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Pro Photo V73 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.
long term vision

Around eleven years ago a group of international camera journalists were gathered in the sunny forecourt of a central Tokyo office block, enjoying coffee and pastries. The offices belonged to Sony Corporation and we’d all just attended a technical briefing on the brand new Alpha D-SLR system, launched the day before. As I chatted to a senior Sony executive, I happened to glance across the small valley beside the office block to where the skyline was dominated by another high-rise emblazoned with the red Canon logo. The exec followed my gaze and smiled. “That,” he said quietly, “is where we’re going to be eventually”. He didn’t mean the location, of course, but Canon’s number one position in interchangeable lens cameras, then dominated by D-SLRs. If anybody else from any other company had…

4 min.
nikon keeps the d-slr fires burning with the d850

Almost immediately after it announced it was working on a new mirrorless camera system, Nikon launched a D-SLR that’s clearly designed to keep its reflex business ticking over nicely for the time being. The new D850 essentially replaces the hugely popular D810 and will – like the EOS 5D Mark IV for Canon – represent the bulk of Nikon’s D-SLR sales to professionals and enthusiast-level users for the next year or so. Built around a new weather-sealed magnesium alloy bodyshell which no longer has a built-in flash, the D850 employs a Nikon-design, full-35mm back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor with a total pixel count of 46.89 million. Nikon is emphasising its involvement in the design of the sensor – its first BSI-type device – but fabrication is likely to be by Sony…

2 min.
4k video and more for the mark iii e-m10

Olympus’s entry-level OM-D mirror-less Micro Four Thirds camera has been a big seller in its Mark I and Mark II versions, representing exceptional value for money in both instances. The new Mark III E-M10 takes things a step further by adding a 4K video recording capability – made possible via the latest-generation ‘TruePic VIII’ processor – an upgraded autofocusing system and slightly faster continuous shooting. On the outside there are bigger control dials and a reshaped handgrip. Video is recorded up to the Ultra HD resolution of 3840x2160 pixels at either 24 fps or 25 fps (PAL standard) with stereo sound. The E-M10 III’s AF system now has a total of 121 focusing points (increased from 81) while continuous shooting is possible at up to 8.6 fps at maximum resolution. The…

1 min.
2018 pink lady® food photo comp open for entries

After a record crop of entries for the 2017 competition, the 2018 Pink Lady Food Photographer Of The Year awards are now open for entries. There are some new categories and new judges, including Ferran Adria, iconic chef of the oft-voted world’s best restaurant, El Bulli in Spain. The Pink Lady Food Photographer Of The Year awards have had an illustrious and evolving panel since its first year. The range of skills and expertise is extensive, from great photographers, creative directors, food retailers using the finest photography, photography gallery owners, chefs. Past judges have included Antonio Carluccio, Martin Parr, Yotam Ottolenghi, Chris Beetles, Jay Rayner and Donna Hay. This year, for the first time, David Loftus – best known for his photography for Jamie Oliver – will be the chair of…

2 min.
new tilt-shift trio from canon

Canon has updated its TS-E line-up of tilt-shift EF mount lenses, introducing a trio of new models which embody a number of improvements to the optical design and the adjustment ranges compared to the existing lenses. The three new TS-E have focal lengths of 50mm, 90mm and 135mm, with the former two being f2.8 speed lenses while the 135mm has a maximum aperture of f4.0. The 135mm model is also a new focal length in the TS-E range, while the new 50mm and 90mm replace earlier models (45mm and 90mm respectively). The existing TS-E 17mm f4.0L and 24mm f3.5L II wide-angles remain available. All three new lenses deliver a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2 (i.e. half lifesize) and feature magnesium alloy constructions. The optical constructions have been modernised to incorporate moulded aspherical…

1 min.
good-bye l&p, hello specular

Long serving, Sydney-based professional photo supplier L&P Digital Photographic has closed its doors after 37 years in business. L&P was the Australian distributor for a number of brands including Phase One, Sekonic, Pocket, Induro, Rodenstock and Alpa, but over the decades has represented many others such as Profoto, Tenba and Think Tank Photo. The company has also been very actively involved in industry events, providing both sponsorships and technical support. L&P’s departure had the potential to leave a gap in Sydney’s professional imaging market, but Melbourne-based Specular has announced it will be opening a new showroom in the city. Specular has been closely associated with L&P and will take over the sales and support of some products, most notable the Phase One digital medium format capture systems. Specular’s managing director Rory Shinners comments,…