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
Two decades after its launch, we have adapted the ALPA 12 SWA to the current requirements. The Jubilee version was sold out within a short time last year, and now the camera is available from stock with some improvements.
In 1996, under the new company management, ALPA launched the 12 SWA as the first camera. Over the following years, it gained an outstanding reputation among professional photographers and ambitious amateurs. The latest edition of this classic stays true to the original edition, optically and technically, but offers new possibilities.
The improved ALPA 12 SWA:
As the shape has been left almost unchanged, for example, the latest ALPA 12 SWA, can still be used perfectly with roll film cassettes. New is the improved compatibility with current accessories:
• In contrast to older models, we have narrowed the floor plate. It is now also compatible with 17mm tilt-shift adapters.
• The included ALPA dove tail tripod mount complies with the UniQ/C standard.
ALPA dove tail tripod mount:
• The use of FPS-SB17 lenses is possible.
• An additional 3/8-inch thread at the top of the camera further enhances the combination possibilities, also with a view to the future: ALPA's many new solutions are based on this connector.
• As an example, use the Universal Rail Adapter, which can be mounted via the 3/8-inch connector. This makes it easy to connect monitors to the camera.
ALPA Universal Rail:
ALPA Cameras Are a Save Investment
The revised 12 SWA is thus prepared for current and future developments. At the same time, we have retained its strengths. For example, the camera can still be personalized by hand grips in different materials and finishes.
As with all products, we always strive to improve the ALPA 12 SWA in the future. Thanks to the modular design, the owners of an ALPA have the opportunity to upgrade their camera to the latest state, instead of having to replace it at the same time.
If you have any questions about the ALPA 12 SWA or our other products, please contact ALPA of Switzerland or the responsible dealer in your country. We look forward to your inquiry.
ALPA 12 SWA
ALPA Universal Rail
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 shutter limits the exposure time of the film or sensor, i.e. the time that is allowed for the exposure of the image window or sensor to take a picture. Basically, a differentiation is made between leaf shutters and focal-plane shutters and, in the case of digital cameras, the electronic shutter, which does not require mechanically moving parts. Hybrid solutions are also available for CMOS sensors. The exposure of the sensor is started with the shutter open and the exposure of the sensor is ended with the second shutter curtain.
With the first cameras, whose light-sensitive layer required a longer exposure time, the lens cap was often sufficient to control the exposure time by removing and replacing it. With increasing sensitivity of the recording materials, the first mechanical shutters were used. In digital photography, a dark phase is required to read out the sensor and to create a noise reference.
Terms and categories for a better understanding
• Mechanical leaf shutters (Copal 0/1/3)
• Electro-magnetic leaf shutters (Sinar/Leica eShutter 125, eShutter 250, H-lenses, certain Phase One lenses)
• Electronic shutters (sensor-based rolling shutter, as currently available in IQ3 100/Trichromatic and Hasselblad H6D backs; flash light not feasible)
• Global shutters (sensor-based "global shutter" are currently not yet available for large format sensors, flash light not feasible)
Overview photographic shutters in the ALPA system
From left to right: Copal 0, ALPA HR Alpagon 4.0/32 mm with Sinar/Rodenstock eShutter 250 (without control box), ALPA 12 FPS with Focal Plane Shutter, Phase One IQ 3 100 with electronic (rolling) shutter via sensor
A leaf shutters consists of several lamellas/blades and are similar in shape and construction to an aperture. In contrast to the usual aperture systems, however, the leaf shutter can be closed completely. Classically, thinly rolled steel is used as the material for the shutter blades. Carbon lamellas have also been used for some years. Hybrid material mixes are also used in some cases. These have proven themselves especially at high speeds for short exposure times. Most leaf shutters are used as so-called intermediate lens shutters. The shutter is installed at the point in the lens where the beam path is most concentrated. There, the required aperture requires the smallest diameter in each case. The smaller this diameter, the shorter the distance that the closure blades have to travel when opening and closing. With the smaller shutter blades, the moving mass can be kept smaller and a higher speed of the shutter itself can be achieved. The faster the overall sequence can be achieved, the faster the shutter speed that can be realized.
An important advantage of the leaf shutter is their short synchronization time. Sync speed is the fastest shutter speed at which a shutter opens the entire image field for exposure. A flash system that is triggered during this time window enables uniform illumination of the entire image.
For example, the synchronization time of current Phase One and Hasselblad central shutter systems reaches times of 1/1600 or 1/2000 second. Today, leaf shutters are mainly used for large and medium format camera systems in the field of image-based photography. In addition, leaf shutters are also installed in compact cameras such as the Fujifilm X100F. In practice, the disadvantage of having to install a central shutter as an intermediate lens shutter in each individual lens has no effect, as the lens cannot be changed. The shortest synchronous shutter speed for the X100F is 1/4000 second.
Manual No. 0/1
All information without guarantee.
Important care instructions for Copal shutters
• Only adjust times in uncocked status and never when the shutter has already been cocked (wear, damage to the escapement possible).
• Only full time increments can be set; never try to set split times (e.g. 1/45 second).
• Today's high-performance optics are NOT designed to exchange shutters freely and to screw in and out front and rear lens elements.
Who produced leaf shutters?
Mechanical leaf shutters were manufactured in Europe by Deckel/Compur/Prontor and until the 1990s by Gitzo in France. In Japan, Nidec Copal and Seiko/Seikosha were the most important manufacturers of leaf shutters. The last independent manufacturer of purely mechanical leaf shutters was Nidec Copal. The production of classic mechanical leaf shutters has since been discontinued. A transfer of the production by third parties failed due to the condition of the tools. Mechanical leaf shutters are no longer in production. Remaining stocks, however, are still available for some time.
The leaf shutters installed in lenses for medium format cameras today come from exclusive productions for the respective manufacturers. Sinar produces the eShutter with a shortest shutter speed of 1/125 second and the eShutter 250 with a shortest shutter speed of 1/250 second, which are also used by Rodenstock under its own name in Rodenstock lenses. Sinar offers the eControl control unit for its electromagnetical eShutter, which allows the eShutter to be used anywhere and without a computer. This makes it easier to use outside the studio. The Sinar eControl is the successor of the eShutter Control, which was introduced in 2012. Power is supplied by a rechargeable and replaceable lithium-ion battery. In contrast to the shutter, the control unit can be easily exchanged between different lenses. The respective lens is automatically recognized by the eControl and shown on the display. The desired aperture and exposure time can be set using a multifunctional wheel by turning and clicking. ALPA will introduce its own solution in 2018.
A technical alternative to the leaf shutter is the so-called focal-plane shutter. It is not installed in the lens, but in the camera body and therefore behind the lens. This was the reason for his popularity with the advent of camera systems with interchangeable lenses. The first focal-plane shutters were so-called cloth shutters, as they are still used in analog Leica M cameras today. Here a textile roller blind consisting of two closing curtains is moved horizontally. The sync speed is also in this case exactly the time in which the shutter is fully open. With faster shutter speeds, only one gap between the two curtains is released at a time ("scanning slit"). In newer focal-plane shutter models, the textile was replaced by thin metal foils. Later metal lamellas were used instead of roller blinds.
In the now mainly used metal lamella focal-plane shutters and their smaller space requirement, the flow direction of the closure elements changed from horizontal to vertical. This also shortened the distance to be covered by the shutter curtains for the mostly right-angled image formats. Seiko states 1/8,000 second as the shortest shutter speed for its 35mm shutters. The shorter distances also made it possible to shorten the synchronization time. With cameras in 35mm format, synchronization times of 1/320 second are now possible as standard.
In medium format cameras with their significantly larger image windows, the distances to be covered by the shutter curtains and the masses to be accelerated are significantly larger. This results in significantly longer synchronization times for focal-plane shutters compared to central shutters. Since this would have an even stronger effect on large format cameras, focal-plane shutters are not used there for this reason.
Changes to the requirements for a shutter
With the announcement of CMOS sensors for medium format cameras in January 2014 (Hasselblad H5D-50c and Phase One IQ250), the requirements for shutters also changed. In contrast to analog film and CCD sensors, CMOS sensors can be started with the shutter open (Life View). The shutter is only important here to stop the light stream to the sensor so that the complete sensor can then be read out without receiving new information. In addition, in the non-exposure state, the reference voltage of the sensor is determined, which is subtracted from the exposure data in order to take a correct picture.
The digitization of photography has brought another change in shutters. If one could simply unscrew the front and rear lens elements of a lens from the shutter at analogue times and then use the shutter in another lens, this is no longer possible today. One reason for this is the lack of housing stability of the shutters from the analogue period. Today the shutters are optimally adapted to the respective lenses and a shutter change would lead to a loss of the adjustment of the azimuth and the correct dimension of the aperture.
The CMOS sensors available today do not read out simultaneously over the entire sensor surface. With these sensors, one can imagine a line with simultaneous start of exposure, which usually moves across the sensor line by line. With current medium format sensors, this takes about half a second. If the camera and subject are stationary, all pixels are exposed at their correct positions even with CMOS sensors, regardless of when they were exposed during the said half second. However, if images are taken of a moving subject or with a moving camera, the objects are displayed at their current location when the lines are exposed one after the other. Since the mapping takes place line by line, the object has already moved from one line to the next to such an extent that, when all lines are combined, an object is displayed that was not mapped as a whole at once. Since the image is taken line by line at different times, a straight line in the subject can be bent or distorted. The use of flash units is usually not possible.
Extreme rolling shutter effect
Even if future sensors can be read out faster and it is therefore possible that electronic shutters in the version of the global shutter can also be used in medium format, a mechanical shutter will very probably still be required. This unit prevents the sensor from being exposed to light exposure if this is not intended in connection with a photograph. However, the shutter is then no longer necessarily used for the purpose of forming exposure time and it now takes on a new function as a protective element.
The ALPA 12 FPS, bearer of the RADO Product Design Award 2013/14, will be presented within the Vienna Design Week:
Switzerland + Austria = Design
Swiss Design Awards at the designforum Wien
The designforum Wien will show some of the best Switzerland has to offer – from fashion to photography to industrial design. Curators Patrizia Crivelli and Michel Hueter will present a cross-disciplinary selection from the two leading Swiss design competitions: the Swiss Design Awards, hold by the Swiss Confederation, and the Design Prize Switzerland, a private initiative. Whereas the focus of the first competition is on the recognition of creative talent and quality, the second concentrates on products in a market environment. Both perspectives are mutually dependent.
Designforum Wien www.designforum.at/w/about/mission/
Hof 7 / Staatsratshof, Vienna, Austria
Exhibition: 25.09. – 19.10.2014
Opening: Wed, 24.09.2014, 18.30 pm
Guided tours with the curators: 4.10.2014, 8 pm and 9.30 pm
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