Monday, January 7, 2008
New Tools Of The Trade
The Hasselblad H3DII-39MS, a multishot version of the H3DII-39, is an ideal camera for architectural and still-life photography, particularly when shooting fabrics, textiles and products where color accuracy and moiré-free image quality are paramount. The multishot option on the H3DII-39MS takes a sequence of four captures. The first capture records 25 percent Red, then the CCD moves one pixel (6.8um) and makes a second capture recording 25 percent Green. The CCD again moves one pixel (6.8um) and records 25 percent Blue. Finally, the CCD moves another pixel (6.8um) and records 25 percent Green. The four separate images are assembled in Flexcolor to produce one file. In doing so, there's an increase in resolution and each pixel will receive 25 percent Red, 50 percent Green and 25 percent Blue, so there's no interpolation, and the file size (224 MB, 16-bit TIFF) doesn't change. Combining this technology with the full functionality and integration of the H3DII-39 D-SLR, Hasselblad has created an exciting new system. Outstanding pixel resolution, better colors and improved detail rendering are standard fare, along with features like a new RAW converter. Current Hasselblad users, as well as users of third-party digital backs, have the option of upgrading to the H3DII system, including the H3DII-39MS, through a trade-in program. Estimated Street Price: $43,995. Contact: Hasselblad, (425) 861-6434, www.hasselblad.com.
Turn Over A New Leaf
Capable of shooting up to 70 images per minute, the Leaf AFi medium-format digital camera system was designed and developed with Jenoptik and working pros. The 6x6 medium-format camera comes in three models: AFi-75, AFi-65 and AFi-54. The AFi-75 has a 33-megapixel (48x36mm) CCD with a resolution of 6726 x 5040; the AFi-65 has a 28-megapixel (44x33mm) CCD with a resolution of 6144 x 4622; and the AFi-54 has a 22-megapixel (48x36mm) CCD with a resolution of 5356 x 4056. Along with standard controls, a 6x7cm LCD touch screen lets you access a variety of functions, predefined settings and viewing of true 1:1 RAW images. The adjustable control grip with a camera-settings display allows for ergonomically comfortable operation in various shooting positions. Full remote-control operation is available via computer. A changeable viewfinder system facilitates framing at waist level or through a 90-degree prism viewfinder. Schneider-Kreuznach autofocus digital (AFD) lenses have been designed specifically for use with 30-plus-megapixel digital camera backs, delivering optimal focus sharpness and performance for high-resolution CCD sensors. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Leaf America, (866) 4-US-LEAF, www.leafamerica.com.
Digital and film worlds collide in the Rolleiflex Hy6, a medium-format camera suited for a number of high-end digital backs, along with 6x4.5cm and 6x6cm format film. The Hy6 is an extension of the 6008 AF, but with new features such as an open-system user interface and a focus detector capable of focusing under difficult lighting conditions. The motordrive is removed from the body, and the lithium-ion battery, which can be recharged without memory loss, is in the handgrip. This lowers the total body height, making it more compact and light. Other features include leaf shutters with full flash sync up to 1⁄1000 sec., a 90-degree viewfinder, built-in quick release, mirror-blocked multiexposure and a large LCD on the handgrip displaying shutter speed, aperture settings, battery condition and other data. It's compatible with all 6008 series lenses. Estimated Street Price: $10,000. Contact: Direct Source Marketing, www.dsmww.com.
A pair of newly designed high-end, wide-angle Nikon zooms built for digital photography has entered the market. The AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm ƒ/2.8G ED lens fits a variety of applications, from photojournalists looking to tell the story in one shot to interior photography without fish-eye distortion. The AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ/2.8G ED lens allows you to photograph anything from tight portraits to expansive landscapes. Both feature Nikon's Silent Wave Motor, which delivers fast autofocusing without much noise, and extra-low-dispersion glass elements for minimizing chromatic aberrations. An extra-low-refractive index coating, referred to as the Nano Crystal Coat, nearly eliminates internal lens-element reflection across a range of wavelengths and works to reduce ghosting and flare. Estimated Street Price: $1,799 (14-24mm); $1,699 (24-70mm). Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-UX, www.nikonusa.com.
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