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ISSUE 94 27 Nov-10 Jan 2022

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Big test: Fujifilm GFX 50S II / Go large on a budget

Prize word search / Win a Samsung 256GBmicroSD memory card

Nikon Z 9 wows the world Greatly anticipated and much-needed, Nikon’s flagship mirrorless has been revealed – and it looks a cracker

There’s a new PN Podcast every fortnight, and if you haven’t tuned in yet, the archive is available on our website, YouTube and Apple Podcasts. Episode 32 has the PN team focusing on the Nikon Z 9 (full story on page 4), and the scenic potential of the season. Plus, a listeners’ Q&A special. We welcome audience involvement, so if you're after help buying photo kit, technique advice, or just want an expert view, please email podcast@ ’Tis the season… to check out the PN podcast It’s holiday time... and the ideal opportunity to kick back and tuck into our pod

mirrorless, enabling a flash sync speed of 1/200sec with its electronic shutter. In fact, the Z 9 is the first product of this type to have an electronic shutter only. The camera’s speed also means it has awesome subject-detect autofocus, 20fps shooting for over 1000 compressed Raws, and 120fps smallest, lightest Z lens so far, a 28mm f/2.8. It also announced the development of a super-telephoto prime, a 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S. For more on Nikon’s new lenses, please turn to page 7. Samyang adds first zoom shooting with 11-megapixel JPEGs. More on this beauty, priced at £5299 body only, on page 4. Nikon took the chance to bolster its Z lens system. Three new zooms have been introduced, including a 24-120mm f/4 and 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 – and the Despite a reputation built on primes, Samyang has launched its first ever zoom lens to celebrate its 50th anniversary

WITH CANON AND Sony having introduced top-of-the-range full- frame mirrorless products in 2021, the expectation was on Nikon to follow suit – and it has delivered. The Z 9 is a deep-bodied camera, housing a 45.7-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor, which has the fastest readout of any existing

Samyang also has an update of its first AF lens. The AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II is another E-mount, and its advanced optical build features 11 elements, six special glass, to make the most of high-resolution Sony sensors. A linear stepping motor gives smooth, quiet focusing. Get all this for £599.

weather sealing, 82mm filter thread and linear stepping motor are big attractions. Its advanced optical design features 17 elements – nine of which are special glass – in 14 groups. And ultra multi-coating (UMC) keeps both aberrations and light dispersion to a minimum, for high performance.

LENS BRAND SAMYANG has focused on prime lenses since it first opened its doors for business half a century ago, but it has now introduced its first zoom lens. The AF 24-70mm f/2.8 FE is a standard zoom for APS-C and full-frame Sony E-mount cameras, priced at £828. Constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, 35cmminimum focus,

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Sigma’s new lens for APS-C mirrorless The 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN Contemporary is compatible with L-Mount and Sony E-mount cameras


THE PANDEMIC AND its after-effects are set to go on for a while, but let’s hope 2022 will be more normal than 2020 and 2021. When it comes to new cameras, it has been anything but usual, with several incredible full-frame machines. The Nikon Z 9 most recently joined the Canon EOS R3 and Sony A1 in redefining the market with some amazing tech. And that’s not forgetting the camera tested in this issue, the Fujifilm GFX 50S II – a price- busting, digital medium format. Of course, none of these products are what you would call cheap, with those three mirrorless full-frame models costing over £5k – body only. But they do offer awesome focusing and shooting skills. If you’re a pro, such investment can be more easily justified. We all know it’s the person behind the camera that counts, but the right kit certainly helps. For the rest of us with more modest budgets, hopefully some of those cutting-edge technologies – especially autofocus – cascade down to cheaper products soon. But don’t hold your breath. By the time you read this, Black Friday will have been and gone. You might have already spent the

pennies set aside for your hobby – assuming that stocks were available. Checking several photo retailers’ websites, the words ‘awaiting stock’, ‘pre-order’ and ‘limited’ appeared often. If you have any cash left, then check out this month’s festive buyers’ guide, starting on page 35. Latterly, I packed my cameras and headed to Wales for a short holiday. Aberystwyth’s Royal Pier was top of my to-shoot list. I am getting towards the end of my pier project, with only a few left, all a long way from home. The weather wasn’t kind, but I got something. I am now planning an excursion to Scotland, to cover the three surviving piers there. Until next time, season’s greetings from the PN team. Stay safe and see you in 2022.

SIGMA HAS ANNOUNCED its first zoom lens for mirrorless L-Mount and Sony E-mount crop sensor cameras. The 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN Contemporary offers a full-frame equivalent focal range of 27-75mm, with a wide f/2.8 constant aperture, it delivers high optical performance across the entire zoom range. The Sigma caters for a wide range of photographic styles, including landscape, portrait, street, architecture and event. It is also capable of recording high- quality video, with a maximum magnification of 1:2.8, and a minimum focus of just 12.1cm. Providing an f/2.8 aperture across the entire zoom range, it is easy to achieve blurry backgrounds and soft bokeh effects when shooting portraits and close-ups.

High optical performance is guaranteed, with the carefully arranged lens elements – including three high-precision, glass-moulded aspherical elements. Optical imperfections, such as distortion and vignetting, are kept to a minimum by in-camera aberration correction, ensuring images are crisp and clear. The lens uses a stepping motor as the AF actuator, in order to achieve fast and silent AF. This makes it well-suited to shooting in low-noise environments. It’s also a good option for capturing video with audio, due to minimal noise from the AF. Finally, the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN Contemporary is extremely portable, resulting in a great option for day-to-day use – ideal for vlogging and creating content on the go. The lens is on sale now, at £429.99.

FEATURES ATAGLANCE ›  Construction 13 elements in ten groups ›  Dust and splash resistant Yes ›  Coating Super Multi-Layer › Special glass One SLD and three aspherical elements › Aperture range F/2.8 to f/22 ›  Minimum focus 12.1cm ›  Diaphragm Seven blades › F ilter size 55mm ›  Dimensions (dxl) 65.4x74.5mm › W eight 290g


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What’s inside 03 News Nikon is making headlines, with the Z 9 finally unveiled – and it was joined by several lenses, too. Also, Sony and Canon have added cameras, Sigma and Samyang have revealed lenses, and DxO has delivered two new editing softwares 13 Vanguard contest and Samsung word search Find the missing word and you could win a Samsung 256GB microSD card, while our monthly Vanguard contest has no fewer than four VEO Adaptor bags up for grabs 14 Club news Clubs and societies are in full swing, with members meeting in person, virtually, or a combination of the two. Here’s what a few clubs are up to right now. If your group is hosting events and exhibitions, please get in touch with us

17 The Photography News Awards 2021 It’s your last chance to vote for what you consider the best imaging kit on sale right now. We’re not just recognising hardware; dealers, insurance companies, website providers and printing services all have their own categories. The closing date for voting is 5 January 2022, so please visit and follow the link to register your votes 30 Make the Switch Live: Carol Felton & Ken Underhay PN readers were invited to spend the day photographing London, with a selection of the latest Fujifilm kit. See how they got on with the challenge of using the cameras for the first time 35 Christmas buyers’ guide Treat yourself to something nice and twinkly this festive season with our help – and five pages of fabulous pressie ideas.

Whatever the budget and photo interests, there’s definitely something here for you and your photography 44 Big test: Fujifilm GFX 50S II On the shelves for £3899 with a standard zoom, this new product brings medium format digital within reach of more shooters. Price is just one of its attractions, as it proved to be a very capable camera, too. Check out our full review

52 First tests l Bexin BX285C+K36 l Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM l Vanguard VEO Adaptor S41 & R48 l Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD l H&Y Revoring 67-82mm VND+CPL l Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L l Fujifilm XF70-300mm f/4-5.6 R LM OIS WR

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Nikon unveils its most advanced camera ever

The Z 9, Nikon’s mirrorless flagship, is something special. It has a features set that will make other brands green with envy – and at £5299, it’s also cheaper than its main competitors

AS RIVALS CANON and Sony introduced great mirrorless cameras this year, Nikon had to react. It’s done just that with the Z 9, which – it claims – delivers exceptional operability and robustness. The Z 9 is packed with features, including a stacked 45.7-megapixel

full-frame CMOS sensor, an ultra- fast Expeed 7 processor, and Nikon’s most sophisticated, deep learning autofocus that uses a phase/contrast detect system – plus 3D tracking. The sensor is conductive coated, producing a magnetic field to repel dust and debris – and a f luorine coating makes sensor cleaning easier. There is also a physical sensor shield to stop nasties getting in when changing the lens. The AF system has an impressive 493-point AF, with 405 auto-area AF points and ten AF-area modes, allowing for custom settings.

For the first time ever in a Nikon mirrorless camera, 3D tracking helps users keep pace with fast- moving subjects, such as animals and vehicles – the Z 9 is capable of detecting up to nine different subject types at the same time. The camera uses intelligent detection software, recognising the subject – and with continuous AF calculations, it reacts instantly to rapid, even erratic movements. The Z 9 boasts a bright, 3000-nit EVF display and dual- stream technology, guaranteeing always-live, blackout-free shooting. Furthermore, the display provides a continuous, real-time view, so photographers can see even the slightest movement in the scene they are capturing. Full-frame Raw capture is possible at 20fps, with a 1000-shot buffer. If you need even more speed, shoot JPEGs only, to blast away at 30fps. Better still, 120fps is possible with 11-megapixel JPEGs. The Z 9 does all this with an electronic shutter that features a 1/32,000sec top speed, and a f lash sync of 1/200sec or 1/250sec. An auto FP high-speed sync up to 1/8000sec is supported, too. There is no mechanical shutter option.

FLEXIBLE VIEWING A large, responsive touch monitor can tilt 90° from a horizontal or vertical position, making low or high viewpoint shooting easy and comfortable

FEATURES ATAGLANCE › P rice Body only £5299 › Resolution 45.7 megapixels › S ensor Stacked BSI CMOS FX format sensor ›  ISO ISO 64-25,600 expansion to ISO 102,400 ›  Viewfinder 3.69m dot EVF › C ontinuous shooting 20fps full-size Raw shooting › V ideo 8K UHD video 7680x4320 at 30p/25p/24p, 4K UHD video 3840x2160 up to 120p › Shutter Electronic shutter only › Storage Dual CFexpress B/XQD › D imensions (wxhxd) 149x149.5x90.5mm › B ody weight 1340g


A five-axis (pitch, roll, yaw, X and Y) in-body image stabilisation gives up to 6EV benefit when using with Z lenses with built-in VR. The camera offers great f lexibility operating the Z 9, thanks to its four-axis vertical and horizontal tilting touch monitor. Shooting upright format images from low or high viewpoints is simple. Nikon has taken on feedback from photographers to aid the ergonomic design of the Z 9 – the camera has a refined body layout. The new AF

mode button lets users switch easily between AF and AF-area modes, when shooting with the eye up to the viewfinder. The LCD control panels and key buttons can also be illuminated for easy operation in the dark. The Nikon Z 9 retails at £5299, body only, and will be available from this winter. Nikon also announced additions to its Z lens system – turn to page 7 for more details.

GREAT ERGONOMICS Nikon sought the opinions of pro users to produce a considered control layout on the Z 9. Having the on/off switch, ISO button and exposure compensation on the right side is very Nikon

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Nikon Z lens system grows

Canon has unveiled the PowerShot PX – a small, tabletop camera, loaded with smart features for capturing candid moments. With automatic capture of 11.7-megapixel images and 60p Full HD video, the PowerShot PX lets families relax and enjoy the moment, without worrying about taking pictures themselves. It can be used as a webcam, with photos and videos saved to a memory card – and is charged via a USB-C port. The PowerShot PX retails at £449.99. Smart from Canon The PowerShot PX is an intelligent camera that helps you take family candids

Not content with launching the Z 9, Nikon also introduced three new Z system zooms – and a fresh prime

the camera menu, and the filter size is 77mm. The Z 24-120mm f/4 S will go on sale this December at £1099.

STARTING WITH THE the cheapest of Nikon’s new Z lenses, the Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR is a powerful 7.8x zoom, and retails at £599. It weighs just 315g, and its built-in vibration reduction system has a 5EV benefit, while the internal focus mechanism combines with the eye-detection autofocus of some Z cameras. Filter size is 62mm. The Z 24-120mm f/4 S offers advanced optics and broad zoom range in a compact, lightweight body. Key selling points are a constant f/4, minimum focusing distance of 35cm – giving a 0.39x maximum magnification ratio – and Arneo and Nano Crystal coating to suppress ghosting and f lare. It uses two drive units to deliver fast, accurate AF with minimal focus breathing. A lens function button lets you tailor the silent control ring to different functions via

date, and nicely priced at £299, too. The lens weighs just 155g and, at 43mm long, is small enough to slip into a pocket. Silent AF and minimum 19cm focusing distance are other qualities of this dinky optic, that’s a great walkaround lens. Nikon added the Mount Adapter FTZ II, that allows F-mount lenses to be used with Z cameras. It sells for £249, more compact and tripod-friendly than the original. Finally, Nikon has announced the development of the Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S, a super-telephoto that incorporates a 1.4x converter. There is no hint of price yet, but our guess will be probably in the order of two Z 9s.

The third zoom is the Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S: a fast, high-precision telezoom lens that delivers excellent optical performance. Nikon ED and Super ED glass have been deployed to minimise chromatic aberration, even at wide apertures and close focus distances. It boasts a powerful VR performance with 5.5EV benefit. At the wide end of the zoom range, the lens has a minimum focus distance of just 75cm, which increases to 98cm at 400mm. This long telezoom is priced at £2699, with shipping starting in mid-December. The new prime is a 28mm f/2.8, the smallest full-frame Z lens from Nikon to

The NX-Series filter holder system allows 2mm-thick filters to be used on ultra wide-angle lenses of 14mm or more. It is compatible with Cokin Nuances filters including Clearsky and Infrared 720, and L-size adapter rings from 49mm to 95mm. The NX-Series includes a dedicated polariser that has a 2x filter factor and fits right next to the lens front. It can be rotated to the required angle using the adjustment wheel. The premium aluminium holder accepts frames that are available in three sizes: 100x143.5mm for Nuances Extreme grad filters, 100x100mm and Cokin NX-Series unveiled

Vanguard’s bits & bobs Vanguard has been a regular name in PN ’s news pages, with some new tripods this year; and while its latest introductions are not tripods, they are support-related. The VEO Tripod Support EcoSystem is a collection of The TSA DLX model starts from £79.99, with the option of medium and large sizes. They feature ball joints at each end, and a serrated steel joint for a solid hold. The lighter TSA models, available in

100x150mm. Ball bearings in the filter slots ensure smooth and precise operation. All items in the NX-Series can be bought separately, but you can save money by purchasing a kit: Starter Kit (£225), Long Exposure Kit (£277), Landscape Kit (£370), Expert Kit (£555) and Professional Kit (£710).

Firmware updates around the corner New updates for the Canon EOS R5, R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III will be available to download from 2 December. Key changes on the EOS R5/R6 include enhanced vehicle, eye and body detection, and full-time manual focus support for the RF 70-200mm f/4.

small and medium sizes, start from £39.99. The £49.99 VEO CSMM3 is a device with three coldshoes, and can hold a smartphone, light and mic. The £69.99 VEO CSMM2 accepts two coldshoe-mounted accessories on a bar, letting them be 20.8cm apart.

accessories that include coldshoe mounts, tripod support arms and a VEO TC M tablet holder. They are just the sort of items that come in mighty useful to make the most of your tripod (and your camera), for holding key accessories.

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DxO announces two softwares

For Mac and Windows, DxO PhotoLab 5 Essential Edition is £129, the Elite Edition is £199. The second software is DxO FilmPack 6, designed to recreate the look of iconic analogue films, now with Kodak Ektachrome Infrared and Polaroid 600. Available for Mac and PC, the Essential Edition is £75, the Elite Edition is £129.

DxO PhotoLab 5 offers better local adjustments and a more powerful PhotoLibrary. It has a modified DeepPRIME denoising tool and, for the first time, supports Fujifilm X-Trans sensors (Beta). It has been enhanced for better processing and export times, which are now up to 4x faster for Apple M1 Mac users, and 1.5x faster for the most advanced Windows devices.

It’s a busy month for the tech giant, launching the A7 IV – a powerful full-frame model – two flashguns and a GMaster lens Sony’s hybrid aims for the top

Panasonic all-rounder Panasonic has added a fourth f/1.8 lens to its family of fast primes, with the Lumix S 35mm f/1.8 joining 24mm, 50mm and 85mm L-Mounts. An 18mm f/1.8 is in development. The 35mm f/1.8 has 11 elements in focusing, a 67mm filter thread and a design that is both dust and splash resistant. This lens is available to order now with a price tag of £579.

also incorporate an ELD aspherical element to suppress chromatic and spherical aberration. The f/2.8 maximum aperture, combined with its 11-blade circular aperture unit, enables the creation of smooth bokeh effects. Flare and ghosting are also reduced by Sony’s Nano AR Coating II, which prevents unwanted reflections. The newly improved autofocus is the standout feature of this lens, offering four Sony XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors, delivering precise and rapid AF up to four times faster than its predecessor. Available now, the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II retails at £2599.

£370, respectively. These two wireless flashes offer continuous shooting flash performance of up to 200 times at 10fps for the HVL-F60RM2, and 60 times for the HVL-F46RM. The flashes are resistant to overheating and incorporate a set of four Ni-MH batteries that can power up to 240 flashes, with a 1.7sec recycle time for the HVL-F60RM2, and up to 320 flashes with a 2sec recycle time for the HVL-F46RM. Finally, Sony has launched the FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II. Two ELD (extra-low dispersion) and two super ELD glass elements have been added to reduce chromatic aberration and prevent colour bleeding. This is the first lens in the Alpha system to

THE A7 IV is a 33-megapixel full- frame camera, ideal for imaging enthusiasts and professionals working in a range of environments. It uses the latest Bionz X processing engine and advanced AF capabilities, including Real-time Eye. The camera is based on the flagship Alpha 1 model, with the addition of streamlined operability and enhanced reliability for photos and video. The camera is well-equipped with features that meet the growing demand for remote communication. The A7 IV will be released this December, priced at £2399 body only. The two new flashguns – the HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM – are available now, retailing at £550 and

nine groups, with three ELD lenses and three aspherical. The latter helps produce beautiful bokeh with its nine- blade diaphragm, while the former suppresses chromatic aberrations. Autofocusing is smooth and silent, while a mechanism keeps focus breathing to minimal levels. Other key features include 24cm minimum

Punks upgrade The 3 Legged Thing Punks 2.0 range – which go by the name of Corey, Travis, Billy and Brian – are versatile tripods, with three detachable legs that can be turned into a monopod or boom. better maximum height. Travis 2.0 is beginner- friendly, suitable for a wide range of genres, with magnesium alloy body. Or, if you prefer a lighter option, the carbon-fibre Billy 2.0 is a good choice. 3 Legged Thing has revamped its Punks range, with improved build, better stability and bold new looks

The Corey and Travis retail at £199.99, while the carbon-fibre Billy and Brian sell for £289.95 and £299.95, respectively.

Each caters to different needs. Corey 2.0 is an ultra-compact tripod made with aerospace- grade magnesium alloy, while Brian 2.0 is great for travel, boasting a pure carbon-fibre body and

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Snap up a great offer Snapperstuff is offering a free On The Road Kit (guide price £55), when you buy a Think Tank or Mindshift Gear bag from an authorised UK dealer before 24 December 2021. Items under this offer include a selection of Airport, Streetwalker, Urban Access and Backlight bags. For more details on this great deal, and to see which models are included, go to the offer link below. The list of participating dealers is also on Snapperstuff’s website.

The innovative Kase Filters strikes again, with the launch of its Armour system – a unique partnership that promises the speed of magnetic filters, along with the creativity of slip-in filters Open and shut Kase

magnetic circular polariser, two magnetic adapter rings (77-95mm and 82-95mm), two magnetic filter frames (100x100mm and 100x150mm) and one adapter cap. Go for the Kase Armour Entry Kit at £509 and, in addition to what comes in the holder kit, get a carrying case, one 100x150mm Wolverine 0.9 (3EV) soft graduated ND filter, a 95mm magnetic polariser and 95mm magnetic ND64 6EV filter. Also available is the circular, magnetic Armour ND1000 10EV neutral density filter at £125. Plus, get additional 100x100mm and 100x150mm filter frames, suitable for 2mm- thick filters, at a cost of £40 each.

attraction of magnetism. So, in practice you can add the circular polariser to the rear, which is adjusted with a drive cog on the side of the holder, a circular ND to the front, then a rectangular grad filter. Should you need another rectangular filter, this can quickly be added. The process is fast and secure. And, of course, you get all this with the performance of Kase Wolverine-toughened glass filters, that feature special metallic nano coatings for super-sharp, colour-accurate results. Plus, they are shock and scratch resistant, waterproof and easy to clean. The Kase Armour 100mm System costs £269 and comprises the holder, a 95mm

THE KASE ARMOUR holder lets you use existing Wolverine 100x100mm and 100x150mm filters, in combination with the new Armour 95mm magnetic circular neutral density and circular polariser filters. The new-generation Armour holder is made from super-tough magnetic alloy. So, when it is offered up to the adapter ring that is screwed into the lens’ filter thread, magnetism takes over to hold it in place – and a lock clip adds extra security. Rectangular filters, fitted in Armour magnetic frames, can be added to the front, while two magnetic circular filters can be used at the front and rear of the holder. Again, all are held in place thanks to the

Lee Filters reveals Lee Elements range

Benro launches a waterproof tripod

The Induro Hydra 2 joins three carbon-fibre tripods in Benro’s Induro Classic range. The Hydra is a five-section carbon tripod with a 17kg maximum weight capacity, and while it can fold down to just over 42cm, it extends to a handy 153cm maximum height. Waterproof leg locks and feet are the big selling point. The metal twist locks are oversized for easy handling, especially when wearing gloves. And the machined centre locking collar is also generously proportioned for the same reason. Three built-in allen keys come with it, and the Hydra 2 has a tool kit and carrying case for storage. It is available now, at £450. induro-tripods

one comes with its own impact- resistant hard case.

The Lee Elements filters come in a range of prices, beginning at £162 for the circular polariser – and each

Lee Filters has added the Lee Elements series to its family. It consists of five filter types: Little Stopper (6EV ND), Big Stopper (10EV ND), a circular polariser, and two densities of variable ND, with 2-5EV or 6-9EV of light reduction. All are available in four popular sizes: 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm. The lenses incorporate multilayer coated optics to ensure optimum performance. They enjoy scratch-resistant, anti- reflective, hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings, which provide advanced protection against flare, moisture and fingerprints.

A knurled finish gives good grip, so they can be used in challenging environments – even when wearing gloves.

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A Samsung memory card! WIN!

Your chance towin a Vanguard backpack The latest launch is the innovative VEO Adaptor backpack range – and in this exclusive, simple-to-enter contest, we have four as prizes

N F E B E N T G N U Y I L J V C O E G V W T G I R O I I U S E R M H H A D E T B L O C K T Y T H S C S U W Q C L V R W A U A E L I E D Z E S E D J O F B C S K E P L E J F E Q A L F S E E R A N A L R I G B E R R W F Z J O A K H D T C L O N G L R E D S I U B N E R S T K V T H G I L I W T C A B L E H P F C S T H C A S T N E S E R P M P F R U E S I O N U I Y G Y E T I H W I K N B F R A T N A S A L Capture life’s magical moments across all devices with the Samsung Evo Plus 256GB microSDXC memory card with SD adapter, offering read speeds of up to 100MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s. Samsung’s latest cards are also ultra-reliable and are water, temperature, X-ray and magnet proof, so shooting in the most challenging conditions isn’t an issue. We have one 256GB Samsung Evo Plus microSDXC card with SD adapter worth £51.99, for the eagle-eyed winner. Complete the word search below, and you’ll find one word in the list that’s not in the grid. Email us on with that word in the subject box by 9 January 2022. The correct answer to PN 92’s word search was ‘pals’, and the Samsung 256GB Evo Plus card was won by John Chippindale, Otley.

– the first four correct answers drawn at random after that date, win. There’s a first test featuring the VEO Adaptor S41 and R48 backpacks in this issue. The winner of the VEO 3GO 265HCB tripod featured in PN issue 92 was C Sharpley from Banbury. Thanks to everyone and good luck.

There are four models in Vanguard’s new VEO Adaptor backpack family: the VEO S41 at £99.99, S46 at £119.99, R44 at £99.99, and VEO R48 at £119.99 – each is available in black or grey. We have one of each to be won, and the winners can choose their preferred colour. The VEO S41 and S46 offer side access

to suit right – and left-handed photographers, while rear access is featured on the R44 and R48. All four bags offer excellent capacity, the latest materials, protection inserts and a multitude of pockets. They also have a USB-A port built-in, to keep your devices powered-up on the move. To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question: What size laptop is the R48 designed to accept?

A) 16in B) 18in C) 20in To enter, go to and follow the link. The closing date for entries is 30 December 2021

Enhance your landscapes Leading pros Mark Bauer and Ross Hoddinott give their tips on how to capture stunning vistas

PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER Mark Bauer and award-winning wildlife and landscape snapper Ross Hoddinott have collaborated to update their work The Art of Landscape Photography . Unlike many other publications on the same subject, this book tackles the issue of composition in great depth. It focuses on helping photographers capture meaning and emotion through a thorough overview of the composition principles and aesthetic design. The text assumes a good working knowledge of the technical basics and explores how technique is relevant to the aesthetic impact of images. Full of beautiful landscapes, The Art of Landscape Photography is led by visual examples, backed up by discussion of the compositional points they illustrate. All images featured in the book can be found at the back with a summary of the technical details, including camera, lens, ISO, shutter speed, aperture and filtration. This softback version is available now for £16.99.






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Looking to the future, the club decided to invest in some tech to maximise its offerings for members Axholme CC

us 24GB of data. So, for an outlay of £150, plus our Zoom account, we have probably the greatest flexibility possible for the next two years. It is an investment in securing an expanding directory of experiences for club members. “The ‘trial’ meeting saw 21 members and five guests attend, to view a live judging of the club’s second competition of the season. In future, members can now meet together, interact with, and discuss ideas and information collectively with national and international speakers and judges.” axholmecameraclub

AXHOLME CC HAS RETURNED to face-to-face meetings. However, eager to build on past experiences, the club decided action was needed to increase its digital events repertoire. “Wi-Fi at our meeting venue, Haxey Church Hall, is free, but it is too slow for large expositions and judging,” says Bob Fish, the club’s treasurer. “So, the committee decided to purchase a 4G router and subscribe to the Three Network. We bought a TP-link Archer AC1750, which cost around £90. The network connection through Three has prepaid data, which lasts two years – £60 buys

Calling all clubs With life gradually settling down to some form of normal, Photography News is looking to return to our free, pre-pandemic bulk-delivery service to clubs and societies

the size of club membership, this offer is for eight free copies per club – and it is up to clubs to have a library or sharing policy. If you want more than eight copies, this is possible. For a quote, please use the supplied email address. Club name Applicant’s club position Delivery address

Thanet PS deliveries of Photography News in bulk, offering free individual delivery, with the digital version on our website. THANKS TO ALL the camera clubs and photographic societies who have supported Photography News, and in particular Club News, during the pandemic. It has been a difficult and challenging time for us all, but there is light at the end of the tunnel – let’s hope no one turns it off. Early on, with clubs no longer meeting in person, we ceased free

However, with many clubs beginning to resume physical meetings once more, we are now exploring the potential of returning to bulk deliveries. If your club would like to be considered for free bulk delivery (available to mainland Britain addresses only), please send the following details to philipgray@ , and in the subject box add ‘PN Camera Club delivery’. Please note, regardless of

Thanks again for your support, and we look forward to hearing from you. Ware &District PS

NOVEMBER AT THANET PS began with the season’s second digital image open competition, with 81 images judged by Ian Howard. He had an eclectic mix of subjects to assess, and it was a challenge to select the best from each group. Chris West triumphed in group 2 with his Untitled image. Group 1 winner was John Draper with his stunning photograph of a young robin waiting to be fed, entitled Feeeeeeed me! (below).

Medal for his monochrome image entitled The Naughty Step; Bob Norris also received a Silver Medal for his colour print of On the Edge of the Chilterns; and Peter Milsom took a Gold Medal in the monochrome section, for his picture of Sam Kolek. Ware PS meets Wednesday at Thundridge Village Hall, Cambridge Road, Thundridge SG12 0TU.

Ware & District PS competed in the PAGB Inter-Club Print Competition at Smethwick on 24 October. There were 35 Clubs involved this year with 15 prints per Club. Ware came joint seventh with the Beyond Group – the last time Ware were in the top eight was in 2007. There were nearly 800 prints with eight awards, and Ware scooped three. Simon Jenkins got the Silver

WAREWINNERS Ware PS achieved seventh at this year's PAGB Inter-Club Print Competition and won three individual awards

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Multiply your photography Use WhiteWall’s multi-piece picture service to give your best images an exciting extra dimension. The result could be a perfect finishing touch to your living space or the ideal Christmas gift

LARGE FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY can have a bold effect. However, it can also quickly seem overpowering – especially in smaller rooms. In contrast, a multi-piece picture is much more understated and delicate. The image is divided into individual sections, creating an artistic feel. This makes its appearance more subtle, conveying lightness on the walls. Not all images are suitable for this, but the right photograph can result in a very special design. Multi-piece pictures put a different emphasis on the composition of a picture, in no small part due to the contrasting division of the image. The photo is cut precisely, so that no part of the work is lost. Multi-piece pictures are available in large format gallery quality at WhiteWall for many of the unframed laminations and prints, such as photo prints set behind acrylic glass, direct prints on Alu-Dibond, HD Metal Print, photo canvases and direct prints on Forex. In the configurator, under the ‘multi-piece option’, WhiteWall offers photographs as multi-piece pictures from a size of 13x18cm in the variants two-, three- or four-part, with a horizontal or vertical division. Six different shapes for multi-part images are available in a wide range of materials, including wall brackets. Check out the options on WhiteWall’s website. Double eye-catcher: a two-part photo | diptych Cleanly splitting a photo in two achieves a multitude of effects. Separating related pictorial elements is what brings the two-piece work into focus. Depending on the structure of the picture, the two- piece work can also emphasise one half of an image in particular, and change the way it is perceived (e.g. a brilliant multi-part image as a real photo print set behind acrylic glass with a depth effect).

Four-part image | a symmetrical multi-part work Displaying a photo as a four-part image is recommended for bringing more attention to the photograph, giving it greater depth. As a multi-piece work, the photo stands out from other images on the wall. It can be said that the larger a photo is – on canvas, Alu-Dibond or behind acrylic glass – the more it is enhanced by dividing it. Due to the symmetry of the

Working a whole new angle: redesigning multi-piece pictures Multi-piece pictures offer a variety of hanging options, in addition to the special aesthetics they convey. The sequence of the individual elements can be interchanged or hung with an offset in height. It is possible to achieve a special display by hanging the pieces in the corner of a room, offering an unusual perspective in every respect.

segments, the overall picture remains harmonious (e.g. a multi-part work on canvas in high-quality latex print, with especially rich colours).

Triptych | the classic among multi-part images Creating a photograph as a multi-piece work in three segments of equal size conveys a completely new impression. The image is clearly structured, yet remains one whole. Especially for landscape shots and close-ups, the distance left between the triptych provides additional tension within the image composition (e.g. a timeless multi-part work on Alu-Dibond for indoor and outdoor use, highly durable).

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Gear of the Year

THE PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS 2021 AWARDS We’re celebrating great kit and outstanding service in our annual PN Awards. Time is running out to get your votes in, so please visit our website and make your opinions count


INNOVATION DRIVES THE imaging industry, and photographers and videographers the world over reap the benefits. Whether you’re in need of megapixels, ultra-high ISOs or lightning-fast shutter speeds, there’s kit out there to satisfy you. Our awards are not just about cameras. We aim to recognise and celebrate all imaging gear – from lenses and filters, to bags, tripods and inkjet papers. The whole imaging process is covered. To get things moving, the experts at PN have shortlisted leading products for you to consider. We also have awards for the service sector of our wonderful industry. If you have enjoyed customer care above and beyond what you would normally expect, there are categories here, too. Voting is done online – go to our website and click on the ‘Awards’ link. You have until 5 January 2022 to cast your ballot, and there’s a chance to win a case of wine if you do. Closing date is 5 January 2022

BEST ENTHUSIAST MICRO FOURTHIRDS CAMERA For photographers who travel light, but don’t want to compromise image quality, lens options or handling, Micro Four Thirds cameras are compelling. Two big-name brands feature in this category.

BESTTOP-ENDMICRO FOURTHIRDS CAMERA If you thought Micro Four Thirds cameras weren’t for serious professionals, you’d be wrong, as our nominations testify. This is highly capable, fully featured kit, with astonishing image quality.

BEST ENTHUSIAST APS-CMIRRORLESS CAMERA The latest APS-C cameras deliver image quality comparable to full-frame models. If you need cutting-edge standards in a portable form, then this is the sector to check out. Our shortlist features eight magnificent models to choose from.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II

Fujifilm X-T30 II

Olympus E-M10 Mark IV

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

Canon EOS M50 Mark II

Nikon Z fc

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III

Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Panasonic Lumix DC-G95

Fujifilm X-E4

Nikon Z 50

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II

Panasonic Lumix G100

Fujifilm X-S10

Sony ZV-E10

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Cameras continued

BESTTOP-ENDAPS-C MIRRORLESS CAMERA For those wanting the most flexibility and best performance, our four leading contenders are worth looking at. Advanced autofocusing, durability and video recording skills are core features, separating the top-end from the chasing pack.

BEST ENTHUSIAST FULL-FRAMEMIRRORLESS CAMERA You don’t have to go to the upper echelons of the full-frame camera market for exceptional performance and image quality. Here is our selection of models that offer plenty of bang for your buck, whatever the photographic genre you most like to shoot.

BESTTOP-END FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA This is, without doubt, the most competitive category, with camera brands pulling out all the stops when it comes to groundbreaking image quality and impressive shooting speeds. With so many brilliant products nominated, it is certain to be a close-run contest.

Nikon Z 7II

Canon EOS R6

Panasonic Lumix S5

Fujifilm X-Pro3

Canon EOS R3

Panasonic Lumix S1R

Leica SL2-S

Sigma fp L

Fujifilm X-T4

Canon EOS R5

Sony A7R Mark IVA

Nikon Z 5

Sony A7C

Leica CL

Sony A6600

Nikon Z 6II

Zeiss ZX1

Leica M10-R

Sony A1

BEST DSLR CAMERA The DSLR market remains strong, despite the activity in mirrorless. If you’re after value for money, this is where you’ll find it – and it is tried and tested technology, too. These are the best cameras around at the moment, if your preference is for optical viewfinders.

BEST BRIDGE/COMPACT CAMERA Most people have camera phones, so compact cameras aren’t what they were when film ruled the roost. But our shortlist has a sublime selection, producing fine images thanks to great sensors.

Leica V-Lux 5

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III

Leica Q2

Ricoh GR IIIx

Canon EOS 90D

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II

Nikon Coolpix P950

Sony RX100 VII

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Fujifilm X100V

Panasonic Lumix ZS80

Sony ZV-1

Nikon D6

BESTMEDIUMFORMAT CAMERA Medium format digital photography is not for everyone, but it is more accessible than ever. If image quality is of paramount importance, these are the cameras to look at – the best of the best.

BEST CAMERAPHONE More pictures are taken on camera phones than any imaging device, and the latest have staggering image capturing skills – both stills and video. Oh, and they are pretty handy for keeping in touch with family and friends, too.

Nikon D780

Nikon D850

Fujifilm GFX 50S II

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Pentax K-1 Mark II

Fujifilm GFX 100S

Google Pixel 4a

Sony Xperia 1 III

Pentax 645Z

Pentax K-3 Mark III

Hasselblad 907X 50C

Huawei P40 Pro+

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Rapid, Easy to use, has the ULTIMATE 100MM FILTER SYSTEM arrived?

Kase UK Partner Mike Prince trials the latest

I’ve been fortunate to be able to try out a brand new Kase Armour Filter system over the past couple of weeks and it’s been an immensely positive experience. One of the reasons I moved to Kase from another were clearly responsive to feedback from users. The Armour system is yet another example of that iterative process where suggestions are listened too, considered and used to fuel the development process. The result is an enhancement on an already exceptional system. The Armour system combines much of the simplicity of the increasingly popular round magnetic systems with the ability to integrate 100x150mm

What we know of the whole design process is that by and large, the slimmest, simplest designs are the best. However, as always, the real proof of the I have no hesitation in recommending this in two ways. Firstly I’m going to give it an unreservedly landscape photography, I cannot fault this new system. It is a superb piece of kit that achieves all of the objectives and manages to improve on an already superb product. Secondly over the coming months, I’ll be spending my own money to completely transition over to a fully magnetic Kase Armour kit, which I will extend further as they almost inevitably announce additional products. I can’t recommend more highly than to invest my own money. In my view this is, by some the market today.

really is quite exceptional. The same process is No more checking that they are in their intended Heavy rain and high winds made for challenging conditions and compressed photography into brief windows of opportunity. Whenever the need simplicity of the new system was unmatched. When the rain did break through my defences, the hydrophobic coating made wiping much There are times when a calm measure approach to photography is ideal and times when speed equipment choices are critical. Poor choices are found wanting very quickly indeed. I was delighted attached and changed. I’ve never used anything as quick. I’m always a little hesitant when any product gains weight, bulk and apparent complexity.

of both worlds.

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The Armour holder is a completely new design and before going any further, I think it is a thing of engineering beauty. Very well designed and exquisitely put together. It works and it feels just right. It retains the familiar small red wheel on the left to rotate a polariser. The heritage is as clear as the progression. system, I took an exceptional step and committed to using the new system on a trip to Scotland the following week. Normally I’d not think of using local testing but I was so impressed with this equipment that I broke the rule of a lifetime and

Standing on a hillside in Assynt and drawing the the magnetic ring for fast accurate contact to be made. It is all but snatched from the user’s hand.

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BESTWIDE-ANGLE LENS Fast apertures and super-wide fields of view are the keywords here. Our shortlist of primes and zooms is a who’s who of wide-angle lenses – which one do you think is the best money can buy?

 BEST STANDARD LENS There’s nothing ‘standard’ in our line-up of mostly primes. While these incredible optics give a view comparable to that of the human eye, their ability to deliver super- sharp images and make the most of the latest sensors is beyond question.

Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 25mm f/1.2 Pro

Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD

Fujifilm XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR

Panasonic Lumix S 50mm f/1.8

Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF

Irix 45mm f/1.4 Dragonfly

Panasonic Lumix Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 Asph OIS

Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4

 BESTTELEPHOTO LENS Beloved by action, portrait and wildlife photographers, telephoto lenses are essential for many. There is always demand for high performance at the wider aperture values. Our list is rich with superb optics.

 BEST SUPERZOOM LENS The concept of one lens for everything lives on: the modern superzoom is impressive at any focal length. These optics manage this in compact body forms, at attractive prices, too.

Canon RF 100- 500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro

Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD

Nikon Z 24-200mm f4-6.3 VR

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12- 200mm f/3.5-6.3

Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM

Samyang AF 75mm f/1.8 FE

Tokina atx-m 56mm f/1.4 X

Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

Samyang AF 12mm f/2 E

Fujifilm GF80mm f/1.7 R WR

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS Sports

Tokina SZX 400mm f/8 Reflex MF

Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM

Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM

Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD

Fujifilm XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR

Samyang AF 24mm f/1.8 FE

Fujifilm XF70-300mm f/4-5.6 R LM OIS WRS

Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS

Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4

Fujifilm XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Fujifilm GF30mm f/3.5 R WR

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art

Leica DG Vario- Summilux 25-50mm f/1.7 ASPH

Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD

Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH Power OIS

Irix 45mm f/1.4 GFX

Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 G Master

 BEST MACRO LENS Getting in close, to achieve life-size (or even greater) magnifications demands special skills, and macro lenses are specially formulated to deliver their best performance with subjects near to the camera. Here’s a selection of the most remarkable macro lenses on the market.

Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S

Tamron 11-20mm f/2.8 Di III-A RXD

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm f/4 Pro

Tokina atx-m 23mm f/1.4 X

Canon RF 100mm f/2.8 Macro IS USM

Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN Macro

Voigtländer 110mm f/2.5 Macro Apo-Lanthar

Panasonic Lumix S 24mm f/1.8

Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4

Fujifilm XF80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro

Nikon Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S

Tokina FíRIN 100mm f/2.8 FE Macro


 BESTTRIPOD: ALLOY When it comes to tripods, alloy models offer the best value for money, since they are cheaper than their carbon fibre relatives – and there’s a great choice of available models. Stability rates highly, and some photographers prefer alloys for staying power. In any case, with two tripod categories, both types are recognised for their particular strengths.

 BESTTRIPOD: CARBON FIBRE When it comes to portability, carbon fibre tripods are the business. The downside is that models can be more costly than their alloy counterparts. That has changed over time, though: the differential is much less pronounced than it used to be.

Leofoto Poseidon LP-324C

3LT Legends Nicky

Manfrotto Befree GT XPro Carbon

3LT Punks Patti

Manfrotto 190XPro Aluminium 4-section

Benro Tortoise TTOR34C+GX35

Novo Mantis T3

Benro Bat 15A + VX20

Slik Pro CF-734

Bexin BX285C

Peak Design travel tripod

Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel Tripod (Aluminium)

Vanguard VEO 3+ 263AT

K&F Carbon Professional DSLR SA254C1

Vanguard VEO 3T+ 264CB

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