First hand experience with the Kodak DCS ProBack Plus and Hasselblad ELD 555.
FLAAR moves into testing medium format digital backs after seven years as beta tester for BetterLight large format scanning backs.
Within a few hours of the DCS ProBack Plus arriving we had university staff already at work beginning the evaluation. We do things a bit differently than commercial sites because FLAAR does not take money from camera manufacturers. FLAAR is a research institute devoted (for over 30 years) to professional photography of architectural history and art ( www.maya-archaeology.org ). We also do landscape photography and flora and fauna, especially of tropical Guatemala and Belize.
This camera was taken on an expedition to the volcanic highlands of Central America along with a BetterLight and a Nikon D-100.
We thank BetterLight for providing a complete digital panoramia system. We thank Ries Tripods for providing their excellent wooden tripods. We thank Bogen Photo for providing the top of the line Gitzo, the Mack truck of metal tripods, as well as a BogenImaging-Gitzo carbon fiber tripod, the lightest weight available.
We appreciate MacDermid ColorSpan providing a 72" Mach 12 inkjet printer so we could print out the results. We thank Hewlett-Packard for sending a 60" HP 5000ps for the same purpose (we use the ColorSpan with 7 colors combined with quad black in dye inks; we use the HP for six color UV pigmented ink).
What medium format backs replace the discontinued Kodak?
Here are some samples of our test shoot in Guatemala.
Kodak DCS ProBack Plus experiences
Most recently updated August 1, 2005.