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ProPhoto magazine is the professional photographer's trusted resource in a world of rapidly changing digital imaging and multi-media technologies. Every issue features stunning portfolios, equipment evaluations, exhibition details, photographer profiles, advanced techniques and product guides.

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3 min
intrinsic value

Trawling through the ProPhoto archive for our regular ‘50 Years Ago’ panel is always interesting, but sometimes it can be very revealing. For starters, change seems to have been a constant, forcing working photographers to adapt and adjust whether they like it or not. New technologies have been behind a lot of it virtually from photography’s earliest days, but so have the economy, changes in tastes and fashion (particularly noticeable in portraiture and weddings) and disruptive events such as wars or pandemics. For many of us ‘of a certain age’, it’s hard to top the transition from film to digital for bringing fundamental change to just about every aspect of professional photography from pressing the shutter button to pricing. However, it’s likely every generation of photographers would be able to tell…

3 min
canon reveals more eos r3 details

Due for launch imminently, Canon’s EOS R-series flagship will be the full-frame mirrorless equivalent of the EOS-1D X Mark III. In the details that Canon has released so far, the emphasis appears to be on speed, leaving room, presumably, for an ultra-high resolution ‘EOS R1’ model. The target audience for the EOS R3 will be primarily sports/action and press photographers, and Canon says it will have the same level of weather protection as the 1D X III. It will also have Canon’s first ‘inhouse’ backside-illuminated (BSI) and stacked CMOS sensor to enable a top shooting speed of 30fps with full AF/AE tracking when using the camera’s electronic shutter. Canon claims the stacked sensor design will “significantly reduce” rolling shutter distortion (presumably, as per Sony’s A9 models, via on-sensor correction processing). Canon lists…

3 min
panasonic unveils gh5 mark ii…

Reasserting that it’s “absolutely invested” in the Micro Four Thirds sensor format, Panasonic has introduced the GH5 Mark II and confirmed that a GH6 pro-level flagship model is on its way. The Mark II model shares the same body as the GH5, but has a new processor, a revised sensor design and a number of hardware revisions to enable features that could not have been added via a firmware upgrade. Noting a massive increase in the requirement for live video streaming, Panasonic has equipped the GH5 II with direct-to-platform wireless live streaming, while wired IP streaming and tethered mobile streaming to be available via a firmware upgrade due by the end of this year. The GH5 II is the first Lumix G series model to offer high-quality wireless live streaming –…

2 min
..and the gh6 is coming

As is the way with these product development announcements, details are few, but the idea is to keep existing users in the fold when there’s a chance they might be seduced by more attractive offerings from rivals. The Lumix GH6 will be Panasonic’s new pro-level Micro Four Thirds flagship with appeal for both photographers and video makers. It will have both a new sensor – with a higher-speed read-out – and the next-generation of Venus Engine processor. The details revealed so far all relate to the camera’s video capabilities, starting with 4K DCI or UHD recording at 50/60p in 10-bit 4:2:2 colour and with an unlimited clip length. The GH6 will also record 10-bit 4K video at 100/120p with High Frame Rate (HFR) and Variable Frame Rate (VFR) modes for slow/quick…

2 min
nikon goes retro with latest z-mount body

Following in the footsteps of the Df retro styled DSLR, Nikon has introduced a mirrorless camera body that pays homage to its classical 35mm SLRs. The new Z fc is essentially built around the APS-C format Z 50, but is styled to look very much like the hugely popular FM2 that was introduced in 1982. The Z fc’s retro styling elements include the EVF cover – which is virtually the same as the FM2’s pentaprism cover including leatherette inserts and a period ‘Nikon’ nameplate – and classic dials hewn from aluminium for setting shutter speeds, the ISO and exposure compensation. The standard model has black leatherette inserts, but a choice of six alternative colours is available, including mint green, coral pink and amber brown. While the FM2 was a mechanical and…

1 min
panasonic adds affordable ‘fast fifty’ to l-mount line…

The second of a promised quartet of affordably-priced f/1.8-speed primes in the L-mount has arrived from Panasonic. The Lumix S 50mm f/1.8 model follows the 85mm launched earlier in the year, and Panasonic says 24mm and 35mm wide-angle primes will follow. All four of these f/1.8 primes have a similar size, barrel design and control layout, plus they also have the same screwthread filter fitting of 67mm. The optical design of the new 50mm f/1.8 standard lens comprises nine elements in eight groups, including three aspherical types, three with extra-low dispersion (ED) characteristics and one with an ultra-high refractive index (UHR). These special elements help minimise both distortion and chromatic aberrations to give enhanced uniformity of sharpness and brightness. The 50mm f/1.9 has a nine-blade diaphragm to give smoother out-of-focus effects.…