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Camera March - April 2020

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Digital or film? Digital AND film? CAMERA magazine's focus is to assist readers to choose and use the tools they need to create memorable images, and to enhance the skills that will make them better photographers. No matter what medium, readers are kept up to speed with all the latest rapidly changing film and digital products, news and technologies.

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4 min.
the chosen ones

Like a great many around Australia during the Christmas and New Year period, I had to actually implement my bushfire action plan… and, let me tell you, there’s quite a deal of difference between the plan and the action. The planning bit is fine because, in all honesty, you don’t really think you’ll ever have to put it into action… so you don’t really think much about all the stuff you’ll be leaving behind which, of course, is pretty well everything. My wife and I basically whittled our life down to three biggish plastic storage containers, along with the cages for our two cats plus, in my case, the ‘working cameras’ kit… which meant all the ‘play’ cameras would be staying behind. This was all done before there was any real…

3 min.
fujifilm gives the entry-level x mount camera a big boost

WE’VE BEEN BIG fans of the X-T100, but its compact size and excellent affordability came with some limitations. With the new X-T200 model, it looks like Fujifilm has addressed all the gripes and thrown in a lot more as well. The X-T200 has the same 24.24 megapixels (effective) ‘APS-C’ size sensor as before but it now uses copper wiring – which has a lower resistance – for speedier data transfer. This, in part, contributes to an increase in the maximum shooting speed to 8.0 fps (up from 6.0 fps) and also enables 4K UHD video recording at the full-motion speeds of 25 fps (PAL) or 30 fps (NTSC), or 24 fps. What’s more, the X-T200 records 4K video using the full width of the sensor so initial capture is at…

2 min.
autumn years… or indian summer?

“ONE SWALLOW DOES not a summer make…” wrote the Greek philosopher, Aristotle; and a couple of D-SLR launches don’t represent a new dawn for the reflex camera. There will always be D-SLRs – especially at the pro end of the interchangeable lens camera (ILC) market – but the future emphasis is still going to be on mirrorless systems because it now makes more sense on many levels. The arrival of Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark III and Nikon’s D780 are both easily explained in the context of today’s changing ILC marketplace. For starters, there are still a lot of D-SLR lenses being made by both Canon and Nikon so they need something to go on the back of them. The D780 is Nikon’s answer to the EOS 90D and, similarly to the…

3 min.
nikon updates best-selling full-35mm d-slr

HERE’S A BIT of a turnaround… Nikon’s new D780 is essentially the Z6 with a reflex mirror and an optical viewfinder. As with Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark III, it’s the mirrorless-type features that are being heavily promoted with the D780, so the sensor-based hybrid autofocusing is ahead of the conventional AF in the features list. In fact, using the optical viewfinder is now described as “viewfinder photography”… as opposed, of course, to using live view. However, it’s in live view (i.e. with the reflex mirror locked up) that the D780 does its best work. For starters, the tilt-adjustable screen is an 8.1 cm TFT LCD panel with a resolution of 2.359 megadots which means more detail when using live view (and it has touch controls). There are 11 levels of…

3 min.
new canon flagship d-slr chases mirrorless speedsters

WHILE A PRO-LEVEL EOS R mirrorless camera is an inevitability, Canon is keeping faith with its dedicated pro D-SLR users who will no doubt be mightily pleased with the new EOS-1D X Mark III. It’s targeted at high-speed shooters who still prefer to use an optical viewfinder rather than an EVF. Canon has gone all-out to make its new reflex flagship the fastest D-SLR ever, able to match the fastest mirrorless cameras… at least in terms of full resolution. The -1D X Mark III has a new FP shutter assembly and a new reflex mirror mechanism to enable faster recycling with reduced black-out periods between frames. With the optical viewfinder, it’s capable of 16 fps and, with mirror lock-up, this increases to an impressive 20 fps… and both with continuous…

3 min.
new lenses for both f and z mounts from nikon

WITH THE ARRIVAL of the Nikkor Z 70-200mm f2.8 VR S, there are now eight Z mount lenses in Nikon’s full-35mm mirrorless system and they now pretty well cover all the essentials. The new 70-200mm f2.8 – a staple for many photographers – has internal zooming and focusing plus a built-in optical image stabiliser giving up to five stops of correction for camera shake. As the Z 6 and Z 7 cameras have in-body stabilisation, the lens’s ‘Vibration Reduction’ optical correction works in conjunction with this system. The optical construction – comprising 21 elements in 18 groups – includes a total of ten special types, including one of Nikon’s recently-developed ‘SR’ elements. The initials are short for “Short Wavelength Refractive” and these specialised-refractive elements are designed to provide enhanced correction…