A friend just sent me this link:
Didn't someone make a digital back for the Arri SR? Did it ever take off?
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Digital Super8 cartridge
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Posted 15 December 2015 - 04:46 PM
Yea, I do recall seeing a digital back for the SR at one point. However, I can't imagine them being any good for the price. People who own film cameras, generally want to shoot film and modern digital cameras can accept much of the older film camera glass.
Posted 15 December 2015 - 04:59 PM
I actually just checked out Hayes Urban's web-page and the last update on this project was from March 2014, so probably nothing too new going on with this.
Posted 15 December 2015 - 05:15 PM
PS Tecknic used to make one-- though i don't think in any volume, for the SR3. If memory served, you had to remove the gate in order to use it-- so it wasn't a quick interchange thing in the field. Kind of a good idea for what would've been a modular system at a time before d-cinema cameras really took off into what they are now, much like digital backs for stills cameras around the same period.
Posted 15 December 2015 - 09:01 PM
these discussions always remind me of how much I lament the fate of the Penelope Delta.
Posted 15 December 2015 - 11:09 PM
They wanted too much money for it and couldn't deliver a product fast enough. RED was lightyears ahead and substantially less money.
Posted 16 December 2015 - 12:41 AM
It was mostly left undelivered because of production issues with the Dalsa sensors that left Aaton to turn to bankruptcy. It was slated to sell for around the same price of an Alexa.
Posted 16 December 2015 - 08:34 AM
That nolab thing won't die will it? It's not real - Just a design concept from several years ago that was never meant for production.
It suddenly started making the rounds on my facebook feed last week again!
That being said, someone could totally do this pretty easily these days. lots of Arduino and Raspberry Pi setups with camera sensors out there that could be retrofitted into a 3D-printed Super 8 cart. It'd be a fun project to try to pull off...