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:
photo basel, Switzerland’s first and only art fair dedicated to the display and promotion of photography.
photo basel, 12 – 17 June 2018
VIP Opening 11th of June 2018
Volkshaus Basel, Switzerland
From its inaugural edition in 2015, photo basel has cemented its profile as the most prominent photography fair in the German-speaking region. The fair seeks to provide a platform for the fostering of dialogue between members of the photographic and broader art world communities by attracting international media, visual art experts and collectors at a key moment and location in the annual art world calendar.
Curated by Daniel Blochwitz, an expert in photography, the fair runs from 12 - 17 June 2018 coinciding with the modern and contemporary art fair, Art Basel. The fair brings together 35 exhibitors from both emerging and established galleries across 13 countries including France, Italy, Belgium, Colombia and Japan. Newcomers to the fair include Ibasho Gallery (Belgium), Only Photography (Germany), Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea (Portugal), °Clair (Germany) and Aperture (USA). Returning to Basel this year are Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie (Switzerland), Galerie Esther Woerdehoff (France), Flatland Gallery (The Netherlands), Bildhalle (Switzerland), Galerija Fotografija (Slovenia) and Galerie Springer (Germany).
Besides the main section, photo basel is pleased to announce a new sector entitled Master Cabinet: Pivotal Moments devoted to selected classic masterpieces of the 20th century. Participating galleries present a programme of significant photography in a collaboration with curator Daniel Blochwitz and photo basel's director Sven Eisenhut.
ALPA Award at Photo Basel
In cooperation with a private collector from Zürich, ALPA and Photo Basel are introducing a new purchase award for the best artist at photo basel, the ALPA AWARD 2018. This will be the first year the ALPA AWARD is presented to an outstanding photographer, but it is intended as a reoccuring feature of photo basel. From now on, every year a small jury will select an artist from all the artistic positions on display at the booths of the exhibiting galleries. The ALPA AWARD winner will be announced during the week of photo basel and one work purchased from the gallery representing the artist by the private collector. In addition, ALPA® will award a cash prize or ALPA® camera system to the winning photographer.
List of Galleries 2018
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
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
ALPA is featured in an article in the special supplement "SWISSmade" which was distributed with several Swiss sunday papers from the 21st September 2014.
Passion and Perfection
Journée ALPA - Phase One le jeudi 27 novembre 2014
ALPA sera présent au Centre Pro, Profot de Renens (près de Lausanne/Suisse), en compagnie de Phase One, afin de vous faire découvrir toutes les nouveautés sorties à la Photokina.
Mlle Iris Sprow et M. Jean-François Zipper de chez ALPA vous dévoileront en particulier le nouveau système pour la prise de vue macro FPS.
Iris Sprow est diplômée du RIT Rochester en « Imaging Science & Photographic Technology ». Elle a fait son Master au London College of Communication en « Digital Colour Imaging » et travaille depuis 11 ans dans le domaine des médias appliqués dont 8 ans dans la recherche. Jean-François Zipper est diplômé de la FEMIS (École Nationale Supérieure des métiers de l’image et du son), Paris.
M. Massimo Saracino de Phase One vous présentera le nouveau dos IQ150 montré à la Photokina, une nouvelle fonction avec Capture Pilote de visée live direct sur un iPad avec les IQ2.., et bien sûr vous pourrez également explorer les nouvelles fonctionnalités de Capture One Pro 8.
Et enfin, M. Pierre-Alain Folliet Photographe, vous fera découvrir son travail réalisé pour la plupart avec le matériel exposé durant cette journée.
Nous vous donnons donc rendez-vous au Centre Pro Profot de Renens, le 27 novembre 2014 de 10h00 à 16h30.
Centre Pro Profot
Avenue de Longemalle 11
Tél: +41 (0)21 634 99 66
Website Profot: www.profot.ch
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)
Large scale printers can build an entire row of buildings within one day. With her work „New Artificiality“, Swiss photographer Catherine Leutenegger approaches to modern additive manufacturing in China. On a much smaller scale, the technology is also being used by ALPA.
From its initial primary use in prototyping, 3D printing has become a rapidly growing medium with a wide range of applications in the last decade. With its increasing democratization and its ever-growing possibilities, Catherine Leutenegger explores the current limits and future developments related to additive manufacturing in the process of revolutionizing numerous business sectors.
For her ongoing work titled “New Artificiality”, she visited the headquarters of a Chinese construction company named WinSun (also called Yingchuang) based in Suzhou in northwest of Shanghai. The firm built one of the world's largest 3D printers and gained massive attention by producing ten houses in 24 hours at a cost of approximately $5,000 each. As proof of their abilities, the company also printed a five-story building and a 3’600 square meter mansion in the Suzhou Industrial Park.
„WinSun uses a basketball court-sized printer to layer ground up construction materials, mostly recycled waste, around quick-drying cement, bonded together to make walls which are reinforced with steel and stuffed with insulation“, Catherine Leutenegger writes. „The striated structure of the walls creates an unusual texture and confers a feeling of unheimlich. These irregular layers remind the static noise of a screen producing uncomfortable and hypnotic visual stimuli. A virtual glitch materialized in the tangible space.“
ALPA and 3D printing
„New Artificiality“ sheds new light on large scale 3D printing. In a different way, ALPA does apply the technology of additive manufacturing as well. To us, printing things makes sense when there is a need for a small amount of high precision products. Classic plastic manufacturing is based on injection molds, which makes manufacturing of smaller amounts of numbers expensive. 3D printers are able to produce a single product without a form,
while being highly precise.
These arguments are the reason ALPA decided do use additive manufacturing for different products such as lens shades. Being laser sintered in Switzerland, they are durable and exactly match with the picture angle of the particular objective. Printers also produce parts like protection covers, handgrips and viewfinder adapters. As ALPA keeps a close eye on the development of additive manufacturing, other printed products will follow.
Nearly everybody (of a certain age) in Switzerland knows the famous "Wisa-Gloria Trycicle" from their childhood or other nearly vanished brands and products. The customer magazine of Swiss insurere Swisslife covers in its Spring 2013 edition the revivel of legendary Swiss brands under the aegis of new owners and spirits. Swisslife also selected ALPA of Switzerland as one of these famous and nearly vanished brands.
Link to the PDF article (German only): Swisslife Magazine 1-2013