Middenformaat: Hasselblad H5D en Phase One 645DF+ aangekondigd

Er was niet alleen consumentennieuws op de Photokina, ook op het gebied van middenformaatcamera’s was er groot nieuws. Zo hebben marktleiders Hasselblad en Phase One nieuwe professionele middenformaatcamera’s aangekondigd. De Phase One 645 DF+ kost – zonder digitale achterwand – € 4290 en ondersteunt 80 verschillende objectieven en 50 verschillende achterwanden. De camera wordt geleverd met een nieuwe accu die goed is voor 10.000(!) opnamen. Tegerlijkertijd met de 645 DF+ heeft Phase One ook de Kreuznach 28mm LS f/4.5 Aspherical aangekondigd, die met een beeldhoek van 102 graden biedt en een minimale focusafstand heeft van 35 cm ideaal is voor landschappen en (stads)architectuur. De camera is ook beschikbaar onder de merknaam Mamiya Leaf en wordt in oktober verwacht.

De Phase One 645 DF+ met het nieuwe Kreuznach 28mm objectief

De opbouw van de camera: objectief, camera, digitale achterwand.

Hasselblad H5D

Ook Hasselblad kondige een nieuwe camera aan, compleet met digitale achterwand. De H5D is wat uiterlijk betreft wat moderner geworden en is voorzien van een nieuwe elektronische verwerkingsmotor die betere beeldkwaliteit moet opleveren. De H5D is beschikbaar met verschillende achterwanden, variërend van 30, 40 en 50 megapixels, evenals 50 en 200 megapixels in Multi-Shot modus. Ook de autofocus zou verbeterd zijn dankzij de True Focus II engine. Hasselblad claimt dat de H5D naast RAW ook kant-en-klare JPEG’s produceert die direct printbaar zijn en geen nabewerking behoeven. De camera wordt geleverd met Hasselblads eigen Phocus 2.7 en Adobe Lightroom 4. De camera wordt verwacht in december voor een prijs van € 13.000. 


Phase One introduces the world’s most versatile camera platform for high-end photography

Introducing the Phase One 645DF+ camera platform and Schneider Kreuznach 28mm LS f/4.5 Aspherical lens
COPENHAGEN, September 17, 2012 — Phase One, the world’s leader in open-platform, high-end camera systems and solutions, today announced the world’s most versatile camera platform for high-end photography.

With support for more than 50 different digital medium format digital backs and 80 different lenses from leading brands, and featuring a new high-powered rechargeable Li-ion battery enabling up to 10,000 captures on a single charge, the new Phase One 645DF+ camera sets a new standard for professional performance.

The Phase One 645DF+ builds on the success of previous generations of the camera and has undergone a complete overhaul of all moving parts to produce a camera with the highest uptime in the market of high-end photography.
An enhanced auto-focus delivers accurately focused images fast, even when shooting in low light or low contrast. And with an all-new custom adjustment feature photographers can fine-tune the alignment of digital backs to the camera. With this photographers can easily match their focus preference.

Also today, Phase One announced the Schneider Kreuznach 28mm LS f/4.5 Aspherical lens. With superb edge-to-edge sharpness, a viewing angle of 102°, a minimum focusing distance of only 35 cm / 1.15 feet and fast flash synchronization capabilities up to 1/1600s, it is ideal for interior photography. It is also a perfect companion for landscape, architecture and cityscape images.

“Phase One’s newest products are designed to give photographers the tools they need to improve their creativity and productivity,” said Jan H. Christiansen, marketing director, Phase One. “Phase One is committed to a collaborative, open approach in digital imaging. Together with our partners and customers, we are opening new possibilities in creative excellence.“

The 645DF+ is one of only a few cameras on the market that supports both focal plane and leaf shutter lenses. Its range extends from exposures of up to 60 minutes to as fast as 1/4000s. It facilitates flash synchronization speeds of up to 1/1600s with leaf shutter lenses from Schneider Kreuznach

The Phase One 645DF+ builds on a highly reliable, proven technology platform comprising quality components designed for the demanding professional workflows. The core body of the 645DF+ camera is primarily aircraft grade aluminum and magnesium. In combination with fine-tuned mechanics, state-of-the-art electronics and great ergonomics, this ensures a highly durable product, matching the most demanding requirements of the worlds’ leading photographers.

Availability and pricing
The Phase One 645DF+ camera body is priced at 4290 EUR / 5990 USD. It is also available under the Mamiya Leaf brand name (see today’s related announcement). The Schneider Kreuznach 28 LS lens is priced at 4290 EUR / 5990 USD. Both the camera and lens are available for ordering now; volume shipping begins in October 2012.
The rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger comes at no additional cost with the
645DF+. A kit consisting of two batteries and a charger can also be purchased standalone
and used together with the 645DF+ or 645DF camera. This kit costs 560 EUR /
690 USD. The battery kit is available for ordering now and volume shipping will start in
October 2012.


Hasselblad is set to launch a new flagship H5D medium format camera series.
Hasselblad’s ‘next generation’ H System camera will be showcased at the Hasselblad press conference at photokina, Cologne, Germany (Tuesday Sep 18: 2pm-3pm). The H5D features a modernized design and a complete new electronic engine to pave the way for ultimate quality imaging, for print ready JPEG files, and for a smooth and intuitive user interface. The camera is billed by the Sweden-based company as ‘the latest step in the evolution of the best high-end camera system in the world’.

Aimed at high-end professional users the H5D offers:
New H System lens: HCD 4.8/24 mm, equivalent to 17 mm on 35 mm DSLR format
New Macro Converter, for superb close-up performance with wide angle lenses
RAW + JPEG mode for quick preview and print
New True Focus II provides unique, accurate focus and Immediate Focus Confirm
Full access to camera information and image preview on rear in tethered mode
The largest, brightest viewfinder image on the market
New larger, more ergonomic buttons and an easier to read display style
New sealing for improved weather proofing plus new sensor unit safety lock
Optional battery adapter for standalone operation of digital capture unit
Ultimate image quality with Hasselblad Natural Color Solution
A choice of software: Hasselblad Phocus 2.7 and Adobe® Lightroom ® 4 both included
Peter Stig-Nielsen, Hasselblad’s Director of Professional Camera Products said: “Customers will immediately notice the new-look and improved ergonomics and this progressive system also brings upgraded performance on a number of levels. Hasselblad is a world-leader with an unmatched and comprehensive range of lenses. Now that line has been extended with the new wide angle HCD 4.8/24 mm lens, which offers the same performance as the HCD 28 mm and is the equivalent of a 17 mm on 35 mm DSLR format. Additionally, our new Macro Converter provides excellent close-up performance with the HC 50, HCD 28 and HC 35 lenses – negating the need for additional macro lens purchase.”

He added: “Our new True Focus II further advances focusing accuracy after re-compose, and an intuitive focus check has been added. The new hardware architecture allows for delivering print ready JPEG files in addition to the superb RAW files. And we have re-written the user interface to achieve a smooth and intuitive operation. All in all we believe the H5D Camera series will provide the ultimate high-end addition to any serious photographer’s capture equipment.”

The H5D Series will be available as models with 40, 50 and 60 megapixels as well as 50 and 200 megapixel Multi-Shot versions and will start shipping in December 2012.

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