There were rumors around the web, and it seems like they were indeed true. Today, Phase One is announcing their new XF camera system that uses the IQ3 digital backs and includes a new focusing system called the Honeybee Autofocus Platform. This system uses a CMOS sensor and is said to have a floating point architecture system. Plus, it can focus using spot, average or hyperfocal length style–the latter is best for wide angle primes.
The company’s new IQ3 digital back (also being announced today) can shoot up to 80MP images and is a full frame 645 sensor instead of being cropped. But in case 80MP is too much, you can also use the 50MP and 60MP IQ3 backs also being announced today. The interface of the backs are very much centered around touch control. The system has a 1.6″ touch screen with a capacitive design while the other 3.2″ screen will be the one you’re mostly looking and interacting with. This screen has a retina display, and if you think that’s cool then consider that the sensors are being touted as having 13 stops of dynamic range (14 stop in the 50MP version) and can shoot 60 minute long exposures. These imaging sensors are CCDs–and while we know for a fact that they’ll perform very well at lower ISO settings we wonder how they’ll fair at higher ISOs in comparison to the Phase One CMOS sensors.
Phase One is also stating that the camera has an upgradeable OS–which sounds very interesting for what it is.
The camera also has can be used with either a 90 degree prism viewfinder or the new waist level finder. The company is touting just how bright the viewfinder is.
Besides the system and the backs, Phase One is also announcing two new lenses that are designed to last beyond 100MP. The Phase One Schneider Kreuznach Leaf Shutter lenses come in at 35mm f3.5 and 120mm f4 Macro. They’ve been given a special blue ring around the body to signify they they’re ready for what’s to come in the future. No pricing is set yet for the Phase One XF Camera System and its components, but don’t expect them to be within the reach of the modern man.
Update: Pricing listed after the jump.
With all of this comes the announcement of the new Capture One Pro 8.3 which adds support for the new Canon 5Ds, Canon 5DsR, Olympus TG-4, new lens support and fixes for both Mac and PC systems.
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Lensbaby has been creating lenses for DSLRs and many mirrorless camera systems for a while now, but today they’re announcing that their higher end lenses will be available for Fujifilm X series users. This includes the Composer Pro with Sweet 35 optic, Sweet 50 Optic, Circular Fisheye and Velvet 56 Portrait lens. Of all of these, we’re most excited about the portrait lens due to the fact that Fujifilm is lacking a bit there in terms of what’s available to users. Considering how soft these lenses are wide open, you’re going to want to stop them down to take full advantage of what the X Trans sensor is capable of doing.
Fujifilm cameras also have focus peaking, and that makes manually focusing with these lenses easier especially when you combine this with the APS-C sensor. At a given aperture, more will be in focus as opposed to with a full frame sensor.
Of course, the lenses won’t have AF communication chips, so it will be just like shooting an adapted lens except that you don’t need to use an adapter.
Prices for each lens will be the same, and availability is immediate at your favorite photo retailer.
Canon Watch found a reference to new patent from Canon where the company has put an EVF and a translucent mirror into a DSLR very much in the same way that Sony does with their cameras–except that Sony called them a DSLT. What you should know though is that Canon originally had this technology years ago way back in the film days. It was based on what’s called the Pellicle mirror system and allowed the photographer to take a photo with a DSLR without the mirror moving. The problem was that there was light loss that one needed to compensate for–it’s a problem that Sony even has today with the translucent mirror system in their camera but have managed to work with.
If Canon is indeed working on a camera like this, then it’s going to mean a big advancement in their DSLRs is on the way and it’s time to get excited all over again. What’s even better is that if the camera is a higher end one, then we can know that it’s truly weather resistant and when using the company’s weather sealed L lenses you’ll be able to get much better performance in inclement weather.
So what does this mean for the industry? An EVF in the DSLR will also make filmmaking much easier for documentary and news crews since they won’t need to use some sort of external EVF. Ergonomically, this means a lot more stability. We’ve done the same thing with Sony’s Alpha DSLRs–and it works splendidly.
We’re just going to have to see what’s in store for us from Canon.
We’re teaming up with the awesome folks over at Langly to give away a beautiful Alpha Pro Camera bag worth $249. All you have to do is show us your best adventure or landscape photos.
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The Pentax MX, one of the smallest 35mm film cameras
We all know for sure that a Pentax full frame camera is coming this year, but Sony Alpha Rumors is adding some very interesting news. Apparently, Ricoh will be using a full frame sensor of some sort in the camera from Sony–specifically the same one in the Sony A7r that is also in many Nikon DSLRs. Essentially, that means that there are going to be more than one DSLR on the market with the same sensor and probably comparable image quality.
For what it’s worth, this is also probably a great move because the sensor works so well with older glass–which Pentax has lots of in the prime selection. This also means that the company may start to update even more of their older lenses like the 31mm and 43mm which are weird focal lengths but can be very nice to work with on a full frame sensor.
What we’re very curious about will be the autofocus interface. In many previous camera models, Pentax made it so that the user needs to specifically tell the camera to set the directional buttons to choose a focusing point or to set another parameter like flash and white balance.
But beyond this, we’re also wondering how the camera will overall fair at the end of the year with such an old sensor and what full frame lenses will be able to resolve that kind of detail–sans their newly announced zoom lenses. It’s going to need to be jam packed with features that are useful for editors to state something like “we should’ve had this years ago.”
Screenshot taken from the video
Photographer Terry White recently took to YouTube to show off a brand new feature coming to Adobe Lightroom CC called Dehaze. Essentially, it detects haze in an image and finds a way to eliminate it using a single slider. It will be part of the lens and vignetting control area, and essentially seems to boost detail, clarity and contrast. Alternatively, you can also increase the haze to lower the contrast and clarity and therefore also render an image that looks very negative film-like.
A demo video is after the jump.
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