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ALPA at the AHFAP Conference: Products that Set New Standards


Macrophotography and photogrammetry are two application areas, that make ALPA's philosophy particularly visible. At the AHFAP Conference, we give insight into this world of high-performance photography.

October 16, 2017
ALPA at the AHFAP Conference: Products that Set New Standards

Are you or your customers faced with photographic challenges that can not be mastered with conventional equipment? Convince yourself of the solution-oriented ALPA philosophy at our stand at the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography (AHFAP) Conference in Cambridge on November 6. ALPA presens two special areas of application by means of current projects in macrophotography and photogrammetry.In macrophotography, ALPA has set a new benchmark with the documentation of insects this summer. Together with the Museum of Natural History in Berlin and photographer Bernhard Schurian, ALPA developed a setup on the basis of the ALPA 12 FPS and the ALPA / Rodenstock Macro Switar lens, which mirrors the animals exactly to the micrometer.The results can be seen in engraved sharpness on several square meter prints at various exhibitions. At the AHFAP, we present the project and show in particular the demanding technical requirements that we have met.LinksHandout ALPA 12 add|metric[/en/artikel/alpa-fps-addimetric|Product page ALPA 12 add|metric][/en/artikel/macro-switar-5-6105-mm|Rodenstock / ALPA Macro Switar 5.6/105 mm]AHFAP WebsiteSetup for Bernhard Schurian's Work at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin:

Engraved sharpness - the result of the project (© Bernhard Schurian / Museum für Naturkunde) :

The Rodenstock / ALPA Macro Switar Lens:

The right measurements with the ALPA 12 FPS add|metricTight tolerances are also strongly in demand in photogrammetry, the photographic method for remote sensing and surveying. ALPA has specially developed the camera ALPA 12 FPS add|metric for this area. The idea for this product was, as usual, a customer: as existing digital cameras for photogrammetry did not meet the requirements, we decided to create new possibilities with the ALPA 12 FPS add|metric.The camera is simultaneously the first one we have produced using 3D printing or additive manufacturing. To the the cost and weight into account, the frame and various other parts of the ALPA 12 FPS add|metric have been developed by laser sintering. In this respect, too, we have built up a unique know-how. The project was developed in collaboration with ETH Zurich, among others, and was this past September’s theme at the AMPA conference, where experts exchanged ideas on additive manufacturing.The ALPA 12 FPS add|metric is an instrument for photogrammetry, partially produced by Laser Sintering: