$63,000 CAMERA :: What do the images look like?

The Phase One XF is the most high-end camera system you can buy. I recently had a chance to use this setup with the IQ3 monochrome back. I was told this back is the first one in the US so I was pretty excited.

This camera setup is a game changer. The Phase One IQ3 Monochrome back is one of the most exciting things to happen in camera design in the age of digital photography. The sensor weighs in at a cool 101 Megapixels and its designed to capture light past the visual spectrum. When you understand how to shape this using filters you have one of the most advanced, digital monochrome cameras ever made. The results are stunning.

Special Thanks to Digital Transitions for loaning me the camera and to Rod Clark who makes the best filter system on the market for setting it all up! Check them out here:

Digital Transitions https://digitaltransitions.com/
Wine Country Camera http://www.winecountry.camera/

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  1. Gregory Lawrence says

    Ted, you mentioned that the high resolution Phase One camera would be used by museums and historical societies, but would be price prohibitive for most photographers. In my home studio I do pro bono high resolution imagery of art and historical objects for artisans, collectors, museums/historical societies that cannot afford professional photography. A much less expensive option, my Canon 5Ds, typically either with the 90 mm TS-E tilt-shift or 100 mm Macro lens, is used with panorama, matrix panorama and stack focusing techniques to give results likely similar to the Phase One. Of course, all of my photography is controlled studio work. Imagery of small objects provide a 16″ x 24″ native image file format at 360 dpi for a single exposure. Larger objects using panorama techniques provide a life size native image file at 360 dpi. An over-head rail system designed and built in my shop by me allows a matrix panorama to be done of flat stationary objects up to about 8 x 12 feet, larger if the object can be safely moved on the subject platform. Obviously, not an out-of-studio system. My first question to clients is “what is the intended use of the image”? I explain that a single, high resolution image file can be used for archival purposes as well as gallery size prints, or life size reproduction with the panorama image files. More importantly the image file can be satisfactorily downsized for nearly all other output media usage. For example, a matrix panorama image of a full size antique quilt with an appropriate viewer app can be viewed historians, collectors, conservators, quilt enthusiasts, etc. at a low resolution reduced size (i.e. 5%) on a computer monitor and zoomed in at 100% to view a selected small section in full detail. This is particularly effective with large antique wall maps. A high resolution .jpg file made from the master Photoshop file can be uploaded to Dropbox and made available to anyone in the world via internet. Downsized imagery can be used for digital projection for presentations, email, or social media. The original object most often does not need to be removed from display or archival storage to be viewed or studied. The high resolution imagery is especially effective when doing restoration imagery of old photographic negatives and prints.