Black & White Photography With The Phase One IQ4 150MP Achromatic Back

Educational Webinar: Black & White Photography

Phase One recently released a video of their latest webinar, The beauty, simplicity, and drama of Black & White photography. The webinar gives a look at the root of black & white photography and why the Phase One IQ4 150MP Achromatic back is the definitive tool of choice for it.

Why the IQ4 150 MP Achromatic?

The IQ4 150MP Achromatic is a dedicated back designed solely for black & white photography. This digital back is designed without a Bayer pattern and color filter array – meaning no interpolation or demosaicing. So what do you get? Cleaner and purer images with a “film-like” quality. The IQ4 150MP Achromatic does all of the work for you to capture the immense detail and contrast you want in black & white photography. Phase One’s Drew Altdoerffer took out an XT and XF system equipped with the IQ4 150MP Achromatic to put the equipment to the test. 

Images courtesy of Phase One

During the test, you can see the IQ4 150MP Achromatic back bring UV and Infrared light to life. Even with the test on a cloudless sunny day, the IQ4 Achromatic does things that most dedicated digital backs cannot. With the added feature of Dual Exposure +, the IQ4 combines two shots into one to get as much dynamic range as possible. The test shoot resulted in beautiful RAW file captures that you can download and examine here.


Ready to try out a Phase One Achromatic Back?

Phase One IQ4 150MP Achromatic

The XF IQ4 150MP Achromatic Camera System, built on the Infinity Platform with Capture One Inside, captures crisp, high-resolution images that extend beyond the light that the eye can see, expanding your creative possibilities while at the same time removing color from the equation. The XF IQ4 150MP Achromatic Camera System is high-resolution photography at its most pure.



SALE: DEMO Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic

The Phase One IQ3 100MP comes fully loaded with cutting-edge features like built-in wireless remote control/review/editing, customizable clipping indicator, long exposure calculator, and more. Every back sold by Digital Transitions comes with our MaxRESOLUTION Customer Benefits Program as well as:

  • Multi-Point Inspection on all Digital Backs, Cameras & Lenses
  • Battery & Accessories Kit
  • Enrollment in the DT Continuing Care Tech Support Program, Capture One Training


Discover Our Available Rentals

Digital Transitions offers the largest inventory of new Phase One rental backs, as well as camera bodies and lenses – from complete systems to a la cart products, are available.

An hour of free, dedicated training is included on rentals for new customers



Further Reading On Achromatic Digital Backs:

Black & White Comparison – Phase One’s IQ3 100MP Achromatic vs IQ3 100MP Trichromatic

For many simply desaturating a color image provides all the detail, contrast, and quality necessary in their Black and White imagery—with the added benefit of carrying around just one digital back for both color and B+W. But for the serious B+W aficionado, every pixel matters.


A Day with the Phase One 100MP Achromatic

Digital Transitions was fortunate enough to take the IQ3 100MP Achromatic digital back, out for testing. The Achromatic (aka Achro) back features the same sensor as the standard IQ3 100MP back but removes the Bayer pattern, UV cut, and IR cut layers of the sensor stack, enabling true, native black and white (monochromatic) images.


Phase One Lab, DualExposure+ & the Death of Digital Noise

For decades, Phase One has been recognized industry-wide for their uncompromising pursuit of perfect image quality, and with the release of the IQ4, they promised an ever-evolving, seamlessly modular, imaging powerhouse — the Infinity Platform. Through the release of new tools, software, and hardware integrating cohesively into the IQ4 ecosystem, Phase One has shown their dedication to making good on that promise. Ready to step into the Phase One Lab?


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