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X-T30 II / Amirrorless bargain?

WildArt wonders Hungarian photographer dazzles with whale shark image, leading the list of international recognition in the WildArt Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

Nikon updates its lens roadmap The Z lens

system continues to grow, with the 800mm f/6.3 VR S Nikon has had a busy few months. Not only has it introduced the Z 9, but also continues its commitment to mirrorless, with new lenses. This includes a Z 28-75mm f/2.8, Z 28mm f/2.8 and Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S. See page 3 for more on the former. Coming in 2022 is the Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S, using Nikon’s PF (Phase Fresnel) technology for the first time in a Z system optic. The tech has already been featured in Nikon’s DSLR lenses: in the AF-S 300mm f/4 and 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR. This enables both lenses to be more compact than conventional super telephotos. The Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S should be relatively portable, but being an S-line lens means no compromise on performance. As of now, no detailed specs, availability or price are announced. The product may differ from the image here. nikon.co.uk

THE INAUGURAL WILDART Photographer of the Year 2021 winners have been revealed, reflecting the global success of the contest. Structured around ten monthly themed categories, the competition enjoyed over 10,500 images from around 700 photographers, in 47 countries. Top prize went to Csaba Tökölyi of Hungary, for his picture of whale sharks in the Philippines, in the Monochrome category. All of the monthly winners were pitched against each other in the grand final. He takes home £3000. Another Hungarian, Csaba Daróczi, triumphed in the Best Portfolio section, while New Zealand's DA' rtagnan Sprengel was recognised as Young Photographer of the Year. Competition founder and organiser Rob Read was delighted with the response. “WildArt is the first wildlife photography competition to really focus on the artistic side of wildlife photography – and it has certainly resonated with the photographic community. My main aim was to

BEST OF THE BEST Csaba Tökölyi’s spectacular Philippines whale shark image was a deserved winner (above); the August monthly competition victor was Purple by Jan Piecha (right)

create a home for photographers who pushed artistic boundaries, while raising awareness for conservation causes, too.” All winners are featured in the WildArt Photographer of the Year book, published at the end of this month. It is only available from the WildArt website. wildartpoty.com

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probably never look at again. So, this year I aim to be more strict with what I keep as I go along. Image editing has not been helped by my new-found interest in butterflies and dragonflies. For dragonflies in flight, I set the camera to continuous shooting – that means dozens of near- identical shots. Last summer, I was taking hundreds of pictures every day, most of them average at best. I spent hours on the computer over Christmas, hitting the delete button – it was a laborious and hugely time- consuming process. Something else I have put off until now is to totally commit to mirrorless photography – and move on my DSLRs. I am typically a slow adopter, so have been sitting on the fence for a while. There are pros and cons to both camera types, but I think it is finally time for the DSLRs to go. Although I will without doubt miss that reassuring sound of a reflex mirror, time and technology marches on. In essence, my 2022 kicks off with a commitment to a smoother workflow, and moving out kit I’m not using. Now, I need to think about what to aim my lenses at this year. If you have photography-related plans for 2022 that you want to share, please drop me an email. Until next month, stay safe.

EDITOR’S LETTER WILLCHEUNG

BETTER LATE THAN never, so ‘Happy New Year!’ to you and thanks for picking up Photography News . I say ‘picking up’, but of course you might be reading this online. Whatever the medium, your continued support through these uncertain times is always hugely appreciated. While 2022 looks more promising, Covid-19 variants will no doubt continue to bug us, and bumps in the road are part and parcel of the new normal. All we can do is make the best of the situation, stay optimistic and continue to enjoy our photography. Personally, I have no plans to venture beyond these shores until 2023. And while that sounds drastic, I am OK with it. There’s plenty to explore at home with my camera – petrol supplies and future lockdowns permitting. Traditionally, the new year brings with it fresh opportunities and new beginnings. For me, I’ve been looking backwards, going through my 2021 catalogues and deleting lots of pictures. It took ages, and I still ended up with thousands of images that I will

NIKON’S Z 28-75MM f/2.8 is the ideal walkaround standard zoom. Its wide end is great for views and groups, while the longer end suits portraits and picking out detail. The wide aperture – constant throughout the zoom range – helps when lighting conditions are less than perfect. Minimum focus of 19cm at 28mm, and 39cm at 75mm, means close-up shooting is also possible. Lens construction has 15 elements in 12 groups, with an ED, super ED and three aspherical elements. The lens body is sealed for dust and drip resistance, and it has a coated front element for easy cleaning. Focusing is silent, fast and works with the eye detection system of “Focusing is silent, fast and works with eye detection”

Nikon Z cameras. And the focusing action is internal, so the lens stays a constant size. Other physical attributes include a 67mm filter thread, nine diaphragm blades and a weight of 565g. The Z 28-75mm f/2.8 is priced at £949, with shipping due to start 13 January 2022. nikon.co.uk

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What’s inside 03 News Hello to 2022! We are looking forward to all the exciting launches that await us. It’s early doors, so it’s a muted start on the new gear front – but there is still some eye-catching kit being announced 09 Vanguard contest and Samsung word search Get your grey cells into gear and enter our free contests, to be in with a chance of bagging an enviable prize. We have a 256GB Samsung microSD card and a Vanguard carbon-fibre tripod up for grabs 11 Club news Despite the impact of a new variant, camera clubs are soldiering on nationwide. There are plenty of great pictures to enjoy, and reasons to celebrate

14 Book reviews We take a close look at two impressive photo books that recently arrived in the PN office 18 Make the Switch Live: Bob Baker, Nicol Picksley and John Slaytor Five PN readers were invited to spend the day photographing London with the Fujifilm X-S10 and a bagful of lenses. In part two, we see how three of them got on 21 NEW FEATURE Used corner: Nikon D810 Make the most of your cash by buying a pre-owned camera. We kick off with a recent classic 25 Buyers’ guide: Let there be lights Light: like it or not, we can’t live without it. But, what nature provides often needs help, especially at this time of year. Check

out our guide to the best lighting units – from tiny on-camera devices to mains studio kit 29 Buyers’ guide: New year, new frontier It’s time to refine your camera skills even more, with a training course, photo holiday or skills workshop – or perhaps all three 32 Big test: Fujifilm X-T30 II The Fujifilm X-T30 II is a great-value camera, attracting system newbies and existing users alike. It’s rich with features, too 36 First tests l Ianiro LED Pocket Light

l Vanguard VEO Tripod Support EcoSystem l Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

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Big and fast cards The need for quick memory is greater than ever, so check out these Angelbird solutions

Angelbird has launched two CFexpress Type B cards. The AV Pro CFexpress SE Type B 512GB has a write speed of 800MB/s and costs £191. If you need more, the AV Pro CFexpress SX Type B 160GB gives a write speed of 1480MB/s. The CFexpress Type B Card reader Mk2 uses a USB-C 3.2 interface and costs £80.99. transcontinenta.co.uk

Superfast potential Laowa’s latest introduction of full-frame lenses to its Argus family is a 45mm standard, boasting a f/0.95 maximum aperture

A gem for all to See ACDSee’s latest software is a fully featured image editor. Get it for a good price, too

WITH ITS NATURAL perspective, fast maximum aperture and full- frame compatibility, the Laowa 45mm f/0.95 FF is a manual focus lens with huge potential – especially for portrait photography. The lens has 13 elements in a nine-group construction, including one aspherical, one ED and three ultra-high refractive lenses, to turn in a high-quality optical performance. A 15-blade diaphragm helps produce a dreamy background bokeh. Other key features include a 50cm minimum focus, 72mm filter thread, internal focusing and an aperture de-click option. It weighs 835g. This lens is priced at £869 and available in Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony E fittings. Available this January. ukdigital.co.uk

ACDSee’s Photo Studio Home 2022 and its Digital Asset Manager. It is Windows only and costs $79.99. Purchase from the brand’s website. A free trial is also available. acdsee.com

Gemstone Photo Editor 12 is a powerful, stand-alone image editing software, with a multi-document interface, layers, and up-to-date Raw support for over 500 camera models. It also pairs perfectly with

BLUR IT NICELY Shoot with Laowa’s 45mm f/0.95 at its wider values for soft bokeh

Rotolight duo ready to rock Innovative lights are available to pre-order

and lightest 1x1 panel light ever made. Both offer 16.7 million colours, special effects and 2500 digital filters. When used with the extra HSS Transmitter, those effects are available for flash shooting. PN had pre-production lights in for test. The Neo 3 is on page 45 and AEOS 2 will be next month. rotolight.com

After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, Rotolight’s Neo 3 and AEOS 2 are now available to pre- order from authorised retailers. The Neo 3 is priced at £525 with kit options available, and the AEOS 2 is £1209. The Neo 3 is the brightest on- camera LED light money can buy, while the AEOS 2 is the thinnest

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Mitakon unveils fast aperture portrait lens

Bags from Billingham Stylish, practical camera bags boast a classic English design and offer ample storage for your devices

The Mini Eventer is priced at £317 and available in five finishes: navy canvas/chocolate leather trim; khaki canvas/tan leather; sage FibreNyte/ chocolate leather; khaki FibreNyte/ chocolate leather; and black FibreNyte/black leather. billingham.co.uk

designed handle that prioritises comfort and grip, a durable luggage trolley retainer strap on the back of the bag that’s ideal for frequent travellers – plus weatherproof zips for the main compartment and back pocket, to ensure devices and documents stay dry.

If you’re in the market for a camera bag, then Billingham’s Mini Eventer is an excellent choice. It’s designed to carry small mirrorless cameras, rangefinders and mid-sized DSLRs – with space for an 11-inch tablet. The Mini Eventer includes additional features, such as a newly

For filmmakers on a budget, Firecrest Cine Superslim is the most affordable system from the Welsh manufacturers Formatt Hitech introduces Firecrest Cine Superslim filters

The Speedmaster 90mm f/1.5 is a good value telephoto, ideal for people images

NEW FIRMWARE IS accessible to download for Canon EOS R5, R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III cameras. For the EOS R5 and R6, a major improvement is enhanced subject recognition, with vehicle detect now available. AF tracking of people with better face/eye and body detect, even when wearing masks, is another benefit. canon.co.uk Canon firmware updates

LENS MAKER ZHONG YI Optics introduced the Mitakon Speedmaster 90mm f/1.5 portrait lens, which will be available in Leica M, Canon RF, Sony FE and Nikon Z mounts. The lens uses nine elements, arranged in six groups, to deliver high- quality images with sharply defined

details and contrast – even at wide aperture. Two extra-low dispersion elements keep colour fringing and chromatic aberrations to a minimum. It retails at around £491 for the Leica M mount, and £463 for Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony FE mounts. zyoptics.net

Hitech for £176.89 each, with kits also on offer. formatt-hitech.com

Formatt Hitech launched a range of superslim diffusion, clear optical flat and neutral density filters. They measure 4x5.65in and are ultra-thin at just 2mm thick, which makes them a great option for working with drones, gimbals and other weight-restricted set-ups. All Formatt Hitech filters are handcrafted in the UK and made from the high-quality Schott B270i optical glass. They use Formatt Hitech’s unique bonding, lapping and polishing techniques to produce extreme resolution and protection against damage. Firecrest Superslim filters are available direct from Formatt

Get flat with 3 Legged Thing 3LT has launched levelling accessories compatible with most tripods

The latest levelling mechanisms deliver

3 Legged Thing has revealed a Levelling Base and 75mm Half Bowl accessories. This is in response to growing demand for a stand-alone version of the levelling mechanism found on 3LT’s Mike and Jay pods. The Levelling Base is for any tripod with 3/8in-16 mounting threads. The Half Bowl can be used with 3LT’s Legends Nicky and Tommy tripods. It’s compatible with all 75mm bowl mount video tripods.

improved functionality and versatility, and are well-suited to photographers and videographers. The accessories are also designed to withstand challenging conditions, enabling users to capture the very best shots. The Levelling Base retails at £129.99, while the 75mm Half Bowl is £149.99. 3leggedthing.com

Nikon Z 9 boost THE LUCKY FEW who have got hold of Nikon’s flagship, the Z 9, can get even more from their camera with firmware 1.10. This enhances the unit’s high-speed continuous shooting.

get a burst lasting 15secs, instead of 3secs with the previous firmware. Download the firmware now. A future update will add video functions and give further improvements to stills and video shooting nikon.co.uk

Shoot at 20fps in high-efficiency Raw and basic JPEGs and you can now

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Win a carbon Vanguard tripod

O H Z F G N I R P S W H U S D F O S D A Y S B P P B I H P R Y H O T G L O E A O Y M O M U R P A S H R P E L G H A A G N R D Y M I N F D P E J S W W O D I L E S R H C O J R A T A R N J O Z N L I Y H U Z O W A J S X E S G N F Z D M C E E S S I N F I Q Z F R C U Q L A M R X T U W N T L W Y S O O T P P I C S M E A H U S A Y O J N U A V F U S T J C Y E Q R F N W A D N X T W U E N I T N E L A V U S Capture life’s magical moments across all devices with the Samsung Evo Plus 256GB microSDXC memory card with SD adapter, offering read speeds of up to 100MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s. Samsung’s latest cards are also ultra-reliable and are water, temperature, X-ray and magnet proof, so shooting in the most challenging conditions isn’t an issue. We have one 256GB Samsung Evo Plus microSDXC card with SD adapter worth £51.99 for the eagle-eyed winner. Complete the word search below, and you’ll find one word in the list that’s not in the grid. Email us on puzzle@photographynews.co.uk with that word in the subject box by 6 February 2022. The correct answer to PN 93’s word search was ‘ghosts’, and the Samsung 256GB Evo Plus card was won by Sally Murphy from Hampshire. samsung.com/uk/memory-cards

In this month’s free-to-enter contest, there’s the chance to win the ultra-versatile VEO 3T+ 234CB tripod – worth £270 The name of the game with the Vanguard VEO 3T+ 234CB tripod is adaptability. It’s travel-sized, weighs 1.98kg (including ball head) with 10kg max capacity, and features a groundbreaking MACC (Multi-Angle Central Column). This provides great flexibility, getting you in unusual positions without losing stability. It extends to 1.46m, and one leg detaches to become a monopod. A supplied dual-axis VEO 2 BH-110S ball head takes Arca-Swiss plates. Answer this question to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize: what is the weight of the VEO 3T+ 234CB with ball head? A) 1.78kg B) 1.88kg C) 1.98kg To enter, go to photographynews.co.uk and follow the link. The closing date for entries is 30 January 2022 – the first correct answer drawn at random after that date wins. We had four Vanguard Adaptor bags in the PN 94 contest, and the winners are Sean Taylor (VEO R48), Neville Nicholson (VEO S46), Ann West (VEO S41) and Lorraine Tarney (VEO R44). Thanks to all who supported the contest, and good luck next time. vanguardworld.co.uk

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Print masters Beckenham PS 100 years young SUCCESS + EXHIBITIONS + PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS + OUTINGS News Camera club

The PAGB Masters of Print is one of the most prestigious exhibitions for camera club photographers in the UK

The Kent club is marking a century of creative image making – and celebrating in style

Other plans include sharing images with its twin club from Périgny, France; and a day-long workshop involving a Thames cruise and Hampton Court visit. beckenhamphotosoc.org.uk

THE HIGHLIGHT OF the Beckenham PS centenary season will be a day-long celebration on 27 March. It’s headlined by world-renowned BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, a keen wildlife photographer, and award-winning photographers Tammy Marlar, Clive Booth and Mike Curry. The event is at the Kent County Cricket Club in Beckenham. Tickets are £25, including a light lunch and a gift. Details and ticket purchase via Eventbrite, at bit.ly/3e1E1Fa. BPS president Lesley Rees said: “This is such an important year, and we wanted to create a celebration that will be long remembered, which we can share with friends and other photography enthusiasts. We have brought together a fascinating group of speakers with different interests and styles, that I am confident will excite and inspire.”

INSPIRING Frank Gardner was badly wounded reporting from Saudi Arabia in 2004. On 27 March, he will discuss capturing nature from a wheelchair

TOTHEVICTOR GOTHE SPOILS PAGB president Roger Parry ARPS at the Masters of Print exhibition prize presentation in December, which took place at St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham

NOW IN ITS fifth year, the PAGB Masters of Print competition is for camera club members, who can enter directly or via their club. It has three categories – colour, monochrome and nature – and awards go to individual prints or clubs, then accepted images are displayed. The event is sponsored by PermaJet, and supporters include Canon, Epson, Fotospeed and Online Paper. This year’s prize-giving and exhibition took place at St Martin in

the Bull Ring, Birmingham. “Many award winners were among the large number of photographers who attended on the day. Much favourable comment could be heard,” said Roger Parry ARPS, PAGB president. “This was the second Masters of Print run in 2021, as last year’s was rescheduled to spring 2021. Despite this, many hundreds of photographs were received from all over the UK, from nearly 200 members of the 1100 clubs affiliated to the PAGB.”

It will go on display 15-30 January at Wilkinson Cameras Liverpool. thepagb.org.uk

CENTURIONS Members gathered at the listed bandstand famous for staging a 1969 David Bowie performance, which was itself completed 100 years ago

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be minimum 1500 pixels on the longest dimension (bigger is fine), any colour space and, ideally, with the photographer’s name in the file name. If not, include it in the word document so they can be credited. Send your contribution to clubnews@photography-news. co.u k with the text document and image attached.

IF YOUR CLUB has news to share with PN , read the submission guidelines and send it in. Write your story in 250 words or fewer in a Word/Pages document. Include the club’s website, meeting times, what the event is all about, opening times and entrance fees. Every story should be sent with at least one image. JPEGs must

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Smethwick attracts over 5700 entries The results for the 47th Smethwick International Exhibition of Photography have been announced

WITH SIX SECTIONS and over 210 awards, Smethwick International is one of the most popular and widely supported exhibitions. Due to the pandemic, last year’s event was restricted to digital images only, with selection performed online. But 2021 was back to normal, including three sections: colour, mono and nature – with print and digital in each. “A large entry of over 5700 prints and digital files from 51 countries was received, of which 1477 images

were chosen by a team of seven selectors,” says exhibition chairman Roger Parry. “The standard was very high, and the selectors had a tough job choosing the images for medals and ‘highly commended’ ribbons.” With the ongoing pandemic situation, the exhibition will only be shown digitally – taking place 8-16 January. Tickets for the streaming presentations can be booked at the website below. smethwickinternational.com

Clacton CC is hosting fine art wildlife photographer Tom Way, via Zoom on 11 March 2022, for his presentation ‘The Greater Picture’. Guests can book a place for £6. For further details, and Clacton CC’s weekly programme, please visit the website or email ccclubevents@gmail.com.. clactoncameraclub.co.uk Clacton CC Thanet CC “We’ve had a busy few months,” reports Thanet CC publicity officer, Rod Giddins. “Last November, we had 64 dramatic images in a ‘contre-jour’ contest. The judge was member David Silk, and the overall winner was Paul Ralf with Sunset Paddle. “In December, we were treated to two excellent talks. First was Stephen Carroll, who took us on an odyssey through Myanmar, India and Nepal. Next, we enjoyed a presentation by Kent photographer David Jenner, who creates images of night and day, combined into one photograph. Patience and perseverance are required, with photos taken over 24 hours, and thousands of images to process – the result is unique and inspirational. “Members have been out and about in Margate and Cliftonville, to photograph lesser-known parts of town. This image by Chris West is just one great shot taken. All can be viewed on our website.” The club meets at Ramsgate Football Club on Mondays at 7.30pm. isleofthanetphotographicsociety.co.uk

RISINGTOTHE OCCASION This image from Daniel Lybaert EFIAP/d3 won PDI Nature, FIAP Gold Medal, and is called Beklimming in Avondzon

HARE-RAISING Graham Pears DPAGB won the PAGB Gold Medal in Prints Nature, with his photograph Brown Hares Boxing

North Fylde PS Club publicity officer Wayne Paulo tells us that North Fylde PS unveiled its new club room at The Church of St Martin and St Hilda, Fleetwood Road, Carleton. “We’ve had a substantial number of new members join,” says Paulo. “One of them, Kean Brown ARPS, had his print Miss Scarlet accepted in the Masters of Print 2021 exhibition. Kean has had acceptances in this prestigious contest for the past four years.

“Having experienced photographers as members helps our newbies learn more quickly. Meetings take place every Tuesday and we hold regular contests, plus one Zoom meeting on a monthly basis – with lecturers from all over. There’s an online exhibition every month showcasing members’ pictures from recent competitions.” northfylde-ps.co.uk

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Book reviews

Scenic splendour Landscapes are a popular subject – andmaking themost of opportunities is always a challenge. This updated book by leading pros Mark Bauer and Ross Hoddinott is packed with great advice

keen photographers – and it offers an abundance of good learning. The way Bauer and Hoddinott have broken down the essentials of landscape images into easily digestible chunks works really well. I found the hints and tips on composition most useful, and there was plenty to bring into practice on my next outdoor shoot. Picture choice and printing quality are commendable, too. If I had any gripe, it’s the small type size. It’s fine on the chapter intros, but perhaps too small on subsequent spreads. This is a minor thing and certainly not a deal-breaker. For £16.99, with all of the quality advice inside, it is very good value.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN a perfectly good landscape photo and an image that deserves to be hung on the wall is often tiny – just a matter of fine-tuning the composition, considering the aesthetics and tweaking technique. Sweating the small stuff is what The Art of Landscape Photography, by professional scenic photographers Mark Bauer and Ross Hoddinott, is all about. It assumes the reader already has a sound grasp of core photographic techniques and aims to take them to the next level. With its practical advice delivered concisely, and supported by excellent imagery, the updated book will satisfy

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The Art of Landscape Photography by Mark Bauer and Ross Hoddinott is out now; the softback costs £16.99. ammonitepress.com

VISUAL LEARNER The book leads by example, with numerous images to help readers understand the nuances of landscape photography

“Bauer and Hoddinott have brokendown the essentials of landscape photography into easily digestible chunks”

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Wild dogs in focus Remembering AfricanWild Dogs is the sixth book from the RememberingWildlife charity, dedicated to helping endangered species. PN editorWill Cheung takes a look

“The images are presented ina sympathetic, consideredway” dogs were endangered – and I don’t suppose I am alone in this. Indeed, Raggett says in the introduction that of all the species she’s chosen to focus on, wild dogs were a gamble because of the potential lack of emotional investment. Of course, that is precisely why the species and its plight deserves attention. As far as I’m concerned, Remembering Wildlife has done its job to heighten awareness. What’s more, this latest book is more than up to the pictorial standard set by previous tomes. But with the calibre of photographers involved, I’d expect nothing less.

CHEETAHS, ELEPHANTS AND rhinos are among the endangered species that have been put under the spotlight by Remembering Wildlife, since photographer Margot Raggett founded the organisation. Its original target was to raise £1 million for conservation projects around the globe, and it’s already more than three-quarters of the way there. Each year, it publishes a book dedicated to a particular species, populated by images from leading photographers. This year’s subject, and the sixth in the series, was African wild dogs. I’m a keen nature photographer, and have been lucky enough to go on safari to the Maasai Mara a few times. There, I photographed some of the subjects previously highlighted by Remembering Wildlife, but my natural history knowledge is limited to what I have learnt by watching TV documentaries. What I am trying to say is that I didn’t even know African wild

Remembering African Wild Dogs is a hardback, priced £45. The previous books by Remembering Wildlife – featuring species such as cheetahs, elephants, great apes, lions and rhinos – are also available. rememberingwildlife.com BUYTHE BOOK It’s a £45 hardback and you get what you pay for. Buy a copy and without doubt it will do justice to any bookshelf – and contribute to a very worthy cause, too.

GROUP EFFORT Along with contributions from wildlife photographers, Remembering African Wild Dogs features a foreword by conservation leader John Kamanga

The animal might not have the camera appeal of cheetahs and lions, but the images are nevertheless awesome. I have so many favourites, I don’t know where to start.

The latest release follows in the lavish production footsteps of its forebears, and the matte paper finish is excellent. The images are presented in a considered, sympathetic manner.

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Make the Switch Live PN joined forces with Fujifilm, offering five readers the chance to indulge their passion for photography on the streets of London. Read on for part two of the experience

MORE AND MORE keen image makers are seeing the benefits of shooting with mirrorless cameras, and swapping over from their DSLRs. Fujifilm, with its extensive range available in APS-C and medium format, is the brand of choice for many – and our Make the Switch features have told the story of many converts over the past few years. Make the Switch Live was the chance for PN readers to get their hands on the latest Fujifilm kit in a live situation. Our first event was in London, and last time we revealed the thoughts – and works – of two readers. Three more give us their perspectives here. Plans are afoot for more Make the Switch Live events in 2022. If you’re a photographer, eager to see the benefits of mirrorless shooting in a real setting, keep your eye on new issues – and our website.

TALKING PICTURES Our readers got to enjoy the company of Fujifilm X-S10 cameras, plus a wide selection of the latest lenses

“Make the SwitchLivewas the chance for readers to get their hands on the latest Fujifilmkit ina live situation”

STREET STYLE Shot on a Fujifilm X-S10 with an XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR, using an exposure of 1/100sec at f/8 and ISO 640

PROFILE: Nicol Picksley

to, and much lighter, which would be a key benefit for me.

I mostly shoot motorbikes, but have been experimenting more since joining Melton Mowbray Photographic Society. I have done quite a bit of macro, tried some wildlife, and want to attempt techniques like long exposure, so other types of photography are enjoyable, too. I use a Nikon D500 and a range of lenses, a 70-200mm and 200-400mm for the bikes – and recently invested in a 105mm macro lens. I was very pleased with the X-S10. It was different from what I am used

I particularly liked the viewfinder, and although it was a pain to start with, once I got used to it, I liked having the aperture on the ring. I’d be really keen on testing the Fujifilm X Series with motorbikes this coming season. I’ll probably take advantage of the free 48-hour loan scheme offered.

CREATIVE PANNING Shot on a Fujifilm X-S10 with an XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS, using an exposure of 1/40sec at f/7.1 and ISO 250

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THE KIT USEDON MAKE THE SWITCH LIVE

PROFILE: Bob Baker

Living near the coast and the moors, I generally shoot landscapes and the local harbour. But we also have rare- breed sheep, and a number of show and working dogs that I photograph. Currently, I have three Canon EOS DSLRs. I came along because I wanted to try a mirrorless system, and the Fujifilm X-S10 is the first I have used, although I’ve read reports of other models. The X-S10 is very light and easy to use, and I found the menu intuitive – actually more so than Canons. If anything, I thought the X-S10 was maybe too small for me, and a couple of times I hit a button by accident. But perhaps once I get used to the camera that won’t happen. I’m looking to retire in a couple of years, so going mirrorless is something I want to do when there’s more time on my hands. The Fujifilm X Series is definitely an option when the time comes.

FUJIFILM X-S10 A great option for DSLR users looking to switch to mirrorless. It has all the advanced tech expected from Fujifilm, including the 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, with excellent high ISO performance, 6EV benefit in-body image stabilisation and 20fps burst shooting – or 30fps with a crop.

BRIGHT LIGHTS Shot on a Fujifilm X-S10 with an XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS, using an exposure of 1/70sec at f/10 and ISO 800

XF10-24MM F/4 R OIS WR Perfect for dramatic scenics and interiors, this is an update of one of the system’s most popular zooms. Key improvements include an advanced optical design featuring four aspherical and four extra-low dispersion elements, and an even more effective OIS.

HEADS UP Shot on a Fujifilm X-S10 with an XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS, using an exposure of 1/70sec at f/22 and ISO 800

XF33MM F/1.4 R LM WR A new focal length in the Fujifilm X Series, the XF33mm f/1.4 R LM WR is an ideal standard lens. Its autofocus is silent and fast, and a construction of 15 elements in ten groups – including five advanced lenses – ensures high-flying optical performance.

CAROUSEL CLOSE-UP Shot on a Fujifilm X-S10 with an XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 24mm, using an exposure of 1/60sec at f/8 and ISO 1600

IN FINE VOICE Shot on a Fujifilm X-S10 with an XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 55mm, using an exposure of 1/70sec at f/5.6 and ISO 1600

PROFILE: John Slaytor

like the idea of mirrorless, because there is no image

I like doing street photography with my Canon EOS 6D and several lenses, including the 24-105mm and 50mm f/1.4. I have only ever used Canon kit, but was keen to try the Fujifilm X-S10 because it is a much lighter camera. I am quite old-fashioned and like to focus manually, especially when working on a tripod, taking control of the aperture and depth-of-field. Usually, I would choose a lens with an actual aperture ring; the Fujifilm X Series gives me that option. I also

XF16-80MM F/4 R OIS WR This compact 5x standard zoom is the perfect walkaround lens, with a focal length equivalent of 24-120mm in the 35mm format. It features OIS with 6EV benefit, 35cm minimum focus over the whole zoom range and silent autofocus.

blackout, or covering the eyepiece when shooting long exposures. The X-S10’s image quality was impressive. I thought the difference would be greater because I’m used to full-frame, but liked what I saw. When switching, I think I will go for an X-T3 or X-T4 – smaller than my Canon, but not too small, and also great value.

LIVE LEARNING Fujifilm product specialist Carl Hare walks readers through the camera’s many functions

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Pre-loved kit

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Nikon D810

In the first of a new regular series, PN spotlights great pre-loved buys. We kick off with a digital full-frame classic, dating back to 2014

SPECS ›  New price (2014) £2699 body only

The D810 was blessed with a new sensor compared to its

NIKON’S D800 SERIES of full-frame DSLRs has proved deservedly popular, and the current D850 is still one by which others are judged. Its ancestor was the D810, a 36.3-megapixel camera that was announced in June 2014 – and which I tested way back in issue 11 of Photography News . The D810 had a guide body price of £2699; that’s a lot of money now, never mind back then. But it gives you a good idea of its status at the time. I found pre-owned models online at prices ranging from £800 for good-condition models, to £1200 for excellent examples. With many photographers keen to exploit the image quality of full- frame, the D810 could be the value- for-money way to go. The feature set, robust build and quality performance are all hugely impressive.

predecessors, the D800 and D800E, even though they share the same megapixel resolution. The two older models both had sensors fitted with an optical low-pass filter (OLPF), meaning the finest detail could be compromised in return for defeating moiré and colour fringing. The D800E had an OLPF, but its effects were removed to give the best resolution of fine detail. The D810’s sensor was OLPF- free – just one important upgrade among many. Other benefits included a faster maximum shooting rate at 5fps instead of 4fps, with no frame limit. This reached 6fps in cropped DX mode, or 7fps with the optional power grip. Also valuable were a lower bottom ISO speed of 64 for maximum dynamic range, and an electronic front-curtain shutter with a tweaked reflex mechanism, to minimise mirror shock. A high megapixel count can mean a compromise in image quality at higher ISOs, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue here, despite the D810’s 36.3 megapixels. The native ISO range was 64-12,800, and you can set ISO 1600 – or even 3200 – for very crisp images without particularly prevalent digital noise. At these levels, noise is neutral and quite fine – and easily improved in software. The D810 may not be up there with current leading

›  Used price £800-£1200 body only, depending on condition ›  Format FX format, 35.9x24mm ›  Sensor CMOS 36.3 megapixels, 7360x4912 pixels ›  Processor Expeed 4 ›  ISO range 64-12,800, expansion to ISO 32 and 51,200 ›  Autofocus 51 focus points including 15 cross-type, detection range -2 to +19EV. Single-point, dynamic-area, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF, group-area ›  Exposure compensation +/-5EV in 0.3, 0.5, 1EV steps ›  Shutter 30secs-1/8000sec, bulb, flash sync 1/250sec ›  Metering patterns Matrix, centre-weighted, spot ›  Shooting speed 5fps full-frame ›  LCD screen 3.2in TFT monitor ›  Focusing system Intelligent hybrid AF (TTL phase/contrast detection) with face detection ›  Video 1920x1080 at 60p/50p/ 30p/25p/24p, 1280x720 60p/50p

INTHE STUDIO Dancer Rachel Gittins was photographed with studio flash, using the D810 fitted with the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 lens, and an exposure of 1/125sec at f/5.6 and ISO 100

lights for high ISO performance, but it still holds up well. At the lower ISOs – the sort of speed most frequently used by landscape, portrait and studio workers – the image quality from the D810 is first-rate. This is true whether you want out-of-camera JPEGs, or Raw files that can be edited

to your heart’s content – and you have the option of recording 12- or 14-bit Raws. Camera handling rates highly, with most key shooting functions adjusted with physical buttons and dials. Typical of a DSLR, battery life is very good. The D810’s control layout is user-friendly, most notably around

›  Format MPEG-4, H.264 ›  Storage media Dual slot: SD and CompactFlash ›  Dimensions (wxhxd) 146x123x81.5mm ›  Weight 980g body only ›  Contact nikon.co.uk

DOUBLING UP FOR SAFETY The D810 has dual slots – one for SD, the other for CompactFlash

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Pre-loved kit

FINDA DEALER You can buy or sell imaging kit privately, but it saves time and effort if you deal through a retailer – and there’s added peace of mind. Only kit that’s to standard will be accepted in the first instance, then it is inspected, cleaned, and even refurbished before being offered on sale – usually with a warranty. Each retailer will have its own process, but you’ll generally get a quote on kit you want to move on (whether in person or online). If you are happy with that, a courier will collect it from you, usually at no extra cost. Upon receipt, the retailer will check over your items and you’ll get a confirmed quote, assuming it’s accepted. Confirm the quote and the cash will be in your bank account a few days later. Or, if you are going for a part-exchange deal, your new kit will be with you soon. Here’s a list of leading UK retailers offering used and part-exchange services. Several of the dealers below have multiple outlets, so please check the websites for your nearest one – or for contact details of individual stores.

Jessops jessops.com

Cameraworld cameraworld.co.uk 01438 367619

London Camera Exchange lcegroup.co.uk Mifsuds mifsuds.com 01803 852400 MPB mpb.com 0330 818 0756 Park Cameras parkcameras.com 01444 237070

Campkins Cameras campkinscameras.com 01223 368087 Carmarthen Cameras carmarthencameras.com 01267 222300 Castle Cameras castlecameras.co.uk 01202 526606 Chiswick Camera Centre chiswickcameras.co.uk 0208 995 9114 Clifton Cameras cliftoncameras.co.uk 01453 548128 Ffordes Photographic ffordes.com 01463 783850 Grays of Westminster graysofwestminster.co.uk 0207 828 4925 Harrison Cameras harrisoncameras.co.uk 0114 285 9854

PIER REVIEW The D810’s 36.3 megapixels make it a great camera for scenics and big prints. This is Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier shot at twilight, with an exposure of 20secs at f/11 and ISO 100, using a Nikon 24-120mm zoom

(three options), group-area AF and 3D-tracking, plus single-point AF. Viewfinder AF was typically DSLR – and fast, responsive and accurate. Live view AF relied on sensor contrast detection, with the plus point of covering the whole frame. But it was less dependable in terms of accuracy, not so sure-footed and relatively slow. All in all, the D810 has many more positives than negatives. Its high performance, rugged build and impressive ergonomics make it a used camera with a well-earned reputation. A quick internet search showed good-condition, pre-owned samples from £800 – a competitive price for what’s on offer. WC “VIEWFINDER AF WAS ACHIEVED WITH 51 -POINT PHASE DETECTION”

the right side of the top-plate, with the on/off control and compensation within easy reach of the forefinger. For this machine, ISO control is on the left side – Nikon moved it to the right on the D850. A tilting monitor also appeared on the later model; here, it was in a fixed position. Viewfinder AF was achieved with a 51-point phase detection system that worked with a 51 AF zone – the zones occupied an area in the central third. This included dynamic AF

Special Auction Services specialauctionservices. com 01635 580595

UK Optics ukoptics.co.uk 01200 444744

SECONDOPINION We asked renowned photo expert Gray Levett, from Grays of Westminster, for his views on the D810. “The Nikon D810 is a versatile 36.3-megapixel camera. What makes it important is the speed and high quality of the Expeed 4 processor and outstanding AF system. Not to mention the highly effective dampening of shutter/mirror mechanisms, enhanced buffer capacity, faster maximum frame rates up to 5fps in full-frame, and Full HD movie recording at 1080/60p. “All of this ensures you’re free to capture any kind of scene with rigorous precision, improved battery performance and ergonomics. This is together with new features, such as the group-area AF mode, highlight-weighted metering, split-screen display zoom and spot white balance in live view. And the electronic front-curtain shutter, which has made the D810 one of the very best Nikon DSLRs of its time. “Photographers already using either the D800 or D800E may well ask themselves whether they should consider upgrading to the D810. For a number of them – including wildlife, sports, action, social and lifestyle photographers – the significant improvement in autofocus system and buffer memory capacity of the D810 alone are likely good enough reasons. Excellent second-hand examples will usually sell for under £1500 with low actuations.”

Wex Photo Video wexphotovideo.com Wilkinson Cameras wilkinson.co.uk 01772 252188

DIAL UP This DSLR is populated with large, user-friendly controls on both sides of the top-plate

Summary DSLR cameras might not be the focus of manufacturers at the moment – and who knows how many more of this type we will see. But the fact remains that they offer a great user experience, and many photographers still prefer the connection only an optical viewfinder can provide. If a high-resolution, great-to-use DSLR is in your sights, the D810 is one to target – and there’s a huge pool of Nikon and third-party F-mount lenses out there, too.

IN PROFILE Body condition and the number of shutter actuations are both good indicators of how heavily a camera has been used

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