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Old Oct 2, 2005, 3:13 AM   #1
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Why is it that no one seems interested in pressing for digital backs for some of the classic film bodies? If Canon isn't interested, why not third party manufacturers? I know Leica has developed this. I really like my EOS 3 more than the digital body I use (10D) and would love to see this happen. I wouldn't even mind APS size sensors. Just let me use my EOS 3 with it's weather protection to shoot digital!
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One company did try... It wasn't a commercial success

One has to sell enough of this gadget to recoup the development cost with new cameras with better features coming out every few months


In case of Leica they can afford it because their customer do not want anything else and can sustain a lower volume which is reflected in the cost...
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Someone was working on this a couple of years ago, but eventually abandoned the project - I believe mainly because of A: all the different camera bodies there are out there, and B: as digitial SLR prices have fallen so did the potential profit margins.

The cameras that do have changeable backs were made to have changeable backs, and the digital backs for them are first party and very expensive.


EDIT: Doh, took too long typing!
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Old Oct 3, 2005, 1:05 PM   #5
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Perhaps this was a good idea that was premature in their implementation. There are still significant numbers of photographers out there who could be enticed with a reasonably priced quality solution. While there may be many cameras out there, it seems to me that the focus would naturally be on the higher end offerings, not the plethora of general models out there. At the very minimum, cameras such as the Canon EOS 1V or Nikon F6 are high caliber machines deserving of such accessories.
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... enticed with a reasonably priced quality solution.
That's the general idea - What is this price point?
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I would expect a digital back for EOS 1V to run approximately $3K-$4k, include a full size sensor and 12+ megapixel. Speed of processing should be similar to DigicII.
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1/2 the price of a Module R hey??? :G

... That's sensible

Of course Kodak had to throw in the towel with a 14Mp SLR/c priced @ the same level, and then there's the 5D too!
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