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Seen this on engadget:
I remember the brochure but never saw one. I think they made another model too, can't recall its name but it was only a 6/18mb model.
The old files from the scanning backs are really quite nice, my friend still uses a Better Light on his 4x5. Thanks to the forgiving size, they don't require the fancy digital-only lenses that the new medium format backs tend to require.
the S1 was a real state of the art concept. have you seen a more adequate reportage or street shooting camera? :D
I saw one of these being used in the Birmingham museum in the late 90's, all I remember is it seeming utterly futuristic, expensive and thinking... this digital thing is so... bourgeois.
185 second exposure time!!!
It was a Scanning CCD, not a full-frame imaging camera. I have this in a Pop Photo from the Mid 90s or so. But now we know why Leica came out with the S2, this camera was the S1.
I worked with a Digital Imager in 1981 that used a two scanning arrays, and another in 1983. 240x4000 pixels per images, two-frames-per-second. It stored to 28-track tape. The tape drive was huge.
A camera collector friend has a S1 and we are going to try using it as soon as he works out a cable and software issue. I hope to have some photos shot with it in about a month to post on RFF. He also has a rare accessory the Tilt Shift adaptor so this could be FUN...
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