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Leaf releases Aptus-II 12 digital back with 80MP sensor

By dpreview staff on Sep 20, 2010 at 14:02 GMT

Leaf has announced the Aptus-II 12 and Aptus-II 12R medium format digital backs with the world’s highest resolution in a one-shot back. They offer 80MP 53.7 x 40.3mm CCD sensors, 3.5" touch screen LCDs, 12-stop dynamic range and 80-800 ISO range. The Aptus-II 12R adds an internal rotating sensor system which allows users to change from portrait to landscape orientation without removing the back. Both backs are compatible with most medium and large format cameras and are priced at $31,995/€23,995.

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Leaf Unveils 80 Megapixel Aptus-II 12
World’s Highest Resolution & Most Versatile Digital Camera Back


Leaf Aptus-II 12/Aptus-II 12R Exposes All: Now the Devil Can’t Hide in the Details

TEL AVIV, Sept. 20, 2010 – Leaf Imaging today introduced the world’s highest resolution, one-shot medium format digital camera back. The Leaf Aptus-II 12 (and Leaf Aptus-II 12R with internal rotating sensor) delivers the world’s highest-quality image capture. It is both a major technical advance and another important illustration of the benefits of medium format camera technology – namely, the ability to support a very large image sensor, with enormous light sensitivity and high dynamic range.

The powerful new full-frame 53.7 x 40.3mm 80 MP CCD sensor is at the heart of a system specially designed for a range of photographers such as commercial/advertising pros, archivists digitizing and persevering rare treasures, and fine artists. Whether the subject is architecture, landscape, portraits or product advertising, the sheer quality of detail is unsurpassed. This level of resolution eliminates moiré and more perfectly renders objects – from the texture of fine fabrics to the smooth curves of car metal.

"There's no question that more megapixels in an image sensor offers significantly higher detail and larger output sizes," said Tim Grey, photographer, author, and respected digital imaging expert. "While there are software products that can enhance and enlarge a photo, the result will never truly be more information than was captured by the image sensor. For photographers who need maximum detail and the potential for particularly large print sizes, medium format digital backs represent ideal tools."

With built-in SensorFlex technology, owners of the Aptus-II 12/Aptus-II 12R back can choose to shoot images either at full resolution or they can “dial down” to select an aspect ratio, such as the 1:1 with 60MP resolution, that will satisfy their particular project requirements – enabling faster processing and smaller file size.  

“The Leaf Aptus-II 12 and Aptus-II 12R represent just another step in delivering our customers both the power and the flexibility they need,” said Dov Kalinski, CEO of Leaf Imaging, Ltd. ”Today’s professional photography requires great flexibility – infinite detail, rich color and razor sharpness. These systems deliver all this and more.” 

The Leaf Aptus-II 12 and Leaf Aptus-II 12R support a wide range of camera brands including Phase One 645DF and AF and Mamiya 645DF and AF cameras, most Hasselblad V models and a selection of large format cameras via adaptors.

For full product specifications, including all supported cameras, please see http://www.leaf-photography.com/products_aptus212.asp 

Leaf Aptus-II Product Family
The Leaf Aptus-II series of digital backs offers professional photographers the speed, image quality and flexibility to allow their work to keep pace with their imaginations. Designed to support photographers wherever they are shooting, Leaf Aptus-II series backs offer the largest display, 3.5” (6x7 cm), and only touch screen display controls in the medium format market.

Pricing and Availability 
The Leaf Aptus-II 12 and Leaf Aptus-II 12R digital backs are priced at  €23,995 / $31,995. Both of these camera backs can be ordered now from Leaf Partners worldwide. For the Leaf Partner nearest you, please see: http://www.leaf-photography.com/findaleaf_nam.asp.

The Leaf Aptus-II 12R and Leaf Aptus-II 12R digital backs ship with Leaf Capture workflow software.

Leaf Aptus-II 12 specifications

CCD Size • 53.7 x 40.3mm
• 80 MP
LCD 3.5 inch (6x7 cm)
Capture rate 1.5 sec/frame
Largest File size 480 MB 16 bit TIFF
Sensitivity ISO 80-800
Dynamic range 12 stops

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