When describing Phase One's IQ180-based camera system, there are plenty of superlatives you could pick.
High resolution is one choice: the sensor captures 80-megapixel photos measuring 10,328 by 7,760 pixels.
Expensive is another obvious candidate: the IQ180 image sensor costs $43,990. Adding in the 645DF camera body and Schneider-Kreuznach's 80mm LS lens bumps the price to $47,990.
But the one that intrigued me the most was outstanding color.
Over two weeks shooting with the IQ180 and 645DF medium-format camera body, I was consistently impressed with the depth and subtlety of its images' color. As often as not it was the color, not the high resolution, that made me want to dive into the photos (having a high-gamut display helps a lot) and print posters. Skin tones look more alive and natural, and I found myself shooting to capture color much more than I usually do. … Read more