Photographic camera system

  • US 5,721,991 A
  • Filed: 05/15/1996
  • Issued: 02/24/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/17/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A photographic film printer, comprising:

  • a printer body;

    detecting means disposed on the printer body for detecting picture aspect ratio information recorded on a photographic film, the picture aspect ratio information indicating an aspect ratio of an exposure area on the photographic film to be printed on photographic print paper;

    film feed means disposed on the printer body for feeding the photographic film according to the picture aspect ratio information detected by the detecting means;

    logic circuit means for determining if the detected picture aspect ratio information is of a predetermined print format and for determining whether the detected picture aspect ratio information is correct based on information from the film feed means; and

    printing means disposed on the printer body for varying an opening width of a mask which is used to print an image of a subject in the exposure area of the photographic film onto the photographic print paper depending on the print format determined by the logic circuit means,wherein the picture aspect ratio information is recorded within a marginal area of the photographic film between an edge of the photographic film and the exposure area of the photographic film, and the picture aspect ratio information indicates at least one of an HDTV format type aspect ratio or an NTSC format type aspect ratio.

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