Digital vs 4×5″ Film

Darren wrote this at 7:15 pm:

The Luminous Landscape has just posted an insightful article by Charles Cramer, a highly-regarded American large-format landscape photographer with 30 years of experience: Phase One P45 Digital Back vs 4×5″ Drum Scanned Film.

Charles reports on the results of a three-way shootout between Jim Taskett with a Phase One P45 digital back (39 megapixel) on a Hasselblad body, Bill Atkinson with a Phase One P25 digital back (22 megapixel) on a Hasselblad H1 body, and himself with a Linhof camera loaded with Fuji Velvia 4×5″ film.

39 Megapixel Hasselblad

Darren wrote this at 7:58 pm:

Hasselblad has announced a new 39 megapixel medium format digital camera, the H2D-39. This camera is based on the Hasselblad H2 body, and is compatible with the entire range of Hasselblad H System lenses as well as the Hasselblad V lens system.

The same functionality is being offered in a digital back format, designed to work with the Hasselblad H2 camera and others using the H-system interface plate. The digital backs include:

  • CF-39 – the basic 39 megapixel digital back
  • CF-39MS – multi-shot-capable version of the digital back, providing increased color resolution for studio shooting
  • CFH-39 – integrates with the H2′s power system, so both camera and digital back can be powered by the H2′s Li-ion battery

The new camera and backs will be rolled out worldwide in Q1 2006. Hasselblad offers an upgrade program for users wanting to step up to these new products from older versions.

Hasselblad Announces H2 and H2D

Darren wrote this at 7:03 pm:

Hasselblad H2D medium format digital camera.Hasselblad has announced two new medium format camera bodies and two new medium format digital backs.

The new bodies are the H2 “cross-platform” camera (i.e. can take a film or digital back) and the H2D fully-integrated digital camera. These cameras build upon the previous generation H1 and H1D, adding improvements to mobility, quality and workflow.

The new digital backs are the Ixpress CF and Ixpress CFH. The CF is designed to allow support for a variety of camera bodies via i-adaptors (e.g. Hasselblad H, Rollei, Contax, Mamiya, Fuji). The CFH has basically the same technical specs but is designed to integrate tightly with the H2 body.

The H2 now offers single-battery operation when used with the new Ixpress CFH digital back, meaning there’s only one one/off switch and one operating system. This will make for a much better, more integrated system for the photographer.

The H2D and the Ixpress backs all sport a 22 megapixel, 37mm x 49mm CCD sensor.

Hasselblad’s new digital products now offer the choice of the portable CF card storage, the flexible FireWire drive, or the tethered operation with extended, special capture controls. With these three operating and storage options, the photographer is able to select a mode to suit the nature of the work at hand, whether in the studio or on location.

The H2D and digital backs use Adobe’s DNG format as their native RAW format, giving ultimate flexibility in post-processing software and workflow while still offering the optimum image quality of a RAW format.

For more information, see the Hasselblad product page.

All of these products are expected to become available in 2005 Q3.