Month: January 2011

Phase One Announces 80 MP Digital Back

Phase One has released information on a new line of digital medium format backs today.  The new backs do not replace the P+ lineup, but sit above it as a higher level.  The 40, 60 and 80 megapixel backs feature several innovative new features like USB3 connectivity, 290 mil ppi high res LCD screen , Liveview and touch screen capabilities to name just a few.  $43,000 is a high price (for the IQ180) but this looks to be the best featured digital back available yet.  The 40 and 60MP versions are cheaper but still not “cheap” 🙂 Press Release Phase One Announces IQ Series Digital Camera Backs Designed for Ultimate Creative Freedom Copenhagen, January 24, 2011 — Phase One, the world’s leading pro photography equipment provider, today 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,...

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Fujifilm X100 priced at $1200 – Pre Orders now being taken!

I’ve written about this camera several times because I am personally very excited.  You can read my full preview of the x100 here.  The camera has received an incredible amount of attention since it was first shown at PMA and I expect it to sell very well.  If you’d like to get one shortly after it’s release you will most definitely have to place a pre order.  Adorama has the X100 for  $1199.99 right here. B&H has also followed suit and has the camera for pre order at the same...

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RODE Introduces a New DSLR Microphone, the Videomic Pro

The original Rode Videomic became a ubiquitous accessory for DSLR shooters.  Originally launched long before the introduction of DSLR video capable cameras, an update has been expected for a while.  Philip Bloom teased some images a while back where the mic was blurred out of his photos and I was pretty certain this was what he was testing.  Today it was confirmed that a new mic has been added to the lineup.  People looking for a compact setup before had to choose between the Videomic or the Sennheiser MKE400.  The advantage of the MKE400 was that it was much smaller and with this Videomic Pro , Rode have gone a long way to overcome that disadvantage.  This one is only 6″ in length and weighs a mere 85g.  They have improved the rubber suspension system too.  I’ve been meaning to get a mic like this and I was waiting for this announcement as I had a feeling it was coming so I’ll probably pick one up pretty soon and report back with e review! Broadcast recording quality condenser microphone Compact design (only 150mm/6″ length) Ultra lightweight (only 85g/3oz) 9V battery powered, with up to 70 hours battery life (alkaline) Integrated shock mounting Integrated foam windshield 3.5mm stereo mini-jack output (dual mono) Two step High Pass Filter (flat, 80Hz) Three position level control (-10dB, 0, +20dB) Camera shoe mount with...

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Sony Releases a Rretty Cool Looking 5″ DSLR Monitor

Clip-on LCD monitor from Sony for HD video shooting with Interchangeable Lens Digital cameras 13 January 2011 No word on pricing of this monitor but it looks like a decent mid range solution for DSLR movie making if you want a compact setup. The built in swivel is a nice touch and means no need to get an articulating arm or a small fiddly extra ballhead.  You can of course use this on ANY DSLR with HDMI output, not just Sony cameras.  No word on how this screen deals with the weird output signal from a Canon 5dmkII though… • Clip-on LCD monitor attaches to DSLR camera • Large (5″) WVGA panel offers superb high-resolution view while shooting HD video • Tilt/swivel for comfortable viewing at any angle • Colour peaking and pixel magnification for precise focus confirmation Full press release : A new clip-on LCD monitor from Sony gives DSLR camera owners a bigger, better view of their footage while shooting HD video. The CLM-V55 is a portable video monitor featuring a high-resolution WVGA (800 x 480) (5″) LCD panel. Attaching easily to most Interchangeable Lens Digital cameras and compatible HD camcorders via the supplied adaptor, it displays video footage during shooting/playback with excellent clarity and a wide viewing angle. The clip-on screen tilts and swivels to any angle for comfortable framing in any position – even self-shooting...

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