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Phase One and Mamiya Leaf reveal 645DF+ autofocus medium format camera

By dpreview staff on Sep 17, 2012 at 13:00 GMT

Photokina 2012: Phase One has announced the 645DF+ camera platform and Schneider Kreuznach 28mm LS f/4.5 Aspherical lens. The 645DF+ supports more than 50 digital backs and 80 lenses and can be used both with a focal plane or leaf shutter lenses, leading Phase One to call it 'the world's more versatile camera platform for high end photography.' The 645DF+, which will also be sold under the Mamiya brand name by Mamiya Leaf, can shoot at shutter speeds of up to 1/4000th of a second and can sync with strobes at up to 1/1600th with leaf-shutter lenses such as the Schneider 28mm. The lens offers a 102° field-of-view (equivalent to around 17.5mm in 135 terms) and will focus down to 35cm. The camera and lens command prices of around $5990/€4290 each and will both be available from October 2012.

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Phase One introduces the world’s most versatile camera platform for high-end photography

Mamiya 645DF+ camera with Leaf Credo digital back

Introducing the Phase One 645DF+ camera platform and Schneider Kreuznach 28mm LS f/4.5 Aspherical lens

COPENHAGEN, September 17, 2012 — Phase One, the world’s leader in open-platform, high-end camera systems and solutions, today announced the world’s most versatile camera platform for high-end photography.

With support for more than 50 different digital medium format digital backs and 80 different lenses from leading brands, and featuring a new high-powered rechargeable Li-ion battery enabling up to 10,000 captures on a single charge, the new Phase One 645DF+ camera sets a new standard for professional performance.

The Phase One 645DF+ builds on the success of previous generations of the camera and has undergone a complete overhaul of all moving parts to produce a camera with the highest uptime in the market of high-end photography.

An enhanced auto-focus delivers accurately focused images fast, even when shooting in low light or low contrast. And with an all-new custom adjustment feature photographers can fine-tune the alignment of digital backs to the camera. With this photographers can easily match their focus preference.

Also today, Phase One announced the Schneider Kreuznach 28mm LS f/4.5 Aspherical lens. With superb edge-to-edge sharpness, a viewing angle of 102°, a minimum focusing distance of only 35 cm / 1.15 feet and fast flash synchronization capabilities up to 1/1600s, it is ideal for interior photography. It is also a perfect companion for landscape, architecture and cityscape images.

“Phase One’s newest products are designed to give photographers the tools they need to improve their creativity and productivity,” said Jan H. Christiansen, marketing director, Phase One. “Phase One is committed to a collaborative, open approach in digital imaging. Together with our partners and customers, we are opening new possibilities in creative excellence.“

The 645DF+ is one of only a few cameras on the market that supports both focal plane and leaf shutter lenses. Its range extends from exposures of up to 60 minutes to as fast as 1/4000s. It facilitates flash synchronization speeds of up to 1/1600s with leaf shutter lenses from Schneider Kreuznach

The Phase One 645DF+ builds on a highly reliable, proven technology platform comprising quality components designed for the demanding professional workflows. The core body of the 645DF+ camera is primarily aircraft grade aluminum and magnesium. In combination with fine-tuned mechanics, state-of-the-art electronics and great ergonomics, this ensures a highly durable product, matching the most demanding requirements of the worlds’ leading photographers.

Availability and pricing
The Phase One 645DF+ camera body is priced at 4290 EUR / 5990 USD. It is also available under the Mamiya Leaf brand name (see today’s related announcement). The Schneider Kreuznach 28 LS lens is priced at 4290 EUR / 5990 USD. Both the camera and lens are available for ordering now; volume shipping begins in October 2012.

The rechargeable Li-ion battery and charger comes at no additional cost with the 645DF+. A kit consisting of two batteries and a charger can also be purchased stand-alone and used together with the 645DF+ or 645DF camera. This kit costs 560 EUR / 690 USD. The battery kit is available for ordering now and volume shipping will start in October 2012.

The Phase One 645DF+ camera body is also available in various bundles with a variety of lenses and digital backs from Phase One. For more details, please see your nearest Phase One dealer: http://www.phaseone.com/partners

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Khalid J
By Khalid J (9 months ago)

I wonder roughly what is the cost of the LS 28 mm f/4.5 Aspherical and whether we can we get second hand?

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Superka
By Superka (Sep 18, 2012)

I wish someone has introduced a new film scanner.

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wildbild
By wildbild (Sep 17, 2012)

the Schneider folks are brilliant!
they made the nu 28mm f4.5 into a shift/tilt lens as well and sell it with DSLR-mounts very soon.
http://www.schneiderkreuznach.com/pdf/foto/PC-TS_Super-Angulon_4.5_28_aspheric.pdf

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Sep 17, 2012)

A kit consisting of two batteries and a charger ..... costs 560 EUR / 690 USD.

The price is so reasonable I cannot believe how reasonable it is. :D

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DougPeterson
By DougPeterson (Sep 17, 2012)

It also accepts AA batteries. The spec'd 20,000 shots you get from the rechargeable battery grip will be more than worth it for many shooters. Others will elect to use lower cost AA batteries.

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Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Sep 17, 2012)

Not only that but I hear they're working on a very reasonable battery leasing plan as well.

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zos xavius
By zos xavius (Sep 18, 2012)

If you can afford this and a matching back then 690 USD would be a drop in the bucket. These cameras are only for those with very deep pockets. If you are balking at a 700 dollar battery this is not the camera for you.

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Cineski2
By Cineski2 (Sep 17, 2012)

Does it take film backs?! At least Hassy has a new camera that will shoot film if needed/chosen for a specific project.

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DougPeterson
By DougPeterson (Sep 17, 2012)

Hasselblad's H4X body accepts Phase One and Leaf digital backs and film backs. It cannot accept Hasselblad H digital backs.

Phase One's AF body accepts Phase One and Leaf digital backs and film backs.

This DF+ cannot accept film backs, but you can own a Phase One back, DF+ body, AF body, and Phase One lenses and use film or digital freely.

More details here: http://www.digitaltransitions.com/blog/dt-blog/new-phase-one-645df-camera-system

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