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Leaf tops line with 56-megapixel AFi 10

updated 03:40 pm EDT, Thu July 31, 2008

Leaf AFi 10 Med Format Cam

Leaf made its bid to regain the performance lead in medium format cameras on Thursday by introducing the AFi 10. At 56 megapixels, the multi-piece camera system has a higher resolution than the previous champion, the Hasselblad H3DII-50, and produces images nearly 70 percent larger than the 33-megapixel AFi 7. The new imager is also labeled a True Wide-frame Sensor and maintains the same resolution across the entire photo area, guaranteeing a sharper image for subjects at the edge of the frame. Photographers can also rotate the sensor inside the AFi 10 to compose different-ratio shots without having to tilt the whole camera.

This photo size upgrade isn't said to put the new system at a disadvantage for speed and shoots at the same one frame per second as its Hasselblad rival at full quality. The sensor is also as sensitive as with past Leaf units, capturing shots at between ISO 50 and ISO 800, but can expose an image for up to a full minute to capture shots of motionless subjects in very dark scenes.

Pricing for an AFi 10 unit hasn't yet been published, though Leaf should make the component available sometime in the fall and will likely showcase the product at the Photokina expo in September.



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  1. scottnichol

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    this is insane

    they're in cahoots with the hard drive manufacturers, aren't they?!?

  1. trenchcoat77

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    Expensive, not insane

    This isn't for the weekend snapshooter. These will primarily be purchased by magazine photographers who shoot in the studio. I can imagine Playboy centerfold photographers getting one of these. They have the bucks for the huge hard drive the images these produce will require.

  1. ssutherland

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    Performance Lead? Nope.

    If you really care most about the megapixel rating, the prize goes to Phase One, whose 60MP P65 you reviewed two weeks ago: http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/07/14/phase.one.intros.p65.cam/ .

    As a digital medium-format shooter, I personally think the most important thing is not the number of pixels, but the incredible dynamic range of these backs. At twice the dynamic range of my digital SLR, it really feels more like shooting film than digital.

    By the way, even the weekend sharpshooter might consider renting one now and again. at $350-500/day you might well justify the cost to shoot a friend's wedding or an important family event. Of course, it will ruin you for your SLR...

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