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Pro Photo V72 #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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Future Publishing Ltd
4 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
heart & soul

The irony here, though, is that while Samsung did indeed initially treat cameras like any other of its (many) CE lines, there had been a dramatic turnaround with its last NX Series models, particularly the exceptional NX1. Here was a camera designed by somebody who really understood the requirements of today’s market while also incorporating plenty of forward thinking. The NX1 proved that Samsung did indeed know about cameras, but it seems to have just been a little too late, the brand never quite gaining traction in the enthusiast and professional end of the market. Pity really… it was arguably close to being the best SLR-style ‘APS-C’ mirrorless camera on the market. It’s been suggested that Samsung failed here because it didn’t have a ‘photographic heritage’, but neither do either Sony…

4 min.
nikon d5 keeps the d-slr faith

Having revealed it was working on a D5 model late last year, Nikon wasted no time in unveiling its next-generation pro-level D-SLR, using the giant CES exhibition in Las Vegas in early January as the launch platform. Although the old PMA event was folded into CES a few years ago, imaging isn’t really a major part of the world’s largest consumer electronics trade show and, aside from Nikon, the only other major brands represented in the LV Convention Centre’s Central Hall were Canon, GoPro, Polaroid and Ricoh Imaging/Pentax. Of course, both Sony and Panasonic were showing cameras on their (huge) stands, but not, notably, Samsung, which offered early confirmation that the company is indeed exiting this business (see p4). Contrary to other rumours though, Nikon did not announce it was…

1 min.
all-around action

Nikon has announced its intention to compete in the ever-growing video ‘actioncam’ sector and will launch a compact, rugged camera by mid-year. Nikon’s KeyMission 360 – the first, says the company, in a series of products – features two lenses and sensors, located front and rear to give a single, full 360-degree image in the UHD 4K video resolution. The images generated by each of the lens-and-sensor pairs are combined in-camera to create a ‘virtual reality’ (VR) experience, but neither the sensor’s resolution or type, nor the lens focal lengths, have been specified at present. The ruggedised and palm-sized camera body is waterproofed down to 30 metres – so it’s also dust-proof – and shock-proofed to a drop of two metres. It is also insulated to allow for operation in temperatures…

3 min.
new ‘aps-c’ d-slr flagship

If you’re a dedicated user of Nikon’s D300S top-end ‘APS-C’ D-SLR, you’ll know there hasn’t really been a direct replacement for this long-running model (launched back in 2009) despite the best efforts of the D7200. The D500 finally fills the gap, offering a ‘DX’ format (‘APS-C’ sensor format) model with a number of upgraded systems launched in the new D5, including the latest-generation ‘Expeed 5’ processor, 153-point autofocusing, 180,000 pixels RGB metering and 4K video recording. To achieve a more compact design, Nikon has adopted a monocoque design – similar to the D5500 – to integrate the body covers and chassis in one component which employs a combination of magnesium alloy and reinforced carbonfibre composites. Extensive weather sealing is provided and the D500 has a full glass prism optical viewfinder with…

2 min.
phase one hits 100 megapixels

It’s been promoting lenses capable of handling 100 megapixels sensors for a while, but now Phase One has given them something to work with. The XF 100MP finally hits the magic 100 megapixels mark with a CMOS-type sensor which has an imaging area of 40.4x53.7 mm (i.e. ‘645’ format) and delivers a maximum image size of 11,608x8708 pixels (101 megapixels). This translates into an output image size at 300 dpi of 73.2x96.3 centimetres. The pixel size is 4.6x4.6 microns. Furthermore, colour is processed at 16-bits per RGB channel and Phase One says that the result is a CMOS system which is able to deliver a colour fidelity comparable to the best medium format CCD sensors. Files are captured in a new RAW format called 11Q L 16-bit, but files can…

1 min.
new m-mount lens trio from leica

Three updated versions of popular wide-angle primes have been announced by Leica and will be available in Australia over the next couple of months. All have more robust construction – including full-metal rectangular lens hoods and metal lens caps – and revised optical designs to optimise performance. All three are manufactured in Germany and feature compact designs to enhance their suitability for applications such as photojournalism and street photography. The three models comprise a Summicron-M 28mm f2.0 ASPH and Summicron-M 35mm f2.0 ASPH, plus an Elmarit-M 28mm f2.8 ASPH. The new 35mm f2.0 is available in either silver or black finishes (both priced at $4550) and has a seven-element optical construction with an 11-blade diaphragm for smoother out-of-focus effects. It has a minimum focusing distance of 70 centimetres. Both the new 28mm models…