T H E ( A L M O S T ) W E E K L Y P H O T O G R A P H
4 January 2016
Phase One's 100-Megapixel Camera System
Do we now have sufficient pixels? Phase One has launched its XF 100MP camera system and while you can purchase components individually (digital back, XF camera, lenses, finders), it really is a system that makes the 100-megapixels work. And the results are in a word, unparalleled.
I was entrusted with a pre-production IQ3 100MP digital back on my recent voyage to Antarctica, along with some tricked-up Capture One software and the requisite 100-megapixel sensor profiles. Externally, the back looks much like all the other IQ3s, except for the discrete '100MP' displayed in shiny letters, but the other passengers on the Polar Pioneer didn't give it a second look. As far as they were concerned, if at all, it was just 'another 80-megapixel camera'.
When you enlarge the image, you start to get a feeling for what a 100-megapixel file is all about.
However, unlike the CCD-sensor IQ180 which is my current medium format workhorse, the IQ3 100MP is a CMOS sensor. And unlike my IQ180, the IQ3 has many features and refinements that allow it to work more efficiently with the XF camera. That's why Phase One is calling their new toy the XF 100MP Camera System.
The following notes discuss my experiences with the XF 100MP in the field and assume that the reader is already familiar with the hallmark features of the Phase One medium format system: extensive dynamic range, 16-bit capture, no anti-aliasing filter over the sensor and shallower depth-of-field due to the physically larger image format. I also reviewed the XF camera in the issue before last (BP#81).
I love the way the Phase One Digital Artists Series website promotes us!
"Australia's photographic dream team and Phase One are happy to announce a workshop this May in Kununurra and Emma Gorge. This workshop will visit Lake Argyle, El Questro, Emma Gorge, The Cockburn Ranges and the Ord River, depending on local conditions. The opportunities for stunning imagery are endless as is the knowledge available from the seasoned instructors.
"The workshop will be base out of Kununurra at the Pinctada Kimberley Grande. This will provide us with a very central location from which we'll travel a few times each day. During the day however we'll be based in the hotel, with access to a meeting room, for editing, tutorial lessons and general Q&A.
"Each day will offer new scenery and new challenges. With the help of our instructors Peter Eastway, Tony Hewitt and Christian Fletcher, you'll be sure to meet each challenge with plenty of instruction in order to build the perfect portfolio. We'll also have a Phase One representative as well the local Phase One distributor in Australia on hand to help answer any questions you may have.
"The workshop will cover everything, both on the ground and in the air as we've scheduled two separate helicopter flights from both Whyndam and over the Ragged Range. Extensive educational opportunities from the expertise of Peter, Tony and Christian as well as from Phase One directly are all waiting for you in Australia so sign up today."
So, the dream team or sleepless night? For more information, visit the PODAS website here.
For more information please visit the Better Photography website.
Peter Eastway APP-L, GM.Photog., FNZIPP, Hon. FAIPP, Hon FNZIPP, FAIPP
Editor and Publisher
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