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Leica's DIGITAL-MODUL-R on the R9 35mm film camera. Courtesy of Leica, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Partners With Leica to Develop and Advance High Quality SLR Cameras


Kodak Provides Image Sensors For Newly Available LEICA Digital Module-R Camera Back

Cologne, GERMANY, September 27, 2004 -Eastman Kodak Company is extending its partnership with Leica Camera AG to deliver image sensors for the newly available LEICA Digital Module-R camera back.

The LEICA Digital Module-R is a fully removable digital camera back designed to fit LEICA R8 and R9 cameras, providing a unique analog / digital solution for SLR photography. The Digital Module-R employs the newly available KODAK KAF-10010CE image sensor, and was developed jointly by Leica and the Danish firm Imacon, which utilizes KODAK image sensors both for high quality film scanners as well as digital backs designed for the medium-format camera market.

"We are excited to be working with Kodak as we advance our camera lines into the digital age," said Mario Thurnherr, Director Business Unit Photo, Leica Camera. "The quality and performance available from Kodak sensors allow us to provide cameras that offer an unprecedented level of speed and quality for our customers."

The KODAK KAF-10010CE image sensor is a high-resolution, 10 million-pixel CCD sensor designed specifically for use with the Digital Module-R. Utilizing KODAK Blue Plus technology to provide enhanced sensitivity, the KAF-10010CE delivers exceptional image quality and noise performance in a cost-effective CCD design. The 6.8µm pixel architecture of this sensor has been optimized for use with R-series lenses and engineered in line with strict Leica standards to satisfy the high demands of photo enthusiasts regarding resolution, sensitivity and dynamic range.

"We are pleased to deepen our partnership with Leica by supplying sensors that support the key objective behind the development of the LEICA Digital Module-R - providing photographers a digital solution that is flexible and easy to use, and that reflects the quality customers have come to expect from Leica," said Chris McNiffe, general manager of Kodak's Image Sensor Solutions business. "Kodak will continue to assist camera manufactures like Leica advance their product lines by providing digital imaging solutions that meet the various needs of their end users."

A pioneer in imaging sensors, Kodak develops, manufactures, and markets solid-state charged-coupled device (CCD) and complimentary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors for applications ranging from satellite and medical imaging applications to digital cameras and machine vision products.
For more information, please contact Image Sensor Solutions, Eastman Kodak Company at (585) 722-4385 or by email at imagers@kodak.com. For more information on Kodak's image sensor product line, visit www.kodak.com/go/imagers.

About Eastman Kodak Company and infoimaging
Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, print and view images - for memories, for information, for entertainment. The company is a major participant in infoimaging, a $385 billion industry composed of devices (digital cameras and flat-panel displays), infrastructure (online networks and delivery systems for images) and services & media (software, film and paper enabling people to access, analyze and print images). With sales of $13.3 billion in 2003, the company comprises several businesses: Health, supplying the healthcare industry with traditional and digital image capture and output products and services; Graphic Communications Group, offering on-demand color printing and networking publishing systems consisting of three wholly owned subsidiaries: Encad, Inc., NexPress Solutions, and Kodak Versamark; Commercial Imaging, offering image capture, output and storage products and services to businesses and government; Display & Components, which designs and manufactures state-of-the-art organic light-emitting diode displays as well as other specialty materials, and delivers imaging sensors to original equipment manufacturers; and Digital & Film Imaging Systems, providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services.

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(First posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 16:17 EDT)

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