The XT camera system is the quintessential re-imagining of a large format digital field camera. The Phase One XT combines superb large format optical design with ultra high resolution medium format digital backs. Using a body capable of digital communication as well as rear standard movements, the Phase One XT is the perfect companion for landscape and travel photographers looking for portability without compromising image quality.
Phase One’s new X-Shutter is the perfect answer to the lack of new Copal shutters. Included in all native XT lenses, the X-Shutter is adapted from Phase One’s Industrial division and is composed of carbon fiber materials for excellent durability and reliability. Shutter speed and aperture are both controlled digitally from the IQ4 digital back, making for a streamlined workflow without the need to excessively touch the camera while capturing an image.
The XT’s native lenses are all sourced from a partnership with German lens manufacturer, Rodenstock. These large format style lenses are designed specifically for high resolution medium format sensors with small pixel pitches, making them ideal for the extraordinarily demanding 150 megapixel medium format sensor found in the IQ4 150MP.
Large Format Movements
The Phase One XT is capable of traditional large format movements on its rear standard thanks to two geared drive knobs. 24mm of shift and 24mm of rise/fall are available. These movements are perfect for perspective control when photographing architecture or tall natural features. Because these movements are positioned on a rear standard, the stitching potential is expanded dramatically since there is no potential for parallax error.
Integrated Rotating Rail
Built into the XT body is an integrated rail allowing for the re-positioning of the XT from portrait to landscape orientation, and vice-versa, without ever having to remove the camera from the tripod. This rail is attached to a removable Arca-Swiss foot for placement on a tripod. The foot also features an adapted 1/4-20 thread for other quick release plates.
Automated Frame Averaging
The XT is able to take full advantage of Phase One’s IQ4 line of digital backs. Advanced computational imaging features like the Automated Frame Averaging Tool go beyond a traditional single capture and mimics long exposures by taking tens, hundreds, or thousands of images over time and combining them in-camera for a potentially noise free image, removing the need for neutral density filters. The resulting file is treated just like a regular RAW file to be imported into Capture One.
Dual Exposure +
Other computational features like Dual Exposure + found in the Phase One Lab continue to re-define what a camera can do while out in the field. The Dual Exposure + feature automatically takes two exposures at the time of capture. One exposure is taken in the background 3 stops above the initial exposure. This second overexposed image is seamlessly combined with the first exposure in-camera so that when the single file is imported into Capture One, shadow regions can be manipulated dramatically without loss of image quality.
The extraordinarily high quality Rodenstock optics made for the XT camera body are brimming with sharpness. Currently, the XT camera body can be paired with four different lenses, with more lenses announced and available soon.
The XT-HR 23mm Digaron-S f/5.6 offers an exceptionally wide 112º angle of view and superb sharpness. ~14mm equivalent in 35mm.
The XT-HR 32mm Digaron-W f/4 is a lens with a reputation for outstanding corner to corner sharpness with very little distortion. ~24mm equivalent in 35mm.
The XT-HR 50mm Digaron-W f/4 provides a “normal” option with its 84º angle of view and offers a ~35mm equivalent in 35mm.
The XT-HR 70mm Digaron-W f/4 offers a less wide ~45mm equivalent in 35mm.
The XT is an expanding camera system that can take full advantage of all the IQ4 line of digital backs can offer. For more information on the XT, get in touch.
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