sooo.... How is it that this small company came up with this incredible tech.? Why hasn't BetterLight come up with something faster?
I am fortunate that I am in many discussions with Mike Collete at Betterlight. he is a top guy in both sense of the word (i.e. a decent man who is a CEO)!
What I can say is that it is Kodak that really took the TDI technology forward not Dalsa... everyone is amazed that Dalsa has somehow developed a product before Kodak. I am not a liberty to explain what went on between Betterlight and Kodak in view of the new sensors, but lets just say don't underestimate the cost of developing new sensors to the final camera comapny. In this case Seitz have paid Dalsa well to delvope the chip into a product... somehow they have to recover that huge cost... who knows if they'll do this of the sales of this one piece of kit (if it ever makes debut in such a small market). It may well kill them. betterlight products are still rtelevent and have been used for the past 20 years for many applications and represent good value for many photogrpahers. The whole subject movemnt issue with scanning backs is helped by higher iso sensors, but not eliminated. I think you'll see ever more portable scnaiing backs from Betterlight i nthe future... nothing stands still... but be suspiocious of what "big steps" actuallt delover - are tehy big step forward, or sideways ?
Don't get me wrong the new camera is just great, I just don't think it can be compared to a betterlight in such simple terms (although it seems usability is definely well thought out).
I think he'd let me quote this bit :
"My biggest challenge is critically focusing my view
camera -- not camera or subject motion -- and focus problems only get worse
with smaller pixel sizes, as Michael Reichmann quickly discovered about his
P45-based "digital view camera.
I suspect that Better Light scanning backs will continue to define the high
end of digital photographic image quality for quite some time, even if our
systems aren't the newest, fastest, or most expensive image capture devices
available. Nobody I know hand-holds a 4x5 camera, anyway..."