The Future will be Analogical!
My first recommendation! Keep your quality cameras! High quality cameras seem no more being manufactured. But the old ones soon will enter a new life.
A recent serious study trying to overcome some digital handicaps on its basis, i.e. improving the image sensor, led to an interesting solution.
The basic booth was to improve sensitivity to oblique light paths and provide flexible basis to sensors.
Suddenly there came the idea of using the graphene lattice as a sensitive element.
As you know, graphene is a one atom thick surface, that way inherent sensor definition will be millions of times higher than any digital or conventional film definition. Much more beyond the best lens resolution.
In the other hand, conventional film production is completely dominated in its chemistry and moods by manufactures, with thousands and thousands of patents on processes over the years.
The new born sensor is now a tri-pack system with filters between the layers, instead of the present mosaic used in digital sensors, and will carry reactive coloring elements, similarly to present chemical films.
It was chosen a new flexible plastic support visually similar to the present acetate. This material is known as polilmida – it has favorable mechanical strength and support temperatures up to 250ºC.
The filters are made from gelatin but the coloring elements are made of metal compounds. These coloring elements have two functions: Activate the graphene sensitivity acting as a battery in each of the layers, for quicker response to light, and the same time equalizes the light response from high lights to low lights, “compressing” the light and making the image nearer to the normal human sight, and when developed, gives color to each of the layers.
The new “sensor-film” as it shall be called is easily developed with no chemistry, no critical temperature control nor pollution. Simply by passing it in a micro wave heater when the gelatin filters will be evaporated and the carbon of graphene combined with each of the metal based coloring elements. That way you have a roll film (or various) developed in no more than 20 seconds. The most important: you will have a –Real and physical touchable Negative- not a virtual record that one can’t see and could be lost by several problems including a single change of technology. This is the best point of all. We will not have dyes but wave sized molecules that responds to the true color and do not fade!
What about the preview of durability of the negative or the reverse copy of it? – At least 500 years!
Guarantee of historic preservation for the future generations.
According to the present day knowledge, which is the supposed final price of the negative? – Only twice the price of a single common paper of the same area.
The technology is not yet in a position of being immediately commercialized, there are still some drawbacks as variety of sensitivities, obtaining true b/w equivalents and direct projection transparencies, but the possibilities of success are immense and sure have a giant market behind it, perhaps higher than both digital and present analogical together. This new product is the antithesis of digital but is not the true analogical as we know today. It gathers the best of both worlds. The Dialectics of the Society comes to technologies. We can operate with cameras free from batteries and completely fail proof except of course, the operator.
Present studies are carried by the discovers of the graphene Andre Konstantinovich Geim, and Konstantin Sergeevich Novoselo from the Institute for Microelectronics Technology, Chernogolovka, Russia and the University of Manchester UK.
Let’s see the future; will see those who will survive.