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12/17/14 The Phase One A Series cameras–a few thoughts from a tech camera user’s persepective

With the announcement of the A250, A260 and A280, Phase One has a new line of Phase One branded cameras.  The cameras consist of a Alpa TC (travel compact) mated to one of three different Phase One IQ2 backs.  There are 3 different lenses that can … [Read more]

12/14/14 A nice view taken from the Mt Magazine summit

Fall for 2014 in Arkansas was not too much to write home about.  Colors were way off in most places, production mainly showing up in a dull brown color.  I attribute most of this to the weather pattern we had.  Warm, and then cold, and warm, then … [Read more]

09/20/14 Surface Pro 3 update (after replacement by Microsoft)

My original Surface Pro 3, was having major issues with the battery and a full charge.  Several times, I would power off, (via Shut down) the Pro 3 with 35% of the battery remaining, only to power it back on the day and find it totally drained. I … [Read more]

09/18/14 Phase One Announcements from Photokina 2014

As the big show starts to wind down, I though it would be good write about what Phase One considered to be significant announcements during the Photokina Photo Expo, current being held in Germany. You can list out the major announcements … [Read more]

09/17/14 Arca FP (Modular Focal Plane Shutter) and R cameras has full wide lens support

I just heard this morning from Rod Klukas, the U.S. Arca representative, that the new Arca FP  will work with the wider lenses, Rodenstock 23mm and 28mm, and possibly the 28XL Schneider.  This is very good new for me as I did not want to have to … [Read more]

09/16/14 Capture One Vr 8 is announced and is now available for download

Well, one bit of good news from Photokina, Phase One has released Capture One Version 8.  This is a major update to the software with some very nice enhancements.  As a long time user of Capture One, I welcome this update and find it well worth the … [Read more]

09/16/14 Arca FPS (Focal Plane Shutter) lens issues clarified

Yesterday, I was very excited by Arca's announcement of the new FP (Focal Plane Shutter).  I knew that this device was in the works well over 10 months but had been asked to keep all mention of it off the web.  Arca  is a small company based in … [Read more]

09/15/14 Big news from Arca Swiss–New FS (Focal Plane) shutter for R series cameras

##################UPDATE LATE 09/15/14####################### 09/15/14 Final details from Rod Klukas--U.S. Arca Representative I heard from Rod a while ago, he is out at Photokina.  Here are the missing details. "The FPA is similar in depth … [Read more]

07/24/14 Rain and more rain brings up Arkansas’s Prime Creeks in July

This is a view of Richland Creek in late May, taken in the 2007 time frame, but I wanted to use this photograph to show just what Richland Creek should look like now, in July!!.  Normally this time of year, the water levels in the Arkansas creeks is … [Read more]

07/10/14 New Surface Pro 3 Firmware–All is still not well with WiFi and battery life

As of 07/08/14, Microsoft has added yet another firmware update to the Surface Pro 3 family of Laptop/Tablets.  This is the 2nd firmware released since the units were first sold.  You can access this upgrade via the Surface Pro 3 update process.  … [Read more]

07/09/14 Power Options on Surface Pro-3–How to improve your WiFi Connection with Hyper-V

I just posted an article on how to improve your Surface Pro 3 WiFi connection, by enabling Hyper-V in Windows 8.1.  The Surface Pro 3 has some changes to how "Power Options" are handled.  These are a major difference to how the Surface Pro 2 … [Read more]

07/02/14 New lens in the Phase One-Schneider LS lineup the 40-80 zoom

About 2 weeks ago, Phase One made a new lens announcement, the LS 40-80 F4 to F5.6 zoom.  This is an all new design, not a reworked Mamiya lens as some of the other LS lenses appear to be (28mm LS, 75-150mmLS, and 80mmLS to name a few).  You can … [Read more]

04/30/14 New Images added to my Arkansas Panorama Gallery

I have recently added several new panoramas taken throughout Arkansas to my Panorama Gallery.  You can view the images here: Over the years, I have started to shoot more panoramas than standard format photography as I feel it gives a better view of … [Read more]

03/30/14 Mountain Lions in Arkansas–A follow up on my 1st report

Recently I was sent a copy of this video from a game camera near Fallsville Arkansas by David Smith.  The series is about 11 seconds long total, but clearly shows an adult mountain lion.  If one has any doubt, just take the tree in the background … [Read more]

02/24/14 Silver Fleet purchases 60% of Phase One–what may happen

This is old news now and has been hashed back and forth in various discussion forums for the past 2 weeks.  The net of the announcement is that Silver Fleet a venture capture firm purchased the controlling share of Phase One.  Phase One based in … [Read more]

02/15/14 News from the CP+ Show in Japan–Pentax 645DII CMOS 50MP Camera

CP+ the Japanese eqvilent to the U.S. CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is going on through tomorrow. and one of the highlights as far as larger camera systems goes, is the information about the upcoming Pentax (now Ricoh) 645D2014.  Instead of … [Read more]

02/14/14 Why I didn’t purchase a Sony A7r–Thoughts from a Nikon shooter

When Sony Announced the A7r I was very impressed.  In the past Sony has produced some very impressive camera solutions and I was almost moved enough by the A99 DSLR to purchase one.  However my local dealer, Bedford Photo in Little Rock Arkansas, … [Read more]

02/13/2014 The First Testing of the IQ250 on a tech camera–More details on my testing of Digital Transitions files

As posted on this site and many others, Phase One, about 2 weeks ago, announced the IQ250, the worlds first CMOS digital Medium format back.  The announcement also stunned quite a few folks out there when it was discovered that Sony was the chip … [Read more]

02/12/14 My testing of some Phase One IQ250 raw files on a tech camera–Most impressive

Over the past week Digital Transitions , my Phase One dealer based out of New York, NY, has been doing some series comparison testing of the IQ250 and IQ260 with various tech camera lenses.  The scene was the Morgan Library Room in New York City.  … [Read more]

02/06/14 Low light viewing of Live View on the Phase One IQ250–most impressive

From some night photography testing that was done by Alpa, maker of fine Tech camera solutions for Medium and 35mm format, it appears that the Live View Screen of the IQ250 is going to work exceptionally well in low light.  This is a huge … [Read more]