Photography News Issue 66

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First tests A veritable extravaganza

Move to mirrorless Why going mirrorless will help your photography page 15

Agnes Proudhon- Smith A pictorial tribute in her memory page 24

of exciting imaging kit page 38

Canon’s ultimate portrait lens?

Canon has promised six new EOS R system lenses this year and the RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM is the first – and what a great start it is. It features cutting-edge technology and is only the second lens to use Canon’s BR (Blue Spectrum Refractive) optic technology – the first was the EF 35mm f/1.4. BR Optics are made from an organic optical material developed by Canon that can correct chromatic aberration to a greater degree compared with other materials, including fluorite. The result is incredible sharpness and resolution – Canon claims that its new lens offers the highest resolution yet seen from one of its lenses. The RF 85mm offers a super-fast maximum f/1.2 for low-light shooting and very shallow depth- of-field effects, while its nine blade iris gives smooth bokeh effects. Handling is first rate, too, with its USM focus mechanism giving an exceptionally swift and accurate performance, with the option of full-time manual override without the need to switch to manual focus. The RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM has a guide price of £2799.99. Canon’s mirrorless RF system has gained a new lens, the RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM


Going mirrorless can save you weight and space, and offer photo opportunities that you might miss with a typical DSLR. We have joined forces with Fujifilm to give PN readers a unique opportunity. Successful applicants will have the chance to try out a Fujifilm camera and two lenses of their choice – for absolutely free! Well, almost. In return for the free loan, we would like to feature your views about the borrowed system, supported by a selection of your photographs. See page 3 for more details and visit to apply and for the terms and conditions. Make the switch withFujifilm

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Make the switch with Fujifilm

Switching camera systems is an expensive business and you need to get it right. In this exclusive offer, Photography News has partnered with Fujifilm to give readers the chance to borrow a Fujifilm camera and up

to two lenses of their choice for free*. The complimentary camera loan is for up to two weeks – plenty of time to try the products by shooting your favourite subjects and helping you make the right decision.

Perhaps you have an exciting project or a trip of a lifetime coming up? Or maybe you have always wanted to try out a Fujifilm X Series or GFX system? If so, our exclusive Fujifilm Make the Switch campaign is the perfect opportunity. There’s a wide range of kit available, from the best-selling X-T3 to the mightily impressive medium format GFX 50R. You’ll also be spoilt for choice with the X Series lens range, which currently consists of 29 lenses, but you’ll only get to pick two, so choose wisely! If you’re shooting landscapes, you could go for the XF14mm f/2.8 R or XF16mm f/1.4 R WR. For varied subjects, try the XF16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR or XF50- 140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR. For action and wildlife, you might want to consider

the XF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. Visit to see the latest lens range. As part of the campaign, your Fujifilm images and your thoughts on the camera you borrowed will appear in PN. If you want to take advantage of this incredible opportunity, head to There is no closing date at this time, but there is sure to be huge interest in this amazing offer and we have limited stock, so please don’t delay. In the first instance, fill out the form on our website and upload five images that represent your usual photography. We will be in touch if you are selected.

*Subject to terms and conditions, which can be found at

Zeiss’ top-end telephoto

Save cash on Vanguard

Save up to £100 on Vanguard’s VEO 2 travel tripods. Vanguard has reduced the prices, with the VEO 2 204AB now £64.99, a saving of £35, while the 235AB is £79.99, saving £60. And there are more savings to be had: the 235CB is £119.99, saving £80, and

The VEO 2 travel tripods weigh as little as 1.2kg, can hold a maximum weight of up to 8kg and the tallest extends to 155cm.

The Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 is a top-end manual focus lens aimed at portrait or product photographers who need a telephoto that delivers high-quality definition with a super-wide aperture. It’s full-frame compatible and designed to give a medium format look from the smaller format. Construction features 14 elements in 11 groups and there is a minimum focusing distance of 100cm. A T* anti-reflective coating provides

high contrast, while minimising stray light and aspherical lenses and special glass help minimise chromatic aberrations and distortion. To ensure a consistent centre of gravity and optimum balance, the lens has a full-metal housing and internal focusing. Available now in Canon EF and Nikon F fittings, the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 costs £3600.

the 264CB and 265CB are now £149.99, a saving of £75 and £100 respectively.

ThinkTank trio

Think Tank Photo has added three bags to its MindShift Gear family, the PhotoCross 15, the Stash Master 13L and the BackLight Elite 45L backpack. The BackLight Elite 45L backpack measures (externally) 33x59.7x20.3cm and is priced £399. It can store up to two DSLRs with lenses attached, as well as extra lenses and accessories. It also has space for a laptop/tablet and external tripod attachment points. It features weather-resistant zippers, waterproof/tear proof sailcloth and

robust lumbar padding. There’s room for personal items and the option to carry two large water bottles via pockets. For photographers who need quick access to their gear, the PhotoCross 15 backpack has an extra-large side panel, allowing you to get at gear without having to take the bag off fully. It can hold a DSLR with a 70-20mm f/2.8 lens attached, plus five extra lenses and a 15in. Made with durable, abrasion-proof materials and weatherproof zippers, the backpackmeasures 27x44x14cm

and is available in carbon grey or orange ember at £169. For those who really want to customise how they carry their gear, the Stash Master 13L could be the answer. This padded insert can hold a DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached, plus three extra lenses and accessories. The insert can be fully customised and then inserted into compatible MindShift backpacks or a bag of your choice. The Stash Master 13L is £59.


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Wex revives Bowens

GorillaPod goesmetal

The bestselling GorillaPod 3K series is now available in a metal version. The new Pro series of small supports is aimed at vloggers and content creators

looking for versatile, robust and rugged support for their top-end mirrorless cameras. The 3K Pro series has the new Ballhead 3K Pro, which features

an compatible quick-release plate. Price and availability to be confirmed. Arca-Swiss

JoinOlympus at theBritish TouringCarChampionship Having acquired the Bowens

trademark, Wex Photo Video has been developing a new series of Bowens lighting products. This includes the XMS500 flash headwhich has enhanced features including recycling times of 0.9s and flash durations as short as 1/13,690sec. Its digital control panel allows you to control the flash quickly and easily and it’s also fully compatible with a dedicated 2.4GHz radio remote and trigger system. Featuring the popular S-bayonet there is a massive range of compatible modifiers. The XMS500 offers a 9EV power range that is adjustable in 0.1EV or 1EV steps taking you from 2Ws to its full 500Ws output. The Bowens XMS500 is available now at £599.

Apply for your chance to shoot with the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) this summer with Olympus cameras. Olympus has announced its sponsorship of the Power Maxed Racing team in this year’s BTCC and is offering the photographers the chance to try out its kit. Georgina Pavelin, Olympus marketing manager said, “We are keen to support photographers on their journey and the races provide an ideal opportunity to try new kit, learn from the experts, develop your portfolio and talk to our team. “Whether learning more from your Olympus kit or trying the OM-D products for the first time, our sponsorship opens up new opportunities to capture unique content and test the products. PMR provides the perfect opportunity to support events across the UK and a high-profile platform to celebrate our 100th birthday. We are very proud to see our branding flying round with such a great team.” The events are open to all photographers

BTCC event

dates and locations

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15 June – Croft Circuit 29 June – Oulton Park

3 August – Snetterton Circuit 17 August – Thruxton Circuit 14 September – Knockhill Circuit 28 September – Silverstone 12 October – Brands Hatch

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whether currently shooting with Olympus or not. Numbers are limited so apply via thewebsitebefore thequotedclosing date and successful applicants will be informed soon afterwards. Olympus hasmade some changes to its team of photographers

with macro ambassador Marcus Clackson now promoted to Olympus commercial ambassador, while previous Olympus mentor Geraint Radford has now become Olympus’ macro ambassador. We’ll be featuring Geraint’s work in the next issue of PN .

To keep up to date with the latest Olympus news and for inspiring content and photography tips, get the free Olympus Magazine for desktop or download it via the app store or Google Play.

Super-fast Mitakon

Manfrotto bits Adding to Manfrotto ’ s line-up of accessories for photographers and videographers, the Lykos 2.0 LED hotshoe light features a built-in lens for optimal natural lighting and can be easily controlled via the Lykos App, available on iOS and Android. The Lykos 2.0 Daylight offers an illuminance of 1600lux at one metre and a 5600K colour temperature to cool down skin tones, while the Lykos 2.0 Bicolor offers 1500lux at one metre and warmer LEDs. For video creators the

The Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Mark III features a new design which gives the lens a more compact size, and better resistance against flare. Its 10 elements in 7 groups construction includes one high refractive index element and five ultra-low dispersion elements

tominimize chromatic aberrations, while its 11-blade diaphragm will produce soft bokeh. The 50mm f/0.95 III is available now for full- frame Sony FE, Canon RF and NikonZmount cameras.

Western has announced a new line of portable hard drives with the G-Technology branded ArmorATD. Available in capacities up to 4TB, it has a metal design and rubberized bumper to protect it from being damaged, as well as a triple-layer shock protection. In addition, it’s also water, dust and crush resistant so ideal for use in harsh environments. WD gets rugged Digital

Nitrotech 608 and 612 are the first videoheads tobe announced in the Nitrotech 600 series. Both models feature a continuous counterbalance system with variable continuous fluidity function on both panning and

tilting functions. The 608 can hold up to 8kg, while the 612 can hold between 4kg and 12kg. Pricing and availability for all products are to be confirmed.

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Luminar updated has announced an update to its Luminar photo editing software. Luminar 3.1.0 offers enhancements and content-aware recognition to its Accent AI filter, as well as other improvements to its library. Accent AI 2.0 now features facial and object recognition technology and also offers better colour correction and smarter detail boost. Other improvements that the update includes are more convenient file organisation, improved selective sync, the ability to copy photos to a folder from within Luminar, and a gallery selection. With the update announcement Skylum is also offering Luminar 3 at the special price of £56 throughout May. Skylum Software

Neil Burnell was announced as the Fotospeed Photographer of the Year at this year’s The Photography Show. His winning image of a common blue butterfly waschosenfrompreviouswinners of Fotospeed’s #fsprintmonday Twitter competition. Neil’s prize was a Canon A2 printer, Fotospeed inkjet paper worth £500 and a bespoke one- to-one day of tutoring with a Fotospeed photographer. On

winning Neil said: “It’s a great feeling, to know you have been picked from the thousands of entries over the course of the year; it makes me very proud. It is also really good timing for me, as I don’t currently print from home and it was something I was going to invest in this year.” You can enter Fotospeed’s #fsprintmonday competition via twitter now.


Get very close with Laowa The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra- Macro Apo lens joins the 60mm f/2.8 macro as the second member of the brand’s 2:1 macro line-up. The new 100mm lens covers the full-frame formatandfocusesfrominfinitydown to 24.7cm to give a 2:1 (twice lifesize) magnification, making it ideal for subjects where even 1:1 is not enough. Of course the lens’s 100mm focal length means it is equally suitable for portraits and general photography. This manual focus lens’s construction features 12 elements in 10 groups and the internal focusing mechanism means its size is constant, regardless of the focusing distance. The lens is available in Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony FE fittings and the UK price is

£469. The Canon version has a CPU chip on-board and an aperture motor so aperture control can be done from the camera and EXIF data is recorded onto your files.


Travel Photographer of theYear – call for entries

The Travel Photographer of the Year competition is now open for entries across six categories for single image and portfolios, reflecting the great diversity of travel photography. Prizes include £5000 in TPOTY cash bursaries, Fujifilm X-T3 cameras, a Wildfoot Travel northern lights and whale sailing ship expedition in northern Norway and many more.

The judging panel this year includes double Pulitzer Prize-winner Essdras M Suarez and Lawrence Jackson, a former official White House photographer under the Obama Administration.

Entry fees start at £8, while entries to Young TPOTY are free. The competition closes on 1 October 2019,with the results announced in December.

Above Stefano Pensotti was overall winner of 2018 TPOTY with his eight-image portfolio

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English in the spotlight

Documentary photographer and Olympus visionary Peter Dench is showcasing previously unpublished work at the Wex Photo Video gallery in London until 28 June. The free exhibition featuresworkfromhisTheEnglish Summer Season collection, which covers the Henley Royal Regatta and Royal Ascot. Peter Dench commented: “The events I’ve portrayed were once the preserve of the rich upper classes, but have become open to a broader audience. My intention is to capture the humour, the entertainment and

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the craziness of the scenes I have encountered in a light-hearted, but truthful manner.” A profile on Peter Dench is in the next issue of PN.

Awards winners

In this year’s Sony World Photography Awards, the Photographer of the Year title went to Italian artist Federico Borella for his series entitled Five Degrees. The 12th edition of the competition received a record-breaking 327,000 entries from 195 countries and territories. Federico receives a prize of $25,000 for his win and said: “This award is one of the most important things for my careerandmy life. Thiskindof visibility is amazing, because it allows me and my work to reach a global audience. It is a ‘golden ticket’ that happens once in a lifetime. I feel a huge responsibility as I have been able towitness and record this situation as a photojournalist. This award is proof to my subjects that they can trust me – and for my profession this is fundamental.” The Youth Photographer of the Year award went to Zelle Westfall, aged 18, from the USA, while the Student Photographer of the Year award went to Sergi Villanueva, aged 25, from the Universitat Jaume I, Spain. British photographers claimed all three top positions in the Landscape category of the Sony World Photography Awards. You can see their winning images in this issue on page 19.

Main Jianhui Liao, China, was the overall winner, also winning the Food for Celebration category. Every year, from the first to 18th day of the lunar calendar, villagers wear Qing dynasty costumes to celebrate the goddess Nvwa's birthday and eat pots of noodles at noon. Shexian County, Hebei Province, China Top Kazi Mushfiq, Bangladesh, won the Bring Home the Harvest category with this shot of farmers harvesting the rice, which is like gold to them Above Avishek Das, India, won the World Food Programme Food for Life category with this image of a woman working in a rice- processing field of West Bengal, India. It's a tough environment to work in as extreme heat is released from the boiled rice grains drying

Fantastic food This year’s Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition saw more than 9000 images entered across 77 countries. The judging panel included Claire Hyman, British Photography – The Hyman Collection, Alice Waters, culinary superstar, Lucy Pike, photography director atWeTransfer, andHisExcellencyAli binThalith, secretary general, HIPA. Chinese photographer Jianhui Liao won this year’s competition, as well as the Food for Celebration category with his image entitled Cauldron Noodles, which shows big pots of noodles being eaten in celebration of the goddess, Nvwa. All of the category winners’ images can be viewed at

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Canon’s Cosmos

Launched in 1991, the New Cosmos of Photography competition has received over 29,400 entries from both individuals and groups across the world. With the aim of discovering, nurturing and supporting developing

photographers to explore new and creative ways to engage with photography and video, the competition is open to photographers worldwide. The grand prize winner of the competition will receive 1 million who want

Japanese yen, a Canon product and have the opportunity to host an individual exhibit at the New Cosmos of Photography 2020 exhibition, while seven Excellence awards and 14 Honorable Mention award winners will also receive the

chancetodisplaytheirwork.Entries can be submitted either by post or online and entered as individuals or groups. The competition closes 12 June.

Let’smeet up Over the past six years, one of the highlights in our photographic calendar has been Photo 24, a day- long photo event in London. This year, a London Photo 24 is not going to happen, but we will have an informal meet-up on 21 June.

Everyone is welcome, so spread the word. There’s no itinerary, no contests, no planned shoots or events. It will just be like of bunch of friends meeting up to take a few pictures. We’ll use Facebook to keep people informed. So if you arrive late, lose the group or just get the chance to come along for an hour or two, we can use social media to keep in touch.

If you want to come along, please request to join the Photography News 2019 London Meet group on Facebook where we will posting more details in due course.

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Camera club news If your club has any news you want to share with the world, these are the pages for it. Your story might be about your club’s success in a contest, or a member’s personal achievements; it could be about a group outing you had recently or when the annual exhibition is on show. Any news is eligible for inclusion, so club publicity officers please read and take note of the submission guidelines (right) and get your stories in

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Deadline for the next issue: 10 June 2019

We need words and pictures by 10 June 2019 for the next issue of Photography News , which will be available from 18 June 2019. If you want to submit, follow these guidelines: y y Write your story in 250 words or fewer. Include the club’s website, meeting times, what the event is, opening times, entrance costs – anything relevant. y y We need an image for every story. JPEGs, 2000 pixels max on the longest dimension, any colour space, credits should be included in your text. y y We DO NOT use posters or images with words on the image front. y y Before the above deadline, attach the text document and JPEGs to an email and send to

EnterWinchester Winchester PS’sNational Exhibition returns for its fifth year. Winchester Photographic

We’re always keen to receive club submissions. To help with the planning and timing of submissions, here are the publication and deadline dates for the next few issues of Photography News . Issue 67, out from18 June Deadline for contributions: 10 June Issue 68, out from16 July Deadline for contributions: 8 July Issue 69, out from13 August Deadline for contributions: 5August Issue 70, out from 10September Deadline for contributions: 1 September Issue 71, out from15October Deadline for contributions: 6October Issue 72, out from 26November Deadline for contributions: 17November Helpful dates

Society, in association with BPE (British Photographic Exhibitions), is delighted to announce its photographic competition and exhibition of digital photographic images for 2019. Photographers are invited to submit up to ten images in total across five classes: pictorial colour, pictorial monochrome, creative, scapes and nature, with no more than three images in each class. Full details, rules and instructions for entry can be found on the society’s website. Each entry costs £1.50, with a minimum fee of £6. The closing date is 30 June 2019 and after a private judging by a trio of experienced exhibition judges, the resultswill be announced in July. In addition to a winner, second and third place in each class, there will be three judges’ choices and several certificates of merit. Any queries should be sent to winchesternational@winphotosoc.

Day of Photography

See Noton at Norwich

Waiteat Earl ShiltonCC

Norwich & District PS is pleased to announce that David Noton’s inspirational Chasing the Light Roadshow will arrive at Norwich 14 September 2019. Chasing the Light Roadshow 2019 is no ordinary talk on photography. Join David Noton on a journey around the world and share his experiences behind the lens in a diverse range of situations and environments, The two hour show combines his stunning high-definition pictures with satellite imagery, music, video clips, anecdotes and humour that cover his 30 years of globetrotting photography. After the show the audience will be able to meet David Noton, Canon ambassador and fellow of the RPS, ask questions and purchase his books and DVDs. The venue for this event is

Tickets for C h a r l i e Wa i t e ’ s talk at Earl S h i l t o n CC on 29 May can now be booked by

phone. Call TicketSource on 0333 666 3366. Tickets cost £12 plus £1.75 for phone bookings. Tickets can also be bought online via the club’s website. The talk takes place at the Mary Forryan Centre, St Peter’s Catholic Church, Leicester Road, Hinckley LE10 1LW.

Enjoy a day of photography with Peterborough’s Photography in Focus Club in support of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. The whole day costs £8, suits photographers of all experience levels and there’s the chance to shoot models and performers in photogenic surroundings. The Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is on Thorpe Road, Peterborough PE3 6LW.

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre, UEA, Chancellors Drive, Norwich NR4 7TR, starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from and cost £15 each.


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SevenoaksCC’sannualexhibitionwill beheldattheSevenoaksKaleidoscope Gallery, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks TN13 1LQ from 5 to 15 June. Admissionisfreeandtheshowisopen

during normal Sevenoaks library opening times. Prints will be on display every day while on Saturdays there will be a display of digital images and

members of the club will be on hand to answer questions about the images and the club’s activities.

Over 200printswere ondisplay atHarpendenPS’s recent exhibition and this hugely popular annual event, which enjoyed near record- breaking visitor numbers, allowed each member of the public to vote for their three favourite images. The overall winning image, as voted by visitors to the show, was Close Encounter by HPS member Tom Couch. Well done to him. Harpenden PS’s annual winner

Carshalton CC annual show Carshalton CC’s 64th annual exhibition takes place on 8 June at Carshalton Methodist Church, Carshalton.

Gill Peachey LRPS will officially open the exhibition at 11am. She will award the Roy King Trophy for the Best Panel. The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free. There’s a raffle, refreshments and the chance to vote for your favourite pictures. Members of the club will be present to talk about the pictures on display and the club’s activities.

Leigh go Dutch

Go wild

Leigh on Sea CC recently hosted Fotoclub Maasstad from Rotterdam and the two clubs recently had their first international competition. This is a special year for both clubs as they were both formed in 1929 so are celebrating 90 years of photography. Six members from Fotoclub Maasstad attended a full club room to see the DPI images and the judge’s comments were read out together with the marks awarded. Robert Van Agthoven interpreted the comments for our visitors. The result was a

narrow victory for Leigh but the highest number of marks for an individual photographer went to Marly Smit of Maasstad. During their time in the UK the members of the Maasstad club were looked after by Leigh members and that included a photo trip to London, covering Portobello Road, Borough Market and the South Bank. The two clubs now have a date for a return competition next year with Leigh members visiting Holland.

Peter and Sue Jones of Clay Cross CC and Patricia Kearton of Northallerton CC are holding an exhibition of their work 2 to 28 September. Wildlife from around the world will be held at the Patchings Art Centre, Oxton Road, Calvertan, Nottingham NG14 6NU. Entry is free.

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15 Techniques

Mirrorless ismore New series! The mirrorless revolution is in full swing. Are you part of it? Here, in the first part

of a new series we look at some of the undeniable advantages of mirrorless bodies over DSLRs. Give it a read and, if you haven’t been already, you might be tempted to make the switch...

Mirrorless cameras have been advancing on the DSLR kingdom for a long time. Over ten years in fact, as the first consumer mirrorless camera to market was Panasonic’s G1 micro four-thirds CSC launched way back in 2008. But now more than ever before it feels like mirrorless is really ‘here’. In part that’s due to Canon and Nikon finally waking up to the idea, and throwing their weight behind new full-frame systems. And of course Sony, Olympus, Fujifilm and Panasonic have been producing

superb mirrorless cameras in the last few years. So there’s no denying them any more. They’re not a gimmick or a fad. And they’re not going away. And in many ways, mirrorless cameras are actually the future of photography. Lots of amateurs have already embraced them and their undeniable benefits. But if you’re not aware of them, or not convinced, what are those advantages? In this series we’ll look at them all, starting withageneral lookat the claims about why mirrorless cameras are great.

Weight for it

Going steady

In-body image stabilisation can improve almost any picture

Though good photographers know what it takes to keep a picture sharp, there’s no denying the value of image stabilisation. IS has been around for years, both in camera bodies and in lenses, but the latest systems in mirrorless models are more powerful than ever – and increasingly important when using high-res sensors that are more likely to show

micro blur. Mirrorless cameras are also more likely to have IS in the body, so lenses can be lighter, and the feature can be used with older glass. And when you combine in-body stabilisation with in-lens technology, you can get even more benefit. For instance, Olympus’s OM-D E-M1 Mark II can hit 6.5EV of correction when used with ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO lens.

The size of mirrorless bodies and lenses means you can pack more – and shoot more

Okay, let’s take this one with a pinch of salt. Many mirrorless cameras and lenses aren’t exactly ‘small’, but most are smaller and lighter than equivalent-spec DSLRs. For instance, Nikon’s Z 7 is around 350g lower in weight than the similarly spec’d D850,

and a fair amount smaller in terms of footprint, too. Practically, smaller and lighter means more freedom: for instance shooting one-handed, overhead or at arms length more comfortably, if required. And if you regularly take lots of gear on a trip,

you can theoretically get the same versatility and quality from a much smaller kit, save worry when boarding aircraft with carry on luggage restrictions, or, if you’re like most photographers, take more stuff with you at the same heft.

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It is what it is

Focus group

There’s nothing that a mirrorless camera inherently does to make a better exposure, but because of the way an electronic viewfinder works it does let you see exactly what your exposure settings are giving you before you shoot. The EVF is giving you a live feed from the sensor so any changes you make will be clear, assuming you’ve switched that mode on. And it’s not just exposure. You get accurate colour, depth-of-field, composition and focusing peaking, along with exposure tools like live histograms and ‘zebra’ style highlight warnings. Yes, you can get these on a DSLR’s screen in live-view mode, but it’s not the same as having them right there in the viewfinder. One of the biggest benefits of using an EVF is when working in tricky lighting conditions, like a backlit portrait, or a snow scene. So while you’d still need to apply some exposure compensation or manually alter the exposure to improve the shot, with an EVF you can see the brightening or darkening and therefore perfectly judge its effect. An electronic viewfinder can mean more accurate exposures and enhanced creativity

Mirrorless cameras’ AF performance can be faster andmore reliable thanDSLRs

Because they dispense with the mirror box of a DSLR, and focusing takes place directly on the sensor, locking on to subjects can be a lot quicker with mirrorless cameras. On DSLRs, the mirror channels the light into the optical viewfinder and on to an AF sensor, and after calculations are made, the mirror has to get out of the way before a picture is taken to reveal the sensor. No mirror means that AF is faster. If you add features

like the Sony A9’s revolutionary stacked sensor it gets even better. Using the sensor for AF also means more of the frame is available for setting as an AF point, even right up to the edge. And because most mirrorless cameras use a mix of contrast and phase-detect systems, you get advanced modes like face and eye recognition. And if you’re focusing manually, you can use focus peaking right there in the viewfinder.

Silent right

Speed is king

As quiet as manufacturers try to make the mirror and shutter mechanisms of DSLRs, there’s only so far they can go, and the noise they make can still be off-putting in some situations like weddings, concerts, and street photography. The sound of a shutter can even make people nervous in portrait sessions. On a mirrorless camera, there are no such worries, as the lack of a moving mirror immediately cuts down noise. And on top of that, mirrorless cameras can shoot with a purely electronic shutter for totally silent operation – DSLRs can do this too, in their live-view modes, but not in such a sophisticated way. The benefit of electronic shutter goes beyond silence, too. If you’re shooting multiple exposure techniques like focus stacking and timelapse, the shutter doesn’t need to open and close, which it can only do a certain number of times before it breaks, so your camera will live longer. Mirrorless cameras are better suited to silent shooting than DSLRs, and that has all sorts of benefits

Mirrorless means blistering frame rates

When you take the traditional mirror mechanism out of a camera you can also increase the speed of shooting. Simply put, if you want to retain AF and autoexposure through a burst of images, a DSLR will need to push and pull the mirror out of the way between each one, and there’s a physical limit to how quickly that can be done. Pro- spec cameras like Nikon’s D5 will give

you 12fps with AF and AE, and 14fps with the mirror locked up, wherein exposure and focus is also locked. The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II can shoot up to 14fps with full AF and AE. But as fast as those speeds are, you also get blackout between frames, which makes following the subject difficult. On a mirrorless camera the only restriction in frames-per-second is

how quickly the camera can calculate focus and exposure and push images through to the card. Theoretically there’s no limit. With the Sony A9 for example, you’re looking at 20fps with full AF and AE function, and with no viewfinder blackout at all. Other cameras like the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II can shoot at up to 18fps with autofocus and 60fps with single focus.

Next month: We look at the superb buying options out there for mirrorless bodies and lenses.

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2019 SonyWorld PhotographyAwards Awards

Now into its 12th year, over 327,000 images were entered into this year’s Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA) and its four categories: professional, open, student and youth. Within the professional and open

categories there are ten subject categories that include architecture, landscape, portraiture and street photography. The overall winner is selected from across those ten categories and in the case of the professional category,

between five and ten pictures must have been entered. In the professional landscape category, British photographers dominated, claiming all of the top three positions, and we’re

delighted to showcase their images here. YanWang Preston was the landscape winner with Marco Kesseler second and Kieran Dodds in third place. Our congratulations to all of them.

First place

To the South of the Colourful Clouds by YanWang Preston Series description: ‘To the South of the Colourful Clouds’ (2017) depicts the otherworldly ‘ecology recovery’ landscape in Haidong

so, the topsoil of the entire area is replaced by a type of red, semi-artificial soil, which forms the base for introduced, mostly non-indigenous plants, including thousands of mature trees. Meanwhile, green plastic netting is used to cover everything unappealing to the eye, fromconstructionwaste to disused

quarries. The town’s objective here has shifted froman ‘ecological’ concern to a cosmetic one of trying to be visually green. The images are part of an eight-year project ,‘Forest’ (2010-2017), for which the photographer investigates the politics of recreating forests and ‘natural’ environments in newChinese cities.

Development Zone in Dali, Yunnan Province, China. Here, a small rural area is being urbanised systematically to create “an international leisure town and an ecologymodel town”. In doing

Right An image showing a detailed ecology recovery landscape. The background is a quarry face covered by green/ cyan plastic netting. A young sapling stands in the centre, supported by a bag of nutrition liquid and a pile of semi-artificial red soil Above A group of transplanted trees wrapped in green and white plastic, standing above a new pond as part of the Haidong North Mountain Forest Park © YanWang Preston, UK, first place, Professional: Landscape, 2019 SonyWorld Photography Awards

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Second place

Polytunnel byMarco Kesseler

This project looks under the surface and examines the hidden landscape within the spaces in which our food is produced. It also looks at cyclical changes and the relationship between chaos and control in the natural environment. In the polytunnel, the seasons are stretched and softened within a polythene skin, creating its own cosmos. In these unseen spaces, nature vies for territory within a man-made colony.

Right Rows of asparagus line the fertile soil of the tunnel ©Marco Kesseler, UK, second place, Professional: Landscape 2019 Sony World Photography Awards

Third place

Hierotopia by Kieran Dodds

Ethiopia has lost 95% of its native forests due to human activity in the last century. What remains surrounds circular Tewahedo Orthodox churches; these ancient canopies are protected as a tenet of faith. The country’s population will double in the next 30 years, further pressurising these natural treasures. Thousands of forest fragments exist across Northern Ethiopia – green islands of biodiversity in an expanding sea of agriculture – but a mere fraction are viable. Incremental erosion from grazing and subsistence

agriculture is destructive: thinned forest edges kill the canopy from the outside in. To their guardians, each forest is a miniature Garden of Eden, essential to the building’s dignity. One priest described the trees as “the clothes of the church”. The forest’s religious significance is equalled by its ecological function: these sacred oases raise water tables, lower temperatures, block destructive winds and are home to yield-boosting pollinators. These genetic repositories are vital for human survival in Ethiopia.

Left Debre Mihret Arbiatu Ensesa church near Ambesane surrounded by subsistence agriculture © Kieran Dodds, UK, third place, Professional: Landscape 2019 SonyWorld Photography Awards

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