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Thanks Jeff! The options to really see what it was capable of were pretty scarce, but I learned enough to draw me further in. Those images were 125th at f/9, just walking around. Take the image you just posted, can you imagine that in a 500MB file with a 14 stop dynamic range? It really kind of boggles the mind, as well it should given the tab. Just from the short time I was with the gear this morning, it's easy to see how a system like that, in the right hands, would set a photographer so far ahead of the pack it's unreal. The studio where the demo was held had large Phase One captured prints lining the hallway, and they were very striking, but I have to admit that I just kept thinking about what some of you here could do with a handful of that technology. I believe that it is truly so exceptional in it's ability to produce a quality image, that it would have one seeking out opportunities to stretch it's legs.
The 32 MB card I used indicated that I could shoot about 280 files. Obviously huge files, but given a frame rate of about 50 frames a minute, one is actually burning up fewer digits with the Phase One, than you would be with a 1DX or a D800. As we discussed when you were getting your Blad, these cameras force you to slow down a bit. I'd switch over to 128GB cards for this system just so you wouldn't have to fumble so much during air to airs, but the camera balance and sleek profile should work extremely well, and it's extra weight would be a stabilizing factor. The P1 with a Kenyon 4x4 screwed to it would certainly maintain the fitness of one's back, shoulders and arms, but it's very manageable.
I can envision the camera atop my RRS ball head set to f/16 and pointed toward a sunset drenched landscape, the results would be spectacular. If all goes as planned, this is timed perfectly because I'm headed to some great places with rare access in the near future.
Another cool feature is the P1's ability to create a wi-fi network with a laptop or an iPad and be completely controlled through them, as well as send imagery to them wirelessly. The P1 certainly doesn't negate the value of our Canon and Nikon gear, but it's another hammer in the tool box, and a big one.