We also had the chance to use a Phase One IQ180 prototype back for one day. We selected some typical locations close by we like.
Note: we tried most Phase One backs before but are no MF experts
- To repeat: this was a prototype and some features were not yet implemented
- Very nice evolution of an untethered back
- UI well designed and intuitive
- Very fast for handling 80MP images
- We nailed nearly all shots we took because the UI gives so much help to evaluate the photo
- LCD could be brighter outdoors but this is hopefully a prototype issue
- we don't see any real need for taking a laptop in the field
- The resulting 80MP files are just amazing
- you can crop and still have 60MP left
- Very good pixel level detail
- Very little need for any post-processing (we only used our Optimal Sharp as capture sharpening)
- Using Capture One with these files is nice. We often use Lightroom (more because of the workflow) but always loved the C1 image look (we did the first C1 review in 2002)
- The lenses (we used the Schneider 80mm, 110mm and the Mamiya 150mm) are more then up for the task
- Camera + lenses is not a really big set
- We used autofocus most of the time and did not have issues
- We had never had that much fun with any other back
- Controlling camera via iPad would be nice
Too bad we now would like to have this back but it won't really happen (we don't see the business for us right now to pay for it). The difference to normal full frame DSLRs is just huge. Going back to lower resolution cameras is not really that easy now.
We show here some sample photos and then link to our sample gallery that shows them (and more) at 5K pixels wide and also in 3Kx3K 100% pixel crops.