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Camera May - June 2019

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.
facing the future

IN CASE YOU HADN’T ALREADY NOTICED, this issue of Camera marks the magazine’s 40th birthday; forerunner Camera Craft having been first published in June 1979. This, of course, is cause for a bit of champagne-quaffing and high-fiving, accompanied by the inevitable look back at just what’s happened over the last four decades. Well, this being photography, a lot has happened over the last four decades… in fact, “a lot” doesn’t really cover it. Photography has been changing ever since we set out coating glass plates and developing them with mercury vapour; the ongoing objectives being to make it ever more accessible, achievable and affordable. But nothing quite matches the wholesale changes – extending to every area of photographic practice – that have been brought about by the digital imaging technologies. Consequently,…

1 min.
samyang first independent to launch canon rf mount lenses

SOUTH KOREAN LENS maker Samyang has become the first independent brand to introduce lenses for Canon’s EOS R full-35mm mirrorless system. Samyang is launching two RF mount lenses, both manual focus primes with weather-sealed external constructions and smart new styling. The first is a 14mm f2.8 ultra wide-angle which gives an angle-of-view of 115.7 degrees on the 35mm format sensor. The optical construction comprises 14 elements in ten groups and includes seven special types – one aspherical, one hybrid aspherical, two made from optical glass with extra-low dispersion characteristics, and three with high refractive index characteristics. The minimum focusing distance is 28 centimetres and the MF 14mm f2.8 RF weighs in at 800 grams. The all-metal barrel features an integrated petal-type lens hood. Samyang’s second RF mount lens is an 85mm f1.4…

3 min.
lack of instruction

So what’s with the increasing reluctance of camera manufacturers to supply instructions and full specifications with their products. And I’m not just talking about the good old-fashioned printed user manual – that’s a rare luxury these days – but anything more detailed than, say, a so-called ‘Help Guide’ (I’m looking right at you, Sony). You’ve spent, say, a thousand dollars or probably more on a new camera, so it isn’t unreasonable to expect that you might get everything you need to get started right there in the box. Most likely, though, you’ll have to go searching for a manual on the Web, either via entering a long and complicated URL into your browser or by resorting to Google to track it down because it’s inevitably buried somewhere under the nebulous heading…

1 min.
travel light with fujifilm’s new xf 16mm wide-angle

A RECENT ADDITION to Fujifilm’s X mount lens line-up will be a welcome one for many users of its ‘APS-C’ format mirror-less camera system. The new Fujinon Super EBC XF 16mm f2.8 R WR is the equivalent of a 24mm wide-angle in the 35mm format, but is extremely compact and weighs in at just 155 grams. It’s a mere 45.4 millimetres in length and accepts 49 millimetre diameter screwthread filters. The 16mm f2.8 joins the other compact prime lenses in the X mount system, including the XF 23mm f2.0 R WR, the XF 35mm f2.0 R WR and the XF 50mm f2.0 R WR. It has a weather-sealed external construction and is also able to operate in sub-zero temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. The barrel tubes are metal alloy and…

3 min.
fujifilm value adds to new x-t30

JUST AS THE X-T20 borrowed quite a number of features from the higher-end X-T2, Fujifilm's X-T30 is essentially a junior edition of the much-acclaimed and very capable X-T3. Similar in size and weight to the compact X-T20 and with the same classical SLR-look styling, the X-T30 introduces a number of Fujifilm’s fourth-generation developments – as seen in the X-T3 – to a mid-range X mount mirrorless model, including the ‘X-Trans CMOS 4’ sensor and the ‘X Processor 4’ quad-core CPU. The sensor employs a backside-illuminated (BSI) design and has an effective resolution of 26.1 million pixels which is optimised by the omission of an optical low-pass filter. The native sensitivity range is equivalent to ISO 160-12,800, with extensions either side to ISO 80 and 100, or ISO 25,600 and 51,200. Continuous shooting…

1 min.
lee filters debuts modular holder

BRITISH FILTER MANUFACTURER Lee has launched a new holder and filter system. Compatible with its existing Lee 100mm filters and adapter rings, the new LEE100 system holder is manufactured from injection-moulded composite materials to combine strength and durability with a lighter weight, and features a new three-way locking system with Neutral, Half-Lock and Full-Lock settings which regulate the holder’s rotation and locking on the adapter ring. Modular filter-guide blocks are available in one-, two- and three-slot configurations, and have a simplified design so they simply snap on to the holder and remain securely in place. A new tapered profile gives improved resistance when positioning filters. The LEE100 system can be used with up to three slot-in filters without the risk of vignetting, making it compatible with many of today’s ultra wide-angle…