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September 17th, 2012 No Comments

    In a post a few days back, I blogged about an expert dissing Nikon’s new D600 because of its slow’ish sync speed of 1/200.  Well, here’s a sync speed right at the other end of the scale: 1/1600!  This superfast sync speed is available using Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses on Phase One’s new 645DF+.  Its max shutter speed of 1/4000 is nothing to sneeze at either.

    Phase One makes medium format, high end, open platform camera systems, meaning that you can ‘plug and play’ with different digital camera backs, besides lenses.  They’re also sold under the Mamiya Leaf brand name.

    Those who like to take snaps and be hip and chic have been following those vapid celebrities and buying Diana cameras and getting into the ‘lomography’ act.  Well, now you can be hip and chic and have a real, top-class camera, thanks to . . . fuddy-duddy Fuji!

    Fuji’s XF1 looks as hip and chic as . . . well, as Audrey Hepburn in a 60’s film.  It has a faux leather front in your choice of tan, black or red over a stylish aluminium body.  Most importantly, it has serious photography chops for a small, playful kit.  How about a 25-100mm f/1.8 zoom lens?  This baby should do wonders for Fuji’s ‘image’.

    Canon has gone Cloud.  Their Project 1709, announced just before photokina, enables users to store all their photos on the figurative ‘Cloud’ such that they can be accessed transparently, regardless of type of system or device, from anywhere and anytime you have an Internet connection.  The project is in beta and is scheduled to go live in 2013.

    One doesn’t expect to find or share photography-related articles from non-photography publications but I stumbled across what I think is a pretty good ‘how-to’ on buying a DSLR in PCMag.  It neatly explains the differences between full-frame DSLRs and other types of cameras.  Worth a read.



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