Broncolor’s $27k scientific lighting system now on sale

Scope D50 is a portable visualization system for recording artwork and historic artifacts.

Broncolor Scope D50

Correction: the price posted on Adorama was higher than Broncolor’s recommended retail price. The article has been updated with the correct RRP.

If you are a museum looking to digitally record some artifacts, then Broncolor’s Scope D50 visualization system is now available. It is a dome covered in LEDs, specially designed to create an interactive model of the surfaces of precious objects, such as archaeological finds or works of art, from a composite of 48 individual images.

The Scope D50 uses ‘reflectance transformation imaging’ to analyse an object with infrared, ultraviolet and visible light.

It isn’t for the hobbyist, with the UV/IR version priced at 25,350 Swiss francs, or about $27,600 USD (affiliate link, just in case). But it is reasonably portable and can be installed on site, so there is no need to transport your important objects to a special lab, or to build a bespoke facility for the purpose. If your product photography needs forensic levels of detail, this could be the light tent for you.

Broncolor announced the Scope D50 at Photokina a couple of years ago but we noticed it’s now on sale. For more information, visit the manufacturer’s web site.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.