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Camera January/February 2019

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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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6 Issues

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4 min.
a very good year 2019

HERE WE ARE ATTHE START OF ANOTHER new year, fresh out of the wrapper and ready for whatever the next 12 months might bring. As far as the photography industry is concerned, it looks like it’s going to be a good one with, already, plenty to look forward to. Looking deep into my crystal ball I see new camera or lens purchases for quite a few of us (yep, I’ve definitely got my eye on something). In the next few months we’ll see most of what was promised at last year’s Photokina arriving on the shelves, including Panasonic’s all-new Lumix S system (both camera bodies and lenses), Fujifilm’s very appealing GFX 50R and the intriguing Zeiss ZX1. Then there’s another Photokina in May – the first of the annual shows –…

1 min.
brief exposures

Nikon recently achieved the 110 million milestone for Nikkor interchangeable lenses. The bulk of these lenses are, of course, F mount models, but the new Nikkor Z types are probably starting to make something of a contribution to the total and will certainly become more significant in the future. It’s worth noting here that Nikon is one of the few camera manufacturers that covers all stages of lens production, from development of optical glass at its Hikari glass factory (in Akita, Japan) to final lens production. The Nikkor name arose from taking “Nikko”, the Romanised abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K. – Nikon’s original company name – and adding “r” which was a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time.…

3 min.
retail therapy

AFTER A FEW comparatively slow years, it looks like things might now be starting to pick up in camera sales. For starters, there’s all the interesting stuff happening with new cameras, especially in full-35mm format mirrorless models, but elsewhere as well. With Canon and Nikon now on board (at last!), the cork is out of the bottle and a lot of D-SLR users – especially those ready to replace ageing bodies – will be convinced to make the switch to mirrorless. I suspect quite a few of you may also be convinced to move to the bigger sensor – there are some good arguments for doing so – and invest a little more in your next new camera. We started out with smaller sensors in consumer cameras because it made them…

1 min.
profoto’s b10 packs a bigger punch

ARGUABLY THE STUDIO flash company that’s best adapted to the changing lighting requirements of photographers, Profoto has launched another new portable system which sits between the A1 and B1X/B2. The Profoto B10 has been primarily designed to be small, but it still delivers a handy 250 joules of flash power (that’s around five times more than the typical speedlight) and weighs just 1.5 kilograms, including its rechargeable lithium battery pack and light stand adapter. The battery is good for around 400 full-power flashes, but this can be extended further if using a lower output, and here the B10 offers a ten-stop adjustment range. It can also function as a continuous light source with a brightness of up to 2500 lumens and a running duration of 75 minutes. Furthermore, the colour temperature is…

2 min.
leica gives the m10 an analog makeover

THE LATEST VERSION of the M10 digital rangefinder camera is described by Leica as having a “digital heart, analog soul”. The analog elements of the M10-D are all external, starting with replacing the monitor screen with a large dial for setting exposure compensation. This control also serves as the camera’s power switch. More interesting is the provision of a swing-out thumbrest which looks very much like a film advance lever. Otherwise, the M10-D has just a smattering of external controls – dials for setting the shutter speeds and ISO values, an input wheel and a couple of function buttons. However, the M10-D also has built-in WiFi, enabling image review to be performed via a paired smartphone or tablet running the new Leica FOTOS app. This also allows for remote control of…

1 min.
undercover q

SPECIAL EDITION LEICAS are flowing thick and fast at the moment, with the latest being a ‘stealthy’ version of the Q fixed-lens camera, similar to the treatment given to the recent M10-P. Like the M10-P, the new Leica Q-P goes without the famous red dot logo on its front and instead carries the classic original ‘Leica’ script on its top panel. It has a matte black finish and acquires a shutter release which replicates those of the Leica M and CL cameras. On the inside, however, the Q-P is unchanged from the standard model, with the key features being a 26.3 megapixels CMOS sensor, 3.68 megadots LCOS-type EVF and a fixed Summilux 28mm f1.7 ASPH wide-angle lens. The Leica Q-P is available from the Leica Stores in Sydney and Melbourne (www.leica-store.com.au) or…