SOURCE: Phase One
September 03, 2008 10:45 ET
Phase One Introduces Tilt/Shift Lens Based on Collaboration With Hartblei
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK--(Marketwire - September 3, 2008) - Phase One A/S today announced an
exclusive strategic alliance with Hartblei to drive medium format
photographic lens innovation. The first product of this alliance is the
Phase One 3.5/45 mm TS lens, based on the popular Hartblei 45 mm f/3.5
Super Rotator lens.
Specially designed for the professional photographer, this small,
lightweight tilt shift lens is ideal for location or studio applications.
It offers up to 12 mm shift and 8 degrees tilt for maximum flexibility.
Together Phase One and Hartblei have engineered important design
advancements with this lens, including:
1. New 2008 batch optical glass with multi-layer coating
2. Improved 12 blade aperture design
3. Mechanics with tighter tolerances
4. New interior antireflection coating
5. More streamlined mechanical design
When used with the Phase One 645 camera system, the Phase One 3.5/45 mm TS
lens offers a simple, alternative to more advanced technical cameras. With
it, photographers can adjust the plane of focus without changing the depth
of field, correct perspective and selectively sharpen and soften an image
-- quickly gaining creative possibilities that cannot be realized in
The Phase One 3.5 /45 TS lens comprises a simple eight-lens optical system.
Each element is coated with a multilayer anti-reflective coating to reduce
internal reflections, increase image transmission efficiency and enhance
contrast. The new lens is also supported by Phase One's Lens+ and Focus+
optical correction technologies available in Capture One 4.
Compatible Cameras -- Phase One 645 / Mamiya 645AFD
Focal length -- 45 mm (equivalent to 24 mm focal length for a 35mm camera)
Focusing -- manual
Maximum aperture -- 1:3.5
Aperture range -- 3.5 - 22 (manual)
Optical Construction -- 8 elements in 7 groups
Angle of view -- 83° (98° with optical unit shifted)
Minimum focusing distance -- 1.15 ft (0.35 m)
Filter size -- Ø82 mm
Lens movement -- Individual rotation of both tilt and shift in any
Rotation movement range -- 360°, with click stops every 15°
Shift movement range -- 0 to 12 mm in any direction
Tilt movement range -- 0 to 8° in any direction
Dimensions -- Ø96×110 mm
Weight -- 880 grams
Hartblei was founded in the mid-90s as a Ukrainian company based in Kiev.
Its original mission was to modify Kiev Cameras and Lenses made by Arsenal.
Hartblei then developed the famous line of "Super Rotators" -- Shift and
Tilt lenses with 2x 360 degrees of free movements -- for medium format and
35mm cameras. Today the company works with world-class companies to ensure
high quality. Its offices are located in Munich and Kiev, from which it
produces its special TS lenses.
Pricing and Availability
The Phase One 3.5/45 TS lens is 2.990EUR / $3,990 and may be ordered now.
It will be demonstrated at Photokina, at which time more details will be
available. Volume shipment is expected in Q4 2008. For more information,
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About Phase One
Phase One is a leading provider of digital image capture and work flow
management technology. Phase One P+ Series digital backs and camera
systems open new possibilities, putting the focus back on the moment of
capture. Phase One Capture One software helps streamline the capture and
post-production process. Supporting DSLR, medium- and large-format
photographic equipment, Phase One products are renowned for their superior
quality, flexibility and speed -- enabling pro photographers to realize
their most subtle and most complex visions without compromise.
Phase One is an employee-owned company based in Copenhagen with offices in
New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne and Shanghai.
For more information about the products, visit the Phase One web site on
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