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Camera September - October 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.
work and play

OVER TIME I’VE HAD A FEW MEDIUM FORMAT cameras, including two trusty Hasselblads (a 500C/M and a 500EL/M… of course, I’ve still got them) and a number of Fujifilm’s fixed-lens rangefinder models, in the 6x9cm, 6x7cm and 6x4.5cm formats. The Fuji GS645S Professional I bought new back in the late 1980s and, these days, it’s the only film camera I still shoot with on a regular basis. Why? Because it’s exceptionally compact and lightweight, and a basic manual, rangefindertype camera (but with the convenience of a built-in light metering), yet it still delivers superb-looking 6x4.5cm frames. When you’re shooting transparency film in particular, the bigger frame – 2.7 times bigger than 35mm to be precise – simply pops off the lightbox at you. In the ‘old days’ there was also the…

2 min.
tamron celebrates 40 years of sp lenses

TO COMMEMORATE 40 years of its ‘Superior Performance’ (SP) series lenses, Tamron has launched a modern version of one of its classic designs, the 35mm f1.4 fast wide-angle prime. The new 35mm f1.4 (Model 045) incorporates many of the latest optical technologies and Tamron describes it as its “ultimate lens”. The company also says that it represents “…the distillation of Tamron’s accumulated lens-making expertise and craftsmanship”. Designed for full-35mm format D-SLRs, the new SP 35mm f1.4 Di USD prime’s optical construction comprises14 elements in ten groups, which includes a total of seven special types – four made from optical glass with low-dispersion (LD) characteristics and three aspherical elements created via the glass moulding (GM) process. Consequently, Tamron says, exceptional uniformity of sharpness and brightness is maintained even when shooting wide-open at…

3 min.
instant attraction

Of all the analog-era film products, the instant print has been the most enduring. It simply never went away, despite the demise of its chief protagonist (Edwin Land’s original Polaroid) and the swamping of photo-chemical photography by digital imaging. Right now there are more instant print cameras to choose from than was ever the case at the height of Polaroid’s popularity in the 1960s and ’70s. Aside from the many branding exercises of the last couple of decades, the ‘real Polaroid’ is back as the appropriately named Polaroid Originals, and with an appealing revival of the OneStep camera from 1977. There are numerous versions in various colour schemes and themes, but PO also offers refurbished SX-70s, 600 series cameras and Spectra models. Fujifilm – which has largely been responsible for keeping the instant…

1 min.
fast portrait lens joins nikkor z system

THE LATEST ADDITION to Nikon’s Z mount mirrorless system is an 85mm f1.8 short telephoto which has been designed primarily with portrait and people photography in mind. The new Nikkor Z 85mm f1.8 S is a premium ‘S Line’ series lens and similar in styling to the existing f1.8-speed primes, the 35mm and 50mm models. It has a 12-element optical construction – in eight groups – which includes two elements with extra-low dispersion (ED) characteristics to minimise chromatic aberrations. Nikon says the optical design also delivers exceptional sharpness across the entire frame, even when shooting at f1.8. Additionally, it’s designed to minimise focus breathing, which is particularly advantageous when shooting video. A nine-blade diaphragm gives smoother out-of-focus effects to complement the shallower depth-of-field at 85mm and f1.8. Nikon’s ‘Nano Crystal’…

3 min.
sony’s 4th gen a7r tops 60 megapixels

SONY HAS JUST upped the ante in ultra-high resolution cameras by installing a 62.5 mega-pixels back-illuminated, full-35mm CMOS in the Alpha 7R Mark IV. What’s more, Sony claims its new ‘Exmor R’ sensor delivers a massive 15 stops of dynamic range. The effective pixel count is 61 million, giving a maximum image size of 9504x6336 pixels. The sensitivity range is equivalent to ISO 100 to 32,000, expandable to ISO 50 and 102,800. And the big numbers don’t stop there. The A7R IV also boasts 10 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE adjustment (and for up to 68 best-quality JPEGs), a hybrid AF system which uses 567 phase-difference detection points and 425 contrast-detection points, an OLED-type EVF with a resolution of 5.76 megadots (and a 120 fps refresh rate), and a new…

2 min.
’blad back and body link old and new

WHILE THE UPDATED X1D II mirrorless camera (below) is good news, perhaps even more interesting are two other Hasselblad digital medium format products announced at the same time. One is the revival of the CFV 50C capture back, which is designed to work with the majority of V System camera bodies (such as the iconic 500 series), and the other is the 907X, an all-new super slim-line body which accepts the current X System mirrorless lenses. The 907x is a clever idea and leverages both the upgrades to the CFV II 50C back – with which it’s coupled – and the performance of the XCD lenses, but in a more classical medium format camera package than either the X1D or X1D II. Despite its very compact dimensions, the 907X retains the…