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Camera May /June 2021

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
the 39 steps

This issue marks 39 years since my byline first appeared in this magazine. I started working for the founding publisher in March 1982, but such were the lengthy production cycles back then (everything was done manually), it wasn’t until the May issue that I made my debut with a trio of test reports. These were very much of the day – a 35mm slide projector, a colour darkroom kit (“just add water and electricity” I wrote) and a Super 8 movie camera. At that time the magazine was called Australian Camera Craft and I was listed in the masthead as Editorial Assistant, usually a grand title for dogsbody, but I was very fortunate to encounter an editor willing to mentor a fledgling journalist. John Back also believed in a holistic…

3 min
nine lives

NIKON’S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT a professional-level Z mount full frame mirrorless camera – the Z 9 – is on the way is significant for a number of reasons. Firstly, getting in early is obviously designed to send a message to any of its high-end DSLR users who might be getting itchy feet looking at Sony’s Alpha 1 and the ever-expanding FE mount lens system. Nikon is also promising Z mount 400mm and 600mm supertelephoto primes sometime between now and the middle of 2022. In fact, Nikon says it plans to have a system of 30 Nikkor Z mount lenses by then, which is impressive. A pro Z mount camera is also a confirmation of Nikon’s commitment to mirrorless (as, of course, is 30 Z mount lenses), which is a bigger statement when…

12 min
what’s new

NIKON PROMISES PRO Z CAMERA THIS YEAR NIKON HAS CONFIRMED it has a professional-level Z series full frame mirrorless camera in the pipeline with a launch date scheduled for some time later this year. The camera gets a model number – the Z 9 – and we know it will have a stacked backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, but that’s about it at the moment. However, the stacked sensor design suggests that the Z 9 will be built for speed, with a key audience being the many sports and press photographers who currently use Nikon’s top-end DSLRs. Nikon has also revealed that the Z 9 will be able to record 8K video, which implies it’ll also be able to do 4K at 50/60 fps and the 100/120 fps speeds for super slow-mo…

2 min
photography exhibitions & events

Due to the social distancing requirements demanded by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic; galleries, many exhibition spaces, and museums are only allowing limited admission or are open for shorter times, depending on the local situation. However, many are still staging online events or virtual tours. Check with the individual venues for which exhibitions are open for physical visits and any changes to the normal opening hours. Current to 30 May: Exhibition. National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 touring exhibition. The 48 finalists and winners from the 2020 competition. At Griffi th (current to 2 August), Cowra (8 August – 27 September), Beaudesert (19 October – 11 December), Roma (6 January – 3 February 2021), and Grafton (9 April – 30 May 2021). Visit www.portrait.gov.au for full details. Exhibition currently available to view online. Current…

7 min
two white emus

Photography came into my life almost 30 years ago due to life-changing health issues. I needed something to keep me mentally and physically active. I was living in the bush in the remote north-west of Western Australia’s Pilbara region. My first camera was a little Pentax compact with a 38-135mm zoom, followed by an Olympus OM-2n 35mm SLR that was bought one night after a drunken disagreement with a couple of old-timers concerning two white emus that I told them I had seen. “Prove it,” they said and, as if by magic, the OM-2n was produced, having apparently just fallen off the back of a truck. Money changed hands and, along with a killer headache the next morning, I now had my first real camera. It was an SLR – whatever…

2 min
fired up

The Picture Winner of the People’s Choice Award in the 56th Wildlife Photographer Of The Year competition (2020) run by London’s Natural History Museum. Titled Bushfire, this image received a remarkable 55,485 votes from around the world, making it the clear winner of the People’s Choice Award 56. The Photographer Robert Irwin, Queensland. Robert is the son of the late conservationist Steve Irwin, and an already accomplished wildlife photographer. The Equipment DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone with Hasselblad L1D 20c 20MP camera module. Capture settings are 0.4 seconds exposure at f/2.8. The Story In early 2020 Robert was camping in the Steve Irwin Nature Reserve – named in memory of his father – located in Cape York, northern Queensland. “Unfortunately, fires are quite a common occurrence in this area and while we were out camping, we saw the…