Today is the opening of this years rather special edition of photo basel. due to the circumstances, the group around Audrey Hoareau and Sven Eisenhut decide to enter a new realm and present a virtual edition of the fair using different ways of presenting works in the digital age.
We invite you all to browse through the galleries, try to put some pieces on your own walls using augumented reality, or sitting back and listen to one of the many photography talks between Audrey Hoareau and Artists, Curators and Gallerists.
photo basel 2020 virtual edition 17th - 21th of June
A message from Sven Eisenhut, Director photo basel:
CLICK HERE to enter the experience!
Legendary 35mm glass comes to life again - Leica introduced the R bayonet for the Leicaflex in 1964. At the beginning of March 2009, the production of cameras and lenses for the Leica-R system was discontinued. ALPA now enables R bayonet lens owners to use these characterful lenses in a variety of ways. The lens module can be mounted directly on an ALPA 12 FPS. Its built-in focal-plane shutter opens the way for use with almost any digital back. Together with a 17mm intermediate adapter, the lens module can also be mounted on any classic ALPA 12. In this configuration, the digital back must have an electronic shutter.
Leica-R lenses are calculated for use in 35 mm photography (24x36 mm). Depending on the focal length, a larger image circle can also be achieved. The lens module thus enables creative, new applications, since any format conditions within the specified image circle or beyond are possible. This allows the photographer to flexibly and creatively select the crop and aspect ratio.
ALPA Lens Module Leica R
Samples by Christoph Greiner:
Have you always dreamed of advancing to the top league of macro photography? With the introduction of the affordable Fujifilm GFX 50R this is now possible. A universal, compact camera with 50MP sensor in 33x44 format and both fully electronic and mechanical focal plane shutter on a high-performance stacking solution from ALPA with high-end macro lens for large sensor. This is now becoming a reality with the connection ring for Fuji G cameras: The investment in a modular and universal system where the camera can always be updated cost-effectively with the latest system in the future.
The adapter allows easy and safe mounting of a Fujifilm GFX body to an ALPA bellows unit or stacking solution. The V-Groove version also allows a comfortable adjustment of the alignment/rotation of the camera body.
ALPA Adapter Ring Fuji G
Alpa Macro Switar 5.6/105 mm float
ALPA Castel Micro Focus Stacking
When we designed the ALPA 12 PLUS, the comparison with the Swiss cross quickly came up and thus the connection to the home country of the ALPA and the national flag with a white cross on a red background. Since a red camera was always associated with too much attention and imponderables during production - who wants red reflexes in the pictures - we decided to use two different color stitching adapters instead. And so there are two colour variants of the product: classic black and a new dash of red. And since we are introducing the adapters in the week of the Chinese New Year, this fits perfectly too.
The Stitching Adapter for the ALPA 12 PLUS is an accessory adapter that allows rise and fall movements The adapter has a built-in, universal, square dovetail adapter to UniQ/C standard for ALPA tripod heads and third-party products. The millimetre laser engraving 20/20 mm allows easy and convenient reading of the high and low adjustment, even behind the camera. The integrated mounting screw (1/4") is designed to be "loss-proof". It is available in black or red - you have the choice.
ALPA Stitching Adapter PLUS in red
ALPA Stitching Adapter PLUS in black
From March 24 to April 8, a solo exhibition of pictures by Chinese ALPA-photographer Chen Yewei will take place at the Inter Art Center in Beijing. The artists shows his photographic series "To the Peaks". For his work, he captured 14 of the world's highest mountains.
Born in the 1960s, Chen Yewei has been photographing landscapes and mountains in particular for over 20 years. He is the founder of the 40° Celsius Club and has been photographing with ALPA since 2008. The 40° Celsius Club derives its name from Chen Yewei's feeling of elevated body temperature, which sets in as he searches for the next picture. ALPA supports the gallery of the Inter Art Center in organizing the exhibition.
The Inter Art Center & Gallery in Beijing is considered one of the most important institutions for photographic art in China. Founded in 2006, the Inter Art Center includes the Pixel Magazine Publishing House, the Pixel Bookstore and a café. The Inter Art Center is dedicated to collecting and presenting classical photography as well as contemporary and experimental art.
In addition, the Inter Art Center has published a large number of illustrated books and books on photography. Its members have been working not only with numerous exceptional Chinese and foreign photographers and artists, but also with other institutions.
Focus on Minorities and Culture
Another focus of the Inter Art Center is the promotion of photography of ethnic minorities and the diverse development of Chinese culture. The Inter Art Center therefore founded the "Country Road: Chinese Ethnic Minority Photography Prize" in 2015 to discover, promote and support photographers who deal with social change and ethnic minorities. In 2017, the Inter Art Center New Documentaries Prize was launched in this context.
Internationally, the Inter Art Center maintains extensive co-operations with other photographic institutions such as the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the International Center of Photography in New York and the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York.
Photographers page Chen Yewei
Inter Art Center
The area around Zurich's Escher-Wyss-Platz has undergone a further transformation into a mixed quarter with the move into the commercial building next to Theaterhaus Schiffbau. Directly next to the last remaining machine plant in the former industrial centre of the city, a commercial building was built according to the plans of architects Jens Bohm and Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, which also stands out from the other newer buildings in the immediate vicinity due to its design.
"A building of this quality would be more likely to be expected in a more distinguished district of Zurich than in District 5," says Seraina Wirz. She manages the studio for architectural photography in Zurich and has documented the building with her ALPA on behalf of the clients. Your place of residence is not far from the object. "That's why the assignment was particularly exciting for me."
The staircase connects the rooms and allows views into the the courtyard and the neighbourhood. © Seraina Wirz
The rooms are characterised by transparency and a view of the quarter with its different buildings. © Seraina Wirz
View of the Hardbrücke bridge and the traffic passing through the city on and below it. © Seraina Wirz
View from the attic to the Prime Tower. © Seraina Wirz
Elements of industrial buildings form contrasts to newer buildings. © Seraina Wirz
View from the offices into the courtyard of the building. © Seraina Wirz
View between office building and shipbuilding in direction of Hardbrücke. © Seraina Wirz
One of the most important aspects of her work for Seraina Wirz is the cooperation with the architects. Much depended on the first joint inspection of the building, during which the possible settings were examined and the characteristics of the building explained. "Architectural photography is always more about architecture than photography," says Seraina Wirz. "In my opinion, this is a central quality feature and if you look closely at good photographs, you can clearly see the difference."
The pictures for the documentation of the commercial building at Schiffbaustrasse 2 were taken with the ALPA 12 MAX in combination with ALPA / Rodenstock lenses with focal lengths of 40 mm and 32 mm. The ALPA 12 MAX is the successor of the ALPA 12 XY and was developed for architectural photography. One of the characteristics that Seraina Wirz regularly uses is the stitching of panoramic images. In this way, for example, the photograph of the staircase in the office building was taken. "The composite image gives an impression of the openness and dimension of the building, which is difficult to show on a single photograph," she says.
Quarters from different worlds
Transparency is a central feature. Those who work or stay here can gain insights into the inner courtyard and to the outside. The closer environment of the office building is determined by a very different neighbourhood. On the east side it borders on the shipbuilding industry with its rooms for theatre professionals, concert visitors and gastronomy. Together, the two buildings nestle against a mighty plane tree and form the outline of a new public square. Towards the west, the huge MAN Turbo hall is the last remaining plant of the machine industry adjoining the office building. At the front side, traffic passes the Hardbrücke bridge and the tram tracks below it. Nearby are older buildings with restaurants, nightclubs, offices and shops, but also modern residential buildings and other commercial buildings such as the Prime Tower. They are different worlds that collide and the development of the quarter is not complete.
For Seraina Wirz, the question arises as to which of the new buildings integrate into the cityscape and which foreign bodies remain. She sees the office building as an enrichment, because it offers services for the residents such as kindergarten or restaurant and is distinguished by its well thought-out design. "For me, good architecture always depends on the details. Sockets, light switches or handrails can round off or devalue a project. In this respect, the building convinces, among other things, through the use of selected materials. "In addition, the generous interior design, openness and transparency also stand out. The best embodiment of this is the staircase, a central and open space where the rooms converge and which at the same time offers a view across the building and the outside world".
A template for further buildings
The office building is closed off from the roof terrace with its arcades. It allows superimposed views of the surroundings: "An unfinished area in a city that is actually finished," as Seraina Wirz says in reference to a statement by the Berlin architect Hans Kollhoff. In this context, the commercial building provides a direction for future properties, an impulse. "It will be interesting to see whether this impulse is taken up by other architects for the quarter."
Website Atelier für Architekturfotografie afaf
Photographers Page Seraina Wirz
Portfolio "Schiffbauplatz Zürich" - afaf"
ALPA 12 MAX
ALPA / Rodenstock HR Alpagon 4.0/32mm, LB
ALPA / Rodenstock HR Alpagon 4.0/40mm, LB
Website Baukontor Architekten
© Seraina Wirz
Julian Calverley is a master of impressive landscape and commercial photography. He is using his iPhone as quick and simple but also creative complement to his ALPA cameras. Read the offprint of the UK magazine "Amateur Photographer", July 2014 with insight to his work with the iPhone and his love for ALPA. Julian also published a lovely little book with iPhone images only. His commercial work can be seen from his website, too. Julian was repeatedly selected for Lürzer's Archive for the 200 best ad photographs of the year.
Julian Calverley - Books: iPhone Only
Calverley - iShoot landscapes (PDF)
Photographers page: Calverley, Julian
Digital backs with electronic shutter (currently Rolling Shutter for Phase One IQ 3/4, Hasselblad X1D and partly H6D) are becoming increasingly available. The new Rodenstock aperture unit - with its almost round, 9-piece aperture pattern - optimally supports this shutter type. Besides, lens versions in short barrel can also be used on the ALPA 12 FPS with its built-in focal-plane shutter (SB34, SB51, FPS SB17).
We are pleased to inform you about the upcoming full availability of the ALPA HR Alpagon/Alpar lenses in the new Rodenstock aperture unit.
ALPA HR LENS RANGE IN APERTURE MOUNT
ALPA HR Alpagon 5.6/23 mm
ALPA HR Alpagon 4.0/32 mm
ALPA HR Alpar 4.0/35 mm (built to order)
ALPA HR Alpagon 4.0/40 mm
ALPA HR Alpagon 4.0/50 mm
ALPA HR Alpagon 5.6/70 mm
ALPA HR Alpagon 5.6/90 mm
ALPA HR Alpagon 6.3/138 mm (availability see blow)
ALPA HR Alpar 5.6/180 mm
Other mounts (Long Barrel, SB17 FPS) on request.
See, corresponding product page (links above). You can download a complete XLS list from your landing page, once logged in.
Existing lenses can be converted into the new Rodenstock Aperture Unit. For more details see the respective Product Page.
After delivering the first batch in May, we accept pre-orders and expect delivery in late June/begin of July.
AVAILABILITY PLANNED FOR FALL 2019
We expect the ALPA HR Alpagon 6.3/138 mm to be available in fall 2019. The lens will be delivered with a dedicated SB 51 multi-purpose tube and lens shade. Due to the high demand, we already accept pre-orders.
ALPA Log: Photographic Shutters (EN)
With the use of conventional camera systems and macro objectives, only a limited resolution could be achieved. That’s why ALPA developed a special setup for Focus Stacking. It’s a good example for our philosophy to provide solutions for special projects. Ask our specialists if you have a dedicated project.
Photographer Bernhard Schurian extensively tested the ALPA solution (ALPA Focus Stacking solution with ALPA 12 FPS and ALPA Macro Switar 5.6/105 mm) at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. In addition to the mass digitisation of the collection, he has portrayed particularly interesting and spectacular animals. To document their complexity, Bernhard Schurian needed equipment for macro photography and an optimal workflow.
Here some results of his work over the last year and in different stages. Two samples are available as zoomable version (Zoom 1) (Zoom 2) for exploring. The images have been combined from in general some 500 to 700+ single exposures on 100 MP digital backs.
For further details see also the detailed news article on When Even Insects Become Huge: Macro Photography With ALPA.
It is our philosophy to provide new solutions for special applications. If you are working on an according photographic project, please contact us.
Photograph: ©Bernhard Schurian
Eumorpha Achemon (Zoom Version)
Photograph: ©Bernhard Schurian
Dipt Asilidae Microstylum (Zoom Version)
Photograph: ©Bernhard Schurian
Photograph: ©Bernhard Schurian
Of course, sophisticated professional camera photography has also been working digitally for a long time. ALPA was one of the most important pioneers in this process. The Swiss camera system ultimately offered the precision from the very beginning that the digital backs - almost in contrast to the roll film - only began to require over time. But until now, the actual technical/view cameras used the old mechanical Copal shutter, although its production was discontinued years ago.
Now also here the electronics take over. With the eShutter 250, Rodenstock and Sinar have developed a modern leaf shutter for view camera lenses as a successor, while Phase One and Hasselblad backs now allow access to the built-in electronic “rolling” shutter. Only when it comes to the photographic use outside of the studio, the ingenuity of the manufacturers has so far been rather limited. There were hardly practical solutions from the laptop to the huge control unit dangling down from the tripod. With the ALPA Silex Mk II this will change for the better now.
Here the trigger sits where it should be - on the side of the body, close to the hand grip - and the complete package with a robust housing made of two solid, milled aluminium halves is pleasantly compact, although even the 48V power supply for the eShutter has been integrated. In addition, this grip with brains can be rotated using the supplied Arri rosette adapters and the camera and back functions are always optimally visible.
The Copal shutter has been mourned a lot, but anyone who has ever worked with the eShutter will no longer want to do without it. Precise shutter speed setting, low vibration shutter operation, accurate repeatability, operation from the Silex control unit without having to open the shutter on the lens - photography with tilt, shift and stitch does not need to be cumbersome at all. And as long as the electronic shutters are not yet "global", there is no way around the electromagnetic shutter for flash photography.
ALPA Silex Mk II on ALPA 12 MAX and HR Alpagon 4.0/32 mm with eShutter 250
Silex - the grip with brains
Hasselblad H, Canon EF, Contax 645, Nikon E and Rollei lenses can also be controlled in this way. This is not only of interest for digital photography. Despite the electronic interfaces, the autonomous Silex offers the opportunity to make these lenses with built-in shutter as well as Rodenstock's professional lenses for analogue photography up to the 6x9 format fit for the future. Whether digital or analog - the Swiss precision tool will remain future-proof, not least through free firmware updates. Finally, the electronic (rolling) shutter of modern backs will certainly become even faster and triggering the eShutter directly from the LiveView without a rolling shutter is only a matter of time. Then the compact view camera becomes even more mobile.
ALPA Silex Mk II on ALPA 12 TC controlling a Hasselblad HC 4.5/300 mm
The Sound of Silex is the future.
Price and Availability
The ALPA Silex Mk II control unit is now available at a net price of CHF 3,897 (ex works Switzerland) from local ALPA dealers and ALPA in Zurich. Owners of the ALPA Silex Mk I can upgrade their units for CHF 685 (ex works Switzerland) to Silex Mk II.
ALPA Silex Mk II
Hardware Upgrade Silex Mk I > Mk II
Capture Integration Blog: ALPA SILEX MK II - The Technical Camera Powerhouse
ALPA Silex Mk II at Work
Behind the scenes © ALPA/Ralph Rosenbauer