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Phase One to buy Hasselblad ?

Hasselblad-H5D-50c-CMOSAccording to latest rumors there is a possibility that Phase One could buy the Hasselblad camera. latest annual report and some information suggest that the Hasselblad is in financial trouble, there is a possibility that Phase One may be one of the companies likely to acquire Hasselblad. However take this rumor with a grain of salt and we will update you as soon as we get any new information.

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New Hasselblad H5D-50c CMOS Camera with WiFi


Thanks to Hasselblad for updating us, new Hasselblad H5D-50c CMOS Camera now come with built-in WiFi connectivity, now you can fully control your Medium format DSLR iPhone/iPad on location via Phocus Mobile software, more details available at the press release

Press Release

Hasselblad is set to showcase prototypes of its brand new H5D-50c Wi-Fi medium format camera at photokina (Hall 02.1: Stands A021 – B020)

The new model – a feature-rich upgrade to the H5D-50c CMOS unit launched earlier this year – provides photographers with more freedom than ever before, thanks to an innovative Wi-Fi module.

The H5D-50c with Wi-Fi makes it possible for users to fully control the camera and browse/view images on iPhone/iPad on location via Phocus Mobile software, without the need for a computer. It also features a ‘Live View’ function, allowing photographers to see and zoom in on a live image on the rear LCD even when the camera is untethered.

The new model will be available first in Europe at the end of November and will retail at €21,400 excl. tax.

Michele Channer, Hasselblad International Sales Director said: “When we launched the new H5D-50c CMOS camera earlier this year we promised photographers ultimate image quality, regardless of lighting conditions. Now we have developed a unique Wi-Fi upgrade for this camera enabling photographers to work unplugged but still very much connected.”

She added: “Now users can enjoy total freedom – direct camera control and image browsing, without a computer in sight. Our innovative ‘Live View’ functionality is another first for us. Previously photographers could not directly see at the back what they could see through the lens.

And of course this new model boasts all the functionality of its sibling, including a 50Mpixel CMOS sensor and excellent high ISO performance at up to ISO 6400.”

New features on the H5D-50c with Wi-Fi include:

  • Wi-Fi: Control the camera and browse/ view images on iPhone or iPad, even on location.
  • Live View: See a live image on the rear LCD even when the camera is untethered.
  • Capture rate: The capture rate now enables 50 captures per minute.
  • Longest exposure time: The longest shutter speed is now 34 minutes. And no extra black exposure is necessary.
  • Film: Now you can use film magazines on the H5D-50c.
  • Spirit level: Employ the built-in electronic spirit level even in tethered mode.
  • Display modes: Select different display modes even when the camera is tethered.
  • ISO and White Balance: Settings now available on viewfinder display.

Between January and March 2015 Hasselblad is offering photographers the opportunity to upgrade their H5D-50c model for the new Wi-Fi version for €500.

All new features (except Wi-Fi) will be available to H5D-50c and CFV-50c owners as a firmware upgrade shortly after the photokina trade show event.

Leica Medium Format Camera S and S-E Announced

The information we have published about the successor of Leica S2 was 100% true see here Leica S2 Successor Leica S Coming , Finally today Leica announced two variants of the new medium format camera one is Leica S that packed with newly developed Sony Medium format sensor and supports 4K video capture @ 60fps and the other camera is Leica S-E that boats a traditional CCD sensor inside it, have couple of new features compared to its predecessor and cost less than the Leica S camera.

Leica S ( Type 007)


The recently announced Leica S camera features a 37 megapixel medium format CMOS sensor and Maestro II Image Processor, take a look at the major features below of Leica S camera

  • 37.5MP 30 x 45mm CMOS Sensor
  • Maestro II Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Pentaprism 0.87x-Mag. Optical Viewfinder
  • 4K Video at 60 fps, 4:2:2 Color
  • Up to 3.5 fps Shooting, ISO 6400
  • DNG File Format, 16-Bit Color Depth
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body

The Leica S is available for pre-order at B&H storeand shipping date is not know yet.

Leica S-E (Type 006)

Leica-S-E-Medium-Format-CamThe Leica S-E features a traditional contrast based sensor, the features are bit less so you have to pay approx $8500 less than the Leica S medium format camera, take a look at the major features below

Leica S-E Medium format camera Major features

  • 37.5MP 30 x 45mm CCD Sensor
  • Maestro I Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Pentaprism 0.86x-Mag. Optical Viewfinder
  • Up to 1.5 fps Shooting, ISO 1600
  • 12-Stop Dynamic Range
  • DNG File Format, 16-Bit Color Depth
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body
  • Anthracite Cover, Silver Anodized Dial

The leica S-E will cost you apprx $16900 and available for pre-order at B&H store, the shipping date is not known yet.

Pentax 645z Sample Image

Pentax 645z Sample images surfaced over the web today, the full resolution can be seen at Rioch UK website (link at the end), the images look nice and the camera also available at very competitive price point compared to Hasselblad H5D-50c and Phase one IQ250.



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Pentax 645z Announced , Press Release, Specification and Videos

Pentax-645z-image-forntPentax finally announced the long rumored Pentax 645z camera, the camera features 33x44mm CMOS sensor with amazing 50 Megapixel resolution, ISO up to 204,800 and also capture Full-HD 1080 @ 30p, 25p and 24p frame rate, we also get live view display .

Pentax 645z Major Specification

  • 51.4MP CMOS Sensor – 43.8 x 32.8 mm
  • Prime III Image Processor
  • Anti-Alias Filter-Less Design
  • 3.2″ 1037K Dot Tiltable Air-Gapless LCD
  • Full HD 1080 60i/30p/24p Video Capture
  • ISO Sensitivity Range of 100 – 204,800
  • SAFOX II TTL 27 Point Autofocus System
  • 3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Weather Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body
  • Pentax Flucard and Eye-Fi Compatible

The Pentax 645z has 27 point phase AF system (25 points center cross-type) and AF working range is -3EV to +18V @ ISO 100 and room temperature, on the rear side we have large 3.2-inch tilting up and down,  effectively suppress the reflection of light by the air gap-less structure.

pentax-645z-back-imageThe camera is available from June with a retail price tag of 8,499.95, you can pre-order it at B&H Photo store

Must see – Hasselblad H5D-50c vs Phase one IQ250 vs Pentax 645z

Pentax 645z Press Release:

Ricoh Imaging Corporation: The (President Akabane Noboru), employs a large CMOS image sensor with new, as well as ultra-high-resolution images of approximately 51.4 million effective pixels, and a comfortable operation corresponding to professional use will be released interchangeable lens medium-format digital SLR camera equipped with a high reliability the “PENTAX 645Z”.

This product, we have developed based on was launched in 2010 the “PENTAX 645D”. I realize an image with excellent three-dimensional depiction in the ultra-high-definition and renew the image processing engine and image sensor to pursue the improvement of reliability and higher image quality in addition to dust and water structure with a reputation, of approximately 51.4 million effective pixels have. In addition, the Live View function continuous shooting performance of about 3 frames / second highest, high-resolution tilting LCD monitor, the AF system of the latest, exposure control with high accuracy, shutter unit or the like with improved durability, substantially of the key features By providing an improvement in operating response and enhanced Na, also has mobility that is required in the field of professional. In addition, it also includes such linkage function of the smart phone with wireless communication and full HD movie recording, and finish the model to expand greatly, the freedom and the possibility of new video expression.

1. High-definition Image of approximately 51.4 million effective pixels

To the imaging device, I am proud of adopted area size of about 1.7 times the size 35 Mirifuru-size, the new CMOS image sensor of 43.8mm × 32.8mm. Image processing engine “PRIME III” to match, was enhanced image processing capabilities of the high image quality and noise processing, by combining a low-pass filter-less design, approximately 51.4 million effective pixels having excellent stereo imaging performance and high resolution I am an ultra-high-definition image of.
In addition, by reducing drastically the noise of high ISO speed, ultra-high-sensitivity photography of the highest ISO sensitivity 204800 is also possible, and has enabled beyond the common sense of the medium-format conventional format, a new shooting representation You.

2. Fast response to meet the demands of professional

(RAW shooting, JPEG: up to 30 frames is L · ★ ★ ★ when) to 10 frames at about 3 frames / second highest and enables continuous shooting. Also, in addition UHS-I compatible with a high-speed writing to the SD card when using the corresponding speed and quick-view display to (SDR104 standard), PC Transfer is compatible with USB3.0 standard. By implementing a fast response on the heels of 35 mm, meet the requirements of professional use would like to use in a variety of shooting scene the 645 system, and has realized the comfortable operation.

3. AF system with high accuracy

The module of the phase difference for AF, the latest corresponding to the 27-point AF “SAFOX (support Fox) 11 (Eleven)” (25 points center cross-type) is adopted. Three points of the top and bottom center is compatible with luminous flux of F2.8 to be effective in focusing severe large-diameter lens in use. In addition, AF luminance range-3EV also covers a wide range (ISO100, room temperature) and ~ +18 EV, focusing on the naked eye has been to facilitate the focus of difficult against a dark subject. Further, by adopting the CMOS image sensor capable of high-speed read and has the live view function again. It is possible to magnify the AF or by contrast method in the live view screen, the screen, to perform a more precise focus.

4. 3.2-inch tilting up and down, large LCD monitor of about 1.037 million dot

3.2-In addition to the wide viewing angle, I adopt a tilt type move up and down the monitor, to facilitate high-angle shooting and low-angle, It is equipped with high-definition large-screen LCD monitor about 1.037 million dots (3:2 aspect ratio) have. Further, to effectively suppress the reflection of light by the air gap-less structure is adopted glass durable, eliminating the air layer between the liquid crystal surface, the protective cover is AR to reduce glare ( By performing also Anti-Reflection) coating, you greatly increase the visibility of the outdoors.

Full HD movie recording of 5.1920 × 1080:60 i

Full HD movie recording 1920 × 1080:60 i/30P employing the H.264 recording format is possible. It is possible only by the large sensor, depth of field is shallow, to shoot smoothly this video blurred effectively background.
In addition to the built-in stereo microphone, also equipped with stereo microphone terminal of external input, you can also adjust the audio recording level. In addition, interval video 4K overwhelming high-resolution image at (3840 × 2160 pixels) size: also includes (Motion JPEG AVI) shooting function, I can enjoy a wide range of video expression.

6. Body robust and reliable

Strongly to temperature changes to the chassis, and has adopted the aluminum die-casting of high operating accuracy, robustness, a magnesium alloy lightweight frame to the back of the LCD monitor and the exterior of the camera body. In addition, I adopt a tempered glass scratch-resistant on the LCD cover on the back and the upper surface, and enhance strength. In addition, as it is provided with a shutter mechanism which cleared the operation test of 100,000 times greatly increase dust-proof and drip-proof structure which gave the ceiling to 76 places, cold performance of up to 10 ℃ minus, durability, including but not limited to outdoor people I am more reliable in the scene shooting Na.

7. The exposure control with high accuracy due to “Pentax real-time scene analysis system”

Improvements exposure algorithm employed for RGB metering sensor about 8.6 million pixels, it is possible to significantly improve the exposure accuracy, and by linking to the white balance and auto-focus information from the photometric sensor and to improve the performance of each ” I have adopted the Pentax real-time scene analysis system “. I have to allow for exposure control in line with the intended shooting more, that to properly determine the subject or scene by photometric sensor. In addition, the separation accuracy of the background and the main subject, dimming accuracy of flash photography is also improving.

8. Optical viewfinder Large, easy-to-view

Was employed (trapezoidal) prism glass Torapizoido different in shape pentaprism general, it has an optical viewfinder a wide field of view of about 98% while reducing the size of the body size of the camera. In addition, there is a reputation for ease of focus and brightness to the focusing screen, eyestrain has been adopted by a few “Natural-Bright-Matte” all shooting for a long time.

9. Cooperation with the smartphone can Note 1

FLUCARD FOR PENTAX 16GB “O-FC1”: by (optional sale) use, live view display and the release of the smartphone, view pictures taken, download, etc., can be.
It supports smartphones iOS6 later, equipped with OS of Android ™ 4.2 or later Note: 1.

10. To remove dust adhering to the sensor “DRII (Dust Removal II)” mechanism

It is equipped with a mechanism to “DRII” prevent the reflection of dirt out of the photographic image. It is possible by making ultrasonic vibration by a piezoelectric element to UV · IR cut filter portion of the image sensor front, that even if the dust adheres event, can be effectively removed. In addition, the function “Dust Alert” can be confirmed also in preparation for the shooting before the adhesion state of the waste, and enhance the sense of security when you are shooting and interchangeable lenses in dusty places, such as outdoors, an important work.

11. Operation functions of the feelings that corresponds to the professional use

-Can be easy to see the live view output and image confirmation of the PC monitor, such as bird’s-eye view taken from directly above or photo duplicating, when shooting upside down the camera and is equipped with a rotating display function and 180 degree rotation record 180 degrees.
(2 types) are available make it easier to check the position of the subject in the screen, a small square grid of display during live view. Grid lines can be selected from two types of black-and-white.
· We have established a lock button that you want to temporarily disable the dial buttons and can prevent accidental configuration changes.

12. Other

Dual SD card slot equipment that can be used according to the application ① (SDHC, SDXC UHS-I: SDR104 compliant)
white balance adjustment ② Multi-pattern auto is added, was realized to further improve accuracy
It enables storage in ③ RAW, the function taking “HDR” can be re-synthesized by changing the effect
Hyper operation system of its own to respond accurately to the intention of the photographer ④
And copyright information attached to ⑤ photographed image, the presence or absence of image tampering by the bundling software can check
Amount of ambient light, diffraction also possible correction in addition distortion of ⑥ lens, chromatic aberration of magnification
Supports ⑦ Wi-Fi built-in memory card “Eye-Fi” linkage function
In addition to correspond to the USB3.0 standard, ⑧ external interface is also equipped with (type D) terminal HDMI ®
By the engine of ⑨ latest bundled utility software capable of image processing at high speed “Digital Camera Utility 5”
Compatible with: (coming soon sold separately) “IMAGE Transmitter 2” ⑩ PC transfer software

Pentax 645z Specification

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Hasselblad H5D-50c vs Phase one IQ250 vs Pentax 645z


Before we begin please keep in mind that Hasselblad H5D-50c and Pentax 645z are complete camera unit and  Phase One IQ250 is a digital camera back only.

From the image below you can clearly understand the design of Phase one System, the last part is Phase one Back, the middle part is Phase one camera body, the 645DF+ supports more than 50 digital backs including the recently announced IQ250 and 80 lenses (focal plane or leaf shutter lenses), the price of 645DF+ camera body is approx $5990.


Hasselblad H5D-50c vs Phase one IQ250 vs Pentax 645z

Now its time for comparison, we have selected some very basic features that will clearly tell you the difference between these three medium format camera


As we know that all three camera comes with Sony made medium format sensor, the Pentax is able to extract ISO range up to 204800, other two camera ISO limited upto 6400.

The other major feature is presence of advance Phase AF system in Pentax 645Z camera with 27 AF sensors and 25 cross-type sensor.

+1 we forgot to mention that Pentax 645Z is also capable to record Full HD video (1920×1080) and 4K in intervall mode.

Price difference: We really don’t know why Phase one Hasselblad asking for so much money ? on the other hand Pentax is able to give you better core specification at very affordable price. We highly recommend you to wait till April 24th and we will update this post with Pentax pre-order links as soon after the official announcement.

Hasselblad Lenses – H System lens line (12 lenses from 24 to 300mm)

Phase one IQ back mounts Phase One 645DF+, Mamiya 645 FF+, Hasselblad H1 and H2, Hasselblad 555ELD, 553ELX, 503CW and 501CM
Via adapter: Mamiya RZ67 Pro IID, Mamiya RB67, Contax 645 AF

Phase one lenses – 28mm LS f/4.5 Aspherical, 55mm LS f/2.8, 80mm LS f/2.8, 110 mm LS f/2.8, 75-150 mm LS f/4.0-5.6 , 150 mm LS f/3.5, 240 mm LS f/4.5 IF

645z Lenses – 120mm Macro A and AF, 25mm DA, 35mm A, 300mm AF, 400mm AF, 150mm AF, 35mm AF, 150mm-300mm AF, 600mm A.

Pentax 645z Full Specification Leaked


The upcoming PentaxZ medium format camera full specification leaked today, the camera is rumored to be announced on April 24, 2014

Pentax 645z Full Specification

  • 51.4 megapixels / CMOS with primary color filter, without anti Alaising filter
    automatically or manually: ISO 100 – ISO 204800
  • Shutter 1/4000th sec to 30 sec
  • Phase detection autofocus system SAFOX 11 with 27 AF sensors (including 25 cross-type sensors and flux sensors for optimum AF performance with fast lenses)
  • LiveView, contrast AF, focus peaking
  • Full HD video (1920×1080), 4K in intervall mode
  • 3.2″ LCD screen: 3:2 ratio, 1,037,000 dots

Pentax 645z specification Detailed PDF | Pentax Leaked images can be seen here

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