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Pana­sonic un­veils its pho­tog­ra­pher-fo­cused Lu­mix G flag­ship, Le­ica re­vives the clas­sic CL badge for its new ‘APS-C’ mir­ror­less camera, Has­sel­blad up­grades the X1D and an­nounces new XCD lenses, Olym­pus ex­pands its M.Zuiko Dig­i­tal PRO lens fam­ily, Sony launches the A7R III to chal­lenge Nikon’s D850, and Ep­son ex­tends its EcoTank economies to photo-qual­ity A3 and A4 print­ers. There’s more, so turn to page 6 to get up to speed with all the lat­est de­vel­op­ments.

HAS­SEL­BLAD HAS RE­CENTLY re­leased a num­ber of firmware up­grades for its dig­i­tal mir­ror­less medium for­mat camera, the X1D50c. Key new fea­tures in­clude a sen­sor-based shut­ter (via Ver­sion 1.17.2) and touch­screen AF point se­lec­tion (via Ver­sion 1.19). The sen­sor shut­ter (a.k.a. an “elec­tronic shut­ter”) gives a speed range from 68 min­utes up to 1/10,000 sec­ond and op­er­ates en­tirely silently. More im­por­tantly, it also elim­i­nates any vi­bra­tions which can other­wise be a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue in dig­i­tal medium for­mat pho­tog­ra­phy. The lim­i­ta­tions are a max­i­mum sensitivity re­duced to ISO 3200, the pos­si­bil­ity of rolling shut­ter dis­tor­tion with mov­ing sub­jects, and sin­gle-shot op­er­a­tion only.

Firmware up­grade Ver­sion 1.17.2 also adds re-size­able AF points which can be set to 2.0 mm, 2.8 mm or 4.0 mm, cre­at­ing 117, 63 or 35 mea­sur­ing points re­spec­tively. In ad­di­tion to ‘Touch­pad AF’ op­er­a­tion via the camera’s touch­screen mon­i­tor, firmware up­grade Ver­sion 1.19 en­ables live view us­ing only the EVF and al­lows for the cus­tomi­sa­tion of three but­tons from a list of 25 func­tions. It’s also pos­si­ble to tog­gle the live view grid dis­play via the dis­play but­ton.

Has­sel­blad has also an­nounced new XCD lenses which will ex­pand the sys­tem to nine by the end of 2018. The first of these is a 135mm f2.8 short tele­photo (equiv­a­lent to 107mm) which will be sup­plied with a ded­i­cated 1.7x tele­con­verter to cre­ate a 230mm f4.8 tele­photo (equiv­a­lent to 182mm). Also new is an 80mm prime (equiv­a­lent to 63mm) which Has­sel­blad says will be the fastest lens it has ever pro­duced. While this lens’s max­i­mum aper­ture hasn’t been dis­closed (it won’t be avail­able un­til the sec­ond half of 2018); for the record, the pre­vi­ously fastest ’Blad lens was the Zeiss Pla­nar T 110mm f2.0 FE for the 2000 and 2000 se­ries 6x6cm SLR (which had FP shut­ters). The new XCD lens road-map also re­veals that the pre­vi­ouslyan­nounced 22mm ul­tra-wide will now be a 21mm f4.0 (equiv­a­lent to 16.5mm) while the 65mm prime will have a max­i­mum aper­ture of f2.8 and the 35-70mm zoom’s will be f3.5-4.5. All XCD lenses have built-in leaf shut­ters with a top speed of 1/2000 sec­ond.

Up­grades for the Has­sel­blad H6D mod­els (50c and 100c) now al­low for the V Sys­tem lenses to be fit­ted via the CF adapter, plus in­creased con­trol cus­tomi­sa­tion.

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