Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/09/22

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Subject: [Leica] new 1ds mark II
From: bdcolen at (B. D. Colen)
Date: Wed Sep 22 13:04:29 2004

As to why anyone would want this camera, how many medium format cameras
were sold to pro's.  What about landscape photographers who have had to
tote large format camera's out into the world?  What Canon is doing is
trying to peel off the upper end photographers.  Pretty much what Leica
and Rollei did in the forties and fifties?  I think you would be
surprised how many cameras are sold in this range.
Canon must be laughing all the way to the bank at $8000 a pop,
especially since they make their own chips.


And keep in mind that Canon offers this ON TOP OF a full range of
digital and film cameras. So they're not doing what Leica did, and what
will ultimate sink Leica - limiting the market to a handful of
aficionados. Canon has something for everybody...

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Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 8:52 PM
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Subject: Re: [Leica] new 1ds mark II

On Tue, 2004-09-21 at 18:12, Adam Bridge wrote:
> But this isn't out of line for scanned film at all! In fact a full 
> frame scan of 35mm in 16-bit color is going to be on the neighborhood 
> of 120MB/image.

The 1DsII is 12-bit (4992 x 3328).

> But where are you getting a full-frame image of 50MB?

That's what I read. Seemed to make sense to me since my Nikon SC 5000 ED
puts out a 60ish MB file @ 4000dpi/16bit color (3,946 x 5,959).

> The RAW file for the camera is going to match the pixel-count or 
> roughly 17 MB/image. They'll expland a lot after you process them in 
> your RAW converter and move them into 16-bit space for real work.

> I think it's not as bad as your back-of-the-envelop computations
> Adam

So, how big do you estimate them to be? Do I need a new pencil?


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