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Camera November - December 2020

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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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Future Publishing Ltd
6 Issues

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4 min.
here and here

I don’t about you, but as I’ve got older, photography has become more and more about external stimuli – travel, events and, of course, testing camera bodies and lenses. Given my job, the latter is understandable, but overall it’s meant that my photography has come to rely on a motivation beyond simply taking photographs for the sake of it. It also means that I’ve started overlooking the potential picture opportunities that are right under my nose… the everyday things that happen at home or in the immediate vicinity. Not being able to travel internationally (or even interstate in some cases) and the cancellation of any event that’s involved a decent crowd has forced me – and, I’m sure, numerous other photographers – to take another look at our immediate surrounds and…

2 min.
fast fifty and ultra-wide zoom added to nikkor z system

RIGHT NOW, IT’S all about lenses in the full-frame mirrorless camera systems, and Nikon has added another two Z mount models to its ever-growing line-up, which now numbers 16. The newcomers are the Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.2 S fast prime and the Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S ultra-wide constant-aperture zoom. This latter model completes a trilogy of f/2.8-speed constant-aperture zooms, joining the existing 24-70mm and 70-200mm models to create a handy trio of high performance lenses. Notably, the Z mount lens is nearly 35% lighter than the F mount AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G DSLR model. It weighs 650g and is 124.5mm in length. An interesting design aspect is the comparatively flat front surface of the front element for the fitting of conventional screwthread filters… albeit a massive 112mm in diameters. Fortunately, a…

3 min.
what can possibly go wrong?

HAVE YOU EVER wondered what’s going on behind the scenes at a camera company when it’s doing well… or, indeed, when it isn’t? In the end, it’s going to be all about the people involved, but how does it all work? The Japanese camera makers, in particular, are big companies and so there are a lot of people involved in any project. In many cases, the camera business is actually part of a much bigger corporation – as is the case with Panasonic and Sony – so there are all sorts of other dynamics at play and many, many levels of management to deal with. Typically, there are divisions that handle a particular product category and, within these are designers, planners, engineers in many flavours, manufacturing experts, sales and marketing people,…

3 min.
big things expected for sony’s smallest alpha full-frame camera yet

IF YOU THOUGHT the standard Alpha series full-frame cameras were compact – and they are compared to any of the competition – just wait until you see the Alpha 7C (a.k.a. ILCE-A7C). It’s full frame – using the same sensor as the A7 III – with in-body image stabilisation, a fully adjustable rear display, and an extensive suite of both photo and video features all shoe-horned into a body similar in both size and weight to the APS-C format A6600. The key to the size reduction is a monocoque-type construction that combines the chassis and body into a single magnesium alloy component (and, incidentally, makes it easier to seal against the intrusion of moisture or dust). Consequently, Sony says, the A7C is the smallest and lightest full-frame camera with in-body…

1 min.
phase one adds 90mm lens to xt system

IF YOU’RE THE proud owner of Phase One’s XT medium format field camera, then you’ll be interested in the addition of a 90mm f/5.6 Rodenstock lens to the system. The new XT Rodenstock 90mm f/5.6 HR Digaron-SW is the fifth lens in the system, joining the existing 23mm f/5.6, 32mm f/4.0, 50mm f/4.0 and 75mm f/5.6 models. Like all these lenses, the 90mm uses Phase One’s X-Shutter – originally developed for its industrial and aerial cameras. It’s an electromagnetically controlled leaf shutter with carbonfibre blades, driven by a linear motor, and has a speed range of 60 minutes to 1/1000 second. It’s extremely durable, with a claimed lifespan of 500,000 cycles. The new lens’ imaging circle is 120mm, enabling full use to be made of the XT body’s built-in movements for…

2 min.
firmware upgrade for eos r5 provides better overheat messaging

CANON HAS RELEASED a firmware upgrade for the EOS R5 mirrorless camera designed to help users better manage temperature build-ups when shooting video. Firmware upgrade Version 1.1.0 obviously doesn’t make any physical changes to the camera, but monitoring the camera’s operating temperature – and the related information display – have been improved. Essentially, the EOS R5 has been found to overheat when recording video at its highest resolutions and frame rates, thus limiting maximum recording duration achievable. Better monitoring of the camera’s internal and external temperature sensors will enable users to more closely manage heat buildups, which are most problematic with the 8K/25p and 4K/50p or 100p configurations. In particular, the capacity to shoot many shorter-duration clips (typically with durations of two to three minutes) in succession is improved, with…