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Old Sep 13, 2002, 11:53 AM   #1
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In a surprise, pre-photokina, news leak Rollei has announced their entry into the digital camera world. Backed by Fuji and Sony, the new dRollei dTLRs (digital technology lens reflex) promise to revolutionize digital photgraphy.

The dRollei is a system, built aorund a new square chip, 2cm on a side, and 11 mega pixels. The square chip otimizes the choice of cropping, a strength in high resoltuton digital photogrpahy and built on Rollei's traditon with the Rollei TLRs.


The form factor is also reminscent of the old TLRs. The camera body is cube shaped, with a large, hooded LCD, forming the upper surface. The LCD is large enough to permit some controls by touch screen.

The new unversal lens mounts supports a new series of Zeiss lenses based on the 2X2 format. The mount includes two "smart" rings on the camera body. These rings can be assigned to zoom, focus, shutter speed, and aperture.

The intial dRollei, the dLR 2000, is priced at $5000 with a lens equivalent to an 80 mm lens on a 6X6 camera but offering a modest zoom rage. Rollei, however announced its intent toi build on the platform, including less expensive dLR models with more modest pixel counts and fewer features.
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Old Sep 13, 2002, 1:14 PM   #2
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Can I get it with a Foveon chip?

Cute, but your fatal flaw is that TLR's are no where near cube shaped. The descirption of the camera sounds much more like a Hassleblad SLR with waist level finder than any TLR.
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Old Sep 14, 2002, 7:22 AM   #3
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I am not sure why you ask about cute?


I suspect that Rollei is riding on the fad of retro-design ... the dTLR monica may be meant to evoke a memory!

Yeh foveon!
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Old Sep 14, 2002, 9:45 PM   #4
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Hey why not a digital twin lens reflex, I do know that this is real:



Digital world novelty - Classic Meets Digital:
The MINOX Digital Classic Camera Leica M3

A unique synergy of digital photography and nostalgia there is just no better way to describe this world novelty presented by the Wetzlar camera manufacturer, which will be on show for the first time at the Photokina 2002. MINOX has equipped this miniaturized LEICA M3 classic camera of the fifties with a digital interior. Extravagance and outstanding precision mechanics have always belonged to the values fostered by MINOX, and which are now being transferred to the ever growing digital world.

See our <a href="http://www.steves-digicams.com/cameras/minox.html">Minox page</a> for more details, pictures and specs.

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Old Sep 15, 2002, 4:59 AM   #5
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Now this is a fashion statement that I don't mind getting my hand-on regardless of cost (this Minox will meld right in with my mechanical watch collection!). Dimension (LxWxH): 75 x 41 x 38 mm

This is 007 way cool in my book... who cares about picture quality

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Old Sep 15, 2002, 8:04 AM   #6
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DMinox psudo Leica?

Is Minox owned by Leitz?
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http://www.minox-web.de/

http://www.minox.org/

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I woder why, esp. after the announcement that Kodak is making the chip, that the dTLR is not getting more rumors? They seem to me to have one-upped the canon!
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http://www.sinar.ch/press/release/PMKAF-22000-e.pdf
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it seems obvious now that the digital medium is about to take a little leap in resolution and image quality.
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