150MP Phase One XT Camera System aims to transform landscape photography

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The brand new Section One XT is a conveyable medium format digital camera that mixes Section One’s ultra-high decision IQ4 digital camera system with a trio of lenses from famend optics maker Rodenstock by way of a slimline digital camera physique.

It’s massively costly, even in comparison with one of the best medium format cameras you should purchase proper now, however it’s not designed for the mass market (the opposite choice is to easily rent not purchase). As a substitute, the Section One XT Digicam System is geared toward excessive finish panorama photographers who want the utmost attainable picture high quality however in a extra moveable digital camera than these accessible to this point. It’s an echo of old-school ‘discipline cameras’ designed for each portability and high quality. 

150MP Phase One XT Camera System aims to transform landscape photography

The XT System is constructed round a brand new custom-made digital camera physique with Section One IQ4 sensor modules on the again and Rodenstock lenses on the entrance.

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XT Digicam System elements

There are three foremost elements to the XT System – the IQ4 seize modules, the Rodenstock lenses and the digital camera itself which acts as a type of bodily interface between them. It is a fully totally different, modular, design philosophy in comparison with common cameras, 

The brand new digital camera will be capable of use all three of Section One’s IQ4 Infinity Platform modules, together with the IQ4 150MP, IQ4 150MP Achromatic or IQ4 Trichromatic. All three have ‘full body’ medium format sensors equal to the the dimensions of the previous 645 format and bigger than these in cameras just like the Fujifilm GFX collection and Hasselblad X1D (these are ‘medium format’, however in a smaller measurement).

The digital camera physique has much less to do right here than in different cameras as a lot of the work is finished by the IQ4 modules and the lenses themselves (which have built-in shutters). It’s been designed solely for the XT system with ‘intuitive’ ergonomics and a dual-action shutter button to help future growth and customisation – although there’s no indication but what this may be.

The three lenses accessible initially are a Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 23mm f/5.6, Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 32mm f/four wide-angle and a Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 70mm f/5.6 is a traditional focal size lens. These focal lengths sound lengthy by full body digital camera requirements, however on the bigger XT format they correspond to an ultra-wide prime, vast prime and commonplace prime lens.

150MP Phase One XT Camera System aims to transform landscape photography

Initially three lenses will probably be accessible – a normal prime, a wide-angle prime and an ultra-wide prime – with extra to observe.

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Get a shift on

The XT system carries by way of one other key discipline digital camera function – a built-in lens shift mechanism. This can be utilized to right converging vertical and horizontal perspective distortion with a shift adjustment of as much as 24mm in each axes. The Rodenstock lenses have massive picture circles to permit for this shift motion. On common cameras this may solely be achieved utilizing devoted perspective management lenses, however right here it’s a normal function constructed into the system.

150MP Phase One XT Camera System aims to transform landscape photography

The XT Digicam System is an costly purchase, however the value contains an IQ4 150MP module, the digital camera and a lens of your selection.

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Section One XT Digicam System value and availability

The Section One XT Digicam System is on the market proper now from Section One companions and resellers worldwide and can promote for a hefty $56,990. This value does embrace an IQ4 150MP module, the digital camera unit and a lens of your selection – plus a 5-year guarantee.

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