIF 8bit).

Leaf AFi 10 on the Net
Direct from the horse's mouth, there is a Leaf Afi 10 mini-site, with some details along with specifications and a PDF datasheet (direct PDF link, 2 pages long).

There are two informative discussions of the new announcement to check:

  1. Luminous Landscape forums
  2. GetDPI forums. Interestingly, the person who started the thread (related to Leaf/Kodak) says "more to come".

Details of this at Studio Lighting, Photography Blog, and DC Views. Image Sensors World verifies the sensor manufacturer.

Desensitized perhaps by the 50mp and 60mp models, this one has not generated as much buzz, even though it looks like an interesting alternative for the medium format crowd.

Do note that there is a popular music group called "AFI", which may create some confusion :) Be sure to bookmark this post and share it with your friends using the permalink.

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