Technical Information

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The Centre currently uses Phase One medium format digital camera equipment including:

Phase One iXR bodies

Phase One 645DF and 645DF+ bodies

IQ180 Digital backs

An IQ260 Achromatic back is used specifically for Multi Spectral Imaging

Phase One and Schneider-Kreuznach 28mm 45mm, 55mm, 80mm, and 120mm macro lenses

Apple Mac Pro computers

Megavision multi spectral lighting panels and Equipose filter wheel

Profoto studio and Bowens limelight panel lighting equipment


The image quality from the IQ180 gives a full output of 80 million pixels. Each RAW image alone is around 70mb, which is then processed to around 100mb for use in the image collection.  Raw Processing software, Capture One is used when the camera is tethered to the system. This allows the user to shoot directly from the computer which allows greater control and constant review over image correction, and allows the image to be captured without touching the camera, which may result in shake.

We can capture images in a variety of different ways depending on the item. Both our Manchester studios are equipped with large copy stands and high end Profoto studio lighting equipment. We also use custom built Traveler’s Conservation Cradles, developed by the University of Graz, Austria. Theses cradles are incredibly versatile, and are built specifically for the digitsiation of fragile manuscripts and rare books.  The beauty of the cradle, as the name suggests, is that it can be packed down into a case for easy transportation, meaning CHICC can set up in virtually any space, and safely digitse bound items.

CHICC also has an array of equipment allowing us to photograph much larger items in a mobile studio environment.

 All John Rylands Library images ©The University of Manchester


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2 thoughts on “Technical Information

  1. I am looking at your image of the cradle with camera my idea is to expend this system to have the preview image coming out of the camera as it would to a lcd but going directly to a large screen computer, say imac where focus and selection and zoom can be controlled remotely, and the picture saved instantaneously to the computer… in your picture i see the photographer grappling with the camera and trying to look through the viewfinder to take the picture, this is not good… I suppose someone has already invented just such a remote controlled system? I am very interested in high resolution digital images
    here is my web site
    I have a huge project in mind and am looking for solutions.
    Best Wishes
    Lawrence Miller

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