Category: Digital

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Phase One Launches A-Series Medium-Format Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Phase One has started shipping the first A-series medium format camera systems. "Blending the best of Phase One and ALPA technology through highly-integrated precision components, these cameras are designed to capture outstanding images with greater ease, convenience, and fun," the company said in a statement. The three Phase One A-series models include the A250, A260 and A280. They are based on the ALPA 12TC camera body, plus a Phase One medium format IQ2 A-series digital back -- the 50 megapixel CMOS-based IQ250; the long-exposure-capable 60 megapixel IQ260; or the highest-resolution 80 megapixel IQ280. Each model comes with the 4.0/35mm Rodenstock Alpar lens. There are two optional lenses available, including the ultra-wide 23mm, and the all-round 70mm, ALPA HR Alpagon. The three A-series Rodenstock Alpagon/Alpar lens profiles are factory calibrated, so photographers simply select the lens used and corrections are then automatically processed in camera and when importing to Capture One Pro 8.1. Photographs taken with the new A-series cameras can be wirelessly transmitted to an iPad or iPhone to check for critical focus. The Phase One A250 is priced at €36.000 / $47,000. The A260 is €38.000 / $48,000, and the A280 is €43.000 / $55,000. These prices include a 5-year warranty. Estimated pricing for the optional Alpa lenses is: ALPA HR Alpagon 5.6/23 mm €7.110 / $9,070,00; ALPA HR Alpagon 5.6/70 mm €3.510 / $4,520.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sony A77 II Firmware Update 2.00

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Sony has posted a firmware update for the Sony A77 II digital SLT camera. Version 2.00 brings improved AF speed and enables shooting movies in 50p/25p (PAL mode) and 60p/30p/24p (NTSC mode) in XAVC S format. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Sony A77 II Firmware Update 2.00 for Mac
Website: Sony A77 II Firmware Update 2.00 for Windows

Friday, October 24, 2014

FinDAC Creates Urban Art Time Lapse

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Autographer has created a three-day timelapse of FinDAC at work on one of his signature pieces of urban art in London. It is the latest entry in Autographer’s Behind the Scenes series — an ongoing project designed to showcase never-before-seen views on some of the best alternative artists’ work. The video was made using four Autographer devices, two of which were mounted overlooking the work and two worn by FinDAC himself, offering a unique perspective of the process. “Organised through a mutual friend and coinciding with the one year anniversary of their business opening my latest project was painting the DayTrue external wall in Maida Vale," FinDAC says. "We wanted to capture the whole thing as a time-lapse, so it was great that Autographer helped out with this." Click through / scroll down see the time-lapse video.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Phase One Introduces Free 5-Year Warranty Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Phase One has launched a complimentary five-year warranty programme and also a five-year uptime guarantee programme for selected camera systems. Customers who purchase new Phase One IQ2 camera systems will receive a free five-year warranty on all key camera system components, including: camera body, lenses and digital backs. The five-year uptime guarantee programme consists of free loaner units being made available should the camera, lense(s) or digital back(s) need to be repaired under terms of this warranty.  "We're excited to offer these great new five-year warranty and uptime guarantee programs on all new IQ2 camera system purchases,” said Franck Roussel Rasmussen, Director Product Management, Phase One. "It's a fitting match when the world's most demanding photographers invest in the world’s best camera systems.”

Monday, September 29, 2014

Phase One iXA-R and iX Controller

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Phase One Industrial today announced the Phase One iXA-R camera platform and the iX Controller (pictured). The new 80 MP, 60 MP and Achromatic iXA-R cameras share many of the same features as the iXA aerial cameras, including focal plane and central leaf shutters, optional Forward Motion Compensation, scalability to form multi-camera arrays, as well as easy integration with popular flight management systems and GPS/IMU receivers. Phase One iXA-R cameras expand the iXA lens range by adding three new dedicated lenses with focal lengths of 40 mm, 50 mm and 70 mm. The Phase One iXA 180-R (including one of three lenses) has a list price of $67000 / €50000. The enhanced lenses are designed and built by Rodenstock. Each lens/shutter combination is adapted for aerial photography and offers low distortion, high MTF and excellent contrast. The iX Controller ($7000 / €5300), a fanless PC with a small footprint, uses a 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and is easily integrated into any aircraft. The cameras and iX Controller will start shipping 1 November 2014.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Robo –  Trumble

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, General
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Nikon UK has released a new film by John Wright titled ‘Robo – Trumble’, featuring ex Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt and ‘Studio Bot’, a bespoke robotic camera setup that demonstrates the capabilities of Nikon / MRMC’s remote camera system solution. John Wright, Nikon UK Ambassador, shot the entire film on a Nikon D810 and MRMC robotic head in order to capture multiple angles as Kimberly and Studio Bot perform together.  The film highlights the precision and accuracy of the system that affords photographers, videographers and broadcasters complete creative control and the opportunity to shoot from "almost impossible" locations. Click through for the Robo –  Trumble film and a behind-the-scenes video.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi medium-format camera / digital back looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the  Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi prototype showcased at Photokina 2014. The H5D-50c with Wi-Fi makes it possible for users to fully control the camera and browse/view images on iPhone/iPad on location via Phocus Mobile software, without the need for a computer. It also features a 'Live View' function, allowing photographers to see and zoom in on a live image on the rear LCD even when the camera is untethered.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Relonch Camera Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Relonch camera look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Relonch camera.

The Relonch camera adds an APS-C sensor and an f/2 lens to your smartphone. Importantly, this is not a working prototype but a mockup. The working one is just a hodgepodge of existing parts, with a much bigger lens taped to a rather different-looking camera body. The app, shown in the photos, seemed to be final though. The Relonch Camera is available now for pre-Order for $499.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EIZO ColorEdge 4K and ColorEdge CS240 Monitors Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new EIZO ColorEdge 4K and ColorEdge CS240 monitors look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the EIZO ColorEdge 4K and ColorEdge CS240 monitors.

RED Epic Dragon 6K Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new RED Epic Dragon 6K cinema camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the RED Epic Dragon 6K cinema camera.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Leica S-E Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Leica S-E camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica S-E camera.

Leica X (Typ 113) Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Leica X (Typ 113) camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica X (Typ 113) camera.

Leica X-E Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Leica X-E camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica X-E camera.

Hasselblad H5X Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Hasselblad H5X medium format camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Hasselblad H5X medium format camera.

Samsung 28 Megapixel APS-C BSI CMOS Sensor

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Photokina 2014
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Samsung Electronics has revealed more technical details about its new 28 megapixel (MP) APS-C BSI CMOS image sensor for digital cameras. The S5KVB2 is designed into Samsung’s new compact system camera, the NX1, and will be showcased alongside the camera at Photokina 2014. The S5KVB2 is the industry’s first APS-C sensor to adopt back-side illuminated (BSI) pixel technology.

Toshiba EXCERIA UHS-I SD Memory Cards

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Digital, Photokina 2014
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Toshiba EXCERIA UHS-I SD Memory Cards are focused on continuous shooting and full HD (including 4K resolution) video. Great for professional DSLR photographers, videographers and content creators who demand high-performance tools, these EXCERIA SD cards offer faster write speeds than Class 10 SD cards, have greater mobile storage capacity (up to 128GB1) than other EXCERIA products and include UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)2 support for 4K2K video recording and playback. The EXCERIA UHS-I SD Memory Cards (128GB model available in January 2015) are available for purchase at select retailers and on toshiba.com/us/storage for $59.99 MSRP for the 16GB model, $99.99 MSRP for the 32GB model and $179.99 for the 64GB model.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sony QX1 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony QX1 smart lens camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony QX1 smart lens camera.

Sony QX30 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony QX30 smart lens camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony QX30 smart lens camera.

Leica S (Type 007) Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Leica S (Type 007) camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica S (Type 007) camera.

Leica M-P (Typ 240) Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Leica M-P (Typ 240) camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica M-P (Typ 240) camera.