PhaseOne has just brought out . . . drrrum rrrolll . . .
The Achromatic+ – a 39 megapixel medium format digital camera back that provides wide spectrum black and white images. With it the photographic opportunities are virtually endless. This came about as the growing demise of traditional photographic film has even affected the scientific community, with many specialty scientific films are no longer available or are becoming increasingly difficult to acquire (sound familiar, film users?). This includes infrared and other scientific films that are sensitive to specific nanometer ranges in both the visible and invisible spectrums. And dealing with the chemical processes that film requires was becoming increasingly difficult in the workplace.
Jim Taskett and Karla Johnson of Bear Images Photographic Inc., in San Francisco put together a research consortium including both US Government and private companies and not-for -profits, focused on finding a digital capture solution to replace scientific film and traditional processes. The result is the Achromatic. See the announcement here and click the More Info button for a full run down and some other links.
I’d love a back dedicated to B&W but don’t think I’ll be indulging anytime soon. I’d have to sell and awful lot of calendars to cover that one . . .