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    Re: The elusive Phase One 240 LS

    Bill,

    Thanks for your images and early reviews. I was inspired and secured my 240 last week. I agree with you that it is fantastically sharp wide open and is beautifully constructed.

    Hopefully, we can look forward to more lenses of this quality from Schneider.

    Best,
    Derek
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    Re: The elusive Phase One 240 LS

    I was going to buy a copy last week and I tested the lens at the dealer.

    The result was so weird. The lens has very bad backfocus. From 4.5 to f11 i cant seem to get sharp image with the autofocua. The manual will give u slighty better sharpness but it is still blur. All the focus is in the back. I shoot close up with strobe, far away with natural light, all the same results.

    At f16 the lens give amazing sharpness. F11 and f 16 is like heaven n hell difference in sharpness. I tested another copy as well and it seems to hav the same character as my copy. I dont know if our copies are defective but it seems unlikely for scneider to hav 2 defective lens at the same time.

    I also tested with another body. Same result.

    Does anyone else experience this?

    My dealer is giving another test. I will update and post sample images.

    Thanks

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    Re: The elusive Phase One 240 LS

    None of our tests have shown this. Something seems awry. Body issue? Back issue? Some form of user error (no offense intended; I'm guilty of this on occasion and its literally my job to know every setting)? Hard to say without more detail.

    I suspect your dealer will find out and get back to you.

    In the meantime if you'd like some files from my last wedding shot with a 240LS wide open on an IQ260 at various ISOs you can email me. They are not only incredibly sharp they show wonderful fall off and very low CA.
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    Re: The elusive Phase One 240 LS

    Doug,

    could you post an image showing how the 240 LS fares as a portrait lens? Like a head/head'n'shoulders type of shot where one can see how the background blurs. As of yet, I have only seen landscape / bird kind of shots posted from this lens ... It would be very interesting to see how useful it is as a portrait tool ... also, if it isn't a big hassle, it would also be great so see some 100% crops ...

    Or do you know of any examples of this kind on the net?

    I really think that Phase One should create sub-pages for all its lenses that include typical images achievable with each type. I.e. one full-open portrait shot and one landscape shot etc. ...

    Kind regards

    Paul
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    Re: The elusive Phase One 240 LS

    This finally isn't such an elusive beast any more. My copy arrived today.

    I shot it a couple of weeks ago and it matched Bill's experiences when I used it so I cracked and whoohoo today I picked up the new box from UPS. It's a big heavy lens but well damped even when shooting handheld. I'll be giving it a full run through at my normal test locations tonight.
    Remember: adventure before dementia!

    As Oscar Wilde said, "my tastes are simple, I only like the best"

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    Re: The elusive Phase One 240 LS

    Way to go, Graham!
    Bill

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    Re: The elusive Phase One 240 LS

    You slut!

    Congratulations, Graham----I'm jealous. Now you can show off the 240LS and the FPS...

    ken

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    Re: The elusive Phase One 240 LS

    Quote Originally Posted by kdphotography View Post
    You slut!
    Moi? Oh, you know it!

    Quote Originally Posted by kdphotography
    Congratulations, Graham----I'm jealous. Now you can show off the 240LS and the FPS...

    ken
    Well, I recall in Carmel that someone, and I won't say who but their name began with a K and ended in EN, was holding on to the demo 240LS as if it was their new born. Just sayin' ... you know that resistance is futile.

    As regards the Alpa FPS, well I'd love one but I'm already hopelessly in lust with the IQ260. It had me at sixty minutes. Watch this space

    Regarding the 240LS, it worked fine with my DF firmware 1.38. (I wasn't sure if I needed an update to support the lens). It seems to focus a little faster with 1.55 that I loaded today. It might be wishful thinking but it feels faster now. Upgrading to 1.55 was recommended anyway so it made sense to do so.
    Remember: adventure before dementia!

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