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Camera March/ April 2021

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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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Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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6 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
re-conceived perceptions

Some of the product testing I’ve been doing for this issue has challenged accepted wisdom, and that’s a good thing. In any pursuit, it’s easy to get locked into certain thoughts and practices that can actually end up being restrictive, preventing you from thinking outside the box. Firstly, there was Canon’s fixed-aperture 600mm and 800mm super telephotos for its RF mount full-frame mirrorless camera system. Wouldn’t you have liked to be a fly on the wall at that product planning meeting? You think we should do what? Are you mad? Photographers will never go for it. These are legitimate concerns because we really are conditioned to having control over the setting of apertures - not just to manage exposures, but to play with depth-of- field. Unless you’ve regularly used a mirror lens,…

2 min.
new fujifilm x-e4 is a pocket rocket

FUJIFILM CONTINUES TO fine-tune its X-mount camera lineup, and the X-E series has been given a reset with the much more compact X-E4. The X-E cameras have rangefinder-like styling, but the X-E4 is actually closer to the X-A series in size while still having a built-in EVF and tilt-adjustable LCD monitor. Just 32.7mm in thickness (without a lens) and weighing 364g, the X-E4 is slim enough to be easily carried in a jacket pocket. The X-E4 also steps up to the current-generation 26.1 megapixels X-Trans CMOS 4 BSI sensor and the X Processor 4 engine. With the newer sensor, the X-E4 inherits a 425-point hybrid phase/contrast- detection autofocusing system that gives virtually full-frame coverage and is sensitive down to EV -7.0 (albeit with the super-fast 50mm f/1.0 prime lens only). Subject…

3 min.
about time

AT THIS POINT in time there’s a good chance quite a few of you will be starting to think about replacing your DSLRs. Believe it or not, it’s now been at least four years since the activity in new model DSLRs started to decline, so there’s probably plenty of you with cameras now coming up to five years old or maybe even longer in the tooth. Of course, if everything is going swimmingly and you’re completely happy with what you’ve got, there’s no law that says you have to replace or upgrade. But, hey, this is photography and part of the fun is buying new gear. Plus, in digital imaging technology terms, five years is a long time. In the good old days you’d have simply checked out the latest DSLR…

4 min.
sony alpha flagship has 50mp with 30fps

SONY CONTINUES ON its merry way to what must surely be eventual dominance of the interchangeable lens camera (ILC) market. As if the A7R IV, A9 II and A7S III didn’t already hit all the right spots, here’s the Alpha 1 which, as you can probably tell from the emphatic model designation, is the alpha male in Sony’s full-frame mirrorless line-up (now numbering nine). You pretty much get the best of all three of the aforementioned cameras wrapped up in the Alpha I, which has a 50.1MP sensor, but can also shoot at 30fps and, like the A7S III, delivers 4K UHD video at 120fps with 10-bit 4:2:2 colour. Unlike the A7S III though, it can also shoot 8K video internally at 30fps with 10-bit 4:2:0 colour sampling. Take that, Canon!…

3 min.
fujifilm packs 102mp into a smaller mf body

THE FOURTH DIGITAL medium format mirrorless camera from Fujifilm, the GFX 100S combines the 102MP sensor from the GFX 100 with a more compact and lighter body similar to that of the GFX 50S. In fact, the GFX 100S weighs in at a modest 900g (500g lighter than the GFX 100) and measures a very manageable 150x104x87 mm (WxHxD) – yet it still incorporates in-body image stabilisation, a 3-inch rear screen with three-way tilt adjustments, and full weather protection including for shooting in subzero temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. Notably too, the GFX 100S brings in 100MP resolution at under $10,000 – nearly $500 under – and, consequently, is cheaper than Sony’s new full-frame Alpha 1. The all-new IBIS module has five-axis movements and gives correction for camera shake of…

3 min.
leica adds more video goodies to new sl body

ESSENTIALLY A REPLACEMENT for the original 24MP Leica SL, the new SL2-S shares the same more compact body as the existing SL2, but has an all-new 24MP sensor and significantly enhanced video capabilities. The SL2-S joins a growing line-up of L-mount full-frame mirrorless camera bodies which includes four from Panasonic and one from Sigma. The body construction is the same as that of the SL2 with the top and bottom plates machined from blocks of aluminium, and weather protection to IP54 standards for sealing against the intrusion of moisture and dust. It’s also insulated to enable shooting in subzero temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. The main differences externally are a nameplate picked out in gloss black rather than white, and the inclusion of a small sensor that measure exposures…