Dec 042014
 

PHASE ONE PHOTO CONTEST ASKS:
SHOW US YOUR IDEA OF “WHAT THE WORLD’S BEST IS MADE OF”

Winner gets the use of a Phase One IQ250 camera system for one month

COPENHAGEN, December 5, 2014 — Phase One has launched a photo contest that asks entrants to submit one photo illustrating their concept: “What the world’s best [__________] is made of.” It could be the world’s best sport, love story, dinner — anything imaginable! Anyone, anywhere in the world, using any brand or type of photographic gear can participate!

The winner will be given a Phase One IQ250 medium format camera system for one month & the ability to capture and keep some unbelievably high-quality images — plus a chance to share their photos with the world!

The Phase One Photo Contest is open throughout December, one entry per person. In January, ten finalists will be announced, and their work will be featured on Phase One social media sites. From the 10 finalists, a panel of three judges, including pro photographers Tim Kemple, Michael Woloszynowicz and Paul Reiffer, will make the final selection, and the winner will be announced during the first week of February.

For more information, including how to register to submit an entry, and to review terms and conditions, please go to:  http://www.phaseone.com/contest. Photos, updates, comments by the judges, and much more is planned for Phase One social media sites. For all the latest in contest news, and to experience some great creative work, please follow:  
Facebook.com/PhaseOnePhoto
Twitter @PhaseOnePhoto
Instagram: @PhaseOnePhoto

About Phase One
Phase One is the world’s leader in open-platform, high-end camera systems and solutions. Phase One cameras, digital backs and lenses are designed to deliver superior quality image capture and investment value. Phase One’s Capture One Pro and Media Pro software help streamline capture and post-production processes for both medium format and DSLR cameras. Phase One products are known for their quality, flexibility and speed enabling pro photographers shooting in a wide range of formats to achieve their creative visions without compromise.

Phase One is based in Copenhagen with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, and Tel Aviv. Phase One and Capture One are registered trademarks of Phase One A/S. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Jan 242014
 

 COPENHAGEN, January 24, 2014 – Phase One today introduced the world’s first CMOS-based medium format digital camera back. The new 50-megapixel IQ250 brings unprecedented image capture flexibility to the IQ2 family of wireless-enabled high-end camera systems. Whether photo sessions are held in the studio or on a mountainside, the IQ250 lets photographers capture stunning imagery in available light — virtually anywhere and any time. 

With a sensor size of 44x33mm, the IQ250 offers 68 percent more image-capture real estate than any full-frame 35mm DSLR camera and the widest usable ISO range of any medium format camera system. Its phenomenal dynamic range of 14 f-stops enables photographers to capture the most demanding scenes in one shot, while retaining details in highlights and shadows.

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Flexibility in Action 

The IQ250 is designed for capture versatility; it has an ISO range from 100 to 6400, delivering world class image quality at any ISO speed. And its range of exposure time is extreme — from 1/10000s to one hour. Fluid and responsive Live View is another key feature of the IQ250. Live View on the IQ250 offers great composition and focus assistance — whether it is used directly on the digital back, connected via USB3 to Capture One on the computer, or displayed wirelessly on iPads or iPhones running Capture Pilot. 

Award-winning Australian wedding photographer Dan O’Day has found the IQ250’s abundant dynamic range to be a game changer. He said, “I shoot the majority of my work on location, and I prefer to shoot only using available light. With the IQ250, I can shoot portraits of couples any time of day, under just about any conditions Mother Nature offers me, and still retain all the details. Couples rely on me to capture one of the happiest moments in their life, and they expect the outcome to be perfect. With the IQ250 I can deliver on this expectation with greater confidence, quality and detail than ever before.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_rX9lRqgRg 

“My photography work spans several genres, so flexibility is extremely important to me, said California-based wedding and portrait photographer, Justine Ungaro. “The IQ250 has been absolutely life changing in allowing me to capture gorgeously clean and crisp medium format images on all of my shoots. This new back has transformed 

my existing Phase One 645DF+ camera body and wonderful range of Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses into a workhorse kit which is quickly pushing my other camera gear to the background. Along with Capture One for image processing, I’m so pleased with the truly superior image quality with a dynamic range that is simply incredible.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EO1IkjT7Lc 

“We are very proud to introduce the Phase One IQ250 which carries on the tradition of Phase One high-quality medium format gear,” said Henrik O. Håkonsson, CEO & President, Phase One. “The wider ISO range in this new CMOS-based system, for example, illustrates our desire to continue pushing the envelope for our customers, to help them succeed in all of their unique imaging challenges.”

 

Pricing and Availability 

The Phase One IQ250 system is available now and may be ordered through Phase One photography partners worldwide: www.phaseone.com/partners For a complete list of all the Phase One IQ250 digital back features, including supported camera bodies, please see http://www.phaseone.com/iq2

Prices start at 24990 EUR / 34990 USD. The Phase One IQ250 comes with Capture One software for optimal raw image processing and image editing. Attractive camera system upgrade offers are available for all existing Phase One photographers. For a demo of this product, please sign up here: http://www.phaseone.com/demo

Jun 082013
 

Phase One has begun its campaign to topple Adobe and Apple from the top of the RAW converter dog pile. 

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COPENHAGEN, June 8, 2013 — Phase One, the world’s leader in open-platform, medium format camera systems and solutions, today took another step in its campaign to ease the process for photographers transitioning from other image editors to Capture One raw rendering and image editing software.

Complementing the recently announced free educational Webinar series to introduce new customers to the Capture One Pro workflow, the company is now offering 20 percent off the purchase (or upgrade) price for Capture One Pro 7 until June 16th. And for those purchasing or upgrading to Capture One Express 7, the price is reduced by 50 percent until June 30th.

Capture One Pro 7, the professional choice in imaging software, consistently delivers superior quality raw file conversions. Its range of image enhancements and adjustments are fine tuned to the most challenging professional jobs. Control of noise reduction, high dynamic range, clarity, color, local adjustments, built-in black and white conversion, lens cast correction, for example, ensure optimal image development. Tethering support works equally well with medium format or DSLR camera systems.

Capture One Express 7 is built on the same raw rendering engine as in the pro version, but without all the advanced features (such as tethering or keystone corrections). Its simplified user interface and easy search/filtering make it the right choice for those who demand uncompromising image quality from their DSLR camera.

For a comparison between Capture One Express 7 and Capture One Pro 7, please see http://help.phaseone.com/en/CO7/Capture-One-Express-7/ComparisonTable.aspx

Limited Time Special Pricing and Availability
Until June 16, 2013, Phase One Capture One Pro 7 for Windows and Mac is available online at www.phaseone.com/store for 239 USD or 183 EUR. Owners of Capture One Pro 3/4/5/6 may upgrade for 79 USD or 55 EUR. Owners of Capture One Express may upgrade to Capture One Pro 7 for 199 USD or 159 EUR.

Until June 30, 2013 Phase One Capture One Express 7 for Windows and Mac is available for 49.50 USD or 34,50 EUR at www.phaseone.com/store Owners of earlier versions of Capture One Express 3/4/5/6 may upgrade for 34.50 USD or 24,50 EUR.

All Capture One software is always available for a free 60-day evaluation.

Mar 052013
 

Copenhagen, March 4, 2013 — Phase One, the world’s leader in open-platform, medium format camera systems and solutions, today announced the Phase One IQ2 series: three new full-frame 645 format digital camera backs with high-speed wireless connectivity and 13 f-stops of dynamic range, plus new options to meet specific photographic goals. Building on the IQ digital back platform, the first choice of many of the world’s leading photographers, the technical advances in the Phase One IQ280, IQ260 and IQ260 Achromatic go beyond delivering ultra-high megapixel resolution to introduce greater mobility and workflow flexibility for professional photographers.

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Mar 012013
 

Phase One of Denmark makes arguably some of the most lust-worthy medium format digital camera equipment known to man. Rampaging mob of perfectionists that they are, they couldn’t settle for letting someone else handle processing their RAW image files (which currently go all the way up to 80 megapixels in size), so they created their own RAW file conversion tool – Capture One.

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Oct 272012
 

PhotoPlus finished up today with me wandering around seeing if I missed anything while scurrying from interview to interview the previous two days. There were a couple things that I did manage to notice.

Storage Vendors
In previous Expos the only storage vendors to show up were Drobo and LaCie (who were there) but at this show storage companies Synology and QNAP were there showing their network attached wares along with direct attached storage (DAS) vendor CruDataPort. 
The Synology unit pictured above has dual Gigabit ethernet ports and can handle up to eight SATA drives in a classic RAID configuration or Synology’s Hybrid RAID (similar to Drobo). The system is designed for business class use so it has a ton of features that pro photographers can really use. Multi-unit backup, offsite backups, cloud backups and Dropbox like services are just some of the features offered. 
QNAP, like Synology, makes business-class NAS devices with a ton of features useful for pro photographers. These are networked attached devices and the eSATA and USB ports on the back are for attaching external single drives or for daisy-chaining units together.
CruDataPort makes some of the studiest data enclosures on the planet. This is military-grade stuff. I had reviewed one of the products a few years ago. This particular model supports RAID right in tthe device itself. No special card needed. Just jack it into the USB 3.0 or eSATA ports. For the record, I forgot to photograph the new model of the above pictured unit which has eSATA and USB 3.0 ports.
Carl Zeiss

Carl Zeiss had their new X-mount and E-mount prototypes on display on their intended camera bodies. These lenses are autofocus and on the X-mount lens there is an aperture ring. I, for one, cannot wait  for these lenses to arrive in May.
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The iPro System is a lens system for the iPhone 4/4S. It is a case and lens combination that adds a super-wide and telephoto adapter to the iPhone 4/4S. There is an optional fisheye lens as well. A new case is being designed for the iPhone 5.
The item on the bottom is a polarizing filter for the iPhone (all models). A small metal ring is attached to the body of the iPhone with adhesive tape and the lens is attached via magnets. This will also take care of any flaring that has been reported on the iPhone 5.
Cambo

Digital Transitions had several high-end medium format digital systems on display. Pictured above is the new Cambo WRC-400 compact technical camera. This is my dream camera. Never going to happen to me unless a miracle occurs to the tune of $20,000.00 (including the IQ140 digital back).
Lensbaby

Creative lensmaker Lensbaby was there with new Composer Pro body, Sweet 35 and Edge 80 optics. The Sweet 35 and Edge 80 differ from their other optics as the actually have internal apertures instead of the washer system used by the rest of their line. Alpha mounts are now available so that means that Sony users can feel the Lensbaby love as well. I will posting a review of the Sweet 35 and Edge 80 on the A99 in the near future as well.
That wraps up the show reports. Please visit this site for updated reviews and information. If you enjoyed reading these reports or have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and don’t forget to share this with your friends.
Thank you and take care.
Feb 272012
 

COPENHAGEN, February 27, 2012 — The 2012 Phase One Digital Artist Series (PODAS) international photography workshops are now open for enrollment. Each of the ten all-inclusive photo excursions is limited to less than 25 participants. All feature a hands-on learning environment amidst breathtaking surroundings, and for the first time, French and German speaking workshops have been arranged.

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Dec 262011
 

Sony has finally started shipping its NEX-7 compact system camera. Not being one of the big fish, I got mine the old fashioned way: I got on a waiting list and waited.

Patience paid off and I was graced with a UPS box a week ago containing a Sony NEX-7 body and a spare battery. No lens. I am still waiting for this to arrive. Fortunately, I had planned for this and acquired a couple of lens adapters allowing me to fit legacy glass on my shiny new NEX-7.

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Sep 152011
 

COPENHAGEN, Denmark and BAD KREUZNACH, Germany, September 15, 2011 — Phase One, medium format market leader and precision lens maker Schneider Kreuznach today announced a series of new lenses. Building on two years of intense collaboration including delivering four new lenses to market, the companies have now designed another four superior quality lenses for professional photographers.

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Jul 082011
 

COPENHAGEN, July 7, 2011 — Phase One today released Media Pro 1.0.1, a service release, and the first update since Media Pro was introduced less than two months ago.

MediaProMedia Pro is a professional photo manager for finding, organizing, and sharing images and videos wherever those files are stored. Media Pro supports photo and video files from more than 100 different cameras and is built to manage large photo libraries.

This service release includes several fixes and improvements, such as the following:

— Fixed stability issues including crash when working with large JPEGs in Slideshow and on the Light Table;
— Fixed Renderings bugs, including no full resolution TIFFs on Mac and missing PDF thumbnails on Windows XP;
— Fixed a issue where a catalog upgraded from Expression Media 2 could not be saved;
— Fixed a bug causing XMP sidecars not to be moved with the media files to which they belong;
— Fixed importer issues e.g. crash on Mac when XMP sidecars were present and problem when importing JPEGs on Window XP 32 bits;
— Fixed a bug on Windows where sorting would not work;
— Fixed readability issues caused by new UI color scheme;
— Fixed a bug preventing XML data files to be created on Windows;
— Fixed some EIP color management/rendering issues on Mac;
— License issue on Windows appearing when Internet connection was lost.

Availability and Pricing
Media Pro 1.0.1 is free to existing Phase One Media Pro customers. For more information including product features, upgrade options and tutorials, please see: http://www.phaseone.com/en/Software/Media-Pro/Whats-new.aspx

About Phase One
Phase One is the world’s leader in open-platform based medium format camera systems and solutions. Phase One medium format cameras, digital backs and lenses are designed to deliver superior quality image capture and investment value. Phase One’s Capture One software helps streamline capture and post-production processes for both medium format and digital cameras. Phase One products are known for their quality, flexibility and speed enabling pro photographers shooting in a wide range of formats to achieve their creative visions without compromise. For more information, please visit Phase One at http://www.phaseone.com. Follow Phase One on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/PhaseOneWW

Phase One is an employee-owned company based in Copenhagen with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne and Shanghai.

Phase One and Capture One are registered trademarks of Phase One A/S. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Jun 292011
 

COPENHAGEN, June 29, 2011 — Phase One, the world’s leader in open-platform based professional medium format camera systems and solutions, today announced the availability of Camera Control — a new Capture Pilot(TM) option that lets photographers operate their cameras remotely via their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. This remote camera control frees photographers to shoot under scenarios that previously would have been difficult or impossible.

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Camera Control is the newest feature of Capture Pilot which allows photographers to use their iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch to wirelessly view, zoom and pan high resolution DSLR and medium format RAW, JPEG and TIFF images while they are shooting. The application’s rating and tagging features enable clients and colleagues in the studio or on remote locations to participate in the shoot and provide instant feedback.

Camera Control
Camera Control offers photographers an elegant, virtual camera display on their iOS device to remotely fire the camera and control the camera’s most important capture parameters, including ISO sensitivity, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation and others.

Camera control supports a wide range of pro and semi-pro Canon and Nikon DSLRs, and Phase One, Leaf and Mamiya medium format camera systems.

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Availability and Pricing
Camera Control is available now as an in app purchase for USD14.99 / EURO11.99. Capture Pilot™ is a free app available from the Apple store that works with Capture One Pro. More information is available here: http://www.phaseone.com/en/software/capture-pilot

Capture Pilot with Camera Control requires version 6.2.1 or later of Capture One Pro, the raw conversion and image editing software that supports a wide range of pro and semi-pro camera models. Capture One comprises a full digital workflow to produce beautifully detailed and richly rendered images. For information about Capture One Pro, please see: http://www.phaseone.com/en/Software/Capture-One-Pro-6/

About Phase One
Phase One is the world’s leader in open-platform based medium format camera systems and solutions. Phase One medium format cameras, digital backs and lenses are designed to deliver superior quality image capture and investment value. Phase One’s Capture One software helps streamline capture and post-production processes for both medium format and digital cameras. Phase One products are known for their quality, flexibility and speed enabling pro photographers shooting in a wide range of formats to achieve their creative visions without compromise. For more information, please visit Phase One at http://www.phaseone.com. Follow Phase One on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/PhaseOneWW

May 252010
 

REDMOND, Wash., and COPENHAGEN, Denmark — May 25, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. and Phase One A/S, a leader in digital photography, are announcing that Phase One acquired the Microsoft Expression Media product. This agreement is built on an existing strategic alliance between the companies forged in 2007 to improve digital imaging solutions for professional and enthusiast photographers.

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May 012010
 

From the Better-Late-Than-Never-Dept*:

COPENHAGEN, March 3, 2010— The 2010 Phase One Digital Artist Series (PODAS) international workshops are now open for enrollment. Dedicated to accelerating participants’ awareness and photographic skills through a small-group, intensive, interactive, hands-on learning environment, each of this year’s five all-inclusive PODAS workshops is limited to 25 participants and will be held at some of the most world’s most beautiful locations.

Multiple instructors and Phase One support staff offer a very low student-to-instructor ratio. Instructors include pro photographers and creative luminaries such as: Bill Atkinson, Daniel Bergmann, Charles Cramer, Mark Dubovoy, Katrin Eismann, Jack Flesher, James Martin, Jeff Schewe, Tim Wolcott, and Phase One CTO and vice president Claus Molgaard.

Each participant will be loaned a 60-megapixel P 65+ camera system comprising a Phase One 645DF camera body and P65+ back; a full set of Phase One lenses will also be available; also included is a copy of Capture One PRO software. Shooting excursions will be complemented by seminars on topics ranging from visualization to composition, capture, workflow and presentation.

For pricing, selected instructors, and much more, please see: www.phaseone.com/podas Calendar follows:

May 23-28 Big Sur, USA
June 8-13 Glacier National Park, USA
August 29 – September 5 Iceland
October 31 – November Zion National Park, USA
December 1-7 Australia

“We’re offering photographers the chance to see the world in a whole new way,” said Kevin Raber, host of the PODAS workshop series and a vice president of Phase One US. “Participants will experience for themselves incredible image quality, advanced technology, small student/instructor ratios, continuous discovery, and a great deal of fun.”

A PODAS blog is now at: http://podas.info/ featuring a video presentation of the first workshop held last year. And you can follow PODAS on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/PODASworkshops

About Phase One
Phase One is the world’s leader in open-platform based medium format camera systems and solutions. Phase One medium format cameras, digital backs and lenses are designed to deliver superior quality image capture and investment value. Phase One’s Capture One software helps streamline capture and post-production processes for both medium format and DSLR cameras. Phase One products are known for their quality, flexibility and speed enabling pro photographers shooting in a wide range of formats to achieve their creative visions without compromise. For more information about the products, visit the Phase One web site on www.phaseone.com.

Phase One is an employee-owned company based in Copenhagen with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne and Shanghai.

Phase One and Capture One are registered trademarks of Phase One A/S. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

* with apologies to CmdrTaco and the Slashdot gang. Remember, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

Oct 282009
 

COPENHAGEN, October 28, 2009 — Phase One, the world’s leader in phase1logo.jpgopen-platform medium format camera systems and solutions, today released Capture One 5 PRO. Known for rendering superior quality images from a wide range of pro DSLR, Mamiya and Phase One medium format cameras, Capture One PRO is now enhanced with workflow accelerators to handle large volume shoots faster.

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Capture One 5 PRO is the RAW converter and workflow application with the broadest tethered shooting support, not only for Phase One digital backs, but also for DSLRs from Canon and Nikon. This version adds support for additional DSLR models and RAW file support for selected Leaf digital backs.

”Today’s pro photographers are shooting with both medium format and DSLR cameras, so having a truly professional quality digital darkroom, that can manage RAW files from both systems, makes life easier,” said Carsten H. Olsen, Phase One product manager for Capture One. “Capture PRO helps photographers reduce the time and effort required to deliver stunning ready-to-use images with excellent color and detail.”

About Capture One 5
Capture One 5’s simple, intuitive interface is designed to achieve superior image quality through easy-to-use tools that match a professional photographer’s daily workflow requirements. Now pros can:

  • Get an instant view of image focus with the Focus tool and use the Focus Mask for quick selection of images with correct focus;
  • Perfect the appearance of smooth, soft skin tones with the Skin Tone Enhancer;
  • Add vignettes to the edges of your images for artistic effect (follows crop);
  • Adjust individual color channels easily with RGB Levels and Curves;
  • Access and edit an expanded set of IPTC metadata fields.

For complete product details, please see www.phaseone.com/5.

Pricing and availability
Capture One 5 is available in three versions: Capture One 5, Capture One 5 DB and Capture One 5 PRO; each version is localized for Chinese (simplified), Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Swedish.

Capture One 5 PRO is available via download for 399 USD and 299 EUR through Phase One’s Online Store www.phaseone.com/store and through leading professional photography dealers worldwide. Capture One 5 is available for 129 USD and 99 EUR.

Existing Capture One 4 PRO customers can upgrade to Capture One 5 PRO for 99 USD and 69 EUR. Existing Capture One 4 customers can upgrade to Capture One 5 PRO for 299 USD and 229 EUR. Please visit Phase One’s Online Store www.phaseone.com/store for other upgrade options and free trials.

For a comparison between Capture One and Capture One PRO please see: www.phaseone.com/comparison.

System Requirements
Capture One 5 for Microsoft® Windows® requires at least an Intel® Pentium® 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 10 GB of free hard disk space as well as Windows XP® SP3, Windows Vista® SP2 or Windows 7®.

Capture One 5 for Apple® Macintosh® requires at least an Intel-based Mac, 2 GB of RAM and 10 GB of free hard disk space as well as Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or Mac OS X 10.5.8.

About Phase One

Phase One is the world’s leader in open-platform based medium format camera systems and solutions. Phase One medium format cameras, digital backs and lenses are designed to deliver superior quality image capture and investment value. Phase One’s Capture One software helps streamline capture and post-production processes for both medium format and DSLR cameras. Phase One products are known for their quality, flexibility and speed enabling pro photographers shooting in a wide range of formats to achieve their creative visions without compromise. For more information about the products, visit the Phase One web site on www.phaseone.com.

Phase One is an employee-owned company based in Copenhagen with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne and Shanghai.

Phase One and Capture One are registered trademarks of Phase One A/S. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Sep 282009
 

COPENHAGEN, September 28, 2009 – Phase One, the world’s leader in open-platform medium format camera systems and solutions, today announced the phase1logo.jpgPhase One 645DF camera. Engineered in partnership with Mamiya Digital Imaging for superior quality image capture and ease of handling, it sets a new standard for high flash sync speeds – up to 1/1600 of a second.

Also today, Phase One announced the availability of three new high performance leaf shutter lenses, 55mm, 80mm and 110mm, all f/2.8 and all designed with the Phase One 645DF camera in mind. The lenses are a result of close collaboration with Mamiya Digital Imaging and Schneider Kreuznach (see today’s related announcement).

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