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Photokina News: Introducing Sony’s new full-frame camera

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Sony has introduced a new flagship SLT using the company’s A mount, breathing some new life into a system that many thought was finished. The new a99 ll will be a full-frame camera that features a 42-million-pixel sensor, and which will be capable to shooting at an incredible 12fps at full resolution. The company has developed a new hybrid AF system that combines 399 on-sensor contrast detection points with a standard phase detection system that features 79 cross type sensors. The result, Sony says, is a system that is both fast and accurate, which covers a very wide area of the viewfinder and which can operate at brightness levels of -4EV. The sensor in use is a newly developed unit that uses backlit technology to maximise the amount of light getting to the pixels and which replaces aluminium wiring with copper to speed up transmission and to enhance the camera’s ability to move data. The maximum ISO speed will be 102400, and the in-body 5-axis IS system will offer up to 4.5-stops of stabilisation. The …

2016-09-26T11:18:54+00:00

Hasselblad X1D 4116 Edition

Photokina News: Hasselblad celebrates its 75th anniversary

Hasselblad has added an all-black X1D camera kit to its product line-up to mark the 75th anniversary of its cameras. The new-style body will be exactly the same as the existing chrome-topped X1D but will come kitted with a XCD 45mm f/3.5 lens and a three-year warranty instead of two. The £8990+VAT kit comes in a special box and includes a leather hand strap. Hasselblad has also released details of the 30mm lens that was informally announced at the time of the X1D launch – the third in the XCD range for the 50-megapixel mirrorless camera. The XCD 30mm f/3.5 has the same 83° angle of view you’d expect from a 24mm lens on a 35mm system camera. The aperture range finishes at f/32 and the closest focusing distance is 0.4m. The lens weighs 550g and takes 77mm screw-in filters. No price has been released as yet.

2016-09-27T12:45:48+00:00

Fujifilm GFX 50S

Photokina News: Introducing the Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm has announced that it will introduce a new medium format system in 2017 called GFX. The company has shown a GFX 50S mirrorless camera body, and says that by the end of the first year the system will have a range of six GF lenses. The GFX 50S will use a customised version current 51.4MP medium format sensor, measuring 43.8×32.9mm. With a flange back of just 26.7mm, it can get its rear elements as close as 16.7mm to the sensor to maintain almost parallel light rays that will interact with the pixels without producing vignetting or false colour – as it does with the X series. The company chose the mirrorless route to allow it to create a small body – it says the GFX 50S is smaller than a pro full frame DSLR to maximise resolution by avoiding the disruption of mirror vibrations. The camera instead uses a focal plane shutter that allows speeds of up to 1/4000sec. The camera will feature HDMI out and will be set-up for tethered shooting by the time …

2016-09-20T12:17:14+00:00

Phase One IQ1 100MP

Photokina News: 100 megapixels for less

Medium format camera manufacturer Phase One has added its 100-million-pixel sensor to its IQ1 ‘no frills’ camera back line-up. The sensor is the same one used in the IQ3, but the back itself lacks some elements of functionality and menu options. The principle difference between the IQ3 and IQ1 back is that the IQ1 model doesn’t have wifi or HDMI connections, and can’t power share with the battery in the body of the XF camera. Furthermore, the IQ1 model lacks a number of the information displays that the IQ3 back provides, such as exposure maps and exposure clipping, and also is unable to shoot in live view mode. The new back will come in fittings for the XF camera as well as in H for Hasselblad H models. While Phase One offers a ‘free’ lens to the value of €5990 with XF bodies bought with an IQ3 back, the offer doesn’t apply to those buying an IQ1 back. The company has also added wideangle and moderate telephoto lenses to its premium Blue Ring series. The Schneider Kreuznach 45mm …

2016-09-20T13:20:55+00:00

Bowens XMS1000

Photokina News: Lighting strikes

Profoto has unveiled what is claims to be the world’s fastest monolight. The D2 is able to freeze action at up to 1/63,000s, making it faster than most high-end studio packs on the market, says the Swedish photography company. Thanks to its High Speed Sync (HSS) technology, it also boasts burst speeds of up to 20 per second, along with the ability to sync with camera shutter speeds of up to 1/8000s. Profoto says the D2 can maintain its remarkably short flash duration across the full energy range. “For a photographer, every new day is a new challenge. So for them, speed isn’t one thing – it’s many. That’s why we created the D2 to be remarkably fast in every way,” says Johan Wiberg, Product Manager at Profoto. “But the speed is not a gimmick. We truly believe that more speed allows you to be more creative and consistently take better images regardless of what challenge you face.” In a statement, the company said: “The D2 can also help to speed up workflow because it’s equipped …

2016-09-19T16:52:15+00:00

Hasselblad V1D

Photokina News: Hasselblad shows a V-style camera

Hasselblad has shown what it is calling a ‘concept’ camera that has been designed in the style of its V film camera system and which it says returns 75-million-pixel images. Shown as part of the company’s ‘4116’ 75th year celebrations the day before the Photokina trade show opens in Cologne, the V1D camera, which may or may not ever come to market, features a modular construction that allows users to place the viewing screen either on the back or the top of the body – or both – and to switch the handles from the left to right. Hasselblad has released pictures of the camera with a waist level finder as well as with a prism, and has shown it with both one and two LCD screens. The idea, it seems, is that photographers can customise the body to suit the requirements of particular jobs and handling preferences. Despite looking very much like a camera from the V system, the camera is shown mounted with the company’s XCD 45mm f/3.5 lens that is designed to be …

2016-09-19T14:19:27+00:00

Fuji unveils new flagship mirrorless camera

Introducing the X-T2, Fujifilm’s latest mirrorless camera, which will sit alongside the X-Pro2 as the Japanese maker’s top-of-the-range X-series model. While the rangefinder-style X-Pro2 is designed for “discreet documentary photography”, the more SLR-like X-T2 is best suited to portraiture, nature and sports, says Fujifilm. And to that end, it has improved on autofocus and electronic viewfinder performance, “making it more adaptable than ever before at shooting a moving subject under difficult conditions… which had previously been considered difficult with mirrorless cameras”. Arriving in September, the £1400 camera utilises a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans TM CMOS III* 1 sensor, an APS-C format module that has no low-pass filter. Coupled with an X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine, it is claimed to deliver the highest performance in the X range, claimed to deliver “outstanding colour reproduction and gradation of tones in both stills and videos with high ISO sensitivity and low noise”. Start-up time, shooting interval and shutter release time lag have all been improved on, while the increased processing power has bettered the autofocus, “improving the focusing performance on points of light, low-contrast objects and subjects with fine and delicate textures such as …

2016-07-06T23:55:53+00:00

A Psychiatric Understanding of Grand Theft Auto 5

Tyneside Cinema’s The Gallery, alongside The Factory, The Gallery’s art programme for 14-19 year olds. commissioned Larry Achiampong and David Blandy to create the exhibition, entitled FF Gaiden: Alternative. The exhibition forms part of the artists’  Finding Fanon series, an on-going collection of work inspired by the lost plays of Frantz Fanon, widely regarded as the definitive post-colonial theorist. Achiampong and Blandy’s most recent collaborative projects include Finding Fanon Part 1 and 2, (2015), and Biters, (2014). Achiampong, a British-Ghanian artist born in 1984, completed a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art at University of Westminster in 2005. David Blandy, born in London in 1976, graduated from the  Chelsea College of Art in 1998, and the Slade School of Art MA in Fine Art Media in 2003. Their combined partnership explores “a shared interest in communal and personal heritage and the influence of popular culture.” Born in Martinique, Fanon traveled to France to fight in the Second World War before settling in North Africa, working as a psychiatrist in a small town, Blida, 50 miles from the Algerian capital. It was here, …

2016-04-20T15:47:43+00:00

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