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   Architectural and landscape photographers alike have been challenged for years with how to take maximum versatility into the field with the minimum inconvenience. Sinar responds with the arTec.

   What's most appealing about this camera is that it was designed by photographers and engineered by photographers.. and it shows. The experience is streamlined and simple, yet extremely effective. The machining and construction of the camera is nothing short of what we've all grown to expect from Sinar, and the optical quality is excellent.

    Providing both vertical and horizontal shift, as well as rotatable swing & tilt in an extremely compact package, the arTec is a milestone in digital architectural photography. With a lens line-up from 23mm to 135mm, there's enough coverage to be sure you get the shot you need.

   Don't have a Sinarback? No problem. The arTec body will accommodate Leaf or Phase One digital backs too, making it a great addition to your existing medium format system. 

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Leaf Smashes the Megapixel Barrier at Amazing Price Point !

That's right, files just got that much bigger. The incredible Aptus II-12 boasts a whopping 165mb RAW file, and will yield a 480mb 16bit TIFF.  Perhaps even more impressive is that it'll capture those huge files at a rate of 1.5 seconds per frame. The ISO ranges from 80 to 800 and as usual, the massive 6x7 rear LCD screen allows for in-camera focus-checking, grey balance, and tagging (among other things). The sensor itself is a true full-frame measuring 53.7 x 40.3mm, meaning there won't be a "lens factor" to contend with and you can concentrate on making beautiful imagery.


On the Leaf Credo 80, Aptus-II 12R and Leaf Aptus-II 10R, you can also change from landscape to portrait orientation with a simple turn of the Leaf Verto internal sensor rotation dial. Enjoy the comfort of keeping the camera upright, rotating just the sensor. The list of compatible cameras includes just about everything out there, so integrating this back into your existing system is a breeze. 

        Below are a few screen shots from our recent demo with the Aptus II-12.

Architectural Control With the Sinar arTec

Contact Bear Images for more information!


Pre-Owned backs!

Other backs are also available at Bear Images. Including Leaf, Hasselblad and ranging up to 80 megapixels.  If you’re looking for something specific, give us a call & let us know... or drop us an email.

Phase One 120 AF Macro Does More Than Just Macro!

    An auto focus macro lens may seem like an odd concept on the surface, but the Phase One 120mm AF Macro brings a lot more to the table than just close-focus.  While 120mm is a common focal length for macro work, it’s also right in the sweet spot for portraiture, and we all know manually focusing portraits isn’t always fun. Now with auto focus, the usefulness of your macro lens is suddenly much broader.

    Redesigned lens from the ground up, this new work-horse incorporates a host of new features besides the auto focus. The lens hood has been completely redesigned and upgraded to metal. Beyond that, the outer edge of the lens hood is actually rubber, meaning you won’t ding up the end of your lens hood when you run it into things attempting to focus ultra-close... It’s a little thing that means more longevity for your lens.

    The switch for selecting manual or auto focus is similar to that of the other AF lenses: just slide the focus ring forward or backward to

switch between the two.. a nice feature that keeps your eye in the viewfinder instead of hunting for a little switch.

    The distance scale now also shows you the level of magnification you’re working

with, between 1:20 and 1:1, so you always know exactly how your subject will reproduce.

    Another cool feature of this new lens is the focus limiter. We’ve all seen the “full” and “limit” switches before, but Phase One has actually done something a bit more interesting and

useful with theirs:  “Because of the very long extension distance from near-focus to far-focus, the lens is equipped with a control switch that limits the traveling to either near or far. When set to “limit”, the auto focus will stay within the current focus area, whether it’s near or far.”  So the function of the limiter is actually dependent on the focus position of the lens, meaning it won’t chase through the full length of the lens to find focus when you’ve got the limiter enabled!

    Beyond all that, this new lens is “flat-field”, maintaining square and proportionate relationships even at the edges and corners, which means it’s perfectly suited for smaller copy work like archiving a stamp collection or even “digitizing” those old negatives.

    All in all, the AF 120 macro opens vast possibilities for what can be done with a “macro” lens. Call or stop by Bear Images for more information on this cool new addition to the Phase One line up!




Focal Plane Shutter module and Camera System - Now Available with more to come....

With the FPS ALPA opens the door into a new dimension: from the modular camera platform to the open toolbox. The ALPA 12 FPS is a shutter module when it is used together with another ALPA 12 camera. It is, however, also an independent camera when it is combined on its own with a back, a lens and a suitable adapter. This opens up the use of brand-new or fond old lenses from dozens of different manufacturers of optical systems – with or without a central shutter and with or without manual or electronic aperture control. Plus a free choice of format – only limited by the image circles of the lenses and by the sensor sizes. Naturally, not all lenses will work equally well with all backs. However, what is ‘good’ and what is ‘less good’ is a decision solely for the photographer or, if he or she is working according to a commission, naturally also for the customer. We see a new attitude toward many aspects of picture quality in this: away from the unedifying factionalism and toward the acceptance of subjective opinions and evaluations.

The ALPA 12 FPS opens up the field of shift/tilt/swing/stitch in a wide range of variants and with the corresponding accessories to a whole new world which had previously hardly been possible, if at all. The whole system is controlled by a continuously expandable firmware in a concept which includes all previous ALPA 12 models, many lenses and almost all digital backs produced in the past ten years. A previously unknown variety of possibilities and combinations is opened up – a toolbox which the user can equip and utilize according to his or her own needs or while using already existing tools.

Lenses compatible with the new Alpa FPS system include:

  1. Schneider PC-TS

  2. Rodenstock

  3. Schneider

  4. Canon EF (TSE are Ideal)

  5. Hasselblad CF

  6. Nikon F (T/S are best)

  7. Leica R

  8. Olympus (T/S are best)

  9. Zeiss

  10. Mamiya (Classic)

  11. And more!

Did you know Bear Images offers special bundle packages of Alpa camera systems when purchased with Phase One digital backs?  Consult one of our experts of the Phase One and Alpa systems & find the system you’ve been dreaming about.


Broncolor Para 88

Joins the Para 170FB, 220FB and 330 FB, but in its own unique lightweight and super compact design, that can be easily folded for ease and mobility.

The Reflector with focusing system:

The variable light produced by the Para 88 can be adjusted to fit the current requirement.  Defocused it will illuminate even large sets, very uniformly from a relatively short distance.  The inwardly directed light reduces the light scatter and thus gives you illumination you can work with, producing high contrast illumination.  Focusing the light source, which is precisely centered, the beam angle can be drastically reduced, producing a light comparable to an over-sized fresnel spot - strongly directional, rich in contrast, yet due to the 88cm diameter-not too hard.  These controls allow you to perfectly control brightness gradients and dramatic light control can be simple and fast.

Opens in an instant

The new opening mechanism for the Para 88 provides the greatest ease-of-use combined with quick opening. Patents are pending for this product.

Independent reflector

A unique feature of the Para 88 is that it can be used as an individual reflector. It can be easily assembled over a Broncolor bayonet fitting. The flash tube is then precisely at the focus of the parabolic reflector. Because the lamp is now directed forwards, the direct light so produced gives shadows extra sharpness, and the fraction of scatter can easily be increased to reduce contrast.


Additionally, the light characteristic of the Para 88 can be changed by using one of the three Broncolor diffusers or the textile light grid.

Broncolor Para 88 – makes every shooting a success Unbelievable light variability, low weight, compact, fully compatible with flash and continuous light sources – unlimited possibilities at the highest level.

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Cameras for Cultural Heritage and Precision Reproduction & Copy Work.

Several Systems to choose from, based on the application.... let us discuss your needs and offer some solutions.

Phase One iXR Camera System

Phase One Aerial Cameras

Fully Integrated Aerial Photography Solutions

The Phase One aerial cameras are integrated medium format camera systems that were designed from the ground up exclusively for aerial photography.

Developed with leading experts and engineers in the field, Phase One aerial cameras are built to meet the exacting needs of aerial photography and streamline the entire capture and processing workflow.

The Phase One aerial cameras are easily integrated into existing systems, both onboard the aircraft and in post production. The medium format solution offers exceptional image quality and features that rival large-format cameras at a fraction of the price.

With a product line of nine cameras, nine lenses, controller complete with software, compatibility with leading flight management systems and GPS receivers, Phase One has a solution for everything from mini UAVs to large manned aircraft.

With a small footprint and easily integrated into any aircraft, the Phase One iX Controller acts as a central hub of your aerial camera system controlling multiple cameras

Multiple display configuration

The iX Controller can be configured to connect to a display via wireless, network or HDMI cable. Use a touch display to control the cameras with a touch of a button

Solid state drives

The iX Controller employs two removable SSD drives, which have especially high write speeds to ensure you capture and record every image quickly and reliably. When the mission is over, the compact and light SSD drives are easily removed from the iX Controller and sent for processing.

iX Controller

Phase One offers a choice of hardware and software solutions to enable the integration of the camera with your existing workflow.

Ultimate speed and control

Phase One introduced the iX Controller as the perfect companion for the iX Capture application or SDK-based application.

Designed to provide the ultimate in speed, and with the ability to control multiple Phase One aerial cameras, the iX Controller is a rugged, fanless PC, based on the 4th Generation Intel® CoreTM i7 Processor.

Multiple Camera Configuration

Phase One aerial cameras are truly scalable systems, allowing you to adapt to different needs and scale the system to match diverse requirements. Whether the need is a single camera for small area mapping, or a two-, four-, five- or more camera configuration for large area mapping, Phase One cameras are the perfect choice to build your solution.

Use a Phase One camera by itself or in a multiple camera configuration to capture synchronized images and eliminate post production sync issues. The cameras are daisy- chained together to reduce unnecessary cabling and simplify connectivity with the FMS, GPS and iX Controller.

UAV ready

Their light weight and small footprint make the iXU cameras perfectly suited for small aircraft and UAV integration. Using iX Link's RS-232 connectivity and internal CF storage, iXU cameras are able to capture thousands of images on a single mission. The iXU 150, equipped with full HDMI output, can be be guided to photograph specifics objects seen by the operator on the ground.

Important component of oblique systems

With a small form factor and medium format resolution, the Phase One iXU cameras offer users a solution for building arrays that can easily be mounted on a gyro stabilization mount and fit in the existing belly holes of many aircraft.

Phase One iXU-R 180

The Phase One iXU-R 180 is Phase One's fastest 80 MP platform. The iXU-R series offers a small-bodied medium format camera with high performance optics. The small form factor make it an ideal camera for use as a standalone camera for photogrammetric work or as part of an array of multiple cameras, either to cover a larger swath or as part of an oblique camera system.

Phase One

iXU-R & iXU

The Phase One iXU aerial cameras are the world's smallest and lightest integrated digital medium format aerial cameras. They are available in 80 MP, 60 MP, 50 MP and 60 MP Achromatic versions. The iXU-R series use Rodenstock optics, while the iXU series use Schneider-Kreuznach fast sync lenses. All iXU series cameras are equipped with internal electronically controlled central leaf shutters to provide the image quality expected from a dedicated aerial photography camera.

Phase One iXU 180

The Phase One iXU series is so small that its body is barely wider than its lens barrel. Weighing in at 1.25 kg with an 80 mm lens (1.43 kg for the iXU 180), the cameras are well suited for users requiring a small, light camera with a broad range of focal lengths.

Phase One iXU 150

The Phase One iXU 150, which is milled from magnesium alloy, is built around a 50 MP CMOS sensor, offering quality images across its 100 - 6400 ISO range. The camera boasts 8,280 pixels in cross track coverage and weighs only 750 grams (1.25 kg with an 80 mm lens).

The CMOS technology makes widened operational hours a possibility during days with deteriorating light conditions.

Please Note:  Prices, Promotions, Upgrades, All and Any Offers Subject to Change and Limitations Without Notice.

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Phase One’ s Capture One 10 and Tangent Panels

The Future of Adjustments - Redefining What a Shortcut Is

Schedule a demonstration of the Tangent Panels with Capture One  10

at Bear Images

The HUB app is fully utilized and allows full customization rather than a hardcoded configuration. It’s worth noting the implementation in Capture One is far more than a simple hack-and-link to the current shortcuts.

By talking directly to the command layer, you can achieve a more analogue experience of adjustment. Also, it keeps binding separate from any shortcut-map in the application. It also allows the user to utilize the ramp-rates and variables in the mapper without relying on hard coded increments.

The Tk panel (TracK-ball)

The core driver of the project of bringing tangent into Capture One was the Color Balance Tool – it’s no coincidence that the three track balls in the Tk panel match the three wheels in the Color Balance UI. The ball shape directly imitates the Color Balance Tool: The ball controls X/Y tint and saturation point in a 2-dimensional space, and the ring controls lightness. Two buttons allow a quick reset of ring and ball independently of each other.

Where the implementation beats the mouse is the ability to do adjustments simultaneously. As an example: lifting highlights and darkening shadows at the same time.

You may start to see how this removes barriers to adjustment while you get to the end result faster. To round off the Tk, a ‘hold to reset grading’ command is mapped to the B button for a temporary reset of the grade.

The Kb panel (KnoBs)

This panel consists of 12 encoders, and you can map it to most sliders in Capture One 10. The ramp rates are tuned per tool for a decent speed of adjustment. You can slow these when adjusting by holding the A button (mapped to alternative function) for finer tweaks. You can also adjust them simultaneously – for example Exposure and Contrast, or Sharpening and Threshold. Push the knob to reset the specific slider.

Mf panel (MultiFunction)

This is a hybrid of the Bt and Tk. It’s configured with a mixture of edit and rating shortcuts and experimental ideas in using the track ball.

The track ball has two banks. The first one works with brushes, which gives a dynamic interface into size, hardness and opacity. The second one quickly scales and set overlay position.

The buttons on the Mf panel are configured to rate and cull in sessions. The play and advance buttons are mapped to ‘Next image’ and ‘Next set’ respectively. ‘Stop’ marks the image green (for pick) with other tags and select by tags above. In order to for example delete or create an album from  selection, you can use ‘Selected by tag’.

Bt panel (BuTtons)

The Bt panel is a simple button bank which can emulate button presses and toggles, or for bigger maps configured to “go to mode”. In the default set, most toggle functions allow quick access to things like Focus mask, Exposure warning and Proofing. It also allows deep menu commands for things like local adjustments and hiding parts of the user interface.

With practice, hiding the user interface is the show piece of the implementation. You can remove everything from the monitor except the viewer and user still has control over every tool. Working full screen on an image with no clutter and total focus is simply a dream coming true.