A $50,000 Camera System

If you have $50,000 to spend on a new camera system, and you crave incredible detail and image quality, Phase One has a new product just for you.

 

The new Phase One IQ3 Trichromatic digital back features an incredible 101-megapixel resolution with a sensor that is 2.5 times larger than you’ll find on a digital SLR camera.

In addition to the sheer resolution featured with this digital back, you can expect exceptionally low noise levels thanks to a remarkable base ISO rating of ISO 35.

The suggested retail price for the IQ3 Trichromatic digital back is $44,990. For a complete camera system that includes this digital back, the XF Camera Body, one prime lens of your choice, and a 5-year warranty, the suggested retail price is $49,990.

Beyond the obvious potential for amazing image quality, Phase One has focused on color fidelity as well. As noted by Niels Knudsen, the Phase One Image Quality Professor:

“The ability to capture an image that reflects exactly what you see the moment you press the shutter button, with little interpretation or conjecture, is a fantastic leap for photography and more importantly, for the integrity of image quality.”

Phase One has long had a reputation for providing medium format digital backs offering exceptional image quality. The latest IQ3 Trichromatic digital back is clearly aimed at building on that reputation.

To learn more about the Phase One IQ3 Trichromatic digital back, visit the Phase One website here:

https://www.phaseone.com/trichromatic

Fanboy Confessions: Xume Adapters

I like photo gear as much as any photographer, but what I really love is gear that makes my work as a photographer easier or more fun (or both!). Well, I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that I’ve become a bit of a “fanboy” for Xume Adapters. These clever magnetic adapters enable you to effortlessly attach a filter to a lens, and then remove that filter just as easily.

If you’ve ever attached a filter to a lens, you know how frustrating it can be. You know what I’m talking about:

“Why do those threads need to be so small?!”

“Why won’t the filter go on?!”

“How am I ever going to get this @&$%*#$ filter off?!?!?!”

Well, all of those frustrations magically (well, magnetically) disappear with Xume adapters. You attach a lens adapter to your lens, then attach a filter holder to a filter. Both of those parts have a magnetic ring, so attaching a filter is as easy as placing the filter against the lens. There’s even a magnetic lens cap available for 77mm lenses!

It is worth noting that because the Xume Adapters place the filter further away from the lens than would normally be the case, there is a risk of some vignetting caused by the assembly with wide-angle lenses at an effective focal length of less than about 24mm. But for any longer focal length, I consider Xume Adapters absolutely indispensable. I predict you’ll agree 100% if you test these adapters just once.

Here are some links to Xume Adapters in the 77mm size:

Set of 2 Filter Holders (77mm): http://amzn.to/2va5QG3

Lens Adapter (77mm): http://amzn.to/2vceli3 

You can also see the Manfrotto Xume Adapters in action in an episode of Tim Grey TV here: