THE ALPA 12 FPS - FROM TOOLS TO TOOLBOX
The ALPA 12 FPS (focal plane shutter) 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.
FPS User Manual - Version 1.07b
alpa fps brief instruction_107b.pdf / 8.2 MB
FPS Firmware and Sync Programs - Version 1.09
ALPA_FPS_109.zip / 203.5 KB
FPS Firmware and Sync Programs - Version 1.07
ALPA_FPS_107.zip / 201.3 KB
For upgrading your FPS please download the newest firmware package. Empty/delete the USB memory card you got with your ALPA 12 FPS or any standard USB stick. Copy the unzipped files (not the folder) to the USB card/stick. Perform the upgrade as indicated on your USB memory card and the manual. Do NOT connect your camera to any computer and try to update it directly. If you face problems during the installation process: Do not panic! Re-installing the firmware or downgrading is possible.
Dimensions, body alone
- W: 204 mm, H: 109 mm, D: 33 mm
Weight, body alone
- from approx. 735 g
Weight, ready for use
- from approx. 2,180 g (incl. lens, adapters, view finder, digital back, batteries, handgrip and depending on further attachments)
- available as an accessory
- holder for the Apple iPhone as an electronic viewfinder in combination with the ALPA eFinder app; optical ALPA viewfinder with a 120° angle of view; screen; separate computer; various third-party optical viewfinders with fixed focal lengths or with zoom
Compatibility as shutter module
- with all ALPA 12 cameras: ALPA 12 TC, STC, WA, SWA, MAX, XY
- integrated: none; tilt/swing and shift depending on lens/body combination in use
- integrated focal plane shutter (Mamiya): 1/4000s - 128s and T in steps of 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 1 units
- mechanical leaf shutters: ALPA 12 lenses in Copal shutter
- electronic leaf shutters: depending on future shutter developments
Aperture control (depending on lens)
- electronical in steps of 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 1 f-stops (with most lenses in Canon EF mount and Nikon PC-E lenses)
- further versions depending on developments in process
- system upgrade and future functionality via firmware upload by the user (USB stick/port)
- integrated self timer: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 60s
- integrated bracketing: 1-9 frames | +, -, +/-, -/+ | manually triggered or automatically timed 1-9s
- integrated RJ45 port for future use
Digital back synchronisation (Lemo 1 pin and Nikon screw-in PC sync)
- ALPA Open Sync Language: most digital backs with or without latency, the definition language will be published
- double sockets (Lemo 1 pin and Nikon screw-in PC sync) for increased fallback security and use with various user cabling
- Flash sync: various modes, 1st/2nd or multiple curtains
- integrated: very bright transflective LCD display for optimal reading even in bright sunlight
- modes: automatic turn off during exposure (visual exposure control and elimination of stray light during exposure), manual on/off, rotatable by 180° with automatic adjustment of the relevant navigation keys
Lens mounts (mind the correct flange focal distance to reach infinity)
- ALPA 12
- Canon EF
- Hasselblad V
- Mamiya 645
- Nikon F
- others will follow or can be used with additional third party adapters
Power supply (Lemo 4 pin)
- worldwide available and pro grade Sony L series batteries (type NP-F550/570/770/970 compatible), battery set consisting of travel battery charger with exchangeable plugs and battery
- power supply unit with exchangeable plugs for international use (sold seperately)
Remote triggering (Lemo 3 pin)
- separate plug socket for external trigger, handgrip trigger and third-party triggers like Pocketwizard
- [k1] release button, start/stop T exposure
- [k2] turn left = increase value | turn right = decrease value
- [k2] press = tab | long = key lock (except [k1]), press long again for unlocking
- [k3] program page left
- [k3] press long = rotate display by 180°
- [k4] programm page right
- [k5] switching display illumination off/on
- [k5] press long to turning the camera off
- [k6] short = closes the aperture to the preset value, toggles between open and close (only Canon EF and Nikon PC-E lenses)
- [k6] long = open/close focal plane shutter
- [k2] & [k1] cancels a running bracketing program
- [d1] program page
- [d2] navigation orientation
- [d3] symbol for locked keys
- [d4] variables as shutter time, aperture, bracketing, selftimer, steps, e.g.
- [d5] bracketing program active, number of frames to be executed
- [d6] selftimer active
- [d7] battery power, power supply connected
- [A] Lemo 14pin for electronical leaf shutter systems (future use)
- [B] flash connector Nikon PC/screw-in type for synchronisation of digital backs and/or flash control
- [C] Lemo 1pin for synchronisation of digital backs
- [D] Lemo 3pin for hand grip trigger, wake-up, cable remote trigger or triggering by PocketWizard, e.g.
- [E] Lemo 4pin for external power supply (in and out)
THE ALPA 12 Platform enhanced
ALPA 12 FPS & Lenses
Mind the correct focal flange distance to reach infinity.
FPS & Schneider PC-TS
Schneider PC-TS lenses have built in tilt and shift capability. The lenses feature an exchangeable mount. To be used with the ALPA CAN (Canon EF) or NIK (Nikon F) lens mount.
FPS & ALPA 12 Rodenstock
All Rodenstock ALPA 12 lenses in short barrel 34 can be used with the ALPA 12 FPS. Mind the correct focal flange distance to reach infinity.
FPS & Canon EF
Most 24x36 lenses in Canon EF mount including tilt/shift lenses, other lens brands via additional third party lens adapter, aperture control via FPS for Canon EF lenses.
FPS & Hasselblad C/F
Zeiss/Hasselblad CB/CF/CFi/CFE/F/FE/ZV classic lenses in Hasselblad V mount, for use with internal focal plane shutter.
FPS & Leica R
Most 24x36 lenses in Leica R mount including tilt/shift lenses via additional third party lens adapter on ALPA CAN (Canon EF) lens adapter.
FPS & Olympus
Most 24x36 lenses in Olympus OM mount including tilt/shift lenses via additional third party lens adapter on ALPA CAN (Canon EF) lens adapter.
fPS & Zeiss lenses
Various Zeiss photo and movie lenses. These lenses feature an exchangeable mount. To be used with the ALPA CAN (Canon EF) or NIK (Nikon F) lens mount.
FPS & Mamiya lenses
Schneider PC-TS lenses in Mamiya 645 mount have built in tilt and shift capability. Most Mamiya 645 mount lenses with manual aperture control can be used with the ALPA MAM (Mamiya 645) lens adapter.