The medium format digital backs of Jenoptik and Sinar have been merged.
Jenoptik, a large company in Germany, bought controlling interest in the Swiss camera manufacturer Sinar and their products are now coordinated with each other.
The Sinarback eMotion75 comes from Jenoptik. The eMotion75 has an on-board storage of 6 GB. This is certainly better than a Compact Flash card of 1, 2, or even 4 megapixels.
Since Sinar does not make any actual medium format camera; and since Jenoptik is a company dedicated to lasers and optics, it makes sense for the two companies to partner with Rollei. Rollei makes an actual medium format camera. The combo package is called the Rolleiflex-Sinarback eMotion22 Digital Super Package. Of course if you know your camera history this is not a Rolleiflex: this is a Rollei. Rolleiflex were twin-lens reflect cameras. Indeed a Rolleiflex was my first medium format camera, in 1965, while a student at Harvard, taking a year off to do archaeological photography for the University of Pennsylvania at the Mayan ruins of Tikal. Ironically, it is now 2006, and I am still in Guatemala, still doing photography, and still preferring a medium format camera.
In today’s world of camera nameplates, Rollei is now called Franke & Heidecke, the grandsons of the original founders if I remember correctly.
The Rollei 6008 AF is an amazing camera, discussed on our page dedicated to camera “fronts.” The present page is dedicated to camera “backs.”
The eMotion 75 can be attached to
Sinar m camera
So apparently not the Fuji medium format camera.
Tethered vs non-tethered
Tethered means a camera sensor has to be connected with a cable to a computer. This means it is sort of portable, but not as portable as the newer models today (such as the Jenoptik Sinarback eMotion 75).
The Eyelike Precision M22 has no LCD monitor. This is a 1-shot/16-shot model that requires being used with a computer. It fits Hasselblad, Mamiya, Contax, and Rollei cameras.
The Eyelike website (Eyelike.de, de being Deutschland), still lists oldies
Eyelike Precision M6, M11, M16, and M22. It touts the multi-shot 6-megapixel sensor, the MF scan (a multi-shot version of the MF basic. As was the style circa 2002-2004, you could add a “to go” system or porta-pak and become “portable.” In this bygone era being portable meant you could use a Mac laptop tethered to the portability pack which was tethered to the camera all by cables.
Now you can see why the current Jenoptik camera has the word motion in it. You can actually go around outside and are not stuck tethered with a boat anchor to carry.
Actually all early Eyelike Precision models come with 4-shot and 16-shot versions. Sinar and Imacon ( Hasselblad now) were the only other companies that I remember that also offer 4-shot and 16-shot capabilities.
If you are interested in information about the Sinarback eMotion 75, consider that most camera dealers know only one or two brands. Naturally these are the ones they push. Since FLAAR is independent, we prefer that our readers have access to fair information on every brand of medium format digital camera back. Thus we have looked around until we found a unique digital imaging resource where they offer all four leading brands: Sinar eMotion 75 and Phase One and Hasselblad Imagon and Leaf.
Plus, this resource offers Epson, HP, and other large format inkjet printers.
Global Imaging Inc is this digital imaging resource. You can ask them about the Sinarback eMotion 75 directly: 800 787-9802. An additional number is 800 787-9801.
First posted June 15, 2006.
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