Photography News Issue 53

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V F Z O U F G Y Z V E W I M A G E S K Y S G O E J J E N T R Y T A A L X H C A E B Y R T V I A H K A S Y Z E S C L S L I T R C I P H L W S L E B C P A X S E C C K E C I Z E E D H E C S T S T T B T N Z I X R E G Z U O O A T E A E B L G Q R R T F F E T Y O P C J E S W O K L O E O M V X Y O O D I J J I T A S B H D W F N Z Y B H S B S N Y L E R F L Q L N X D T E P A R K I N G L Y A L P S I D L I K Capture life’s magical moments across all devices with the Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC memory card with SD adapter offering read speeds 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 magnetic proof, so shooting in the most challenging conditions isn’t an issue. We have one 128GB Samsung EVO Plus microSDXC card with SD adapter worth £78.99 for the eagle-eyedwinner. Complete theword search below, and you’ll find oneword in the list that’s not in the grid. Email us on puzzle@photographynews.co.uk with that word in the subject boxby8April 2018and thewinnerwill be randomlydrawn fromall correct entries received. The correct answer to PN51’s wordsearch was Ultra and the Samsung 128GB PRO+ cardwas won byAmit Roy fromEssex. samsung.com/uk/memory-cards A Samsung memory card! WIN!

Editor’s letter Hurrah for lots of new stuff

PN thrives on new products. Without new stuff we’d have nothing to write about and test, and as not much has happened in the past few months the office kit cupboard is bare. All that has changed though with new cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Pentax and Sony plus lenses from Tamron, Samyang and Zeiss. I’ve already had a play with one new arrival, the Fujifilm X-H1. Well, it was more than a play and I got to spend a day in Lisbon shooting with it. The X-H1 in some ways is not a radical advance from the popular X-T2 and both share the same CMOS X-Trans 24.3-megapixel sensor and FujifilmX Pro Processor; yet there are significant andworthwhile improvements. The X-H1 has gained an in-body five-axis image stabiliser (IBIS) with up to 5.5EVbenefit depending on the lens. Its body is even more robust thanks to its magnesium alloy casing being 25% thicker and it has gained greater video functionality. Add an electronic front shutter curtain, better flicker-defeating skills, a higher-res EVF and improved AF, and the X-H1 is a formidable machine. As anX-T2ownermyself andwithFujifilm’s incomparable record of using firmware updates to bring new features to older models, I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ll get to enjoy some of the X-H1’s features in due course. For example, I was very impressed with the new camera’s AF. I know subject tracking is meant to be better than the X-T2’s but just for all- round shooting, the X-H1’s AF seemed very, very slick. One feature that won’t find its way on to the X-T2 is the X-H1’s AF-ON button. You can set the X-T2 up to give the same functionality but the small AE-L/AF-L buttons are not so good to use. The X-H1’s dedicated, slightly larger, more pronounced AF-ON button is ideal. You might find it odd that despite all the cutting edge technology packed into the X-H1, it’s a single button I choose to highlight. The thing is, though, I almost always use the AF-ON button when I shoot with DSLRs so finding a good one on a mirrorless camera gives it an extra appeal. Of course it’s the whole package to consider when making a buying decision but nevertheless, it is attention to handling detail like this that might encourage more DSLR users to go mirrorless. If your camera has an AF-ON button and you’ve not discovered its benefits yet, I urge

IMAGE: Fujifilm’s latest release, theX-H1.

you to give it a try, especially if you like off- centre, wide-aperture shooting. It just means that with focus on the thumb and not on the shutter release, focus stays put when you take the shot. We have a two-page in-depth look at the Fujifilm X-H 1 in this issue and a full test will appear very soon. Before then, though, is The Photography Show where you will get the chance to see for yourself the X-H1 and loads of other new stuff. For example, Elinchrom will be exhibiting their newELB 500TTL kit.We’ve been testing it and found it compact, powerful, versatile and really lovely to use, so worth a look if you’re thinking of investing in portable flash I know photo exhibitions like TPS have historically been gear fests – and TPS is not radically different in that respect – but the organisers have made huge strides in making this show an opportunity to learn and be inspired, so the show is much more of a rounded imaging experience. I’m there for all four days on the Photography News stand but I will no doubt slope off to check out what’s new in the show. So, if you are reading this before (or at) TPS please come along to our stand in the food gallery area and say hello. We look forward to seeing you there.

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