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    Phase XF release cable out yet

    just headed to a shoot and realized that phase changed up the release cable multiconnector port :<
    Is there a new release cable or adapter available yet?
    Just silly change.. ka-ching..

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    Re: Phase XF release cable out yet

    Not yet. It's coming soon apparently.

    You are correct that the adapter change is a pain although hopefully that's because it exposes more future functionality. I borrowed a pre-fabbed prototype cable for the XF at the CI event last week and it worked perfectly. It was literally the original release spliced to the new connector. I hear that there may be an adapter for old -> new connectors coming - I hope so as I have several and would rather not have to buy new ones unless they are adding something very significant or more reliable. (My Phase / Mamiya releases had a tendency to fall apart at the plug over time which hopefully they've addressed)
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    Re: Phase XF release cable out yet

    Quote Originally Posted by faneuil View Post
    just headed to a shoot and realized that phase changed up the release cable multiconnector port :<
    Is there a new release cable or adapter available yet?
    Just silly change.. ka-ching..

    Eric
    The change is to allow more flexibility (namely more communication pins) for other accessories over the decade+ during which the XF platform will be the primary platform for Phase One. For instance this port will also be the port used for AC power when in a studio still life, product, or cultural heritage imaging use case.

    That said the change is surely annoying as heck for those that just want a darn cable release and find themselves unable to use the last-generation one due to what seems like a small change in the port design (but is actually a fairly consequential in the port design), so I sympathize with you there.

    And I agree Graham, the durability of the last generation cable release was "okay" at best and certainly not up to Phase One's usually very high durability standards. Hopefully the wait for a new one will be justified by an improved one.
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    Re: Phase XF release cable out yet

    thanks Doug.

    I assume this is a standard 12 pin connector of some sort.
    could I just DIM (do it Myself)?
    I am actually more interested in connecting to 3mm jack for remote triggering.

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    Re: Phase XF release cable out yet

    It just depends on how good you are at, "do it yourself." (Me: "huh--- well now I know what it looks like inside..." )

    The prototype cable that we had at CI in Carmel was actually a custom cable (read: fancy expensive splice) but worked well. The splice was covered by a long sealed rubber sleeve.

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    Re: Phase XF release cable out yet

    I don't think that Ziv would have been too pleased if I'd stripped the splice cover off to determine the pin mapping but I could of ... And replacing the bond is just a matter of a new heat cable shrink wrap.
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    Re: Phase XF release cable out yet

    I'm finding Capture Pilot on my iPhone a much simpler solution for remote release - and it's good for about 10 meters!

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    Re: Phase XF release cable out yet

    I don't have an iPhone. The promised android version of capture pilot still not released. I have a trip in two months and getting extremely frustraited with phase one. First of all i don't want to have another device which requires a battery and i have to remember to charge it or remember not to use it because i have to keep the battery full. I like the feeling of remote control in my hand where i don't have to look at a screen to find a release button. Looks like i will have to spend $250 for ipod touch and flush it in a toilet few months later.

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    Re: Phase XF release cable out yet

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    I'm finding Capture Pilot on my iPhone a much simpler solution for remote release - and it's good for about 10 meters!
    That doesn't work with IQ1xx and at -10 or -15C I need gloves. OK winter is nearly over but surely it can't be that hard for Phase One to fix this ?

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    Re: Phase XF release cable out yet

    Quote Originally Posted by MILESF View Post
    That doesn't work with IQ1xx and at -10 or -15C I need gloves. OK winter is nearly over but surely it can't be that hard for Phase One to fix this ?
    They are in no rush when it's a cheap item with little profit to be made.
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