Although I haven't seen it in the flesh either, this sounds like the early
panoramic cameras (Cirkut, Kodak) of 80-90 years ago, updated and
technisized. The Kodak used a swiveling anistigmat lens and slot arrangement
with a curved film back. The Cirkut was unique in that it swiveled the
entire camera with a gear mechanism. I've never actually seen one of those,
but I'd love to have one (s'pose eBay would have them? ;-) ).
The only thing relevant to the current discussion, I think, is that
"Whatever goes around, Comes around." :-)
>From: TonySleep@halftone.co.uk (Tony Sleep)
>Subject: Re: filmscanners: Test Imacon, Nikon.Polaroid
>Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2001 14:30 +0100 (BST)
>On Sat, 14 Jul 2001 01:17:28 -0400 Dave King (email@example.com)
> > If there are no mirrors in either, what would explain better sharpness
> > in the Imacon (assuming flat film in the Polaroid and Nikon)?
>A bigger budget for the lens? ;) - but also the whole point of a curved
>film gate is to equalise raypath lengths. There is no such creature as a
>truly flat-field lens, and this is especially true of macros.
>AIUI the Imacons work rather like a drumscanner, presumably moving either
>the film or lens/CCD relative to the film (I still haven't seen one in the
>flesh so don't know which). The curved film plane eliminates focus errors
>due to differing focal points along the longest dimension.
>Of course, to do it properly the Imacon would need the film to be dished
>in both directions :)
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