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Pro Photo V74 issue 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.
the genuine article

The imminent deaths of major media platforms always make for good headlines. Video was going to spell the end of radio and cinema. In fact, cinema has been pronounced dead many more times than Lazarus… despatched by not just by video, but television and now movie streaming. Cinema itself surely meant the last curtain for theatre and opera. Likewise the printed book, most recently supposedly killed off by the electronic version – surely the most over-hyped media ‘revolution’ of this century (so far, that is). E-books peaked at around 20 percent of the market – certainly enough to cause some disruption – but have had nowhere near the impact on ‘traditional’ publishing that was originally predicted. And, of course, nobody is reading magazines any more. Oh, sorry… you’re here now, aren’t…

3 min.
panasonic unveils even more video-focused gh5

Panasonic is covering all its bases at the top of its Lumix G mirrorless camera range, adding a third model to join the hybrid GH5 and more stills-orientated G9. This is a similar model strategy to Sony and its A7 line-up, with Panasonic’s new Lumix GH5S designed to compete directly with the A7S II (the model suffix has probably been deliberately chosen). Externally, the GH5 and GH5S are virtually identical, but on the inside there have been a few significant changes, starting with the adoption of a lower resolution sensor – 11.93 megapixels (10.2 MP effective) versus 21.77 megapixels – which allows for bigger pixels and hence an increased dynamic range and better low-light sensitivity. The new sensor also employs Panasonic’s ‘Dual Native ISO’ technology, which was original developed for the…

2 min.
new nikkor telezoom has built-in extender

Nikon’s optical engineers have overcome a number of technical challenges to incorporate a switchable 1.4x teleconverter into a telephoto zoom lens. The new AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f4.0E TC1.4 FL ED VR is an ‘FX’ format lens (i.e. for use on full-35mm Nikon D-SLRs) and, with the extender switched in, becomes a 252-560mm zoom with a one-stop loss of speed to f5.6. However, it can be used on Nikon’s current ‘DX’ D-SLRs, in which case the effective focal ranges become 270-600mm and 378-840mm respectively. The 180-400mm f4.0 zoom measures 36.3 centimetres in length and weighs in at 3.5 kilograms. It incorporates Nikon’s ‘Vibration Reduction’ optical image stabilisation which is claimed to give up to four stops of correction for camera shake… if you should be courageous enough to try using this lens…

1 min.
samyang launches first af lens for canon ef

Best known for its line-up of manual focus lenses (for both photography and cinematography), South Korean lens maker Samyang has introduced its first autofocus model for the Canon EF mount. All the company’s previous AF primes have been for the Sony FE mount. The new AF 14mm f2.8 EF is a compact lens and weighs in at 485 grams. It has a weather-sealed external construction with an integrated petal-type lens hood, while the optical construction comprises 15 elements in ten groups. Seven of these elements are special types – namely two aspherical types, four with high refractive characteristics and one made from extra-low dispersion optical glass. Collectively, these special elements correct for distortion and various aberrations, including chromatic and spherical. On a full-35mm format sensor, the 14mm focal length delivers a…

1 min.
prime time for leica sl

Leica has launched a new series of high-performance prime lenses for its SL full-35mm mirrorless system, with the first two available now and another two schedule for launch in the latter half of 2018. The new lenses available now are an APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f2.0 ASPH and an APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f2.0 ASPH. Both have an all-glass optical construction which employs 11 elements (in nine groups), including one aspherical type to correct for distortion. All elements feature anomalous partial dispersion characteristics to minimise chromatic aberrations and optimise centre-to-corner sharpness. Both lenses employ an AF drive using ‘Dual Synchro Drive’ (DSD) stepping motors which enable the entire focusing range to be traversed in 250 milliseconds. The 75mm lens has a minimum focusing distance of 50 centimetres while the 90mm’s is 60 centimetres. In both cases,…

1 min.
brief exposures

The rumour mill continues to crank up with regards to a full-35mm mirrorless camera from Nikon – we’re clearly all willing it to happen – with the latest details to emerge concerning the lens mount. According to Nikon Rumours, this will be called the Z Mount and have a very short flange back distance of just 16 mm and a diameter of 49 mm. If so, this will allow for considerable adaptability with ‘legacy’ lenses. No suggestions of a possible launch date yet… we’re now thinking Photokina 2018 in mid-September as a distinct possibility.…