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Get kitted out now / Buyers’ guides to lenses and filters First look / Canon EOS R3 hands-on Nikon setting a gold standard Nikon has launched the Z 40mm f/2. A fast, multi-purpose, compact and

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THE Z 40MM F/2 is the latest addition to Nikon’s growing Z lens range. It is light, compact and affordable – a great option for anyone new to the Nikon Z system. It’s the perfect size for carrying in your pocket, although it’s so small that you can even keep it on your camera throughout the day. Ideal for general use, this standard prime lens is suitable for Z series full-frame cameras, and on a Z series DX-format (Z fc, Z 50) you get a 60mm equivalent angle of view. The beauty of this lens is that it is extremely compact, yet captures the detail, depth and colour of subjects with accuracy – and delivers high- quality images in low-lit environments, with the f/2 maximum aperture. It has a minimum focus distance of 29cm, allowing you to capture sharp, high-resolution close-ups. If you’re looking to really make your subject stand out from the background, then

do so with beautiful bokeh effects, made possible by the nine-blade iris. Autofocus is powered by an ultra- quiet stepping motor, harnessing the extra light gathered by the Z mount. Well-equipped for video, it’s designed to significantly suppress focus breathing. A silent control ring allows you to easily set the focus, aperture, exposure compensation or ISO. Out now, at £249. nikon.co.uk

lightweight standard prime – perfect for portraits, scenics and street photography

NIKONZ 40MM F/2 LENS ›  Price £249 ›  Construction Six elements in four groups (two aspheric lenses) ›  Filter thread 52mm ›  Weight 170g

lauded, but equally important accessory areas, such as bags and monitors. And it’s not just products – we want to recognise great service, too. We have nominations for the best dealers in different sectors, the best processor and the best website provider, among others. Voting is now open, closing 5 January 2022. Thank you in advance for making your voice heard. As a little incentive, all voters will be eligible for a random prize draw, with a case of wine for the winner. Award nominations are in this issue, starting on page 15. photographynews.co.uk

DESPITE EVERYTHING THAT has gone on in the world over the past 18 months or so, the imaging industry has continued to move forwards – perhaps more slowly than expected – with new technologies, user-friendly designs and innovative features. We don’t want to compromise our neutrality here, so we’re not going to name names. Suffice to say, there has never been a better time for image makers and content creators. Our product categories cover all aspects of imaging. From the key camera and lens sectors, to less highly

A perfect pair from Tamron Tamron confirms the release of two fast-aperture zooms for Sony E-mount cameras

The 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD is a lightweight choice for travel photographers, and its fast aperture for this focal length range is a world first. The 28-75mm f/2.8 G2 is priced £849.99; the 35-150mm f/2-2.8 is £1599.99. Both go on sale after 28 Oct. transcontinenta.co.uk

TAMRON WELCOMES TWO zooms to its extensive family of lenses, both for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. The 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 is a fast-aperture zoom that delivers enhanced imaging performance, higher-resolution images and faster AF compared with its predecessor.

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enlarging solutions, plus medium and large format film cameras. These stands appeared busy for the whole show. Anyway, if you want to attend TPS next year, the show is on 17-20 September 2022. Autumn’s here and it’s time to get the thermals out. Actually, I’ve had mine ready since August, when summer came to an early, unseasonal end – which was very disappointing. I was just beginning to enjoy insect photography and the weather didn’t help. Although, I managed a few sessions with damselflies and dragonflies. But now it’s time to focus on other opportunities. I’m hoping to make the most of the season’s colours. Longer term, I’m thinking of Victorian viaducts as a project. There are many, so I need to funnel this down and do some research – but I could pick 50 and record those for posterity, perhaps shooting on film. Don’t know yet, but if anyone has any thoughts, please feel free to get in touch. See you again next month, when the feature-packed double issue is out from 27 November.

EDITOR’S LETTER WILLCHEUNG

WELL, DID YOU make it to the NEC for The Photography Show? I was there three days in all: one for me, and two as editor of the mag. Thanks to everyone who stopped me to say hello. The Sunday seemed quiet, but the Monday and Tuesday were almost as busy as normal. Although, I don’t think there were as many bulging carrier bags as usual. Stock probably wasn’t there to be bought, and we do know that the demand for some significant new cameras and lenses is outstripping supply. But it wasn’t just new tech that was suffering, as I heard one tripod brand had sold their stock in the first two days. I really enjoyed the show. I got to play with the Canon EOS R3 (read what I thought on page 40) and spent a few quid, too. I’d been thinking of digitally photographing some of my favourite film negatives and slides recently, and saw accessories from pixl-latr to help. I bought a simple multi-format film holder, a diffuser and non-slip mat. I’ve finished a few copies – and the kit does what I want. The analogue corner was one of the show’s most interesting areas, with fascinating developing and

The new VEO 3T series of tripods meets the growing demand for versatile kit

VANGUARD’S VEO 3T travel range aims to help photographers and content creators produce high-quality images. Importantly, it has recognised the need for tripods that are compatible with both professional-level cameras and smartphones. Four models are available, two sizes in either aluminium or carbon fibre. The 235ABP aluminium/235CBP carbon – priced at £179.99 and £229.99, respectively – folds down to 41cm. It reaches a very useful 155cm fully extended and comes with the VEO BP-50T head. For greater height, the 265HABP aluminium/265HCBP costs £219.99 and £269.99, respectively, and fully extended the camera platform is

166cm off the ground. These models come with the VEO BP-120T head. Vanguard is known for providing a wide range of features, and these tripods are no exception. In the box you can expect an Arca-compatible head, a low-angle adapter, a ballast hook, spiked feet and tripod bag. The tripods have three easy-set leg angles (20°, 50° and 80°) that allow you to capture low-angle or macro

shots with ease – with a reversible central column that enables a quick set up. The low-angle adapter has a 1/4in thread, so can be used with any tripod head. One leg of the tripod can convert rapidly into a monopod. The tripod shoulder also has two 3/8in threads, to attach accessories – you can carry everything you need for your shoot with just one tripod. vanguardworld.co.uk

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What’s inside 03 News Microchip shortages might have slowed camera and lens launches, and stopped stocks getting to the shops, but there are no such issues with bags and tripods from the likes of Lowepro and Manfrotto – so plenty to tempt you 11 Word search and Vanguard contests A Samsung 256GB microSD card is up for grabs in our ever popular Word search, while in our monthly Vanguard contest we have a VEO Select 41GR bag to be won 12 Club news The new season for photo clubs and societies is already in rhythm, with a mix of actual, virtual and hybrid meetings. Club life is not back to normal yet, but it’s on the way

16 The Photography News Awards 2021 It’s that time of the year when we at PN want to recognise and celebrate great imaging kit and services. We have shortlisted nominees across a broad range of imaging categories – now it is up to the PN readership to vote for their winners 26 Make the Switch: Jovis Leigh Howieson Jovis Leigh Howieson wanted to get into street photography, and it was only after she ditched her DSLR and bought a Fujifilm camera that she saw the light. She hasn’t looked back since 29 Buyers’ guide: Take a new view Give your photography a refresh with a different lens. Our market survey takes in leading independent brands, where there is great value to be had

32 Buyers’ guide: Filter factors Most photographers have a lens filter of some sort, and many own a great deal more, especially scenic shooters. PN takes a look at the leading lights in the busy world of filters, and suggests products worth buying 34 Hands on: Canon EOS R3 We all knew the flagship Canon EOS R3 was due in 2021, but we didn’t know precisely what it would offer. Now we do, and editor Will Cheung managed to get a little one-on-one time 36 First tests

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Upgrade your tripod with Vanguard The VEO MT-12 Multi-Mount and Horizontal Arm delivers a versatile solution for upgrading your existing tripod Vanguard recognises that photographers don’t want to replace their perfectly good tripod every time a new one gets released, because – let’s face it – it would be impossible to keep up! However, you may want to get more out of your current tech, and that’s where the VEO MT-12 comes in. Vanguard has designed a multi-mount and horizontal arm that can fit onto any tripod with a 1/4in or 3/8in thread, allowing for the addition of up to four accessories – such as lights, a monitor or even an extra camera. The aluminium-alloy bar is 65cm long and functions as a horizontal arm, giving users the option to shoot from above – which is great for keen macro and still-life photographers. There’s a mounting plate with a reversible 3/8in to 1/4in thread at each end, enabling the addition of two more accessories. The system is kept secure by grub screws, so you can be sure that all your additional kit will be held tightly in place. The VEO MT-12 comes with two VEO+ MA1 adapters, allowing the attachment of an accessory direct on a 1/4in thread, or using a tripod head for greater control. The adapter position can be easily adjusted to achieve the optimum placement for the extra accessory. The multi-mount weighs 1025g and can bear a load of 10kg. It also comes with a luxury carry bag to protect it when not in use. The VEO MT-12 retails at a recommended price of £119.99 and is available now. vanguardworld.co.uk

Lowepro announces PhotoSport Pro travel backpacks With impressive capacity and practical handling, the Lowepro PhotoSport III series is ideal for adventure and dedicated outdoor photographers

straps are padded, with perforated foam to offer maximum comfort. Torso length, shoulder pad angle, chest straps and waist straps can all be changed to fit in dividual build. The PhotoSport Pro backpacks also incorporate an ActivLift system, that can be adjusted to achieve optimum weight distribution – even when carrying heavier loads over longer journeys. The PhotoSport Pro backpacks will be available this month, with the Pro 55L AW III priced at £429.95; the 70L at £457.95. The GearUp Pro L II will be £41.95, with the XL £54.95. lowepro.com/uk-en/

with a vertical grip and 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached. There is also room for two extra lenses or a drone with accessories. In addition to camera gear, the PhotoSport Pro backpacks are designed to carry all the essential equipment needed for a multiple-day camping journey. Each bag comes with a modular GearUp Pro XL (also available separately), which serves as a removable camera compartment and can be accessed quickly and easily, from either the front or back. The backpacks feature a customisable fit, with both sizes offering two widths of shoulder strap: S-M and M-L. All shoulder

LOWEPRO’S PHOTOSPORT III Series is aimed at adventure photographers who need practical solutions for carrying their kit on journeys. With this in mind, the backpacks prioritise comfort and provide a range of storage solutions to suit the needs of the modern image maker. With sustainability considered, these backpacks are made from recycled materials and feature a loading bar that clearly indicates the percentage of recycled fabrics used to make the bag. The PhotoSport Pro is available in two sizes: 55L and 70L. Both have capacity for a full-frame mirrorless or DSLR camera,

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Rotolight launches Neo 3 and AEOS 2 lights The next generation of Rotolight LEDs – the Neo 3 and AEOS 2 – have been announced, available to pre-order through their Kickstarter campaign

Camera bag redesigns for Manfrotto The upgraded collection expands Manfrotto’s line-up of stylish and customisable bags, offering the very best protection for your gear

from £36.95, four sizes of Advanced Shoulder bag, priced £27.95, and Advanced Messenger bag at £99.95. The Manfrotto Street camera bag has had a slimmed down redesign, with interchangeable front and back openings, and removable inserts. So, users can quickly convert it into a lifestyle bag. New additions include a Street Convertible Tote bag at £105.95, the Street Tech Organizer at £26.95, and the Street Crossbody Pouch at £17.95. All carrying solutions incorporate the M-Guard Protection System: a slimline, modular divider made of high-density EVA foam. The upgrade provides optimum protection and shock absorption to keep gear safe. manfrotto.co.uk

access from the front, with a secondary quick-access side door. The Pro Light Multiloader M has front access, plus double side and top access doors, for £259.95. Finally, the Pro Light Flexloader L is £299.95 and has full front access to the main compartment, with an expandable secondary compartment. The new Pro Light Tough hard cases come in two carry-on sizes, the H-55 and H-83, priced £269.95 and £289.95, respectively. The existing range of Advanced backpacks has grown, with the addition of the Advanced Rolling Bag III. It’s hand-baggage sized, priced at £210.95. Other carrying solutions in this range include three sizes of Advanced Holster, starting

Manfrotto has launched an all-new Pro Light bag and case collection, featuring four backpacks and two hard cases. Several existing Manfrotto bag families have been redesigned to incorporate a newly developed foam protection system. The Pro Light Collection is the most significant addition to the Manfrotto range, designed to meet the needs of both enthusiast and pro photographers. Each backpack has different access points to suit specific user requirements. The Pro Light Backloader has full rear access, with a secondary top door. The S size costs £169.95, with the M size £179.95. The Pro Light Frontloader costs £199.95. It has full compartment

Both units include an intuitive touchscreen, making for quick and efficient handling. The Neo 3 and AEOS 2 can both be operated remotely using the new Rotolight app. Colour, power, effects adjustments and more can be done with your mobile phone. Rotolight has also developed the Smartsoft Box for the AEOS 2, which it claims is the world’s first intelligent softbox. Users can switch effortlessly between soft output to a harder light source. It makes it easy to adjust the diffusion, focus and spread of light. A new Rotolight Universal Speedring adapter that accepts Bowens-Mount modifiers is also on its way. The Neo 3 and AEOS 2 are available on Kickstarter until 19 November – orders will be shipped in February 2022. rotolight.com/kickstarter

ROTOLIGHT CLAIMS THAT the Neo 3 is the brightest on-camera LED light ever produced. It is also easy to transport, making it well-suited to shooting on the go. The light is available as an individual unit or a three-light kit, and is powered by a renewable lithium battery. The Rotolight AEOS 2 is a lightweight LED that offers users excellent versatility and the ability to achieve a beautiful, soft brightness in almost any location. Rotolight claims that this is the thinnest and lightest 1x1 panel ever made, weighing just under 1.4kg. Both products boast a zero recycle time, and allow photographers to use flash in any one of 16.7 million colours or with 2500 digital filters. This enables you to achieve the exact colour tone and create the desired atmosphere for your shoot.

Tasty fare at Bristol Enjoy this year’s Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year exhibition at the RPS in Bristol The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year is the world’s leading award for food photography and film. This year, its exhibition will be hosted by The Royal Photographic Society at its base in Bristol. The exhibition features over 170 images that fall into 25 imaginative categories, such as Politics of Food or Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture. The exhibition aims to put a spotlight on unique stories about food, showing the variety of culinary cultures throughout the world.

The exhibition is free and doesn’t require booking. It runs from 20 November to 12 December 2021. rps.org

Listen up, photo peeps The PN team reflects on the latest happenings in the world of imaging It’s autumn, and with the leaves turning pretty colours – mixed in with some interesting weather – the PN team focuses its attention on the wonders of seasonal landscape photography. If you have ideas you want to share, or a tricky dilemma that needs the team to help you sort, please get in touch by email on podcast@photographynews.co.uk photographynews.co.uk/podcast-library

No colour required The latest in the 52 Assignments book series has just been published – and it’s in all black & white The author of 52 Assignments: Black & White Photography is Brian Lloyd Duckett, a renowned photographer and Fujifilm ambassador. Visualising the end result and composing in monochrome can be a challenge, so Brian’s advice and weekly commissions will help. This book is published by Ammonite Press, out in November for £12.99. ammonitepress.com

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Manfrotto on the MOVE Manfrotto Move products boast flexible configurations, that increase on-set dynamic creators Manfrotto has announced three new modular designs, that promote smooth workflows in fast-paced creative environments. The Move Quick Release (QR) system allows operators to switch between tripods, motion-control gear and stabilisers in a matter efficiency and can empower of seconds. Users can create a universal connector type using a uniform Base and Plate set-up – across all camera systems and their various supports. This will allow operators to switch between equipment, without having to change plates. Designed with a universal 3/8in thread connector and a 1/4in adapter, Move’s QR system is compatible with most camera equipment and supports. The Move Quick Release catcher sells for £91.95, the Quick Release base (MVAQR) is £82.95, with the plate £22.95. The Gim-Pod is a lightweight solution that enables you to transition to a tripod using a Gimboom, without detaching the camera rig. It costs £71.95 and designed with twist locking legs and an aluminium slimline frame. External accessories can be attached to the Gim-Pod’s legs using a universal 3/8in thread connector, making it a highly versatile piece of kit. The third Move product is the £611.95 Gimbal 300XM. It is Manfrotto’s first modular stabiliser that allows flexible configurations, according to the user’s needs. Professional-level functionality is delivered by the upgraded hardware and software. manfrotto.co.uk

Nikon Photo Contest 2020- 2021 winners revealed

insight into private experiences, emotions and perspectives. “We saw some very moving, highly emotional entries this year, that stunned the judges – images of suffering, and of beauty, of captured lives, of joy, and of magic. It’s been an extremely difficult year for everyone, and to create works that somehow communicate these challenges shows that photography and video are very powerful tools.” The winning images will be put on display in London from 1-14 November. Exhibition details and the winning images can be viewed in an online exhibition on the Nikon Photo Contest 2020-2021 website now. nikon-photocontest.com/en/

Founded more than 50 years ago, the Nikon Photo Contest is one of the world’s largest photography competitions. The 2020-2021 version attracted 65,062 submissions from over 150 countries and regions. The winners of the Grand Prize awards for each competition category were selected from the Excellence Award-winning works. The photo competition Grand Prize went to an image from the Open Category called Radiance, by Amin Nazari from the Islamic Republic of Iran, depicting an elderly person receiving treatment for Covid-19 in an Iranian hospital. Lead judge Neville Brody observed that many of the entries provided

Submissions to this year’s competition share diverse perspectives, emotions and experiences from the Covid-19 pandemic

WildArt POTY: Monochrome category winners announced Discover the standout images of this unique wildlife photography competition

category winners coming from Poland, Hungary, the USA, the UK, Israel and Austria. There are ten categories in total, running over the first ten months of 2021. Submissions to Monochrome were received throughout July. The final category is Colour. wildartpoty.com

The WildArt Photographer of the Year puts wildlife snappers at the heart of everything it does. The competition has been designed by wildlife photographers with them in mind – and, of course, all the judges are wildlife photographers, too! It has attracted lots of submissions from people all around the world, with past

MONOCHROME GOLD AWARDWINNER Whale Shark and Tourists by Csaba Tökölyi. It shows fishermen feeding whale sharks, while divers look on. Nikon D7200 with Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 fisheye lens at 10mm. Subal ND7200 housing and Inon Z-240 underwater flash. Exposure 1/250sec, f/10 at ISO 100

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Four-part image | a symmetrical multi-part work Displaying a photo as a four-part image is recommended for bringing more attention to the photograph, giving it greater depth. As a multi-piece work, the photo stands out from other images on the wall. It can be said that the larger a photo is – on canvas, Alu-Dibond or behind acrylic glass – the more it is enhanced by dividing it. Due to the symmetry of the

Working a whole new angle: redesigning multi-piece pictures Multi-piece pictures offer a variety of hanging options, in addition to the special aesthetics they convey. The sequence of the individual elements can be interchanged or hung with an offset in height. It is possible to achieve a special display by hanging the pieces in the corner of a room, offering an unusual perspective in every respect.

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Two PN readers can win our easy-to-enter contest, with Vanguard VEO Select 41GR bags up for grabs VANGUARD OFFERS A wealth of carrying options, whether you own a single-lens mirrorless outfit, or multi-lens full-frame camera system. With high protection levels, good capacity, smart styling and great value, Vanguard’s range satisfies most needs. The Vanguard VEO Select 41GR, worth £99.99, is a backpack that changes into a shoulder bag – and back again – by reconfiguring the strap. But versatility is just one selling point. Other benefits include quick access from the top-left side, a multi-function organiser pocket, and smart divider system. Unladen, it weighs in at 1.5kg. And with an exterior of 1680D polyester fabric, it’s both tough and good-looking. A rain cover is supplied, with luggage strap fitted. For a chance to win the Vanguard VEO Select 41GR, just answer this question: How much does the empty Select 41GR weigh?

To enter, go to photographynews.co.uk and follow the link. The closing date for entries is 12 November 2021 – the first two correct answers drawn at random after that date, take the prize. The winner of the VEO Range T 48 featured in PN issue 91 was A McPhee, Winchester. Thank you to everyone who supported the contest, and good luck next time! vanguardworld.co.uk

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In addition, there are no logos or barcodes anywhere on the books – these are incredibly professional items. As a leading online photo lab and professional image workshop, WhiteWall offers three ways to order: online, via a completely new downloadable software, or PDF upload. All of these options lead you step-by-step to an individually designed finished product. The range offers different formats, paper types, covers and end papers, for a personal result. Exhibition A4 Portrait (20.5x27cm) and, if there are many panorama images to display, Landscape (27x20.5cm) are ideal choices for any design project. The Gallery Square (29x29cm) book format adds a touch of flair. Impressive larger photos should be displayed in the right size, produced in Portfolio A3 (Portrait: 27x35.6cm, Landscape: 38.2x29cm). Starting from 28 pages – expandable by four pages at a time, up to 200 depending on the selection – a WhiteWall Coffee Table Book is ideal for even the most demanding projects. whitewall.com

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Windsor PS THE NEW SEASON is underway at the Windsor PS. “The pandemic did not stop members having an enjoyable time, with a varied programme on Zoom last season,” reports club chairman Denis Wesson. “Now that restrictions have eased, we can meet physically again. It was great to see people in the same room. In fact, we had a strong start with six new members – all younger than me! I think the pandemic has brought people back to our hobby. That said, some regular members are staying away because they have vulnerable partners, so we have Zoom meetings planned to keep them involved. “During our first meeting, The Photographer of the Year Competition 2020/21 winner was revealed. It was won by Neil Mountford with his image Into the Light, (right). We are looking forward to an evening with Eddie Hyde on 29 November, which will be Tips & Tricks in Lightroom and Photoshop.” WPS meets every Monday evening at The Old Court, St Leonards Road, Windsor, SL4 3BL at 7.45pm. Annual subscription is £60. windsor-photographic-society.co.uk

Harwich & Dovercourt CC “We’ve kick-started our new season and were delighted to see so many members return, along with some new faces,” says the club’s vice chair Ron Bell. “One of the first events on the programme was a model shoot, so thanks to Tamsyn Jo for posing. While this type of photography was familiar to some of the members, a number felt completely out of their comfort zone. But, having said that, they all took part and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.” The club runs a packed programme of events each month. harwichcameraclub.co.uk

BIGWINNER Neil Mountford’s Into the Light was taken on a Fujifilm XT-2 with a 50-140mm f/2.8

West Haddon PC 7th annual photo exhibition report

“Our concern that the delay holding the show would result in a lack of interest was unfounded – we had our most successful show ever in terms of image entries and visitor numbers.” whphoto.club

WEST HADDON PHOTO Club is a small Northamptonshire group that meets every month, except August. “We relied on Zoom meetings to keep going through the lockdowns. The club benefitted from talks by a range of photographers who we would not normally be able to entertain,” says committee member Adrian Chandler. “Our main event this year was the photo show held on 18-19 September. There were no categories or prizes, just sections of images. We encouraged entries from all abilities. Visitors were able to browse the prints displayed in West Haddon’s All Saints’ church, then take a pew to watch the digital entries.

Viewfinder PS Viewfinder Photographic Society’s (VPS) annual show takes place at Skidby Village Hall and moves to Lockington Village Hall, 14 Chapel Street, Lockington, Driffield YO25 9SN on 15-17 October, 10am-4pm. David Marshall, VPS chairman, said: “We can’t wait to welcome visitors to our exhibition, after the disappointment of having to cancel last year. We’ve worked closely with the Village Hall Committee to ensure that everyone will feel safe. Figures show that visitor numbers have steadily increased over the years – and the exhibition has established itself as a popular event. It attracts people of all ages to browse pictures, vote for their favourites and sometimes buy a gift from one of the stalls.” The society normally meets on Monday evenings at Skidby Village Hall, Skidby, East Yorks HU16 5TG or via Zoom. viewfinderphoto.org

Ware & District PS DURING THE PANDEMIC, the society convened weekly via Zoom, but in- person meetings have started again on Wednesday evenings 8-10pm at Thundridge Village Hall, Cambridge Road, Thundridge, Herts SG12 0TU. The new season sees a varied programme of speakers, members evenings and competitions. Prospective new members can attend free for three weeks. Experienced members are always there to help. The society’s annual exhibition is planned to take place on 20 November, 10am-6pm at Thundridge Village Hall, and there will be around 100 prints on display, together with a continuous digital show. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. wareps.org.uk

OWL’S DELIGHT Too Wet Too Woo by Fiona Gunn-Stokes was voted favourite digital image by exhibition visitors

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Peak Design

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team. MagLatch is a sophisticated closure system, allowing users to open the top of their bag with one hand, quickly and silently – a true asset when shooting on low-noise sets. Peak Design’s configurable FlexFold dividers are designed to accommodate cameras, lenses and accessories of all shapes and sizes. Create custom compartments for your kit or remove the dividers altogether, for a spacious interior. The backpacks are compatible with

PEAK DESIGN IS renowned for its iconic and award-winning bags. The Everyday Backpack 20L v2 epitomises the company’s commitment to sleek, practical and durable design. It boasts features that facilitate day-to-day workflows, whether you’re using it to carry gear or as a weekend travel bag. No wonder it has been nominated in the Best Photo Backpack category of the Photography News 2021 Awards. Stylish, practical, versatile The Everyday Backpack prioritises efficient storage and protection of your kit, offering multiple options to personalise the set- up to suit your individual needs. With three internal dividers and a specialised compartment for tablets, documents or laptops up to 15 inches, it’s easier than ever to keep your belongings organised. Access your camera kit quickly through

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“Peak Design’s backpacks are made special by unique touches, created by talented designers”

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Tamron

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Discover the pioneering Never lose focus with these groundbreaking Tamron lenses Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8Di III-AVC RXD › B estWide-Angle Lens Category Designed for Sony APS-C mirrorless

Tamron lenses that are vying for your vote in the Photography News 2021 Awards The year 2021 has been one of firsts for Tamron, with the launch of several groundbreaking lenses. The new optics offer never-before- seen aperture and zoom range combinations for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras and selected DSLRs. Read on to discover why we think these four Tamron lenses deserve your vote in the Photography News 2021 Awards…

systems, this lightweight lens delivers ultra-sharp images and impressive close-focusing capabilities. It measures 86.2mm in length and weighs just 335g, yet still offers a wide f/2.8 maximum aperture. The ultra-wide angle focuses down to just 15cm, enabling users to take stunning high-resolution close-ups. At the other end, users can enjoy taking landscapes, street scenes or group shots, confirming its versatility. SPEC HIGHLIGHTS ›  Optical construction 12 elements in 10 groups ›  Filter size 67mm ›  Maximum aperture f/2.8 ›  Dimensions (dxl) 73x86.2mm › Weight 335g

Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8Di III-AVC RXD › B est Standard Lens Category This lightweight, high-speed lens is all about rapid, powerful performance for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, with APS-C size sensors. Incorporating Tamron’s silent RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) motor unit, the 17-70mm focuses quickly and accurately, on both static and fast- moving subjects. The lens boasts advanced features, from its silent AF system to Tamron’s proprietary VC mechanism, which utilises sophisticated AI to compensate for camera shake. Measuring a modest 119.3mm and weighing only 525g, this compact lens is a handy tool for any photographer or filmmaker looking to keep up with the action.

HISTORY MAKERS Throughout the year, Tamron released lenses offering ‘world-first’ aperture and zoom range combinations for selected cameras

Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6Di III RXD › B est SuperzoomLens Category

and dramatic landscapes, then zoom right in to discover the finer details. You can even get creative by combining the f/2.8 aperture with the wide-angle 28mm focal length to achieve soft, blurred backgrounds that emphasise your subject. It also incorporates Tamron’s RXD focusing system, enabling ultra-quiet, instant focus that’s perfect for video.

It is an incredible all-in-one lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras, allowing users to rapidly transition from telephoto to wide-angle photography with a single twist of the zoom ring. The 28-200mm condenses the range and capabilities of multiple lenses into one that weighs just 575g – freeing photographers from the burdens of bulky kit. With this lens you can capture the full majesty of vast architectural masterpieces

SPEC HIGHLIGHTS ›  Optical construction 16 elements in 11 groups ›  Filter size 72mm ›  Maximum aperture f/3.5-6.3 ›  Dimensions (dxl) 79x123.9mm › Weight 710g

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Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5- 6.3 Di IIVCHLD › B est SuperzoomLens Category This lens for Canon and Nikon

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that lets users access an ultra- telephoto range, equivalent to 620mm in the 35mm format. Perfect for capturing distant subjects and vast landscapes, or creating detailed portraits and close-ups. With a range as large as this, the possibilities are endless!

models with APS-C sensors flaunts an impressive zoom range of 22.2x. It features a new HLD (High/Low Torque Modulated Drive Motor) that provides outstanding focusing power, while saving your camera’s battery. This lens has a huge range

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Awards

THE PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS 2021 AWARDS It’s that time of year again. From cameras to retailers, we recognise the cream of the image-making crop in our PN 2021 Awards – and it’s you, the reader, who decides the winners Gear of the Year

Cameras

MAKING IMAGES AND videos is not all about kit. But then, without innovation and manufacturers investing millions into research and development, our photographic lives would not be as creative, fun or productive as they are. Now, we have cameras that focus on moving cars, or the eyes of flying birds. We can shoot at silly ISO speeds and get excellent results, and rattle through many fps while the camera tracks exposure. Fans of resolution can access 102-megapixel cameras. All this wonderful tech pushes creative horizons further, and while not everyone needs it, many do. Our awards celebrate great kit, and the winners are voted for by you: the readers of Photography News . Voting is done online, and you can make a choice in all categories, or just those you have experience with. Go to our website and click on the ‘Awards’ link. You have until 5 January 2022 to cast your ballot, and everyone who takes part could win a case of wine. Closing date is 5 January 2022 photographynews.co.uk

BEST ENTHUSIAST MICRO FOURTHIRDS CAMERA For photographers who travel light, but don’t want to compromise image quality, lens options or handling, Micro Four Thirds cameras are compelling. Two big-name brands feature in this category.

BESTTOP-ENDMICRO FOURTHIRDS CAMERA If you thought Micro Fours Thirds cameras weren’t for serious professionals, you’d be wrong, as our nominations testify. This is highly capable, fully featured kit, with astonishing image quality.

BEST ENTHUSIAST APS-CMIRRORLESS CAMERA The latest APS-C cameras deliver image quality comparable to full-frame models. If you need cutting-edge standards in a portable form, then this is the sector to check out. Our shortlist features eight magnificent models to choose from.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II

Fujifilm X-T30 II

Olympus E-M10 Mark IV

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Canon EOS M50 Mark II

Nikon Z fc

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Panasonic Lumix DC-G95

Fujifilm X-E4

Nikon Z 50

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II

Panasonic Lumix G100

Fujifilm X-S10

Sony ZV-E10

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Cameras continued

BESTTOP-ENDAPS-C MIRRORLESS CAMERA For those wanting the most flexibility and best performance, our four leading contenders are worth looking at. Advanced autofocusing, durability and video recording skills are core features, separating the top-end from the chasing pack.

BEST ENTHUSIAST FULL-FRAMEMIRRORLESS CAMERA You don’t have to go to the upper echelons of the full-frame camera market for exceptional performance and image quality. Here is our selection of models that offer plenty of bang for your buck, whatever the photographic genre you most like to shoot.

BESTTOP-END FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA This is, without doubt, the most competitive category, with camera brands pulling out all the stops when it comes to groundbreaking image quality and impressive shooting speeds. With so many brilliant products nominated, it is certain to be a close-run contest.

Nikon Z 7II

Canon EOS R6

Panasonic Lumix S5

Fujifilm X-Pro3

Canon EOS R3

Panasonic Lumix S1R

Leica SL2-S

Sigma fp L

Fujifilm X-T4

Canon EOS R5

Sony A7R Mark IVA

Nikon Z 5

Sony A7C

Leica CL

Sony A6600

Nikon Z 6II

Zeiss ZX1

Leica M10-R

Sony A1

BEST DSLR CAMERA The DSLR market remains strong, despite the activity in mirrorless. If you’re after value for money, this is where you’ll find it – and it is tried and tested technology, too. These are the best cameras around at the moment, if your preference is for optical viewfinders.

BEST BRIDGE/COMPACT CAMERA Most people have camera phones, so compact cameras aren’t what they were when film ruled the roost. But our shortlist has a sublime selection, producing fine images thanks to great sensors.

Leica V-Lux 5

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

Leica Q2

Ricoh GR IIIx

Canon EOS 90D

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II

Nikon Coolpix P950

Sony RX100 VII

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Fujifilm X100V

Panasonic Lumix ZS80

Sony ZV-1

Nikon D6

BESTMEDIUMFORMAT CAMERA Medium format digital photography is not for everyone, but it is more accessible than ever. If image quality is of paramount importance, these are the cameras to look at – the best of the best.

BEST CAMERAPHONE More pictures are taken on camera phones than any imaging device, and the latest have staggering image capturing skills – both stills and video. Oh, and they are pretty handy for keeping in touch with family and friends, too.

Nikon D780

Nikon D850

Fujifilm GFX 50S II

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Pentax K-1 Mark II

Fujifilm GFX 100S

Google Pixel 4a

Sony Xperia 1 III

Pentax 645Z

Pentax K-3 Mark III

Hasselblad 907X 50C

Huawei P40 Pro+

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