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Full reviews of the year’s big full-frame mirrorless launches Canon EOS R, page 34 Nikon Z 7, page 50

TheNEC, 16-19March Put these dates in your 2019 diary

2018 has been an epic year of imaging and without your support we wouldn ’ t be here, so thank you and from the Photography News team, may we wish you aMerry Christmas and a safe, happy, peaceful, shutter-clicking 2019 Merry Christmas

Next year’s The Photography Show at the NEC will run alongside inaugural The Video Show. The Photography Show is aimed at image-makers at all levels and there’ll be something for everyone. Masterclasses and talks from leading photographers for those seeking inspiration and the chance

to handle the latest kit, including all the many recent full-frame innovations for those who enjoy kit. And for those who want to buy, that opportunity is there too. Highlights include The Great Outdoors Stage, the Super Stage and theWedding & Portrait Stage. It's early doors and names are still being finalised, but you can

rest assured that talks and demos of the world’s leading image-makers will be on the programme. Oh, nearly forgot: Photography News will be there too, so make sure you get those dates in the diary.

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Sigma prices confirmed

Sigma recently announced a variety of lenses and we covered them in detail in the last issue but at that time UK prices had to be confirmed, so here is confirmation. The 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports (shown

here) will be £1349.99 with Canon EF and Sigma SA fit available in December and Nikon F following on in early 2019. The 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is priced at £1099.99 with Sigma, Canon and Nikon fits available

this November and Sony fit following in January 2019. Finally, the 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary in Sony E and MFT is priced at £399.99

Marumi’s magnetic attraction

Tokina’s newOpera series sees the introduction of its 50mm f/1.4, a high-spec autofocus standard lens is available in Canon EF and Nikon F. The lens’s advanced optical construction features three SD (Super-Low Dispersion) and one aspherical element to combat chromatic aberration and help deliver edge-to-edge sharpness at all apertures, while a nine-blade diaphragm gives a round iris for smooth bokeh. Optimum performance is possible thanks to Tokina’s ELR (Extremely Low Reflection) coating to help ensure maximum light transmission and avoid ghosting and flare in strong lighting situations. Autofocusisswiftandnear- silent thanks to its ultrasonic, ring-shaped motor, and the lens’s dust- and weather- resistant sealing helps to keep the lens performing at its best in arduous situations. The Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 full-frame lens is available now and priced at £899.99. Tokina in tune

Marumi’s new 100mm magnetic filter system has the potential to save time and space in your bag. At the system’s heart, the M100 Magnetic Filter holder is very slim which makes it suitable for use with lenses as wide at 16mm and the basic kit comes with three lens adapter rings, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm. To use the holder on smaller lenses needs step-up rings which are readily available at low cost.

The and 150x100mm glass filters are fitted with magnetic frames. Magnetism simply takes over when offered to the filter holder and the filters attach securely in place yet, in the case of the graduate filters, can be quickly moved up and down to suit the shot. The first filter can be locked in position which is useful when using extreme NDs and grad filters together, so the grad filter is 100x100mm

Above TheMarumi’s very thin holder won’t vignette withwide lenses.

free to be moved. With extreme ND filters, foam gaskets on the holder avoids light seepage. The system brings the ability to use a polariser in tandem with other filters thanks to ingenious design. The adapter ring has another ring with a serrated edge incorporated into it and it ’ s this that the polariser is screwed onto. Once the filter holder is positioned on to the adapter ring, the serrated edged meshes with a small drive wheel which when operated adjusts the polariser’s orientation. Lexar has announced two new storage accessories. Lexar’s 512GB microSDXC 633x UHS-1 card is the largest capacity cardof its format tomeet the Application Performance (A2) requirements. The 633x speed allows data transfer at 100MB/s. This card costs £230. The Lexar JumpDrive F35 is one of the fastest andmost secure USB 3.0 drives around. It uses fingerprint authentication taking under one second to analyse the print and allow access to the drive’s contents. The F35 can save up to ten fingerprint IDs, and it’s easy to set up without needinsoftware. Transfer speeds

Marumi filters use top class glass for high image quality and have coatings to combat flare and repel water and grease. A range of NDs and grads (normal and reverse) is available. The M100 filter holder costs £125.94, 100x100mm filters cost £179.94 each, 150x100mm grads cost £199.98 and the circular polariser is £114.96. There’s a test of Marumi’s new magnetic system in First Tests in this issue.

Laowa gowide Lexar storage

Laowa’s latest lens is a 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 and designed for full- frame Sony FE cameras; it’s the widest lens currently available for that system. There are no electronic c o n n e c t i o n s which means

this lens measures just over 9cm in length and weighs just 496g. Thelensfeaturesa14-elements- in-10-groups construction with one extra-low dispersion and two aspherical elements to help deliver a good performance. Its

wide view makes filter use tricky but there is a rear filter slot for 37mm filters and there is an optional filter holder for 100mm filters. The 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6’s guide price is £899.

this lens can also be used on Sony APS-C format cameras giving a 15-27mm equivalent focal length range. Its modest maximum aperture helps keep size and weight down and

are up to 150MB/s and sizes from 32GB to 250GB are available. The 32GB version costs £26.


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Give your photography a great start in 2019 – get yourself along to The Societies of Photographers' Convention and Trade Show, taking place 17–19 January at the Novotel London West, Hammersmith. Go to the website and pre-register before 5 January 2019 and entrance to the trade show is free. Entrance is £10 after that date. SWPP members and non-members are welcome. Over 100brandswill bepresent at the show including Canon, Epson, Fujifilm, Panasonic and SWPP Buy a Profoto A1, the world’s smallest lighting unit, before 31 December and you’ll receive a spare battery free of charge. Buy the A1 Duo kit and you will receive two free batteries. Profoto batteryoffer

Sony, and dealers CameraWorld and Park Cameras, so there will be the chance to buy, too. As The Societies' CEO Phil Jones says, "There is no question that this show is a must-do event for all serious photographers. Our message to photographers is simple… don't miss it."

Power up your people pictures

Make the most of your people pictures with PortraitPro Version 18. This popular and powerful software (standalone or plug-in) just keeps going from strength to strength. The latest edition features artificial intelligence tomake locating features and masking backgrounds easier and faster than previously possible, and there are other great new features, too. There’s a customisable Restore Brush, an Advanced Layers function, Closed/Open Eye control and a newHair Shape finder. PortraitPro 18 is available for Mac OS X 10.7 or later and 64-bit Windows 7, 8 and 10. Three versions are available: Standard, Studio and Studio Max, priced at £34.95, £59.95 and £119.95 respectively. Very briefly, the Standard version is for working with 8-bit TIF and JPEG files, the Studio has Raw support and works with 16-bit TIFs, while the Studio

Max version is fully featured and has full batch support Go to the website to download a free trial of PortraitPro 18. download

Growyour sales

Many photographers use their talents to sell pictures and this where Online Picture Proof can enhance your business. There is just one plan at one price with no commission, set-up or hidden costs. The plan costs £24 a month (VAT included) and this includes everything. Because the plan is charged a month at a time, there is no long term contract and you can cancel at any time. The plan includes a beautiful and dynamic website with swipeable galleries and slide shows, online proofing where you can create your own packages, marketing and SEO tools, and a shopping cart with the ability to take credit or debit card payments online or over the phone. You can create unlimited custom photo mobile apps (for

MeetMetz’s new light

Metz mecalight S500 BC is a compact and powerful LED light containing 117 bulbs with a 1000-lumen output. With 60 white and 57 warm LEDs, the colour temperature can be adjusted to match existing light, to help you avoid colour casts. There is also the facility to fix the light onto a tripod or mount

it on the camera hotshoe. A rear-facing OLED display shows colour temperature, battery run time remaining and brightness as a percentage. Power is supplied by rechargeable li-ion battery. The S500 BC’s guide price is £119.99.

iOS and Android) for clients and your details and logo will be included in the app. So when your client shows the app, featuring up to 40 images, to their clients, they will be exposed to your business – it’s like a digital business card to boost your word of mouth marketing and referrals.

Finally, if you have an existing website, integration is easily done and Online Picture Proof has a full support team to help. Try a fully functional Online Picture Proof service free for 30 days. Sign up on the website.

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More from Manfrotto

News in brief

Olympus has it in the bag Olympus has worked with leading bag maker, Manfrotto, to come up with its new Explorer messenger bag. Tailor-made for the OM-D camera system and made from water-repellent fabric with leather trim and an internal tartan lining, it sells for £139.99. The main compartment has dividers and a detachable internal pouch. There is room for a 14in laptop, too, while if you need a tripod it can be attached to the bag’s underside. A smooth head Gitzo’s latest 2 Way Fluid Head is aimed at birdwatchers and wildlife photographers. Priced at £289.99, this is made from magnesium unit and has a payload capacity of 4kg, accepts Arca Swiss plates and is matched to Gitzo’s carbon fibre tripods. EIZO’s latest The EIZO CG279X is the latest monitor in the ColorEdge CG series. Due in the shops from January 2019, it’s a 27in monitor that shows 99% of the Adobe RGB colour gamut and features a built-in calibration sensor. It comes with a monitor shade, too. Guide price is £1916.

It seems not amonth goes bywithout Manfrotto introducing something new into its product line-up and this month is no different. The Pro Light Reloader H-55 is a solid, robust case that confirms to carry on luggage dimensions (55x35x22.5cm) andhas a retractable, two-stage trolley handle. It's large enough for a DSLR with a long telephoto lens, plus a spare body and several more smaller optics. Its guide price is £289.95. The next new products are centre ballheads, the 490 and 492/492LCD.

The 490 is a simple head with a payload of 4kg so ideal for CSCs and nicely priced at £44.95. The MH492-BH and MH492LCD-LH are priced at £54.95 and £64.95 respectively. These ball heads have a 4kg load capacity and are ideal to hold accessories, such as a monitor for video, amicrophone or a reflector. Last but by no means least this month are two lighting control units produced under the banner Lastolite by Manfrotto. The HaloCompacts use the innovative RapidExpoframe, a collapsible lightweight aluminium

Above Manfrotto's product range is constantly expanding and evolving and there's more great kit to tempt this month.

frame that quickly slots together and the reflector or diffuser material simply clips on to the frame to make a unit that measures 85cm across. It folds down to fit into a carry case that measures 27x6.5x6.5cm. The

HaloCompact Reflector is available in silver/white with a guide price of £71.95 and at the same price is the HaloCompact 2EVDiffuser.

Software fromDxO DxO has introduced PhotoLab 2, a follow-up from its Optics Pro software. This editing solution includes DxO’s ClearView £119.99 respectively. This is not a subscription software and you can put Essential on two computers and Elite on three. Existing DxO Optics Pro and PhotoLab 1 owners can get a discounted upgrade.

Plus tool and a new image management system called DxO PhotoLibrary. A big sell is DxO’s U Point technology that allows Raw and JPEG adjustments based on optical correction data and makes local image editing really easy with its Control Points feature. This software also features DxO prime noise reduction, one of the most effective NR solutions available. ClearView Plus is a dehaze, image clarity tool to enhance local contrast without creating halos where light and dark tones meet, and it can be used across the entire image, too. A smooth imaging workflow is the benefit of PhotoLibrary with its search engine, image selection and sorting features. Two versions of PhotoLab 2 are available, Essential and Elite, priced at £79.99 and

A fully functional one-month trial version of PhotoLab 2 is downloadable from the website. DxO has also updated its popular Nik Collection by DxO 2018 set of imaging plug-ins. V1.1 is fully compatible with macOS Mojave and Adobe’s latest image editing softwares. The collection costs £59.


A Fashion Photography Course is now available at the London College of Style. Applicants have to be over 18 and have their own DSLR, but no experience is necessary and the course is diploma certificated at pass, merit or distinction level. Tutors include top fashion photographers, such as Kenneth Lam, Tiffany Mumford and guest speakers include Ram Shergill.

The first three-month course runs from 11 January to 29 March 2019. It requires a commitment of three days a week, with one compulsory on-campus day every Friday in Fulham, plus two days covering working opportunities and photo shoot assignments. The course costs £3650.

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SkyHawk 4.0 is the name of Steiner’s new range of binoculars. Steiner’s top-class optics deliver crystal clear, pin-sharp images, so you can enjoy viewing your natural history subjects in stunning clarity. Handling is enhanced by the Distance Control System which means minimal movement of the focus control is needed to change from viewing a bird in flight at a far distance to a much closer subject. Four versions are available: 10x42, 8x42, 10x32 and 8x32, priced at £499, £469, £399 and £369 respectively. Each pair comes with a case, rain cover, lens caps and padded neoprene carrying strap. Steiner binos

Retro Leica The Leica M10-D is a throwback to the days of film. This 24-megapixel camera has a CMOS full-framesensorandisthefirstdigitalMcamera to have a mechanical exposure compensation dial and a fold-out thumb rest for secure one- handedshooting. Its fullymetal body,made from die-cast magnesium alloy, accepts M-bayonet lenses and its ISO range is 100-50,000. The M10-D costs £6500, body only, and is available in-store now. The Q-P is new addition to Leica's range of compact cameras. It's a premium compact 24.2-megapixel camera with a full-frame sensor and fixed fast aperture prime lens, a 28mm f/1.7. TheQ-Phas aprice tagof £4100and comeswith a leather strap and a spare battery. The D-Lux 7 sells for £995, boasts a 17-megapixel resolution and the lens is a 10.9-34mm f/1.7-2.8 ASPH zoom (equivalent to 24-75mm in the 35mm format).

Digital media specialist PermaJet has recently expanded its product range with seven new products aimed at professional photographers, fine art printers and photo labs. PermaJet has two dry lab papers, Satin and Gloss, and these are now joined by Pearl 240, Metallic 240, Prism 240, Artist 230 and Matt 230. These papers are available in sizes from 4in to A4 and are suitable for Epson, Noritsu and Fujifilm dry lab printers. Designed for commercial and fine art reproduction, there’s P4 100% Cotton Canvas 360 available in A3+ sheets and 17in to 44in rolls and P5 Bright White Matt Canvas 350, available in 24in to 60in rolls. PermaJet gopro

Above Leica is renowned for its quality and craftmanship. For photographers in search of the perfect image, look no further than its range of coveted cameras.

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Tell us your club’s latest news, email:


Camera club news If your club has any news that you want to share with the rest of the world, this is the page 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

Here’s how to submit

Deadline for the next issue: 27December 2018

We need words and pictures by 27 December 2018 for the next issue of Photography News , which will be available from 7 January 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

Flood’s inWales

Gateshead CC was established in 1910and is still going strong. Gatehead’s show takes place at St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead, Tyne &Wear, NE8 2AU, (next to the Tyne Bridge on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne). The exhibition runs from 13 to 15 December 2018, 10am to 4pm. Weekly meetings are every Thursday at 7.30pm from September to April in St Helen’s Church Hall, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead, Tyne &Wear, NE9 6BR. GatesheadCC Welwyn Garden City PC has been going since 1937 and now has about 70 members. Its Winter Exhibition starts on 30 November and finishes on 12 January 2019 and is held at the New Maynard Gallery, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6BX. Opening hours are generally 10am to 10pm. The club meets every Tuesday evening at Mill Green Golf Club, WGC, from 7.45pm. Welwyn Garden City PC

Dunholme CC

TheNorthWalesRegionof theRoyal Photographic Society presents a talk by Sue Flood, freelance wildlife and travel photographer, BBC filmmaker and author. It takes place at 2pm, 20 January 2019 at Craig- y-Don Community Centre, Queens Road, Craig Y Don, Llandudno, United Kingdom, LL30 1TE. Sue Flood is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, adventure travel leader and public speaker. Her work takes her all

over the world but she has a special passion for the wildlife and icy beauty of Antarctica and is one of the very few women who chooses to return again and again to this harsh and most demanding environment. Tickets are £8 for RPS members and £10 for non-members. Book online at the below address. january/20/wildlife-and-the-icy- beauty-of-antarctica

Dunholme CC is holding an exhibition from 26 November and runs until 6 December at Uncle Henry’s, Grayingham Grange Farm, Grayingham DN21 4JD. The exhibition is free and is open from 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Approximately 80 prints will be on display in the Conference Room (situated just off the café area) covering a variety of subjects including landscapes, wildlife, and still life in black & white and colour. The club meets every fortnight on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm at The Old School, Market Rasen Road, Dunholme, Lincoln. Leigh-on-SeaCC Leigh-on-Sea CC meets every Thursday at the Leigh Community Centre, 71 to 73 Elm Rd, Southend-on- Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1SP. Meetings start at 7.45pm; the venue has disabled access. Leigh’s annual exhibition takes place at the Southend on Sea Central Library at the Forum from 31 January to 26 February 2019.

Above Sue Flood is a regular visitor to Antarctica.

SPA’s annual

choice, in every category. This year, several awards were won by relative newcomers to this contest, including members of Old Coulsdon CC, Windlesham & Camberley CC, and Yateley CC, although most awards were won by the SPA’s most successful club, Godalming PS. The category winners were Godalming’s David Hughes ARPS who won the Best Nature Print medal for ‘Ermine’ and Mike Rowe FRPS who won the Best Nature PDI medal for ‘Arctic Tern Aerial Courtship’. The Open PDI section was won by Richard Escott LRPS of Molesey PC with ‘Storm over Brighton’ and the Open Print section was won by JimMunday AFIAP of Yateley CC with his image ‘Port in a Storm’.

On 13 October, the Surrey Photographic Association (SPA) helditsannualAGMandIndividual Print & PDI Competition. This AGM saw Kathy McLenaghan LRPS of Epsom CC, current President, pass on the baton, after her two year tenure, to Woking PS’s David Smith LRPS. The Individual Print & PDI Competition is the only annual SPA contest in which individuals from all 48 member clubs can enter their own selected images; two each in Open Print, Open PDI,NaturePrint andNaturePDI. Judging involves local judges from SPA member clubs and medals are awarded for the winning image, and each judge’s

Above Drama above the Brighton Pavilion won Richard Escott LRPS the Open PDI section in the SPA’s Individual Print & PDI Competition.

Great YarmouthPS

Isle of Thanet PS

Great Yarmouth PS held a successful international exhibition in October in Yarmouth’s French twin town of Rambouillet. EntitledYarmouthat 70, the exhibition celebrated the society’s 70th anniversary year and over 40 prints were on display at La Lanterne cultural centre in Rambouillet. The exhibition was hung by Iris Hafner and Michel Rohard of Photo Club Rambouillet.

Thanet PS, a club covering the areas of Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate, held its annual exhibition at the York Street Gallery in Ramsgate last October with over 50 photographs showcasing the talents of club members. The club meets on Monday evenings at Ramsgate Football Club, Price’s Avenue, Ramsgate CT11 0AN, 7.30pm for 7.45pm start.

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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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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

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

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

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


MEDIUMFORMAT LENS Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4 Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9 Fujifilm GF 110mm f/2 R LM WR Fujifilm GF 250mm f/4 R LM OIS WR

Nikon D3500 Nikon D7200 Pentax K-70 Sony a68

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

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

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

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

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

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: PHOTOGRAPHIC FINISH Canson Infinity Baryta Platine Fibre Rag 310GSM – satin Fotospeed Platinum Baryta 300 Signature Hahnemühle Photo Gloss Baryta 320 PermaJet Photo Lustre 310

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.

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

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

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.

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

Profoto B1X Profoto B10

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?

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


 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

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

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 CG3218-4K 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

The details

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

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.

SOFTWARE Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC Serif Affinity Photo Portrait Professional 18 DxO PhotoLab 2 Capture One Pro

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

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Landscape Photographer of the Year Landscape Photographer The winners of one of the biggest photo contests have been announced. Join us for a tour of the best images

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018 overall winner

“I had set out to shoot the sunrise upriver and saw this unusual and dramatic formation of ice around the rocks; right then I knew I had my spot.” Pete wins the title and the top prize of £10,000. “When he [Charlie Waite, the founder of the Awards], told me I had won the entire competition, I could not believe it – I've won a category? No, the full thing. I was absolutely ecstatic, in fact far beyond that, I can't even put it into words. The call ended with Charlie congratulating me again and I don't mind admitting that I did a good few laps of the kitchen shouting for joy and some fist pumping. It didn't seem real; it was dreamlike. It is so hard to take in and it reallywas one of the best moments of my life. Utterly overwhelming and simply amazing.” Ice Spikes, Glencoe, Scotland by Pete Rowbottom

YoungLandscapePhotographer of theYearwinner

Classic view runner-up

“I must have taken hundreds of shots, but it was this single exposure that I ended up feelingmost satisfied with and that best told the story of that night.” MilkyWaymeets St Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall byMario D’Onofrio

Land's End, Cornwall by Josef FitzGerald-Patrick

“I found a good composition, featuring a nice rocky drop for my friend to jump from, with the Armed Knight rock and setting sun behind it. There I had it, our dream shot!”

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Landscape Photographer of the Year

of theYear – the results

The Sunday Times Magazine Awardwinner

Network Rail Award highly commended

“The area above Buttermere, in the Lake District, is a fantastic place for a walk with stunning views in all directions. I set upmy composition and didn’t move for two hours; the conditions were truly stunning.” Buttermere Bloom, Lake District, Cumbria by Stuart McGlennon

Sleeping Giant, Battersea, London by Dave Fieldhouse

“Feverish activity surrounds the famous chimneys once again, as developers and their many cranes turn this icon of the 20th century into a new community for those who can afford such an exclusive address.”

Lee Filters prizewinner

Morning Woodlands, Woodcote, Oxfordshire by Ceri David Jones

“The the morning mist provides a very atmospheric woodland shot, which is something I always find refreshing for the soul.” dawn light in

See the show, buy the book

The Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition, hosted by Network Rail, is on the Balcony at London Waterloo station from now

until 3 February 2019, followed by a nationwide tour of some of Britain’s biggest stations. The accompanying book, Landscape Photographer

of the Year – Collection 12 (AA Publishing, £25) is out now.

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Remembering Wildlife Profile Margot Raggett has so far raised over £450,000 to help endangered species. This is her story

PN: Can you give Photography News readers a little background about yourself? Are you a conservationist and nature lover first or is your background in photography? MR: My background is actually in marketing and public relations, which I worked in for 18 years until 2010. At that point I became disillusioned with the corporate world and having always had a love for nature and safaris, decided to try and pursue a career in wildlife photography. The conservation side of things came a little later. PN: What was the motivation for setting up Remembering Wildlife, and when did the idea come to you? MR: It all began early one morning in November 2014 when I was staying in a camp in Northern Kenya, on a photographic safari. We were woken up by the sound of hyenas goingcrazyandat first lightwent to investigate. We found a poached elephant, around 14 years old, his tusks still intact and with a poisoned arrow still in him. He was being eaten by the hyenas. The rangers speculated that poachers had shot the young bull and he’d bolted from them and given them the slip, only to die a slow, agonising death days later. His deathwas pointless – his tusks only were small even if they’d been successful in catching him – and I was beside myself with impotent anger. I decided to try and channel that anger into something positive, however, and started to

ask fellow wildlife photographer friends if they’d consider donating elephant images to a fundraising book if I were to put one together. Everyone said yes, and the very first person who came on board was my mentor Angie Scott, for whose support and encouragement I am forever grateful. PN: How many people are directly involved in the project? MR: In terms of direct support, I have an editorial team of three who help me to put the book together each year, one lady who helps me with some admin and also some admin support from Born Free. Otherwise, everything is pretty much done by me with the support of an army of volunteers, sponsors and supporters. In terms of photographers, across the three books ( Remembering Elephants , Remembering Rhinos and Remembering Great Apes ) we’ve nowalsoworkedwith 124 different photographers, all of whom have donated their work for free. PN: How much have you raised so far? MR: At this stage I’m still waiting to hear our online sales for October, but from the launch alone we’ve raised £120,000 so far from Remembering Great Apes . This is on top of £330,000 raised by the first two books so far, so currently our grand total is £450,000. I’m really hoping to go over the half a million pounds raised soon. PN: How was getting support from leading wildlife photographers? MR: It was much easier than I anticipated, actually. Having respected photographers such as Jonathan andAngie Scott and Federico Veronesi on board from the beginning gave the project immediate credibility, and then other photographers such as Shem Compion also helped by introducingme to some of the bigger names like Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting. Once they said yes, people started approaching me to offer me their work. Once we’d launched the first book – Remembering Elephants – to critical acclaim that also gave us even more credibility when we started to make the next two books. By that stage people knew we were producing a quality product and that they could trust us with their work. PN: Was it a challenge for the first book, Remembering Elephants ? MR:Thebiggestchallengeatthebeginningwas that I didn’t know 50 wildlife photographers (the number I had in my head I wanted to

contribute) to ask. But once we began, things started to snowball. I also wasn’t sure how our Kickstarter campaign would go and whether there would actually be enough support for the idea to raise the funds we needed. When we hit our total in just 12 hours that year, I realised we were on to a success. The other challenge I also had to face that year was being diagnosed with breast cancer on the day that Kickstarter ended. I worked through my treatment but initially I wasn’t sure how well I would be to complete the book. I share this now because I want to encourage others with similar diagnoses to realise it doesn’t need to be the end of the world, that you can still go on to achieve things you are proud of. PN: At the Remembering Great Apes launch evening you had a good number of photographers flying in, so you must be

From the launch alone, we’ve raised £120,000 from Remembering Great Apes Thanks go to... This year's Remembering Wildlife book was kindly sponsored by PhotoGuard, specialist providers of insurance for photographers and their equipment.

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delighted with this support from abroad. Was that a surprise to you – how overseas photographers have embraced your project? MR: Indeed – we had 35 photographers attend this year and they came in from all over the world. I never expect or take for granted such support and all I can say is that it is completely overwhelming to me. I cannot stress how grateful I am to everyone who has supported me in so many ways. It truly is a team effort. PN: Elephants, rhinos, apes – can you expand on how you’ve prioritised the species so far? MR: It has been an organic process for me. It started with elephants because of that young poached bull, as I explained. Then just after that book was finished I was lucky enough to get the chance to meet ’Sudan’, the last male northern white rhino left on the planet (he subsequently died earlier this year) – that had another profound impact on me, so I chose to do rhinos next. And then in year three it was having the plight of orangutans as a result of palm oil highlighted in a play I attended, that mademymind up to do apes next. There are so many species in dire need of our attention and support that it is difficult to prioritise one over another – I just simply have to usemy instincts each time as to what is pullingmy heartstrings the most at that particular moment. PN: You had some inspirational speakers at this year’s Apes book launch. How did you decide on the lineup? MR: Again, it is an organic process. Once I know what species I am concentrating

on then researching the campaigners and photographers who are known for those animals makes sense, along with recommendations frompeople.OfirDrori, Tim Laman and Cheryl Knott were all suggestions made tome by friends and supporters, and I’m so thrilled they all agreed to take part. PN: Can you tell us a few ways in which the money raised has been used to benefit endangered species? MR: So far we’ve distributed the £350,000 from the first two books (it is a bit too early for apes yet, we’re still reconciling post launch). We’ve supported 15 projects in 13 countries and paid for everything from veterinary care for the victims of poaching to anti-poaching patrols, including aerial patrols and sniffer dogs. We’ve supported researchers and paid for camera traps to keep an eye on relocated rhinos. We’ve contributed towards relocations and we’ve also helped fund the building of schools in local communities surrounding game reserves. As I’ve learned, conservation needs to be holistic and there are so many approaches that need support. PN: What are your most notable successes? MR: As the work of the conservation teams on the ground is often an ongoing and unending war, it ishardsometimes topindownsuccesses we can claim. But I am particularly proud that the anti-poaching patrols we helped to fund during the Mana Pools wet season last year reduced the poaching incidents to zero compared to at least 10 elephant deaths the year before. I always think back to that first poor poached elephant and think if we can stop another animal from suffering that same fate then that makes it all worth it. PN: When do you start planning for next year’s campaign? MR: Each year my answer to that question at this stage is the same. I just need to get to the end of this project and collapse and take a few weeks to recover before I can even think about committing another year of my life to another book. It is such a huge commitment from me and once I declare there will be a new book I am inundated with people wanting to get involved, so I’m very careful not to reveal any decisions until I make them. And that includes what species will be next, if there is another book. PN: Of which aspect of Remembering Wildlife are you most proud? MR: Something that I never anticipated and which has been a complete joy to me is the way the series has created a movement and a community of likeminded people, all striving

for the same thing. From photographers to volunteers, sponsors such as PhotoGuard to suppliers, everyone seems to be so proud and enthused to support the project, and I love that together we are greater than the sum of the parts. The fact that we’ve also sold 10,000 books which spread our message and raised £450,000 so far is also far more than I ever dreamed we would achieve when I started out. PN: How can Photography News readers get involved with Remembering Wildlife ? MR: Watch this space! If there is another book we’ll be running a Kickstarter campaign again, which we’d hope people would want to support, and there will also likely be another public competition for 10 places in the book. People can subscribe to our mailing list via our website and that way they’ll be the first to hear when we do make any announcements. PN: What is your ultimate goal for your charity? MR: Our mission is to raise awareness of the plight facing a species and then raise funds to protect it. If I have the energy, we can continue to build on thatmission and reachmore people and raise more funds than ever – then I will be very happy indeed.

We’ve supported researchers and paid for camera traps to keep an eye on relocated rhinos


For more details about Remembering Wildlife please see the website. The three books – Remembering Elephants , Rhinos and Great Apes – are available to buy and you can also sign up for news of forthcoming projects and events.

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