Morning everyone well today is the day my IQ 160 is on the Fed-X truck out for delivery. Just FYI no animals where hurt in the process of me getting one and no animals where pushed off the road either. Just had to be said. LOL
Obviously I am one of the first of few that are being delivered this week to dealers and thought while I sit here and WAIT for the truck I would touch on this sensor since it is the same sensor as my current P40+ which is safely in the hands of my dealer already and have a P65+ loaner on hand. So lets talk about this sensor a little and my thought process as I have been through many backs including the ZD, P25+, P30+, P40+ and now moving up to a Full Frame sensor. Folks this is MY first owned FF sensor and I am pretty excited about getting away from the crop and main reason I moved up from the P40+ was to FF and obviously to get the new tech.
But this also is the Dalsa sensor which i have to admit I was pretty enamored by the Kodaks of my previous backs. That thinking certainly changed for me as since owning the P40+ which I still highly recommend to people is the P40 and P65 backs and right now they are a steal used and several people I have recommended both of these backs are very happy.
What I have found was the Dalsa sensors first offered more DR than the Kodaks of my previous backs and it also offers more importantly a much smoother neutral color tone. What I mean by this is the colors are very neutral without high color saturation and just a very smooth color palette across the board and much better at skin tones. Gone are the magenta skin tones or very warm looking skin tones. The Dalsa just produces a more pleasant look in my mind and of course you can make many adjustments to get anything you want but out of the can it is very nice.
Now i know the hot topic is the IQ 180 with its new sensor and every P65 owner on the planet that I know which are many made that upgrade path which i think was and still is a good path to take. Hell your almost forced to with the tech and new sensor which has even more DR and maybe a slightly smoother still color palette across the board.
Now i could have made this call on getting the IQ 180 as many also have done but my decision to go with the IQ 160 was more based on speed of back. So shooting speed is faster and what my GUESS is and this is just a educated guess from a lot of experience with these backs that the previews , focus mask will be slightly faster than the IQ 180. If I am wrong than i am wrong simple as that but I have a feeling I may have chose well and will get some marginal speed increase in the area's that for me a working Pro that has very varied assignments i am more concerned with speed than i am with the 20 extra mpx. I do hope I am right as i could have been shooting the 180 since day one along with Jack but i played it out and lets see if my thinking is correct and if not i am still very happy as for the last 18 months I have been shooting this sensor and swear by it and its quality of file. I really do like this sensor and have recommended the P40+ and P65 + to many folks and I still do. Nothing changed folks these dinosaurs still hunt and they hunt well.
This decision did not come by lightly as many know these buy ins are expensive but I initial took the cheaper route and slowly build from the ZD to P25+ than the P30+ and finally arrived at the P40+ . Trust me these where easy upgrades on the wallet but taking from the P40+ onto Full Frame and also with the new tech i had to bite the bullet and really invest. I know a tough pill for many to swallow but in the end I think getting to at least FF initial is the way to go now as the upgrades in the future will be less of a bite.
But i also know buying a used P40 at 13k is a freaking steal given that you get this very good sensor with it. Trust me on this there is not much out there going to smoke this 40mpx sensor it is just that simple. I know 16 thousand images later and I would buy it again if I had too. Yes i am excited to move to FF and the new tech no question about it but it should be known I leave the P40+ with a heavy heart for it. I loved that back.
So anyway lets move forward now as we will see what the IQ 160 will be like. I expect no difference in image quality over the P65 but given the much faster on - board processors i am expecting it to be faster in operation over the P65+. If am right I am freaking hero in my own mind and if not I got a cool new back. I can't lose here. LOL
Updates will be forthcoming as little Betsy arrives. That name will certainly change to OMG . LOL