My first introduction to digital cameras was a Kodak 420, at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan.

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Within a few months Kodak upgraded to a model 460. This was the first digital camera that satisfactorily produced a quality image at 8x10 enlargement, using a Kodak dye sub printer (at that time, 1995, their model 8600). But large format is even better, so I began to look at digital cameras which produced larger images. In a German photo magazine (Fotomagazine) I came across a review of digital cameras and Dicomed won the review in the quality category. As a result I went to Minneapolis to visit the Dicomed headquarters and left with a positive impression.

As the months went by I began to see the name of PhaseOne everywhere. They produced a high end, large format digital back comparable to that of Dicomed. Thus I went to Copenhagen to visit with PhaseOne. Their demonstration was impressive enough to convince even my girlfriend Andrea that digital photography was the direction to move into.

But the Dicomed digital camera had been adapted by Michael Collette to take panoramas and rollouts. Better Light arranged that a Dicomed, with his panorama/rollout adapter, be made available to FLAAR Since I do not yet have possession of a PhaseOne, I will have to review the Better Light adaptation of the Dicomed first. Besides, the Dicomed Field Pro DDC is completely portable.

For studio photographers who do not do architectural or landscape panoramas, it would be best to go directly to Dicomed's home page. For anyone interested in landscape panoramas, go to Stephen Johnson's home page (he uses the Dicomed with the Better Light adapter).

Since we just got the Dicomed a few days ago, it will be another month or so before we get out into the jungle to do some panorama photography. In the meantime viewers can see our old-fashioned panoramas with a regular (non-digital) film camera elsewhere on our Web site.

For more information on the rollout capability of a Better Light/Dicomed, we are gearing up to do an entire section of our Web site on this fascinating aspect of the Dicomed camera.

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