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A. INTRODUCTION   Greetings. You are hereby invited to report to Camera Electronic forthwith to start a new decade of photography fun. You will need to bring your vision, enthusiasm, and money. We will supply the goods, instruction, and opportunity. You will be amongst good people - both beginners and old hands - and you can be sure of a sympathetic ear. The repair, rental, and sales departments will make sure that you love photography as much as we do. Note: We have two shops to serve you; Stirling Street and Murray Street and we can be found out and about at Shoot Workshops and photo events all over the state. Or on-line service is, well...

The development of new firmware for the Nikon full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6, has been announced today by Nikon Australia. The firmware in development includes new functions for the Z 7 and Z 6, such as Eye-Detection AF, RAW video output, and support for CFexpress memory cards. In addition, the cameras’ AF/AE functions will be further improved. The Z series will continue to flexibly respond to changing user needs and offer next-generation imaging experiences that stimulate users' creative intentions. Functions and capabilities to be added and improved with the new firmware: 1.     Support for Eye-Detection AF for still image shooting (scheduled for release in May 2019) Eye-Detection AF is convenient for portrait photography. The Eye-Detection AF in development will work not only with the AF-S (Single AF) focus mode that is convenient when photographing still human subjects, but also with the AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode, which is effective when photographing human subjects that frequently adjust or change their pose. What's more, the function is capable of detecting multiple eyes, from which the user can select the...

PHOTOS TELL YOU a lot more than words when it comes to a new meeting space in Arncliffe, Sydney, that features the photography of EIZO’s Australian photography ambassadors. The Gallery is designed as a combination office space, demonstration area and meeting place. One of the best things EIZO can do to sell its monitors is to let photographers see them in action and while this is not the key function of the new Gallery, there is a selection of EIZO’s latest monitors scattered around the various meeting areas. And already a number of photographers have given workshops and presentations in the EIZO Ambassadors Gallery. So, why is it also a gallery? Around the walls you’ll find photography by Jackie Ranken, Rocco Ancora, Les Walkling, William Long, Lisa Saad, Karen Alsop, Tony Hewitt, Peter Eastway and Mike Langford. Said EIZO’s Australian managing director, Matthew Bauer, “All the artwork has been beautifully printed, mounted and hung and I just can’t believe how magical it is. A very big thank you to Les Walkling for his assistance and incredible attention to detail, generosity, and speed!” So, if you’re...

Here's a chance for international fame and prizes. The Head On Photo Awards is an internationally judged opportunity for all photographers to enter their work and be adjudged in anonymity - but to score some rather cool prizes. There is $ 60,000 worth in cash and goods up for the winning images. Plus the finalists are exhibited internationally. Note that some of the prizes are gorgeous goods from Sony, Fujifilm, Adobe and international photo publications. Four categories of entry - Portrait, Landscape, Mobile, and Student. Here's the address with a very complete explanation of the entry and judging: https://www.headon.com.au/awards Note the entries close in February, 2019. Time to get snapping....

Ernest advice? Did that slip through the Spell Checker? No, it really is Ernest advice, because it comes from the most experienced technician in the Camera Electronic Repairs Department; Ernest Cesar. Asked about why Perth’s photographers should have the CE repair department service their cameras regularly, he said: a.  Contaminants are everywhere. Your car is the dustiest place to change your camera lens - and once the dust particles hit your camera’s sensor, they are there forever - until a professional cleans them off.  Once-a-year clean is not enough - you’ll be dirtying the screens and sensors as fast as you use the camera. Keep up the cleaning schedule and keep ahead of the task. b.  “ Waterproof “ sounds well on the literature for action and travel cameras but it is entirely dependent on the seals in the camera body. Unless you know how to clean and reseal a camera, and replace the seals every year, you risk disaster with every dive. You also risk it with every trip into extreme dust. Get a pro to clean and maintain that waterproof promise. c.  If...

Leica have announced the Leica D-Lux 7 camera. It’s the latest of their compact 4/3 sensor models with a fixed zoom lens - and just the thing for summer holiday travel. The lens is 10.9 - 34mm f:1.7-2.8 - that’s 24-75mm in 135-speak. The sensor has 17 megapixels and there’s a 3” touchscreen at the back as well as the conventional D-pad controls. Bluetooth and wifi, of course and a brilliant 2.7 million dot electronic viewfinder. It’ll shoot 4K video and even do focus stacking - there is also a flash included as an accessory in the kit. The newest feature is The fact that it will play with the Leica Foto App on your smart devices to let you fire your travel shots off as soon as you finish them. Your friends will avoid you for weeks… The Leica lenses are the real secret of thee success for this and the previous range of D-lux cameras. I had the good fortune to watch them being made in the factory, and the most fun was listening to the moulding machine finish one - to...

No, don’t build barricades and lever up the paving stones just yet. We are not going to have a riot or a revolution - just a lot of fun with street photography. Project 7:30 is an artistic and humanitarian photo venture that has raised  good deal of money for the needy. So far it appears to have been very successful in Melbourne and Adelaide in 2017 and 2018. It’s coming to Perth on the 11th of January , 2019. Essentially it amounts to turning 30 photographers loose in the streets for 7 hours to capture one iconic picture each - of the city where the event is run. Then an exhibition is assembled of finished work and auctioned for charity. They just have those seven hours to get what they need - though in Melbourne they have the advantage of all four seasons presented in the one day…Who knows what the weather will be like in Perth? There are a number of sponsors of this event - Anglicare, Ilford, Epson, Canson, Kayell, North Metro TAFE, Team Digital, the MAP group and…us - Camera...

This time of year can be hectic for everyone in the community - holidays and travel and celebrations and such. The staff and suppliers that make up the Camera Electronic community are trained to this - we could hectic for Australia - but we also want to take time to thank the clients and customers of the shop for their patience and custom during the year. We love photography and are delighted to find that the people who come in our door do too - it makes the business of photo business less business and more fun. We also salute the people who we find really ARE artists with the lens. Some of us wish it was us… But, fancy photographers or not, we wish EVERYONE a safe, merry, and photographically beautiful Christmas…and a happy photographic New Year. As Tiny Tim might have put it “ Good Lenses Everyone…”. You’ll note that we’re open pretty well all hours with the exception of 25 December and 1 January - we start at 8:30 in the morning and can sometimes run through to 6:30 in the...

MOGENS JOHANSEN puts photographic heavyweights through their paces Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this Travel Club Mirrorless championship fight. Under the bright lights in the Exposure Triangle we have three new contenders. In the red corner, Canon’s new full-frame sensor camera — the 30.3 Megapixel Canon EOS R. In the green corner, Nikon’s new full-frame sensor camera — the 45.7 Megapixel Nikon Z7; and in the blue corner, fighting slightly out of its weight class, Fujifilm’s new APSC sensor camera — the 26 Megapixel Fujifilm X-T3. This challenge has come about because of the recent spate of new releases in this category and the winner of the contest will earn the right to challenge Sony as the leader in the mirrorless weight class. All three are similar in size, compact but big enough to feel comfortable to hold. Canon and Nikon have released new lenses for the new cameras but their full range of lenses are fully compatible with new adapters. Canon’s new RF lenses are beautiful pieces of glass but look quite big on the compact EOS R. Nikon’s new Z lenses are...

Entries are now open for the 2019 Nikon Surf Photo and Video of the Year Awards Calling all photographers and videographers — show us what you’ve got! In partnership with Surfing Australia, the Nikon Surf Photo and Video of the Year awards seek to recognise the very best photographers and videographers who dare to venture into the waves. The winner of the Nikon Surf Video of the Year Award will receive the new Nikon Z6 while the winner of the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year Award will take home the new Nikon Z7. Each prize will include the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S-Line. Enter Here https://mynikonlife.com.au/surfing-australia-2019  ...