Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro January/February 2018

Digital Photo Pro is the serious digital photography enthusiast and professional’s guide to advanced technology and creativity. Each issue showcases the very best in photography, and helps readers navigate the sea of equipment, storage methods, electronics and more, so they can make better decisions and take better photos.

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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s note

Technological convergence is here to stay. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t get a press release that talks about the convergence of still imaging and video. From cameras to lenses, apps to YouTube, the imaging market is abuzz with the rush to release products that improve the workflow of those working in photography and videography. For the photographer who’s open to new opportunities and willing to learn new skills, it’s a tremendous time. A photographer who can shoot images for an Instagram campaign and who can also shoot video for that same campaign is more valuable than someone who can only shoot stills. At Digital Photo Pro, we’re embracing this new converging world. Years ago we launched HDVideoPro magazine to address the (then) burgeoning market of digital video…

9 min.
new products

Leica Q Silver Anodized The latest addition to the Leica universe is the Leica Q (Typ 116) Silver Anodized, featuring the same tech specs as the black model, including a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor and Leica Summilux 28mm F/1.7 ASPH lens. While the new camera maintains the black model’s classic form factor, it adds touches of silver—in the top plate, baseplate and lens, and to the control elements. Additional specifications include a 3.68-megapixel electronic viewfinder, full HD video shooting and WiFi compatibility, all features shared by the original version. Price: $4,495. Website: us.leica-camera.com Hasselblad XCD 135mm And XCD 80mm Hasselblad has announced the addition of the XCD 135mm and XCD 80mm lenses for the mirrorless medium-format X1D-50c, growing the camera system’s lens lineup to nine optics in 2018. With its release, the XCD 80mm will…

12 min.
mirrorless vs. dslr

In the annals of photography, it’s likely that 2017 will be recognized as the year in which the dominance in the digital photography camera market shifted from DSLR to mirrorless designs. That’s not to say that 2017 marks the demise of the DSLR, but instead the first year in which it’s no longer possible to point to a number of key SLR strengths—most notably, speed and accuracy—and say that only DSLRs can offer the highest level of performance in these areas. It has taken a long time to get to this point, one in which mirrorless cameras can outpace their DSLR counterparts. Each generation of mirrorless camera eliminated some shortcoming of the technology, moving mirrorless cameras ever closer to feature parity with the best DSLR cameras on the market. Mirrorless cameras…

2 min.
going farther, getting lighter

For sports and travel photographer Paul Morrison, the ability to capture stunning images with the smallest camera system possible is a big advantage. “For sports and for travel,” he says of the Olympus OM-D system, “the size and weight are very appealing.” And, just as importantly, “I found right away that the images were just as good—maybe even better—than competitive systems. I can print up to 30x40 inches with excellent results. “Olympus has been particularly progressive with its technology,” Morrison observes. In addition to the reduced size and weight of OM-D system cameras and lenses, he points to features like Olympus’ in-body 5-Axis Image Stabilization, which compensates for all types of camera motion to provide up to 5.5 stops of correction. Because this system is built into the camera, it’s always…

13 min.
albert watson

Over the past four and a half decades, New York-based Scotland native Albert Watson has created close to 100 Vogue covers, dozens of commercials and music videos, and advertising campaigns for companies including Prada, Revlon and Chanel. At the same time, he has pursued personal projects from Las Vegas to Cairo. Among Watson’s long list of accolades is the Order of the British Empire, awarded to him in 2015 by Queen Elizabeth II for his lifetime contribution to the art of photography. Watson is also a photographer’s photographer, a visual superhero who can cross photographic genres in a single bound. His latest book, KAOS (Taschen), doesn’t shy away from being genre-neutral. Celebrity portraits mingle with breathtaking landscapes, sensual nudes, fashion images and still-lifes. The common threads are strong design elements…

13 min.
hands-on review: promise delivered

By the time the original full-frame Sony a7 arrived in 2013, the mirrorless revolution was well underway, and mirrorless cameras were already starting to really show the potential of the technology. While mirrorless cameras were rapidly improving, they weren’t used by a large number of pros because the systems fell short in comparison to DSLRs in some key areas. (See “Mirrorless Vs. DSLR” in this issue for more on the evolution of mirrorless cameras.) The Sony a7 was the first body to put a full-frame sensor into a small mirrorless frame, an engineering feat that was key in the evolution of the category because it showed that professionals and their need for highresolution images with good dynamic range and ISO sensitivity were being actively targeted in the design of mirrorless cameras. As…