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Pro Photo V74 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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4 min.
the practice of evolution

In the news section of this issue you can read more about the recent completion of Leica’s ambitious Leitz Park campus which is situated on the outskirts of the historic German town of Wetzlar. Wetzlar has a long history in first glass-making and then optics, earning it the title of “the city of optics”. Ernst Leitz created his eponymous company there in 1869, and today it’s also home to Zeiss (which makes sports optics here), Minox, Vistec, OptoTech and around 70 smaller companies. Leica Camera AG opened the first stage of its 18-square-kilometres complex in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of camera design and manufacture. It was impressive then, but is even more so now that it includes a 129-room boutique hotel, a bigger HQ (incorporating a museum, studio,…

3 min.
sony launches 400mm g master fast supertelephoto

It’s the mark of a maturing lens system when the prime supertelephotos start appearing, so the G Master series 400mm f2.8 is an important new arrival for Sony’s rapidly expanding FE mount line-up. It’s the first large-aperture supertelephoto prime in the FE mount line-up and also, right now, the lightest model in its class. Sony last supertelephoto prime was a 500mm f4.0 in the A mount. Obviously, Sony is continuing to target sports and action photographers as converts to its full-35mm format mirrorless camera system, with this lens being an obvious companion for the high-speed A9 (a new firmware upgrade for this body ensures full compatibility with the 400mm lens). The new FE 400mm f2.8 GM OSS – to give it its full model name – employs magnesium alloy barrel tubes with…

1 min.
brief exposures

Nikon has announced it is in the process of developing a new 500mm f5.6 supertelephoto prime lens which will use a phase fresnel (PF) element to help reduce its size. Nikon says its new AF-S Nikkor 500mm f5.6E PF ED VR lens will offer “a compelling combination of portability and performance”. The phase fresnel element – which has been developed by Nikon – helps minimise chromatic aberrations and takes the place of several conventional extra-low dispersion (ED) elements thereby delivering significant reductions in a lens’s size and weight. The 500mm will actually be compact enough to be used hand-held assisted by the inclusion of optical image stabilisation. Full specifications and a launch date will be announced later in the year. Blackmagic Design reports that more than 30 of the 2018 USA…

2 min.
lacie rugged mobile storage sales top four million

Extremely popular with both photographers and film-makers, LaCie’s line of heavy-duty 'Rugged series' portable hard drives has now exceeded four million units. The range of distinctive-looking drives with their bright orange protective coverings has expanded to include a variety of models, including the Raid Pro with a built-in SD format memory card reader and the Thunderbolt USB-C for faster data transfers. The new Rugged Raid Pro is thinner and lighter than its predecessor and configurable with the LaCie RAID Manager. It has 4.0 TB of storage via two HDDs and a maximum data transfer speed of 240 MB/second via a USB-C connection. The Thunderbolt USB-C is available with either a 500 GB or 1.0 TB solid-state drive (SSD) and with both USB-C and Thunderbolt connections enabling a data transfer speed of up…

2 min.
canon updates both its l70-200mm zooms

Canon has given both its L Series 70-200mm zooms – the f2.8 and f4.0 speed models – an upgrade to improve both their optical performance and the operational convenience. The new EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS III USM has a sealed barrel construction to prevent the intrusion of dust and moisture, and this is complemented by new fluorine coatings on the exposed surfaces of both the front and rear elements which makes them easier to clean. It also has Canon’s latest ‘Air Sphere Coating’ (ASC) which is a new anti-reflective technology designed to minimise both reflections and flare. The ‘Air Sphere Coating’ reduces the speed that light travels through the air-to-glass so there is not such a large change in speed when the light enters through the glass thereby preventing the cause…

1 min.
italian style for leica m10 limited edition

To celebrate the completion of its ambitious Leitz Park complex in Germany (see separate news item on p18), Leica has introduced a limited edition version of its M10 digital rangefinder camera styled by Zagato. If you have a spare $31,300 lying around, you could be one of the 250 owners of the limited M10 Edition Zagato which has been created by the famous Italian automotive styling house. Founded in Milan in 1919, Zagato has created coach-built bodies for Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Fiat, Aston Martin, Bentley and BMW. Today the company is run by the founder’s grandson, Dr Andrea Zagato, who has created the special Leica M10 using the company’s favourite material – aluminium. The M10 Edition Zagato has aluminium top and bottom plates, an aluminium bodyshell and aluminium external…