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Advancing Studio Controls and Workflow

The XF Camera System never sits idle. Introducing groundbreaking studio photography controls, flash integration and evaluation like never before, all available in the XF Camera System Feature Update #3, providing productivity never before seen in photography.

Flash Analysis & Rear Curtain Trim

In flash photography it is essential to understand the characteristics of your output. With the Flash Analysis Tool, you are now able to review all aspects of your flash output just after the capture. Flash duration, output power and flash sync timing within the capture are now all available with the Flash Analysis Tool. With a simple visual representation of your flash output, you can now evaluate your effective and total flash duration; you can even trim the flash sync timing directly from the camera to achieve perfect results.

Advanced Profoto Air

Further improving on the XF Camera System’s Profoto flash integration, we’re delighted to announce full control of your flash system with the new Profoto Air Tool.  With the full functionality of the Profoto Air now built directly into the XF Camera System, you can integrate your Profoto off-camera flash easily and efficiently. Control, fire and access up to six groups of Profoto lights wireless, directly from the XF Camera display.

TTL Metering

With the newly introduced Profoto Air Tool, TTL flash metering is now possible with the XF Camera System. For photographing in ever-changing lighting conditions and fast paced location work, Profoto AirTTL flash metering can be an essential tool for consistent results. The Profoto Air integrates with the XF Camera System’s Auto Focus sensor to provide active feedback and deliver accurate exposures with every capture, no matter the variables.

Create, Load & Save System Setup

The new Custom Setup menu provides the opportunity to Create, Load and Save System Setups. Any and all customization changes made to the XF Camera System can now be saved to one of three setup fields in the XF Camera System. These Custom Setups can be renamed on the IQ Digital Back and then be saved to the CF card. These setups can be transferred to your computer for safekeeping, loaded from a CF card quickly and easily. The introduction of this tool ensures that complex user interface changes can be made available for later use or shared amongst multiple users in a studio or rental environment.

Icon Control

The introduction of Icon Control to the XF Camera System now allows you to customize the tools and icons that are available at the tip of your fingers on the XF Top Screen. Be it in the studio or in the field, different tools can be moved to the location of your choosing and ensure their access is as convenient as possible. In addition to the advanced control of your icons on the main screen, you can also customize the tools available in the slide menu, making your XF Camera System as efficient as possible to fit your needs.
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Maintaining technical superiority and system efficiency

Phase One has always focused on technical superiority and customizable workflow. With the IQ3 100MP we’re thrilled to introduce an industry first in medium format, Electronic Shutter control. Alongside groundbreaking features, further refinement and customization options to the XF Camera System have been introduced.

Electronic Shutter

An industry first for Medium Format, we’re introducing the most technically advanced, versatile and dynamic feature yet, complete Electronic Shutter integration. Now, with the IQ3 100MP on either the XF Camera System or an alternative technical camera, you can capture images without a single moving component. With the new rolling shutter technology of the IQ3 100MP, you have complete control directly from the digital back. The Electronic Shutter not only provides advantages for a number of capture scenarios but it extends the control and workflow possibilities for Live View, Black Reference integration and technical camera applications.

Additional XF Features

Introducing big picture tools and workflow solutions to the XF Camera System has always been a top priority. However, Feature Update #3 introduces several small controls to ensure complete flexibility. Additional features such as Bulb (B) and Toggle/Time (T) are now available in the drive mode menu. Front and Rear Curtain Flash functionality has been added to ensure absolute control of all flash photography applications. Lastly we’ve added the ability to assign a button to reach your Hyperfocal Focus point, providing the flexibility to mix Autofocus and Hyperfocal Focus like never before.

Advanced Tool Options

Sequence tools like the Time-lapse and Focus Stacking tools now have an advanced option to allow further capture control. Coupled with the Electronic Shutter of the IQ3 100MP, Time-lapse and Focus Stacking are now silent, smooth and efficient with no shutter action or mirror movement. In addition existing features are further refined in Feature Update #3 to optimize workflow and flexibility.

Camera Package

With Feature Update #3, emphasis on simplicity and efficiency is clear. With this in mind we’ve streamlined the update process for XF Camera Body, IQ Digital Back, Prism and Lens. Feature Update #3 now comes in a single simple update file regardless of what digital back you have. Simply download the Camera Package, put the resulting file on a CF card and then run the update on the IQ Digital Back. All components of the XF Camera System, regardless of hardware, now update simply and quickly.
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New Hardware for Feature Update #3

New V-Grip

With dedication to improving workflow and studio use, Feature Update #3 introduces the new XF V-Grip. Providing advanced ergonomics and additional control options, the XF V-Grip ensures simplicity as well as dynamic improvements to handheld workflow applications. With an emphasis on design, the XF V-Grip incorporates an Arca-Swiss compatible mounting point and L-Bracket solution. Whether using the XF V-Grip hand-held or on a tripod, the ease of use and added controls make this accessory a valuable asset to any professional photographer.

150mm LS f/2.8 IF

Fast lenses have always been highly sought after in photography. One of the key indicators of lens quality has always been lens speed with its wide aperture and large elements. The Blue Ring 150mm f/2.8 IF is now our fastest telephoto lens and provides razor-thin depth of field at f/2.8, as well as beautiful out-of-focus bokeh. The new Blue Ring 150mm lens features a Leaf Shutter capable of flash sync at 1/1000th of a second, perfect for studio and location portraiture alike. With its impressive large glass elements and robust metal barrel design, the new Blue Ring 150mm f/2.8 IF radiates quality, not only for studio work but also for every possible application.

45mm LS f/3.5

Quality wide-angle lenses are no easy feat. Following closely behind our previous wide-angle masterpiece, the new Blue Ring 45mm f/3.5 completes the range of wide-angle possibilities for the XF Camera System. Providing a focal length that is perfect for almost any application, the Blue Ring 45mm f/3.5 offers edge-to-edge sharpness and nearly distortion free results. With a design emphasis on quality resolution at any cost the new Blue Ring 45mm f/3.5 is as robust as it is elegant. With striking optical features and hardy construction, the Blue Ring 45mm is ready for the challenges of the world’s most demanding photographers.


External shutter control is a must, be it in the field or in the studio. Phase One now has it’s own customizable and dynamic external shutter release control. The Phase One Break Out Box, or B.O.B, is a dynamic tool that is designed to meet your specific needs. With backwards compatibility for legacy Phase One/Mamiya accessories, the option for power and the ability to customize the cable length, B.O.B is much more than your average shutter release. Customize the button’s function, and use it to activate the new two-step mirror control.

Capture One Pro 10

Capture One Pro continues to grow and service the professional photographer. With Feature Update #3 focusing primarily on Studio applications, we bring you Capture One Pro 10 with advanced support for EIZO monitor calibration. In order to deliver the color standards of quality Phase One demands, EIZO calibration is achieved directly from within the software. The features of Capture One Pro include camera support; lens profiles and the best image quality, continuing to meet the demands of professional photographers everywhere.
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Feature Update #3 

Feature Update #3 

Get familiar with the new update process and new tools included in Feature Update #3

ProfotoAir Remote

ProfotoAir Remote

The Profoto tool has been improved to include remote control of up to six groups

Flash Analysis

Flash Analysis

Learn how easy it is to get advanced information about timing & distribution of your flash pulse during exposure