Leaf Lumina (© Thomas T.)

Leaf Lumina (1994)

The Leaf Lumina was announced 1994. It was a professional studio camera designed as a copystand camera but was soon used for all kinds of product photography. The camera was a line-scanning camera with a trillinear CCD, SCSI-2 port and Nikon-F lens mount. It would only work with a Macintosh computer. Scan time was about 15 - 120 seconds depending on resolution. The file size of an image scanned in full resolution was about 26MB large. Sets were available with lenses and a slide illuminator. The slide illuminator or slide copier initially costed around $2,000 but was later included as a free bonus in the Leaf Lumina set. Also the camera could only be operated by using a Macintosh or Personal Computer which would cost the owner another $5,000.

Today, the Leaf Lumina still exists, if you can dig one up, but operating it proves difficult because of the scarceness of the hard- and software you need. Leaf Systems Inc. was a subsidiary of Scitex Corp. Above you can take a look inside the Leaf Lumina. These are the first ever pictures of an opened Lumina on the web. Clearly visible is the line scanning mechanism.


  • Brand: Leaf
  • Model: Lumina
  • First mentioned: 1994
  • Marketed: yes
  • MSRP: $6,900 - $8,000
  • Imager Type: 8.7MP CCD
  • Resolution: 3400x2700
  • Internal Storage: -
  • External Storage: Macintosh/IBM PC with hard disk drive
  • Lens: Nikon-F mount lenses
  • Shutter: electronic shutter
  • Aperture Range: lens dependent
  • LCD screen size: -
  • Size: 230 x 180 x 110mm
  • Weight: 2,300 gr.
  • Remarks: -

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