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Issue 114 of Photography News is here and it’s everything you need to get geared up for this year’s Photography & Video Show at the NEC in Birmingham. Our show guide highlights some of the must-visit stands, plus there’s a free map and exhibitor list to help you navigate the halls. Elsewhere in the issue, we have a full test of the new Fujifilm X100VI, guides to papers, presentation and insurance, plus amazing winners from some of the big global competitions. Don’t miss it!

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MAP INSIDE Special show section including floor plan and list of exhibitors

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Pg17 Pics take prizes / Incredible set of wildlife and garden winners

Pg31 Photo & Video Show / Make a beeline for these stands at the NEC

Pg38 Big test: X100VI / Fixed-lens Fujifilm is taken for a spin around Tokyo

The show is back on at the NEC! The Photography & Video Show is ready to open its doors again – back in its springtime slot, just as it should be

AFTER SHUFFLING AROUND in the calendar for the past three years, The Photography & Video Show will take its rightful place at the NEC in Birmingham this month. Held online in 2020 and under strong Covid-19 restrictions in 2021, the event was last held in the NEC halls in September 2022. But, for many, it’s always been an event for early spring, meaning manufacturers across the photographic and video markets will be using it to showcase their product launches from over the past 18 months. “Since the last show, we’ve launched a wealth of industry- leading products across our range of cameras and lenses. We cannot wait to introduce them to photographers “Pick up a bargain and learn from the best names in the business”

and videographers alike," said Julian Harvie, marketing director at Nikon Northern Europe, echoing the sentiments of many. As well as getting your hands on the latest equipment, the show represents a chance to pick up a bargain and learn from some of the best names in the business. An extensive range of speakers – both on individual stands and the main stages – will be on hand to pass on their experience and help you become a better photographer, videographer or both! Some talks are an extra cost – check out the show’s website for full details. The show runs for four days from 16 to 19 March, and is open from 10am to 5pm each day. Standard single-day tickets start from £14.95, or you can buy various multi-day tickets at a reduced rate. Students, professionals and members of the trade can all apply for free entry – which will be subject to a verification process. Photography News will be there too; don’t miss what should be the photographic event of the year!

GET YOUR KIT ON Prepare to be floored by the frankly overwhelming array of photographic wonders on display

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X100VI unveiled at X Summit The £1599 X100VI uses the same


“This makes for a leap in resolution and speed over the X100V” broke, don’t fix it’ school of thought, its designers have maintained the original styling that started the X Series dynasty in 2010, while still bringing the new model bang up to date from a tech perspective. FUJIFILM USED ITS latest X Summit in Tokyo to lift covers off the X100VI – the sixth iteration of its fixed-lens premium compact camera. Subscribing to the ‘if it ain’t

Two weeks ago, I was on the other side of the planet. I’d been invited to Tokyo, Japan by Fujifilm and was present for the public unveiling of the new X100VI. It was quite the occasion; a real pinch-me moment. The beauty of such a trip is that you get quality hands-on time with the camera – read my verdict in the big test on page 38. Suffice to say (minor spoiler alert), it proved to be a very special camera in a very special country. Now that I’ve recovered from the jet lag, I’m looking forward to The Photography & Video Show at the NEC later this month. It could be that you’re reading this issue in the halls of the NEC right now. In which case, I hope you’re having a wonderful day – thanks for picking up the magazine. Ever since I’ve been involved in photography magazines, a major show has been part of the calendar. Photography at Work, Focus on Imaging, Fishwick’s Fotofair and many more were always a great opportunity to meet people in the industry, get hands-on with the latest kit and be inspired by the best in the business. This year’s event looks set to carry on this fine tradition – if you spot me wandering around the halls, do come and say hello. Roger Payne

X-Trans CMOS 5 HR and X-Processor 5 sensor/imaging engine combo as the X-T5 and X-H2. This makes for a hefty leap in resolution and speed over the X100V it replaces, with 40.2-megapixel stills and up to 6.2K/30p video on tap. An in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) system has been squeezed in as a bonus. The system, seen for the first time in an X100 series model, offers a benefit of up to six stops. AF performance is boosted by virtue of an improved AF algorithm – and subject detection that’s enhanced by deep-learning AI. It also gains the latest Reala Ace Film Simulation first seen in the range-topping GFX100 II, launched last year. A limited-edition version of the new camera has been produced

to celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary. Just 1934 units will be available worldwide. In the UK, the camera will only be available from the Fujifilm House of Photography from early April, priced at £1934.

Unsurprisingly, this issue focuses on said show, with a free four-page pullout section in the centre giving you a map and exhibitor list so you can plot your way around the halls. Elsewhere, we’ve got all the latest news. Fujifilm wasn’t the only brand busy launching new cameras recently. See just what OM System, Leica and others have been up to, starting on page 5. If you can’t make it to the NEC, there’s content for you too. Enjoy winning images from global competitions, guides to insurance and papers and presentation, plus a first test of a versatile new tripod from Vanguard. Enjoy the issue – and pick up the next issue as well, where we will have some big news of our own to share!

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EVOLUTION IN FOCUS The X100VI combines its classical design with the latest tech – featuring significant upgrades in resolution, video capabilities and AF performance compared to its predecessor

What’s inside 03 News It’s been a busy few weeks, with new cameras from OM System, Leica and Hasselblad – plus fresh lenses from Sigma, Panasonic and Zeiss. Read about them all here

17 Prize-winning inspiration Victorious pics from the International Garden and Wildlife Photographer of the Year contests 21 Buyers’ guide: papers and presentation Show your work in its best light with this guide. Whether it’s printing papers or photo books, make the final step with confidence 25 Photo & Video Show guide Navigate the halls of the NEC in double-quick time thanks to our map and exhibitor list, plus find out which stands you can’t afford to miss! 38 Big test: Fujifilm X100VI Fujifilm’s latest fixed-lens model is tested on the streets of Tokyo. Does it have what it takes?

45 Buyers’ guide: insurance Keep your kit covered with our guide to the leading insurance companies. Don’t leave it to chance, get the protection you need! 49 First test Vanguard’s latest tripod looks to be a dual- purpose demon. But is it a jack of all trades or master of none? Will Cheung finds out

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Sigma opposites attract

Optical specialist Sigma has whipped the covers off an ultra wide-angle and a super telephoto lens, both arriving in mid-March. The Sigma 15mm f/1.4 DG DN is touted as the world’s first full-frame f/1.4 diagonal fisheye lens. Available in both L-Mount and Sony E-mount on launch, the properties of this Art series lens include the bright, fast aperture and a 180° angle of view, allowing capture of large landscapes and star-strewn skies, or images with uniquely exaggerated proportions. A built-in rear filter holder allows for gel-type ND filters to be inserted, a lens heater retainer prevents heat strips used by astrophotographers in cold conditions from slipping over in front of the lens, plus a unique manual focus lock switch disables the focus ring. Naturally, Sigma promises outstanding quality across the whole frame, ensuring bright points of light remain pin-sharp. Included with the lens is a TS-141 tripod socket; because this type of ultra wide-aperture lens is relatively heavy, its maker wants to ensure a more

balanced set-up closer to the centre of gravity when both it and the camera are mounted on a tripod. The 15mm f/1.4 DG DN comes with a suggested retail price of £1859. The second new lens is the Sigma 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS, joining its Sports series line- up, and again arrives in L-Mount and E-mount. Despite its reach, this prime lens for full-frame cameras is described as relatively compact and lightweight at 234.6mm in length and 1370g in weight. To achieve the smaller size, we’re told convex low-dispersion elements have been used towards the front of the lens barrel. Professional-grade features include a weather-resistant structure, focus limiter switch, de-clickable and lockable aperture ring, detachable tripod socket and custom mode switch. Sigma sums this one up as ‘the definitive ultra-telephoto prime’ aimed at enthusiasts and pros alike. The 500mm f/5.6 DG DN OS comes at a suggested retail price of £2779.

Hasselblad shows modular marvel

maintaining the unique experience of shooting at waist level. Likewise, a boon to Hasselblad shooters is the 2.36-million-dot, 3.2-inch touchscreen display incorporated within the classic design, which also features a leather-like surface and chrome frame. Its viewfinder can be further tilted upwards from 40 to 90° as desired, achieving a range of perspectives. For image quality, colours are captured precisely as the human eye perceives them, with an impressive 15 stops of dynamic range provided. Its phase detection AF also uses 294 zones spread over the 100-megapixel sensor’s surface, with a generous 1TB of onboard memory. All this technology inevitably requires deep pockets. Expect to pay circa £6729 for the new 907X and CFV 100C.

Beloved by pros, high-end manufacturer Hasselblad has launched what it’s calling its most compatible 100-megapixel medium format camera to date. The modular design of the 907X and CFV 100C incorporates a new 100-megapixel back-side illuminated sensor, doubling the resolution of its predecessor, the 907X and CFV II 50C, while weighing 120g less. Believing it now has the smallest and most powerful medium format camera in the industry, the 907X and CFV 100C is compatible with all the company’s XCD, HC/HCD and Xpan lenses, enabling users to achieve the best possible image straight out of camera. The CFV 100C will also breathe new life into Hasselblad V System cameras, including the 500 and 200 series. Photographers can use their beloved film cameras with the new sensor to achieve digital-age picture quality, while also

Updated flagship for OM System

There are also two new lenses to go alongside the camera. First up is the M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4-5.6 II, providing a 35mm equivalent of 18-36mm when coupled with the Micro Four Thirds system. According to the manufacturer, this is the lightest and most compact option at 49.5mm in length among its current three ultra wide-angle zoom lenses (also including the M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f/4 Pro and 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro), weighing just 154g. Closest focusing distance is 25cm across its entire range and it features two DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lenses positioned at the front to capture a sweeping 100° wide angle. Arriving this March, it’s priced at £600. The second new OM System lens is the super telephoto M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-600mm f/5-6.3 IS, giving a 35mm equivalent of a generous 300-1200mm on its own, extendable to 2400mm when paired with an optional MC-20 2x teleconverter. Combined with the new OM-1 Mark II body, up to seven steps of image stabilisation are provided, enabling handheld use for sharply capturing subjects on the fly. Closest focusing distance is 0.56m at the wide end and 2.8m for telephoto. Having arrived late February, the dust- and splash-proof lens is priced at £2400. Its maker has also announced a future firmware update for the original OM-1, though we’ll have to wait until ‘around this autumn’ for this. Planned tweaks include improvement of AF

OM Digital Solutions’ flagship OM-1 mirrorless camera has received an upgrade two years on. While the original sported the Olympus logo, the Mark II swaps it for the OM System re-brand. Differences and improvements over its predecessor include the world’s first live GND (graduated ND) photography function that replicates the effects of a half-ND filter, allowing users to make real-time adjustments to the image via the EVF or LCD. Targeting photographers of nature and landscape, enhanced AI detection AF is also featured, developed using deep-learning technologies and enhancing AF in the process. Likewise, the high-performance, five-axis in-body image stabilisation gives the equivalent of 8.5 steps. At its core is a 20-megapixel stacked BSI Live MOS (CMOS) sensor, plus the latest TruePic X image processor. This core spec can be pushed further with the 50-megapixel Handheld High-Res Shot and the 80-megapixel Tripod High-Res Shot functions. For sequential shots, this one can manage up to 120fps with AF/AE lock or approximately 50fps during AF/AE tracking. With availability from mid-February, the 511g dust- and splash-proof body costs £2200, while a kit adding a 12-40mm lens is £2700. Accessories to piggyback on a sale include the HLD-10 Power Battery Holder and the RM-WR1 Wireless Remote Control.

capabilities including S-AF and C-AF, plus improved operability through the option to assign trash/delete as a menu shortcut. However, we won’t be getting Mark II features such as live GND and AI detection AF for humans, while it’s quick to add that AF performance still won’t match the Mark II’s capabilities overall.

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Sony full-frame E-mount camera owners may be enticed by a series of high-end, high-speed Zeiss Nano Prime lenses compatible with that system. Conveniently covering everything from wide angle to telephoto, six focal lengths are being introduced: 18mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm. With an optical design devised for mirrorless cameras and a high speed of T1.5, extremely shallow depth-of-field effects are possible, such as elegant bokeh with harmonious focus fall-off, even in the wide-angle range. Thanks to an integrated electronic interface, focal length, focus distance and aperture value are transmitted to the camera in real time. For Zeiss, the range bridges the gap between entry-level and high-end lenses, enabling all filmmakers to create a cinematic look. These optics can be purchased individually or as a complete set including the lens case from May. Prime movers for cinematic users

Instant prints with a Smile+

Picture This photo comp winners In its inaugural Picture This photo competition, the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) – of which Photography News is a member – has revealed the victorious shots which bagged prizes based around the love and use of photo hardware. “Cameras are like musical My Camera and I, My Camera in Action and What’s in my Camera Bag. Cash rewards of €500 each have now gone to the category winners, along with an overall grand prize of €1500. Winning the My Camera and Finally, Leszek Paradowski from Poland won both the My Camera in Action category as well as the overall grand prize, with an image that impressed judges for its concept,

choice of the camera body in six different colour designs. A free Kodak Smile app for iOS and Android can be used to edit shots before printing, with the ability to add frames, brighten or fully customise images. In this way, the camera can be used as a printer for outputting existing photos from your phone. Promising to let potential purchasers relive the nostalgic joy of printing tangible memories, the new Smile+ is affordable too at a £120 price tag.

Instant-print cameras are popular again thanks to the Fujifilm Instax range and Polaroid’s resurgence. And now, Kodak’s North America brand licensee C+A Global has just announced its newest addition in the Kodak Smile+. Aimed at all ages, features include an eccentric retro design, integrated colour filter-changing lens, the ability to print 2x3in photos in 60 seconds on sticky- backed Zink (Zero Ink) paper, automatic flash, built-in Bluetooth for image sharing, microSD card slot to back up photos, plus the

technique and staging. There was also praise for this highly creative self-portrait not only showing him working with his camera, but also revealing where photography can lead us as we explore our own creative paths. A gallery of select entries and the winning photos can be found through the URL below. Entrants came from all around the world – not just from Europe but also China, Australia, Brazil, Russia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Iran, India, Togo and the US.

I category was France’s Marie Le Moigne – a visual artist and design teacher who impressed the judges with a shot of mixed text, subject, scene, tonality and mood to reveal an intimate self-portrait. Coming out top in the What’s in my Camera Bag category was Artur Abramiv from Ukraine, who submitted an image of his standard mountaineering kit. Abramiv works as a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller as well as being a contract photographer for Zuma Press and Getty Images.

instruments; they only unfold their magic in the hands of a creative and skilful user,” said TIPA chairman Thomas Gerwers. “But without them, neither sounds nor images are created, proving both are crucial in the creative process. That’s why musicians and photographers alike have a special relationship with their instruments, which is reflected in the winning pictures of our competition.” Indeed, three categories explored this relationship, open to everyone:

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Let the photo lab’s ultraHD sharpening add something special to your black & white prints WhiteWall’s sharpening tech delivers magical monochrome

find creative inspiration for your own magical monochromes from its photographer ambassadors. “What I like about black & white photography is its timelessness,” enthuses professional photographer Alexandre Souêtre, creative director and WhiteWall partner. “It’s a great tool for conveying subtle emotions. This can be something dark and menacing on the one hand, as well as something soft and bittersweet on the other. That’s an interesting palette to play with in photography.” Black & white photography has always had a place at the heart of WhiteWall’s offering, which is why it has its own dedicated section on the website. This reflects the passion its own community has for monochrome prints. A case in point, fellow black & white enthusiast and artist Natalie Oberg adds: “I believe the visual aesthetic of black & white film is well-suited to highlight the drama of landscapes and stories in nature.” The collective excitement about the photo lab’s ultraHD sharpening service is echoed by WhiteWall Ambassador Phil Penman, who has been internationally acclaimed for his own monochrome photography. He concludes: “Black & white takes me back to my beginnings; it’s what I love.” Head to the URL now to place an order and discover how WhiteWall ultraHD sharpening can boost the presentation and visualisation of your own black & white prints to a magical degree.

GALLERY-QUALITY PRINTS are award-winning photo lab WhiteWall’s stock-in-trade. So, a recently introduced service to enhance photographers’ black & white prints is very exciting indeed. Look for the WhiteWall ultraHD sharpness ordering option when visiting the black & white section of its website. It’s being described as sharpening technology precisely matched to the output process. Used alongside increased production resolution, the lab suggests a record level of clarity is viable. It believes every detail and nuance of monochrome images is brought to life. Three types of Ilford photo paper can be used in conjunction with WhiteWall ultraHD sharpening: choose from PE (polyethylene based) photo paper with either a glossy or matte surface, or opt for genuine baryta prints. Innovation exceeds expectation With innovations such as ultraHD, it’s no wonder WhiteWall received the accolade of best photo lab

worldwide from international technology press collective TIPA, of which Photography News is a member, just last year. Yet it’s been excelling in photo finishing for quite a while now. One of the few labs still offering photo prints on baryta paper, WhiteWall originally added this to its black & white range all the way back in 2013, having been inspired by the Leica M Monochrom at the time. Now, 11 years on, the pioneering photo lab has extended its ultraHD sharpening option to black & white prints, promising to provide monochrome photographers with a never-seen-before level of quality. This has been possible through the lab, which has invested in a new imagesetter, affording extremely accurate reproduction of detail with strong contrasts. As indicated, the ultraHD sharpening process is selectable for Ilford prints with a glossy or matte surface, or with a baryta surface as a special highlight. Print sizes are customisable and available up to a maximum 240x122cm. Whether laminated behind acrylic glass, framed or presented as a classic print, these monochrome prints are in their purest form, free from colour casts. Prints on Ilford black & white paper can even be finished with a white border if that’s preferred, lending them a decorative and museum-like quality. Head to WhiteWall’s black & white home page now to order your own ultraHD prints; here, you’ll also

“Black & white takes me back to my beginnings; it’s what I love”

CRISP DETAIL The ultraHD sharpening option promises unparalleled clarity

BACK IN BLACK WhiteWall is one of the few labs still printing on baryta

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Leica upgrades full-frame model

handgrip at a suggested £900, a USB-C DC-Coupler at £95 and a USB-C Dual Charger BC-SCL6 at £135, which allows for two camera batteries to be charged at once. While the prior SL2 is now being phased out, we’re told it will continue to exist in the marketplace alongside the SL3 for a little while longer. The new camera is also the same price as its predecessor was on launch; a suggested £5920.

handy, as up to 8K video resolution is offered, with support for HEVC and ProRes codecs. Videographers will also appreciate the ability to utilise timecode, while connectivity options include HDMI 2.1, USB-C, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Regular firmware updates are promised via the Leica Fotos app. Although this camera has an L-Mount, compatibility with existing Leica M lenses is offered via adapter. Further optional extras include a new multifunctional HG-SCL7

features include a 5.76-million-dot viewfinder, new customisable user interface promising a de-cluttered selection of icons, tilting three-inch high-res touchscreen built to be robust, plus a responsive hybrid AF system. Leica tells us the latter comprises three technologies that work together: phase, object and contrast detection AF. Two card slots on the SL3 give users the choice of shooting to SD or CFexpress Type B cards. The latter is

metal housing that offers weather resistance to a certified IP54 level, protecting it against dust and water spray – though we also witnessed a bottle of water poured over the camera to no ill effect at the launch. Leica claims it’s the only brand with a rating at this level on a camera. The latest model is slightly smaller and 80g lighter than its predecessor. Also new here is its BC-SCL6 battery. The SL3 is the first Leica to feature a new Maestro IV processor. Key

Leica has unveiled the SL3, a straight replacement for the five-year-old SL2. The SL3 ups the resolution from 47 to 60 megapixels thanks to a full-frame, back-side illuminated CMOS sensor with what Leica calls its triple-resolution technology. This allows users to select from 18-, 36- or 60-megapixel files, each using the whole sensor. Light sensitivity runs from ISO 50 to 100,000. Handmade in Germany, the pro-targeted SL3 features a full

Camera fair moves to new location

is the place to be to see anything, from wood and brass models through to modern classics or early digital cameras. You’ll also find lenses, accessories, film, paper, literature and images. Open from 10am to 4pm, entry costs £8 before noon and £5 afterwards. The nearest tube station is Russell Square, and it’s a short walk from Euston, King’s Cross or St Pancras.

Photographica 2024, a must-make day for any camera collector, will be in a new venue this year. Taking place on Sunday 19 May at the Royal National Hotel, London WC1H 0DG, the upcoming event will see up to 100 tables for buying, selling and swapping classic and antique cameras. Organised by the Photographic Collectors Club of Great Britain (PCCGB), Photographica

Kenro adds 60W LED to lighting line

as lightning and fireworks. Extras include a removable reflector and white silicone diffuser. With a casing built from aluminium alloy, the unit also has an OLED display and can be used with an Android/iOS app or the supplied remote control. It can be powered via mains or a mobile supply using the USB-C port. Available now, the unit costs £199.95.

Kenro’s Smart Lite range of continuous LEDs has a new addition; the KSLC101. With a 60W output, this bicolour unit is suitable for photo and video and is claimed to be ultra-portable, measuring 161x74x68mm and weighing 250g. Despite compact dimensions, the unit has a selection of handy features, including a colour temperature range of 2700-7500K, dimming from 1-100% and eight special effects such

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Tiddly long-zoom lens on the way from Panasonic

Likewise, high speed, superlative performance and silent autofocus are promised, while its built-in five-axis Dual IS 2 image stabilisation helps minimise blur. Micro-step aperture control allows for smooth alterations in exposure, with the ability to choose between linear or non-linear focus ring settings. For those wondering about using it for shooting video, the manufacturer reassures that focus breathing is effectively suppressed. Suggested retail price for the 28-200mm is set at £899.

L-Mount camera users will have a new lens to enjoy from Panasonic this April. The Lumix S 28-200mm f/4-7.1 Macro OIS is claimed as the smallest and lightest in its class on launch, with a total length of 93.4mm and a weight of 413g. It’s also the first wide-to-tele zoom in its maker’s Lumix S series line-up. Suitable for shooting landscapes at its widest setting, as well as being able to focus as close as 3cm from a subject, it’s also a capable macro performer – on top of delivering the requisite bokeh effects for portraits.

Skyline’s no limit for durable Tenba range

Based on feedback from Canon users when asked what other kind of products they’d like to see from the brand, the photo stalwart has introduced a limited-edition Canon ML-A Light & Speaker combo. On display to the public at the London Photo Video Convention & Trade Show in January, the desktop lamp and Bluetooth 5.0 audio speaker in one is designed to create the ideal atmosphere for relaxing, entertaining, working or styling – while being both chic and highly flexible, with a body made from machined aluminium. Complete with a tilting arm, the LED lamp can be switched from a soft and warm tone for relaxing times to a white setting for creative working and reading. The 10W speaker boasts 360° audio that’s claimed to sound superb even at low volume. With a two-year guarantee, the ML-A is £269 and comes in silver or black. In related news, Canon has launched a professional PTZ controller, developed in collaboration with manufacturer Skaarhoj. We’re told the RC-SK5 is versatile enough for multicamera productions, from entry-level broadcast to live events such as musical performances and concerts – or even for recording lectures in higher education. What’s described as a high-quality, ergonomically designed joystick provides intuitive control, while smooth wide-to-tele transitions can be achieved via the zoom rocker. Now it’s sound as well as vision

Bag manufacturer Tenba has overhauled its line-up with the launch of its revamped Skyline v2 range. The second generation of Skyline promises durability and comfort, all at a more affordable price point. The new collection includes pouches, top loaders and shoulder bags designed to fit everything from pocket cameras to up to two mirrorless or DSLRs with lenses as sizeable as a 70- 200mm f/2.8. The new line-up will receive its first public showing at The Photography and Video Show. Abiding by a keep-it-simple philosophy, the bags boast a stylish, minimalist design with colour choices including black or grey. Water-repellent fabrics and YKK zips offer high levels of protection typically only found in more expensive bags, while a vibrant blue interior assists in quickly locating gear when on the go. Pricing ranges from £14 for the Tenba Skyline v2 Pouch 3, and up to £63 for the Tenba Skyline v2 Shoulder Bag 13.

New compact Sony zoom announced

User controls include a customisable focus hold button, manual focus ring, aperture ring, aperture click on/off switch and focus mode switch. Made from 16 lens elements in 13 groups, this optic is 92.3mm long and weighs 440g. As expected, it supports the Active Mode image stabilisation of Sony cameras, for smooth results even when a user is on the move, while it also proves compatible with focus breathing compensation on those same Sony bodies. The retail price is £1149.

Arriving in April, users of Sony’s full-frame E-mount cameras who are seeking a compact and lightweight standard zoom may have found it with the Sony FE 24-50mm f/2.8 G. Part of the G series premium lens line-up and sporting a dust- and moisture-resistant build, as well as a dirt-repelling fluorine coating, this is an everyday stills and video option with a minimum focus distance of 19cm at the wide-angle setting to 30cm at maximum zoom. Thanks to two linear motors, it can deliver high-speed, high-precision AF and quiet focusing.

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CISP open for entries

A Samsung memory card! WIN!


Cheltenham Camera Club is inviting entries to its 12th Cheltenham International Salon of Photography (CISP). Its patrons include such luminaries as the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP) and Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB). A total of 141 awards are being spread across five creative categories: colour, monochrome, creative, nature and photo travel. But don’t delay as, with a closing date of 14 April set, submissions are already open.

KAFRESHDFWR C R I L I B P B X W A VEXWAVMCHR I J T O I B M X L T E N LTLLENBCMNM LUGDANGSREA P L O L S J I X A W C W F Q I T E G H W A R YGUFEDARSLO SGCERWESESQ VFPADNUSOEV B T I S K S K B D N N RUCPDAMPYTG E O N I U Y X O J R S E F I L J Y Z I O D R ZRCUBCAWRLM E X S T A Z T I M I B ASBCKHBXZMS Samsung’s updated Pro Plus cards allow you to shoot more, faster. Stunningly fast U3, Class 10-rated read/write speeds now up to 180 and 130MB/s let you smoothly take and transfer masses of photos. The cards are ready to tackle life’s adventures with six-proof protection from water, extreme temperatures, X-rays, magnets, drops and wearout. Plus, they come with a ten-year limited warranty. Complete the word search below – comprising words related to spring – and you’ll find one word in the list that’s not in the grid. Email us on puzzle@ with that word in the subject box by 3 May 2024 and the card will be yours if your name is drawn at random from all the correct entries received. Only entries from UK residents will be accepted. Congratulations to Sue Parnell from Peterborough, who was our winner from issue 112. The missing word from issue 113 was ‘Hireacamera.’

Thanet CC sees success in IGPOTY

Thanet’s Camera Club has a star in its midst, with member Laura Drury having achieved third place in the Square Crop category of the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year. Drury was also a recent recipient of a Silver Award from the club itself, along with fellow members David Silk, Maria Gilbert and Paul Norris. The quartet can now all compete for the club’s Gold Award. Elsewhere, Mary Venables was overall winner in the club’s second print competition with her image The Race (right). New members are invited to join Thanet’s Camera Club for a subscription rate of £17.50, from now until its AGM in June. Further info can be found via its Facebook page and website.

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The FUJIFILM X100VI is here and it’s everything we hoped it would be Six of the best! ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

X100VI SPECS ›  Sensor X-Trans CMOS 5 HR › Engine X-Processor 5 ›  Image stabilisation In-body sensor shift up to 6.0 stops ›  Screen 3in tilting touchscreen, 1.62m dots ›  Shutter speeds 60 mins to 1/4000sec (mechanical) or 1/180,000sec (electronic) ›  Autofocus Intelligent hybrid AF phase and contrast detection with 425 points ›  Frame rates Up to 11fps (mechanical shutter), 20fps (electronic shutter, 1.29x crop) ›  Recording media SD/SDHC/ SDXC, UHS-I compatible ›  Dimensions (wxhxd) 128x74.8x55.3mm ›  Weight 521g (with battery and memory card)

SIXTH SENSE As the latest model in a legendary range, the FUJIFILM X100VI has big boots to fill. Machined dials and a tactile top-plate help it exceed expectations

benefit of up to 6.0 stops. This helps deliver smooth video footage, but is also priceless when creating still images in low-light conditions. Plus, handholding at 1/4sec or 1/2sec is completely possible. For occasions when you demand longer shutter speeds – or need to employ a wide aperture in bright conditions – an internal ND filter offers a 4.0-stop reduction in light on stills and video. Further improvements have been made to the autofocus system, which now uses deep-learning AI to broaden the range of trackable subjects, improving hit rate. While all these improvements are welcome, making the X100VI an extremely attractive proposition, it’s the way the camera makes you feel about photography that is the

teleconverters, providing equal to 50mm and 70mm lenses. Film Simulation modes have always been a strong part of the Fujifilm arsenal, and the X100VI adds the latest Reala Ace option. With 20 different choices available, you’re sure to find one that best suits you. As a bonus, all the modes can be fine-tuned to create your own tailor-made look. Previous versions of the X100 Series had video functionality, but the X100VI elevates what’s available. Resolutions up to 6.2K/30p can be recorded internally in 10-bit colour, while 4K/60p and Full HD/240p are also possible. In addition to this, the new model features an in-body image stabilisation system, providing a

camera market for the price. This model is not only good value; it’s leading the way by incorporating key functionality from Fujifilm’s interchangeable-lens models. Resolution is an impressive 40.2 megapixels from the X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor, the same unit as you’ll find in the FUJIFILM X-T5 and X-H2. This sensor is matched with the X-Processor 5 imaging engine, which is also found in the range- topping FUJIFILM GFX100 II. The combination makes for a lightning- fast performance and unbelievable image quality. The extra resolution also gives more cropping options, adding more versatility when editing. If you prefer the perfect result in-camera, the X100VI offers a choice of two digital

FOR ITS 90th anniversary, Fujifilm has produced a camera worthy of celebration. The new FUJIFILM X100VI is the sixth iteration of the model, beginning the X Series range in 2010 – and it’s the best yet. There’s much to admire about the X100VI, but on top of being brought bang up to date with technology and features, it’s worth recognising that Fujifilm has stayed true to the original design of the X100 Series – on this and all previous versions. Sure, there have been some design tweaks from model to model, but they all remain in keeping with the original – a fixed-lens camera with an APS-C sensor and user-focused analogue styling. In this respect, the X100VI offers a unique proposition in the current

real appeal. Stripped back to the bare essentials, it helps you focus on image making; any time spent with the X100VI will bring your creative side straight to the forefront. So if you want to get back to basics – and have the support of the latest technology to get great results – look no further.

PERSONAL TOUCH Whatever your creative style, trust the X100VI to make images in your vision

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Automotive exotica and the FUJIFILM GFX100 II. For photographer Rupert Cobb, it’s a podium-topping combination A camera to get revved up about ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

Cobb’s route into the Fujifilm system began when he bought the FUJIFILM X-E2 second hand and “instantly fell in love with the colour space and how flexible it was. So, I looked for what an equivalent might be to what I was using in the studio. We’re all about getting it right in camera – and the GFX100 proved to be a game changer overnight. “There’s a texture to the sensor that I love – I’m always after that,” comments Cobb on the look of the visuals from the latest GFX100 II. “The 30mm tilt-shift lens is good

Cobb has coupled his GFX100 II with a pair of tilt-shift lenses in FUJINON GF30mm f/5.6 T/S and GF110mm f/5.6 T/S Macro. “These tilt-shift lenses represent another jump in quality. The 110mm is a macro-capable lens long enough to bring you back and out of the way of your own light source. You can move the plane of focus to where you require, while still keeping a narrow depth-of-field. The other benefit is you can stay in the sweet spot of the lens. It’s worth spending time finding what works for you.”

as possible, and photographing medium format gives that detail,” he continues. “One of our clients is very specific about the detail shots. The pictures must have a narrative, a story in the image. “You might think ‘how can there be a story?’. Yet, behind the dashboard of this Ferrari are all the stickers and signatures from the pits of Le Mans as well as races around Europe. If you shoot medium format, you have got every detail and can almost smell the exhaust smoke of that day.”

PHOTOGRAPHING THE WORLD’S most prestigious motorbikes and cars against an infinity cove large enough to showcase up to three cars at a time, Rupert Cobb is passionate about telling the history inherent in every nut, bolt and serial number. “A lot of passion has gone into these vehicles, so it’s our responsibility to continue that passion,” he reasons. “With the infinity cove, it’s all about quality bounced light – Fujifilm’s colour space works incredibly well with bounced tungsten light. We still

use old fifties lighting since it’s the only other light source as smooth as the thing in the sky! If you use a nice lens on a tungsten light and focus it in on the wall of the cove, you can highlight the curves of a car in such a beautiful way. Marry that with the FUJIFILM GFX System and it’s a partnership made in heaven.” The exact tool used to visually describe the vehicles’ majesty is the 102-megapixel, medium format sensor of the FUJIFILM GFX100 II. “I want to make everything as future-proof and high-quality

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“There is a texture I love. The 30mm tilt- shift lens is good for dashboard shots, but has also proved very useful for unusual high-angle shots”

GFX100 II SPECS ›  Sensor 102-megapixel GFX CMOS II HS › Lens mount Fujifilm G Mount › Engine X-Processor 5 ›  ISO Auto, Stills: 80-12,800 (expandable to 40-102,400) ›  Image stabilisation In-body sensor shift up to 8.0 stops ›  Screen 3.2in three-angle tilting touchscreen, 2.36m dots ›  Shutter speed 60 mins to 1/4000sec (mechanical) or 1/32,000sec (electronic) ›  Autofocus Intelligent hybrid AF, phase and contrast detection with 425 points ›  Frame rates Up to 8.7fps (electronic shutter), 8fps (mechanical shutter) ›  Recording media SD/SDHC/ SDXC, CFexpress Type B ›  Dimensions (wxhxd) 152.4x117.4x98.6mm ›  Weight 948g (with battery and memory card)

SPECIALE MOMENTS Driven by precision and quality, the FUJIFILM GFX100 II captures those high-octane moments in incredible detail

Cobb concludes: “What I love about the Fujifilm ethos is they’re not trying to compete with others. They have taken a different angle, saying: ‘OK, crop sensor for street photography, then we’re going to get a bigger sensor and make the glass work for that’. It’s like a loop back to serious majestic photography.”

I’ll do a stacked-focus shot from the passenger side right through to the driver’s seat – then choose what I want to be in focus later, while still using the sweet spot of the lens. I can create this large image, from which I can make other little images if I want – still of sufficient quality to print in a magazine. “Pixel Shift Multi-Shot mode is also great fun. From the far end of the studio, I can shoot a full side-on of a car. If I do that with Pixel Shift, I’ve then got the detail of every nut on every wheel.”

road less travelled – Cobb sees the advantages for “when there’s a need for upright videos. Once I’ve made the still, I can also create a quick high-res spin around the car. Video doesn’t feel like a compromise on the GFX100 II; it looks great out of the box and I aim to use video with the tilt-shift lenses.” He adds that the camera has a couple of additional interesting modes, including focus stacking. “We photograph many racing cars with amazing race histories,” he enthuses. “If we’re pressed for time,

especially when a client needs sight of images quickly and there isn’t time to process Raw files. “I used to shoot on FUJIFILM Velvia slide film, so I love the fact that you can emulate that look, alongside still shooting Raw. On a recent urgent job, the Film Simulations enabled us to deliver an advanced package to the client. They were over the moon with it, and we could follow up with any changes using the Raw.” In terms of shooting video on the GFX100 II – while noting this is a

for dashboard shots, but has also proved very useful for some unusual high-angle shots where we were able to come up really high. But instead of being over the top of the car, we could be behind it, yet still tilt the angle of perspective so it seemed we were more directly over the car than we actually were. The 30mm lens is phenomenal for levelling out and pulling back those parallels.” Fuel in the creative tank Cobb utilises the Film Simulation digital presets on the camera too –

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A fistful of features to explain why enthusiasts will be in photo heaven with Fujifilm’s compact dynamo of a camera Five reasons to choose the X-T5 ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

X-PROCESSOR 5 The FUJIFILM X-T5 features the latest X-Processor 5, which delivers two times the speed of its predecessor. This upgrade not only offers a speed boost, but it also reduces power consumption, allowing more shots per charge. As well as high stills resolution, users can also create stellar video. Fujifilm has once again upped the ante by offering up to an incredible 6.2K resolution at cinematic frame rates up to 29.97fps. With these amazing features, the FUJIFILM X-T5 feels like securing the best of both worlds for the long haul – making this an investment to last. IN-BODY IMAGE STABILISATION The camera boasts five-axis in-body image stabilisation, offering up to 7.0 stops of compensation. This not only increases the chances of sharply focused results in

challenging lighting conditions when creating stills handheld, but it also excels at delivering smooth and steady video. Add in 19 Film Simulation modes that replicate the look of classic Fujifilm film stocks spanning the past 90 years, and we’re cooking on gas. FAST AND ACCURATE AUTOFOCUS Built with deep-learning AI technology, autofocus is unfailingly precise, swiftly acquiring subjects with accuracy even in busy scenes and low light. The camera can automatically detect and track various subjects such as animals, birds, cars, motorcycles, aircraft and trains – maintaining focus without distractions from other objects in the frame. Up to 425 focusing points can be selected individually using the well-placed focus lever, or you can pick Zone or Wide/Tracking AF for situations where the subject is moving around within the frame.

PUTTING PHOTOGRAPHY FIRST, the FUJIFILM X-T5 remains a top choice for photo enthusiasts. But don’t just take our word for it: here are five reasons why the camera packs a punch for those seeking a knockout mirrorless model. HIGH-RES 40.2-MEGAPIXEL X-TRANS CMOS 5 SENSOR The FUJIFILM X-T5 has a back-side illuminated, 40.2-megapixel APS- C-sized CMOS sensor at its core. The sensor uses Fujifilm’s unique X-Trans pixel layout, delivering more accurate colours and less moiré. For an enthusiast-level camera, the pixel count is impressively generous, providing bags of detail and vibrant hues thanks to Fujifilm’s excellent colour science. Photos and video are saved to regular SD cards, with two slots available; files can be saved to both simultaneously, providing a backup if required.

compared to a DSLR and equivalent lens, at a mere 129.5x91x63.8mm and 557g – while still delivering stunning performance.

control wheels, satisfying those who want to get hands-on – and lending the camera that distinctly retro feel. Available in a choice of classic-looking silver with black detailing, or a more contemporary all-black version, adding a lens feels reassuringly solid in the palm. The beauty of it all is that the size and weight remain manageable

“With these amazing features, the X-T5 feels like securing the best of both worlds for the long haul – making this an investment to last”


With 56 weather-sealed points, the FUJIFILM X-T5 body is festooned with raised analogue dials and

X-T5 SPECS ›  Sensor X-Trans CMOS 5 HR

› Lens mount X Mount › Engine X-Processor 5

›  Image stabilisation In-body sensor shift up to 7.0 stops ›  Screen 3in three-way tilting touchscreen, 1.84m dots ›  Shutter speeds 60 mins to 1/8000sec (mechanical) or 1/180,000sec (electronic) ›  Autofocus Intelligent hybrid AF, phase and contrast detection with 425 points ›  Frame rates Up to 15fps (mechanical shutter), 20fps (electronic shutter, 1.29x crop) ›  Recording media SD/SDHC/ SDXC, UHS-II compatible ›  Dimensions (wxhxd) 129.5x91x63.8mm ›  Weight 557g (with battery and memory card)

FIVE ALIVE Bring your vision to life with the advanced features and classic design of the X-T5

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