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Pro Photo V72 Issue 5

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.
selling the vision

In her article for this issue, our business writer Rosemary Ann Ogilvie brings up an issue I’ve covered a few times on this page over the years – namely how do we promote professional photography to an increasingly challenging marketplace. Rosemary is suggesting a few ideas for individuals, making the most of the potential avenues in social media, but there is a wider concern that’s never really been properly addressed. Ever since George Eastman came up with his affordable rollfilm cameras for the masses, photography has become progressively more accessible and familiar. The digital revolution has taken it a lot further, putting very complex – and thus highly capable – cameras in the hands of anybody who wants them. In technical terms, these cameras deliver exceptional results at the push of…

4 min.
canon delivers on mk.4 eos 5d…

A lot of wish lists are showing a lot of ticks after Canon took the wraps off its much-anticipated fourth-generation EOS 5D. Not surprisingly the Mark IV model inherits quite a bit from the flagship EOS-1D X Mark II, but there’s also some new features to make this camera much more of a capable all-rounder for both photographers and film-makers. The Mark IV’s styling and size is very similar to those of its predecessor, although it’s a little lighter and smoother looking overall. Incidentally, in Australia at least, the Mark III model continues at least until the middle of 2017. The Mark IV’s pricing is closer to that of the EOS 5DS so the market for the Mark III is likely to remain strong for the time being. The Mark IV has…

2 min.
…and a serious mirrorless camera

While it isn’ designed as a pro camera, Canon’s new EOS M5 mirrorless model is significant because it finally shows some serious intent in this category. The M5 is essentially a mirrorless EOS 80D – so it’s most definitely an enthusiast-level camera – but is significantly more compact and lighter. It’s built around a 24.2 megapixels (effective) ‘APS-C’ CMOS sensor coupled to Canon’s latest-generation ‘DiG!C 7’ processor. The sensor employs the ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ architecture which delivers phase-difference detection autofocusing with 80 percent frame coverage. The EOS M5 also has sensor-based image stabilisation with five-axis correction. The M5 has an OLED-type EVF with 2.36 megadots resolution and 100 percent scene coverage. The camera’s large 8.1 cm LCD monitor is actually the same panel as is used in the EOS-1D X…

1 min.
new calibration toolbox from datacolor

Datacolor has launched a new bundled package of calibration tools for photographers and designers under the banner of Spyder5 Capture Pro. Spyder5 Capture Pro includes SpyderLENSCAL, SpyderCHECKR, SpyderCUBE and Spyder5ELITE. SpyderLENSCAL enables users to calibrate camera and lens combinations in order to obtain more accurate autofocusing. SpyderCHECKR and SpyderCUBE provide reference tools to allow the control of contrast, white balance and colour when editing images. Spyder5ELITE calibrates displays to an industry standard, ensuring that on-screen colours of images are accurate and consistently match photo prints. “We know how important colour accuracy is for photographers, but we also know it can be time-consuming,” says Heath Barber, Imaging Market Manager, Datacolor. “Spyder5 Capture Pro reduces editing time by providing users with a fast and seamless workflow from capture to post-production by combining our leading…

1 min.
nikon goes fastest with new 105mm prime lens

The latest addition to Nikon’s current line-up of AF-S Nikkor lenses for full-35mm D-SLRs (a.k.a. the ‘FX’ format) is a 105mm f1.4 mid-range prime telephoto. Not only is this the fastest 105mm lens ever built by Nikon, it’s also the fastest autofocus 105mm ever. It has a weather-protected barrel and an optical construction which comprises 14 elements in nine groups. Three of these elements are made from optical glass with extra-low dispersion (ED) characteristics to reduce chromatic aberrations, and the lens features Nikon’s ‘Nano Crystal’ multi-coatings to minimise flare and ghosting. Fluorine coatings are used on the external element surfaces to help repel dust, grease and moisture. As has been the case with most recent AF-S Nikkors, the new 105mm f1.4 has an electronically-controlled diaphragm to give increased exposure consistency from…

1 min.
brief exposures

Nikon has passed the 100 million milestone in the production of Nikkor interchangeable lenses. The first was introduced in 1959 along with the legendary F 35mm SLR system and there have subsequently been over 90 models including tilt-shift types, macros and fish-eyes. Although the Nikkor brand dates back to 1932, the first ‘mainstream’ interchangeable lens is considered to be the Nikkor-S Auto 5.0cm f2.0 from 1959 (Nikon didn’t switch to designating focal lengths in millimetres for quite a while). The Nikkor brand was created by adding the letter “r” – a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses in Japan – to “Nikko”, the Romanised abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., which was Nikon’s original company name. Nikon now has a Website dedicated to all things to do with Nikkor…