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Digital Camera World June 2021

Digital Camera is the definitive guide to digital SLR photography and will show you how to improve any digital photo. It’s packed with practical photography advice and Photoshop tutorials to help you become a better digital photographer. With buying advice to help you choose the DSLR, compact system camera, lens, tripod, printer, or camera bag that’s right for you, it covers all DSLRs including Canon EOS/Rebel and Nikon systems. The perfect title for both amateur and pro photographers

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

4 min
marvel at macro

Macro photography is a specialist area of photography that requires a dedicated lens, but it’s entirely accessible to enthusiast photographers. Because of the unique view it offers, a macro lens is often the third most popular choice for enthusiasts, after the general wide-angle and telephoto focal lengths. Although the term macro is embossed on the barrel of all kinds of lenses, true macro is defined as a reproduction ratio of 1:1 – also known as 1x magnification or life-size. This means that if you were to place the subject directly on the sensor, that’s exactly the size it would appear in the image. True macro lenses are usually short telephoto primes ranging from 60 to 105mm, so they also double up as a fast portrait lens. 1 Keeping it sharp The biggest challenge…

3 min
back issues

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1 min
sigma 35mm f/2 dg dn | c £549/$639

Lens mounts Sony E, L-Mount Although Sigma’s trusty 35mm Art lens is available in Sony E and Leica L-Mount, it was primarily designed for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. By contrast, this new lens has been designed from the ground up for mirrorless full-frame cameras: it has a slower f/2 aperture rating but is only half the weight. The optical design incorporates one SLD (Special Low Dispersion) element and three aspherical elements. Handling is enhanced by a physical aperture ring, although there’s no de-click option. Performance For an f/2 lens, sharpness is very good wide-open, becoming excellent between f/2.8 and f/11, while autofocus is fast, virtually silent and consistently accurate. Vignetting is very noticeable at f/2 but much reduced at f/2.8. Sharpness There’s a bit of a drop-off wide-open, but sharpness is generally excellent. Fringing f/2.8 0.3 f/16…

3 min
sigma 85mm f/1.4 dg dn art £999/$1,199

www.sigma-imaging-uk.com Sigma’s 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens has become a favourite of many portrait and still life photographers who shoot with Canon and Nikon full-frame cameras. Sigma also offers the lens in an E-mount option, for use with Sony mirrorless bodies. At 95 x 125mm and 1,130g, however, it feels a bit of a mismatch for relatively slimline Sony cameras, resulting in a distinctly front-heavy package. The new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens is built purely for mirrorless cameras and represents a complete redesign, with an all-new optical path and autofocus system. It’s much smaller and lighter yet packs a lot in with a raft of high-end handling features that are absent in the older DG HSM lens. As such, it’s ideal for use with Sony and Panasonic mirrorless…

1 min
tamron 150-500mm

The first ultra-telephoto for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras, Tamron’s 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD has a compact design, even when shooting at the 500mm telephoto end, which makes handheld shooting practical. Unsurprisingly for a 150-500mm lens, at 1,725kg it’s pretty heavy, but it does come with a tripod collar. Optical construction consists of 25 elements arranged in 16 groups, and includes one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) element, five LD (Low Dispersion) and two Hybrid Aspherical lens elements to control aberration. The new lens goes on sale in June. www.tamron.eu; £1,380/$1,399 Go to www.digitalcameraworld.com for the latest news, reviews & techniques…

1 min
camera skills create in-camera multiple exposures

Shooting mode Multiple Exposure mode is usually enabled through the camera’s main menu, so you’re free to set your preferred shooting mode. You may find that the ISO that’s used for the first image is automatically set for subsequent ones, though. Blending mode You can select the way in which each image is merged together. It’s a bit like setting the blending mode in image editing software such as Affinity Photo, although the camera can also automatically adjust the strength of the exposure for each ‘layer’. How many images? The number of shots you’re able to take in a multiple exposure varies between cameras, but it’s typically nine or ten. If you need more, you can always choose your final blended image as the starting image in a second multiple exposure. Live preview As you shoot, you’ll…