These were taken with a Cambo Wide RS and Schneider 5.6/60 XL Apo-Digitar.
I *love* this camera. It takes the same Phase One digital back I use with my Contax 645, but uses even higher quality lenses and does a magical thing called in-plane stitching. It’s a much, much slower process than shooting with an SLR (more akin to a view camera) but the results are amazing.
Each shot of the roof next door is a combination of six individual exposures, but it’s not a panorama. The Cambo uses what are essentially large format lenses, and they project a much bigger image than the sensor can “see” at once (about 120mm in diameter for the 60 XL, over twice as wide as the 54mm sensor in the IQ260, which is already huge.)
The gears on the top and side of the camera move the sensor around very precisely within the circle produced by the lens, allowing you to capture the entire image in a series of shots without moving the lens or camera itself. Since the composition doesn’t change there’s no parallax error or vignetting to correct in post, and you retain the natural, beautiful look of the lens. To cover the sensor with my particular setup I do two rows of three vertical exposures, which overlay easily in Photoshop.
It’s not quite digital large format, but it’s pretty close. The process is slow; the detail produced by the Schneider Digitar lenses is so stupidly high that it picks up even the most minor vibrations and tiny focus errors. A locked down tripod is necessary for maximum quality even shooting in daylight, and I try to do at least three exposures (times six to complete the stitch). It’s a different way to work, but I actually enjoy being forced to slow down and consider everything.
For your inspection: 176 megapixels (13296 x 13296, 30 MB).