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You gotta give it to 'em for showmanship. Cheryl and Maureen from Canon Australia set up their mystery display at Camera Electronic's Stirling Street premises a half hour before noon yesterday - but they insisted that no-one got a look at it until the 12:00 o'clock embargo was lifted. Apparently there were two other Canon Australia representatives down at the Murray Street Store. They were all mysterious but good at their word - dead on 12:00 we got to see the new Canon mirror-less camera - the Canon EOS RP. They got a crowd. They also got media coverage - Jennifer Villa-Lobos was doing a two-handed live Facebook feed for the shop. Saul was there to let people know about a special offer in respect of the new camera - there are special accessory grips available for the camera. People got to handle the cameras and operate them. The camera seems to be a lighter and smaller model of their current new EOS R mirror-less line - perhaps aimed at the travelling photographer. As you can see it loses none of the functionality of...

Leica has 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 the 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...

I know you're going to do it. And Nikon know you're going to do it. At least they are not hypocrites about the thing - and they'll do their best to assist you to do it. It? The use of older Nikon F-mount lenses. The wise user of a new camera like the Nikon Z7 or Z6 will get a new full-frame Nikkor S-mount lens to go with it and will only add Nikkor S mount lenses to it in the future. They will have all the benefit of the new mount and the constant improvement that Nikon bring to their lenses. That's the wise user. The rest of us have shelves full of film-era and DSLR Nikon lenses that we are dying to try out...

Aha! I have my hands on it at last - the new Nikon Z7 mirror-less camera and a suitable lens for it. The Camera Electronic Rental department has just taken one on charge and I got it for the day - with a new 24-70 lens made especially for this new lens mount. Plus a bonus in the bag. Note that I cannot do an unboxing for this one. Nikon have put a plastic guardian at the gateway to the goodies, and there is no knowing how they have stacked it inside. I'm guessing it's probably packed pretty well in there and they haven't had to resort to excelsior or old socks. Had that seal not been on the boxes, one of my problems would never have arisen...

What, you may ask yourself, could possibly cause normally sensible people to start fighting in the middle of the shop floor - biting, kicking, and scratching as they rolled through the tripods...

The choice of which lens to put on the new Canon EOS R camera was an easy one for me to make - the one in the box. The kit comes with a 24-105mm f:4 lens. It is an L lens - red ring - and has an internal stabilising system. It is a second cousin to the 24-105 f:4 L IS that has been seen on any number of Canon DSLR cameras over the last decade...

" Push The Button, Max! " There was never a better villain than Jack Lemmon in " The Great Race ". Nor a better henchman than Peter Falk. I think they would have made fine camera reviewers. Before you power up your new Canon EOS R camera you need to fill the battery. Thankfully, Canon have not charged off into the wilderness with a new battery size for this new system - the LP-6, battery charger block, and figure 8 cord are totally familiar to Canon DSLR users - and if they already have a collection of LP-6's they are set for life. I have always admired the way the Canon blocks report how far the charge has proceeded as they are working. Once loaded - and a card inserted in the slot...