Medium format camera system manufacturer Phase One has announced a lower-cost version of its 100MP digital back, as well as a pair of new Blue Ring lenses for the XF camera. The new back joins the ‘no frills’ IQ1 range and will be offered in mounts for Phase One XF cameras as well as for Hasselblad H models.

The back provides the same resolution, 53.7x40.4mm sensor and 15-stop dynamic range as the top-end IQ3 model and much of the same specification, but it lacks many of the shooting features and has no HDMI or Wi-Fi communication. The IQ1 models can't share power with the XF body and have no electronic shutter or ability to capture while in Live View mode. Display options are also restricted, with no exposure clipping warnings and no Exposure Zone tool – among other functions and menu items. When an XF body is bought with an IQ3 back Phase One offers a lens up to the value of $6990/€5990, but this offer isn’t open to those buying the camera with an IQ1 back.

Schneider Kreuznach 45mm LS F3.5 and 150mm LS F2.8 IF

The two new lenses joining the Blue Ring range, which is designed to cope with the higher resolution sensors, include a wide-angle and a moderate telephoto focal length. The wider is the Schneider Kreuznach 45mm LS F3.5 which provides the same 48° angle of view as a 28mm lens would on a 35mm camera. The LS in the name indicates that it has a leaf shutter and so can synchronize with flash at shutter speeds of up to 1/1600sec. The lens uses 10 elements in 7 groups and offers both auto and manual focusing options with a closest focusing distance of 55cm/1.8ft.

The second lens is the Schneider Kreuznach 150mm LS F2.8 IF, which acts as a 94mm would on a 35mm camera. It can synchronize with flash at shutter speeds of up to 1/1000sec and can focus as close as 100cm/3.2ft. It uses 8 elements in 7 groups and accepts 105mm screw-in filters, and Phase One claims it can produce an extremely shallow depth of field.

The Phase One IQ1 100MP Digital Back will cost $32,990, while the Schneider Kreuznach 45mm LS F3.5 will be $5990 and the Schneider Kreuznach 105mm LS F2.8 IF will be $6990.

For more information see the Phase One website.

Press release


Phase One Provides New Opportunities for the World’s Most Demanding Photographers

Announcing the IQ 100MP Digital Back

And New Wide-angle & Fast Telephoto Blue Ring Lenses

COPENHAGEN, September 20, 2016 – Phase One, the world’s leader in medium format digital photography solutions, maintains a singular focus on enabling unmatched image quality. Today the company is announcing more flexible camera options to meet the requirements of the world’s most demanding photographers.

As the creator and provider of the industry’s first 100-megapixel medium format camera system, the XF IQ3 100MP, Phase One today introduces a new IQ1 family member: the IQ1 100MP Digital Back. With mounting options for XF and H cameras, and accommodating a range of technical systems, the IQ1 100MP Digital Back is uniquely suited for workflow flexibility and adept performance in any photographic application.

“Phase One is dedicated to providing working professionals with the tools that best serve their specific photographic needs,” said Lau Nørgaard, Vice President, Phase One Research and Development. “Working with an integrated and modular camera system allows photographers to embrace a single component, such as the powerful new IQ1 100MP Digital Back, in order to achieve their creative visions.”

In addition, Phase One is adding two new Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring lenses, strengthening both ends of the optical spectrum from telephoto to wide-angle. The 150mm f/2.8 IF is the fastest Blue Ring telephoto lens, and the 45mm f/3.5 enhances the Blue Ring wide-angle lens options.

Phase One Freedom of Choice

Dedicated to its diverse professional photographic community, Phase One is introducing the free choice of any Blue Ring prime lens to be included in the kit (instead of the previously standard 80mm lens) when purchasing an XF IQ3 Camera System. This freedom of choice will help to ensure that the system is tailored from the start to the optical performance that best fits the customer’s needs without any additional cost.

New IQ1 100MP Digital Back

Phase One’s engineering team designs for uncompromising standards, relentless in perfecting image quality. The IQ1 100MP Digital Back is designed to exploit the power of the industry’s most advanced image sensor design. As a flexible component to be used in a variety of photographic applications, this digital back brings with it:

  • 101 Megapixel Resolution – full frame 645 medium format images with a native size of 11608 x 8708 pixels;
  • ISO 50-12800 with CMOS sensor technology – ISO flexibility and performance alongside video-quality LiveView, for any camera system;
  • 16 Bit Color Depth – true 16-bit RAW file capture;
  • 15 Stop Dynamic Range – exposure control and flexibility capturing extreme shadow and highlight detail.

Read more about the IQ1 100MP Digital Back at:

Two New Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring Lenses

Phase One continues to diversify its already extensive, high-quality Blue Ring lens portfolio. The introduction of two new Blue Ring lenses ensures a complete lens range in both wide-angle optics and telephoto lens speed. Blue Ring lenses are manufactured to Phase One’s highest standard of optical quality, capable of performing well beyond 101-megapixel resolution.

  • New Schneider Kreuznach 150mm LS f/2.8 IF; the fastest Blue Ring telephoto lens with extremely shallow depth of field which is perfect for portrait as well as landscape applications.
  • New Schneider Kreuznach 45mm LS f/3.5; providing edge-to-edge sharpness in a nearly distortion free wide-angle design, making it ideal for landscape photography as well as interior and architecture applications.

Read more about the new Blue Ring lenses at:

Availability and Pricing

The IQ1 100MP Digital Back is shipping this month and will be available through Phase One Partners:

IQ1 100MP Digital Back (XF or H mount) – 32,990 USD

New Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring lenses are available now through Phase One Partners:

Schneider Kreuznach 150mm LS f/2.8 IF – 6,990 USD Schneider Kreuznach 45mm LS f/3.5– 5,990 USD

All Phase One IQ3 Camera Systems are available now with a choice of one Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring prime lens valued up to 6,990 USD For more details, please go to: or book a demo on: