medium format

Canon Medium Format Rumors

Now this would stir the pot a bit….

New rumors suggest that Canon is looking into digital medium format cameras. Specifically, that Canon is investing (possibly with the intent to purchase) a medium format manufacturer. The most obvious choice? Phase One.

Phase One makes some very high-res camera backs, including the IQ280 at 80MP in 645 format with a sensor size of 40.4mm x 53.7mm.

Just how big is that compared to a full frame sensor found in the likes of the 5D Mark III and 1D X? [click to continue…]

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Hasselblad has announced that the V System has reach the end of the line and the last 503CW medium format camera has rolled of the production line.

Going forward, Hasselblad will focus on the H System for medium format capture; however, the company made no announcement concerning the upcoming Lunar camera, which is based off the Sony NEX system, noting only, “Additionally we are focusing on new products for advanced enthusiasts.”

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Fotodiox RhinoCam

The Fotodiox RhinoCam is a new camera system that essentially converts Sony NEX cameras into a medium format-equivalent camera to deliver images up to 140MP using cameras like the Sony NEX-7.


More details, images and sample crops below. [click to continue…]

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Phase One’s new IQ2 series launched today with three new 645 format digital backs. The Phase One IQ280, IQ260 and IQ260 Achromatic offer high-speed wireless connectivity with the ability to capture and view up to 80MP images on an iPad running Phase One’s Capture Pilot App. [click to continue…]

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Leica S

Leica introduced the new Leica S medium format camera alongside the Leica Super-Elmar-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH. super-wide, the Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. and the Leica TS-APO- Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH. tilt/shift lens. at Photokina 2012.

The new Leica S features a medium format 37.5MP image sensor (that’s 30 x 45mm in physical size) and an improved sensitivity range over the Leica S2, now at ISO 100-1600.  When used with Leica CS lenses the Leica S offers a flash sync speed of 1/1000s

The Leica S also has an upgraded AF system with predictive AF in tracking mode, as well as built-in GPS. Additional features include a 3-inch LCD at 920k-dot res and full sRGB color space and includes Lightroom 4 for processing its RAW files.

The Leica S should be available in December 2012 for $21,950.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

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Hasselblad H5D-60

Hasselblad’s next-gen medium format H series will be the H5D series.  Full details will be unveiled at Photokina 2012, but here is what we know now.

  • 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

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.  More details will be available next week.

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