Last Year in August I spent 14 days travelling around the Southern Highlands of Iceland with my Phase One 100 Megapixel camera, the (relatively) newly released Phase One XF and the IQ3-100 back. Along with a range of Phase One, Schneider Kreuznach and Mamiya lenses it’s a very heavy camera bag! So is it worth carrying all that gear? Are the results really that good? Well, yes.
I was on my way up one of the mountain trails in Landmannalaugar in the Icelandic Southern Highlands and a couple of hikers had just passed me on their way down. The light had just begun to come out beautifully after the latest rain shower when I saw these same hikers appear on the ridge well below me headed towards a transient patch of sunlight, and I thought that would be a great opportunity for some scale in this awesome landscape.
The Technical aspects
The image above is the full width capture, (I have cropped a bit off the top and bottom) straight out of Capture One with some minor development (contrast and shadow management). It was shot on the XF-100 with a Phase One 75-150mm f4.5 lens. This is the Phase One version, not the considerably heavier Schneider Kreuznach version, so it’s a very good lens, but not one of the best as far as resolving power goes. But still it’s pretty impressive. The image below is a 50% width crop of that same file.
The Full Zoom
The image below is the full 100% zoomed version of the same file, Now I’m sure you can see the hikers! Now go back and have a look at the full image at the top of this post. Why do I need so much resolution? I regularly print files like this one to 3m long and occasionally to 5m long, and with 100mp of resolution they look fantastic!
Phase One XF-100 Vs the Hasselblad H6D-100
This image shot on the Phase One XF-100 with the Phase One 75-150mm f4.5 zoom lens. So why did I sell the Hasselblad and buy the Phase One? The 100Mp CMOS sensor was the justification for the upgrade, but Hasselblad are using the same sensor in their new H6D-100, and I deliberately waited for that to be released before making any decisions… That’s coming up in the next post.