Chief of Engineering’s Log: Stardate – August, 2019

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Doing a little light listening today while testing cameras… 😉 “It is the job of science is to figure out what guesses are right and what are wrong.  Scientists are paid for making guesses, not for making right guesses but for making interesting plausible ones, and if scientists after the guess has been made, don’t do their job, don’t investigate the guess, don’t figure out if it’s true or false, … Read More →

Capture One 12.1.1 Released

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Hey, have you been keeping up with the release notes of the latest version of Capture One? Yeah, me neither. This one landed moments before I was heading out for our Michigan Gatherings workshop, so this info is a week+ late. Have a look though, if you’re a Canon EOS R shooter (as the squashed bugs have mostly to do with it) or the Nikon P1000 (which is what exactly?) then … Read More →

Released: IQ4 Creative Control Package Service Release 1

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Today Phase One publicly released the IQ4-Series digital back Creative Control Package Service Release 1, which serves primarily to fix the 5.00.20 Bug that upon digital back startup, did not acknowledge the user preference for IIQ file format and instead shot into IIQ 14-bit Small format regardless of what file compression format was displayed on screen. As with the XF System 5.00.20 package, 5.01.0 requires that you have had already installed XF … Read More →

Tech Tip – IQ4 Frame Averaging File Organization

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Been having lots of fun continuing to test and use the IQ4-150’s new Frame Averaging Tool but in comparing frame averaged to non frame averaged files, there is nothing readily available to identify the frame averaged shots from the single shots in the browser unlike other tools utilized through the XF body, like Focus Stacking, HDR & Time-Lapse, that identify the groups of files with a special indicator.   From the … Read More →

Phase One IQ4 – Long Awaited Frame Averaging

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Amidst the announcement of the Phase One IQ4 150 last year and the many substantially upgraded and new features, one of these stood out as a bit of a wild card. That was the “Phase One Beta Labs”, which promised regularly downloadable feature firmware updates, similar to the ones the XF camera has seen. The first of these was to be the ability to produce Frame Averaged captures in camera. … Read More →

Chief of Engineering’s Log: Stardate – June, 2019

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So, the Gallagher guy suggested that our blog content expands a bit beyond just the cadence of the new gear, the firmware updates, the software updates the events and the specials. The ensemble team here has skillsets that extend far beyond the roles we play at the shop, and it is this roundedness that make client interactions all the more fun because we have many things to talk about outside … Read More →

Capture One 12.1 – Released

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  New Grids Tool Easily set up your desired grid using the new dedicated Grids Tool, with options for grid type, color, and functionality for following the crop. Toggling Grids and Guides on and off can be done independently from each other, providing full flexibility. Improved X-Trans rendering (Pro, Express Fujifilm) Get better rendering of fine details and patterns for X-Trans sensors. Improve overall image quality for Fujifilm camera models … Read More →

New Firmware Released for Phase One

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Fresh out of the Danish computers, Phase One has released in Camera System 4.02.7, a suite of new firmware for all IQ series digital backs as well as the XF and in addition to some bug fixes, adds a legacy IQ2/3 feature for IQ4 users as well as a Feature Update 4 Service Release Package 2 to the XF. This singular update package is quite large as it carries the … Read More →

Profoto Air Update – Now with 20 Channels

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Profoto announced today that firmware updates will open up radio channels 9-20 on: – Profoto A1 – Profoto A1X – Profoto B10 – Profoto D2 – Profoto Connect The Pro-10 pack will also receive this 20 channel update later this year. This update, however, has limited benefits to the legacy users of these systems because as of this moment, only the Profoto Connect transmitter can make use of these new … Read More →

Achromatic focus precision on ALPA technical cameras

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  The standard distance markings on a Rodenstock or Schneider helicoil aren’t useful enough to set focus by unless your subject happens to be at infinity or at an even 5 meters away The ALPA HPF ring allows the use of a laser rangefinder to determine distance to subject and then accurate focus to that point, not having to engage Live View on the digital back to achieve perfect focus.  This … Read More →