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Why Medium Format - the XF Camera System

"The result is far from anything you can get with 8 bit DSLR files. It's the closest I've ever been to achieving a finished result straight out of the camera." Christopher Mertz
Phase One is a unique brand, and the XF Camera System gives you a unique result. This was my first time using the XF, and I was hugely surprised by the performance and overall experience of using the camera. There are so many features to play with, but a few really stood out.

As a Profoto user, the fact that the XF IQ3 100MP camera has a built-in integration with Profoto Air is a very useful and utterly cool detail. It made lighting changes during the shoot simple and fast.

You also get 16 bit color depth to play with, which means you can reach a whole new level of accurate color reproduction. The colors in the files are unlike any you've seen before. The transition from light to dark tones is natural and smooth, and all the different tones you get are simply one of a kind. The result is far from anything you can get with 8 bit DSLR files. And it is fantastic. It's the closest I've ever been to achieving a finished result straight out of the camera.

Then there are the lenses. They are seriously top quality and provide top quality results. The simple fact is that there is almost no distortion or any form of chromatic aberration, no matter how close you get. The image quality of the Blue Ring series - from wide angle all the way through to the longest lens - is seriously unique. The sharpness and clarity are amazing, delivering a high image quality even in places and situations where you would expect less than optimal results. My favorite is the Schneider Kreuznach 35mm f/3.5, which is perfect from edge to edge.

For me, Phase One is the top choice if you're looking to change your DSLR to medium format. With fantastic image quality, 16 bit files, depth of field that can't be compared to any other camera out there, and a ton of useful time-saving features, Phase One makes the decision an easy one.

- Christopher Mertz

Photographer: Christopher Mertz
Assistant: Mads Langhoff
Models: Hanna L. & Nanna N.
Makeup Artist: Romina Alvarez
Stylist: Claudia A.

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