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What the future may bring for digital cameras and what features are here now

Camera Tech

By David Willis From the camera obscura to the smartphone, a camera design requires only a few key ingredients: an imaging plane (digital sensor or piece of film); a way to preview the composition (screen or viewfinder); and a way to project the image to the imaging plane. Digital cameras incorporate miniature computers, hardware and software to capture, interpret and store this information while film cameras provide a housing for the roll of film and a way to move the film forward. Digital camera designs were formed largely around these legacy analog systems so photographers who had invested

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Voigtlander Bessa II

Ivor Matanle recalls what was arguably the best coupled-rangetinder rollfilm camera of the 1950s

VOIGTLANDER was one of the great German optical and photographic manufacturers of both the 19th and the 20th centuries, and was actually founded in Vienna, Austria, in 1756, moving to Braunschweig (Brunswick) in Germany in 1862. By the time the Bessa II appeared in 1950, the company was almost 200 years old. It was the oldest photographic manufacturer in the world, and one of the best.

The Bessa II was an 8-on-120 6x9cm (or 16-on-l 20 6×4.5cm) folding camera with an accurate coincident-image coupled rangefinder within

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Richard Sibley visits Pantiles Cameras in Tunbridge Wells, and speaks to manager David Podbury.

‘Being a Sony Alpha Centre of Excellence is a really positive thing for us,’ says David Podbury, manager of Pantiles Cameras in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. ‘It means that Sony recognises our excellent customer service and gives people the confidence to visit us for advice on Sony cameras and accessories.’

Each member of the team at Pantiles Cameras is familiar with the entire Sony range of cameras, which means they can help advise customers on the best camera for them, and help them understand the various features of each model.

A dedicated section of the store allows customers to see the

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Panasonic Lumix DMC G2

When Panasonic released the Lumix DMC G1, it was the first digital interchangeable lens camera system that would just about fit into a pocket.

The tiny body and lenses were achievable thanks to Panasonic’s pioneering development of the Micro Four Thirds system. Using a half full-frame size sensor, already enabled Four Thirds lenses to be closer to the sensor plane than conventional DSLR cameras, but in the Micro system, this was reduced further, as there was no mirror mechanism restricting the distance of the back of the lens to the sensor. This allowed the diameter of the lenses needed to

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Nikon: Beaten but Not Bowed

NIKON WEATHERED EXTRAORDINARY DAMAGE UNDER 2011’S NATURAL DISASTERS, BUT ТНЕУ ARE COMING BACK STRONG

2011 was not Nikon’s year. The camera company suffered massive losses in the year; first when their factory in Sendai was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and secondly when the floods in Thailand swamped their factories.

On March 11th a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan, one of the five most powerful earthquakes ever measured. The Sendai factory, which made Nikon’s flagship cameras like the D3 and D700, was forced to close after it suffered extensive damage to equipment and buildings.

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Leica M-E.

Japanese DSLRs may be ubiquitous but what of German rangefinders from Leica? We take a look at the new affordable model.

Leica; just as Rolls Royce is a byword for luxury automobiles, most camera aficionados know that Leica produces top-quality, top-drawer — and top price-cameras. Just as people who love cars may dream of owning a Phantom, the prospect of going out shooting with a Leica M9 or M9-P and a small arsenal of Leica glass in tow is a mere fantasy for many photographers. It’s hard to talk about Leica without talking about money.

But a fantasy it must

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Kodak Retina la and lla

Ivor Matanle traces the history of a range of folding 35mm cameras made in Germany

THE KODAK Retina, the world’s first folding 35mm camera, had been an icon of what was then called miniature photography throughout the latter part of the 1930s. The Second World War proved only to be a brief interruption to the supply of these much admired folding precision cameras to most of the world. However, as with all other relatively expensive cameras, UK import controls made new Retinas more or less unavailable in Britain during the late 1940s and early ’50s. This limited the extent to

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elegant on the Olympic stage, ready for the starters gun and the worlds cameras; but in architecture terms, the structure is far more method actor than glittering celebrity, as I found out talking to Mike Taylor, who led the design team for Hopkins Architects.

For rather than directing focus to the brief, glamorous moments in the spotlight, the team initiated the design process by working ‘from the inside out’ – like a silkworm making its cocoon – creating a streamlined sustainable container that will fulfl its function to minimalist perfection, and continue to inspire long after the cameras have moved on.

It is the long-term Olympics’ vision that is highlighted in this modest but beautiful structure, and a kind of truth in design: each element is there for a reason; there is nothing superfuous or self-indulgent, and maybe this is why people love it.

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COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERAS

The fastest-growing sector of the camera industry is one that many people have still never heard of. and many people still don’t understand. Here we explain what Compact System Cameras are, why you might want one, and what’s available…

Once upon a time, if you wanted to buy a digital camera you’d have the choice of а compact, a bridge (a compact with a high-magnification zoom) or a DSLR. The step up to a DSLR was a big one, literally. DSLRs are much bigger than compacts not only because they have much larger sensors, but because the viewing system that

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Canon EOS 6D.

Canon’s affordable full-frame ticks all the boxes on paper, we find out how it handles and where it sits in the ever-expanding market.

The affordable full-frame DSLR market is beginning to take shape now that Canon has officially entered the fray with its latest model and contender, the EOS 6D. Joining both Nikon and Sony in this new consumer market, the 6D is designed to bridge the gap between high-end DX-format DSLRs and pro-level full-frame models. With a recommended retail price of around £1,799/$2,099 (body only), it’s also Canon’s most affordable full-frame yet. It now seems that deep pockets aren’t

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