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Pro Photo V72 Issue 4

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
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in this issue

4 min.
welcome back hasselblad… we’ve missed you

There are a number of reasons to celebrate Hasselblad’s announcement of the world’s first digital medium format camera system (the full details are in this issue’s news section). Firstly, it marks a return to original thinking by the famous Swedish marque. The last few years have been pretty uninspiring and it looked for a while there as if Hasselblad was incapable of responding to its much more active rival in digital medium format, Phase One. While the Sony-based clones weren’t as damaging to the reputation as some asserted, they were a big distraction and, it has to be said, a big waste of resources. I well remember going to the launch of the Lunar – a Sony NEX-7 dressed up in fancy clothes – at Photokina 2012 and not only…

4 min.
hasselblad launches first mirrorless digital medium format system

In what could arguably be as significant a new camera announcement as the original 1600F back in 1948, Hasselblad has announced the world’s first medium format mirrorless digital camera. The Hasselblad X1D – the designation stands for X Series Model 1 Digital (so there’s obviously more to come) – is an all-Hasselblad design and built in Sweden to fully wash away the aftertaste of the Sony-based models of the last few years. Designed to appeal to both prosumer and professional users, the X1D features a very stylish and slimline aluminium and fully weather-proofed bodyshell with a built-in XGA (i.e. 2.359 megadots resolution) EVF (sourced from Epson) and a 7.62 cm fixed TFT LCD monitor screen with touch controls. Hasselblad says the X1D can operate in subzero temperatures down to -10 degrees…

3 min.
t2 time at fujifilm

Perhaps not so much of a surprise, but still a very welcome arrival, Fujifilm’s new X-T2 upgrades its SLR-style X-mount mirrorless camera to a similar spec level to the flagship X-Pro2. Retaining very similar styling to its predecessor, the X-T2 has the same higher-resolution 24.3 megapixels ‘X-Trans CMOS III’ sensor as the X-Pro2 – mated with the ‘X-Processor Pro’ high-speed engine – but it’s the first X Series model to have 4K video recording at 3840x2160 pixels (i.e. Ultra HD). At 25 fps, this gives a bit rate of 100 Mbps, and the X-T2 also has a ‘clean’ video output (for both 2K and 4K) via its HDMI terminal for recording to an external device. The stereo audio input for connecting an external microphone has been upgraded to the standard…

1 min.
brief exposures

German accessory-maker Novoflex has introduced a mount adaptor that enables Canon EF lenses to be used on the Leica SL mirrorless camera. The SL-EOS adaptor is electronic so it supports autofocusing, auto aperture control and the relaying of lens-based EXIF data (but not optical image stabilisation). Novoflex says the SL-EOS enables around 30 Canon lenses to be used on the SL. Locally, the adaptor will be available from the end of July priced at $859. Novoflex products are distributed in Australia by Mainline Photographics, on telephone (02) 9437 5800 or visit www.mainlinephoto.com.au Fotospeed products have returned to the Australian market with the company launching a selection of inkjet printing papers. The line-up includes the Signature range which comprises Smooth Cotton 300, Natural Soft Textured Bright White 315, Platinum Baryta 300…

2 min.
make a date exhibitions – events – workshops – seminars

Current to 31 August: Exhibition. Henry Talbot: 1960s Fashion Photographer. Eighty previously unseen photographs by fashion photographer Henry Talbot during his time working with Helmut Newton in Melbourne and drawn from the collection of the National Gallery Of Victoria (NGV). At NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 3000. Gallery hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm daily. For more information telephone (03) 8620 2222 or visit www.ngv.vic.gov.au — Current 4 September: Exhibition. Tracey Moffatt – Laudanum And Other Works. Photography series and video montages draw from the gallery’s collection, including Laudanum 1998 and Plantation 2009. At the Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, NSW 2000. Telephone (02) 9225 1744 for more information or visit www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au Admission is free. Gallery hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm daily (open to 9.00pm on Wednesdays). —…

2 min.
olympus gets in on the action

With the video actioncam market continuing to boom, Olympus is the latest ‘photo company’ to head for the great outdoors. The new Stylus TG-Tracker is styled like a mini camcorder and records 4K video, Full HD video and 8.0 MP JPEGs. Video clips are recorded in the MOV format using MPEG-4 AVC/H .264 compression. Data is recorded to a microSDHC/XC memory card, and the camera combines a 1/2.3-inch BSI-CMOS sensor with Olympus’s ‘TruePic VII’ image processor. The camera’s bodyshell is fully waterproofed down to 30 metres (so there’s no need for an additional housing), is shock-proofed to withstand a drop of just over two metres, freeze-proofed down to -10 degrees Celsius and crush-proofed to withstand a 100-kilogram equivalent force. A very neat touch is the incorporation of an LED illuminator with…