First introduced by Kodak back in 1888, the box camera is one of the simplest forms of camera out there. Popular until halfway through the 20th century, they started to disappear as 35mm SLRs and rangefinders started to take over. Although not as popular as they once were, film is seeing a resurgence and they’ve come back into demand. So much so that Hamm Camera Company have started up a Kickstarter campaign to launch the NuBox 1, a new medium format box camera with interchangeable lenses.
Hasselblad have just announced the new H6D-400c. A 400MP monster of a camera, but there’s a catch. All is not quite as it initially appears. Yes, it can produce 400MP images, but it’s not a 400MP sensor. It’s still a 100MP sensor, but it uses pixel shifting, taking multiple shots to form a single higher resolution image. Six shots this case.
As well as this, the H6D-400c offers a four-shot multishot mode which allows the camera to record full red, green and blue values from every pixel. A very cool technique that should (theoretically) yield Foveon-like quality from a Bayer sensor.
In recent tests from DxO, the camera of Google Pixel 2 takes the first place as the best mobile device camera they’ve tested so far. According to the sample images, it really does a good job, but how does it stack up against a professional camera? Tyler Stalman has decided to check it. In this video, he and photographer Jason Eng test Google Pixel 2 and a Hasselblad medium format system in different lighting conditions, and compare the results.
Looking back at all the new 35mm and 120 film stocks one can buy today, 2017 will probably be remembered as one the most thriving year for the film photography industry.
The demand is so high that companies considered long gone, are now back with new film stocks or updated versions of their old emulsions. We also see smaller scale companies achieving great successes like Cinestill, JCH or Film Washi which is known as “the world’s smallest company to produce photographic materials”.
What’s the most expensive camera you’ve ever had the chance to have in your hands? The Art of Photography’s Ted Forbes has tested the camera I think most of us will never have the chance to hold: a $63,000 Phase One XF medium format with the IQ3 monochrome back.
$63,000 is certainly quite a lot, but according to Ted, this camera setup is a game changer. With the 101 MP sensor and design to capture light past the visual spectrum, you’d expect a miracle from this setup. And judging from the video – the miracle is what you get.
Thanks to cameras like the Hasselblad X1D and Fujifilm GFX 50s, there’s been a lot of fuss over medium format the last couple of years. And while those two cameras have helped to drive down the cost of getting into medium format, it’s still not cheap. So, is it worth getting into?
This video from LensProToGo looks at some of the advantages of medium format, and how they might be able to help you as a photographer and a business.
Jordan had the brilliant idea to mount his action camera on the back of the Hasselblad Xpan so we could show you what it’s like to shoot with this unique camera. It took us a while to figure out a proper way to make this work but we eventually found out a decent solution, which I hope will give you a taste of why I love this camera so much.
Nothing better than a video to show you the result of our little experiment!
It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Hasselblad have updated their aerial camera system. Replacing the previous A5D 50 and 80 megapixel cameras, the new A6D 100C kicks things up one more notch.
Hasselblad do currently have a complete aerial drone platform in collaboration with DJI which contains the H6D-100C. This, more dedicated, aerial camera, though should help to extend flight time, though, due to being around 2/3rds of the weight.
Phase One have today introduced a new variant of their IQ3 100MP digital back. The IQ3 100MP Trichromatic. Featuring a new Bayer filter CMOS sensor design, developed in partnership with Sony, the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic attempts to replicate how the human eye sees colour.
The technology, Phase One say, promises that the Trichromatic back will bring “unsurpassed colour quality to the hands of the finest photographers across the globe”. A pretty bold claim to make, but knowing Phase One, they wouldn’t make it if they didn’t feel they could back it up.
There’s only a hundred Pagani Huayra BC in the world, and each one costs a cool $2.5mil. The “BC” in its designation stands for Benny Caiola, the first person to ever buy a Pagani automobile. With a Mercedes AMG designed V12 bi-turbo engine built exclusively for Pagani and pulling more than 750bhp, it’s a beast of a car.
When it comes time to photograph it, one also needs a beast of a camera. So, LA based automotive photographer Richard Thompson chose the Phase One XF 100MP for this Huayra BC advertising shoot. They also shot a behind the scenes video, so we can see what goes into a shoot like this.