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Past Issue : February 2013

 

In this Issue

Canon launches new PowerShot and IXUS cameras
Tamron announces winners of Tamron Challenge 2012
Nikon opens new DSLR zone in Mumbai
The unconventional artist
Make it Large
Photography in your backyard
Asian Photography Awards 2013
Canon EOS M
Nikon D5200
Fujifilm XF1
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Samsung NX1000
 
 
 
 
 

Canon launches new PowerShot and IXUS cameras

Canon introduces three new cameras, two in the PowerShot and one in the IXUS range: PowerShot N, PowerShot A2600 and IXUS 140. Speaking his thoughts on the launch, Dr.  Alok Bharadwaj, Executive Vice President, Canon India said, "At Canon, it has been our constant endeavour to focus on futuristic technology. The addition of these three innovative products in the portfolio will give customers the right opportunity to portray their creative expression than just mundane capturing of moments.” Canon’s PowerShot N is small and agile, with new dual shutter buttons at the top and bottom of the zoom-enabled lens ring for even one-handed operations. It is enabled with DIGIC 5 processor, a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, and a new 8x optical zoom lens (28-224mm) for photos up to 16x zoom. The camera has a 2.8-inch tilt-up LCD touch panel to capture different angles as well, and a one-touch WiFi button which enables users to instantly share their photographs on social media sites.

 
 
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Tamron announces winners of Tamron Challenge 2012

Tamron India used the industry platform of Consumer Electronic Imaging Fair (CEIF), formerly known as Photofair, on 3rd January, 2013 for announcing the five winners of the coveted Tamron Challenge 2012. Tamron India as a contribution to Indian Photographic Trade ran a two month long activity of Tamron Challenge which was published in media both offline and online. The challenge received a great response and a large number of entries on many parameters and resulted in five winning candidates from across India. Medha Jain from Delhi, Balaji Maheshwar from Chennai, Kamal Rana from Mumbai, Saptrashi Chakravorty from Kolkata and Arun Bhat from Bangalore were the top five winners.

 
 
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Nikon opens new DSLR zone in Mumbai

Nikon India recently inaugurated a new DSLR zone in Mumbai. The inauguration is in line with Nikon’s plan to expand its presence in Western India through increased retail outlets. The new DSLR Zone will give customers access to the entire range of Nikon DSLR cameras along with the COOLPIX range, Nikon 1 series, Nikon Sport Optics range, an array of Nikkor lenses and Nikon accessories. The company has adopted such retail concept providing customers the opportunity to experience their product range before they make a purchase decision. The DSLR Zone was inaugurated by Hiroshi Takashina, Managing Director, Nikon India at Colo Color Lab, Palladium mall, Mumbai.

 
 
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The unconventional artist

Simple yet instantly attention grabbing, his work stems from over 15 years of polishing inborn talent and refining his skills in photography. What started as a hobby in childhood, Jatin Kampani managed to turn into his profession, with unconditional support of his family, and today, after all the years in the field he is amongst some of the most well known names in the world of fashion and advertisement. He speaks to Asian Photography about his personal style and his beliefs and ideas that have led him to his success. Jatin Kampani turned his passion into profession in 1996 and as he began capturing the spectacular with his camera, he began to tread a path that few Indians before him had. Sans any formal training in photography, he was completely self-taught up to the point photography was still a hobby. He then had the opportunity to assist Atul Kasbekar, a top-notch fashion photographer, which refined his skills on handling complex photography projects.

 
 
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Make it Large

Macro photography, as the word ‘macro’ suggests, is a branch of photography which deals with magnified subjects. Though a lot of common tips and techniques used in mostly all types of photography apply to macro photography as well, there are some special pointers you will need to keep in mind if you’re looking to experiment more in this genre. We give you a rundown on some methods which will help you create better macros for your portfolio.                                                                 

Equipment                                                                                                                                                                  

Macro photography doesn’t generally demand special equipment, but if you’re doing it on a professional level you will need to buy certain things for your camera bag which you might not need if you’re doing, say, street or landscapes. To start with, a DSLR is highly recommended. A lot of compact cameras in the market these days are at par with most of the entry level DSLRs in terms of capability, but again, if you are doing it on a professional level a DSLR is a must as you will need a better sensor and the ability to change lenses. 

 
 
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Photography in your backyard

Beginner photographers are often seen lamenting the dearth of subjects to shoot, and complain about how they can’t make pretty pictures around their hometown, and how they’d love to travel to take pictures, often ignoring the several interesting pictures they could be taking in their own backyard. Sometimes they complain about their inadequate equipment and crib about how a better camera could have made their picture better. A good learner, however, knows better than to crib about these things and sets out with the equipment at hand, exploring the immediately accessible subjects rather than procrastinating about all the other things he could have done. Your backyard (or anywhere around your locality if you don’t have a backyard) is a great place to start developing the capacity to see and look for interesting pictures. If you don’t see what is around you every day, you’re not going to see much when you travel. Whether you are looking for subjects for still life pictures or pictures teaming with life, your backyard has an abundance of subjects to offer. If you’re patient enough, you’ll even find wildlife to click pictures of.

 
 
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Asian Photography Awards 2013

The Asian Photography awards, initiated with the idea of recognising and applauding the excellence of the photography fraternity and its individuals had humble beginnings in 1999. The awards have, over the years, gone on to become amongst one of the most awaited and most prestigious awards ceremony in the industry, honouring veterans, new talent and the best products and services of the industry. Like every year, our awards are categorised into the Product Category awards and the Most Influential People in Photography (MIPP) awards, both featuring a different set of parameters under each category. The Product Category awards arena has over the years expanded to include not just cameras and lenses, but accessories as well.

 
 
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Canon EOS M

The latest entrant in the mirrorless compact system camera market, the EOS M by Canon has been long-awaited. It was announced in July 2012 and we got a sneak preview of this 18 Megapixel, APS-C sensor new M series camera in August 2012. It’s been four years since Panasonic first introduced the Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC), the Lumix DMC-G1 with Micro Four Thirds format sensor, after which, all the other major manufacturers followed suit with an array of cameras in different shapes and sizes. Will Canon’s strategy of launching the EOS M after all major manufacturers already have launched similar camers, work for them? Read on to find out how the EOS M fared in our review.

 
 
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Nikon D5200

After the launch of the 24 megapixel D3200 earlier last year, Nikon seems to be in the process of upgrading the other DX format DSLRs to the same resolution. Nikon’s newest update to the D5100 of 2011 is the D5200, announced in November last year. We put it to test this month.                   

Compared to the D5100, its successor is very similar in design, with only a few marked differences. The main changes are on the top panel where the D5200 incorporates a microphone and a new drive mode button beside the mode dial, which we think is an extremely handy inclusion, allowing you to switch from single shot to continuous shooting or even use the self timer. Despite its plastic body, the D5200 feels pretty solid for a small and lightweight DSLR.

 
 
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Fujifilm XF1

The XF1 is the latest model in Fujifilm’s premium X-series. Launched at Photokina 2012, the XF1 is from the same product range as X100, X10, X-Pro1 and the new XE-1 models. The XF1 includes a larger 2/3 inch EXR-CMOS sensor, along with an EXR processor. Combined with a retractable 6.4mm – 25.6mm Fujinon lens (35mm equivalent 25-100mm) with fast f1.8 aperture at wideangle and f4.9 at telephoto, the XF1 seems to be a complete compact package.                                                                                  

The Fujifilm XF1 has adopted the same retro finish design as its predecessors. The XF1 has an aluminum frame that is wrapped in leather available in black, red and brown colours. The XF1 has a minimalist approach with reference to camera controls. One of the main design features is the compact nature of the camera and how Fujifilm has managed to integrate functionality with design and aesthetics.

 
 
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Samsung Galaxy Camera

Since the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy camera, we have been waiting to get our hands on this beauty. In fact, our hopes were triggered even higher after we reviewed the Nikon S800C in the last month’s issue, which was the first Android powered camera. Samsung is pretty much the only manufacturer that has given Apple a run for its money in the smartphone arena, so when they announced that they were launching a Galaxy camera on the Android platform, it was a simple no brainer. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that there was going to be a heavy integration of the point-and-shoot system with a smartphone like user interface. But the biggest dilemma I had while reviewing the camera was if I should review it as a phone or as a camera. Because of its features, it was very difficult for me to disassociate it from a smartphone, but due to its primary objective I couldn’t help but think if it was really a camera. So what exactly has Samsung come up with? Let us find out.

 
 
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Samsung NX1000


Samsung recently launched its Wi-Fi compatible NX1000, a 20.3 megapixel Compact System Camera. Taking the mirrorless race forward, Samsung has released the NX1000 keeping the entry-level segment in mind. The camera was launched as part of Samsung’s NX series, aimed at providing the consumers with state-of-the art technology in the Compact System Camera category. We give you a full body and performance review of the NX1000, in case you are looking at it as a potential contender for your next camera.                                                                                                                                                                         The NX1000 is very compact. The body is made of solid plastic and all the buttons are comfortably tucked into the body to reduce distraction. There is a steady grip on the side to hold it, and the camera is quite compact and light given its specifications. The front of the camera has the 20-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens with i-Function, mounted on to the Samsung NX mount. The top part houses the shutter button, the mode dial, and the Smart Link button, for transferring photographs to your preferred device via Wi-Fi in one go. The on/off switch is combined with the shutter button, like most of the mirrorless or compact cameras currently in the market. The design is simple and easy to figure out, and the buttons are well laid out.

 
 
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