• 23 Apr0
    Mamiya Annouces the Credo Digital Backs

    Mamiya Annouces the Credo Digital Backs

      Mamiya Leaf announced a new line of digital backs of 40, 60, and 80 megapixels. Given that they are a division of Phase One and the specs are identical, they are distinguished principally by a different feature set from the Phase One offerings. Dubbed Credo, which translates to “I believe” from the Latin, they […]

     
  • 7 Jan0
    Sony XQD Memory Cards: The New Standard?

    Sony XQD Memory Cards: The New Standard?

      Sony announced the first XQD memory cards, starting with a 32 gig card capable of 125mg/sec read and write speeds through a PCIe connection. This will allow a DSLR to shoot 100 frames without interruption, which implies that the long-predicted convergence of stills and video is upon us. For those of us who shoot […]

     
  • 30 Dec1
    Sony NEX vs Leica M9

    Sony NEX vs Leica M9

    Luminous Landscape ran several posts on the new, flood-delayed Sony NEX 7 recently. The most interesting for me was a comparison of the 7 vs a Leica M9 using Leica lenses on each body. Unlike the M9, the 7 doesn’t have a full frame sensor. However, even with an APS-C sensor, the same size as […]

     
  • 20 Oct0
    Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera

    Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera

        A group of German researchers have developed a 360 degree panoramic camera that utilizes 36 2 megapixel cell phone cameras arranged on the surface of the ball. An accelerometer predicts when the ball will reach its apex when thrown, the moment when the cameras capture the spherical image.  It’s not a product yet […]

     
  • 18 Oct0
    Canon Announces New Flagship DSLR, the EOS 1D-X

    Canon Announces New Flagship DSLR, the EOS 1D-X

      With the announcement of the 1D-X, Canon combined and upgraded its two flagship DSLRs, the 1DS mk III and 1D mk IV. Some of the rumors proved true, such as the convergence of the 1DS and 1D lines, but most of the speculation were as off base as most of the iPhone 5 fantasies. […]

     
  • 1 Oct0
    8×10 Film vs. the Phase One IQ180

    8×10 Film vs. the Phase One IQ180

          A recent post in Luminous Landscape compares Phase One’s top of the line back, the 80 megapixel IQ180, against 8×10 transparencies. The view camera holds some clear advantages against the digital back in the Phase One body, most notably better glass. The reviewer included an Alpa technical camera to create a level […]

     
  • 2 Sep0
    The Sony NEX 5n as an M9 Backup

    The Sony NEX 5n as an M9 Backup

      I’ve been looking for a good backup for my Leica M9 system, and I think I found it: Sony NEX-5N 16.1 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Touchscreen Camera With 18-55mm Lens (Black). A second M9 was financially out of the question. Whatever I chose needed to have the ability to use my Leica lenses with […]

     
  • 25 Aug0
    The Arctic Butterfly 724 Sensor Cleaning Tool

    The Arctic Butterfly 724 Sensor Cleaning Tool

    One question I field again and again while leading photo tours is how to clean the camera sensor. I’ve used various iterations of Visible Dust’s Arctic Butterfly for years. It will clean a sensor in less than a minute even if I have to sweep it twice. Compared to swabs, cloths, air bulbs, or other […]

     
  • 30 Jul0

    Live View Comes to Medium Format

    In a recent Luminous Landscape post, Michael Reichmann and Mark Dubovoy report their responses to Phase One’s Live View on an IQ 180 back, the first CCD sensor, medium format attempt. Clearly, it’s an impressive but initial step. Power consumption, oversaturation of the sensor in bright light, and other issues limit its usefulness. To adapt […]

     
  • 29 Sep0

    Phase One Upgrade Offer

    Phase One is offering up to 90% trade ins for upgrades. Read the press release at: http://www.digitalmediumformat.com:88/2010/09/29/major-trade-in-offer-from-phase-one/