The A-Series from ALPA & Phase One

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Phase One today begins shipping the first A-series medium format camera systems. Blending the best of Phase One and ALPA technology through highly-integrated precision components, these cameras are designed to capture outstanding images with greater ease, convenience, and fun.

The three Phase One A-series models include the A250, A260 and A280. They are based on the ALPA 12TC camera body, plus a Phase One medium format IQ2 A- series digital back — the 50 megapixel CMOS-based IQ250; the long-exposure-capable 60 megapixel, full frame IQ260; or the highest-resolution 80 megapixel full frame IQ280. Each model comes with the 35mm Rodenstock Alpar lens. There are two optional lenses available, including the ultra-wide 23mm, and the all-round 70mm, ALPA HR Alpagon, both offering perfect edge-to-edge sharpness and the ability to resolve full frame medium format sensors.

Exclusive to the Phase One A-series are the models’ factory configured in-camera lens calibrations, making the need to create and apply color cast correction profiles (LCCs) optional. One can simply attach an A-series lens and start shooting.

The three A-series Rodenstock Alpagon/Alpar lens profiles are factory calibrated, configured and preloaded on the new IQ2 A-series digital backs to get the most out of each medium format sensor. Using the new firmware and A-series camera mode, photographers simply select the lens used and corrections are then automatically processed in camera and when importing to Capture One Pro 8.1.

A new version of Capture Pilot permits checking the selected A-lens directly from an iOS device. Once images are captured, they are wirelessly displayed in Capture Pilot, to validate focus, exposure and composition.

The A250 can stream Live View wirelessly to ease focusing and composition. With the ALPA smart device holder, one can mount both iPhones and iPads directly on the camera.

Each model is serviced as a complete system, with a 5-year warranty.

For optimal raw processing and image editing, the Phase One A-Series systems ship with Capture One Pro 8.1 as well as Capture Pilot 1.8 for remote viewing. Camera accessories include: release cables, lens shades, straps, covers, a special A-series transport case designed by F-Stop Gear, and an iPhone and iPad holder to attach devices in waist-level mode.

Sensor80 megapixels full-frame CCD60 megapixels full-frame CCD50 megapixels CMOS
Lens Factor111.3
Sensor+ ISO140-3200200-3200-
Dynamic Range13 f-stops13 f-stops14 f-stops
Exposure1/500sec - 2min1/500sec - 60min1/500sec - 60min
Weight1900 g1900 g1900 g
Factory Lens Calibration23mm, 35mm, 70mm 23mm, 35mm, 70mm 23mm, 35mm, 70mm
Factory ShimmingYESYESYES
Price$55,000 $48,000 $47,000

Included with all purchases


ALPA HR Alpar 5.6/35mm
ALPA Sync Release Mk II
ALPA Sync Cord P1
ALPA Cable Release
ALPA 3D Printed 35mm Lens Shade


ALPA 12 TC, Black
ALPA Hand Grip Rosewood Natural
ALPA Leather Hand-strap
ALPA Smart Device Holder
ALPA Adjustable Back Adapter
Shimming Kit


Phase One IQ2 A-series


Capture One Pro 8
Capture Pilot 1.8


Protection Covers Mk II
Leather Neck-strap
Tripod Mount Dove Tail
Cleaning Cloth
Sensor Cleaning Kit

Microfiber Cloth
Twin V Pro Dual Charger
16GB CF Card &  International Adapters
USB Cable
FireWire Cable
LCC Plate
QP Card
Phase One USB Key
2x Battery Li-Ion 7.2V 3400MAH
Special Edition F-stop Carrying Bag


5-Year Warranty

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