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Issue 112 may be the last issue of 2023, but we’re going out with a bang! Nikon’s Z f gets the big test treatment, plus there’s a Christmas gift guide to help anyone looking for present ideas. We’ve also got all the latest news - including Sony’s high speed A9 III - a guide to the imaging companies putting ethics ahead of profits and some incredible images from this year’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Don’t miss it!

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Pg15 Canine crackers / Paw-some winning dog photographs

Pg20 Big test: Nikon Z f / Full-frame retro model put through its paces

Pg27 Xmas gift guide / Great pressie ideas for photo & video users

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Sony goes global with speedy A9 III

A global-shutter, full-frame stacked sensor headlines the latest Alpha release from Sony, coming January 2024

ACTION, SPORTS AND wildlife photographers feeling the need for speed: pay attention. Coming January 2024 from electronics giant Sony is an updated pro-grade camera body. That’s the Sony Alpha 9 III, which its maker is calling a landmark product. Also new is a premium G Master telephoto lens to go with it, namely the FE 300mm f/2.8 GM OSS. Headline features of the Mark III camera, which Sony says indicates it’s been listening to the wishes of professional photographers, include what’s claimed to be the world’s first global-shutter, full-frame stacked CMOS image sensor. This promises users the ability to shoot at up to 120fps without camera blackout, capturing moments even the naked eye couldn’t register. In fact, freed from the limitations of conventional mechanical-shutter image sensors, this speed demon has a maximum shutter speed of 1/80,000sec, or 1/16,000sec during continuous shooting. Here, the 24.6-megapixel sensor is combined with its manufacturer’s most advanced AF system so far, utilising artificial intelligence to carry out 120 AF/AE focus calculations per second. There’s also the ability to sync flash at all shooting speeds, when using the likes of Sony’s separately available HVL-F60RM2 or HVL-F46RM flashes. In addition, SPEED DEMON Blackout-free 120fps shooting is promised, catching those invisible moments with clarity

when capturing stills or video under LED lighting, a Hi Frequency Flicker function can significantly reduce potential problems by allowing shutter speed to be finely adjusted to match the flicker frequency when viewing the monitor. Unsurprisingly, a latest-generation Bionz XR processor is on board the A9 III, while we’re told the camera’s AI processing unit uses real-time recognition AF to register and track a wide variety of subjects with high precision – that’s whether shooting stills or video. Support for those shooting handheld includes five-axis in-body image stabilisation, here the equivalent of a cool eight stops. Pro-level feedback is also said to have influenced button layout, menu functions and grip design on this model, tweaks all made with the unifying purpose of allowing photographers and videographers to capture things never before possible. When it comes to video, this is the first model in the Alpha series to be able to record 4K/120p frame- rate video without cropping, while there is also the ability to record 4K/ 60p videos with 6K oversampling. An S-Cinetone mode, said to help human skin and subjects stand out beautifully, is also featured. When it comes to workflow, the A9 III is said to transfer data twice as fast as the previous generation – invaluable for news gatherers and sports photographers seeking to deliver material to news desks

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immediately via FTP. Two media slots are provided for data capture, supporting CFexpress Type A cards as well as UHS-I and UHS-II SD cards. Very much a professional’s tool, the Sony A9 III comes with a price tag to match at a suggested £6099. With enough standout features for us to fill several pages more, best visit the web address below for the full rundown. And then there’s the lens. On top of its maker laying claim to the world’s lightest large-aperture telephoto at approximately 1470g, the new G Master FE 300mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens is claimed to be capable of resolving a high level of detail, delivering beautiful bokeh thanks to an 11-bladed circular aperture mechanism, as well as high- performance autofocus. Professionals shooting with this lens in the field – and attached to the new A9 III – will also appreciate what’s said to be exceptional mobility and comfortable operability, its manageable weight partly down to the durable magnesium alloy used in the build of its internal lens barrel. Lens construction comprises three super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements and one ED glass element to suppress chromatic aberration, while


This year has definitely been shorter than 2022, by a least a month or two. Don’t try and convince me otherwise. Never mind, the end of the year does present the perfect opportunity to look back at the products we’ve been treated to – and think about what might be around the corner. For me, 2023 will be remembered as the year of artificial intelligence. It’s been the buzzword of many a camera and software release, with AI enhancing performance, user experience – or both. It’s also become more common parlance in general conversation. Media outlets have seized upon its ‘the end is nigh’ potential to serve up dramatic headlines and make us feel nervous of the future. But I’m a fan, especially if it helps me create better images. So what do you think 2024 will hold from a tech perspective? Well, I believe we’ll start to see the maturation of technology that currently is only available in a small number of products. Sony’s A9 III, for example, has a global shutter and I’d suggest it won’t be the last. To those who don’t know, a global shutter exposes the whole of the sensor at the same time, overcoming restrictions such as flash sync speeds, variances in Roger Payne

artificial lighting output and rolling shutter effects. I expect them to be more prevalent in top-end cameras. I believe we’ll also see more cameras able to transmit files directly to the cloud. Fujifilm has pioneered this with its X-H2 models and the GFX100 II, but others will get on board in due course. In a few years, we could be waving goodbye to in-camera storage altogether! One thing I can be sure of is that, whatever 2024 holds, Photography News will be here to tell you all about it. Thanks for your support throughout 2023, and I wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. We’ll be back in January, when we’ll be revealing the winners of the 2023 PN Awards – I look forward to seeing you then!

delivering high resolution and contrast across the frame. This, in turn, also allows for more flexible cropping and image editing by photographers and news desks. Finally, high-speed, high-precision and low-vibration AF performance comes courtesy of a

combination of two latest-generation XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors and control algorithms; more so when combined with the new camera body. Also arriving this January, the lens has a ticket price of £5799.

GO LONG The new Sony G Master lens is a super-light telephoto option

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What’s inside 03 News Sony’s speedy A9 III, a quartet of new lenses from Canon and an instant camera from Leica. We’ve got all the latest headlines you need 13 Samsung word search Twenty festive words, but only 19 to be found. Find the missing one and you could win a 256GB Samsung memory card. Ho ho ho! 15 Competition winners We pick some favourite images from the 2023 Dog Photographer of the Year. From dashing dachshunds to posing poodles, we have it all! 20 Big test: Nikon Z f What happens when you take a cutting-edge, full-frame sensor and drop it into a retro,

selection of imaging products that will make you particularly popular on Christmas Day! 35 Making movies: editing The final part of our year-long series looks at how to make the most of your videos once downloaded to your computer 39 Buyers’ guide: ethical photography companies We highlight the brands who are making great products for you, as well as doing their bit for the environment 44 First tests Four of the latest inkjet printing papers from Hahnemühle and an AI-driven retouching software are put to the test by our experts


analogue-styled body? Well, you get the Nikon Z f, that’s what. Will Cheung gets hands on with it to deliver his verdict 27 Christmas gift guide Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a photography-mad loved one, we’ve got a fine


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Canon unveils a quartet of mirrorless optics

The four lenses and one adapter are competitively priced and offer outstanding performance across a variety of fields

Photo giant Canon has announced a quartet of new lenses for its EOS R series mirrorless range, currently in its fifth year, plus one accessory. These include what it calls the world’s widest zoom with AF for full- frame cameras, the RF 10-20mm f/4L IS STM lens. This one’s not only the widest full-frame lens on the market at the time of writing (which makes it ideal for shooting landscapes, architecture and interiors), it joins an existing line-up of 14 compatible Canon camera bodies and 35 RF optics so far, barring new additions. Offering 130° coverage as well as a constant f/4 maximum aperture throughout its zoom range, a new image stabilisation feature debuts in ‘Control IS’, which is to correct peripheral motion blur for both stills and video. It’s also Canon’s first premium L-series model to feature an STM motor, to make it faster

than the existing 11-24mm EF lens, while also providing a smoother AF performance for video. At a weight of 570g, it is smaller and lighter than the 11-24mm EF, which its manufacturer is keen to point out makes a huge difference, with built-in image stabilisation boasting a five-stop equivalence. Aimed at professionals, the new model went on sale at the end of last month at a suggested £3029.99. Newer still, with sales due to start in December, is the RF 200- 800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM lens. Canon describes this as the world’s first super-telephoto zoom up to 800mm that will let enthusiasts get images previously never feasible. It’s not a premium L-series lens, which Canon says makes it affordable and ideal for wildlife and outdoor sports fanatics. The brand also tells us that 1.4x and 2x extenders can be used with

this lens without compromising AF performance. Users can get as close as 0.8m at 200mm setting or 3.3m at 800mm. With 5.5 stops of image stabilisation built in, it’s compact and relatively lightweight at just over 2kg. Canon suggests its white paint finish dissipates heat, and weather sealing provides protection. With two AF stop buttons, users can control how fast or slow they want to go via zoom ring torque adjustment. Constructed from 17 elements in 11 groups, the zoom can be used with the EOS R7, R6 II, R3 or R5 and will cost £2299.99. Also arriving in December, at a more affordable £379.99 price tag, is the RF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM, described as the widest option in the RF-S range. Pitched as the RF-S version of its popular EF-S lens, but capable of delivering better quality with it, this is a compact and lightweight (at 150g) ultra wide-angle

WIDER WORLD The RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM lens offers ‘the world’s first super-telephoto zoom up to 800mm’ and is ideal for wildlife and outdoor sports

optic great for travel, landscapes and vlogging. Offering up to six stops of stabilisation when used with IBIS, its build comprises 12 elements in ten groups, plus it features two UD lens elements and a combined focus/ control ring. The fourth new lens to be announced this month is the RF 24-105mm f/2.8L IS USM Z, with the ‘Z’ denoting ‘Power Zoom’. This is the first of a new hybrid line-up of lenses said to be ‘all about the hybrid age and shooting photo and video without compromise’. Canon also told us that both photographers

and videographers have been asking for this lens – as it allows most events, including weddings, to be covered with just one optic – and suggested pairing it with the EOS R5 C body. Offering 5.5 stops of image stabilisation, or a whopping eight stops with an IBIS-enabled camera body, the lens itself is constructed with 23 elements in 18 groups. The design and Dual Nano USM motor help suppress focus breathing, while also featured are two lens function buttons and an aperture ring, the latter for use in video mode. It’ll arrive this December at £3439.99. Finally, there’s a Canon Power Zoom adapter arriving in March. Two versions are offered: a PZ-E2 featuring a USB Type C port and offering compatibility with the 24-105mm, primarily for shooting video. The alternative is the PZ-E2B, offering USB Type C port plus 20- pin connection. Priced at £1149.99 and £1749.99 respectively, power comes courtesy of the RF mount or USB-C and there’s a manual-to-servo switch on the side. The power zoom control allows for a button press to immediately go wide, or alternatively to the telephoto setting, as desired.

MYRIAD USES The RF 10-20mm f/4L IS STM is an ultra-wide full-frame lens that’s ideal for shooting landscapes, architecture and interiors

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Leica launches instant camera Instant cameras aren’t just the

the Sofort 2 and then printed out. Camera accessories also available include wrist straps, carrying straps and bags. Sales of the black, white or red cameras were due to begin early November via all Leica stores and authorised dealers, at a suggested price of £350. At the other end of the scale is Leica’s latest premium camera, the M11-P, which is available in black or silver. With a price tag of £8000, this model seeks to combat the perceived threat to photographers of wholly AI-generated imagery by being the world’s first camera to attach Content Credentials to images at the point of capture, to protect the authenticity of digital images. As with other cameras in Leica’s P series, the M11-P deliberately omits the signature red Leica dot on the front of the camera to allow for discreet photography.

Those looking to bask in the glow of owning a Leica haven’t been forgotten, as instead it’s opted to engrave Leica lettering on the top- plate. Core features of the camera include a 60-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, Leica’s ‘triple resolution’ tech, high-performance Maestro III processor, 256GB internal memory, plus sapphire crystal glass with an anti-reflective protective coating on the LCD screen. Launched alongside this camera is the next generation of the Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH lens, described as a state-of-the-art, versatile wide-angle lens with an improved and ergonomic design. The lens hood has been given a modern, round design and is directly integrated with the optic, which is said to make it especially easy to screw in or unscrew. Retail price for the premium lens is £4400.

terrain of Fujifilm, Kodak or original stalwart Polaroid. Undoubtedly, the most affordable Leica camera we can buy has been unveiled by the brand in the new Sofort 2 instant print camera. Available in three colours, this is a hybrid analogue and digital device. So, unlike a more basic instant print camera, users can shoot images digitally and decide on the best ones before printing them. This process is undertaken through a manually operated printing lever on the camera. Compatibility is offered with Fujifilm’s Instax Mini photo paper. Downloading the Leica Fotos app enables images which have been taken with a smartphone or another Leica camera to be transferred to INSTANT IMAGES The camera makes both analogue and digital images, so users can choose what to print

A pair of lookers from Sigma Third-party lens manufacturer Sigma has unveiled a pair of new zoom lenses worth looking into in the Sigma 10-18mm f/2.8 DC DN Contemporary series and 70-200mm f/2.8 DG DN OS Sports (above). The former is described as the world’s smallest and lightest ultra wide- angle zoom lens for APS-C cameras. Available for Fujifilm X Mount, L-Mount and Sony E-mount, it covers a focal range of 15-27mm in 35mm equivalent terms and features a newly developed push-on petal-type lens hood. The 10-18mm went on sale at the end of October for £599.99. The 70-200mm will go on sale from 7 December for £1499.99. Designed for full-frame cameras with a Sony E or L-Mount, it features an optical stabiliser which provides a benefit of up to 7.5 stops, weather sealing, a focus limiter and a de-clickable aperture ring. Its fast autofocusing, courtesy of dual High- response Linear Actuator (HLA) motors, make the lens well suited for sports, wildife, weddings and live events.

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TIPA launches Picture This photo competition The PN- affiliated international Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has launched a second initiative alongside its annual trade awards, in inviting photographers to ‘Picture This’. Open to everyone, this competition is different in that it’s looking for images that best show an engagement with photography and photo gear, highlighted by categories including ‘My Camera and I’, ‘My Camera in Action’ and ‘What’s in My Camera Bag’. Free to enter, photographers can submit up to five images in each category, with each offering a €500 cash prize. Additionally, there is an overall grand prize for best in show, which comes with a €1500 reward. A panel of experts, comprising the editors of TIPA member publications, will choose the winning entries. “TIPA members share their avid and passionate involvement in photography throughout the year in their work on magazines and websites dedicated to all aspects of the imaging art, craft and trade,” says the association. “Consider this call for entries as an invitation to all photographers to celebrate that shared passion.” Selected entries will also be shared on the TIPA website, Head to the below URL to submit your or your customers’ entries and read the usual T&Cs.

Save the date for The Societies’ January show

Fujifilm unveils pocket-sized Instax

The Societies, best known for its largest component part the SWPP, is returning to its regular January slot for its annual London Photo Video Convention and Trade Show in 2024. The dates you need for your diary are 17-20 January, with the gathering of photography enthusiasts and professionals once again taking place at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith.

Open to all, entry to the trade show part, which runs from the Thursday through the Saturday inclusive, is absolutely free if you register online before 1 January (it is £10 otherwise). With Sony, Canon, Epson, Fujifilm, Permajet and Photomart just some of the leading names already lined up to display their latest products, supported by retailers Park Cameras and

Camera Centre UK, the trade show offers attendees a comprehensive schedule, set to include live demonstrations and lectures. “There’s no question this show is a ‘must do’ event for all serious photographers,” The Societies CEO Colin Jones tells Photography News . “Our message is quite simple: don’t miss it!”

Fujifilm’s popular Instax camera releases show no sign of letting up with the launch of the Instax Pal. Described as the range’s ‘first ever pocket-sized digital camera’, the shoot-only compact device is designed to work alongside Instax Link smartphone printers (whether mini, square or wide format) – as the camera itself doesn’t feature a built-in facility to generate prints. Alternatively, its images can be transmitted via Bluetooth to any compatible smartphone. Five different colours are available for the Pal that are sure to appeal to teenagers and the young at heart: milky white, powder pink, pistachio green, lavender blue and gem black. An Instax Pal Silicone Case also comes in five colours (priced at £12.99 for all except the black version, which is £14.99), while a new mini film Soft Lavender (£8.99 for ten sheets) is available on launch. Available now, most colourways of the camera cost £89.99, apart from the black version, which commands a premium at £104.99.

Latest Vanguard tripod is great leveller

Accessory specialist Vanguard has announced a new Alta Pro 3VL series tripod. This removes the centre column – while still providing the ability to extend the device to 1800mm (or 1.8m) – and instead introduces a new CNC-machined levelling system promised to ensure straight and speedy set-up on any terrain. The manufacturer is proud of its latest three-section innovation, believing it to be Vanguard’s most stable tripod to date. Focusing on the video market, the system comes with an Arca- compatible VEO PV-18 video head with a 15kg load capacity, making it suitable for long, heavy lenses or spotting scopes too. There are two tripod models available, one constructed from aluminium alloy at £349.99 and the other in carbon fibre at £449.99, which come with a padded carry bag with handles and shoulder strap. For further information, swivel your head to the URL below.

HOLD FAST The Alta Pro 3VL is suitable for long, heavy lenses and spotting scopes

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New Wex store opens in Putney

Save on Tamron zooms Sony, Fujifilm and Nikon camera owners are being given an extra incentive to invest in a brace of third-party zoom lenses from the acclaimed Tamron. It’s all thanks to an instant savings promotion running until 7 January that shaves up to £200 off the price of purchase. The maximum £200 saving can be had on

X-Mount. The same can be saved on the Nikon fit of the Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD, also available for the Sony E-mount. In fact, Sony users are well catered for as regards the seasonal deal, as they can also save £100 on a purchase of the Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD, the 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD and the 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2. Details of participating dealers and the full T&Cs can be found online.

With four hi-tech play tables, customers are promised the latest gear to touch and try from brands including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic Lumix, Manfrotto and DJI. It’ll be showcasing mirrorless cameras and lenses, camera extras and studio accessories alongside complementary categories including astronomy, optics and audio devices. There will also be an enhanced video and audio zone, showcasing products via an interactive display, plus a customer care area. Wex’s 15th physical shop will additionally boast a seminar suite for live demonstrations and dedicated events, including seminars, workshops and screenings. The launch day is 6 December and includes an appearance by Martin Parr. Attendees are also promised in-store discounts on some of the latest gear and Wex’s own services.

West Londoners rejoice, Wex Photo Video has chosen Putney as the location of its 15th physical shop, its second London store and third new opening of 2023. Located at Unit 2, Tileman House, 133 Upper Richmond Road, London SW15 2TR to be precise, the retailer’s latest venture is claimed to be close to the busy high street and rail links via both Putney rail station and East Putney tube station. “The shop boasts a seminar suite for live demonstrations and dedicated events”

the Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD in Sony E-mount, with other deals starting at a £50 instant saving on the Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD in either Sony E-mount or Fujifilm

OM System gets Tough with TG-7 For those looking to snap away in action-packed scenarios or inclement conditions without fretting about wrecking their device, the arrival of the new OM System TG-7 is welcome. While its internal sensor may be small, the dustproof and shockproof device can be dunked down to 15 metres in the ‘drink’ and keep shooting down to -10°C without catching a cold. It can also be used with optional PT-059 underwater housing, sold separately, while its internal Field Sensor System can automatically acquire location and environmental data. Further features include an f/2 aperture for its internally stacked zoom lens, Raw recording and 1cm macro close-ups. Charging is via USB Type C connection. Available now for £499.99.

LONDON CALLING The new shop opens on 6 December and is the second to come to the capital

A festival of photography promised by Click Live

There’s a new contender on the photo show calendar for 2024. The brainchild of The Click Group photo studio network CEO Charlie Kaufman (pictured), who will be familiar to any attendees of The Societies’ trade show and The Photography Show for his Click Props Backdrops business, Click Live is aiming to attract a younger audience than existing UK events, with its sights set on eventually growing into a Glastonbury-style festival of photography by the summer of 2026. With the initial draw for amateur, enthusiast and pro photographer attendees being education and high-profile speakers, the plan is for this to be a show that won’t shut its doors come teatime, but holds events late into the evening, providing ticket holders with the opportunity to socialise and network. There will also be 15 specially created shooting bays (‘Portfolio Pods’) at the show for those who want to get hands-on, a Click Live Photographer of the Year competition launched at the inaugural event, plus planned photo walks through more than 200 acres of ancient woodland. Venue NAEC Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire offers free parking and is close to Coventry train station. 23-25 June has been ring-fenced for the first three-day event.

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The award-winning photo lab has unveiled innovative new additions to its personalised, custom photo calendars – along with even easier ordering Make it a date with WhiteWall

IT’S EASY TO lose track of time, but you will never forget what day it is with a personalised photo calendar, beautifully printed by the experts at WhiteWall. With 2024 approaching, there’s added incentive to visit the leading photo lab’s website and get creating one of your own. WhiteWall has just unveiled several innovative additions to its service, as well as streamlining the order process; so things couldn’t be easier on both counts. And the possibilities are almost endless. Including the cover, its photo calendar offers pages through which to showcase your best photographs throughout the year. And, of course, the gifting potential to family members or clients is huge. In the case of the latter, the calendar can provide year-round promotion and create a lasting impact. Time to make it personal Inkjet printed on premium photo paper, WhiteWall’s calendars are put together using outstanding brand-name papers and meticulous printing techniques, ensuring a professional finish and feel. While it offers up simple-to-use calendar templates, these can be customised according to personal preference. Your own comments or notes can even be added, if you wish. Eight calendar formats are available: A4, A3 and A2 in both landscape and portrait options, 30x30cm as well as 45x45cm. And a robust cardboard backing delivers durability whichever you choose. You also get a choice of six premium papers to print on. There’s a 250gsm inkjet glossy option, using UPM Digi Finesse Gloss paper, for not only brilliant gloss but also vibrant colour. Or, if you’d prefer, select the same thickness inkjet matte paper – here Sappi Magno Matt – for a subtler aesthetic. Alternatively, opt for UPM’s high- gloss inkjet paper for added depth and vibrancy. There are both glossy and lustre satin-finish versions of Fujifilm’s Supreme paper available to customers making up their WhiteWall calendar. The first is described as a classic glossy photo paper for maximum brilliance, while the latter provides understated elegance via a silky matte finish. If you want a luxurious feel and appearance, these are the choices to go for. For those wanting a deep matte finish from their photo paper, take a look at Fujifilm Velvet, which

PAGE TURNER You can create a calendar that is built entirely to your specifications, from the paper quality to the design

“Calendars are put together using outstanding brand-name papers and meticulous printing techniques”

promises a classy looking, reflection- free image. It boasts a soft, sensual feel, thanks to a Fujifilm process that gives the paper’s surface an extraordinary coating. As well as choices of paper and format, there are different binding options available, too, including silver, black or white. And a noble- looking silver binding can perfectly round off the product when it’s set against photo paper, the company advises. Saved photo calendars will remain available in your WhiteWall account for 90 days. While the above propositions sell themselves, further reassurance

is given via the fact WhiteWall received the accolade of best photo lab worldwide from industry watchers TIPA this year. It can also offer you advice via email or phone. So, to get started on a premium look and feel photo calendar of your own and transform your photos into year-round wall art, direct your browser to the below URL at the earliest opportunity.

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A Samsung memory card! WIN!


LOOKIE HERE The lens comes in at 995g and provides beautiful bokeh

VAJYLEGNADB ATNASLRPYZN HTMHVNEVESW T U N R V L I G H T S ARBYLKNPSTS EKETQXDLRNE RELYHWEOEZX W Y D L L I E R K W M ZYNFGLRAC I I SWAHSBOCAES T I C I L C E H R E T ONPQXLRZCRL CTCRBLCOBTE KEMUEEJZODT I RAQESOXKGO NBDYJNEWDSE G F N Y U I E N B C S BWJWKTSATMX With the need for superfast, high-capacity memory greater than ever, the Samsung 256GB Pro Plus microSD card could be just the ticket – and here’s your chance to win one. Boasting up to 160MB/s read and 120MB/s write speeds, the card is ideal for expanded mobile device storage and capturing quality photos or 4K UHD video. Complete the word search below, comprising entries relating to Christmas, and you’ll find one word in the list that’s not in the grid. Email us on with that word in the subject box by 22 January 2024 and the winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries received. Only entries from UK residents will be accepted. Congratulations to Rick Singleton, who was our winner from issue 110. The missing word from issue 111 was ‘Manfrotto’.

Not content with the recent launch of the retro-styled Nikon Z f camera body, the major brand has unveiled an exciting, unique new lens to go with it: the Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena. With Plena, a brand-new class of lens for Nikon, described as something of a one-off rather than the start of a new family of optics, the company defines the term as meaning ‘plenty or full to the brim’, with light flowing freely across the frame. Claimed by Nikon to provide ‘flawless’ autofocus, the high-end S series lens is, it says, all about delivering beautiful, perfectly round bokeh in all situations. The combination of the largest mount diameter and the shortest flange focal distance minimises vignetting, while redefining what can be done with f/1.8. Featuring extensive sealing and fluorine coating, the lens weighs 995g and features dimensions of 98x139.5mm. The optic should already be available at a suggested £2699 in the coming weeks. Nikon Plena optic’s appeal is plain to see

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Prize winners

Four-legged winners are a real treat for dog lovers The third annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition delivers a wealth of perfect paw-traits. We pick our favourites from the winners and finalists


LAUNCHED IN 2021, the Dog Photographer of the Year awards showcase the most outstanding canine imagery across four key categories: portrait & landscape, studio, action and dogs & people. This year saw more than 1400 entries from 50 countries, with the HAVE A GO! ›  Open to All levels, amateur and professional. Over-18s only ›  2024 closing date TBC › 2023 entry costs €15 per single

winner in each class taking home a €2000 prize total, as well as photo equipment, a trophy, fine art prints and a book. Winners were judged by a panel of photographers, dog experts and industry professionals. Commenting on this year’s awards, competition founder Audrey Bellot said that the awards had “showcased the remarkable talent within the world of dog photography. Witnessing emerging artists capture the essence of canine beauty with their stunning imagery remains the standout event of the year.” Details are yet to be announced for the 2024 competition, but PN anticipates submissions will be opened in March.

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Prize winners

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Celebrate your photography with stunning Wall Calendars from CEWE

Print expert CEWE believes photography is not only about capturing moments, but an art form deserving of being showcased – and its A3 and A2 Wall Calendars can help you do just that…

PRINTING PHOTOGRAPHS HELPS us see them in a whole new light. To this end, photo printing favourite CEWE regularly collaborates with photographers such as Christie Goodwin, Chris Hall and Neil Porter, who share its passion for print. It also works alongside key organisations including the Guild of Photographers and the Photographic Alliance of

Great Britain (PAGB) – as well as us here at Photography News – to help showcase the beautiful ways in which photographers can display their skills with its products. A case in point is the range of A3 and A2 Wall Calendars from CEWE – with now being the perfect time to get producing one of your own for 2024. As a CEWE brand ambassador,

Coventry-based photographer Neil Porter, who has captured the world through his lens for over a decade, has done just that. Having secured a top spot for submitting his images to a photo contest organised by the Warwick Wildlife Trust and CEWE, and seen his photographs exhibited at Brandon Marsh, Porter delved into the CEWE product range and chose to commemorate his shots with an A2 Photo Calendar. CEWE A3 and A2 Wall Calendars are now available on 100% recycled paper, which is described as a groundbreaking blend of beauty and sustainability. A 250gsm silky semi-matte paper, its brilliant white base enhances print fidelity and brings out the best in your photos.

BROUGHT TO LIFE From photo books to calendars, CEWE can turn your favourite images into something tangible for you and others to enjoy throughout the year and even further beyond

art,” the photographer enthuses of the finished product. As a testament to the profound impact the printed image has, he adds: “I’ve opted for the largest format available in A2 because I believe that has the most impact.” As the pictures on this page indicate, A2 truly allows the exceptional quality to shine. “I’m a massive fan of printing images as opposed to just viewing them on a screen. They are much more eye catching. So it was

“It is not just a calendar, it is almost a piece of art” gratifying to print out a selection of my pictures.” CEWE is not just a printing company, but also your creative partner. Especially when it comes to transforming your own magical moments into permanent, lasting art. PN readers are invited to capture the beauty around them, explore the CEWE product range and select the best size of calendar to let their photography shine in print. It’s time to make every month a masterpiece with the impressive selection of A3 and A2 Wall Calendars. Follow the QR code for a closer look at the creation of Neil Porter’s A2 Photo Calendar with CEWE, plus some top tips.

Transform those fleeting moments into permanent art with CEWE

Neil Porter very much agrees. “It’s not just a calendar, it’s almost a piece of

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Christmas is coming and we may be feeling the urge to splash out on new gear. But in challenging times, it can pay to wait a moment and consider achieving better value by buying or gifting used. Here’s how the experts at MPB can help… Pause to consider buying used via MPB

WE’RE ALL AFTER the latest and greatest kit when it comes to advancing our photography, whether we’re shooting for business or as a hobby. And with Christmas as well as inevitable Black Friday promotions on the way, we may be feeling we deserve to treat ourselves. But inevitably, our budgets will only stretch so far. One answer to getting what we want is buying used. MPB, as the largest platform for the buying and selling of used photography and videography equipment, is a great place to start. The promise with MPB is that second hand is never second best. All equipment it buys in is thoroughly assessed by its in-house team of experts before it’s sold on, coming with the peace of mind of a six-month warranty. So, if you thought you simply couldn’t afford the latest and greatest photo or video gear, it’s time to think again.

The kit on offer won’t be yesterday’s news, either; typically, MPB starts receiving used equipment as little as three months after a product has been announced. Plus, there are thousands of available choices at any one time via the platform. As MPB buys as well as sells, potential purchasers also have the opportunity to save money by selling any equipment they no longer use – or perhaps an earlier product iteration – to fund their latest acquisition. Think of it as a form of recycling , making the most of the tech we have sitting about in our homes, as well as a chance to ease the ever-growing and unrelenting pressure on our wallets, or put funds saved aside for a future holiday. For an instant quote from MPB for your existing kit, simply visit If, rather than just selling, you do already have a good idea of what

you want to buy, then an exchange is a further option. Use the platform to search for the model you’d like to buy and hit the ‘trade in for this’ button to add to a quote form. If what you want isn’t presently in stock, then just sell what you have and ask to be notified when what you’re after becomes available again. With a platform like MPB, thousands of new items are arriving all the time. A gift to you and yours Buying and selling aside, this is also the season of gifting. Here, again, MPB can place products that you may not have previously thought you’d be able to afford within reach. Perhaps there’s a son or daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild embarking on a photography course or qualification who’s seeking to get to grips with their first ‘proper’ camera such as

MINI MARVEL The DJI Osmo Pocket is a great handheld for fledgling YouTubers

a DSLR or mirrorless? Again, there is an opportunity to empower that pound in your pocket and buy better by purchasing some high-quality used equipment. Want recommendations? Here’s where MPB can help. With online vlogging having exploded since the pandemic, there are many options for fledgling YouTubers. Consider the DJI Osmo Pocket, for example, the smallest three-axis stabilised handheld camera DJI has ever designed, complete with mechanical gimbal that helps turn every video into a truly cinematic moment. In just seconds, it can let you share your life anywhere, anytime. Not only that, but a used device via MPB is very affordable. Those with more to spend may want to check out Sony’s Cyber-shot RX100 Mark V compact, its one-inch sensor making it ideal for capturing detailed video and stills alike. Factor in 0.05sec autofocus, 315 AF points, the most comprehensive phase detection of its kind, continuous shooting up to 24fps with AF/AE tracking plus 4K movies, and we have a veritable pocket rocket. Even more keenly aimed at vloggers and influencers is Sony’s ZV-1. Purpose- built for content creation, this product boasts a vari-angle display and 24-70mm focal range, while remaining conveniently portable and pocket sized.

Widely respected and recognised for its action cameras, the GoPro Hero11 Black is a top recommendation, thanks to its ability to send videos automatically to a smartphone, plus the capability of its large image sensor to deliver impressive results. Shots are not only stunning but smooth, thanks to a HyperSmooth 5.0 function that features AutoBoost and Horizon Lock built-in. If your pennies stretch that little further, investigate the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. This is an option for vloggers wanting the Hollywood look and high-end production values, yet via an affordable package. Video blogs and YouTube videos will stand out further thanks to this camera’s ability to deliver big-screen quality on an independent budget. Already got a Canon or Nikon camera body, or know a loved one who has? The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 prime lens is a key recommendation, with its affordability making it a great option for beginners looking to move beyond the standard zoom that came bundled with their camera. The fast aperture here presents the possibility for low-light shooting, while the optic’s weight makes it extremely portable. Nikon users meanwhile are directed to its equivalent in the form of Nikon’s AF

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“The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is an option for vloggers wanting high-end production values”

TECH GIFTS Thousands of pieces of kit from leading names can be found on the MPB website

Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D, again offering a fast aperture and excellent quality at a very reasonable cost indeed, with its light weight making it an ideal travel companion. Sports photographers are directed to a pair of telephoto zooms: the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM – with the ‘L’ in the model name denoting premium performance, quality and operability – and the Nikon AF Nikkor 80- 200mm f/2.8 ED, with the latter being a classic that can cope with fast shutter speeds while delivering superb low-light performance and depth-of-field control. A practical suggestion for owners of existing EF/EF-S series lenses is the Canon EF-EOS M Mount Adapter, which allows existing EF/ EF-S series lenses to be used on the manufacturer’s lighter-weight mirrorless cameras. Finally, if you or the person you’re gifting to want to hit new heights

in 2024, how about a drone? There are many and varied options here, with the DJI brand again being a major and reliable player. For a comprehensive selection of what’s on offer, head to category/used-video-cameras/ drones-and-action. To look for any of the products suggested above, plus thousands more cameras, lenses and optional accessories, make it your early resolution to visit MPB.

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Nikon Z f

Big test

PRICE: £2299


With its retro cool looks, full-frame sensor and a host of photo features, the Z f is sure to appeal to a wider audience than just image makers searching for a hit of nostalgia

native ISO range that tops out at 64,000. Add pixel shift high-res shot, pre-capture mode, continuous Raw shooting at 12fps, dual card slots and subject detect even in manual focus, you’ll appreciate that the Z f is a thoroughly modern machine. The Z f’s weather-sealed body has a rugged feel, and it feels great in the hand. Its retro styling does mean the body shape is a tad boxy, which means the right-side handgrip is minimal. If you like to walk around with the camera in hand, the on/ off switch is perfect for quick-draw shooting, but an L-plate with a bigger handgrip would aid comfort. The camera’s retro roots are most evident on the top-plate, with a large shutter speed control and an even larger one for ISO, and both can be set – to C and 1/3 STEP respectively – to delegate the functions to other controls. It means you can check the key settings, even with the camera around your neck. There is something missing, though: the aperture value. Nikon Z lenses do not have an analogue aperture ring, so Nikon has provided an LCD f/stop readout on the Z f body. It’s quite small but it’s there.


IT’S NOT THE first time that Nikon has dipped into its history chest for inspiration, so the Z f is no surprise, joining the Z fc in its range with both models wearing a design inspired by the 1982 FM2 film SLR. If you’re in the market for a traditional- looking Nikon digital camera, there’s a choice: the Z fc, an APS-C format 20.8-megapixel model at £800 (body only) and the full-frame Z f, with more megapixels and a deeper feature list at £2299 (body only). If you prefer your imaging tech packaged in a more contemporary shell, the Z f (and Z fc) might not appeal, but there’s much more to it than its retro skin. Its 24.5-megapixel sensor works with Nikon’s Expeed 7 processor, there’s an eight-stop in-body image stabiliser and a


CHOICES, CHOICES Toggling between stills and video shooting is achieved via a simple lever at the base of the shutter speed dial

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SPECS ›  Prices £2299 (body only), body with 40mm f/2 SE £2519, body with 24-70mm f/4 £2849 ›  In the box Body, body cap, EN-EL15c li-ion battery, strap, USB-C cable ›  Resolution 24.5 megapixels ›  Sensor FX format 35.9x23.9mm, 6048x4032 pixels; DX format 24x16mm, 3984x2656 pixels; 1:1, 24x24mm, 4032x4032 pixels; 16x9, 36x20mm 6048x3400 pixels ›  Image formats Raw save options: lossless compressed, high efficiency (high) and high efficiency. JPEG: extra fine, fine, normal, basic. HEIF: fine, normal, basic ›  Storage media Dual slot: SD/ SDHC/SDXC card and microSD/ SDHC/SDXC ›  ISO range 100-64,000, expanded 50 to Hi1.7 204,800 equivalent in 1/3 or 1EV steps ›  In-body image stabiliser Five- axis image sensor shift with 8EV benefit. Lens shift IS on VR lenses ›  Shutter Mechanical, electronic front curtain, silent (electronic) shutter. Via shutter speed dial: 4secs to 1/8000sec. Via main command dial: 30secs to 1/8000sec, extendable to 900secs in M mode. B, T, X-sync ›  Exposure system PASM, matrix, centre-weighted, spot, highlight- weighted ›  Exposure compensation +/-3EV on dial, +/-5EV in 0.3EV steps when compensation dial set to C ›  Monitor 3.2in fully articulated touch panel, 2.1m dots ›  Viewfinder 0.5in OLED, 3690K dots ›  Focusing 273 AF points selectable in pinpoint (photo only), single point, dynamic areas (S, M and L in photo only), wide area (S, L, C1 and C2), auto area AF, 3D tracking (photo only), subject detect (people, animal, vehicle, airplanes) in manual focus, subject tracking AF (people, animal, vehicle, airplanes video only) ›  Drive modes Continuous high- speed 14fps with JPEGs and 12 with Raws. Up to 30fps in C30 mode. Pre-release capture mode in C30 give up to 1sec previous and 3sec/max post capture ›  Picture Control system Auto, standard, vivid, landscape, rich tone portrait, three mono profiles. Twenty Creative Picture Controls including Pop, Sunday, Sombre, Sepia, Toy, Denim and Graphite ›  Video 3840x2160 (4K UHD) 24p/25p/30p/50p/60p 1920x1080 Full HD 24p/25p/30p/50p/60p/100p/120p ›  Battery One EN-EL15c ›  Connectivity HDMI Type D, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone and microphone sockets, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth ›  Other key features (still) USB charging, multiple exposure, diffraction correction, vignette control, auto distortion correction, skin softening mode, focus shift and pixel shift ›  Dimensions (wxhxd) 144x103x49mm ›  Body weight 710g (with card and battery) ›  Contact






To test the latitude of the Z f’s Raws, we shoot scenes using the camera’s bracketing feature. It was interesting to note on our Z f sample that there was some inconsistency in the brackets, evident in the images shown here. It should have been a gap of one stop between each shot, but checking the EXIF data showed this was not the case even though brackets were taken in continuous shooting mode. Tolerance to underexposure was impressive and the Raws looked good once corrected with barely any noise in the -3EV frame. Overexposed frames also corrected well although the limit was +2.6EV,

especially when there was some bright sky in the frame. Any more overexposure gave unacceptable veiled, grey highlights.




The compensation dial is not lockable, but is firmly click-stopped to prevent inadvertent use, and setting C gives the option of five-stop compensation via the rear input dial. The Z f, like almost every new camera, is blessed with a good spread of video features including 4K/60p video. Toggling between stills and video shooting is done with a simple lever at the base of the shutter speed dial and there’s an extra position labelled B&W. Engage this for mono previews – even if you are only shooting Raws. In the menu, there are a total of three JPEG Picture Control settings: monochrome, flat monochrome and deep tone monochrome, which give slightly different renderings. But if

A LOT UP TOP The Z f’s top-plate (above) is especially vintage, with some huge, ergonomic dials On the back-plate, there’s no focus joystick for moving the focus zone around, so you have to use the eight- way D-pad. That’s OK, but it’s not as intuitive as a joystick. However, the touch monitor can be used with the eye up to the viewfinder eyepiece. In practice, that’s a good solution, but it probably suits right-eyed users more. Also missing is a dedicated AF-ON button, but that function could be assigned to the AE-L/AF-L button or front function button. you prefer more contrast, clarity or have a filter applied, you can do this too and save them as presets.

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