November - December 2020

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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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
panasonic unveils more compact and affordable lumix s body

A FOURTH CAMERA body has been added to Panasonic’s Lumix S mirrorless system in the shape of the Lumix S5. At roughly the same size as the M43-format Lumix GH5 and weighing a little over 700g (with battery and memory card), the S5 is significantly smaller and lighter than the other Lumix S series models and, at $3,199 for the body, quite a lot cheaper too. Panasonic’s objective is to increase its L mount system’s appeal to include enthusiast-level photographers and video content providers who don’t need all the bells and whistles of a pro-level camera. That said, the Lumix S5 still delivers a hybrid still/video feature set that’s not significantly pared-down from the S1H’s, starting with a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. On the video side, the S5 can record 4K…

1 min.
it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it

AUSTRALIAN CAMERA EDITOR Paul Burrows’ home office is now also the test lab for cameras, lenses and other imaging products. On one weekend, he photographed this mouth-watering collection of cameras that had either been tested (and about to be returned), were on test or were awaiting testing. Clockwise from front right – Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV, Canon EOS R5, Olympus OM-D E-M1 III with the M.Zuiko Digital 100-400mm f/5.0-6.3 IS telezoom, Nikon D6 and Sony A9 II. As the character Sharon Strzelecki from Kath & Kim would say, noice. BRIEF EXPOSURES Canon has introduced a new firmware upgrade for the EOS-1D X Mark III pro-level DSLR. Firmware version 1.2.0 gives improved face and eye recognition over longer subject distances and also fixes a number of bugs, including the camera locking up in…

1 min.
photography exhibitions & events

Current to 30 May 2021: Exhibition.National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 touring exhibition. The 48 finalists and winners from the 2020 competition. At Griffith (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. 18 – 21 May 2022: Photokina 2022. The world’s largest exhibition of new imaging products has been rescheduled to May 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At the Köln Messe, Cologne, Germany. Visit www.photokina-cologne.com for more information. Current to 28 February 2021: Exhibition. Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2019. Winners and finalists – 100 images in all – displayed on special light panels. At the Australian National…

4 min.
2021 camera magazine imaging awards

2020 will long be remembered for all the wrong reasons, and the economic knock-on effects will continue to be felt for many years to come, even assuming an effective vaccine for the Covid-19 virus is perfected soon. The photography industry has not been immune, but has arguably weathered the pandemic a little better. While many of the activities that stimulate photography – most notably travel and tourism – have been severely curtailed, there has been plenty of scope for taking pictures closer to home, such as macro, astrophotography pets, portraiture and still life. These have all helped the sales of new equipment. Additionally, with time on their hands, many photographers have taken the opportunity to do the things they’ve been putting off when there were other priorities – making prints for…

2 min.
epson surecolor sc-p706

YOU KNOW THAT a technology has matured when the product model cycles start to get longer and longer. This has been the case with large format photo printers for a while and we were starting to think that perhaps there wasn’t much left that could be improved. Think again. Epson’s next generation of SureColor pro-level printers are smaller, lighter, better featured and capable of higher quality inputs than their predecessors. It’s the A3+ format SureColor P706 that wins here, mainly because this model really makes the most of the physical size reductions (it’s a substantial 30% smaller than the old P600) and it’s also more ‘mainstream’ in terms of the maximum print size. It’s a smart-looking thing too, requiring roughly 51cmx76cm of operating space on your desktop. At the heart of the…

14 min.
make your own home studio

If you have access to a reasonably sized room, windows and co-operative family or friends, you already have the basic ingredients for a simple home portrait studio. Available light and a willing sitter are really all you need to get started (plus your camera, of course), but almost immediately you’re going to want to do more, particularly in terms of having increased control over the lighting. You can have a basic portrait studio setup that you put together only when you want to shoot and then can be packed away afterwards, but as you get more experienced – and more involved – you might want a more permanent arrangement, perhaps in a spare room, garage or loft space. Setting up and packing away can become a bit of a chore if…