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    Combined film and digital camera

    Just out of interest, does anyone think there would there be a market for a camera that was a digital and film combined? One where you could record in digital and if you thought the shot was worthy, you could make a second shot on film. Such a camera would help the longevity of film.

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    There are already medium format cameras with digital and film backs of the same format. The digital backs are costly, but if someone needs that feature and can afford it, it's there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    There are already medium format cameras with digital and film backs of the same format. The digital backs are costly, but if someone needs that feature and can afford it, it's there.
    I know, but I'm talking about both integrated in the same camera.

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    There was a hybrid camera:

    Polaroid i-Zone Digital Combo

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    I think than a TLR or RF camera could home a sensor somewhere.
    Olympus did release a camera with two sensors, one for the EVF and another for the image. Put the former into a RF or TLR system et voilà. Not altering the RF or TLR by using one of those pellicle mirrors or beamsplitters.

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    I have often thought of this same concept.

    Make a TLR with the top half and the 'viewfinder' as electronic and the bottom half for film. The waist level viewfinder would double as the electronic review screen.

    Have a two-stage shutter button that lets you choose one or the other or both. It would be easy to build in a double-exposure warning/prevention for the film stage.

    Construction should be simple using a fixed focal length. They would just have to work out the focusing linkage between the two stages.

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    Kodak had an "Advantix Preview" that did this. Didn't store the image digitally, but could have.
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    Such a camera would allow you to switch from virtual/cloud to physical capture, thus enhancing your best pictures.

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    No, but if Apple were to make an iphone with a 6x9 back...

    Seriously, I don't see much of a market for it. The vast majority of people shoot digital, and would have no interest in using film. "Worthy" film shots mean nothing to them, as they're already convinced digital is superior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddie View Post
    No, but if Apple were to make an iphone with a 6x9 back...

    Seriously, I don't see much of a market for it. The vast majority of people shoot digital, and would have no interest in using film. "Worthy" film shots mean nothing to them, as they're already convinced digital is superior.
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