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True to my plan, I charged the battery of the Olympus Pen F camera overnight and put it into the body, added a card and a lens - the 17mm f:1.8 prime - and resolutely headed out to be a tourist. A dumb tourist. A role for which I have long studied...

Don't be alarmed - it's just me - the drunk loose in the whisky store. Or to be a little more accurate, the photography enthusiast loose with the new Olympus Pen F camera. I'm not armed and probably not dangerous, but I may be noisy.I'm setting myself up to test out this new camera upon the basis that some of our customers may occupy - anticipation but no technical knowledge. It'll only be the second time that I've handled a micro 4/3 camera. I don't have to pretend to ignorance - I have the genuine article.I'm going to pretend to be a tourist with the Pen F. A tourist with a memory card and a computer back home that probably does not have the raw conversion software for this new camera. A tourist on the street, seeing what can be seen. The only difference for me will be not putting the neck strap on and not wearing socks and sandals.The camera has the ability to shoot automatically - many cameras can do program or full auto these days - but...

Canon 80dI knew I had the quote I wanted when Steven Scourfield, the Travel Editor of the West Australian newspaper, addressed us at the Northbridge Hotel last night. It was upon the occasion of the launch of the new Canon EOS 80D camera and 18-135mm lens.Steven gave us samples of his travel photos and told us something of his methodology before showing the results of a trip he took with the new Canon camera. He pointed out that we all come back from our photo excursions with more than enough material but we need to sit down and work at it - work at critically looking to our own images and weeding them down to the final best few. He confessed to being a person who never throws anything away - at least in the digital world - and who is sensible enough to back up all his files on SEVERAL devices in SEVERAL premises - thus ensuring that even the most poignant disaster will not remove all his work. I do hope the audience decided to listen - I know...

Small Messenger PAGEBOYI called in to Camera Electronic on a day when I was taking public transport and could not spirit the latest Barber Shop bags off for studio illustration - so unfortunately you'll have to put up with in-shop snap shots.You'll remember the leather version - well there are two smaller messenger bags called " Page Boys"...

If there were ever a phrase in the language more likely to cause me to love and admire Andrew Ritchie and the Canon EOS 1Dx Mk II, I have yet to hear it. He let us into this secret last night at the Northbridge Hotel while addressing the audience at the product launch.Leaving his pictures aside...

I must apologise to anyone who went along to the Northbridge Hotel tonight looking for Canon EOS 1Dx MkII cameras and free beer - they would have been disappointed by a day and had to buy their own drinks.I apparently got it wrong in an early version of the post - the event happens tomorrow at 6:00 at the Northbridge. When I dial up the post now it seems to be correct but there must have been a time when it generated confusion. I hope no disasters ensued.All that said, I am looking forward to seeing this benchmark professional camera and hearing about the use of it.Uncle Dick...

COOLPIX is a familiar name for Nikon enthusiasts - it has been the model name for a number of their compact digital cameras for a number of years now. They have wisely retained it to introduce four more new compact and bridge cameras: the COOLPIX B700, B500, and the A900 and A300.We've just been sent the promotional sheets for them and to give you a précis of the new features, essentially you can regard the B series as the ones with electronic viewfinders while the A series are screens alone.The B700 will have a 60X optical zoom, 20.3 Megapixels on a back-lit CMOS sensor  and a new processor. It will shoot 4K video and has a number of new features for video like "Superlapse" to combine numerous pictures.The B500 is similarly-shaped but has a 40x optical zoom. and 16 Megapixels for the sensor. All the other good stuff , though.The A900 has a 35x optical zoom and 20.3 Megapixels but has the additional capability of a 1cm super macro mode. As well as " Superlapse ". Super! 4K as well.The...

What indeed.Come along to the Northbridge Hotel, 210 Lake Street at 6:00 on this Thursday the 25th and see for yourself.We can give you a few hints:  it is made by the Canon company, it takes pictures, and it has an EOS, a 1, a Dx, and a Mark II in the name. And it is brand spanking new. And fast. And rugged.But these are just hints...

Locked away as I am in my medieval tower, with nothing to do but weave tapestries and comb my long golden locks, I am somewhat at a loss as to how I am to get information and images to tell you about the new Pentax full-frame camera - the K1. Fortunately I have the internet and no sense of shame and have recently discovered how the screen-grab mechanism works. I am confident that the medieval tower will defeat any copyright lawyers that come after me and as the whole idea is to sell more pentax K-1 cameras, I don't suppose the wholesalers will mind.Well, it was a long time coming, but is apparently reality rather than promise - a full 24 x 36 mm frame Pentax DSLR camera. It has the general shape of the smaller Pentax cameras and the same lens mount, so users of the current lenses  - and legacy lenses as well - can experiment and see if they have the pleasant surprise of a lens that covers the whole sensor area. Apparently some of the Limited...

Well it isn't just the big, heavy Canon cameras that are bursting out into new models - Canon Australia will be bringing the new EOS Canon 80D camera to Camera Electronic on March 3rd at 6:00 PM.The launch will show the new crop-frame Canon EOS body as well as the new 18-135 lens that is set to pair with it. And the whole presentation will be with the expert guidance of Stephen Scourfield.Stephen is the travel editor of the West Australian and a consummate photo shooter. He's been advising Western Australians for years about the best way to maximise the potential of the digital camera for our memories, and he's had a chance to see just how this new Canon performs.Of course, being Canon, and being for travel, the video component of the new body has really come to the fore. New Auto Focus performance, new flicker-free shooting, new higher ISO capability extend your video shooting into scenes that were never possible before. Audio pickup facilities have advanced as well.The night has representatives of Canon Australia, Camera Electronic, and Stephen...