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Ok, as promised, here's the skinny on my hands on with the Phase One IQ280 system. The camera fell into my hands, ergonomically it was instantly more comfortable than my old familiar Blads. The Hasselblad felt good in your hands because it was a "Hasselblad" and the quality was understood. That being said, it was a clunky box that required you to feel around for the controls regardless of the number of times you had clicked the shutter.
The camera is intuitive both in it's on board controls and back functions which, with a short tutorial, seems pretty straight forward as well. I shot three or four lenses, a 24 which is the equivalent to a 17mm on ff DSLR bodies, a 35mm, and a 110 macro which was superb. All Schneider lenses, no Japanese wannabe products. Auto focus was crisp and reasonably prompt, with a small green confirmation dot in the bottom of the viewfinder. I'd rather have it in the frame but it is what it is. I experimented with the AF, but spent most of my time focussing manually, and I believe that I would use that method during most of my shooting with this system.
The kind lady from P1 went into great detail when I told her of my concerns and the rumors I've encountered re: Hasselblad's digital system and sensors. Seems P1 has redesigned their backs to deal with heat and lack of longevity. Her explanation made perfect sense to me, their five year 100% warranty convinced me further. Not only do they stand behind their product for 5 years and beyond, if there's a hiccup, they have a new component in your hands within 24 hours.
They had a Profoto studio lighting set up , but I wasn't all that interested in that subject, I assume the portrait detail is exceptional. The day was dismal and my Aston wasn't available as a subject, so I stepped out the door and captured this........... which is a 489MB TIFF file. My MacBook Pro did the equivalent of "Say What?!!!!!" when I opened the RAW file, tweaked it in Capture One, and saved it, but I kind of expected that. The folks at Phase One are putting together pricing for a system that we configured this morning. I'm going to take the camera and a few lenses on a couple of different assignments before I pull the trigger, but I think I pretty much know how this is going to turn out.