#4. "RE: 35 ft camera, 6 ft negatives, $50,000 photos" In response to In response to 0 Tue 21-Feb-12 09:46 PM by Ruahrc
Ann Arbor, US
Indeed I wonder if the results are really superior to what you can get with a LF camera.
First, how consistent can a 6-foot piece of film negative be made? The fineness of the grain, consistency of manufacture, and flatness of the mount will all determine the ultimate resolution of the image that is captured on it. Does it hold up to close scrutiny over the entire surface, or is it effectively no better than a scaled up large format camera (i.e. the dimensions are greater, but the resolution is no better than if you blew up an 8x10 negative to large size)
Second, how well is the lens made? High end lenses for 35mm, and even large format can resolve incredibly fine features over the image circle. But this image circle is orders of magnitude larger. Can modern manufacturing even produce a lens so fine, capable of resolving micron-scale features consistently over an image circle of >6 feet?
Nevertheless I would like to see what they look like. If this really does resolve as fine as a LF film camera, but on a sheet of film many times larger, the results would be truly incredible. Even if not, the novelty factor would be interesting. It would be cool to stand inside the camera while the exposure was being made, to actually watch the film develop
edit: I'm mainly speculating here since I can't see the sample images as I don't have flash installed on my computer.