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Monday
Mar042013

New Phase One IQ260 Digital Back for Long Exposures!

Hello everyone,

Well, I don't often mention new products here on the blog, but want to make an exception today.

As you may know, I have been shooting with Phase One Digital backs, recently with a P45+, to do a lot of my long exposure work. Up until yesterday, the P45+ was the 'best' and virtually the only digital back that could offer 'true' long exposure capability. 

I have taken images up to a full one hour exposure with it, and have been very satisfied with how little noise was apparent.

To give an example, here's an image I took in Iceland last year. It is a 1500 second (25 minute) exposure taken with the P45+.

It's not the there is *no* noise in this image...but it's very low and since I usually add grain in my post production, it's certainly not a big deal for me.

I have used the IQ series backs, namely the IQ140 and IQ160, and both have severely limited long exposure capabilities. During my shooting, as soon as I exceeded 2 minutes exposure noise levels rose dramatically, and with 4 minutes or longer exposures noise was so strong that the image became practically unusable.

I am glad that Phase realized that long exposures are important to photographers, and the new IQ260 digital back is big news! Only downside: I need to take out another mortgage to afford the 40K price tag -:)

The P45+ I was using was introduced back in 2007, so when I took the plunge and purchased one last year, I was able to score a great deal for a very slightly used model. It'll be a while until the IQ260 backs will come down in price...

While I was looking at the specs of the new backs today, I came across a promotional video featuring photographer Joe Cornish, using the new IQ260 in Iceland for, you guessed it, some long exposure photography.

Even if you're not interested in these backs, I think the video is very worth watching, for its fantastic scenery and showcasing of photographic opportunities in Iceland:

I nod my head to Joe: he certainly scored a dream job here! How would you like to get a call from Phase One, asking you to test their new back in Iceland!

While watching the video, I was impressed how well it showcased the photographic opportunities that exists in Iceland! This incredible country really is a photographers heaven! If you've been thinking about photographing there, I will leading a Fine-Art Long Exposure Workshop in Iceland this coming July 14th - 20th, 2013.

This workshop is organized through the well established Focus on Nature team, and I cannot wait to go. Yes this workshop is expensive, but it is one of those offerings that is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it will have you being taken care from the minute you arrive until you'll get dropped back at the airport.

Focus on Nature has been offering very distinct workshop opportunities featuring some of the world's best photographers and instructors. I am honored and thrilled to be among their instructors.

Take a look at what they're doing. Here's a screenshot of their website. Link is here: http://www.focusonnature.is/

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Reader Comments (2)

We now have Phase One IQ260 sample files for 1 minute and 8 minute exposures. The quality drop is so minor it's hard to tell which is which without looking very closely.

In the next few weeks we should have 15 and 60 minute sample files as well.

You can view and download these samples here:

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Peterson

well coming from Iceland i have say i agree with you about Iceland it has amazing landscape so beautiful

May 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterValeria

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