by Jeremy Gray

published Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. EDT

Phase One has a trio of announcements, headlined by a new lens for its XT camera system. The Copenhagen-based company has announced a tilting XT-Rodenstock 40mm lens for the XT IQ4, a new X-Shutter compatible with the Rodenstock 138mm F6.5, and an update to the Cascable AB app for iOS.

First let’s look at the new tilting lens, the XT-Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 4.0/40mm Tilt. The lens is designed to provide increased depth of field for landscape applications. The lens features a simple and distinctive tilt design for adjusting the focal plane, joining the existing X and Y axis adjustments on the XT camera.

Phase One XT with XT-Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 40mm F4 Tilt

Phase One promises that, like other XT-Rodenstock lenses, the new 40mm tilt offers “exceptional sharpness” and “unbeatable image quality”. Drew Altdoerffer, Vice President of Portfolio Management – Scanning, said of the new lens that it is “an essential new lens for dedicated landscape photographers. It’s an important addition to our series. of XT lenses, the tilt design allows precise focal plane control, maximizing depth of field and complementing the XT camera shift for exceptional image quality and compositional control.

Phase One XT with XT-Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 40mm F4 Tilt

The XT-Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 40mm F4 Tilt lens is available to order now ahead of expected delivery in September. The lens costs $11,990.

Phase One has also announced that the Phase One X-Shutter is now available for the Rodenstock HR Digaron 138mm F6.5. The unique, specialized lens was previously not available with a physical shutter. The newly integrated X-Shutter means Phase One IQ4 owners can control shutter speed and lens aperture directly from their IQ4 digital back. The lens can be purchased and equipped with the X-Shutter from several lens suppliers.

The X-Shutter is now available for the Rodenstock HR Digaron 138mm F6.5

Rounding out today’s news is an update for Cascable AB on iOS. The update will arrive in the coming weeks and will bring performance improvements and better mobile integration for the IQ4. Phase One says that special attention has been paid to “improving image quality workflows, achieving faster live frame rates, improving Wi-Fi connectivity and l access to images stored directly on the IQ4”. You can now view images saved on the IQ4 and selectively transfer them to your iOS device. The storage access feature should save time for IQ4 users.

In case you missed it, we reviewed the Phase One XT camera and Phase One IQ4 150MP achromatic digital back earlier this year.


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