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Welcome to our tenth anniversary issue! We’ve got a long list of fantastic features inside, not least our birthday giveaway, which gives you the chance to win some great prizes. We also highlight a selection of the industry’s top bird-watching optics, offer a buyers’ guide to printing and processing, and we test the Fujifilm X-T50 camera, Hasselblad XCD 2,5/25V lens, Elinchrom Three flash and Calibrite Display 123 colorimeter. Plus, of course, there is coverage of all the biggest news since our last issue. Enjoy the read!

ISSUE 116 5 Jul-9 Sep 2024

Pg17 Prize giveaway! / Get involved to win in our tenth birthday special

Pg26 Big test: X-T50 / Fujifilm’s newest camera is put through its paces

Pg32 Printed to perfection / See your photos at their best with our printing guide

Nikon Z 6III specs revealed Nikon has officially announced its new hybrid wonder with specs that pack an impressive punch

FOLLOWING A WIDELY publicised teaser campaign in recent weeks, the official announcement of the new Nikon Z 6III will come as no surprise to most. But it does bring confirmation of the camera’s specs, which boast impressive numbers. At its heart is the world's first 24.5-megapixel ‘partially stacked’ full-frame CMOS sensor, which means the circuitry is stacked only at the top and bottom edges. Finding this middle ground between stacked and unstacked ensures fast data readouts that deliver up to 120fps in stills and 240fps in video, while keeping costs more affordable. This is complemented by the Expeed 7: the same processor found in the Z 8 and Z 9. As such, the Z 6III enjoys the same autofocus performance and inherits their AI- powered subject detection modes, which can recognise a whole host “AT THE HEART OF THE NIKON Z 6III IS THE WORLD’S FIRST PARTIALLY STACKED SENSOR” of different subjects. Continued on page 3

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Continued from page 1 Additionally, Nikon claims that the Z 6III’s AF is effective down to an impressive -10EV, which beats that of the Z 8 (-9EV in starlight mode). Possibly the most notable feature of the Z 6III is the extremely bright electronic viewfinder, which can achieve up to 4000 nits. This, combined with 5.76 million dots of resolution and 60fps refresh rate, makes for impressive reading. When it comes to video, the camera can record 6K Raw and oversampled 4K in camera – and reaches up to 240fps slow-motion footage. It offers 12-bit Raw and

10-bit Log recording, and supports NRAW, ProRes Raw HQ, ProRes 422 HQ, H.265 and H.264 codecs. The camera’s built-in image- stabilisation system uses Nikon’s vibration reduction (VR) technology for up to eight stops of correction. Its weather-resistant body weighs in at 760g and will ship at a retail price of £2699 for body only. Kit options include the 24-70mm (£3249), the 24-120mm (£3539) and the 24-200mm (£3439). In addition to the new camera, Nikon has also announced the Z 35mm f/1.4 prime lens specifically made for street, documentary and


Welcome to issue 116 of Photography News , our tenth anniversary edition and my first as editor. By way of introduction, my name is Pete Townshend, lifelong writer, decades-long photographer and beginner father of two. It’s an honour to be taking over from Roger Payne as your editor – I think I can speak for everyone when I say that he has left big shoes to fill! So, what can you expect in our latest issue? Suffice to say, it has been a busy couple of months for launches. It all began with Fujifilm announcing its quartet of new products, and since then there has been a slew of new and exciting releases from many of the big players. Canon, Leica, Sigma, Panasonic and Nikon have all got in on the action with new cameras, lenses and more to shout about. You’ll find all the details on the following pages, plus a host of other great features. Fujifilm’s X-T50 camera is given the big test Pete Townshend

events. Weighing 415g and enjoying weather resistance, this lens is built for photographers and videographers on the move and is priced at £649.

treatment, we try out Hasselblad’s new fast-aperture wide-angle prime, there is a buyers’ guide to printing, and ahead of Global Birdfair 2024, we look at optics for nature enthusiasts. On top of all this, we’re running a special tenth birthday giveaway with great prizes from top brands on offer. Anyone can enter, so turn to page 17 to get involved. Finally, while I may be the new editor, this will always be your newspaper, so tell me what you want to see. It could be news you’d like us to cover, advice you want to hear or a lesson you’d like to learn. Your feedback is crucial to ensuring we’re giving you what you want, so do get in touch. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the read. Here’s to the next ten years!

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FLIPPING OUT At a weight of 760g and boasting weather resistance, Nikon’s new Z 6III is made for those seeking a compact, resilient camera. Its 24.5MP partially stacked full-frame sensor is matched with the tried-and-tested Expeed 7 processor

What’s inside 03 News Read about all the latest product releases, with new cameras from Panasonic and Leica, lenses from Sigma and Canon and much more 11 Samsung word search Find the missing word in this tenth birthday- themed puzzle and you could win a 512GB Samsung memory card

12 For the love of birds See what some leading exhibitors from Global Birdfair 2024 can offer birdwatchers, wildlife photographers and nature enthusiasts 17 Tenth birthday giveaway Help us celebrate a decade of PN with this fantastic birthday prize contest! 22 PN Photographer of the Year 2024 Time is running out to enter our Photographer of the Year 2024 competition. Don’t miss your opportunity to shine 26 Big test: Fujifilm X-T50 Will Cheung takes Fujifilm’s latest X Series camera for a spin. Find out how it fares


32 Printed to perfection In a world full of screens, it’s easy to forget how good it feels to see your photos in print. Our guide gives you everything you need 36 First tests We get our hands on Hasselblad’s 25mm f/2.5 lens, Calibrite’s Display 123 colorimeter and the Elinchrom Three portable flash




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Lumix GH7 announced Panasonic has recently unveiled the latest flagship model in its Micro Four Thirds Lumix G series – the Lumix GH7. new real-time AF-recognition feature for tracking a wide variety of subjects, including humans, animals and many different vehicles. In addition, improved image stabilisation technology provides The camera understandably builds on the success of its predecessor, the GH6, by enhancing its capabilities in video. In that respect, it certainly has

perspective distortion correction for videos and a High Mode to further stabilise footage when on the move. This is complemented by 32-bit float recording, which removes the need for level adjustments during shooting. However, this feature is only available with a specific XLR adapter, which will be sold separately. The Lumix GH7 is set to be available at the end of July 2024 and will be priced at £1999.

some things to shout about. Its 25.2-megapixel back-side

illuminated CMOS sensor promises a wider dynamic range of over 13 stops and improved video performance, with the ability to internally record 5.7K/30p ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes Raw HQ. Or custom LUT files can be applied directly to footage for rapid colour grading via a Real Time LUT feature. The GH7’s phase detection autofocus is also a notable upgrade. It includes a

Sigma reveals its superfast f/1.8 zoom

helps with balance and stability but also facilitates a dust- and weather- resistant design. Sigma is positioning this as a lens for both photographers and videographers, stating that the lens experiences minimal focus breathing. It also uses Sigma’s High-response Linear Actuator (HLA) AF system to offer fast and silent focusing. Furthermore, on-lens controls feature an aperture ring with de- click and lock switches, a focus ring with adjustable torque and two customisable AFL buttons, which Sigma said make controls easy.

Sigma has introduced the 28-45mm f/1.8 DG DN Art lens – the world’s first full-frame mirrorless zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture of f/1.8. Available for L-Mount and Sony E-mount, it retails for £1299. With a wide constant maximum aperture of f/1.8 across the zoom range, it offers low-light capabilities that rival many prime lenses. The 28-45mm f/1.8 comprises 18 elements in 15 groups, including five SLD elements and three aspherical elements, while weighing less than 1kg. It also utilises an inner zoom mechanism to keep the lens’ physical length constant, which not only

Panasonic has introduced a 26mm pancake lens to its Lumix S series. The Lumix S 26mm f/8 is a compact and lightweight manual focus lens aiming to find the perfect balance between portability and quality. The lens offers a fixed focal length of 26mm and maximum aperture of f/8. The lens measures a very portable 18.1mm in length and weighs around 58g. As such, it is being positioned as a versatile option for everyday, casual and creative photography. A reasonable price of £219 makes it accessible to many photographers, from amateurs looking to expand their gear to professionals seeking a more portable option. New 26mm pancake lens from Panasonic

Prime time for Canon hybrid creators

extremely fast, on point and incredibly quiet. Combined with the wide aperture, it delivered in lower-light conditions and the fall-off from the focal point into lovely smooth background bokeh was pleasing. Sharpness also looked excellent and there was no visible distortion. That said, we only had the lens in-hand for a relatively short period of time, so watch this space for a more in-depth review when we get our hands on a proper test unit. Until then, rest assured that this lens is very capable indeed. Its predecessor, the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, left big shoes to fill, but so far it seems the RF 35mm f/1.4 L VCM has big enough feet.

Canon has revealed the RF 35mm f/1.4 prime lens – and the headline here is undoubtedly a clear push towards hybrid shooters. This new addition notably boasts a dedicated aperture ring with smooth action to give videographers easier access and better control. Inside, the lens promises minimal focus breathing as well as an 11-blade aperture for smooth bokeh. The AF uses Canon’s speedy Nano USM and a newly introduced Voice Coil Motor (VCM). There are 14 elements in 11 groups – with two UD and two aspherical lenses to deliver maximum sharpness. It weighs in at 555g and measures 76.5mm in diameter and 99.3mm in length. We were fortunate enough to have an advanced try and the AF was remarkable:

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Sigma updates 24-70mm f/2.8

making it suitable for video recording with consistent focus transitions. The lens’ AF is driven by Sigma’s High-response Linear Actuator (HLA) motor, which, according to Sigma, increases AF speed by more than three times when compared to the previous model. The 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN II is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, weighing 745g, and features a dust- and splash-resistant structure, along with a water- and oil- repellent coating on the front element. The lens is now available to buy, priced at £1179.

Sigma has updated its 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN II Art lens, compatible with L-Mount and Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. It said this new version includes enhanced optical performance, faster AF and better usability for photographers and filmmakers with mirrorless systems. The lens features six FLD glass, two SLD glass and five aspherical lens elements. The constant f/2.8 aperture creates soft bokeh and pleasing background separation. A close focusing distance of 17cm achieves a maximum magnification of 1:2.7. Sigma told us the optical design also minimises focus breathing,

The EOS R1 is coming in 2024 Canon has officially announced the development of the EOS R1 – the first flagship model in the EOS R System – designed for sports, news and video production pros. We don’t have many details about the new camera, just that it’s a significant step up from the EOS R3. Central to the EOS R1’s advancements is the integration of a newly developed processor, the Digic Accelerator, with the existing Digic X processor. Canon said this combination will work in partnership with a new sensor to deliver rapid processing of large volumes of data, and will be perfectly complemented by improvements to AI-powered AF. This will be interesting for sports shooters since, aside from fast and accurate tracking, Canon claims it can identify and focus on players performing actions like shooting a ball to ensure critical focus on key moments. Canon is currently testing the EOS R1 in the field and, while no exact date has been set, the company told us the camera will be released at some point in 2024. Keep an eye on our website and socials for more news and product tests.

Shoot Leica on iPhone Leica has introduced Leica Lux, a

Leica Classic, Leica Contemporary and Leica Black-and-White. There are automatic, manual and aperture-priority modes for users to manually adjust settings like exposure compensation, shutter speed and aperture (f/1.4 to f/8). The app is currently available for iPhone only under a freemium model. The free version gives access to the Automatic Photo Mode, Aperture Mode, an emulation of the Leica Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH and five Leica Looks. At £6.99 per month, Leica Lux Pro gives more manual controls, Leica Looks and lens emulations.

photography app for iPhone offering the ‘Leica look’ without the Leica price tag. The app employs Leica’s image processing engine – based on machine learning and computational photography – to reproduce specific lens qualities like distinctive bokeh effects. It also includes a feature called the Leica Lens Look, allowing users to simulate the characteristics of various Leica lenses, including the Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH and the Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.2 ASPH. Plus, the app offers several gradations and film presets to replicate the brand’s cameras. These include Leica Standard,

Panasonic has announced the Lumix S9 – the smallest and lightest camera in the Lumix S series – weighing approximately 403g. A quick glance at its features reveals it has its targets fixed squarely at the content creator market. The camera boasts a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor – equivalent to the one used in the Lumix S5 II – combined with Panasonic’s latest image processing engine. This powers phase detection AF and image stabilisation, which Panasonic said offer excellent subject tracking and 6.5 stops of benefit. A standout feature of the Lumix S9 is its Real Time LUT function, accessible via a dedicated button on the camera body. This enables users to apply various colour styles directly in-camera and is complemented by the new Lumix Lab app, which allows users to create unique LUT profiles on their phone and transfer them onto the camera as custom settings. Video creators will appreciate the MP4 Lite recording format, optimised for smartphone. This format supports open gate recording in 4:2:0 10-bit at 30p/25p, and is intended to facilitate high-quality video capture. Its compact body and free-angle LCD add further appeal for video creators. Available in four colours: Jet Black, Crimson Red, Dark Olive and Classical Blue, the Lumix S9 is priced at £1499 (body only). Light entertainment from the Lumix S9

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Pentax makes a splash with WG series updates Two new Pentax waterproof cameras – the WG-1000 and WG-8 – join the WG series of durable, all-weather adventure cameras, featuring robust designs which are also dustproof and shock-resistant. The Pentax WG-1000 is aimed at enthusiasts for use in casual underwater photography, offering water resistance up to 15m for a continuous hour. The WG-1000 is also engineered to withstand harsh conditions on land, with dustproofing and shock protection from up to 2m. It features a back-side illuminated 16.35-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 4x optical zoom lens ranging from 4.9mm to 19.6mm (a full-frame equivalent of 27mm to 108mm). The higher-end Pentax WG-8 will replace the WG-6 and claim the title of the toughest model in the WG series. It is waterproof up

Canon sees double Canon has added the RF-S 3.9mm f/3.5 STM Dual Fisheye APS-C VR lens to the EOS R System. It joins the existing RF 5.2mm f/2.8 VR lens and is designed to enable high- quality 3D VR content creation for both experienced users and newcomers. It is further evidence of Canon’s push into the VR content creation market. The lens incorporates dual fisheye optics placed side by side to simulate human binocular vision. Each lens captures an image from a slightly different perspective, creating two separate images which correspond to the views from the left and right eyes. This set-up generates a stereoscopic effect, enabling depth perception in VR for an immersive experience. A 144° recording angle provides a narrower field of view compared to VR180 shooting, but when viewed through a compatible headset, Canon claims that this viewing angle and 60mm interpupillary distance combine to offer a natural, forward-facing view. The set-up closely mimics human vision, delivering a realistic 3D effect. The RF-S 3.9mm f/3.5 is also the first Canon 3D lens with AF, featuring a One Shot AF setting to streamline the shooting process. It is available for pre-order at a price of £1249.

to a depth of 20m, shockproof from falls up to 2.1m and works in temperatures as low as -10°C. The WG-8 can capture 20 megapixels of stills resolution and 4K video with a 1/2.3- inch CMOS sensor. Its 5x optical zoom lens covers 5mm to 25mm (full-frame equivalent of 28mm to 140mm).

The WG-1000 will be available in grey or olive and is expected to ship mid-July 2024 for £249. The WG-8 will be available in black or green and is expected to ship in late July 2024 for £479.

Canon tees off in the golfing industry Canon has unveiled the Canon Powershot Golf, a compact laser rangefinder with a built-in camera. The device aims to combine rangefinding technology with a digital camera to help golfers perform accurate course assessments and document their round. When providing distance readings, the Powershot Golf uses high-precision laser and pin-locking functions, which target the

The newest addition to Leica’s line-up, the D-Lux 8, continues the legacy of the brand’s premium compact camera series, which first debuted in 2003. The D-Lux 8 has a 4/3-inch CMOS sensor providing 22-megapixel (17-megapixel effective) resolution. It boasts the Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9-34mm f/1.7-2.8 ASPH lens, giving a versatile full-frame equivalent of 24-75mm. Leica said it has focused on enhancing user comfort with simplified controls and an updated control layout. The user interface is inspired by the Leica Q series and is designed to be more intuitive, making the camera accessible to photographers of all levels. The Leica D-Lux 8 is available in-store and online with a recommended retail price of £1450. Leica launches D-Lux 8

making informed club selections based on the terrain. Additionally, an image stabiliser ensures a steady view. The camera captures 11-megapixel stills and Full HD videos with superimposed distance information. It also allows golfers to record voice memos so they can create a personal course diary, documenting shot analysis and game improvement.

closest object even when multiple subjects are detected. The device includes optics with a 6x optical and 12x digital magnification, enabling detailed course assessment. It is very small in size, fits easily into a pocket and is water resistant to IPX4 standard. It even includes an optional Slope Mode that adjusts for elevation changes, providing ‘plays-like’ distances to assist golfers in

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Hobolite Iris LED launched

Hobolite’s new continuous LED, the Iris, is a small and portable light unit made for photographers and content creators, featuring optical modifiers and optional coloured gel filters. The Iris’ good looks are inspired by vintage cameras, with a weather- resistant IP54-rated aluminium body and vegan leatherette detailing – making it good for both indoor and outdoor use. The bicolour portable light boasts a colour range from 2700K to 6500K, with high CRI and TLCI ratings of 96+ promising true-to-life colour rendering. Noteworthy features of the Iris are its optical modifiers and aperture ring accessory used with a magnetic attachment system. These tools allow photographers to adjust the light from a focused beam to a wide glow. The adjustable lens (included as standard) offers a range from 20-45° and a sixfold brightness boost for increased illumination. The Iris is available in two kits: the Modifier kit (£99.60) and the Creator kit (£199.20), which includes an aperture ring, gel filters and other extras. Keep an eye on our website for a first test soon.

More in store from Fujifilm Fujifilm’s House of Photography has now reopened in London’s Covent Garden following refurbishment. The updated venue will include a range of events and upgraded facilities that reflect Fujifilm’s commitment to its creative community. The renovated space includes several new features, including a redesigned print digital cameras – as well as an updated studio for professional headshots. It will also now host more events such as live music, fitness classes, panel discussions, workshops and guided photo walks. The reopening of the store was

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marked by a traditional Japanese Kagami Biraki ceremony, which is associated with embracing new beginnings and creating unity in communities.

workshop, the Fujifilm School learning space, dedicated zones for the GFX medium format system and X Series

shock resistance, IP54 rain and dust resistance, as well as crush resistance. It can protect footage in the field and provides a reliable way of backing up photos, videos and files anywhere. The 6TB Sandisk portable HDDs are available at select Western Digital retailers, e-tailers and on the Western Digital store. Prices start from £163 for the 6TB WD My Passport and £226 for the 6TB Sandisk Professional G-Drive Armor ATD.

Western Digital is adding 6TB capacities to its WD and Sandisk Professional portable HDD line-ups. This new offering includes the WD My Passport portable HDD line and the Sandisk Professional G-Drive Armor ATD. The 6TB WD My Passport Ultra is a slimline USB-C HDD drive with a modern metal design. It includes password protection with 256-bit AES hardware encryption to keep content safe and secure and is available in various colours. The 6TB Sandisk Professional G-Drive Armor ATD is designed for adventurous users, offering

New EL-10 mid range Speedlite Canon has recently expanded its EL

useful in shifting lighting conditions, such as moving from sunlight to shadow or adjusting to different colour tones. Settings can also be controlled remotely via Canon’s Camera Connect smartphone app, which can be a useful feature when firing from a distance. The EL-10 offers a guide number of 40m, 24-105mm zoom coverage and a power range of 1/1024 to 1/1sec. Recharge time is a speedy 1.5 seconds. All of this offers versatility beautifully complemented by the 90°/150°/180° head movement, bounce card, as well as a 14mm wide panel. The EL-10 is expected to ship in July 2024 and will be priced at approximately £329, including the light itself, a case and a mini stand.

hotshoe flash series with the introduction of the Speedlite EL-10. This new mid range model will sit between the EL-100 and the EL-5 in the line-up, aimed at enthusiasts, but boasts some attractive features. A standout feature of the Speedlite EL-10 is its 1.5-second recharge time, among the fastest in its category. It uses Canon’s multi-function shoe interface, which is designed to enhance communication between the camera and flash. This means you can conveniently adjust settings using the camera menu system rather than the flash menu. However, it’s worth noting the 21-pin interface only works with newer Canon cameras, so do your research. The Speedlite EL-10 offers linked custom shooting modes, which can be particularly

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Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 available for RF mount

Sigma has announced a Canon RF mount version of the popular 18-50mm f/2.8. The standard zoom lens is designed for APS-C size mirrorless cameras and features a constant aperture of f/2.8 throughout its zoom range. Key features include a versatile full-frame equivalent zoom range of 28.8-80mm and minimum focus distance of 12.1cm, delivering a max magnification ratio of 1:2.8. A maximum diameter of 69.2mm, 74.5mm length and 300g weight make it the smallest and lightest in its class. Sigma says it has developed a new control algorithm for the Canon RF mount that optimises AF drive and communication speeds. This adaptation supports high- speed AF, Servo AF and in-camera aberration correction, though compatibility with these depends on the camera. If you already own the lens in another mount but want to change system, you will be pleased to hear Sigma offers a conversion service, allowing you to change to RF mount. The optic hits shelves mid-July 2024, priced at £479.

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Global Birdfair

JULY BRINGS THE arrival of the much-anticipated Global Birdfair 2024, when thousands of bird lovers make the journey to Rutland Water for three days to talk, learn and share stories about anything and everything avian. And what a time of year to do it! Migratory species are back; the trees, banks and hedgerows are filled with activity, and sunny mornings are perfectly complemented by a beautiful chorus of birdsong. We’ve also highlighted products from each – including binoculars, scopes and telephoto lenses. Whether you are an observer or photographer, beginner or professional, if you’re a bird lover, there’s something for you. For the love of birds Over the following pages, you’ll find a selection of brands exhibiting at Global Birdfair 2024 and an overview of what they have to offer nature enthusiasts. As the biggest event on the birding calendar draws near, we round up our favourite brands for bird photography and observation WORDS BY PETE TOWNSHEND

Fujifilm Fujifilm’s glass – branded as

Fujinon – has garnered a strong reputation for producing quality optics suitable for both wildlife photography and observation. Its binoculars and photographic lenses incorporate proprietary coatings for enhanced light transmission, robust weatherproofing and ergonomic designs, facilitating comfortable use in various environments. WORTH A LOOK Fujinon Techno-Stabi 12x28 binoculars Built-in image stabilisation means these binoculars reduce shake at high magnification. Combined with a lightweight and compact design, they are good for extended birdwatching sessions, delivering bright, high-contrast images. Fujinon XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR lens With a 229-914mm full-frame equivalent zoom range and robust weather sealing, this lens is terrific for wildlife photographers. It offers significant reach and image quality, with advanced stabilisation for maximum sharpness.

Leica Leica Sport Optics bring Leica quality to the binocular and scope sector. Known for their optical superiority and durability, ranges like Noctivid and Ultravid offer high light transmission and accurate colour fidelity, making them suitable for diverse lighting conditions and adverse weather. Paired with Leica’s pleasing design, there’s plenty to like. Featuring high-definition optics which maximise light and colour neutrality, these binoculars are well-suited for birdwatching. They are lightweight, waterproof and durable, ensuring reliable performance. Leica APO-Televid 82 spotting scope This spotting scope utilises apochromatic lenses and fluoride glass to deliver bright, clear views with high resolution. Its rugged, waterproof design makes it suitable for nature observation in any weather. WORTH A LOOK Leica Ultravid HD-Plus 8x42 binoculars

Viking Viking Optical Ltd makes a variety of hard-wearing, high-quality binoculars and spotting scopes for observing birdlife. Its products – including the Peregrine and Kestrel series – prioritise clarity, durability and user- friendliness, catering for both novice and experienced enthusiasts. As the exclusive optical partner of the RSPB, it must be doing something right. WORTH A LOOK Viking Peregrine 8x42 binoculars These binoculars offer strong optical quality with a wide field of view and outstanding low-light performance. Waterproof, durable, small and lightweight, they are ready to come with you into most environments. Viking Swallow spotting scopes Compact and lightweight, this range of spotting scopes provides top-notch optics with ED glass for sharp, clear images. Being waterproof, they are ideal for birdwatching on the go.

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OM System OM System is known for its cameras and lenses, which provide image stabilisation, weather sealing and a small, lightweight Micro Four Thirds design. But the brand also offers a broad range of binoculars at diverse price points and caters for all skill levels – from novice birdwatchers and travellers to more serious wildlife observation. These binos perform brilliantly in low light and enjoy quality-enhancing lens coatings. Add fog resistance and waterproofing to this for a top outdoor choice. OM System M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-600mm f/5-6.3 IS lens With a super-telephoto 300-1200mm full-frame equivalent zoom range and robust construction, this lens is well-suited to bird and wildlife photography. Its advanced stabilisation helps keep results crisp. The fog resistance and waterproofing is ideal for exterior use. WORTH A LOOK OM System 8x42 Pro binoculars

Nikon Nikon has a wide selection of binoculars and lenses ideal for birdwatching and wildlife photography. Its Monarch series binoculars deliver bright, clear views and robust durability, while Nikkor telephoto lenses are famed for their excellent image quality and quick AF – something that’s essential for capturing wildlife in motion. Offering superior optical performance with a wide field of view, these binoculars are perfect for birdwatching. They are lightweight, waterproof and durable, ensuring reliable use outdoors whatever the conditions. Nikkor Z 28-400mm f/4-8 VR lens This Nikon superzoom delivers great versatility in a small package. It boasts a broad zoom range, image stabilisation and a rugged, dust- and splash-resistant build. WORTH A LOOK Nikon Monarch M7 10x42 binoculars

Canon Image-stabilised binoculars and telephoto lenses from Canon are highly respected in the birdwatching and wildlife photography community. Its extensive ranges provide great optical performance paired with a durable and ergonomic design, making them trusty companions. These image-stabilised binoculars provide steady, clear views by reducing the effect of vibrations from hand shake or vehicle movement. Waterproof and durable, they are also good to go in adverse weather conditions. Canon RF 600mm f/4 L IS USM lens A professional-grade super-telephoto prime lens with outstanding sharpness, fast AF and on-board 5.5-stop image stabilisation. But be warned, such pro features come with a five-figure price tag. WORTH A LOOK Canon 10x42 L IS WP binoculars

Sigma Most of us have heard of Sigma’s 200-500mm f/2.8 beast of a telephoto zoom, renowned for its huge performance (and size). However, for those with more modest requirements, the brand offers other much more manageable high performance telephoto lenses for a variety of mounts, favoured by amateur and professional photographers alike. The newest of Sigma’s telephoto primes is designed to excel in sports and wildlife photography. With weather resistance, image stabilisation and a relatively lightweight construction, it’s a fantastic option. Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports lens This zoom range boasts excellent versatility when out in the field, while optical stabilisation reduces the effect of camera shake. It’s also dust and splash resistant, providing you with the peace of mind you need. WORTH A LOOK Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS Sports lens

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A LA MODE Barber’s dynamic, fashion-focused images were made with help from the GFX100S II’s sharp, rapid autofocus

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Combining fashion photography with a street-style approach, Andrew Barber requires powerful imaging capabilities in a lightweight package FUJIFILM GFX100S II: Walking the catwalk ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

“You never know when something will happen – I love being able to create photos in the moment, as soon as I see something” For the duration of a fashion event, it’s then a case of rinse and repeat for Barber. “Typically, I will work from nine in the morning until seven in the evening. I’ll be going from location to location, then rushing home to edit my work and submit it to my clients. Holding a camera for that long can be exhausting, particularly when you add the weight of an additional lens.” Fortunately, the GFX100S II is the lightest camera Fujifilm has ever fit a 102-megapixel sensor into. At just 883g, Barber feels he doesn’t have to compromise between imaging capabilities and working with something manageable. “Being able to walk around with a camera, feeling like I can compose whenever it’s necessary, it’s extremely important,” he comments. “You never know when something will happen, and you want to make a picture of that moment with ease. I don’t like to faff around with a backpack and take my lenses out then set everything up. I love creating photos in the moment – as soon as I see something. “Ever since using the FUJIFILM GFX100S and now the GFX100S II, I see the beauty within my own work,” Barber concludes. “Cropping into my images and still seeing them appear extremely sharp – you have so much more to play around with. You can manipulate your images in many different ways without breaking the file. It’s a beautiful camera to be using and definitely the way forward.”

It was at Paris Fashion Week that Barber had the opportunity to work with the new FUJIFILM GFX100S II. The way it seamlessly blends high- end performance with a lightweight build is perfect for his work. With his street-style images still a speciality, Barber tells us about the imaging challenges unique to working in the fashion world. “Unpredictable is a word you can use – you never know when you’re going to see something special,” he remarks. “With street or travel photography, I believe you can always go out and find something worth documenting with a little more ease. Add ‘style’ to the end of the word and you constantly find yourself needing to analyse the way each and every individual is dressed, as well as the environment you are working in. The cut, the prints, the hidden messages and level of detail on an outfit, colour combinations, layering – the list goes on and on. You have to be fast when photographing a fashion week as there is so much happenning in a short space of time.” Furnished with the high- performance X-Processor 5 imaging engine, the GFX100S II can deliver highly responsive AF, helping Barber attain the results he strives for with incredible reliability. “I work in manual on my camera but make the most of Fujifilm’s AF abilities and subject tracking; everything in fashion moves so quickly,” Barber admits. “You want to create the perfect image within a small timeframe, so this tool is crucial. Fortunately, the tracking on the GFX100S II is incredible. “Burst mode is something I use frequently too. The GFX100S II can do 7fps, which is ample – especially because you can make 102-megapixel photos, meaning you have more than enough data to work with. Just as long as you time your movement right and are in a good position, you can create that image perfectly. “There’s so much going on; you have to look out for security or even cars – sometimes you’re standing in the middle of the road trying to frame something up,” Barber explains. “You’ll have between 100 and 200 people coming out of a show and must carefully see who is best to photograph, observing if you can try and tell a story from it.”

“I INITIALLY BEGAN photography by walking around the streets of London in search of individuals with distinct styles. The goal of street- style photography is to inspire and influence the way we dress daily,” begins Andrew Barber, a fashion photographer and videographer based in the UK. “I’d spend a lot of time walking around east and central London, where I might find people with an interesting look. By the end of the year, I built up a small portfolio with over 360 of my favourite looks on the streets of London. “A friend of mine saw my work and asked me to do a gig during London Fashion Week for a small client. This was the place to be as you had fashion buyers, editors, models and celebrities travelling from all around the world to attend these shows. You can see them congregating at the shows, eating at cafes and going from venue to venue. Later, I went on to work for GQ China and Italy. In 2019, I was the first street-style photographer to work for all editions of GQ around the world. “This is where it all grew,” he adds. “I was primarily known as a street-style photographer but as time went on, I branched into backstage and catwalk photography across the main fashion capitals. I was also invited to emerging fashion weeks in countries like Fiji, Kazakhstan and even Georgia, to shed light on new designers and continue to build an international portfolio of my work with other magazine companies.”

ANDREW BARBER Instagram @andrewbarber23

GFX100S II SPECS ›  Sensor 102-megapixel BSI CMOS II › Lens mount G Mount ›  Engine X-Processor 5

› I SO Auto, stills: 80-12,800 (expandable to 40-102,400) ›  Image stabilisation In-body sensor shift up to 8.0 stops ›  Screen 3.2in three-way tilting touchscreen, 2.36m dots ›  Shutter speed 60 mins to 1/4000sec (mechanical) or 1/16000sec (electronic) ›  Autofocus Intelligent hybrid AF, phase and contrast detection with 425 points ›  Frame rates Up to 7fps (mechanical shutter) ›  Recording media SD/SDHC/ SDXC, UHS-I/UHS-II, V90 compatible ›  Dimensions (wxhxd) 150x104.2x87.2mm ›  Weight 883g with battery and memory card

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IT’S HARD TO believe we’re ten years old. Time has flown and it’s easy to see why. Ever since issue one’s cover story announcing the arrival of the first-ever full-frame mirrorless cameras, we’ve loved covering every breakthrough, bombshell, landmark event and more; there are too many to mention. Whether this is your first issue or your 116th, we want to thank you all for joining us on our journey. That’s why we’ve decided to do this birthday differently; instead of receiving the gifts, we’re doing the giving! We’ve teamed up with a few supporters to offer the chance to win a terrific crop of prizes. Just email the correct answer to one of the questions on the next pages and we’ll put you into a draw to win that prize. Anyone can enter and it’s easy to take part. Go to pages 18 and 19, where you’ll find a detailed rundown of the prizes. You’ll also see that each prize has a corresponding question. Send an email to competition@ with the correct answer in the subject line and your name in the body before 1 September 2024, and you’ll be in with a chance of winning. Turn the page to get started! Celebrate ten wonderful years of PN and have a chance to win a great prize!


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