All posts tagged: Phase One

Phase One IQ1 100MP

Photokina News: 100 megapixels for less

Medium format camera manufacturer Phase One has added its 100-million-pixel sensor to its IQ1 ‘no frills’ camera back line-up. The sensor is the same one used in the IQ3, but the back itself lacks some elements of functionality and menu options. The principle difference between the IQ3 and IQ1 back is that the IQ1 model doesn’t have wifi or HDMI connections, and can’t power share with the battery in the body of the XF camera. Furthermore, the IQ1 model lacks a number of the information displays that the IQ3 back provides, such as exposure maps and exposure clipping, and also is unable to shoot in live view mode. The new back will come in fittings for the XF camera as well as in H for Hasselblad H models. While Phase One offers a ‘free’ lens to the value of €5990 with XF bodies bought with an IQ3 back, the offer doesn’t apply to those buying an IQ1 back. The company has also added wideangle and moderate telephoto lenses to its premium Blue Ring series. The Schneider Kreuznach 45mm …


The best of CES 2016


The new year opened with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it proved rich pickings for pro photographers, with new flagship cameras from Nikon and Phase One, some welcome long-lens additions designed for CSC cameras, and the usual array of storage devices, action cams and drones. We round up the most intriguing new photography announcements. Kodak Super 8 Revival Initiative CES’s one genuine surprise came in an announcement from Kodak, stating it plans to revive the Super 8 format, 50 years after it first debuted. Showing a prototype that “combines the classic features of a Super 8 with digital functionality”, and with a new ‘limited edition’ camera planned for autumn, the company says it has devised a roadmap that includes a range of cameras, film development services, post production tools and more, in what amounts to a new “ecosystem for film”. It comes on the back of resurgence of interest in film within Hollywood, according to Kodak, and the new initiative has the backing of filmmakers including Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg and Star Wars writer/director JJ Abrams. Kodak is …


Gear of the Year 2015

Sony A7 Mark II series The year 2015 saw the arrival of Sony’s full Mark II A7 fleet, adding five-axis full-frame sensor stabilisation to the mirrorless ILC. While the 42-megapixel A7R II [below left] is now acknowledged as the top of the range, the first update, the A7 II (24-megapixels), also improved autofocus, body design, sealing and shutter life. Its on-sensor, phase-detection AF works with many adapted Sony A-mount and Canon EF lenses. The second update (A7R to A7R II) moved from 36- to 42-megapixels with a new shutter and 4k video direct to SDXC card, plus a larger electronic viewfinder (0.78×). The backside-illuminated CMOS sensor allows first curtain electronic and silent shutter modes while curing rangefinder wide-angle colour shading and smearing. The final upgrade, the A7S II, kept 12-megapixels and moonlight-friendly ISO 409,600, while adding the advances of the A7R II and 14-bit uncompressed raw. Finally, Sony gave this to the A7 II/A7R II by a firmware upgrade. Leica Q If you are looking for an absolutely first-class compact camera that will produce results …


Phase One launches new XF camera system

Phase One today launched the XF Camera System, a new camera range that significantly expands the company’s presence in the camera market and, according to the Danish company, “represents a fundamental re-engineering of all key elements in a modern camera system.” The new system boasts new medium format sensors that are 2.5 times larger than those found in high-end 35mm DSLRs. “Our key objective is to help the world’s best photographers capture more epic images, to stand out as artists and have fun in the process,”” said Henrik O. Håkonsson, President, Phase One. ““Our new XF Camera System is designed to be like a ‘Stradivarius’ in the hands of an expert.”” Phase One’s XF Camera System’s advancements include a new patent pending and fully controlled in-house autofocus system called the Honeybee Autofocus Platform (HAP-1), a new upgradeable ‘OneTouch’ user interface, allowing photographers to personalize camera controls for their specific shooting requirement. XF Camera System also includes –a new full frame 80 megapixel digital back; the first of its kind, the company claims, to offer exposures of …


New raw processing software from Phase One

Phase One has this morning (Tuesday 16 September) announced the release of Capture One Pro 8. New features include: a ‘Film Grain’ tool, which allows photographers to emulate the effects created by analogue film, and Clone and Heal repair layers, which enable users to remove unwanted objects from images without sacrificing image quality. [bjp_ad_slot] Like previous versions, the new imaging software will maintain Phase One’s commitment to providing high quality raw conversion, tethered capture, a customisable workflow and a range of adjustment tools, allowing photographers control and flexibility in the way they manage their images. Jeppe Skjerning, product manager at Phase One, said: “We have invested heavily to ensure outstanding performance and reliability in Capture One Pro 8 so it fits seamlessly into a professional production environment.” The Copenhagen-based company is also offering a ‘new subscription option’, which means photographers can avoid buying the software outright, instead paying a small monthly fee to use it. New customers can obtain Capture One Pro 8 for €229 while owners of previous versions of Capture One Pro may upgrade for €69. For more details about Capture One Pro 8 pricing and availability, …


Phase One joins race for first CMOS-based, medium format camera

Just three days after Hasselblad announced it would launch the first CMOS-based, medium format camera, Phase One now claims its own 50-megapixel IQ250 CMOS medium format digital camera back is available from today. A CMOS-based, medium format camera is said to offer increased ISO sensitivity and exposure time. The IQ250, which sports a 44x33mm sensor – 68 percent larger than traditional full-frame digital SLR sensors – has a dynamic range of 14 f-stops, an ISO range of 100 to 6400, and exposure times of 1/10,000s to one hour. The digital back also offers a live view option. “We are very proud to introduce the Phase One IQ250, which carries on the tradition of Phase One high-quality, medium format gear,” says Henrik O. Håkonsson, CEO and president of Phase One. “The wider ISO range in this new CMOS-based system, for example, illustrates our desire to continue pushing the envelope for our customers, to help them succeed in all their unique imaging challenges.” The new system is available now, retailing at €24,990 or $34,990. For more details, …


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