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Camera July - August 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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Future Publishing Ltd
6 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
to have and to hold

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I absolutely love magazines. It all started from when I started earning pocket money and, as with a great many of my vintage growing up in the UK, purchases were driven by hobbies. Just in my case there were (and still are) multiple hobbies and, in those days, quite a number of magazines were weeklies… Motor and Autocar to feed the car passion, Amateur Photographer (which is still published every Tuesday) and Flight International. These were then topped up with the monthlies, of which there were a number of aviation and photography titles. It required judicious financial planning (often involving extra hedge-cutting or lawn-mowing) and, over time, began to present something of a storage crisis. Still does. I’ve taken to rationing my motoring…

2 min.
profoto adds x factor to a1 on-camera flash

WITH THE ONGOING demise of big studio flash systems, Profoto’s decision to move into making compact, portable lighting now looks nothing less than inspired. The Swedish-based company has introduced an upgraded version of its A1 on-camera flash – called the A1X, and boasting a number of performance enhancements. Profoto says that the A1X “has a little more of everything that made its predecessor a success”, and this runs to a total of 30 updates, including a more powerful battery, faster recycling, more wireless channels and a revised display with higher resolution read-outs. Additionally, compatibility with camera TTL autoflash control systems is now extended to Sony, along with versions for Canon and Nikon. The new lithium-ion battery packs give up to 450 flashes at full power and the recycle time – also at…

3 min.
art and soul

BACK IN EARLY 2017 Fujifilm launched its GF mount mirrorless digital medium format camera system, and it was immediately obvious it would revive what had been a sector in serious decline. Since then the original GFX 50S has been joined by the more compact (and even more affordable) 50R and it’s safe to assume that Fujifilm reigns supreme in the medium format camera business, assisted to some extent by a lack of serious competition. I haven’t seen any numbers, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the GFX models sales figures thus far exceed those of everybody else combined… and by a longish shot. Now Fujifilm is turning up the heat again with its new 100 megapixels model which, again, redefines its sub-category on many levels – usability, portability, functionality, flexibility and…

1 min.
fujifilm launches pro support program

FUJIFILM AUSTRALIA HAS launched a professional support program for photographers which provides a number of services, including complementary telephone and email support, equipment check-ups and cleaning, express repairs and emergency equipment loans. Fujifilm Professional Services (FPS) is available to photographers – both professionals and enthusiast-level – who qualify for membership via the purchase of selected GFX and X series products over the last two years from an authorised Fujifilm retailer. You must also be resident in Australia. If you’re not a working photographer, you’ll need to have bought a GFX medium format mirrorless camera body and at least one lens; or two qualifying X mount bodies and three lenses. Professional photographers (i.e. somebody who is earning the majority of their annual income from photography) must have purchased one qualifying camera body and…

3 min.
dji is down to earth with new actioncam

LEADING CAMERA DRONE maker DJI has come down to earth for its next venture, a rugged actioncam to compete with GoPro’s products. Makes sense, as the new Osmo Action incorporates a number of DJI’s camera drone technologies, including advanced image stabilisation. The ultra-compact Osmo Action is dustproof, waterproof down to a depth of 11 metres and shock-proofed to withstand a drop of up to 1.5 metres. It can also operate in subzero temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. An optional housing extends the underwater shooting depth down to 60 metres. The actioncam has colour monitor screens on both the front and back with the latter being a 5.7 cm touch display which has a special coating to help repel both moisture and grease. A similar coating is applied to the exposed surface…

4 min.
fujifilm makes 100 mp affordable, flexible and portable

AFTER A DEVELOPMENT announcement at the 2018 Photokina, Fujifilm has launched its 100 megapixels GFX digital medium format mirrorless camera. The GFX 100 is a very different design from the existing GFX 50S, with dual handgrips and dual batteries, but it retains a detachable EVF and a fully-weatherised magnesium alloy bodyshell. It’s quite a lot bigger than the 50 MP cameras, but still comparatively compact for a digital medium format camera and is certainly a lot more portable that its direct competition, Phase One’s XF with the 100 megapixels IQ4 Trichromatic capture back. The difference in pricing is even more dramatic. The GFX 100 is Fujifilm’s third GF mount model and has an all-new CMOS sensor in the 33x44 mm format with an effective pixel count of 102 million. It’s a…