Phase One has announced a new high-end professional medium-format system called the XF

[Update 8.48pm adds official prices . Those quoted earlier were incorrect]

The XF Camera System boasts a resolution of up to 80 million pixels, 14-stop dynamic range and up to 60 minutes of exposure.

It also houses a new AF system, the Honeybee Autofocus Platform (HAP-1), plus a OneTouch user interface touted as a ‘seamless combination of intuitive dials, keys and touch screen interactions’.

On its website Phase One says of the AF system: ‘Combining a unique floating-point architecture and a fully-programmable interface, HAP-1 is easy to expand and will allow us to continuously tailor the autofocus system to meet your needs, providing user-accessible software updates for years to come.’

Phase One adds that it has upgraded all moving parts and materials ‘to match that level of professional demand, delivering the fastest, most robust and most reliable camera ever’.

The modular system means that the camera body, viewfinder and digital back are interchangeable.

For example, it can be used with a waist-level finder.

The XF is compatible with more than 60 lenses.

Phase One has confirmed prices as follows:

> XF camera body, IQ3 Digital Back, Prism Viewfinder & Schneider Kreuznach 80mm LS lens:
> XF IQ3 80MP – $48,990.00 / 38,990.00 EUR
> XF IQ3 60MP – $41,990.00 / 33,990.00 EUR
> XF IQ3 50MP – $40,990.00 / 31,990.00 EUR

For details visit the Phase One website

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  • Kym Crowley

    That’s my line! Still made me chortle but…

  • Grraargh

    I’ll take 2.