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About CHICC

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

Phase One iXR bodies

Phase One 645DF and 645DF+ bodies

P25+ and IQ180 Digital backs. We also have a P45+ back with the IR cut off filter removed for spectral imaging.

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

Apple Mac Pro computers

Megavision multi spectral lighting panels

The image quality from the IQ180 is second to none, giving 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.