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:
ALPA is continuously expanding its product range with essential and practical elements. The first wave in November includes some helpful additions for adapting to the outside product world.
The new ProRing allows macro tubes to be connected quickly and sturdily. The ProRing ensures that the BALPRO connection can be used on both sides. Thanks to the modularity of the system, longer macro tubes, that are incredibly robust, can also be assembled. The ProRing ensures that the BALPRO interface can be used on both sides. Thanks to the modularity of the system, even longer and incredibly robust macro tubes can be mounted.
ALPA HASSELBLAD X-MOUNT
The adapter allows easy and safe mounting of a Hasselblad X body to an ALPA bellows unit, macro tubes, or stacking solution. Its V-Groove interface allows a comfortable adjustment of the alignment/rotation of the camera body.
ALPA Hasselblad X-Mount
ALPA FUJIFILM G-MOUNT
The adapter allows easy and safe mounting of a Fujifilm GFX body to an ALPA bellows unit, macro tubes, or stacking solution. Its V-Groove interface allows a comfortable adjustment of the alignment/rotation of the camera body.
ALPA FUJIFILM G-Mount
ALPA ULCS ADAPTER
With this convenient adapter, you can use the extremely flexible ULCS system to connect effortlessly various accessories such as flags, field monitors, microphones, etc. The ALPA ULCS Ball features an ALPA interface base with removable anti-twist pins. The pin configuration can be adapted to other systems or entirely removed. This functionality further expands the range of applications. For more information, see also the short illustration video. This functionality further expands the range of applications. Further information can also be found in the short illustration video.
ALPA ULCS Adapter
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
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
Pictures tell stories and sometimes, a camera even stands for history. In ten years on the market, the ALPA 12 XY has become a well-known workhorse. Whenever there is a need for stability, very large shifting as well as a highly precise guidance for multiple stitching, our ALPA 12 XY is the answer. Its special features make it a perfect choice not only for the world‘s leading photographers of architecture, but also for automobile photography, landscape photography and other purposes like the reproduction work in the National Library of France in Paris.
The ALPA 12 XY was never restricted to its obvious and dedicated field of work: reportages were made with it or fashion shows documented. Or in September 2016, Photographer Alan Karchmer pictured with his ALPA12 XY the architecture of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian as well as the opening speech given by Barack Obama. The era of this camera now somehow comes to an end and becomes part of the company’s history. In the future, we will continue providing an awesome solution for the specific needs of our customers like we do with the ALPA 12 MAX and ALPA 12 STC. They are more compact and more lightweight. At the same time, they follow the outstanding features inherited from the ALPA 12 XY.
A milestone in technical photography
Back in 2006, leading architecture photographers lacked a tool for their needs. So one night the owners of ALPA sat down with local architecture photography professionals to discuss the matter.
It turned out that the camera to design had to be a middle piece between both classic and digital photography. “We had to develop a stable camera, being also able to rise and fall the front at the same time”, ALPA-Co-Owner André Oldani remembers. “All the manipulations, including stitching and shifting, had to be possible without taking the camera off the tripod.” The solution was the ALPA 12 XY. It was first shown in 2006 at Salon de la Photo in Paris. In the following years, the ALPA 12 XY models became even more easy to handle. “It was probably the first camera with this wide but still highly precise range of settings”, Oldani says. “And weight was no real issue back then. But now we have to follow the general trends toward smaller and lighter cameras.”
Instead of a farewell speech for the XY, ALPA created a limited edition: A final, limited and numbered series of ten ALPA 12 XY are available from now on. The limited edition comes in a special case and a graphics according to the philosophy behind the camera: being able to shift in different directions at once. We also improved handling with a new stitching column, which is available separately. It will allow Photographers to do their work even faster and there will be no more hassle with any type of tripod.
An end but not a definite one
The fact we developed this new accessory is an example for our product care and our commitment to improve in every aspect: Even if time moves on, an ALPA camera is never old fashioned. We still provide full service and availability of spare parts as well as accessory for the ALPA 12 XY. Like all ALPA models, this one is also designed for a long-lasting life. All the wearing parts are renewable, which guarantees that there will be a lot of stories to tell with the XY in future. And from time to time, some pre-owned products of ALPA appear on the market. To put it another way: The XY will be around for a long time in action and pre-owend, but the Limited Edition 10 Years is the last chance to get a new masterpiece of ALPA history. There is also a possibility to add your very own name by engraving it on the camera. Just in case taking outstanding photos is not enough.
Field of Application
Links to Product Pages
ALPA 12 XY Limited Edition 10 Years
ALPA stitching column ALPA 12 XY