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Silicon Film's EFS-1 almost ships

By dpreview staff on May 7, 2001 at 04:00 GMT

Silicon Film Technologies is accepting orders for their EFS-1 Electronic Film System. The EFS-1 is designed to fit into the film compartment of select 35mm SLR cameras and allow the user to capture digital images with no modification to the camera. Deliveries are expected to start in 6 to 8 weeks.

Silicon Film Technologies Accepting Orders for EFS-1

Shipments Expected to Commence June 2001

Silicon Film Technologies, Inc. today announced that it is now accepting orders for its patented EFS-1(TM) Electronic Film System. Certification testing has been completed on the initial elements to be shipped, and deliveries are projected to start in 6 to 8 weeks. EFS-1 is designed to fit into the film compartment of select 35mm SLR cameras and allow the user to capture digital images with no modification to the camera. The system's three components, (e)film(TM) Cartridge, (e)port(TM) Carrier and (e)box(TM) Storage module, are designed for the image capture and image transfer to a PC or Mac®, and remote image storage respectively. Initial shipments of the EFS-1 will be compatible with the Microsoft® Windows® 98 operating system for PCs, and will be followed by versions that are Macintosh® compatible later this year. To meet user requests for maximum flexibility in system use, the various components of the system can be ordered separately. Orders for the (e)film Cartridge and (e)port Carrier are now being accepted via Silicon Film's web site, www.siliconfilm.com . The (e)box is expected to be available later this summer.

According to Kenneth P. Fay, Silicon Film's President and Chief Executive Officer, "Our successful product demonstrations at recent trade shows, both in the U.S. and Europe, have rekindled excitement among prospective users and pundits alike. Feedback from those shows has reinforced our decision to ship EFS-1 components individually as well as in the complete system kit. Although the (e)box Storage module will be available later this summer, customers who order the (e)film and (e)port combination now can choose to have the (e)box shipped automatically when it becomes available.''

Silicon Film's patented technology is based on a high-resolution CMOS image sensor and the extreme miniaturization of the required electronics to achieve (e)film's unique adaptability. The value of the EFS-1 design is that photographers can extend the use of their investments in 35mm SLR cameras, lenses and other accessories to "bridge'' the conventional film and digital worlds, all with a single photography system that is both completely familiar and comfortable. Further, the user can easily switch between conventional film and digital, depending on the shooting requirements.

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