Phase One offers XF firmware update, three new Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses
Phase One has released updated firmware for its new XF system, announced in June. Feature Update #1 brings a couple of new tools to those using the XF with its Waist Level Finder, including focus confirmation with the OneTouch UI and a bullseye level. The camera’s seismograph is utilized in a newly added mode that will automatically delay image capture until it senses zero vibration. Other features include the ability to calibrate the hyperfocal point for each lens used, and a histogram display with the OneTouch UI. And we should add: the histogram is particularly useful for Raw shooters, as it is correlated with the Raw, making it easier to properly expose-to-the-right.
The feature updates are a part of the company’s philosophy of expanding features without necessarily requiring hardware upgrades. When we spoke to Lau Nørgaard, Vice President of Research and Development at Phase One, he stressed that the XF camera was designed from the ground up to be very programmable, which makes it easier for Phase One engineers to add and tweak features via firmware updates. We applaud this philosophy.
The XF system also gets a trio of new lenses today, including the 55mm LS F2.8, 80mm LS F2.8 and 150mm F3.5. They offer leaf shutters and the ‘more robust quality standard’ of the 35mm and 120mm lenses launched with the system. Phase One is also now offering A-series IQ3 digital backs, which are fully compatible with XF and Alpa TC systems.
The firmware updates for XF camera body and IQ back are available now – visit Phase One’s website to download the updates. The new Schneider Kreuznach lenses are shipping now; prices are below.
- Schneider Kreuznach 55mm LS f/2.8 — 3.990 EUR / 4,990 USD
- Schneider Kreuznach 80mm LS f/2.8 — 2.490 EUR / 3,290 USD
- Schneider Kreuznach 150mm LS f/3.5 — 4.490 EUR / 5,990 USD
Phase One Releases First Major XF Platform Update
Phase One’s future-ready camera platform evolves
COPENHAGEN, Oct. 21, 2015 – Phase One, the world’s leading medium format camera system provider, today released the first major XF Camera System update – just months after the product’s introduction. Engineered from day one as an updateable platform, the XF Camera System is Phase One’s most flexible and expandable camera system ever, thanks to its operating software and highly integrated, yet modular hardware design.
The Phase One XF Camera System offers hard-working pro photographers and photo enthusiasts a competitive advantage with its continual feature enhancements and long-term investment value.
“We designed the XF to be THE system for medium format photography today and for many years to come,” said Lau Nørgaard – Vice President of R&D. “It had to be very flexible and able to grow. With our first of many feature updates, we are now ready to prove this flexibility by adding new advanced functionality through a simple update.”
For a closer look, please go to www.phaseone.com/XF-Platform-Update or get your hands on the XF Camera System by booking a demo at: www.phaseone.com/demo
XF features update delivers new functionality:
- Focus confirmation on the XF OneTouch UI; now gives full focus control in Waist Level Finder workflow;
- Seismographic Vibration Delay ensures camera stillness at the moment of capture;
- Hyperfocal Point Calibration allows photographers to use Capture One PRO to calibrate and store their perfect hyperfocal point;
- BullsEye Level tool on the XF OneTouch UI enables easy camera alignment;
- Histogram display on the XF OneTouch UI permits immediate review of captured data;
- Focus Step enables focus control directly from Live View in Capture One PRO, providing the photographer with the ultimate focus accuracy;
- And general stability improvements.
All these new features are free to all XF Camera System owners.
Three new Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses
Today Phase One introduced new 55mm LS f/2.8, 80mm LS f/2.8 and 150mm LS f/3.5 lenses. Like the 35mm and 120mm lenses introduced during the XF System launch, these Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses are built to a new and more robust quality standard.
Phase One is continually updating its wide lens range to optimize performance with the evolving XF Camera System. For example, each lens serial number is now stored in firmware to support individual lens calibration and for integration with future camera system advancements. The new lenses feature a metal focusing ring and AF/MF selector ring of precision milled aluminum, and a new metal lens hood with anti-skid rubber edging. They are manufactured to Phase One’s latest standards, including improved quality assurance measures and tighter tolerances for a better, more reliable lens performance.
New A-series extends compatibility
The new A-series IQ3 system is now fully compatible with the XF Camera System. New Factory Lens Calibrations (FLC) have been engineered for each of the new A-series IQ3 Digital Backs. So A-series users can simply select the lens they’re using from the IQ3 touch screen and shoot, eliminating the need to later create Lens Cast Corrections.
The A-series IQ3 system is a great example of Phase One’s open-platform philosophy.
Availability and Pricing
New Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses are shipping now and available through Phase One photography partners worldwide: www.phaseone.com/partners
Prices for Schneider Kreuznach 55mm LS f/2.8 — 3.990 EUR / 4,990 USD
Prices for Schneider Kreuznach 80mm LS f/2.8 — 2.490 EUR / 3,290 USD
Prices for Schneider Kreuznach 150mm LS f/3.5 — 4.490 EUR / 5,990 USD
The New A-series IQ3 system is shipping now and available through Phase One photography partners worldwide: www.phaseone.com/partners
Prices for the new A-series IQ3 system begin at 37.000 EUR / 48,000 USD.
The XF Camera System is shipping now and available through Phase One photography partners worldwide: www.phaseone.com/partners
Prices for the XF Camera System begin at 31.990 EUR / 40,990 USD.
Bundle options with the new A-series IQ3 system and the XF Camera System are also available through Phase One photography partners worldwide: www.phaseone.com/partners
Prices for the new A-series IQ3 system bundled with the XF Camera System begin at
43.990 EUR / 56,990 USD.
Attractive camera system upgrade offers are available for all Phase One photographers. For a demo, please sign up here: www.phaseone.com/demo