Monochro­matic beauty

Meet the Phase One IQ3 100MP Achro­matic.

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE -

There's some­thing about black and white photos that give them a sense of mys­tery, which is why many pho­tog­ra­phers still shoot in black and white to­day. With that in mind, Phase One launched the world's first 101MP achro­matic dig­i­tal back that cap­tures ab­so­lutely no color in­for­ma­tion.

Known as the IQ3 100MP Achro­matic, this dig­i­tal back is com­pat­i­ble with the Phase One IQ3 XF cam­era sys­tem, and with other cam­era bod­ies as well. It of­fers a top ISO of 51,200, mak­ing it the most light­sen­si­tive medium for­mat dig­i­tal back in the mar­ket to­day.

As men­tioned, this dig­i­tal back cap­tures no color in­for­ma­tion as the 101MP sen­sor was pro­duced with­out a Bayer color fil­ter. Not only does this al­low the sen­sor to cap­ture more light, it also al­lows the sen­sor to cap­ture more de­tails. It's also worth men­tion­ing that there is no in­frared cut-off fil­ter, which means that this dig­i­tal back can cap­ture light out­side the vis­i­ble spec­trum, which is great news for pho­tog­ra­phers who would like to ex­plore more cre­ative pho­tog­ra­phy op­tions.

Other fea­tures in­clude an elec­tronic shut­ter, long ex­po­sure of up to 60 min­utes, HDMI out­put, and Wi-Fi connectivity. There are lim­ited num­bers of this de­vice cur­rently, and each is priced at US$49,999 (ap­prox. RM216,026). Those in­ter­ested to get it with a cam­era can opt for a bun­dle, which in­cludes a Phase One XF IQ3, the dig­i­tal back, and a com­pli­men­tary Sch­nei­der Kreuz­nach Blue Ring prime lens for US$54,990 (ap­prox. RM237,590).

The Phase One IQ3 100MP Achro­matic dig­i­tal back shoots purely black and white im­ages.

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