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Phase One introduces IQ Series

Phase One has announced a bold new generation of medium format digital camera backs. The Phase One IQ180, IQ160 and IQ140 digital camera backs feature maximum resolutions of 80, 60.5 and 40 high quality megapixels respectively. This series sets new standards for medium format camera system handling and performance.

The Phase One IQ180 captures at full-frame 80 megapixel resolution, with a dynamic range of 12.5 f-stops. It is the first product of its kind to feature a USB3 connection, facilitating faster image transfers in the future. The IQ180 also features a FireWire 800 connection, ensuring the fastest tethered capture speeds possible today. For untethered shooting, the IQ180 digital back’s new memory card interface is so fast that it eliminates buffering delays, supporting continuous shooting until a card is filled.

 

Newly-designed 3.2 inch retina type multi touch screen features 1.15 megapixel resolution, providing the highest resolution and largest display of any SLR type camera available today. This means that very fine details can be checked instantly during a photo shoot — for instance using Phase One’s unique Focus Mask and the instant zoom function. The automatic adjustment of brightness and contrast ensures that the display is visible under various light conditions.

Context-sensitive controls, such as the instant zoom function, allow a photographer to zoom into an image using one finger only. Small histograms and highlight warnings can be enlarged to full screen view by a simple touch. The new Focus Mask available during preview helps validate depth-of-field and image focus. The wide format display allows for a full 4:3 aspect ratio VGA resolution image next to histogram, highlight warning, focus mask, EXIF data, and touch controls. This touch screen display is complemented by Phase One’s intuitive 4-button navigation.

Phase One’s patent-pending Sensor+ technology, built into the Phase One IQ180, supports a variety of shooting conditions. One can capture images with full 80 megapixels resolution or, using Sensor+ mode, switch instantly to capture images with 20 megapixels resolution at 4 times higher sensitivity, up to ISO 3200. This flexibility is very useful under low light conditions; there is no need to slow down to change cameras, and there’s no crop or lens factor. One gets the maximum wide-angle performance from the existing lens, higher ISO levels, and a faster workflow.

Phase One is currently on tour to 17 US cities through March 23rd introducing the IQ series of digital backs.  More info can be found here – The IQ Road Tour  http://bit.ly/hvkE86

Shooting with Mamiya DM33 on the Arca-Swiss

This month we had a week long trial session with the Mamiya DM33 digital back. We loved the results! This high resolution 33 megapixel digital back performed flawlessly on our Arca-Swiss Rm3d, especially considering all the vertical and horizontal camera movements, wide angle lenses, and available low light situations we put it through. The Mamiya DM33, DM40 and DM56 continue Mamiya’s reputation of perfecting the professional modular camera system for the ultimate in versatility. You have the choice to mix-and-match components as needed.

Mamiya DM33 on the Arca Rm3d

Check out the compact size of the Arca-Swiss Rm3d with Mamiya/Leaf digital back. It's a light load for location work.