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    Phase One A Series

    Compact Mirrorless Medium Format

    Oh my!

    A tethered iphone viewer?


    The A-Series - From Phase One
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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by fmueller View Post
    Compact Mirrorless Medium Format

    Oh my!

    A tethered iphone viewer?

    The A-Series - From Phase One
    Even better than a tethered iPhone viewer... a wireless iPhone viewer.

    This is already available with any IQ250 using the latest firmware and the latest version of Capture Pilot*. Refresh rate is around 30fps in normal light, latency is maybe 0.1 seconds (essentially real time) and includes 100% tap-to-zoom. It also includes wireless review of all images on the CF card including optional GPS tagging, ratings, 100% view, and histogram. With the next release of Capture Pilot we will also have automatic LCC correction by selecting the lens attached to the A-Series.

    Alpa has made a nice angled iPhone holder for the A Series so that it can be held and used like a Waist Level Viewfinder if desired.

    Digital Transitions is a Phase One A-Series dealer and will be hosting the swanky US launch party in NYC, and will be holding a VIP hands on preview of the Phase One A Series as soon as it ships to the US. You can sign up at the link above to be emailed when the schedule is finalized.

    Phase One is really pushing the envelope on tech camera compatibility. Best in class LCC algorithm (including upcoming in-back LCC autocorrection), live view on the LCD for all IQ2 backs, internal battery, retina touch screen for focus evaluation, wireless review on iOS devices, Focus Mask (especially useful for Scheimpflug analysis), custom-adjustable exposure warning, and bullet-proof industrial design.

    *Importantly we've found on two of our iOS devices at the office the new Live View feature is crazy fast and very high in quality, but crashes sporadically. Not a shock - the idea that they can manage 30fps onto a retina display wirelessly is pretty amazing - I'll forgive them if the first release is a bit buggy as long as they jump right on an update which makes it rock solid. It's also possible the issue is specific to our devices, though since it's happening on two that seems less likely.
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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Unless Phase has worked on the Capture Pilot viewing algorithm, the view at 100% will not be too useful. It's better than 100% on an iPad which is terrible but still not as sharp as the LCD on the back.

    Curious if this is the same 35mm Rodenstock with the 70mm IC or a new lens. In the picture it's showing the older pink band.

    No mention of movements. Not that familiar with Alpa but the camera looks like the TC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul2660 View Post
    Unless Phase has worked on the Capture Pilot viewing algorithm, the view at 100% will not be too useful. It's better than 100% on an iPad which is terrible but still not as sharp as the LCD on the back.

    Curious if this is the same 35mm Rodenstock with the 70mm IC or a new lens. In the picture it's showing the older pink band.

    No mention of movements. Not that familiar with Alpa but the camera looks like the TC.

    Paul
    I'm eager to hear your thoughts on the new Capture Pilot Paul! Download it and share. Make sure to turn on "respect retina resolution".

    23HR, 35HR, 70HR are the supported lenses.

    Correct - no movements.
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    Re: Phase One A Series

    This should also be available with a Leaf 50..... right?

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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by dougpeterson View Post
    I'm eager to hear your thoughts on the new Capture Pilot Paul! Download it and share. Make sure to turn on "respect retina resolution".

    23HR, 35HR, 70HR

    Body is TC - no movements.
    I have version 1.7 installed which I assume is the most current. I will take a look later tonight. I always had "respect retina" turned on with the older versions.

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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by vjbelle View Post
    This should also be available with a Leaf 50..... right?

    Victor
    The Leaf Credo 50 is a great back but lacks Wifi.

    The Phase One A-Series is exclusively a Phase One IQ2 product and leverages its Wifi capability.
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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by vjbelle View Post
    This should also be available with a Leaf 50..... right?

    Victor
    Whoops..... of course not.... no WIFI!

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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul2660 View Post
    I have version 1.7 installed which I assume is the most current. I will take a look later tonight. I always had "respect retina" turned on with the older versions.

    Paul

    Paul - below is the post from Josh Booth regarding the 1.7 update for Capture Pilot:

    https://captureintegration.com/captu...-7-released-2/

    And the 35mm lens is the 35mm HR, as Doug noted, which has the (somewhat) restrictive 70mm image circle, the 35mm APO Sironar has a larger (105mm) image circle, but does not equal the optical performance of the 35 HR.


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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Steve - any news on when the iPhone holder will be available as a separate unit, and will it take the 6+?

    Kind regards,

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    Forgive my ignorance, but what purpose does the iPhone serve, except for making the camera look a bit funny? There's an excellent display on the unit already, right?

    Is it just like having a tiltable screen like some DSLRs have (which indeed can be nice), or is there more?

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    Can someone please explain what "upcoming in-back LCC autocorrection" actually entails? Is it automatic LCC correction based on the back knowing what lens, focus point and aperture you are using (and lens movements if camera allows), sensed and applied automatically? Or is it essentially that you take the LCC shot as normal and can assign it to the relevant image on back? The former would be amazing, but I assume would require some kind of electronic communication between lens and back to be useful. The latter would be useful in some situations, if a little cumbersome in practice (at least in the way I imagine it being implemented.)

    As for the iPhone holder, it all seems a bit superfluous to me. I get sick of needing to charge my iPhone battery everyday as it is. Plus it looks rather, well, silly? Then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the TC itself is pretty hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjv View Post
    Can someone please explain what "upcoming in-back LCC autocorrection" actually entails? Is it automatic LCC correction based on the back knowing what lens, focus point and aperture you are using (and lens movements if camera allows), sensed and applied automatically? Or is it essentially that you take the LCC shot as normal and can assign it to the relevant image on back? The former would be amazing, but I assume would require some kind of electronic communication between lens and back to be useful. The latter would be useful in some situations, if a little cumbersome in practice (at least in the way I imagine it being implemented.)

    As for the iPhone holder, it all seems a bit superfluous to me. I get sick of needing to charge my iPhone battery everyday as it is. Plus it looks rather, well, silly? Then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the TC itself is pretty hot.
    I think the holder makes a huge amount of sense - especially for those who like shooting at waist level.

    With regards the automatic LCC correction, I believe that the back will hold a library of LCC shots based on lens and aperture (I find it very difficult to believe it will also be by focus point). You'd have to manually identify both the lens and aperture shot at, although I don't believe this package is really targeted towards people who will be frequently changing the lens on the camera.

    Kind regards,

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    Re: Phase One A Series

    The iPhone can be used as an EVF (as the live view of the Phase back is not very, let’s say, user friendly).
    In absolute terms using the screen for framing is less than ideal I think (direct contact with the scene thru an OVF is a lot more involving).
    But in the MF DB world it’s a nice trade off from the expensive and deforming OVF that – unlike in the 35mm world – are only used for framing without displaying any other useful information.

    Anyway I’m questioning the usefulness of this new A system.
    The camera and back are very compact, but the iPhone and Holder on top of them are not.
    This is most certainly the best IQ wide angle performer (top of the class Phase One DB, vibration free Alpa body, cristal clear Rodenstock HR lens).
    But there is no possible movement. So software correction of the perspective should be applied when necessary. Even if the keystone correction and such tool are well implemented in C1, they have an impact on the sharpness of the files. The right proportions on the subject could also easily be unintentionally modified.
    Both compromises look unacceptable to me for such super high level system.

    So in my view this A system will only be profitable for some kind of wide angle shooter that wants perfect quality in a rather compact system and doesn’t care about perspective corrections. Very, very sexy tool for such 'on the go' street/ landscape use, but very specific too.

    This concept could be so nice with an Alpa STC body (less compact but the iPhone and holder aren’t neither on this A system).
    Just a few mm of rise/fall movement of the back (say 6 or 8mm max) could prevent any later IQ alteration due to software correction.
    An iPhone 6 or 6 Plus holder could also help make a real difference for reviewing the files, compared to the DB screen.

    Yeah, some customers are never satisfied ;-)
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    Re: Phase One A Series

    i don't see why the I-phone holder would't fit on the STC or Cambo for that matter

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    I hope us IQ1x0 users will see at least parts of the LCC firmware update too. It would be really useful to be able to tag each image with lens used, focal length and so on while on shoot.
    If then this data could be ingested into C1 (which could automatically select the right LCC to use for each pic) would be extremely valuable...
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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Even with CMOS, I don't think Phase is transmitting Live View over WiFi and Capture Pilot. It might be possible with vr 1.7. What you get with capture pilot and WiFi is the ability to view images once they are taken ( a JPEG rendering) and camera controls for the df+.

    I am also interested in the auto LCC as I can't see the back processing and applying a LCC in the field. Doing this in post on a computer takes quite a bit of processing headroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul2660 View Post
    Even with CMOS, I don't think Phase is transmitting Live View over WiFi and Capture Pilot. It might be possible with vr 1.7. What you get with capture pilot and WiFi is the ability to view images once they are taken ( a JPEG rendering) and camera controls for the df+.

    I am also interested in the auto LCC as I can't see the back processing and applying a LCC in the field. Doing this in post on a computer takes quite a bit of processing headroom.

    Paul
    I've been playing with this today. Live view is transmitted to Capture Pilot. It's really rather cool.

    Kind regards,


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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by jlm View Post
    i don't see why the I-phone holder would't fit on the STC or Cambo for that matter
    Just making the assumption that there is something specific in the new A serie of Phase One as they do not show an option to customize it with the other Alpa camera bodies.
    Maybe we will see a 'B' system tomorrow with the STC, then a 'C' system...
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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by gerald.d View Post
    I've been playing with this today. Live view is transmitted to Capture Pilot. It's really rather cool.

    Kind regards,


    Gerald.
    My error.

    Only seems to work with the 50mp backs however per the notes on the Apple Store. Very cool indeed.

    How is the image review at 100%?

    Better than VR 1.5?

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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Because the photo doesn't show the copal shutter, nor the cabling required, the product image does tend to suggest this is a new-hi-tech-touch-screen-iphone-wifi-super-slick-thingamyjig, when - let's face it - it's just a TC with a new iphone holder attached, plus a firmware/software update.

    Seriously though, how does this work with the 260/280 compared to the 250 - what's the refresh rate like - how long can you use it before the top gets so hot you can fry an egg on it?



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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by jlm View Post
    i don't see why the I-phone holder would't fit on the STC or Cambo for that matter
    John, please see the Phase One non-disclosure agreement.

    You're referring to the Phase One "C" ---Cambo series soon to be released...


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    Re: Phase One A Series

    The earlier versions of the iPhone holder fit any ALPA 12 camera. Mine's on an STC. ALPA prides itself on the various bits fitting any camera in their line, and the mounting holes are the same. If the connection between the back and the iPhone is via WIFI, there's no reason the setup shouldn't work on an STC or Max, with the iPhone showing movements or tilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephengilbert View Post
    The earlier versions of the iPhone holder fit any ALPA 12 camera. Mine's on an STC. ALPA prides itself on the various bits fitting any camera in their line, and the mounting holes are the same. If the connection between the back and the iPhone is via WIFI, there's no reason the setup shouldn't work on an STC or Max, with the iPhone showing movements or tilt.
    But it won't be a real "A Series," Steve. Send me your Alpa and I'll make a label for you.

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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by tjv View Post
    Can someone please explain what "upcoming in-back LCC autocorrection" actually entails? Is it automatic LCC correction based on the back knowing what lens, focus point and aperture you are using (and lens movements if camera allows), sensed and applied automatically? Or is it essentially that you take the LCC shot as normal and can assign it to the relevant image on back?
    Exact implementation details are still being finalized.

    Selection of the lens is done via manual menu selection on the digital back, or via Capture Pilot on the iPhone. So when you change lenses you'd just need to change that menu option (not unlike with uncoded Leica M lenses on a digital M body).

    Specifics of if/how aperture/focus are accounted for are not yet finalized.

    We'll have the first one in the US and will step you through specifics of implementation, and what features on this system can also be used with non "supported" lenses or Arca/Cambo users.
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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by f8orbust View Post
    Seriously though, how does this work with the 260/280 compared to the 250 - what's the refresh rate like - how long can you use it before the top gets so hot you can fry an egg on it?
    Quite poorly. Refresh rate on the live view of Phase One A-260 and Phase One A-280 is ballpark 3-6 frames per second depending on lighting and quality setting.

    If fast live view is important to you then the A-260 is the best option by far.
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    An incredible new system using Phase One Digital Backs, Rodenstock optics, and ALPA bodies giving you the absolute best in Image Quality.
    Interesting to see that Digital Transitions are saying that for the "absolute best" image quality you need to shoot Phase One, Rodenstock, and ALPA.

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    Re: Phase One A Series

    "Even better than a tethered iPhone viewer... a wireless iPhone viewer."

    Even better if you own an IQ2 back or sell them. If you have an IQ1 back, a little cable would be quite adequate.




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    Quote Originally Posted by gerald.d View Post
    Interesting to see that Digital Transitions are saying that for the "absolute best" image quality you need to shoot Phase One, Rodenstock, and ALPA.

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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by gerald.d View Post
    Interesting to see that Digital Transitions are saying that for the "absolute best" image quality you need to shoot Phase One, Rodenstock, and ALPA.

    You can have many things that are the "absolute best" .

    Haven't you heard of a tie??

    At a technical level this is not any better or worse than a similar Arca Swiss bundle or Cambo bundle. They are all technically immaculate.
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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by stephengilbert View Post
    "Even better than a tethered iPhone viewer... a wireless iPhone viewer."

    Even better if you own an IQ2 back or sell them. If you have an IQ1 back, a little cable would be quite adequate.
    I honestly think that if Apple had given a micro-USB port on any of the early iPhones that might have been worked on in R+D.

    As it is, no USB on iOS devices means no market-justifiable reason to work on any iOS non-wireless solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougpeterson View Post
    You can have many things that are the "absolute best" .
    Actually no, you can't. That's the whole meaning behind the word "absolute".

    Will DT be carrying any of the ALPA accessories that could be used with this A series?

    Kind regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougpeterson View Post
    Exact implementation details are still being finalized.

    Selection of the lens is done via manual menu selection on the digital back, or via Capture Pilot on the iPhone. So when you change lenses you'd just need to change that menu option (not unlike with uncoded Leica M lenses on a digital M body).

    Specifics of if/how aperture/focus are accounted for are not yet finalized.

    We'll have the first one in the US and will step you through specifics of implementation, and what features on this system can also be used with non "supported" lenses or Arca/Cambo users.
    To be honest, it would really odd for Phase to implement some form of an auto LCC process that only applies to a Alpa TC even with the alliance in place. However since that camera has no movements, I guess it's a bit easier to control.

    Back to Capture Pilot.

    Doug you asked for my feedback,

    Basically to me it's the same hit and miss, solution it was back in March. I am running the latest back firmware 5.14 and on the iPad iOS 8 which is current. The version of Capture Pilot I have is 1.7.

    1. Attempting the Adhoc connection is hit and miss and takes reboot of back, iPad or both to make a connection. About 5 minutes spent to do that.

    2. After connection, time to load 25 thumbnails, in-definite. I never got all 25 thumbs to load on the screen. Most of the time you get the spinning wheel and after about 4 to 5 minutes of waiting I killed the app.

    3. 100% view, with "respect retina" on, looks to me as it did before, i.e at a 100% view you still really can't tell exacting focus, if you back off the view maybe to 75%, it helps.

    4. I finally gave up on waiting for images to load in at 100%, as after about 4 views at 100%, the app just spins, and can't do anything.

    NET, the app is still not where I feel it should be, in that it won't connect, and when it does connect it will never load all the thumbs I have.

    Based on my past experiences with Phase One, I would have to state, that if there is a IQ260/250 that is connecting on a regular basis, and can consistently show views at 100% and back to thumb view without a freeze, then more than likely Phase One changed out the WiFi controller in the back to make it work more effectively and seamlessly. I have seen this before with my P45+ so it would not surprise me at all.

    However tethering is still excellent and really with my back, there is no comparison.

    If this is being sold for a EVF type solution with a 250 and live view, and the connections are both more accurate and consistent, again I propose that Phase One made some hardware changes to the 250 and later 260's.

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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by dougpeterson View Post
    I honestly think that if Apple had given a micro-USB port on any of the early iPhones that might have been worked on in R+D.

    As it is, no USB on iOS devices means no market-justifiable reason to work on any iOS non-wireless solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephengilbert View Post
    Is that a Phase One A Series cord?


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    Re: Phase One A Series

    Quote Originally Posted by dougpeterson View Post
    I honestly think that if Apple had given a micro-USB port on any of the early iPhones that might have been worked on in R+D.
    What stopped them from using an EVF instead relying on a phone?
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    What stopped them from using an EVF instead relying on a phone?
    This is my thought too. This package is not cheap, but I'm sure most users would rather a dedicated EVF instead of having to use their phone. For sure, it's the modern age and people might not like carrying an extra bit of gear, but if my phone rings, I'd prefer not to have it mounted on my camera.
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    Trying to keep it affordable....

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    What stopped them from using an EVF instead relying on a phone?

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    Re: Phase One A Series

    No kidding! I think you are factual!

    Edit: I just checked around and the MF iphone holders (only for the old models and no phone included) cost $399-499 pop!
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    With you guys the phone makes no sense when you have live view right on the LCD of the back. Wifi is something I would NEVER depend on as a working Pro. PERIOD

    Sorry this is another gimmick that cost a **** load of money. I love the Credo 50 and equivelent CMOS backs now and what would stop me from just using a Alpa TC or Cambo compact with a lens and the backs live view. Nothing.

    Look I have this thing against iPhones and the photography business as a whole. There ****ing up the Pro market and if you keep burying your head in the sand thinking it does not than ask me about the drop in revenue and jobs lost over it. Its killed the event side of the business because Joe smart *** can do it on his iPhone. Sorry for the attitude on it but its deserved. Ill become a chiropractor now and fix all those necks that never get to eye level any more. LOL
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    Is that a Phase One A Series cord?

    No, that will be black!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    With you guys the phone makes no sense when you have live view right on the LCD of the back. Wifi is something I would NEVER depend on as a working Pro. PERIOD

    Sorry this is another gimmick that cost a **** load of money. I love the Credo 50 and equivelent CMOS backs now and what would stop me from just using a Alpa TC or Cambo compact with a lens and the backs live view. Nothing.
    I couldn't agree more (and I also agree with the bit of your post I cut out, by the way.) Having good waist level finder with relevant readouts is one thing, but relying on using wifi to a cell phone to use it is madness in my book. For one, the battery life will be crap, not to mention the constant drop outs and freezes that plague wireless interfaces.

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    Re: Phase One A Series

    i use my i-phone handheld like a director's glass; with viewfinder pro set up for my lenses it is a useful, fast way to preview, both for the A7 and the Cambo/Iq160
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    Where is anyone going with this iPhone Holder thing?? Its really just an expensive gimmick that only had use with the P40/45+ series backs. Those backs didn't even offer composition on the LCD so the iPhone made some/not much sense. As for a waist viewing device I'm even more perplexed! Who would ever consider using an IQ260/280 for a handheld waist level camera? There are so many other inexpensive alternatives available that shoot at clean ISO levels that its just nuts!! Let see..... ISO 50, f11.... what kind of shutter speed does that equate to? Makes no sense to me.... I won't even consider handholding under 1/500 second. This whole A series system is kinda reminding me of the Hasselblad Lunar thing....

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    Sooooo... Is this what they've come up with in lieu of the super secret Phase One camera that was going to replace the DF+!?!
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    Trying to wrap my head around this so bear with me please. The new IQ2 has wifi that can connect to an iPhone. Got that part. The part I don't understand is this - the screen on the phone is only slightly larger that the IQ; then added to the fact that it only displays jpegs. Jpegs that are by nature a lower quality thus making a poorer image quality. Add to this the already ability to do the same viewing right off the back at a much higher quality. This is where I scratch my head.

    Why do this when it's very simple to tether either a Surface Pro 2 or 3, running C1 and be able to have a much larger screen, much better resolution and peek at 100% or more?

    Call me crazy but there's no way I'm going to rely on anything wireless in the field when I can get better results being hardwired/tethered to a larger screen using the exact same software as I'll be using when I return to my studio.

    I'll admit I'm old and set in my ways; so I'll ask this - what am I missing here?
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    I'll ask this - what am I missing here?
    The marketing opportunity.

    At least they did not stick a wooden handle and some bling on it and call it a luxury item. I am not sure how "new" a Phase back on a TC with view camera lens and an iPhone is. I remember seeing lots of examples here at GetDPI over the years. Wow! Perhaps our members were secret beta testers!
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    Re: Phase One A Series

    The biggest news for me here is the ability for in-camera lens correction. Presumably it is only when centered, but is still better than what we have today. If we could set lens, tilt angle, X and Y movements, and aperture in the back and have it calibrate automatically like an uncoded M-lens, it would be sweet. This would be a major workflow advantage for me. Even a limited implementation for centered only lenses is a great step, and shows these guys are thinking beyond just the usual improvements. Looking forward to getting more details as they are available, and of course, hoping that this is not somehow crippled just for this setup

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    Um, Will. This is still an Alpa, and you know those fancy wood handles are mandatory...

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    Re: Phase One A Series

    I think the attraction to the Phase A series is that Phase and Alpa have made it easier by putting together all the parts, bits, and pieces together for you. That's not a bad thing.

    And maybe this is the sign of things to come with a drop-down menu for an LCC library of sorts, based on some sort of magic algorithms that are pretty darn close to most lighting situations and movements----available in C1 Pro. And while still allowing you to do your normal LCC if desired. That would be cool.

    But it seems to me that WiFi is not the most reliable and would be simply easier to use Steve's Phase One Series A cable (in black, of course).

    Has the viewing quality of the images improved? Different format? If you've ever zoomed in on an iPad to view JPEGS it isn't exactly the best. An iPhone screen is smaller yet. Now compare the 100%, 200% or more zoom in on actual full resolution raw files using C1 Pro when tethered to a Surface Pro. Focus mask? Loupe tool? Move those shadow/highlight sliders around...

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