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Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Olympus has beefed up and refined its professional OM-D E-M1 series, releasing the new E-M1X which, importantly for a pro camera, has been carefully designed for comfortable handling.

Let’s face it. When we use a camera, we’re often using it for hours on end, so it makes sense to expect comfortable ergonomics. The new camera provides an integrated vertical grip, delivering an improved handhold with a deep finger rest, whether holding the camera horizontally or vertically.

The viewfinder features a new optical design with class-leading viewfinder magnification of 0.83x (35mm equivalent). The fourelement configuration with aspherical elements and elements with a high reflective index provide a clear, distortion-free display, right up to the edge of the viewfinder.

And as with the previous OM-D E-M1 Mark II, a 120 fps (progressive system) high-speed frame rate and a mere 0.005 second display time lag provide the immediate feedback necessary for action photography.

The popular 121-point All-cross-type On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor from the OM-D E-M1 Mark II has also been adopted in the new model, delivering not only Live View images, but also utilising AF information from recorded images to enable quick tracking of unpredictable subject movement and changes in subject speed.

The new OM-D E-M1X features high-speed sequential shooting at a maximum of 60 fps for capturing scenes in high definition that the human eye cannot see.

The 60 fps high-speed sequential shooting and 18 fps AF/AE tracking high-speed sequential shooting can both be used in silent mode for shooting at concerts and sporting events where users do not want to disturb others with the sound of the shutter.

In Pro Capture Mode, you can record up to 35 frames retroactively from when the shutter button is released, with no blackouts (image loss) during shooting and recording in raw if required. This feature has received high praise from many pro photographers since its introduction on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II.

For more information visit www.olympus.com.au

Gesture Is All Important

Musician, Khiva, Uzbekistan
Fujifilm X-T3, XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR, f2.0 @ 1/350 second, ISO 160

As we all get better and better at the technical side of photography, it's the small details that make the difference. David Oliver, Tony Hewitt and I judge at the AIPP's Australian Professional Photography Awards each year and we often see entries that are technically proficient, but emotionally lacking. What do I mean?

Take this example of a musician in remote Khiva, Uzbekistan. Obviously attired to impress the tourist market, unfortunately recovering from a broken arm (you can see his cast), he had an incredibly expressive face. If I timed the exposure correctly.

With a little more experience these days, I find myself waiting for multiple opportunities. First, I need interesting subject matter. Next, I want good lighting. Add in an appropriate background and then I ensure there's nothing distracting around the edges of the frame. All this happens in a fraction of a second and, with practice, is easily controlled, but I have no direct control over my subject.

And this is where you find the difference - the gesture or the expression that takes a competent 'capture' up to a more desirable, expressive moment. Once I have the technical side nailed down, I'll then shoot as many frames as it takes to get that difference. And because I don't necessarily know when my subject will make the 'best' gesture or expression, I shoot lots of frames. It costs me nothing except time at the other end when editing my work and choosing the best frame.

So, when entering photos into a competition, don't just look for technical perfection, also look for a gesture, an expression or an emotion that lifts your image out of the ordinary, even if just a little!

We have a short period of grace accepting LATE entries into the 2019 Better Photography Photo of the Year Awards, but this time entries fully close on 21 August 2019, so while the 'every fifth entry' free option may not be available, there's still time to enter - and who knows, you could be part of the $17,000 prize pool too! For more details, visit www.betterphotographyphotocomp.com now!

LaCie Mobile Drives

It's scary when you think about how many times a day or an hour or a second, we use our computers to access information. Accompanying the release of LaCie’s new solid state Mobile Drive range was a quote from an IDC whitepaper (sponsored by Seagate) that says 5 billion consumers are interacting with data, every day. By 2025, this will jump to 6 billion or around 75% of the world’s population – and each of those 6 billion people will have a data interaction every 18 seconds! And the amount of data? The report estimates there will be 175 zettabytes by 2025 – and we don’t dare look at how big a zettabyte is!

So, we’re figuring LaCie was just letting us know that the market for storage space is alive and well, and that people are always looking for more space and fast access to that space. Hence the introduction of the LaCie Mobile Drives.

The new LaCie Mobile Drive is useful for lower capacity photographers who just need an extra drive to store their images next to their laptop, all the way to power users who will find they need several of the 5TB drives (capacities include 1, 2, 4 and 5TB) for backups, archives and working on the road.

The Mobile Drive works with both Mac and Windows computers, but the space grey colour is only available through Apple stores. Connection is via USB-C and of course, the units will still talk to what are affectionately called ‘legacy computers’ , those with USB 3.0 and slower connectors.

If you want something that’s even faster, look at LaCie Mobile SSD. When there is a need for fast file transfers, LaCie Mobile SSD dishes out intense speeds of up to 540MB/s, but its largest capacity is 2TB. Nevertheless, whether shuttling content from the set to postproduction or using it as a scratch disk editing 4K video projects, it has the speed! Currently these are only available at Apple stores.

Both the Mobile Drive and Mobile SSD units feature a new diamondcut design and include a 1-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan. LaCie Mobile Drive features a 2-year limited warranty, while LaCie Mobile SSD offers a 3-year limited warranty and a 3-year subscription to Seagate Rescue Data Recovery plan.

For more information visit www.lacie.com/as/en

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