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 →

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 →

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 →

Fat Magic Pixie Dust

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Ok, so what does this title mean? You have to ask? Well, ok then. There is a term called Fat Pixel Magic(!) that refers to legacy digital backs that had larger photosites than newer backs. These were typically 9 microns (16mp, 22mp backs) versus the 100mp, 150mp digital back models of today, which feature pixel (photosite) sizes from 3.8 microns to 4.6 microns. So what about some of the newer … Read More →

Phase One IQ4 USB C Charging in the field

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One of my favorite places to visit in the US is the desert of California.  I find it amazing that one state can have so many terrains within a short drive.  CA is truly a photographer’s dream in many ways.   This year I had the chance to finally take the new Phase One IQ4 150mp Achromatic into the field to learn how to use it properly.  We have had … Read More →

IQ4-150 Firmware 1.03.26 – Released

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  March 18th, 2019 —  Firmware 1.03.26 Released Today, Phase One has publicly released the first significant firmware upgrade to the IQ4-150 since its launch.  Included features in this update include: PowerShare between XF and IQ4:  XF Power Sharing has been made available and has restored the ability to change batteries in either the XF or IQ without loss of power to either unit.  This also means that the XF Power Supply … 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 →

New! Capture One Custom Profiling with Xrite

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I have an offer for you and it’s absolutely free. Are you interested? I know that you are. For some years we (and others) have been pushing Xrite to add ICC profiling to the ColorChecker Passport Application. Why was this so important? Because the majority of our clients use Capture One. And when the ColorChecker Passport profiling application was introduced oh, about 10 years ago, the only option for creating … Read More →