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PHASE ONE IQ CONFERENCE • MILK STUDIO

March 20, 2012

From the moment I arrived at the Phase One IQ Conference last Tuesday at Milk Studio in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, I felt right at home. Hosted by Digital Transitions, the all-day conference left me more determined than ever to make an IQ back a permanent part of my gear. Check-in was a breeze, having registered online ahead of time so I headed straight to the Hands-on IQ session taking place in Studio A, which was outfitted with top of the line Broncolor packs, heads and light modifiers.

© Tony Powell. Linnea Hart. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Eye Detail. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Linnea Hart. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Phase One IQ system. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

I’d been waiting to try out this system for several years so when I held the Phase One 645DF for the first time it was as though I’d owned the camera from the start. The way it fits in the hands and the weight of the body and lens felt as if the system were a natural extension of my arms and eyes – exactly how I had hoped it would feel. The one thing I couldn’t anticipate, though, was the enormous difference in quality of the image produced by the 80-megapixel and my 21-megapixel Canon 5D Mark II. There is NOTHING like it and I’ll never look at image-making the same way again.

Photo by Daniel Sone. My first time shooting with the Phase One IQ 180! Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Phase One Capture Pilot demonstration. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Broncolor Tutorial with Andre. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Lena Vesel. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Linnea Hart. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

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It reminded me of the first frames I made with my very first medium format film camera – the twin lens reflex Mamiya C3 – in 1995. When those scanned transparencies came back from the photo shop I couldn’t believe the level of detail and the high dynamic range that the 6×6 format offered.

Mamiya C3 Twin Lens Reflex

I soon-after bought he Hasselblad 501 CM and in so doing, found my camera of choice…so I thought. The Phase One 645DF with the IQ back has changed it all and it’s a matter of when, not if, it’ll be my next system.

Hasselblad 501CM

With the advent of the digital age in the late 90’s and early 2000’s – more and more more pressure was placed on “film” photographers to jump on board the pixel bandwagon. Outfitting my medium format gear with the digital backs that were showing up on the market at the time proved too cost prohibitive to justify the expense, so I bought my first DSLR, instead – the Canon 20D. A succession of cameras followed…the 40D, the Canon G11, the 7D for a brief time, and ultimately (2) 5D Mark IIs…all the while, waiting for the day I could afford to return to the medium format – but this time at the digital level.

© Tony Powell. Digital Transitions rep Lance Schad and photographer Jaime DeMarco discuss the differences between DSLRs and the digital medium format. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Phase One IQ back on an Arca Swiss technical camera. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Models Lena Vesel and Linnea Hart. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Conference presenter/photographer Jaime DeMarco examining the accuracy of the IQ 180's focussing mask.

© Tony Powell. Digital Workstation. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012

© Tony Powell. Lena Vesel. Milk Studio NYC. March 20, 2012