1. Does the wi-fi signal go to more than one Ipad? This to me is really important as 1/2 the projects we do have multiple "eyes" that want/need to see.
No. On launch day it will only work with one iPad/iPhone/iPodTouch. Maybe something for future firmware improvements.
However, any iOS device can be jacked into an HDMI monitor or HDMI TV.
If you're in a studio, shooting in a more controlled environment, and don't mind the tether cable I think tethering is still the best option. That gives you one or two primary monitors at the tether station and the option for several iPads.
2. What is the fps or spf of the 260?
In full resolution (60mp) speed is 1fps with no buffer limit (you can fill a large CF card without slowing down)
If you're ok with the 15mp resolution in sensor+ mode that increases to 1.4 fps (again, no buffer limit)
3. Can you set color/tone/look on the Ipaq, like in C-1 so the view is a little more customized?
In the future, perhaps some minimal/limited customizations (a few presets for curves/color for instance). I would not buy it predicated on that requirement.
4. What is availability for other camera platforms. Usually Contax is last on the list to come out. In regards to mounts what will be offered. Obviously DF+ and H, Contax, but any other mounts without adapters?
Contax, Hassy H, Hassy V, Mamiya/Phase
The first batch to ship will surely be Mamiya/Phase but the others should follow shortly thereafter.
5. What is the REAL useable ISO? Keep in mind that I don't mind some noise if it's pretty and shoot my P30+ at 800 iso all the time. Does all the IQ series do as well as the P30+ because the last time I used an Aptus with a Dalsa sensor, I loved the look but it didn't go to 800 as well as the Kodak sensor.
I'd MUCH rather answer this by providing you raw files at ISO 200/400/800 and letting you decide. High ISO performance will be very similar to an IQ1 so I can provide such samples today. Capture One v7 does a great job with higher ISO files
, especially from a digital back.
But if you're asking for my personal opinion I think ISO400 on full resolution and ISO1600 in sensor+ resolution are both eminently useable. Both will have grain/bite, but it's "pretty" in my opinion (again, I'd rather provide you files you can play with and decide for yourself).
6. I know your just getting these in, but how is the realiability. Stability is first on my list and I have zero time to go back and forth with issues? (This isn't a knock on Phase, because nearly all digital devices seem to need a series of firmware updates to catch some issues.
As you say, all we have is prototypes, so I absolutely cannot comment directly on real world reliability of the shipping product - they haven't shipped yet.
I think one can have high confidence in them based on these facts:
- as you've experienced with your own P1 backs, P1 has a solid track record of reliable performance
- these are an improved version of an existing/established/proven line. All the kinks of the IQ1 were worked out long ago.
Putting on my cynical digital tech hat for a second, it is absolutely the case that a brand new product should be assumed buggy until proven stable/reliable in hard testing. Perhaps you'd like to volunteer to play this role for us and report the results the forum?
7. Will a Leaf version on the wi-fi become available. I love the reliability of my Phase backs, but recently did a quick test (actually testing LED fresnels) and tested a H4d, a Aptus and a IQ and in my very brief test, like the Leaf interface. On a side note I thought the DF (not the plus) autofocus was very good. I know there are some people that didn't think that, so when I tested these cameras, I really tried to trick the DF autofocus with people passing the foreground, soft backlight, walking to camera at a quick pace, etc. and thought the DF worked very well in autofocus. I did have more difficulty hitting manual focus on the DF and not to hijack a thread, but thought the H4d40 I tested had good manual focus.
I can't comment on products that don't exist. Team Phase One is one company and includes Phase One, Leaf, Mamiya, and a long term strategic arrangement with Schneider, but for now the IQ2 technology is only in the IQ2.
If you liked the DF autofocus I think you'll really like the DF+ autofocus. The DF was accurate, but would occasionally hunt for focus. The DF+ locks on more immediately, with more confidence, and with what can only be described as more gusto.
That said, you love Contax, and I'd never try to talk someone out of a body they feel they have a great working relationship with.
8. Will the IQ backs (the new and the older IQ versions give a black and white preview? I don't shoot a lot of B+W only projects but when I do it's great to see it in black and white.
9. This question is going to seem kinda of crazy but for years we've investigated ways to get multiple screen views from one camera. Let me explain. I've always wanted to have a custom frame build (kind of like rack mount video/field monitors, that work like this. Let's say you have 8 monitors (of Ipads). When you fire the first frame it goes on screen one and holds, frame 2 goes to screen 2 and holds, frame three goes to screen 3 and holds, etc. etc. until frame nine that then refreshes to frame 1 and starts the process again.
I know this sounds like a dog and pony show (it is) but these is a usefulness of this as clients are always huddling around the tech station when we're shooting saying "can you go back to the previous frame.
This could absolutely be done today (I'm pretty sure I could program it), but would require a LOT of custom programming/scripting/implementation which probably makes it impractical to pursue on your own. I think it's a really fantastic idea and I'll pass it on to Phase One; it's very specific, but tools like Overlay, Focus Mask, and the Profoto lighting control in Capture One all started as user requests that seemed very narrow-application at first.
You may also want to look into the WEB version of Capture Pilot, which could be viewed on an iPad, iPhone, or iMac (or any internet connected device with a modern browser including smart TVs). It's interface is not exactly as you describe, but might address the same problem in an efficient (and bullet proof) manner without any custom code and with minimal setup/hassle.
10. How will the IQ2 impact the prices on the IQ1? Will there bee a rush of trade ins/ups?
List price for the IQ1 has already been lowered in anticipation of the shipping of the IQ2 this summer. This sounds saleish, but so be it: the next few months will be an excellent time to buy an IQ1 whether used, new, refurbished, from a dealer or not. Once the IQ2 has started shipping the volume of trade-ins
will slow considerably.
I do expect a lot of trade-ins, especially from the IQ160 and P45+. So if you're looking for pre-owned my suggestion would be to make your desires/time-frame/budget known to your dealer of choice so it's on their desk as they start taking trade-in deals. Especially for Contax or Hassy V users, as those mounts are less common in an IQ back.
11. Any word (wink wink) of what the new phase camera will be like.
I think the IQ, IQ2, and Schneider LS lenses are the best real-world guidelines as to what Team Phase One's R+D department are able to accomplish with today's technology. Translate that level of industrial design, electronic performance, and design priorities into a body and you have the most concrete information I can give you :-).
12. I doubt if this will happen, but what is the chance of a back that mounts to different platforms, like a Hasselblad and a Contax? I know, I know, but a person can wish.
For better or worse I think the chance of this is zero. Sorry
13. Is it possible to put my p21+ inside an IQ2? Just kidding, actually not exactly as I love the speed, the file look of the p21. I've shot that back so often and worked it so much in post I have it zoned out like I know my favorite pair of shoes. It's just all automatic to me making that file look like film.Actually...
I know, I know nobody is going back in pixels.
P21+ is 1.25 fps, 18mp (4:3) with ISO100-800 (I'd say 400 was the highest usable, opinions rightly vary).
IQ160 in sensor+ is 1.4 fps, 15mp (4:3) with ISO200-3200 (I'd say 1600 is the highest usable, opinions rightly vary).
So I think it's fair to say you can have a P21+ in an IQ. You'll also receive, as a nice "extra" the option to flip a switch and shoot 60mp, 1fps (4:3) with ISO50-800. Also, it will be full frame, rather than a 1.3 crop. So when shooting your 80/2 lens wide open you'll get an even crazier shallow DOF.
Every camera has a unique look/draw. However, a good dealer can work with a collection of sample files from both cameras (under your lighting types/style/etc) and help you craft C1 styles (curves, profiles, etc) for the new back which closely mimics the older back. I've done this several times.