Fotodiox RhinoCam: 140MP Medium Format Back for Sony NEX Cameras

by on March 6, 2013

in Sony

Fotodiox RhinoCam

The Fotodiox RhinoCam is a new camera system that essentially converts Sony NEX cameras into a medium format-equivalent camera to deliver images up to 140MP using cameras like the Sony NEX-7.

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More details, images and sample crops below.

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The RhinoCam uses Pentax 645, Mamiya 645, or Hasselblad V medium format lenses. “The built-in Composition Screen enables photographers to preview the composed shot. The lens remains firmly in place while the RhinoCam’s moving platform positions the NEX sensor for multiple precisely-positioned exposures. RhinoCam also mounts directly onto a 4×5 board to open up additional possibilities with wider angle lenses, tilt shifts, bellows systems and more.”

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The process involves stitching the final image together, but it’s not quite the same as traditional panoramics.

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“Photographers use the RhinoCam’s Composition Screen to align their shots and captures 6-8 images. The lens remains firmly in place while the RhinoCam’s moving platform positions the NEX sensor for multiple precisely-positioned exposures. RhinoCam images are finalized using a flat stitching method, avoiding the perspective errors and curvilinear distortion present in images joined via spherical stitching often found with motorized systems that move both camera body and lens.”

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The RhinoCam is available for $500. More details here on Fotodiox’s website.

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{ 7 comments }

1 David March 6, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Does this mean one has to buy the Hasselblad, Mamiya or Pentax lenses separately as well, or can Sony E-mount lenses be used?

2 Robert Korn March 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm

You have to use medium format lenses. The Sony E-mount lenses wouldn’t give an image circle large enough to accomplish this.

3 Paul Hames March 8, 2013 at 6:53 am

WOW – Looks well awkward but look at the results.

4 sante castignani March 9, 2013 at 3:11 am

I hope that it will be available in the future a Bronica SQ adapter!

5 William K March 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm

For studio and landscape artists like myself this looks like an amazing solution! When the 7n comes out and I find some spare cash around (not likely, being a grad student hah) I’ll be eyeing this system.

6 Camaman March 11, 2013 at 7:27 am

So what exactly do you use the view screen for? To view the final scene composition through a prism. Like a DSLR.

Do you have to move the camera on the plane manually?
Hopefully there are guides of some sort.

7 Reggie March 18, 2013 at 8:08 am

Clicking links can help you with this ;)

There is a demo on Youtube, linked from their site.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIyBu0P8QM4

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