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Welcome to Photography News, issue 96, a bumper issue with the results of our annual awards. Will

ISSUE 96 8 Feb-14 Mar 2022

Pg44 Big test: Zeiss ZX1 / Classy and pricey, but is it the ideal workflow camera?

Pg50 First tests /

Pg7 Prize word search / Win a Samsung 256GBmicroSD memory card

A bagful of great stuff on trial, from lenses to lights

The best digital Mever? The Leica M11 is the M-system’s most flexible digital camera yet The Leica M11 boasts a full-frame, 60-megapixel CMOS BSI sensor. A key feature is triple-resolution technology, allowing DNG Raws and JPEGs to be recorded at 60, 36 or 18 megapixels using the full image area. This gives photographers the choice of 60-megapixel images, or better ISO and dynamic range performance at lower resolutions. There’s also a cropped mode, giving 39 megapixels and a 1.3x crop, or 18 megapixels with a 1.8x crop. The M11 has ISO from 64 to 50,000, offers a dynamic range of up to 15 stops, and has a top shutter speed of 1/16,000sec. It is also the first M camera to deliver the option of saving image files simultaneously onto two different storage media – its own internal 64GB memory or an SD card. The M11 is available with a body price of £7500.

In its annual celebration of what’s best in the world of imaging, PN asks its readers to make the decisions – and a huge thanks to the thousands who did. The votes have been counted and it’s time to get those champagne corks popping Here come thewinners

outstanding contribution to the photographic industry award. You can also enjoy a full rundown of the winners, and those singled out for an Editor’s Choice award, from page 15.

on this occasion. Thank you to all who made their voices heard. There was an award not voted for by readers. After two years like no other, we wanted to highlight how one business coped. The Nikon School was given the

imaging, from cameras and lenses, to products that are perhaps less appreciated, such as bags and hard drives. The competition was intense. Congratulations to the winners – and commiserations to the brands who left empty-handed

AS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND videomakers, we can’t survive without gear. Year after year, the industry wows us with innovation and ingenuity. Our awards aim to recognise the best. The categories cover every aspect of modern

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Samyang unveils AF 135mm f/1.8 FE This latest lens completes the company’s autofocus f/1.8 FE series of primes

touchscreen-driven, with not even a handful of physical controls. I normally start camera tests without referring to the instructions, to get a feel for the product and dig into details as it progresses. I turned on the ZX1 and, after a slow start-up (20secs!), ended up gawping at its lovely 4.3in screen. No sign of familiar icons like a cog or spanner, so I had no clue how to set it up. After double-tapping, finger- spreading and swiping in every conceivable direction to no avail, I gave up and resorted to the instructions. Ah, swiping was correct, but I was in the wrong place! There is a strip on the screen’s left for this purpose. Once I cracked the set-up, it was plain sailing from there. The instructions also dealt with the slow start-up issue: leave it in standby when shooting. Ultimately, I liked the ZX1 because I felt involved when using it, and had to think about what the camera was doing more than usual. Would I use its built-in Lightroom? Probably not. I don’t find editing – even basic processes – fun on a small screen. But, the option was there. Read my full test, starting on page 44, in this issue. I’ve been promised a Nikon Z 9 next issue, another £5k+ camera. Hopefully, I will make a better fist of finding my way around it. See you next month.


I’ve been doing quite a bit of musing about the future this past month. Specifically, the 25 and 26 June, which I can now confirm are the dates for the Photography News Photo 24 event. PN regulars will know about Photo 24. But if it’s new to you, this is a free, day-long photo experience with walks, workshops and the company of like-minded souls in London. Obviously, it has been off the agenda the past couple of years – but it’s green for go in 2022. There’s more on page 11, but it’s early on, so we’re keeping specifics close to our chests for now. What you need to know are the dates – 25 and 26 June – and the fact that readers everywhere can get involved in the event. We’ll have much more in coming issues and on The PN Podcast. When not gazing in my crystal ball this month, I’ve been testing kit like the Zeiss ZX1. It is different from anything else that’s crossed my PN desk; although I struggled initially, I came around to it. When I say struggled, I don’t mean that in an unkind way. It’s just very

Samyang has announced its full-frame AF 135mm f/1.8 FE prime lens, which boasts superb resolution, smooth bokeh effects, weather resistance and fantastic AF performance. So, with this new optic joining the existing 24, 35, 45 and 75mm, there are now five fast- aperture autofocus options for Sony E-mount users. The AF 135mm f/1.8 FE incorporates Samyang’s linear stepping motor for fast and quiet AF, to offer users a lens that caters to all genres. It can even be used for shooting video. In performance, the lens claims to deliver astonishing corner-to-corner resolution, with a sophisticated optical design of 13 elements in 11 groups. Its large-diameter aperture allows users to capture images with a smooth blur, separating the subject from the background by using a shallow depth-of-field.

Beautiful bokeh can be achieved shooting portraits, close-ups or cityscapes, thanks to the inclusion

of an aspherical lens. And it can focus as close as 69cm – perfect for getting intimate and personal. Additional features include a focus hold button, keeping the lens locked to a set distance; a custom switch, allowing users to adjust the aperture silently with the focus ring; and a focus range limiter switch. The guide price for the lens is £798.

“The AF 135mm f/1.8 FE incorporates Samyang’s linear steppingmotor for fast and quiet AF


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What’s inside 03 News Catch up with all that’s hot in the world of imaging this month 07 Vanguard contest and Samsung word search We have the very latest Samsung 256GB Pro Plus microSD card on offer in our prize word search. While, in our regular Vanguard contest, we have a PN Award-winning tripod waiting for one lucky winner 11 Photo 24 2022 This year’s Photo 24 is happening! We won’t reveal any more now, so turn here for the all-important info 12 Club news Two leading exhibitions to enter, and a fascinating photographic record of north-east England to purchase

15 The Photography News 2021 Awards: The winners Our annual awards are a celebration of all that’s great in the photo industry. It’s time to recognise wonderful kit and top-tier service. A huge thank you to all the readers who took the time to

37 Used corner: Fujifilm X-T2 Almost ten years into the life of the X Series, we’ve seen some superb Fujifilm cams. Looking back, the X-T2 is a real favourite 41 Buyers’ guide: The power of printing The very best printing and finishing services 44 Big test: Zeiss ZX1 This is the first full-frame camera with workflow at its heart. With Adobe Lightroom built-in, it’s a unique proposition 50 First tests

register votes – check out the winners right here! 26 Make the Switch: Dave Wilson

Dave was inspired to take up photography when his father passed away and he was left with a couple of DSLRs. But he soon learnt mirrorless was his future – so he switched to a Fujifilm X-S10 32 Buyers’ guide: The Societies gather The Societies of Photographers 2022 Convention takes place from 16 to 19 March 2022, with the Trade Show from 17 to 19 March. We check out the biggest names, who will be there showing off their goods and services

l Vanguard VEO Select 36S GR bag l MindShift Rotation 22L backpack l Rotolight AEOS 2 LED light l Benro Induro Hydra 2 waterproof tripod l Nikon Z 24-120mm f/4 S standard zoom

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News Society showstoppers The Societies of Photographers has its Photo Convention and Trade Show in March. Register now to guarantee free entrance – and get 10% off masterclasses with PN

H&Y’s circular polariser filter is a new introduction to the Revoring series. Depending on what you own, one of these can fit all your lenses. Gone are the days of having a bagful of filters for different thread sizes. The Revoring is a unique, self- retracting set of blades that overlap to avoid light leaks, and allow it to quickly and securely attach to the accessory threads of different lenses. The Revoring MRC CPL comes in three sizes – 46-62mm, 58-77mm and 67-82mm. The polariser itself is made from Schott B270 optical glass and includes anti-reflective coatings, to eliminate the risk of flare from the front and rear of the filter, and maximise light transmission. Multi Resistant Coating (MRC) is also H&Y has added a circular polariser and magnetic, clip-on ND filter to its versatile Revoring variable adapter ring ecosystem One-size- fits-all polariser

The Societies of Photographers’ 19th annual London Photo Convention and Trade Show will take place from 16 to 19 March at the Novotel London West, Hammersmith. The convention is the largest free photographic trade show in Europe. Although you need to make sure to pre-register before 28 February for your free ticket, after which there is a £10 entry fee. Canon, Epson, Fujifilm and Sony – plus a host of other major companies – will showcase latest products. And there's a packed programme of talks and seminars from 80 speakers. “This is a great opportunity to be the first to see new 2022 products and services on offer from manufacturers in the photographic industry,” comments Colin Jones, The Societies of Photographers CEO. “The move to March has been welcomed by the photographic trade and members alike. With so much positivity surrounding the event, it’s going to be a fantastic convention – and I look forward to welcoming you all.” For more information and to sign up, please visit the website and use the code ‘PN10’ to get an extra 10% off masterclasses. Also, see page 32 for our exclusive buyers’ guide.

used to make the filter dust- and moisture-resistant and easy to clean. The H&Y Revoring MRC CPL filter retails at £120 for the 46-62mm, and £130 for the other two sizes. Also joining the Revoring line-up is a magnetic clip-on ND filter. Cross-polarisation – when you get an obvious X-pattern as you dial in more neutral density – is an issue with variable NDs. This is especially true with wide lenses, and limits how much ND you can achieve. Using the new magnetic clip-on filter with Revoring VND now means you can obtain a higher level without the X-pattern. The filter comes in different strengths – 4x, 8x, 16x and 400x – and the 46-62mm is priced at £109, with the 58-77mm and 67- 82mm at £129.

A well-established imaging accessory brand known for its innovative, great-value kit, is now available on these shores Newell to the UK

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The Newell range has batteries for most camera brands and popular models. The LP-E6NH – a cell used in many Canons – has a 2130mAh output and costs £114. The equivalent standard Newell NL2408 has output of 2150mAh and costs £39. If you need more capacity, a Plus model is

offer similar or better performance than the manufacturers’ original, at a fraction of the price,” continues Genge. “Furthermore, its chargers are intelligent and provide high-speed ways to quickly and conveniently recharge your camera battery, and keep you shooting.”

markets since 2009,” says Paul Genge, managing director of Newell’s new UK importers PhotoTEQ. “Digital cameras are nothing more than expensive paperweights without power. Spare batteries are important, especially with new, energy-hungry mirrorless models. Newell batteries

Newell is a renowned photo and video brand, with a range comprising lights, camera grips, rechargeable batteries and chargers. “It is a Polish company, bringing innovative and reliable products that offer great value for money to the photography and videography

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Profoto introduces Clic Softbox Octa This latest softbox allows you to set

up in a flash – and also helps to capture beautifully lit portraits

Joby adds motion control devices and mics to help smartphone content creators get even more impressive results Spin and swing for great content The Joby Spin is a Bluetooth electronic head that offers 360° motion control; and the Joby Swing is an electronic slider, to help produce both dynamic videos and moving time-lapses. The Spin is absolutely perfect for panoramic stills, too. The price for the Spin is £81.95 and £118.95 for the Swing – kits are also available. Joby has announced Wavo mics aimed at content creators. The Wavo Pro is a premium shotgun mic priced at £257.95; the Wavo Air is a wireless mic with instant pairing, coming in at £214.95. The Wavo Pod is a USB condenser mic for podcasters and costs £85.95; and finally, the Wavo Lav Pro is a pro-grade lavalier mic with a 3.5mm TRS connector – this is £68.95. The mid-range Wavo Pro DS shotgun mic will be available from March onwards, and is going on sale for £228.95.

Another advantage of the Clic Softbox Octa is its compatibility with other Clic light-shaping tools, allowing use together in a variety of different combinations. The accessory is part of the Profoto ecosystem, made with high-quality fabrics – and it comes packaged in a labelled soft bag. The Clic Softbox Octa costs £215.83 and is available now.

The Profoto Clic Softbox Octa is perfect for portrait shooters, especially those working on location. It casts an even, soft light that’s great for close-up portraits, flatlay, still life and product photography. It is lightweight, coming in at just 850g, and boasts a quick fold/unfold mechanism, with magnets that attach to the flash head for speedy set-up. The handle and stand adapter are integrated for extra functionality.

Long game for Nikon The Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S is now available for order

Another new feature is its Meso Amorphous Coat, Nikon’s best-performing anti-reflection technology yet, which helps to eliminate ghosting and flare. It also uses Nikon’s ED, Super ED and SR glass elements to limit chromatic aberrations and ensure images are packed full of exquisite detail. Other features include a removable tripod foot and integrated filter slot. The Z 400mm f/2.8 is a top-end lens with a price tag to match: that’s currently £13,499.

Nikon has announced the availability of its Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S, a superfast full-frame telephoto prime lens with built-in 1.4x teleconverter. It’s the first Z lens to utilise Nikon’s pioneering Silky Swift Voice Coil Motor focusing system with optical ABS encoder, to deliver ultra-fast, silent autofocus. And it can acquire and track subjects in an instant. It boasts in-lens vibration reduction, giving a 5.5EV advantage, even with the teleconverter activated. When paired with the Z 9, users will be able to access Synchro VR.

3 Legged Thing has introduced the Punks Trent 2.0 monopod. The aluminium pod weighs just over 700g, but extends to over 2m at full extension, and can support loads of up to 30kg. It’s available now on its own for £79.99 – or £119.99 with the Docz foot stabiliser – and is compatible with other 3LT footwear. 3LT goes one-legged

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A Samsung memory card! WIN! Get an award-winning Vanguard tripod

With the need for superfast, high-capacity memory greater than ever, the new 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 high-quality photos or 4K UHD video. Complete the word search below, 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 13 March 2022 and the winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries received. The correct answer to PN 94’s word search was ‘tinsel’, and the Samsung 256GB Evo Plus card was won by B Woods, Wivenhoe, Essex.

The Vanguard VEO 3T+ 264CB won the best carbon fibre tripod category in the PN 2021 Awards. And we’re proud to offer one reader the chance of owning it in this free contest The Vanguard VEO 3T+ 264CB has a £330 guide price – and for that, this award-winning tripod offers the weight-saving benefit of carbon fibre, up to 15kg of kit supported, and many exciting innovations. Arguably, its highlight is the tripod’s MACC feature. Vanguard’s Multi-Angle Centre Column means you can very quickly set your camera in almost any position. The kit comes with the VEO+ MA1 adapter that allows you to fix an extra accessory to the column. Answer this question to be in with a chance of having this top tripod in your outfit: what is VEO 3T+ 264CB’s max load capacity?




A) 13kg B) 15kg C) 17kg

To enter, go to and follow the link. The closing date for entries is 13 March 2022 – the first correct answer drawn at random after that date, wins. The winner of the VEO 3T+ 234CB carbon tripod in PN 95 was C Woodcock, Chichester.

Thank you to everyone who supported the contest and good luck next time, we look forward to receiving your entry!

Keeping your lenses clean on the go

You’ve probably got a Spudz microfibre cleaning cloth hanging off your camera bag right now. Its latest cloth is bigger than ever SPUDZ MICROFIBRE CLEANING cloths come in a convenient, integrated storage pouch with a hanging hook, so you can have it ready to hand at all times. It’s ideal for lenses and LCD screens, as well as spectacles and other optical instruments, like telescopes. The original Spudz had a six-inch, square cloth, but now there is a Pro ten-inch version available, with or without Sudz spray – a lens cleaner, safe for use with all optic lenses. The Spudz Pro is £9.99 or £14.99 with Sudz. It is available in a variety of colours to satisfy all tastes.





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Up for the fight Four and a half years down the track, Nikon’s heavyweight D850 is still crushing the opposition – proving there’s life in the old DSLR yet


IF THE DSLR is dead, no one told the Nikon D850. Thought by many – including some members of the PN team – to be the greatest DSLR ever made, it’s no surprise to see it still topping the best DSLR camera category, some four and a half years after its original release. Nikon originated the ultra high- resolution DSLR sector in 2012, with the launch of the D800. And the 45.7-megapixel D850 carries the beacon to this day. It may lack the pixel count of some rivals, but its speed, tenacious AF, refined handling and supreme build made it the all- round choice for PN readers. It’s a camera that tackles the full gamut of photographic subjects with ease. Sure, it’s easy to identify image quality as a driving factor in the D850’s continued success. But it’s only easy because it’s true. With all those pixels and no optical low-pass filter, masses of detail are recorded. The sensor

uses a back-side illuminated design, along with its ‘gapless’ architecture, for more efficient light gathering and faster data readouts. So, despite all that resolution, thanks to its Expeed 5 processor, it gives a brisk 7fps. If you need more speed, just twin the D850 with the MB-D18 battery pack and an EN-EL18b battery for 9fps. ISO performance is also admirable, producing low-noise results that rival even the most recent full-frame bodies. Spanning 64-25,600, it allows both easier shooting in low light, but also longer exposures and purer light gathering at the low end. The sensor’s huge dynamic range has proven indispensable for landscape photography, producing Raw files brimming with post-processing possibilities. And if you don’t want to shoot at the full resolution, there are handy Medium (25.6MP) and Small (11.4MP) settings. On top of that, the sensor’s native resolution

DISTINCTLY INSTINCTIVE Among the D850’s superpowers is smooth, intuitive handling

allows in-camera cropping at 1.2x, 1.5x, 5x4 and 1x1 aspects. For instance, if you want to crop in on subjects in DX mode, you’ll get 5408x3600 files. Another plus is the D850’s AF system, almost identical to that found in the pro-spec D5. An impressive 153 AF points – 99 of which are cross-type – and sensitivity down to -4EV in the centre make for tenacious locking on.

The 3D-tracking mode pushes recent mirrorless cameras hard in terms of subject-following performance. Maybe the most compelling reason for the D850’s continued success is that it handles superbly. From its big, bright optical viewfinder to the deep, comfortable handgrip, it’s fantastic to use. Button and menu layout is so straightforward that it quickly

becomes second nature, while most of the buttons illuminate in the dark. Built around a magnesium chassis and weather sealed, it feels great. With DSLRs like the D850 still around, it’s easy to see why the format continues to delight photographers. And with hundreds of F-mount lenses to choose from, there’s an abundance of creative options.

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Past master The Nikon Z fc has delighted PN readers with its skilful fusion of vintage-inspired, tactile handling and ultra-modernmirrorless features

DRAWING INSPIRATION from past glories, the Nikon Z fc offers a delicious hint of what’s to come. Ever since the launch of the company’s mirrorless Z mount in 2018, photographers had pined for a retro-inspired version – and along it came in 2021, to great acclaim. PN readers have voted it best enthusiast APS-C mirrorless camera. But, with classic two-tone body work, circular eyepiece and a vintage Nikon logo on the pentaprism, it could have won the prize for exceptionally good looks.

The Z fc takes its cues from the seventies-era Nikon FM2 SLR, and its body is dusted with lovely retro elements and manual inputs. Built around the equally excellent Z 50, it adds physical dials for shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation, as well as pleasingly chunky levers for shooting mode and switching between stills and video. There’s also a small LCD showing aperture setting. Shoot without reviewing the main screen if you like, and leave the camera set to the exposure you want when it’s off.

As a DX-format body, it’s smaller and lighter than its full-frame cousins. Though it will take any Z lens with a crop factor applied, due to the smaller sensor, we love it most when twinned with the Z 28mm f/2.8 SE. This has heritage-style focus and control rings, matching the body perfectly – and gives a 42mm view on the DX sensor, very close to standard. Resolution is 20.9 megapixels, it has an ISO range of 100-51,200 and shoots up to 11fps. Video tops out at 4K/30p and, of course, the Z fc also has the

mirrorless advantages of silent shutter and eye detection AF. Other modern benefits in this vintage-style body include a three- inch touchscreen with vari-angle design, allowing photographers to compose easily from high and low angles. But you can turn the screen over to hide it completely, for a more traditional approach. Like the Z 50, there’s a d-pad, rear control dial and i menu button, making it easy to access regular functions quickly. We had a great time reviewing the Z fc on launch, and it’s superb to see that PN readers shared our joy. Like the Z 50 it’s based on, this is a fast, functional and full-featured camera. Its vintage controls and aesthetic are the icing on the cake.

›  Price £899 ›  Format APS-C (Nikon DX) 23.5x15.7mm ›  Sensor CMOS 20.9 megapixels, 5568x3712 pixels ›  Processor Expeed 6 ›  ISO range 100-51,200 (expandable to 102,400) ›  Focusing system Hybrid phase detection/contrast AF with AF assist ›  Autofocus 209 focus points, detection range -4.5 to +19EV. Pinpoint, single-point, dynamic- area, wide-area (S), wide-area (L), wide-area (L-people), wide- area (L-animals), auto-area, auto-area (people), auto-area (animals) ›  Shutter 30secs-1/4000sec, bulb, flash sync 1/200sec ›  Metering patterns Matrix, centre-weighted, spot ›  Shooting speed 11fps ›  LCD screen 3.0in vari-angle touchscreen ›  Storage media SD ›  Dimensions (wxhxd) 134.5x93.5x43.5mm ›  Weight 445g with battery and card

CLASSIC GOOD LOOKS The Nikon Z fc’s control-knob layout makes using it a pleasure – and, under its retro skin, this is a thoroughly modern and very powerful camera

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WINNER Back to school Nikon School’s innovation and resilience through adversity has been recognised with a special PNAward, for outstanding contribution to the photographic industry 2021

TRAINWITH THE BEST There’s always new stuff to learn, so check out Nikon School’s line-up of courses and workshops

BEGINNER OR EXPERIENCED, one thing that all good photographers know is there’s always more to learn. Whether you want to pick up new techniques, refine the way you shoot for better results, or learn all about a new piece of kit, it’s a great idea to engage in regular training. Nikon School offers that opportunity. In this year’s PN Awards, Nikon School has been recognised with a special award for outstanding contribution to the photographic industry 2021 – for its commitment, dedication and innovation over the past two years. During this time, Nikon successfully adapted to these challenging times with innovation, going from a London-based centre to a virtual, online presence that’s accessible to all. Nikon School covers a huge range of topics, training, educating and inspiring all types of photographer. There’s portraiture, location fashion

shoots, street portraits, landscape and wildlife photography, to name but a few. Nikon School also covers the finer points of post-production, file management and videomaking. For instance, it is currently offering a six-week photography masterclass, run via online webinars every Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm, starting 9 March. Suitable for people looking to start photography as a hobby, or photographers wanting to improve existing skills, it covers everything from choosing the right gear for what you want to shoot, to the basics of shutter speed, aperture and ISO, before moving on to the likes of focusing, composition and editing. Nikon School’s experience days can help you hone skills across a range of subjects. As well as learning, you’ll be guaranteed to come back with some great shots to treasure. Upcoming for July, there’s a day at the British Wildlife Centre in Lingfield,

Surrey, with guidance from both experienced photographers and naturalists – letting you get close to species like foxes, mink, red squirrels, owls, Scottish wildcats and harvest mice. On experience days like this one, you’ll also have the chance to try out specific Nikon products, so it’s a great way of getting your hands on a new lens or camera body. Further afield, landscapers and travel photographers can look forward to a ‘winter wonderland’ photo tour of Iceland, led by Nikon School’s training manager Neil Freeman and pro landscape photographer Mark Andreas Jones. Kicking off in January 2023, this nine-day trip takes in some of the most spectacular and dramatic destinations in the world. Typically, you’ll find groups no larger than 12, so that everyone involved can benefit from the tutors’ knowledge, but one-to-one training is also available.

The Nikon School homepage also has a Hints & Tips section, where you can find articles on all sorts of photographic subjects, from step- by-step guides on camera set-up, to fascinating subject-led features from professionals in the industry. To find out why the Nikon School is so special, visit the website, call 0330 123 0934 or email

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Photo 24 save the date: June 25 & 26 Photo 24 comes to London – and every PN reader is invited

WITH PHOTO WALKS, workshops and experiences, Photo 24 is our very special, day-long festival of photography. It’ll be an immersive, action-packed experience with a

range of activities. And Photo 24 is free, although we will be offering optional paid-for events. This year’s extravaganza, sponsored by used gear experts MPB, is in London. It starts at 12 noon on 25 June and ends 24 hours later. While spaces for the actual event are limited, there is the opportunity for every PN reader to get involved in Photo 24 through social media, so there is no limit on numbers. We’ll have challenges and contests for Photo 24 – both in- person, as well as online – with prizes to be won.

That’s it for now, and you don’t have to do anything yet – apart from block out 25 and 26 June in your diary. Over the coming months, we’ll be announcing full details of what we have planned for our 24-hour event – in the magazine, on our website and on social media. The team will also be chatting about Photo 24 in The Photography News Podcast, with advice on how to enjoy (and survive) our photographic marathon. All episodes are available

on our website, as well as on YouTube and Apple Podcasts.

GROUP FUN Workshops and photo walks are core to Photo 24’s success

ALL DAY – AND NIGHT – LONG You need stamina to get the most out of Photo 24, but that’s the challenge if you want it

Photo 24 sponsors: MPB MPB has transformed how image makers sell and buy pre-loved kit.

The whole process is efficient, fuss-free and transparent. If you are looking to upgrade your kit or clear the cupboard of unused items, MPB is a great place to start.

item MPB regularly deal in, you get an instant quote. For more unusual items, you’ll have a quote in 24 hours or less. Once you are happy, MPB will send a courier to collect your kit, and after its technical experts have checked it over thoroughly, you will be given a final quote. If your item selection was incorrect, or your assessment of the kit’s condition is different from MPB’s, you will be contacted. Once you accept the final offer, the cash will be in your bank account shortly after – or you can use it as credit to buy something from MPB. If you decline the offer, your kit will be returned free of charge.

Founded in 2011, MPB has always been committed to making it easier to buy and trade-in kit. Now, over 300,000 items are recirculated each year, and it has headquarters in the UK, Germany and the US. MPB won the best used specialist retailer in this year’s awards. Whether you want to buy or sell kit, the process is simple through MPB’s website. To sell, start typing in the camera or lens name and the website’s predictive search will make suggestions about your item, you just click on the correct one. Next, you’ll be asked about its condition. If it’s an

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travel, with a total of 141 awards. All entrants will receive a full colour A4 printed catalogue. Entries can now be made online at the website below. The closing date for entries is 28 March, with judging taking place in April. salon

The past two years, Cheltenham CC’s International Salon has been judged via Zoom. The club has its fingers crossed that this event will be judged in person. Now in its tenth year, it has patronage from FIAP, PSA, GPU and the PAGB. There are five sections: colour, monochrome, creative, nature and

Neath & District PS is pleased to announce that its 2022 NDPS UK Salon will be open for entries from 1 February. It’s the seventh year as a BPE exhibition, and it again enjoys PAGB patronage. There are four sections: open colour, open mono, nature and creative awards, with PAGB gold, silver and bronze awards and NDPS gold, silver and bronze for each section – plus recognition for best in exhibition. Entries close 16 April, with selection on 23 and 24 April. The selectors are Robert Millin DPAGB, David Russell AFIAP and Paul Keene FRPS, who will work remotely. nps-salon/

Tynemouth PS record group leader Stan Bewick AFIAP has been delving into the society’s archive to produce a new book of photos. The TPS collection has been built up over many years and consists of over 2000 photographs, slides, negatives, and glass plates, going back to the 1860s. Bewick has amassed an intimate knowledge of the collection as he has digitised everything and produced comprehensive notes on each. The book contains 199 images of North Shields, Tynemouth and Cullercoats, most of which have never been published. The first edition has been a huge success with local bookshops and a second print run is already being planned. A copy of the book can be bought directly from the Tynemouth PS’s syllabus secretary, via the contact link on the club’s website. It costs £12, plus £3.50 postage. Historic book selling fast

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ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Key light Combining professional flash and continuous lighting in a package no bigger than a camera lens, the Profoto B10X Plus is a vital piece in your toolkit


›  Price £1895 ›  Max power 500Ws ›  Energy range Ten f/stops (1.0-10) ›  Recycling time 0.05-2.2secs ›  Energy stability 0.2 f/stops ›  Power output (2m/ISO 100) 32.7 with OCF Magnum reflector 16.7 without reflector ›  Supported Air features Flash sync, remote control, TTL, HSS ›  Lamp type LED, 3250 lumens, 100-10% range, adjustable 3000-6500K (+/-500K) ›  Operating range Sync and remote control: 0.5-300m. HSS and TTL: 0.5-100m ›  Battery capacity Up to 200 full-power flashes ›  Dimensions (wxhxd) 11x10x23.5cm ›  Weight 1.9kg (including battery and lighting stand adapter) ›  Contact AT ITS LAUNCH, the Profoto B10 was a revolutionary location flash. In fact, it was difficult to see how it could be bettered. Trust Profoto to do exactly that with the B10X Plus! To use it is to experience creative lighting at its highest quality, but the most surprising thing is how simple that is. No wonder it’s been rewarded with an Editor’s Choice prize in the best portable flash category of the Photography News 2021 Awards.

Shooting on location is always demanding, with weather and available light uncontrollable. You could be faced with anything from unflattering ceiling lamps to harsh, unfiltered sun – but the B10X Plus has you covered. It combines portability, simplicity, power and rugged build to defeat almost any problem, letting you get on with your mission. The maximum 500Ws output is huge for such a small light, and gives you the power to easily fill full sun, or overpower it if needed. Effectively, it’s like having the output of ten speedlights in a single head. But, with a range of ten f/stops, there’s also great subtlety, letting you set up close to the subject, or shoot wide open and still illuminate them however you want. For fast shooting, recycling runs from 0.05-2.2secs, with 200 full-power flashes on a single charge – plenty for most shoots. You get 65 minutes of full-power continuous light with one charge. Extra rechargeable lithium- ion batteries are available, so you can keep going all day if needed. The B10X Plus isn’t just a flash – it’s also a highly capable LED, suited to situations where you can’t use flash, or need to shoot video with pro lighting. It has a top output of 3250 lumens, which can be tuned to match the light you’re in. Or give a contrasting look, thanks to adjustable 3000-6500K

“Profoto is the Rolls-Royce of creative lighting, and the B10XPlus gives photographers everything they need toproduce unbelievable images…” Will Cheung, editor, Photography News

output with 500K increments, to get the tone of your light spot on. With pro-level features like these, you might expect the B10X Plus to be complicated, but it’s the complete opposite. Options are deep, but the interface is simplicity itself, with a pair

of dials and test button to keep the rear streamlined – plus a screen that shows only what’s needed. Syncing in HSS or regular flash is second nature with the accompanying Profoto Air Remote TTL trigger – and power, LED strength and colour can be set using the free Profoto Control app. Or even shoot using your smartphone. Weighing only 1.9kg and measuring 11x10x23.5cm, these are portable heads, despite packing in the features – no bigger than a fast zoom lens. And just like the B10X Plus itself, Profoto’s range of over 120 light-shaping tools are easy to fit. Slide on the head and tighten with a clip, rather than navigating a tricky bayonet system. Get hands on with the B10X Plus and see the zenith of creative lighting.

AT YOUR COMMAND Profoto has kept it simple when it comes to controls and layout, so handling is extremely impressive

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THE PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS2021AWARDS: THEWINNERS The votes are in! Over the next six pages, we reveal what you consider the very best imaging kit and services. Thanks to everyone who voted – and for making the 2021 Awards the most successful ever

Cameras PHOTOGRAPHY IS ABOUT end results – and nothing is more satisfying than a finished picture hanging on the wall. But we can’t make that journey from visualisation and capture, to editing and output, without kit. We’re blessed with wonderful gear, from cameras and lenses to paper and colour management. Furthermore, manufacturers FOUR THIRDS CAMERA






keep innovating, striving for better performance. This perpetual onward motion is great news for photographers, videomakers and vloggers. Recognising the achievements in our industry is what the PN Awards are all about. We have categories in every field, including retailers and service providers. And all the winners are decided by you, the PN readers: a wholehearted thanks to everyone who took the time to vote. It is much appreciated.

WINNER Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III The OM-D E-M1 Mark III is a camera with an incredible skill set, including 20 megapixels, a 121-point AF system and Pro Capture – and that’s just scratching the surface. A deserving winner and an awesome picture-taking machine.

WINNER Panasonic Lumix G100

WINNER Nikon Z fc

WINNER Fujifilm X-T4

It’s the second year in a row that the Panasonic Lumix G100 has emerged as the winner, which is testament to its appeal and imaging skills.

Nikon designed the Z fc using the iconic film FM2 camera as the template.

This Fujifilm X Series flagship is a truly remarkable camera – and a thoroughly deserving winner in one of the most competitive categories.

SHORTLISTED • Canon EOS M6 Mark II • Canon EOS M50 Mark II

Congratulations and a hearty well done to our winners – and commiserations to all other shortlisted products.

SHORTLISTED • Olympus E-M10 Mark IV • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III • Panasonic Lumix DC-G95

SHORTLISTED • Fujifilm X-Pro3 • Leica CL • Sony A6600

SHORTLISTED • Olympus OM-D E-M1X • Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II

• Fujifilm X-E4 • Fujifilm X-S10 • Fujifilm X-T30 II • Nikon Z 50 • Sony ZV-E10

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ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Portrait perfection Samyang’s AF 75mm f/1.8 FE combines innovationwith quality, making it a portrait lens for themodern age


CURRENT LENSES NEED to match the quality of the advanced cameras they’re mounted on. They must be smaller, faster, and provide better image quality than ever before. Thankfully, that’s all true of the brilliant Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE, which claimed the Editor’s Choice award for best telephoto lens in this year’s Photography News Awards. A lot needs to come together to make a great portrait lens – firstly, focal length. This, combined with the way it renders the subject, defines a portrait. At 75mm, the lens creates a natural, undistorted view. That it needs only limited shooting distance to make portraits with full, half-length or head-and-shoulder framing allows easy communication and a natural connection to the subject. The 75mm focal length has other advantages, too. More commonly found in rangefinder mounts than DSLRs, it has a unique character that’s loved by documentary and street portrait shooters. Remember, mount

this lens on an APS-C Sony Alpha body, like the A6500, and you’ll get an impressive 112mm equivalent. This is something you can simulate by using the APS-C crop mode on full- frame bodies like the A7R IV. Creating a shallow depth-of-field can also be highly important for portraits. Shooting at – or near to – the AF 75mm f/1.8 FE’s maximum aperture brings delicious subject separation. This lets photographers compose in cluttered or distracting environments, or even get in close so only the subject’s eyes are in focus. Adding to its natural feel, the lens produces very smooth blur and large, round highlights in low-light situations. And, of course, a big aperture means faster shutter speeds and crisper subject details. Add to that the high optical quality, and it produces excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, while effortlessly controlling chromatic aberrations. This is due to the ten elements in nine groups – including extra-low dispersion (ED) and high- refractive (HR) lenses. UMC (Ultra Multi-Coating) is applied in order to minimise internal reflections, increasing clarity and contrast. All that’s for nothing if a portrait lens is slow to focus, but you’ll have no problems with this optic. A new stepping motor gives quick, quiet and accurate focusing, so you can work with your subject without distraction. It functions seamlessly – using Sony’s revolutionary eye detection AF. Handling-wise, the AF 75mm f/1.8 FE also pairs beautifully with Sony’s “When shooting portraits, I want a lens like this – fast inaperture andAF speed, but not at the expense of weight andhandling”

SMOOTH BOKEH The advanced optical design of the Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE ensures impressive sharpness. When you shoot portraits at wider apertures, you get a lovely blurred background, too, so there’s plenty to play around with

› Price £389 ›  Format Sony FE-mount, full-frame ›  Construction Ten elements in nine groups ›  Special lens elements Three ED, two HR › Aperture range F/1.8-22 › Filter size 58mm › Diaphragm Nine blades › Magnification 0.13x › Autofocus Yes, linear motor › Minimum focus 69cm › Dimensions (dxl) 65x69mm › Weight 230g

mirrorless bodies. At only 230g, it’s light and measures just 65x69mm. What’s more, the lens has a neat custom switch, allowing you to set the ring to either manual focus or aperture control mode – and more options will soon be available via firmware updates. All in all, the AF 75mm f/1.8 FE is very much a portrait lens for the mirrorless age.

Will Cheung, editor, PN

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WINNER Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4

The Zeiss reputation for delivering amazing lenses is well-deserved.

WINNER Nikon D850

WINNER Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art


SHORTLISTED • Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM • Fujifilm XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR • Irix 45mm f/1.4 Dragonfly • Olympus M.Zuiko ED 25mm f/1.2 Pro • Panasonic Lumix S 50mm f/1.8 • Panasonic Lumix Leica DG Vario- Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 Asph OIS • Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD • Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF

WINNER Panasonic Lumix S5

Mirrorless cameras might be grabbing all the headlines, but there’s still life in the DSLR market, especially if cameras of the Nikon D850’s calibre remain available. Headline features include a 45.4-megapixel resolution sensor, which is a leading performer at high ISOs, 4K/30p video, and up to 7fps continuous shooting. One big benefit of DSLR cameras that’s not always mentioned is battery longevity, and with the EN- EL18B, you’ll get over 5000 shots before recharging is required.

This is quite possibly the hardest-fought category in the PN Awards, but there had to be a winner. The Canon EOS R5 – it won in 2020, too. The quality of its 45-megapixel stills and 8K video are first class, while its AF skills can deal with the most challenging subjects. SHORTLISTED • Canon EOS R3 • Leica M10-R • Nikon Z 7II • Panasonic Lumix S1R • Sony A7R Mark IVA • Sony A1

Sigma’s Art lenses are the best of the best in the company’s range. The 14- 24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art is certainly a superb optic, with ultra-wide coverage and fast, constant f/2.8 aperture. Even at this f/stop, sharpness is impressive across the image frame – making this a great option. SHORTLISTED • Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM • Fujifilm XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR • Fujifilm GF30mm f/3.5 R WR • Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S • Olympus M.Zuiko Digi ED 8-25mm f/4 • Panasonic Lumix S 24mm f/1.8 • Samyang AF 12mm f/2 E • Samyang AF 24mm f/1.8 FE • Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 G Master • Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD • Tokina atx-m 23mm f/1.4 X • Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4

Panasonic’s full-frame Lumix S5 is a pro- level hybrid camera using the increasingly popular L-Mount, a fitting championed by Panasonic, as well as Leica and Sigma. Its hybrid credentials are beyond question, starting with a 24.2MP sensor capable of dealing with 14EV+ dynamic range. There’s also 4K/60p video with Dual Native ISO technology for stunning footage in poor light. It even boasts an in-body image stabiliser with up to 5EV benefit.




SHORTLISTED • Canon EOS R6 • Leica SL2-S


• Canon EOS-1D X Mark III • Nikon D6 • Nikon D780

WINNER Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Tamron’s wonderful 28-200mm f/2.8- 5.6 Di III RXD has an advanced optical design for good sharpness throughout its aperture and zoom range. And it’s the first superzoom to have a fast f/2.8 aperture at the 28mm setting – perfect for when travelling light is essential. SHORTLISTED • Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM • Fujifilm XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR • Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 • Nikon Z 24-200mm f4-6.3 VR • Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 • Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

• Pentax K-1 Mark II • Pentax K-3 Mark III

• Nikon Z 5 • Nikon Z 6II • Sony A7C • Zeiss ZX1


WINNER Fujifilm GFX 100S

The award-winning Fujifilm GFX 100S is a landmark camera, and remarkable in so many ways. First up, its body is the size of a full-frame DSLR, so is ideal for location shooting – yet it packs a whopping 102 megapixels. SHORTLISTED • Fujifilm GFX 50S II • Hasselblad 907X 50C • Hasselblad X1D II 50C • Pentax 645Z



WINNER Nikon Coolpix P950

Compacts and bridge cameras offer photographers options, whether that’s pocketability or zoom lens potential. In the case of the Nikon Coolpix P950, it is definitely the latter. Its integral zoom has a beyond amazing 80x range. In 35mm format equivalent terms, the P950’s 4.3-357mm zoom gives a range from 24mm to 2000mm – in an all-in-one that’s a similar size to a DSLR. Add 16-megapixel resolution, lens-shift vibration reduction for stills and an advanced contrast detect AF, and it’s no wonder this Nikon bridge camera scooped our award. SHORTLISTED • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III • Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II



Editor’s Choice: Irix 45mm f/1.4 GFX

Editor’s Choice: Sigma fp L

I fell in love with this lens during its PN test

Small is beautiful, and that certainly applies to the Sigma fp L. It’s the tiniest full-frame camera on the market, packing an unbelievable 61 megapixels of resolution. True, it is monitor-only and the optional EVF-11 is needed for viewfinder shooting, but I’d be very happy to have the fp L on its own, with a pancake wide-angle lens in my bag. I’d know that, wherever I go, I have this powerhouse to grab shots, with the megapixels to make the most of Crop Zoom – offering an effective 5x zoom.” Will Cheung–Editor

in 2021. I went around shooting landscapes, flowers and people at f/1.4 because I just adored that blurry, picturesque differential. That selective focusing effect looked wonderful, and while most of the time we attempt to produce maximum sharpness in a scene, the joy here was in trying to do the exact opposite. Of course, that’s not to say this lens only performs wide open. It’s actually a classy operator when stopped down, too.” Will Cheung–Editor

WINNER Voigtländer 110mm f/2.5 Macro Apo-Lanthar The Voigtländer gives 1:1 life-size magnification, and its apochromatic design ensures aberration-free images. SHORTLISTED • Canon RF 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS USM • Fujifilm XF80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR • Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 • Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S • Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro • Tokina FíRIN 100mm f/2.8 FE Macro

WINNER Apple iPhone 12 Pro

The powerful iPhone 12 Pro features a seven-element lens boasting a f/1.6 aperture, for improved low-light richness, dynamic range and detail. SHORTLISTED • Google Pixel 4a • Huawei P40 Pro+ • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra • Sony Xperia 1 III

• Fujifilm X100V • Leica V-Lux 5 • Leica Q2 • Panasonic Lumix ZS80 • Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II • Ricoh GR IIIx • Sony RX100 VII • Sony ZV-1

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