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Pro Photo Sum-15 - V71 #1

ProPhoto magazine is the professional photographer's trusted resource in a world of rapidly changing digital imaging and multi-media technologies. Every issue features stunning portfolios, equipment evaluations, exhibition details, photographer profiles, advanced techniques and product guides.

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4 Issues

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4 min.
size matters

The arrival of Canon’s 50 megapixels resolution D-SLRs (see news this issue) raises a number of questions, particularly for the makers of digital medium format camera systems, but also in relation to the current debate regarding mirror-versus-mirrorless. Canon, like its chief rival Nikon, remains solidly committed to the D-SLR, although the mirrorless tide is definitely coming in on a wave of a steadily increasing choice of products from a group of ‘heavy hitter’ brands. Olympus, Fujifilm, Sony, Panasonic and, most recently, Samsung are all targeting mirrorless models at the professional user and all tout the same key benefits – chiefly smaller and lighter camera bodies and lenses. With the exception of Sony’s Alpha 7 models which have full-35mm size sensors, everybody else is using the smaller ‘APS-C’ or Micro Four Thirds imagers…

3 min.
canon hits the magic 50 mp with new d-slrs

Rumours of Canon’s 50 megapixels CMOS sensor have been around for a couple of years now, but the imager has finally broken cover in a new enthusiast/semi-pro D-SLR… well, to be precise, two new D-SLRs. In fact, Canon has broken its D-SLR draught with a deluge because, in addition to the EOS 5DS and 5DS R, it has also announced two variants of a new mid-range models called the EOS 750D and 760D (see separate news item). Designed to slot between the flagship EOS-1DX and the EOS 5D Mark III (which continues), the EOS 5DS is based on a 53 MP full-35mm CMOS sensor which is designed and manufactured by Canon. The effective pixel count is 50.6 MP, giving a maximum image size of 8688x5792 pixels. The sensitivity range is equivalent…

1 min.
tamron unveils fast superwide for full-35mm d-slrs

Independent lens maker Tamron has launched the latest addition to its line-up of f2.8 speed lenses for D-SLRs with full-35mm format sensors. The new SP 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD (a.k.a. Model A012) is available in the Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony A mounts, and joins the existing 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8 and f2.0 Macro models. The optical construction comprises 18 elements in 13 groups, including a new type of element which Tamron calls ‘eXpanded Glass Moulded Aspherical’, or XGM for short. This is designed to optimise the correction of geometrical distortion. A number of low-dispersion (LD) optical glass elements are incorporated to minimise lateral chromatic aberrations. The new 15-30mm also employs Tamron’s ‘eBand’ coating (Extended Bandwidth And Angular-Dependency) which has been developed to give increased anti-reflection properties to prevent…

1 min.
epson speeds up its a3+ photo flagship

Epson has updated its popular Stylus Photo R3000 A3+ photo printer with a new model which incorporates a number of new features as well as providing improvements in both speed and economy. The SureColor SC-P600 is Epson’s new top-of-the-range A3+ inkjet printer and is a nine-colour model using the company’s latest-generation UltraChrome HD pigmented inks. The nine colours – including ‘Vivid Magenta’ – give an extra wide gamut with smooth tonal gradations while the highest black density is 2.86 DMax (on PGPP) – currently the best in this class of printer – ensures deep and solid blacks. To assist with economy, the SC-P600 uses ink cartridges with a capacity of 25.9 millilitres. In terms of speed, the SC-P600 can produce an 11x14-inch full colour print in just 153 seconds (just under three minutes).…

2 min.
nikon launches first lens with ‘phase fresnel’ element

Nikon has announced the introduction of the AF-S Nikkor 300mm f4.0E PF ED VR which is claimed to be the world’s lightest 300mm telephoto lens and is also the first Nikkor model to incorporate a ‘Phase Fresnel’ (PF) lens element. The new 300mm f4.0 is the latest addition to Nikon’s line-up of ‘FX’ format prime lenses for its D-SLRs equipped with a full-35mm size sensor. The PF element has been developed by Nikon, but employs a similar principle to the ‘Diffractive Optics’ (DO) element devised by Canon and most recently used in the EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS II USM telephoto lens. Put simply, the PF element diffracts the different wavelengths of light in the opposite order to a conventional refractive lens element so, when the two are combined, the mutual…

3 min.
make a date

Current to 19 April: Exhibition. Alex Prager. Works by the American photographer and film-maker whose elaborately conceived imagery is inspired by the actors of mid-20th century Hollywood. At the NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3000. Gallery hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm daily (but closed Tuesdays). Admission is free. For more information telephone (03) 8620 2222 or visit www.ngv.vic.gov.au Current to 10 May: Exhibition. Trent Parke: The Black Rose. The culmination of seven years of work by the Adelaide-based Magnum photographer, exploring ideas concerning the ‘meaning of life’. At Gallery 21, the Art Gallery Of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000. Gallery hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm daily. For more information telephone (08) 8207 7000 or visit www.artgallery.sa.gov.au Current to 23 August: Exhibition. The View From Here: The…