On location with the Phase One IQ180

Introduction The Phase One 645DF and the IQ180 medium format system is a serious camera system for a serious photographer.  A full frame 80 megapixel digital back offers unparalleled image quality.  The 645DF and the IQ180 combine to make a beast of a camera, and currently is the top of the line in single-capture resolution.  The camera is based on an open architecture, meaning that the camera can accept a variety of digital backs and lenses.  It is a system that can grow... Read More

Fujifilm introduces a little brother to the X100, the new X10

The Fujifilm X10 Fujifilm announced today a new little brother to the excellent Fujifilm X100 (reviewed here).  The camera is smaller, but bears a certain family resemblance, including old school metal parts and a real ring on the lens barrel.  Missing, when compared to the larger X100, are that camera’s Leica-inspired manual exposure controls, cool hybrid viewfinder, and larger sensor.  Exposure can, however, be manually controlled via the X10’s rear control... Read More

Review: Tenba Black Label Camera Bag

Several months ago, it came time to replace my aging camera bag.  A beautiful blue Tenba I bought used and hauled to ten thousand shoots had finally come apart at the seems and given up the ghost.  I showed the time-battered bag to Ray Olson, the regional manager for Mac Group (the U.S. distributor of Tenba, Profoto, Sekonic, Mamiya, Pocket Wizard, etc. etc.).  Ray, a seasoned industry veteran, couldn’t identify the bag’s vintage and was impressed with the wear,... Read More

Preview: The Phase One IQ180 80MP Digital Back, and the new IQ line

Introduction With the introduction of the new Phase One IQ180 80 MP digital back, Phase One has unleashed an impressive new tool for professional photographers. The Phase One IQ line is scheduled to include three digital camera backs by this summer, the 80 MP IQ180, the 60.5 MP IQ160, and the 40MP IQ140.  The top two are both full-frame 645, the 40 MP version is a familiar crop (32.9×43.9 mm).  All three offer Phase One’s unique Sensor+ system, that cuts resolution... Read More

Introduction: The Leica S2

Introduction With the new S2 camera system, Leica has boldly entered the world of professional imaging at the very top.  The Leica S2 is a tool designed for professional photographers, optimized to churn out big, clear files.  Unlike other cameras in photography’s upper reaches, though, the S2 immediately feels like something familiar, in many ways more closely related to modern 35mm DSLRs than to oblong 645 format cameras. To put our test camera to work, I set up a number... Read More