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 →

Phase One Lenses on an Alpa Camera? YES*

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Ok, before you freak out, notice there is an asterisk next to the YES. But an end user reported that they had successfully mounted a Schneider Blue Ring Lens to an Alpa 12 Camera by adding 28mm of Alpa Spacers. With an IQ3 100 or IQ4 digital back, you can use the built-in Electronic Shutter to capture, the lens stays open and simply lets the light in for however long … Read More →

Special Alpa Promo: Upgrade to Alpa Max

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ALPA’s new promotions are ideal for architectural and landscaping photographers… ALPA cameras are designed for durability and reliability. Planned obsolescence is a no-no for ALPA. Unsurprisingly, the ALPA 12 MAX has been the tool of choice for demanding architectural and landscape photographers for years. ALPA introduced the MAX Mk I with its classic silver shift wheels in 2008 and established the fast, comfortable adjustment for shift and stitching with digital … Read More →

ALPA Exclusive! Schneider APO-DIGITAR 4.5/90 mm

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Exciting News from Alpa …. Alpa has released a unique design of the compact and powerful Schneider Apo-Digitar 4.5/90 mm in a new configuration. The new ALPA-version is now available with Schneider Aperture Unit and Rodenstock helical, including a dedicated HPF-ring with precise distance scale. The Short Barrel 34 version can be used with any ALPA 12 camera (TC, STC, SWA, Max, Plus, XY)  and digital back with an electronic … Read More →

Here is what’s NEW with ALPA

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ALPA Rodenstock HR ALPAGON 6.3/138 mm Lens The new ALPA Rodenstock HR ALPAGON 6.3/138 mm lens is the first calculated lens for technical medium format cameras in years! This lens will be the first of its kind to feature a floating element and will make its entrance between the end of quarter one and early quarter two. (Note: The floating element is automatically synchronized for distance via the helical.) This … Read More →

When 150 megapixels isn’t enough

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When discussing high end digital capture, the question often arises, WHO NEEDS 150 megapixels?!?  Well, sometimes 150 isn’t enough, as the project I photographed last week illustrates.  The call came in because the client had a need that only the best equipment with the highest quality output could provide. HiViz LED Lighting out of Hendersonville, NC needed to produce a floor to ceiling, 224″ long mural showcasing their FireTech line … Read More →

ALPA SILEX MK II – The Technical Camera Powerhouse

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As covered previously in Copal Shutter Care & Alternatives, we are at a turning point for the use of the Schneider & Rodenstock optics used on technical cameras, with their purely mechanical Copal-0 shutters working like little gear & spring timepieces that are now (and have been) out of production and are in dwindling supply for new installations and repairs, forcing us to contemplate what’s next in technical camera shooting. A … Read More →

NEW ALPA 12 Plus At PhotoPlus 2018

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Hot off the Press: Alpa 12 Plus Announced! The Alpa 12 Plus was just announced today (October 23, 2018). So what is this camera all about and why is it now here? Doesn’t Alpa have enough beautiful camera options for photographers? I suppose you can never get enough of a good thing. What the Alpa 12 Plus most resembles is unmistakably an Alpa Max. What then separates an Alpa 12 Max … Read More →

ALPA Technical Camera + Tripod Kits

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Up to 19% Off ALPA Camera & Tripod Kits ALPA revised the following pre-configured camera kits and now offer them as an advantage to purchasing individual products. ALPA Introduces Two New Tripod Kits   ALPA TrioPod-Pro 75 ALPA GON or Classic II Ballhead Kit  The two tripod kits include the professional, modular tripod system ALPA TrioPod-Pro 75, optionally with the unique modular goniometer head ALPA GON or the heavy duty … Read More →

ALPA Announces Lens Module Leica M

ALPA Lens Module Leica M

New lens options for ALPA 12 Cameras Today Alpa announced their new lens module for Leica M. As with the recently introduced Alpa 35 mm lens module, the new module is also designed for use with a digital back that has an electronic shutter function. As Alpa states, “Currently these are the IQ3 100MP backs from Phase One and partially Hasselblad H6D 100c. With the latter also for (cropped) 4k video.” … Read More →