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Panasonic’s dynamic duo Announced last year, Panasonic’s S series is on sale from March and is the brand’s first foray into the full-frame mirrorless market

TheOlympusOM-DE-M1Xis the latestMicroFour Thirds marvel, with headline features such as an integral vertical handgrip, advanced autofocus, intelligent subject AF tracking and custom AF point selection. This 20.4-megapixel camera features dual image processors for faster performance in key areas, including start-up, sequence shooting and support for two UHS-II SD cards. Body price of the OM-D E-M1X is £2799.99. Turn to page 3 for more news and page 24 for a detailed first look at the Olympus OM-D E-M1X. Olympus goes large

Panasonic has entered the full- frame mirrorless market with two cameras: the S1R and the S1, which both use the Leica- developed L-mount. The two cameras are the same externally, so handle identically, but there are significant differences in terms of specification and price. The S1R body has a guide price of £3399.99 and the S1 guide price is £2199.99. Aimed at both professional and enthusiast photographers, the two Panasonic models boast state-of- the-art features for taking stills and shooting video. The S1R has the highest resolution of any current full- frame camera. Its CMOS, optical low-pass filter-free sensor turns in 47.3 megapixels, while the S1 sensor delivers 24.2 megapixels. Both models have new Venus Engine image processors and high-speed, precision autofocus

that uses artificial intelligence to aid performance and works in light levels as low as -6EV. AI technology can detect subject type (humans, cats, dogs and birds) and can anticipate movement patterns to help the AF track the subject. Other key features include in- body image stabilisation, high- resolution electronic viewfinder, high-res mode, class-leading video settings and rugged build. Three lenses have also been announced that use the Leica- developed L-mount: the Lumix S Pro 50mm F1.4, Lumix S Pro 70-200mm F4 OIS and Lumix S 24-105mm F4 Macro OIS. They are priced at £2299, £1749 and £1299, respectively. For more news turn to page 3 and for a hands-on report of the Lumix S1R, see page 30.

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S is for specialist

Panasonic’s much anticipated full- frame mirrorless system has finally made its entrance with two cameras, the S1 and S1R, and three L-mount lenses, a 50mm f/1.4, 24-105mm f/4 and a 70-200mm f/4. In terms of design and handling the two cameras are the same but of course there are feature differences. The S1 has a 24.2-megapixel sensor, ISOup to 51,200without expansion, more video options and it is priced at £2199.99 body only. By comparison the S1R weighs in with an awesome 47.3-megapixels, the most yet seen on a full-frame camera, a top ISO of 25,600 and it’s priced at £3399.99 body only. Panasonic makes much of its no compromise approach when designing the S series and there is a long, impressive list of features that are shared by the two cameras. Both have a 5.76-million dot OLED LVF that is almost like an optical finder and offers three magnifications, 0.78x, 0.74x and 0.7x. There is five axis in-body image stabilisation with a 5.5EV benefit and this goes up to 6EV when used with Lumix S lenses with OIS. Nice points of design include a lock lever that stops functions – that you can choose – being changed in error and an eight-way focus joystick so accessing focus points can be done diagonally, not just up/ down and across. Two card slots – SD and XQD – are featured with CFexpress compatibility due soon. The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is the first of a new camera family that will run alongside the existing and popular OM-D E-M1 Mark II. They share many family characteristics and that includes the same 20.4-megapixel Micro Four Thirds Live MOS sensor. However, in the E-M1X there are two TruePic VIII image processors for even better camera responsiveness, performance and the ability to take handheld high- res shots. The most obvious physical difference between the two cameras is the E-M1X’s integral handgrip and the controls for horizontal shooting are mirrored for intuitive vertical shooting. The handgrip is also ergonomically

in-camera to give a high megapixel

Three S lenses

One of the camera’s many innovative highlights is its AF system. This uses 121 points in an 11x11 grid and how you use these is up to you. All of them, single point and zone are common options but on the E-M1X you can customise your own grid. So, to suit a particular subject type, you can have a 3x9 pattern or 7x3 and then save that for quick access when you need it. It is very neat. The AF also has subject tracking so you can set trains, planes or motor sports and the AI technology in the system will recognise and track the subject. We got the chance to spend some time with a pre-production sample of the OM-D E-M1X, See page 24 for our hands-on report. Three L-mount lenses have been introduced for the S series,the Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4, Lumix S Pro 70-200mm f/4 OIS and the Lumix S 24-105mm f/4 Macro OIS, priced at £2299.99, £1745.99 and £1299.99 respectively. All three are dust- and splash-proof and will continue to perform in temperatures as low as -10°C. The 50mmf/1.4 is a substantial lens with a 13 element in 11 group construction that includes two aspherical lenses and three extra-low dispersion elements. An 11-bladed diaphragm gives great looking bokeh. This is an expensive lens but it promises to be a cutting-edge performer. Covering core standard focal lengths is the 24-105mm f/4. It’s an optic featuring 16 elements in 13 groups with two

aspherical lenses and two extra- low dispersion elements to defeat chromatic aberration. The integral OIS gives a 6EV benefit working with the camera’s IBIS system. Close focusing of 30cm allows half-lifesize magnification. The longest current S lens is the 70-200mm f/4 OIS and it boasts 23 elements in 17 groups with a single aspherical lens and three extra-low dispersion lenses to minimise chromatic aberration and maximise sharpness. With OIS this lens is also compatible with Panasonic’s five-axis Dual IS 2 system. Panasonic’s lens roadmap features a 24-70mm f/2.8, 70- 200mm f/2.8 and 16-35mm f/4, plus two teleconverters this year. Leica and Sigma are also launching compatible lenses.

Autofocusing performed by Panasonic’s DFD technology and a contrast detect system that can achieve AF in light levels as low as -6EV and it's silent. Focus acquisition and tracking is enhanced with artificial intelligence that can recognise humans, cats, dogs and birds. Face and eye AF is also featured. For action shooting the S1/S1R is capable of shooting at a rate of 9fps in AFS or 6fps with continuous focusing. The 6K Photo mode allows bursts of 18-megapixel JPEGs at 30fps and 4K Photo shoots sequences at 30 or 60fps with eight- megapixel resolution. Both cameras have high res shot mode, where the camera takes eight shots, the sensor moving between each of them and the results merged is

file. The S1 gives 96-megapixel images in this mode while the S1R gives a massive 187-megapixel resolution– theRawfiles are around 350MB and open up to 16,736x11,168 pixel files. If your interest lies more in shooting video the S1 can shoot 4k at 60/50p 4:2:0 in 8-bit directly to the SD or XQD card and 4:2:2 colour sampling is available via HDMI. An upgrade due this year will unlock the option to record 4K 60/50p 4:2:2 10-bit via HDMI and 30p/25p/24p in 4:2:2 10-bit internally. The S1R can shoot 4k resolution at up to 60/50p but with pixel binning so quality won't be quite as high as the S1. We got the chance to use the S-system at the launch in Barcelona and our first look is on page 30. powerbank – a suitable one can recharge batteries in two hours. The extra-tough body is dust, splash and freeze proof and this level of protection is maintained even when a remote cable, headphones or microphones are connected to the body. The shutter is designed to have a minimum 400,000 actuation life and heat dissipation when shooting long sequences or filming keeps the body cool. The very effective Olympus sensor cleaning system that uses the Super Sonic Wave Filter has been improved further. The SSWF has a special coating and vibrates at 30,000 times per second to give an even better cleaning performance.

Olympus kicks off its centenary in style

In commemoration of its centenary, Olympus has introduced a silver, limited edition OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Only 2000 of these cameras will be released worldwide. The silver OM- E-M1 will costs £1499.99, exactly the same as the regular black version of this popular camera. In terms of functions and features thetwomodelsareidenticalsoyouget five-axis in-body image stabilisation with up to 6.5EV of benefit, 18fps sequential shooting with AE/AF tracking and a rugged body that is dust, splash and freeze proof. Images are produced by a 20.4-megapixel Live MOS sensor working with a TruePic VIII processor 2019isnotjustOlympus’centenary: it is also ten years since the launch of its first Micro Four Thirds camera, the PEN E-P1. The MFT format has grown and grown in popularity and is widely used by enthusiast and professional photographers alike whowant excellent image quality but without the bulk of larger-format kit. Happy 100th

designed to be comfortable and secure and the extra space allows the fitting of two BLH-1 batteries which allows up to 2580 shots on one charge. And when your power starts getting low you can charge the camera batteries via a USB

Olympus has added to its flash system line-up with the FL-700WR, Wireless Commander FC-WR and Wireless Receiver FR-WR, priced at £329.99, £279.99 and £179.99 respectively. All of these products are available in store now.

The FL-700WR has a GN of 42 and recharges in 1.5secs after a full manual burst. Naturally it is packed with great features: front and rear curtain sync, TTL flash mode, auto zoom covering a 12-75mm range and tilting head for bounce flash. There

is also Super FP flash mode for shooting at shutter speeds faster than the X-sync speed. Features such as high-res shot mode, focus stacking and focus bracketing which are included on the OM-D E-M1X and E-M1 Mark II can be used with this flashgun.

Off-camera flash shooting is made easier with the Wireless Commander FC-WR and you can control three groups and an unlimited number of flashguns from the camera. Its robust build gives reliable performance in demanding situations.


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Make more of your telephotos with these two new Teleplus HD teleconverters from Kenko. The Teleplus HD pro 1.4x DGX and pro 2x DGX are available for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts and offer a compact, low-cost way of extending the effective focal length of your long lenses. The converters feature extra elements comparedwithprevious models and improvedmulti-layer, anti-reflection coatings help to maintain the high optical quality of the lenses you use themwith. Contacts in the converters also ensure efficient communication between the lens and camera body so you get full EXIF data recorded on your files. These new converters are available now from £219 to £269. Fujifilm’s latest lens addition to its GFX medium format system is the GF 100-200mm f/5.6 R LMOIS WR. This constant aperture telezoom gives a 35mm focal length equivalent of 79-158mm and featuresweather-resistant build, optical image stabilizer and is compatible with the GF 1.4x WR teleconverter – the lens becomes a 111-221mm lens with this in place. Its optical design includes 20 elements in 13 groups and that includes two super ED elements and one aspherical lens to maixmise optical quality. Autofocus is handled by a linear motor for silent, fast and accurate operation. The lens is priced at £1799 and will be available this February. Fujifilm go long

Not long to go now until one of the photographic events of the year; there’s still time to order discounted entry tickets and book your spot at the stunning selection of events and talks over the four days. On the Super Stage on the first dayof the show, for example,wehave talks by Magnum photographer Martin Parr (above centre) and Pete Souza, former chief official White House photographer for President Obama. Tickets cost £12 (in addition to the entrance fee) for each talk. Then on the Sunday there’s Moose Peterson (above right), world-renowned wildlife image maker who is now working on his passion for aviation photography. His talk gives an insight into his journey. Tickets are again £12. There is plenty happening that doesn’t cost any extra. On the Great

Outdoors, Photo Live and Wedding & Portrait stages, there is an incredible line-up of speakers and these events are free. Check out the website for the latest line-up of speakers and demos. The Video Show makes its debut alongside this year’s The Photography Show, and here too there is a stellar line-up of speakers and events. Rick Bronks is an expert on broadcast TV, known for shooting and editing on mobile devices, and now heads up a creative agency while Carys Kaiser – aka the Drone lass – will be talking about how she uses drones in storytelling and the extra dimension they can bring to video footage. The In Motion theatre and Video Live stages will be the

dedicated stages for video talks and demonstrations and these are free. Again, go to the website to see what’s on. Finally, Photography News will be there too, so please swing by and collect the latest issue and have a chat with the magazine team.

Order your tickets now and you can claim a 25% discount off standard adult single-day tickets. Go the website and use the promo code PNEWSTPS19*.

Terms and conditions Discount applies to standard adult tickets and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, including concession prices and multi-day/group tickets. *A concession discount is available using code PNEWSTPS19C. Both discounts apply to new bookings only and expire on 13 March 2019. Professional photographers can apply for free entry to the show, subject to verification at point of registration.

Extend it with Kenko Scan it quick

If youhave piles of precious family snapshots the Epson FastFoto FF- 680W offers a quick solution to turn them into digital files that can be instantly shared and safely stored for posterity. It is a vertical scanner with a small footprint that can deal with prints from9x13cmup to 21x91cm panoramas and automatically scans the back of the print too so any notes will be recorded. Documents can also be scanned. It can be hardwired to the computer or used wirelessly via Wi-Fi and scans can be directly uploaded to Google Drive or Dropbox. Files can be saved as

JPEG or TIF, there is a choice of resolutions with 600dpi the highest optical setting and the software can improve your scans. You will have also guessed from its name that it is quick, with a scan rate of 30 prints in

30 seconds. We have a First Test of the FastFoto FF-680W in this issue and that is a claimwe tested. The Epson FastFoto FF-680W costs £549.99.

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Samsung drives

Free softwarewithX-Rite X-Rite has teamed up with Serif to offer a free Affinity Photo software licence worth £48.99 with selected products. This award-winning, Pro, i1PhotographerKit and i1Studio. X-Rite’s range of colour management products offers simple but very effective workflow solutions to help deliver professional quality images time after time.

Samsung has introduced a new set of USB 3.1 flash drives. The DUO Plus range is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes and priced at £17, £21, £31 and £56 respectively. The Duo design means you have two drives in one so they can be used on devices with standard USB-A and USB-C ports and are backwards compatible to USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.

These neat drives work with Windows, MacOS, Linux and Android devices, with read speeds of up to 300MB/s and write speeds of 80MB/s.

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Sony’s next gen

The Sony A6400 is an APS-C, 24.2-megapixel camera with a very advanced autofocusing system which includes real-time eye AF, 425 phase- and contrast-detect AF points covering 84% of the image area and real-time tracking. Oh, with 0.02sec acquisition time, it’s also the world’s fastest AF.

The sensor is paired with an upgraded BIONZ X processor for high image quality even at high ISOs – the top ISO is 32,000 but this can be expanded to 102,400 for still shooting. For video, the A6400 offers 4K 3840x2160 internal recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning so you get 2.4x the amount of data needed for 4K and this is oversampled for extra depth and clarity. The A6400 costs £949 body only, £999 with the 16-50mm powerzoom and £1299 with the 18-135mm lens.

The Vanguard Mini tripod range offers pocket-sized support solutions for cameras and smartphones. Available in champagne gold, rose gold, black and white. The Mini is less than 18cm when folded andweighs 155g. It comes with a smartphone adapter. The Mini is priced at £34.99. Support in your pocket

Longand longer

Nikon’s two latest Coolpix bridge cameras are packedwith powerful features but it is their lenses that grab the headlines. The A1000 has a 35x optical zoom giving a 35mm format focal length equivalent of 24-840mm – the Dynamic Fine Zoom increases this to 1680mm. If you want even more pulling power the B600 has a 60x optical zoom giving

an equivalent of 24-1440mm and 2880mm with Dynamic Fine Zoom. Both cameras use a 16-megapixel back-side illuminated sensor, feature SnapBridge for easy image sharing and video capability. The A1000 costs £409 and the B5600 £329.

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WEX has announced Dan Portch as the WEX Photographer of the Year 2019 contest. Over 15,000 images were received during 2018 in a bid to win the overall title and the top prize of £1500 in WEX Photo Video vouchers. Second place and a £500 voucher goes to David Hixon from Brixham, Devon, while Verity Milligan from Birmingham landed the third place honour and a £250 voucher. WEX winner Photo Video

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Pentax lensduo Ricoh Imaging has introduced two HD Pentax-FA lenses. The 35mm f/2 is priced at £399.99 and this compact lens is ideal for everyday use. Designed for Pentax’s APS-C format cameras is the 11-18mm f/2.8 ED DC AWultra-wide zoom with a f/2.8 constant aperture. This has a price tag of £1399.99. Both lenses are available now.

the chance to win an X-Rite anniversary bundle worth £500 that include an i1 Studio. To enter you have to upload an image of the Passport Photo in action and explainwhere the picture was taken. Entry closes 24 February at 23.59pm and the winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be announced 1 March and some of the best entries will be featured in a display at this year’s The Photography Show, 16 to 19 March.

LimitedLeica The Leica M10-P and 50mm f/2 Summicron are available in olive green Safari as limited editions. Only 1500 units will be available. The Safari body costs £6900 and the 50mm f/2 is £2300.

Philips go pro The Philips 499P9H Brilliance is a super-wide 32:9 LCD monitor aimed at today’s pro image maker. This curved display with a 5120x1440 resolution is the equivalent to two full-size 27in monitors so you can spread out images you are working on and multiple apps open at the same time.

The price of the new Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens has been confirmed at £1099.99. Canon EF, Nikon F and Sigma mounts are available now with the arrival of the Sony E-mount to be confirmed in due course. Sigma 28mm price confirmed

Philips HDR 400 technology gives great colour performance and can deal with a wide contrast range, while a built-in USB 3.1 docking station with power delivery helps ensure a fast workflow. The Philips 499P9H is available at £989.

Hasselbladupdate Firmware update 1.22 for the X1D-50C adds support for new XCD lenses, a new exposure bracketing option and new custombuttons among other things.


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Take it to theMaxima

FujifilmCrystalArchiveProfessional Maxima is a new silver halide photo paper for the commercial printing market. It has been formulated especially for the fine art market and for use in the high-end gallery and museum sector. Image lifespan is 40% better than current photo products, it has an increased colour gamut and improved maximum density giving outstanding shadow detail and rich blacks. Maxima is available in matt or glossy and in a full range of roll sizes. To show the quality of Maxima, there’s a Fujifilm-sponsored exhibition in London. Entitled God has no favourites , the show features the work of portrait and documentary photographer Lauren Forster, printed by London lab Bayeaux. “My mother was diagnosed with inoperable secondary brain cancer in 2016 but both my parents agreed that I should do my best to create a visual record that would capture the strength of the family unit in crisis,” says Lauren. “It’s the hardest and saddest thing I have ever done in my life but we all wanted it to be seen more as a celebration of her life. My photography enables me to explore things I don’t understand.” God has no favourites is on until 22 March at the Salvation Army Gallery, 101 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4.

TheRPSopens inBristol

The Photographic Society’s centre in Bristol has just opened. Situated in the Paintworks creative quarter, close to the city centre, the new facility has a 101-seat auditorium, an exhibition space and an education and resource centre. “Our building brings a public exhibition space back to the RPS for the first time since 2001, so that it can show the best of photography to inspire and excite the public,” says the RPS’s chief operating officer, Mike Taylor. The centre’s first exhibition is the RPS’s 161st annual Royal

International Photography Exhibition featuring 100 images from 54 photographers. Entrance to RPS members is free. For an adult it is £7,;concessions (students, over 65s and registered Blue Badge holders) £5; family (two adults, two children) £18. The gallery is open: Thursday 10am to 6pm, Friday 11am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm. It’s closed Monday to Wednesday and other facilities are open by appointment only. The full address is 337 Paintworks, Bristol, BS4 3AR.

Online learning club Foto-Buzz is looking formemberswhowant to develop their photography. Run by pro photographers Andrew James and Jon Adams, Foto-Buzz helps photographers of all levels improve their photography. Key Foto-Buzz benefits include articles, image critiques, podcasts, video tutorials on camera and Photoshop skills, photo challenges and chat. Members are able to write their own blogs, upload photos and generally interact. Andrew and Jon organise extra workshops and meet-ups so that people can get together in Get the buzz

the real world as well as online. “Many of our members also belong to local camera clubs but enjoy the fact that Foto-Buzz is always there with an answer, an idea or a new challenge to keep them inspired,” explains Andrew.

To join Foto-Buzz, go to the website and use the special code LUCKY01 when signing up for 10% off a twelve- month membership.


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Welshot Photographic Academy is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a special free event on 6 April at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Chester. Olympus UK, London Camera Exchange, Permajet and Will Cheung, PN ’s editor will be present on the day. Activities include: live portrait demos withOlympus ambassador GavinHoey; mains flash lighting, off camera and macro workshops; and a photographic treasure hunt. There will be a prize draw for everyone who attends. Olympus will have its range of cameras on show including the amazing OM-D E-M1X, while PermaJet will have its product range available to buy. The event is free but it is essential that you book to confirm your place on the website below. Happy 10th Imaging

Lucky 13

13 have been shortlisted for the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Open and Youth contests. Well done to the 12 photographers (Michele Allan, Richard Ansett, Neil Burnell, Nick Edwards, Dean Grossmith, Sean Hayes, Tracey Lund, Christopher Madden, Shaun Mills, Dan Portch, Chun Kit Kevin So and Remy Whiting in the Open category and one (Emma Last) in the Youth category. British photographers

This year’s Awards attracted 326,997 entries from 195 countries so you can appreciate that to be shortlisted is an impressive achievement. The images will be featured in the 2019 SWPA exhibition at London’s Somerset House 18 April to 6 May. The ten Open category winners will be announced on 26 February with the overall Open and Youth winners revealed on 17 April.

The RPS North Wales region is hosting a talk by multi award-winning pro photographer Rachael Talibart. Her coastal pictures have been exhibited internationally and her Sirens portfolio attracted global acclaim. Her talk takes place at Craig-y-Don Community Centre, Llandudno LL30 1TE at 2pm on 11 May. The price for RPS members is £10 and £14 for non members. Book on the RPS website, address below. Where land meets sea north-wales


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Camera club news If your club has any news you want to share with the world, these are the pages for it. Your story might be about your club’s success in a contest, or a member’s personal achievements; it could be about a group outing you had recently or when the annual exhibition is on show. Any news is eligible for inclusion, so club publicity officers please take note of the submission guidelines (right) and get your stories in

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Deadline for the next issue: 4March 2019

We need words and pictures by 4 March 2019 for the next issue of Photography News , which will be available from 12 March 2019. If you want to submit, follow these guidelines: y y Write your story in 250 words or fewer. Include the club’s website, meeting times, what the event is, opening times, entrance costs – anything relevant. y y We need an image for every story. JPEGs, 2000 pixels max on the longest dimension, any colour space, credits should be included in your text. y y We DO NOT use posters or images with words on the image front. y y Before the above deadline, attach the text document and JPEGs to an email and send to

Young photographers appeal for equipment

We’re always keen to receive club submissions. To help with the planning and timing of submissions, here are the publication and deadline dates for the next few issues of Photography News . Issue 64, out from 12 March Deadline for contributions: 4 March Issue 65, out from 16 April Deadline for contributions: 7 April Issue 66, out from 14 May Deadline for contributions: 3 May Issue 67, out from 18 June Deadline for contributions: 10 June Issue 68, out from 16 July Deadline for contributions: 8 July Issue 69, out from 13 August Deadline for contributions: 5 August Helpful dates

George Abbot, one of the highest performingstateschools,isappealing for donations of photographic equipment after a fire destroyed its photography department. The school is seeking SLR film cameras and darkroom equipment, including enlargers, timers, easels and print trays. It’s also setting up a temporary photographic studio on- site and is seeking studio equipment. Head of photography, Kirsty Ferguson, said: “Although digital Earl Shilton CC is pleased to announce an evening with renowned landscape photographer, Charlie Waite. The event take places on 29 May at The Mary Forryan Centre, Hinckley, Leicestershire. The evening will commence at 7.30pm, with the doors opening at 7pm. During the first half, Charlie will talk about his techniques and photography skills. After the interval, he will exhibit and talk about some of his images There will be a raffle, with the first prize being a signed, boxed print by Charlie Waite. Further prizes related to photography will be available on the night. Tickets are now on sale and cost £12. Buy online through the club’s website – just follow the Charlie Waite link.

photography is very much part of the curriculum, we believe that darkroom photography is integral to the students’ understanding of photographic art and practice.” Andy Friend-Smith, a member of Guildford Photographic Society whose children attend the school, spread word of the appeal among the Surrey photographic community and the response was immediate. Ferguson reported that there have been many donations of SLRs

from various eras, a few enlargers and some darkroom equipment. However, more of everything is still needed. “So few of the students now have access toa filmcameraoutside school that this is a valuable opportunity to build up a bank of SLRs that can be lent to students outside the school day,” explained Ferguson. Friend-Smith added: “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of bothourGuildfordclubmembersand

the wider Surrey photo community. My very sincere thanks to all.” GeorgeAbbot has over 200pupils studying photography at GCSE and 40 at A level. To donate funds or equipment to the school, please contact development officer, Jane Friend, on 01483 888000 or email: jfriend@ Or contact head of photography, Kirsty Ferguson, by email: kferguson@

Earl ShiltonwelcomesWaite

Sussex PF

Sheffield PS

The club championship print exhibition and competition by The Sussex Photographic Federation takes place on 6 April at the King’s Centre, Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR. Photographic clubs and societies from across Sussex will gather for this prestigious championship, each showing 12 prints covering a variety of subjects – around two hundred of the best images in the county. Doors open at 12pm. The exhibitionwill be available for viewing until 2pm, followed by selective commentary from the three judges and the presentation of awards.

Sheffield PS 2019 Annual Exhibition will be held at the Sheffield Cathedral 22-31 March and will be officially opened by Rob Hastie, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres. Entry is free, but visitors are asked to be respectful of any services or other activity taking place in the cathedral. Light refreshments

are available for visitors in the cathedral’s 1554 Coffee shop. This is a prints-only exhibition with categories including photo essay, record and Sheffield: its life and environs. Entries were judged by Peter Brisley ARPS and Sue O’Connell ARPS, both from Bristol PS.

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Thanet CC

Independent Goodwood Photographers Guild

The Independent Goodwood Photographers Guild is based on a Facebook group for those people who photograph the various motor sport events at Goodwood. The group was formed in October 2015 and now has over 1000 members. The Guild’s annual photo competition received a total of 396 entries from 71 entrants. The first round of judging has been completed with Le Mans driver Nic Minassian, Jeff Bloxham, the respected motor sport photographer, and Alan Brewer from the Goodwood Road Racing Club on the judging panel.

The entries were whittled down to 60 – six in each class. The Duke of Richmond and Gordon will judge this final selection for the class winners and choose the Duke’s award. On 24 February all the entries will be displayed at its annual exhibition which takes place at Boxgrove Village Hall, The Street, Boxgrove, PO18 0EE with an entry fee of just £1. The show is open 12-4pm and refreshments will be available. There will also be a raffle and you can vote for your favourite photograph.

Isle of Thanet PS is encouraged by the number of newmembers joining this year. Its first speaker of 2019 was Antony Penrose, photographer and son of Roland Penrose and Lee Miller. He gave a fascinating account of his life and the work of his parents, especially their friendship with Pablo Picasso. He showed some of their photographs and paintings, including images taken by Miller during WWII when she was allowed at the front by the US Army. Her legacy lives on, as her massive archive of prints and journals together with a collection of art can be seen at Farleys House and Gallery, Chiddingly, home to the Penrose family since 1949. The gallery is open for guided tours every Sunday fromApril to October. isleofthanetphotographicsociety.

BeckenhamPS Beckenham PS annual exhibition takes place at Beckenham Public Hall, Bromley Road, Beckenham BR3 5JE. It is open from 21 to 22 February, from 10am to 8pm and on 23 February, from 10am to 5pm. Entrance is free and visitors are very welcome. If you can’t make the show, Beckenham PS meets are held on Wednesdays at 8pm between September and May at St. John’s Church Hall, Eden Park Avenue, Beckenham BR3 3JN.

Potters Bar winners


Winners Graham Coldrick (left) and David Fordham (right)

Potters Bar and District PS has announced the winners of its competitions for the 75th year. Among the long roll call of winners was David Fordham’s picture of two deer (above right). He said: “I amabsolutely delighted to have won best print in the General Class of Print of the Year competition. There were some fantastic photographs entered, so it reallymademy day to havemine picked as the winner.

“This is the end of my first full year at Potters Bar PS, and I would highly recommend the club to anyone who is looking to get more enjoyment out of their photography.” The society meets most Mondays from 8pm in the Alexander Wilding Suite of the Wyllyotts Centre in Darkes Lane, Potters Bar.

In issue 62, in a story about Clay Cross Exhibition we credited a picture incorrectly. Goat Herding was taken by Keith Polwin, not Ray Bramall as quoted. Our apologies to Keith and Ray.

BeestonCC’s exhibition

Newhome forWall HeathCC

Beeston CC’s 63rd annual photographic exhibition will be on display in Beeston Library, first floor, Nottingham, 16-28 February. There will be approximately 80 prints covering all aspects of photography. The mayor of Broxtowe, the Right Honourable councillor Derek Burnett BEM, is presenting the awards on 23 February at 10.30am to the winners

in each of four categories: colour, mono, nature and most creative. The Mayor will also give an award for his choice of best photograph. BeestonCameraClubmeets each week at 8pm, from the first Thursday in September to the last Thursday in April at the British Legion, 16 Hall Croft, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1EL.

Wall Heath CC has a new home for the 2019 season: Kingswinford Royal British Legion, Summerhill, Kingswinford DY6 9JG. The club meets on Wednesday evenings at 7.45pm. Door entry is just £2 (£3 for visitors).

Above Exhibition secretary, Mike Leatherland, and Lady Mayoress councillor, Halimah Khaled MBE

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Gear of the year The Photography News Awards 2018 It’s time for you to recognise brilliant products and outstanding service in our annual awards. Your votes will decide the winners, so please check through our nominations and pick the products and services that you think deserve the ultimate accolade

You can take photographs with a pinhole in a biscuit tin, but the fact is the vast majority of us use digital cameras fitted with great lenses, often on a tripod, and we carry our kit around in a nice bag. When we get home we look at our shots on shiny monitors, edit in powerful software and then print on nice paper through photo-quality printers. The long and the short of it is that we need great quality kit – and that’s the motivation for our awards: to recognise great quality kit.

We’ve key categories and then you get the chance to pick what you think deserves to win. Voting is done online and it’s free – you don’t even have to register to vote. The only categories where we haven’t done any shortlisting are in the service categories, such as Best Retailer – in those you nominate who you think deserves to win. (Where there may be more than one store, please nominate the name of the store group and the individual shop, please.) shortlisted products in

To vote go to, follow the Awards link and complete the voting form. You can vote in every category, but if you prefer to vote for just a few categories that is perfectly fine, too. It’s entirely up to you.

Closing date for votes is 22 February 2019

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WIDE-ANGLE LENS Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

ADVANCED CSC Canon EOS R Fujifilm X-T20 Leica M10-P Nikon Z 6 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Panasonic Lumix G9 Sony a7 III

MACRO LENS Fujifilm XF80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Olympus M.Zuiko ED 30mm f/3.5 Macro
 Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Art Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Voigtländer E-Mount 65mm f/2 Macro Apo-Lanthar

Fujifilm XF8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR
 Nikon Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 F Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM A
 Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art
 Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM
 Tamron SP15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Tokina FIRIN 20mm f/2 FE AF Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4


Nikon D3500 Nikon D7200 Pentax K-70 Sony a68

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STANDARD LENS Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Fujifilm XF16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Fujifilm XF35mm f/2 R WR Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S 
 Olympus M.Zuiko ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM A Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM A Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM A Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF

PROFESSIONAL CSC Fujifilm X-T3 Fujifilm X-H1 Nikon Z 7

TRIPOD: ALLOY 3 Legged Thing Punks Travis Benro Slim Travel – aluminium Kenro Karoo Compact Tripod (aluminium) 102 Manfrotto Befree Aluminium Travel
 Nest Traveller NT-6294AK
 Slik PRO 700DX

ADVANCEDDSLR Canon EOS 6D Mark ll Canon EOS 7D Mark ll

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Sony a7R III Sony a9

Nikon D500
 Nikon D850
 Pentax K-1 Mark II Sony a77 II

TELEPHOTO LENS Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Fujifilm XF200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM S Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD

COMPACT/BRIDGE Canon PowerShot SX740 Fujifilm XF10 Leica C-Lux Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX95

PROFESSIONAL DSLR Canon EOS 5DS R Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Nikon D5 Sony a99 II

TRIPOD: CARBON FIBRE 3 Legged Thing Equinox Albert Gitzo Systematic GT3543LS Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel Tripod (carbon fibre) 401C Manfrotto Befree GT carbon Novo Explora T20 Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CGHT

ON-CAMERA FLASH Hähnel Modus 600RT
 Metz 64 AF-1 Nissin Di700A Pixapro Li-ION580 MKII TTL

MEDIUMFORMAT Fujifilm GFX 50S Fujifilm GFX 50R Hasselblad H6D-400c MS Hasselblad X1D-50c Leica S (Typ 007) Phase One IQ3 100MP

SUPERZOOMLENS Fujifilm XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD

CONSUMER CSC Canon EOS M50 Fujifilm X-T100 Olympus PEN E-PL9 Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Panasonic GX80

Pixel X900 Profoto A1 Rotolight NEO 2


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INKJETMEDIA: FINE ART FINISH Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm Fotospeed Platinum Cotton 305 Hahnemühle William Turner 310 Hahnemühle Photo Rag Metallic PermaJet Photo Art Silk 290

BEST RETAILER Whether you shop for your photo kit online or in store, nominate the photo retailer that has you going back time and time again.

PORTABLE FLASH Broncolor Siros 400 L Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL Elinchrom ELB 1200 Interfit S1 PIXAPRO PIKA200 TTL

BEST USED SPECIALIST RETAILER The market for second hand or (pre-loved!) imaging gear is growing, so whether you’re buying or selling you need a dealer you can trust. This is your opportunity to name your favourite used dealer.

Profoto B1X Profoto B10

MAINS FLASH Broncolor Siros 400 S Elinchrom ELC Pro HD Interfit Honey Badger 320Ws Profoto D2

SOFT BAG/BACKPACK Crumpler Kingpin camera bag 9000 Gitzo Adventury 45L Lowepro FreeLine BP 350 AW MindShift FirstLight 30L Tenba Shootout 16L DSLR backpack Think Tank StreetWalker V2

PROCESSING LAB Which processing lab do you trust with your photos, albums or stationery? If they offer high quality and utterly reliable service at competitive prices, are they worthy of a PN award?


 Datacolor Spyder5CAPTURE PRO X-Rite ColorMunki Photographer Kit
 X-Rite i1Studio

PHOTOWEBSITE PROVIDER For gallery websites or full-service sites with client- proofing and a blog, which provider offers the best range of templates and customisation options together with top-notch customer service?

CONTINUOUS LIGHT Interfit LM8 18in Daylight LED ring light

Nanguang RGB LED tube lights Rotolight Anova PRO 2 Bi-Colour

TRAINING PROVIDER From basic photo knowledge through particular tips and techniques to camera-specific training, in the classroom, studio or out on location, which provider offers the best learning experience, in your opinion?

 BenQ SW240 24in Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q Eizo ColorEdge CG318-4K 31in
 Philips Brilliance 40in 4K Ultra HD LCD (BDM4037UW) Samsung 32in U32H850

FILTER Benro 100mm filter system H&Y magnetic filter system Hoya Ultra-Pro family LEE Filters Reverse ND filter Marumi magnetic filter system SRB Elite filter system

ROLLER/HARD CASE Manfrotto ProLight Reloader Tough-55 LowLid Lowepro PhotoStream SP 200 Think Tank Airport TakeOff V2.0 T499 Vanguard Alta Fly 55T

PRINTER Canon PIXMA PRO-100S DNP DS820A Epson EcoTank ET-7750 Fujifilm Frontier-S Mitsubishi Smart D90EV Tomy KiiPix

MEMORY CARD PNY Elite Performance SDXC 512GB UHS-I
 Samsung MicroSDXC PRO Endurance 128GB SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-I 400GB Lexar Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Sony SD SF-G TOUGH UHS-II

INNOVATION Canon EOS R system L-Mount Alliance: Leica, Panasonic and Sigma Nikon Z system

The details


SOFTWARE Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC Serif Affinity Photo Portrait Professional 18

How to vote Go to and follow the link to the awards to vote. It’s free and you don’t need to register. Voting closes on 22 February 2019. The results We’ll announce the results in issue 64 of Photography News, out from 12 March 2019, and we’ll present the awards to the deserving recipients at The Photography Show, at the Birmingham NEC, 16-19 March 2019.

Baryta Platine Fibre Rag 310GSM – satin Fotospeed Platinum Baryta 300 Signature Hahnemühle Photo

DxO PhotoLab 2 Capture One Pro

EXTERNAL STORAGE DEVICE Drobo 8D G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile SSD LaCie portable SSD Samsung portable SSD X5 Western Digital My Passport Wireless SSD

Gloss Baryta 320 PermaJet Photo Lustre 310

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Travel Photographer of the Year – 2018winners Competitions TPOTY is one of the must-enter events in the photo contests calendar, and for the 2018 event over 20,000 images fromphotographers hailing from 142 countries were received. Here we take a look at the main categorywinners

Overall winner, TPOTY 2018 Stefano Pensotti

Stefano is a semi-professional photographer from Italy, with eight superb images that showcase life around the globe. He becomes the first Italian to take the top title in the 16 years since the awards first launched in 2003.

Hot/Cold Single Imagewinners

Faces, People, Cultures Portfoliowinner

Andrew James & Philip Lee Harvey There were joint winners for this category, Andrew James and Philip Lee Harvey, both from the UK.

Marinka Masséus

D u t c h p h o t o g r a p h e r Marinka won with images raising awareness of the c i r c um s t a n c e s of people with albinism in Tanzania.

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Tranquillity Single Imagewinner

Won UK’s Simon Morris for his atmospheric picture of a faded, once-grand bedroom in Havana, Cuba. SimonMorris by the

Travel Portfoliowinner

Young TPOTY 2018winner

The 14-year-oldAmericanwonover the international panel of judgeswith her colourful portfolio of photographs taken in Chefchaouen, Morocco. Isabella Smith

Matjaz Krivic

Slovenian photographerMatjaz’s diverse portfolio won the special eight-image ‘Travel’ category introduced to celebrate TPOTY’s 15th anniversary.

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