Pentax film duplicator 4×5 announced

Ricoh announced a new Pentax film duplicator 4×5:

An optional accessory for saving film images as digital data

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX FILM DUPLICATOR 4×5. Produced on order, this optional accessory saves the images on large 4×5-format (100mm by 125mm) film as digital files, by working in combination with a digital SLR camera, a macro lens and a dedicated flash unit.

Main Features

Compatibility with large 4×5-format film, for professional applications

Retaining all the convenient features of the PENTAX FILM DUPLICATOR (launched in May 2014), this accessory increases the maximum size of the images to be digitalized to the professional-standard 4×5 format (100mm by 125mm), from the previous 6×9 format (60mm by 90mm). It sandwiches the film between two sheets of anti-glare glass to minimize the effect of interference fringe. It also comes with an exclusive 4×5 film holder to keep the film flat during duplication work, even when working with warped film. The result is film images accurately reproduced as high-quality digital data. The film holder even improves work efficiency by allowing the user to place two 4×5 sheet films side by side and make a pair of duplicates at a time.

High-speed digitalization of film images

This accessory allows the user to easily duplicate the images found on the film, as if taking pictures of them. Unlike conventional film scanners, it doesn’t require a lengthy read-out time, so it greatly reduces work time.

Outstanding versatility

The accessory provides an adjustable mount to accept a camera body and a flash unit, so it can be used with many different digital SLR cameras,* one of which the user may likely already own. It can make duplicates of various film images, from the small 35mm format, to the medium 120/220 formats, and even the large 4×5 format.

* The camera must have a distance of 105mm or shorter from its bottom to the optical axis (the center of the lens). The lens must have an outer diameter of 110mm or less.

Other features

  1. ・Digitalization of photographic data recorded on the outside edges of film, in addition to the image area
  2. ・Saving of negative images as normal images, with the application of inversion and color correction processes provided by commercial image processing software

Pentax film duplicator 4×5 specifications:

Bellows maximum length approx.570mm
Maximum length during usage approx.1210mm
Dimensions approx.650mm(length) x 248mm(width) x 325mm(hight)
Weight approx.5200g
Maximum distance from camera bottom to optical axis approx.105mm
Maximum outside diameter of lens approx.110mm
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  • sperdynamite

    From the looks of it you put a strobe on the back and your film in the bracket, and is that a 120 holder at the bottom? This thing looks great. At least the best thing to happen to scanning tech since nobody is innovating anymore. MUST you use a Pentax camera? I’m not sure from the pictures…

    • Zos Xavius

      yes it has a flash fire from the other side. they have an older version that does up to medium format. it does seem to work really well. I’m pretty sure that it will take any camera provided that the lens can do macro. I think the holder might just be for 4×5. Their older version does up to 6×9. 35mm seemed to work well in it too.

  • Dima135

    Pentax is like hints on another way to benefit from pixel shift technology

  • Joaquim Prado

    I use a Nikon Bellows PB-4 with slide a duplicator that attach to the bellows with a micro-Nikkor 55mm 2.8 on a D800e. Huge improvement over my Epson V700 and a lot cheaper.

    For medium format I use a Light table, a copystand and 105mm macro. Great results! If I need more resolution I shot closer and in parts and them put all together in photoshop but only when required for a huge prints.

    Both methods it’s a huge improvement over my flatbed scanner and I believe doing this with a medium format digital camera would bring amazing results.

    • Zos Xavius

      thanks i’ve often been wondering what the quality difference is. it would be nice to see a comparison with images but your comments are encouraging. Unfortunately this will likely be really expensive as the last one cost $1000 or so I believe.

      • Joaquim Prado

        As soon I set all my stuff together again I made a comparison between 6×6 scanner with the glass and 35mm with the epson holder.

  • Spy Black

    This is pretty cool, but I think it would’ve been awesome if you could’ve exposed enlarged sectional areas that you could stitch together. It would’ve required being larger however.

    I’ve tried this technique with 120 film, and the results are superior to what you can get from a dedicated film scanner, with the probable exception of the Nikon Coolscan 9000. However it’s easy to either be off axis, or damage the surface of the film you’re recording.

    Still, a cool accessory from Pentax. Kudos to Pentax on releasing it.

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  • Wally Brooks

    Any word on cost?

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