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Nikon launch the D5, the most powerful digital SLR in the company’s history

In November 2015 Nikon trailed the news they would soon launch the D5, their latest FX-format digital SLR camera, positioned now as a flagship camera. The camera, which was eventually launched in celebratory style by the Tokyo-based camera manufacturer at CES 2016, is on the outside, largely similar to its predecessor, the D4. But the internal operations are all entirely new, and as cutting edge as anything in the camera manufacturing industry right now. Retailing at £5,199.99 for the body only – lenses accrue a significant extra cost – Nikon have placed a lot of faith in their own engineering capabilities. Their confidence may well be well-founded, as early signs suggest their new invention will lead the professional camera market for some time to come. The D5 includes a new-generation autofocus system with 153 points, a 20-megapixel full-frame sensor, 4K video, and a touchscreen. On first impression, the most obviously impressive aspect of the D5 is the shutter speed. The D5 can take 12 frames per second, up to 14 fps if the mirror remains closed. At full burst, the …


Nikon launch new DX-format digital SLR camera D500

Launched at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the new D500 is Nikon’s fourth DX-format model, and the first camera of this kind for seven years. Nikon launched the camera immediately after the announcement of the D5, its new flagship FX-format DSLR, and were keen to position the D500 as a DSLR that offers the benefits of the DX-formats at a cheaper price, with a more practical, lightweight and user-friendly body. A successor to the the entry-level D3300, D5500, and more advanced D7200, the D500 is without doubt Nikon’s most advanced camera of its kind, incorporating the same 153-point AF system as the more high-end, professional-targeted D5. Like the D5, the camera offers high-speed continuous shooting at approximately ten frames per second. The D500 supports 4K UHD movies, while the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine enables both still and moving images, as well as a sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 51200, expandable to Hi 5 (ISO 1640000 equivalent). The D500 has a touch-screen and tilting monitor, and is compatible with SnapBridge, Nikon’s new smartphone connection platform. Simon Iddon, Head of Product Management, Nikon UK, says: “We are thrilled to introduce the …


Gear of the Year 2015

Sony A7 Mark II series The year 2015 saw the arrival of Sony’s full Mark II A7 fleet, adding five-axis full-frame sensor stabilisation to the mirrorless ILC. While the 42-megapixel A7R II [below left] is now acknowledged as the top of the range, the first update, the A7 II (24-megapixels), also improved autofocus, body design, sealing and shutter life. Its on-sensor, phase-detection AF works with many adapted Sony A-mount and Canon EF lenses. The second update (A7R to A7R II) moved from 36- to 42-megapixels with a new shutter and 4k video direct to SDXC card, plus a larger electronic viewfinder (0.78×). The backside-illuminated CMOS sensor allows first curtain electronic and silent shutter modes while curing rangefinder wide-angle colour shading and smearing. The final upgrade, the A7S II, kept 12-megapixels and moonlight-friendly ISO 409,600, while adding the advances of the A7R II and 14-bit uncompressed raw. Finally, Sony gave this to the A7 II/A7R II by a firmware upgrade. Leica Q If you are looking for an absolutely first-class compact camera that will produce results …


EyeEm and VII Photo team up for Untold Stories

Founded five years ago, EyeEm has gone through several iterations – at once an online photographic community, a social network and a magazine. Their most recent and successful business model has been as a marketplace for imagery, giving photographers the chance to sell their images via agencies like Getty Images. While the Berlin company is clearly more aligned with the tech industry’s Silicon Valley DNA, they’ve been making in-roads with serious photographers. They recently held their first EyeEm festival in Germany, receiving 100,000 entries. Now, they’ve teamed up with VII Photo Agency to find the best emerging talent on their platform under the banner of Untold Stories. “It came from several discussions I had with Ed Kashi and Ron Haviv,” explains Severin Matusek, Vice President of Community at EyeEm. He was impressed with VII’s sought-after mentorship scheme which has ran since 2008, connecting young photojournalists with an experienced VII photographer for two years and gain the benefit of their knowledge and experience. “I wanted to do something similar with EyeEm, but with amateur shooters. Most people …


Leica SL (Typ 601)

Introducing a brand new professional system camera from Leica, set to go head to head with Canon, Nikon and Sony

Crowning a glittering reception at Leica’s HQ in Wetzlar, attended by BJP in late October, the German maker unveiled a brand-new professional camera system, the SL. The first arrivals, the SL (Typ 601), which BJP had exclusive access to a week before the launch, and the first of three new new dedicated lenses, were due to go on sale in mid-November, aiming to compete directly with Canon, Nikon and Sony’s top-end, SLR action cameras. Employing a 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor “optimised for all Leica lenses”, the spec is focused on delivering speed, giving 11fps at full resolution in raw and JPEG, autofocus claimed to be the fastest among full-frame system cameras, said to work in “almost real time”, a top shutter speed of 1/8000s, and a highest ISO rating of 50,000. More significantly for many photographers though will be the lowest ISO setting – ISO 50. Hand made in Germany using two solid blocks of aluminium, the camera and lenses are dust- and spray-proof. The camera itself is packed with new technology, including an integrated …


Leica SL (Typ 601)

Leica SL (Typ 601) and lenses: full specs and images

• Largest, fastest and highest resolution EVF (4.4-MP at 60fps / x0.8 magnification) • Fastest frame rate: 11fps at 24MP, 1080p at 120fps, 4k(UHD)at 30fps • Fastest AF in full-frame system cameras • 24-megapixel CMOS sensor: ISO 50 –50,000 for highest performance in every light condition • Best-in-class image quality with all supported Leica lenses (SL, S, R, M, T, Cine) • Fastest SD standard (UHS2) • Best video quality: HDMI out (4k10-bit 4:2:2) • Dust- and spray water-proof system • Shutter speed from 30min (bulb) to 1/8000s (mechanical) -x-Sync:1/250s • Ultrasonic sensor cleaning • Latest generation of Leica Professional user interface with hybrid touch operation • Integrated WLANand GPS module


Leica SL (Typ 601)

Exclusive test: first impressions of Leica’s brand new professional system camera


In a world where we expect quite different things from a compact system camera and a single lens reflex camera, it might seem a little odd to name one of the former in remembrance of one of the latter. But perhaps we need to learn not to expect the expected from Leica – a company that seems to ignore what the rest of us consider logical. The new Leica SL (Type 601) is indeed a mirrorless camera, much in the style of the Olympus OM-D, the Panasonic GH and the Fuji X-T bodies, but while other brands do all they can to distance themselves from the ‘old fashioned’ SLR, Leica seems to be embracing it. By using the name ‘SL (Type 601)’, Leica suggests that this 2015 body is in some way a descendant of the Leicaflex SL – a film SLR born in 1968 that in turn fathered the R3 in 1976. The camera is substantial indeed, lacking all hints of the miniaturisation that we have come to associate with compact system cameras. None-the-less, …


Manufacturers of the Ilford Photo range of film purchased by Pemberstone Ventures

Harman Technology, the manufacturers of the Ilford Photo range of monochrome photographic products, has been purchased by Pemberstone Ventures Ltd for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 1879, ownership of the company has changed hands several times in the past. Mark Anslow, CEO of Pemberstone Ventures, a UK-based investment company, commented: “We are very excited by the potential of the analogue photography movement and believe that Harman is uniquely placed to drive the resurgent film market into the future”. With Agfa no longer in the black and white photographic market, and Kodak pulling out of manufacturing black and white papers, Ilford is the the leading choice for black-and-white photographers. The news marks a positive recognition of a renewed curiosity in film. While digital has long surpassed film in ubiquity, price and ease of use, as the technical gains begin to level out, younger photographers are beginning to discover the unique qualities of film.  Peter Elton, Managing Director of Harman concurs. “Film has become an interesting medium for young photographers to work with again.  We are seeing this very clearly. …


Alessandro Bavari – in the belly of the beast

There are many disparate moments in Alessandro Bavari’s childhood that inform the artist he is today – watching tadpoles hatch, the first time he walked into a Gothic church in Burgundy, losing grip of a balloon and seeing it bob away, meeting its fate against a rose bush. He says these impressions are so profound – a sensation, a feeling of wonder, a sound – they occasionally crop up in his work. Bavari uses mixed-media techniques to create a unique body of work that incorporates both photography and film. He often draws on literary influences, offering his own interpretation using model sets, organic objects, photography and digital manipulation. The results are often macabre, and sometimes irreverent. His ongoing series, Sodom and Gomorrah, is one such unique fusion of media. “Sodom and Gomorrah was first conceived 15 years ago. I was inspired by Invisible Cities, a novel by Italo Calvino, written and published in the 1970s, but which he cultivated over many years through travel notes and reflections, and organised by themes – the five senses, …


Michael Hoppen’s gallery goes online

One of the few London galleries solely dedicated to photography, Michael Hoppen Gallery has been at the cutting edge of photographic print sales in the UK since it opened in 1992. Its list of international artists is eclectic and diverse, representing the old and the young, the incredibly famous and the lesser known, and it accommodating a wide range of tastes and genres for prospective collectors. But now, in an attempt to make print sales more accessible and diversify its audience still further, the gallery has launched an online venture which will allow visitors to buy prints at a range of affordable prices. “The online shop will allow us to not only showcase new and emerging talent, that otherwise might not have made its way into the main gallery space, but will also aim to expose some fascinating projects and one off pieces from within the collection,” says Hoppen. “I think our programme of online shows will have something for everyone.” Each artist will be highlighted with an ‘online exhibition’, which will remain on the …


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