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Pro Photo V72 Issue 2

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

4 min.
break tested

I’ve been using laptops pretty much since they became available. I need the portability, while the small footprint on the desktop – the real one, that is – is a bonus when it’s also cluttered up with cameras or lenses or whatever is going through testing at the time. For a least a decade or so back there, the pace of development was frenetic so there was always justification for upgrading on a regular basis, usually every two years. Then things slowed down – along with dramatic price reductions which usually saw you getting twice as much new laptop for what you’d paid previously – so there was less need to change. Consequently, my current laptop was heading towards its fifth birthday and I was just starting to think it might…

3 min.
canon’s new d-slr flagship is for both stills and video

It’s the battle of the big guns at the top-end of the D-SLR market as Canon follows Nikon’s D5 with its own new flagship, the EOS-1D X Mark II. Designed to replace both the EOS-1D X and the more video-orientated EOS-1D C, the EOS-1D X Mark II again pushes the performance envelope for D-SLRs in both still capture and video recording. The all-new bodyshell is similar in styling to that of the previous model, but with a pronounced ‘hump’ atop the pentaprism housing which contains a GPS receiver. Canon says the camera is largely hand-assembled by technicians who have achieved ‘Meister’ status and who are individually responsible for building, inspecting and testing an entire body, rather than just being responsible for one stage or process. The Mark II is built…

1 min.
epson launches next-gen large-format printers

Epson has incorporated its latest SureColor inkjet photo printing technologies into its next generation of large-format printers. The new 44-inch SureColor SC-P10070 and 64-inch SC-P20070 models incorporate a new ten-colour UltraChrome PRO pigmented inkset which includes four black inks for enhanced toning and B&W reproduction. Both models are capable of printing at speeds of up to 105 square metres per hour, making them suitable for high-volume, large-format photographic, graphics and fine-art production applications. The maximum resolution is 2400x1200 dpi and the minimum droplet size is 3.5 picolitres. The new models employ Epson’s latest PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead which has a new structure designed to reduced vibrations and ensure more accurate dot placement. It also incorporates ‘Nozzle Verification Technology’ to automatically detect nozzle blockages without the need to eject ink. There are separate…

1 min.
leica makes a splash

Leica continues to expand its range of made-in-Germany X Series fixed-lens compact cameras, the latest addition being the ruggedised X-U (Typ 113) which is styled by Audi Design. The X-U’s aluminium alloy bodyshell is sealed against the intrusion of dust or moisture and allows for underwater shooting down to 15 metres. Shock-proofing measures ensure the camera will survive a drop of up to 1.22 metres. High-grip, flexible TPE armouring provides additional protection, the control dials (for shutter speeds and exposure compensation) are made from anodised aluminium and the 7.62 cm monitor screen has a hardened protective cover. A fail-safe double-locking arrangement ensures the battery compartment or memory card slot cover can’t be opened accidentally. The Leica X-U has a Summilux 23mm f1.7 fixed prime lens (equivalent to 35mm) with ten-element optical construction…

3 min.
ricoh unveils much-awaited full-35mm pentax d-slr

After a number of sneak peeks, Ricoh has finally taken the wraps off its long-promised Pentax D-SLR with a full-35mm size sensor. Designated the K-1, this model becomes the fourth sensor format under the Pentax brand which extends from the pocket-sized Q mirrorless cameras to the medium format 645Z. There are already 12 compatible K-mount digital lenses available (two announced with the camera) plus numerous older types from the film-era which will fit the new body. The K-1 has a CMOS sensor with an imaging area of 24.0x35.9 mm and a total pixel count of 36.77 million (36.4 MP effective). The camera automatically switches to ‘APS-C’ crop mode when one of Pentax’s smaller format lenses is fitted, giving a resolution of 15.3 megapixels. As on the Pentax K-3 II ‘APS-C’ format…

2 min.
canon upgrades popular mid-range d-slr

The nearly three-years-old EOS 70D is on the way out, replaced by the new EOS 80D which incorporates quite a number of revisions and updates, starting with a 25.8 megapixels (total) ‘APS-C’ size CMOS sensor which is coupled with Canon’s latest DiG!C 6 image processor. The sensitivity range is equivalent to ISO 100 to 16,000 with an extension to ISO 25,600. The maximum continuous shooting speed remains at 7.0 fps, but with a significantly increased burst length of 110 maximum quality JPEGs or 25 RAW files. As before, the EOS 80D has a single memory card slot for the SD/HC/XC format. With the increase in sensor resolution comes an improved version of Canon’s ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ sensor-based autofocusing for live view and video shooting, and the number of AF points…