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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
EDITOR’S LETTER ROGER PAYNE
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. sony.co.uk
GO LONG The new Sony G Master lens is a super-light telephoto option
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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