Who Says Black & White is dead?

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 . . .

One thought on “Who Says Black & White is dead?”

  1. Actually…I don’t think anybody said Black & White is dead…the bigger question is just who was asking for a $42,000.00 digital back dedicated to only B&W?!! I’m sure this little bit-o-fluff will be the grooviest thing to light up the eyes of a photo geek in a long time, but I fail to see the point, as I pointed out in my blog only yesterday…


    I doubt the ‘Art’ crowd will embrace it and I know the commercial photography side of the business doesn’t give a damn, so unless you’re one of those ‘scientists’ Phase One is hoping will pony up the cash for one of these things, then I think they’re gonna have a hard time selling these in any kind of numbers. And regarding those scientists, I’m sure even they’re not gonna be thrilled with an ISO range of only 50-800. 800…are you kidding me?!! Tri-X has never looked more relevant!

    Brad Trent

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