Nikon has patented a new(?) idea to put the digital back on film bodies. I am sceptical about, but if it ever be done, for F5/F6 bodies, I believe. Dimitri.
#1. "RE: Digital back" | In response to Reply # 0avm247 Charter MemberSat 22-Dec-12 11:54 PM
Not that I am aware. Nikon have had poloroid backs, but I don't recall anything for film bodies with a digital back outside of medium format.
The only vapor ware that I recall a film like cartridge (similar to a 110 cartridge, but sized for 135 format) that was supposed to take 1 or 2 MP images, that was in the late 90s I believe, maybe early 2000. Can't remember the name of the company.
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#3. "RE: Digital back" | In response to Reply # 1rutherfordphoto Registered since 26th Aug 2002Mon 24-Dec-12 04:32 PM
I wrote a short article about it last week, not sure if I'm allowed to link to it but here's the gist of it.
Digital backs have been around for some time, including the somewhat mainstream and ridiculously expensive Leica R8 & R9. Even in the early 2000's a company by the name of Silicon Film tried to make a go of it with a cartridge style digital film back.
Nikon had a Digital back for the Nikon F3 back in the early '80s. It was the Kodak DCS100. It had resolution of 1.3mp, and you needed to carry the DSU (digital storage unit) in a backback or on your shoulder. You can currently find them on eBay for about $15,000
Nikon introduced the Kodak DCS420 in 1994. I shot with the Kodak DCS410 back in the late '90s. (It was not mine, it belonged to a friend) This was a $20,000 1.5mp digital back that attached to a Nikon F90. It used MicroDrive or Compact Flash for memory, and you took the back off the camera to clean the sensor. This was the camera that spawned the digital revolution in journalism. Notably, the Vancouver Sun and the AP were some of the earliest adopters of this system. Later the Kodak DSC460 was introduced, a 6mp version.
When Nikon announced the F6, this was one of the first thoughts on everyones mind. "Would Nikon be planning a digital back." A strongly worded "not a chance!" from Nikon executives quickly quelled those thoughts and rumours. Keep in mind, that Nikon also said they would never pursue a Full Frame sensor.
I think this has always been Nikon's baby but feel this patent is more to protect their past and prevent someone from "stealing" their idea. It should be noted that the patent allows for adjusting of the image plane to ensure precise imaging and a glass plate to cover the sensor. Both are two very important considerations for a digital back.
#4. "RE: Digital back" | In response to Reply # 3gkaiseril Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Tue 25-Dec-12 02:46 PM | edited Tue 25-Dec-12 02:50 PM by gkaiseril
You are probably correct. Google, Apple, Fuji, and others just bought Kodak's camera patents and other assets, so there could be some old agreements with Nikon in there.
This is another example of the Nikon "system" and its flexibility.
Look at the Nikon F and its lenses. The lens on the Nikon F can be modified and mounted on the D4 or D7000 and still be used. Maybe not in an automatic mode but certainly as it was used on the Nikon F, manual focusing and manually setting the Fstop and shutter speed.
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#5. "RE: Digital back" | In response to Reply # 0
I'd love to see this stuffed into an F7 (which, if it's coming, is about due), but I doubt we'll ever see it. I agree with the above, it's most likely just a good idea that they're protecting, and will never see the light of day - it's about ten years too late for that.
#6. "RE: Digital back" | In response to Reply # 5ArthurNikonF Registered since 09th Oct 2011Thu 06-Jun-13 01:22 PM
I'd love to see this. if we do, it will likely be cost prohibitive, to the point where it will not be affordable for most photographers.
Unfortunately, we will not see an F7, and the last film body has rolled off the assembly lines.
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