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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

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. www.sony.co.uk Leica Q If you are looking for an absolutely first-class compact camera that will produce results …

2015-12-22T16:26:23+00:00

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