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So, you are saying having more choice is a bad thing? Actually, a company entering the technical camera market is a "big deal." It very rarely happens.If this is a new technical camera, is that a big deal? What will it bring to the table that is not already available with existing technical cameras? Are there features that technical camera users have been clamoring for?
This video started the post. It was also on Instagram
For me personally, the Ad Hoc and a few other promised features for the IQ4 purchased in December 2018 would be a "dream come true", not a new camera. The new Tech camera looks cool but I see this as more strongly appealing to those who may be considering getting into their first Tech camera system by making it more user friendly rather than those who have had and used Tech cameras for many years. Certainly the idea of being able to use both BR and view lenses on one camera body is intriguing to avoid doubling up for different systems. I can attest to the fact that BR 35mm is an amazing lens and while not quite as good (in my opinion) as the 32 HR-SW, its not far off from my initial testing, of course that's only one lens / focal length. When I compare my 120mm SK ASP that is Arca mounted to a BR 120mm, the SK while not auto focus, it is 1/8 the size and weight, my point being I'm not sure that there is still "one series" of LS lenses that would cover the range optimally at all focal lengths and give one all of the advantages for size, weight, shifting and sharpness.That would be a dream come true!!
My interpretation of the curved bulge on the left side is to allow for rotation of the body and back without changing the position of the lens/light entry path, with the silver lever on the front of the dovetailed base serving as a rotational lock. Thinking similar functionality to the Cambo WRS 1600, but curved instead of orthogonal, allowing for degrees of rotation between strictly horizontal and vertical orientation.Unclear to me what the curved bulge on the left side of body accomplishes even though two Cambo-like silver control knobs were visible on the top right side.
I think the only thing you would be able to use of yours would be your existing IQ back (possibly just the IQ4). This system clearly will require XT lenses as the electronic shutter will have to be run by the body which will probably have lens pin connectors to interface (like on your XF).Gave this more thought over the night, and if:
Phase 1 has come up with a solution that allows a use of their existing Schneider BL lenses, (since they all have leaf shutters), along with a specific special mounted Rodenstock lens, I will be impressed. This would require some form of a smart mount that can control the leaf shutter in the lens. However this would give Phase something similar to the idea behind the 907x, the use of existing leaf shutter lenses, in a new and small mount, with movements built in. The big downside would be anyone with existing tech lenses would have to have them sent to Phase 1 to have the mount adapted to this new camera. This along with a wifi adhoc solution with a new version of Capture Pilot that can address the system would be very impressive.
If however this is just a new A series, limited only to a specifically mounted Rodenstock set of lenses, I think it will have a limited range of interest, anything is possible.
Without compatibility with BR lenses I see the XT as another excuse to spend $$$$ while making a lateral move in functionality. Would I like Exif data with my Arca? Sure but its not a deal maker. For those who are already entrenched in both worlds of XF and Tech being able to have mostly one set of lenses rather than two, could be considered "reasonable enticement". Don't see why the BR won't work, even if an adaptor is required with pins...not rocket science since most manufacturer's have had 1.4 /2x convertors forever that do this.I don’t think the XT will be compatible with Phase SK BR lenses, based on the somewhat unique mount. Perhaps with adapters but not sure if aperture control would be possible.