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The newest camera from Phase One drags 150 megapixels out of the studio and into the field

Phase One is expanding its range of medium-sized cameras with the new XT housing designed for field use. The new body combines with Phase One & # 39; s existing medium-sized backs with a resolution of 100 or 150 megapixels and uses a new range of lenses with an electronically controlled electromagnetic shutter system. The XT system is available from today and costs $ 56,990, including the back of 150 megapixels and a lens.

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The basis of the new XT system is the camera housing, which is in fact a frame that mounts the lens on the front and the digital rear on the rear. Because the digital back is the sensor, processing and operation, the XT housing is very thin and light compared to the XF line of the Phase One's & # 39; s camera. Apart from a lever and a shutter-release button, the only controls on the housing are knobs to move the lens horizontally and vertically. Phase One says that the entire system is modular in design, so that components can be upgraded over time as they are developed.

In contrast to the XF system, the XT is completely manual and there is no autofocus system. Phase One developed a new shutter system with carbon blades for the XT lenses, built by Rodenstock, that is electronically controlled so that the camera can be activated remotely. The first lenses available for the XT system are a 23 mm f / 5.6, a 32 mm f / 4 and a 70 mm f / 5.6. The XT holder also accepts older lenses with manually tightened shutters.


Phase One XT front camera frame.
Image: Phase One


Phase One XT rear camera frame.
Image: Phase One

Phase One says it has designed this camera for professional photographers who want to take landscape photos in the field and want the same image quality and resolution as the company's studio cameras. It is not like the cheaper, cheaper medium format cameras & # 39; s from Fujifilm or even Hasselblad that are designed to accommodate both enthusiasts and event photographers. Instead, it is a specific camera built for professionals with specific needs, such as landscape and architectural photography. The system is much smaller and lighter than previous Phase One cameras & can be carried in a backpack or easily taken with you.


The Phase One XT camera with the IQ4 150-megapixel digital back.
Image: Phase One

That explains why the cost of the system is that of a well-equipped BMW. Phase One insists that its camera & # 39; s priority is to provide the best possible image quality, and its customers are professionals who are willing to pay the price that image quality requires.

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