All posts tagged: Schneider Kreuznach 240mm LS f/4.5 Blue Ring

Capturing Antarctica with a Prototype IQ4 150MP Digital Back

This story was written by Peter Marshall, photographer and Phase One Certified Professional instructor. I was exceedingly lucky to get my hands on a very early prototype of the IQ4 150MP Digital Back to take on my travels over four weeks through Patagonia and Antarctica. Throughout this time, I was able to use this prototype both on a technical camera and on the Phase One XF. This really tested the equipment – pushing the limits of what you can capture, and where you can take this system; from hiking through the mountains in torrential rain and hurricane-strength winds, to the freezing temperatures of Antarctica. Starting in Patagonia, with long days of hiking where weight and space became the crucial factor when deciding what I would carry, I opted for the technical camera set up. The BSI sensor gives an amazing result with very little to no color cast – even from the wider lenses on the technical camera. And the color rendition is better than any IQ Digital Back I have tested. Due to the …

Drew Altdoerffer on the Schneider Kreuznach blue ring lenses

The Blue Ring Lens Family: The right lens for the right job

Phase One’s Product Manager, Drew Altdoerffer shares his point of view on our wide range of Blue Ring Lenses. Any image, no matter what features or tools the camera may provide, is only as good as the lens that captures it. Sure, there are subjective aesthetic qualities of certain lenses. However, objective qualities like sharpness, resolution, durability and versatility are all essential for professional photographic results. I hope we can all agree on that much. The specific lens you use, how you use it and why you use it, is certainly grounds for a discussion. In the vein of that discussion I have to be honest: my views are completely biased, as I’ve worked for Phase One for nearly 9 years. Nevertheless, even well before that time you could always find me with Phase One in my hands. As a Product Manager I have innumerable opportunities to use and test the Phase One equipment. This is not only taking place in a studio environment but under rather demanding conditions as well. Among other responsibilities here in Copenhagen, I manage the PODAS (Phase One …

Steven Friedman's intriguing landscapes with the XF IQ3 100MP

Steven Friedman shoots intriguing landscapes

What drives a photographer to branch out into landscape photography? We talk to Steven Friedman about how he made the leap into this genre and what inspires him. What is it about landscape photography that intrigues you? “Remote and inaccessible regions are my interest. I want to photograph unique intimate landscape and go to locations that are seldom visited exploring the wilderness. The best thing about landscape photography is the ability to be outside and experience the beauty of nature. Incredible light and colour in the remote landscape can be extraordinary and I never get tired of experiencing it. Just recently, I was standing in an aspen field and the sun rose in the back of the forest – it was quite a thrill to experience the magical colour and light and to photograph it.” What led you to become a landscape photographer? “I was hiking in late autumn in the Gatineau National Park in Canada and found a 35mm film camera at a viewpoint. Knowing someone must be missing it; I called the ranger …

Tony Hewitt captures vaudeville acts in the Australian outback with the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic

Tony Hewitt Captures Emotions with the Trichromatic

Tony Hewitt is a multi-award winning Australian fine art photographer. We asked him to test the Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back to see how he reacted to the all-new color capabilities. “As a fine art photographer, I am always looking for ways to use color to evoke emotion, and stimulate a response from the viewer that echoes my own passion for my subjects. One that draws them in and invites a viewing experience that will take them beyond the literal.”  “… most importantly for me, was to try and get as close as possible to the ability to get color the way the human eye sees it.” What is the Trichromatic Digital Back? The new color technology, found in the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, has a completely re-designed sensor that can interpret color in a way that mimics how the human eye sees. What this means is that whatever hues and tones the photographer sees, the Trichromatic can more accurately capture, allowing them to convey all that the scene expressed to them …

Phase One's Vice President of R&D Lau Nørgaard

Phase One’s Lau Nørgaard goes to Mongolia

Our very own Lau Nørgaard, Vice President of R&D here at Phase One takes over our Instagram. Through images taken on the mountains and plains of Mongolia, Lau will share his passion for the technology and hard work that goes into creating our cameras, firmware, and lenses. On a hilltop in Mongolia “I was on a hilltop in Mongolia at sunrise trying to capture the delicate colors of the grassland in the early morning light. It was quite windy and shooting with the Blue Ring 240mm lens was a challenge. The smallest vibrations with the exposure times required in the low light would result in un-sharp images. And of course, with dawn or dusk pictures, time is of the essence for the perfect shot. However, using the new electronic shutter feature on the IQ3 100MP and vibration delay meant that I got critically sharp shots even on relatively long exposure times with the wind roaring around me.” “Dawn on a hilltop in Mongolia, testing out the new Blue Ring 150mm lens for real for the …