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Pro Photo Vol.71 No.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

3 min.
the magic of the moment

Recently I interviewed the singer – and current judge of The X Factor (Australia) – Guy Sebastian, for a profile to appear in our sister magazine, Camera. Photography is Guy’s creative refuge and he’s almost as passionate about it as he is about his music. I interviewed him in his tiny private recording studio in inner-city Sydney which, interestingly, is packed with analog equipment because he particularly likes the audio characteristics and because he’s a self-confessed “gear geek”. More interesting though, were the parallels that Guy drew between photography and music. Both, these days, are highly technical endeavours, but at the heart of both is emotion… and it’s all too easy for the former to get in the way of the latter. As in a photograph, Guy notes, a song can…

4 min.
new lumix gx model gets 20 mp and dual is

Panasonic continues to demonstrate it’s in tune with what photographers want in a mirrorless camera. Following the SLR-style Lumix G7 launched a couple of months ago comes the Lumix GX8, the company’s latest rangefinder-style model. The GX8 replaces the highly popular GX7 and retains that model’s novel tilting viewfinder arrangement, but has an all-new sensor, the advanced ‘4K Photo’ modes introduced with the G7, an adjustable-angle monitor screen, faster continuous shooting speeds and an upgraded autofocusing system. The EVF tilts through 90 degrees and employs an OLED-type panel with a resolution of 2.36 million dots. The magnification is increased to 0.77x (35mm format equivalent) and the scene coverage is 100 percent. A larger eyecup addresses the issue of ‘light leakage’ which was problematic on the GX7. The 7.62 cm monitor screen is…

1 min.
wacom’s bright spark

Wacom’s new Bamboo Spark is described as a “smart folio” and it allows you to capture and store handwritten notes or sketches for subsequent reference or further development. Once written on the notepad, with the push of a button, the Bamboo Spark synchronises this information to the Wacom Cloud for storage. Wacom’s Bamboo Spark combines a traditional ink pen with the company’s core digital pen technology in a smart pen and smart folio. You write and sketch with Bamboo Spark’s traditional ink pen on most A5 paper (i.e. 148x210 millimetre). The smart folio’s EMR (Electro-Magnetic Resonance) board – which communicates with the Bamboo Spark pen enabling the traditional ink-on-paper writing or sketching to be converted instantly to digital content. Files can be saved in the WILL (Wacom Ink Layer Language), JPEG…

2 min.
make a date

Current to 5 October: Exhibition. Wildlife Photographer Of The Year. A total of 100 award-winning images from the world’s largest wildlife and natural history photo competition. At the Australian Museum, 6 College Street, Sydney, NSW 2010. Museum hours are 9.30am to 5.00pm daily. Entry fee is $20 for adults, $11 concessions and children. Visit www.australianmuseum.net.au for more information. Current to 11 October: Exhibition. The Photograph And Australia. Comprising 350 photographs from over 35 lenders, this major exhibition reflects an evolving image of Australia from the 1840s onwards. At the Queensland Art Gallery, Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland 4101. Telephone (07) 3840 7303 for more information or visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au Gallery hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm daily. Current to 25 October: Exhibition. Julia Margaret Cameron: From The Victoria & Albert Museum.…

2 min.
canon sets its sights on more pixels

If you’re still getting your head around Canon’s 50 megapixels D-SLRs, the message from the company is that you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Canon had released details of various development projects which will see it move the Cinema EOS system up to 8K video and its EOS D-SLR system up to 120 megapixels. What’s more, also in the pipeline is an ‘APSH’ format sensor (which is slightly larger than ‘APS-C’, giving a focal length magnification factor of 1.3x) with a staggering resolution of 250 megapixels. This CMOS-type sensor has an imaging area of 29.2x20.2 millimetres and delivers an output of 19,580x12,600 pixels. Canon also claims an ultra-high signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second which had been made possible through circuit miniaturisation and enhanced signal-processing technology. As a result, the…

3 min.
nikon boosts lens range with all-new telezoom… and more

New D-SLR lens announcements are currently coming thick and fast from Nikon. The latest arrivals are all AF-S models (i.e. with built-in autofocusing drives) for the company’s ‘FX’ format D-SLRs with full-35mm imaging sensors. The trio comprises the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8E ED VR zoom, AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR telephoto zoom and the AF-S Nikkor 24mm f1.8G ED fast wide-angle. The new 24-70mm f2.8 is the first AF-S Nikkor lens to incorporate an aspherical extra-low dispersion (ASP/ED) glass element which corrects for both distortion and chromatic aberrations. The 20-element optical construction also includes three conventional aspherical and two ED glass types plus one High Refractive Index (HRI) element. Compared to its predecessor, this lens also has Nikon’s ‘Vibration Reduction’ (VR) image stabilisation – claimed to give up to four stops…