Photography News Issue 64

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The Ricoh GR III is equipped with a 24.24-megapixel sensor and newly developed GR ENGINE6 for improved image quality. It features a 18.3mm f/2.8 lens (28mm in 35mm format), with a macro mode with a minimum focusing distance of 6cm. The new WG-6 is waterproof to 20m, shockproof to 2.1m, freeze proof to -10°C and crush proof to 100kg; the toughest body of the WG series. Ricoh has also announced the G900 aimed at those working in areas such as civil engineering, construction and disaster relief. All three are available from this March. The GR III is £799.99, the WG-6 is £379.99 and the G900 is £699.99. Ricoh has also announced the Theta Z1 360 which captures 23-megapixel images, as well as 360˚ videos in 4K (3840x1920). It is available from April at £899.99. Compacts fromRicoh

Three from Fujifilm

Fujifilm’s new X-T30 features the same X-Trans CMOS 4 image sensor and X-Processor 4 image processing engine as that found in the X-T3, and at 26.1 megapixels offers one of the highest resolutions among APS-C cameras. It features a new AF system with on-sensor phase-detection AF area covering the entire frame and can operate in -3EV. Taken from the X-T3, the X-T30 now also features the face-selection function for more control over focusing when shooting images that include several people. The body features a focus lever, which replaces the selector buttons on previous X Series models, providing users with extra space to grip the camera. The rear LCD is also 1.3mm thinner and offers an improved touchscreen response.

As functionality, the X-T30 offers 6K (6250x3510) recording to produce stunning quality 4K (3810x2160). 4K/30P video can be recorded at 4:2:0 8-bit to an SD card and F-log recording can be done at 4:2:2 10-bit via HDMI port. ThisXSeriescameraalsoincludes Fujifilm’s Film Simulations, which now include ETERNA. You can also make monochrome adjustments in ACROS and there's a Color Chrome effect with two strength options. The X-T30 will be available in black or silver now, and also in charcoal silver from May 2019. It is priced at £849.99 with the XC15- 45mm kit priced at £899 and the XF18-55mm kit at £1199. The new XF16mm f/2.8 R WR lens offers a 35mm equivalent focal for video

length of 24mm and features an inner focus system that is driven by a stepping motor to offer a fast and quiet autofocus. It weighs just 155g and is 45.4mm in length. The XF16mmF2.8 R WR will be available in silver and black fromMarch and in charcoal silver in May, at £349. The final launch is the FinePix XP140, which joins Fujifilm’s line of tough XP cameras. The XP140 is dust proof, waterproof to 25m, shockproof to 1.8mm and freeze proof. It weighs just 207g and features a 28mm lens with 5x optical zoom. The XP140 will be available in lime, yellow, graphite and sky blue from now, at £179.

X-T30 key features

APS-C 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor ISO 160-12,800, expansion 80 to 51,200 Up to 30fps shootingwith electronic shutter and 1.25x crop, 20fps uncropped Intelligent hybrid AFwith 91 areas 4K 4096x2160 video 16 filmsimulationmodes 15mins to 1/32,000sec electronic shutter Wi-Fi 256-zone TTLmetering 1xSD card slot

Two from Panasonic

Key features

Full-frame 26.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with optical lowpass filter ISO 100-40,000, expansion 50 to 102.400 4fps shootingwith AF tracking Vari-angle 3in touchscreenmonitor 4779 AF positions, 88%horizontal and 100%vertical coverage 4K video Wi-Fi Silent shooting 23 custom features 1xSD card slot thanks to three EF-EOS R adapter options, and Canon has now also announced the development of six new lenses for the EOS R system. These are: the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS; the RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM; the RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM; the RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM; and the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM. The new Canon EOS RP weighs 485g and is available now for £1399.99 for the EOS RP body with the Mount Adapter EF-EOS R and £2329.99 with the addition of the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.

Panasonic has announced the addition of the FZ1000 II bridge camera and TZ95 compact camera to its Lumix collection. The Panasonic FZ1000 II boasts a 1in 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and an autofocus system that can focus in as little as 0.09secs. Its Leica DC lens has a 16x optical zoom, offering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 25-400mm and an aperture range of f/2.8-4. With both an OLED viewfinder that offers a 2360k-dot resolution and 0.74x magnification, and a 3in, 1250k-dot free-angle monitor, composition at awkward angles is easy. Additional features include 4K photo, post focus, focus stacking, and photo styles for in- camera editing, which includes a newly added L.Monochrome D mode and low-energy Bluetooth. The Panasonic Lumix

FZ1000 II will be available from the end of March at £769.99. The Lumix TZ95 features a 20.3-megapixel sensor, 4Kphoto and video, 10fps high-speed burst shooting and is capable of shooting Raws and JPEGs. For convenience the camera can be charged via USB and with a fully charged battery you can shoot approximately 380 shots. The TZ95 will be available this April, in black and black silver, with a price of £399.99.

Canon adds EOS RP

Canon has unveiled the second model in the EOS R mirrorless full- frame range, the EOS RP. It’s the smallest and lightest full-frame camera from Canon so far. While the EOS R was targeted at more experienced users the EOS RP is aimed at advanced amateurs. It features the same DIGIC 8 processor as the EOS R, but has a lower resolution, 26.2-megapixel sensor that captures 14-bit CR3 Raw files and the option of smaller C-Raw. The maximum native ISO is 40,000with the option to extend up to 102,400. While it doesn’t feature the Dual Pixel Raw function of the EOS R, it does have the Dual Pixel

CMOS AF systemmaking it capable of focusing down to -5EV. Additional features include Canon’s Creative Assist offering a range of filters, effects and controls in camera, a 7.5cm vari-angle touchscreen, and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It also has Dual Sensing, five-axis IS, with IS- equipped lenses to reduce camera shake and a Digital Lens Optimiser (DLO) which can be applied in camera to RF lenses, as well as up to five EF lenses when registered in the camera to help achieve optimal clarity. The EOS RP is compatible with all of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses,


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Samyang’s XP 10mm f/3.5 lens is claimed to be the world’s widest non-fisheye prime lens. It provides an ultra-wide-angle coverage up to 130º and features 18 lens elements in 11 groups, seven special optical elements, three aspherical elements, one high-refractive element and three extra-low dispersion elements. The XP 10mm f/3.5 will be available for Canon full-frame DSLR cameras this March 2019 at £949.99. A Nikon F-mount will also be available. Samyang widest wide

Sony’s latest Master

Nikon unveils its first Z Pro lens

The FE 135mm f/1.8 GM lens is Sony’s 31st native full-frame mirrorless lens. Aimed at professional portrait, wedding and sports photographers, the lens has been equipped with Sony’s XD linear motors to achieve rapid AF tracking; it also features a control algorithm to help ensure quiet and low vibration AF. Both XA (extreme aspherical) and Super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements are incorporated to suppress lens aberrations, while a Super ED element minimises chromatic aberrations and colour fringing. It features Sony’s Nano AR coating to reduce flare and ghosting.

Design-wise, the FE 135mm f/1.8 GM features an aperture ring, focus ring and a focus range limiter, aswell as two customisable focus hold buttons and a focus mode switch. It weighs in at 950g. For bokeh, the lens has an 11-blade circular aperture mechanism and it also offers a minimum focus distance of 70cm for close shooting. The lens is due in April with a price of £1750. Sony has also announced seven circular polariser filters in sizes from 49mm to 82mm, which will also ship in April.

Nikon has now announced its first f/2.8 Pro lens for the Z system. The optical design of the 24- 70mm f/2.8 S has a rounded nine-blade aperture for smoothly graded bokeh, plus 17 elements in 15 groups, with anti-reflective ArneoandNanoCrystal coatings. The lens also has a customisable control ring that allows you to choose between manual focusing, silent aperture control and exposure compensation. The L-Fn button can also be assigned up to 21 different functions. Other features include an OLED display panel, allowing you to quickly check settings

such as aperture, focus distance, focal length and depth-of-field. It has a minimum focusing distance of 38cm and is fully weather sealed. Tim Carter, senior product manager, Nikon UK, says: “If you can only take one lens with you, the Nikkor Z 24– 70mm f/2.8 S offers the ideal combination of compact build and pro performance. Every component of a scene is rendered with lifelike clarity, and the full weather sealing readies this lens for any location.” Sales start from April and guide price is £2199.

Sigma’s 11 Art lenses

Sigma is a member of L-Mount Alliance and it has just announced its first products using this fitting. Sigma’s line-up of Art full-frame lenses, which consists of 11 primes from 14mm to 135mm, is now available in L-Mount. All lenses feature optimised AF with the AF Drive control program and high-speed communication being tuned to each lens. They’re also compatible with in-camera image stabilisation and in-camera aberration control, thanks to pre- loaded data which matches corrections to the optical characteristics of the

lens. Design-wise, the lenses feature a surface treatment, brass bayonet mount and rubber sealing to a dust- and splash-proof construction. Pricing and availability of the lenses have yet to be confirmed. Sigma has also released the MC-21 Mount Converter, allowing you to fit Sigma SA and Sigma Canon EF mount lenses to L-Mount camera bodies. This means that a total of 29 Sigma lenses can be used with L-Mount cameras. No price or availability details yet.

One, two, three fromTamron

Marking the 40th anniversary of its SP lens series, Tamron has announced the development of three lenses. The fast aperture SP 35mm f/1.4Di USD has high-speed and high-precision AF and its features are available when used on a mirrorless camera via an adapter. For full-frame DSLRs, Tamron has introduced the 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC

OSD, targeted at portrait photographers. It has a minimum focusing distance of 45cm across the entire focal range and features a Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) system for optimal AF performance and vibration compensation. The third lens is the 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD for Sony E-mount cameras. This high-speed ultra, wide-angle zoom

is powered by its RXD (rapid extra-silent stepping drive) stepping motor unit, to offer both quiet and high-speed AF when shooting stills or video. This lens has a 67mm filter size and a minimum focusing distance of 19cm. All prices and availability to be confirmed.

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Samyang's first RF lenses

LastingLegacy fromFotospeed

Charlie Waite

The MF 14mm f/2.8 and MF 85mm f/1.4 RF are the first two out of eight lenses to be announced in Samyang’s spring collection. Earlier this year Samyang announced that it would be releasing eight new lenses this spring. It has now released the first

two lenses, the MF 14mm f/2.8 RF and MF 85mm f/1.4 RF. The first two EOS RF mount lenses fromSamyang reflect some of its key models in its exciting wide- angle and telephoto line-up. TheMF 14mm f/2.8 RF offers a 115.7˚angle of view, making it ideal for landscapes and interior, while the MF 85mm f/1.4 RF is aimed at portraiture. Both lenses feature a new exterior design and weather sealing, protection from light rain and snow and an Ultra Multi Coating to minimise aberration. Both lenses will be on display at The Photography Show on the Intro2020 stand and visitors will be able to get hands-on. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.

H a v i n g released its P l a t i num C o t t o n 305 OBA- free paper last year, Fotospeed has now l aun ch e d its sister

becomes Olympus Mentor

PNY has announced a new range of performance flash cards, with capacities varying from 16GB to 512GB. The microSD range includes the Performance Plus, Elite, Elite-X and Pro Elite, while the SD includes the Elite, Elite-X and Pro-Elite. The Pro-Elite SD card and microSD offer read speeds of 100 MB/s and write speed up to 90MB/s. The new flash cards are available now. Morememory fromPNY paper, Legacy Gloss 325. This 100% cotton fine art paper has an unglazed gloss surface, high D-MAX, wide colour gamut and print life of more than 85 years. The brand new paper will be unveiled at The Photography Show on Fotospeed’s stand (F31). Legacy Gloss is available now in A4, A3, A3+ and A2 sheets, as well as 17in, 24in, 36in, 44in and 60in rolls. Sheet prices start from £37 (25 sheets, A4). There is a First Test on this lovely material in this issue.

Images The first RF lenses feature a new exterior design

Benro’s first 3-axis gimbal stabiliser To meet the needs of aspiring filmmakers

Olympus has announced that leading landscape photographer Charlie Waite has joined its programme of photographers as an Olympus Mentor. The photographer programme sees Olympus work with a number of photographers to support individual requirements and offer various opportunities to them. The programme includes Ambassadors, Mentors and Visionaries. Georgina Pavelin, Olympus marketing manager said: “Landscape photography is an ideal genre that supports Olympus’ portability message with our lightweight professional kit. Charlie’s work is simply stunning, and we are looking forward to sharing this amazing project.”

designed to allow filming from different angles and also makes the gimbal compact for travelling with. It offers three shoot modes: Locked-Down Mode, Horizontal Follow Mode and Universal Follow Mode and is also compatible with the Benro RedDog App allowing you to remotely control the gimbal and upgrade firmware. Its battery is stated as being able to last for 12 hours on a full charge, which takes only three hours. It also comes with a quick-storage case for fast and easy set-up.

and bloggers, Benro has announced a new range of three-axis electronic gimbals. The first model in the new series is the Benro RedDog R1, which is available now for £350. The RedDog R1 weighs 879g (without batteries) and is ideal for mirrorless camera systems, with the capability of holding up to 1.8kg of weight. It offers functionality to operate shutter and video on/off on Panasonic and Sony models, and will also allow you to control the zoom of Sony powerzoom lenses. Key features include a swivel handle which is

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3 Legged Thing introduces Ellie L-Bracket

Olympus goes for power Olympus’ M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 offers a 16.6x magnification, giving a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-400mm, currently making it one of the most powerful zoom lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Like the rest performance. To suppress chromatic aberrations and distortions, as well as reducing ghosting and flaring it has a Super ED lens, aspherical lenses, and a ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating which suppresses flare. The M.Zuiko Digital ED

Space Shuttle: A Photographic Journey

3 Legged Thing has announced an evolution of its universal L-Bracket. The Ellie features two different screwmount slots on its base and the length of the bracket base can also be adjusted using its rigid stainless steel sliding bars, allowing users to choose the best position for their camera. T h e

accessories such as microphones or mounting arms to the bracket. 3LT’s Danny Lenihan commented: “Ellie is the culmination of a year’s development and testing, and is built on the foundations of

B r i t i s h g r a p h i c d e s i g n e r Luke Wesley P r i c e brought his loveforspace

of the M.Zuiko lens range, the lens is compact and lightweight, weighing 455g and measuring 77.5 x 99.7mm. It’s dust, splash and freeze proof, and it is also equippedwith the MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) focus mechanism, offering high- speed AF

QR11 and hundreds of comments andemails from customers since the QR11 launched in 2017.” Ellie is made from aerospace grade magnesium alloy and will be available in two anodized finishes; Copper (orange) and Metallic Slate Grey. Ellie has a suggested retail price of £64.99.

exploration to life by creating Space Shuttle: A Photographic Journey , commemorating 30 years of space shuttle exploration. The book collates details of every space shuttle mission, including launch dates and crew lists, with stunning photos showing launch sequences, space walks and in-flight maintenance. Available in April, the book is £30 from Ammonite Press.

1 2 - 2 0 0 m m f/3.5-6.3 will be available from late March at £799.99. The lens comes with a free six- month warranty extension when registered via the MyOlympus platform at

v e r t i c a l side of the bracket has an opening a l l o w i n g

users with L-shaped cable pins to connect accessories with ease, while both ends of the vertical aspect have two 1/4in-20 threads so you can attach

Outdoor Photographer of the Year winners announced

This year’s competition saw over 20,000 entries, the highest number of entries in the eight years that the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition has been running for. Robert Birkby from the UK bagged himself the overall winning title, as well as winning the Light in the Land category. Detailing his shot, taken near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, Robert said “Much of the higher ground in the South Pennines is relatively featureless, but these sheep had found shelter between a snowdrift and a dry stone wall. The conditions during this storm were some of the worst I’ve

encountered and the gale force wind was driving snow straight at me. I used my trusty 50mm lens with its small front element, cupping my left hand around it as a makeshift lens hood. Holding the camera still in the wind was difficult, so I used a fast shutter speed to keep things sharp and capture the falling snowflakes.” Speaking of the competition, head judge Steve Watkins, editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, said: “The judges were blown away by the quality of work that we looked at this year. It shows that the world of outdoor photography is thriving like neverbefore, thanks to thehardwork,

fresh thinking and deep passion brought by the photographers. There were so many outstanding images and it was incredibly tough to boil it all down to the final selection; those photographs that had an extra edge and impact to them, in terms of creative or technical expertise, or both. The competition is going from strength to strength, with the quality bar being raised each year.” TheYoungOutdoor Photographer of the year was named as Riccardo Marchegiani from Italy, with his shot of Simien National Park, Ethiopia, with Anya Burnell from the UK

Above Overall winner of OPOTY was Robert Birkby, with this image of sheep in the snow taken near Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire

taking the runner-up spot with her shot of Berry Head, Brixham, Devon. Youcansee the full list ofwinnersand find out more about the competition at

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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

Here’s how to submit

Deadline for the next issue: 7April 2019

We need words and pictures by 7 April 2019 for the next issue of Photography News , which will be available from 16 April 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

Smethwick PS Smethwick PS will be hosting the MidPhot 2019 exhibition 20 to 24 March.Thecontest,runbytheMCPF, is now in its 56th year and shows the best of Midlands photography.

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 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 Issue 70, out from 10 September Deadline for contributions: 1 September Helpful dates

The event takes place at the Old Schoolhouse, Churchbridge, Oldbury B69 2AS. Doors are open Wednesday to Friday from7pm (AVs start 8pm), admission £3, Saturday to Sunday 10am to 5pm, admission £5 (all day). See for full details. The first Midland Monochrome national competition run by Smethwick PS opens on 20 March. If you are a keen mono print photographer, don’t miss out on submitting to this new exciting competition. There are four sections:

open mono; portraits and figure studies; scapes; and wet prints silver prints plus alternative processes. Further information can be found at Smethwick is also hosting the 1st National AV Festival, 13 to 14 April. See the new website for more details of this and other events.

Harpenden PS

Harpenden annual exhibition takes place this year on 27 April at High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden, from 10am till 4.30pm. One of the cultural highlights of the county’s events calendar, Harpenden PSwarmlywelcomes all to visit its exciting exhibition, featuring the inspirational work of many local photographers. Harpenden PS chairman Peter Stevens FRPS, comments: “The society’s annual photography exhibition is an incredible showcase of the very best images from our members. Each year our exhibition gets bigger and better, and we’re delighted to PS’s

Cranleigh CC

once again welcome everyone to come along and be inspired by the wonderful work on display.” HPS members will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you might have about membership.


More than 500 photographs will be on display at Richmond & Twickenham PS’s annual exhibition at The Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington, south west London, from 11 to 22 April. The Landmark is in Ferry Road, TW11 9NN, website The exhibition will boast a range of genres and styles from a society which is one of the largest in the country. In addition, the RPS’s Visual Art Group will be showing its 2019 Print Exhibition. Some RTPS members will also be displaying panels of images which recently gained them RPS distinctions.

Opening times are 10.30am to 5.30pm (every day including Easterbankholidays).Admission £2, children free. Most of the prints will be available to buy along with a selection of greetings cards and usedphotobooks andequipment. Refreshments will be available in the Landmark café where visitors can watch an additional display of digital images. The Society, which meets every Thursday at 8pm at Kew Community Centre, has around 150 members, from beginners to professionals. New members are always welcome.

Cranleigh CC’s annual show features an impressively varied, interesting range of colour and monochrome images, both printed and projected on screen. Ondisplaywillbemorethan 300 photographs featuring a wide range of different subjects and the entries were assessed by David Mendus, a highly experienced judge. Many of the prints are for sale. Refreshments are available and parking is easy – Cranleigh’s main car park is only a few yards past the Village Hall down VillageWay.



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City & Cripplegate extends its hand across the sea

Keen to maintain the special relationship it is forging with friends across the pond, City of London & Cripplegate PS (COLCPS) has repeated its competition with the Camera Club of Hendersonville (CCOH) in North Carolina, USA. This friendly competition started in 2017 because the clubs have two members who attend both, depending on which country they are in. “We have called it ‘Hands across the sea’,” says COLCPS chair Natalie Robinson. “It provides a great opportunity to pit our creative skills against our American friends and see how we both approach a photographic theme. “The rules are that each club provides five images in four

but in the final selection each member can have only one image per category. “In 2017 COLCPS chose the categories and provided the judge; CCOH came out on top and we contributed the winning image in one category. “In 2018 it was the turn of CCOH to choose a judge and decide on the categories, which were: dramatic light; motion; urban life; and weather. This time we came out on top (hurrah!) and our members’ images were winners in three categories, with a joint winner in the fourth. “With the honours now even in this friendly competition, we are hoping that it will continue for a number of years yet”.

February saw the annual Fosse Inter Cities PDI trophy. This is a four image event which this year had entries from 16 clubs across the Midlands and was judged by Peter Yeo FRPS. Earl Shilton emerged in first place – actually, joint first with Leicester Forest PS – scoring 75 from a possible 80. From Earl Shilton CC’s four entries, Jules Holbeche-Maund received the Gold Medal for her image ‘White Feathered Goddess’ and Ian Waite achieved a highly commended for ‘The Scamp’ – both scored the top mark of 20. The other images were ‘Vestrahorn’ by Phil Mallin scoring 18 and ‘Swooping falcon’ by Peter Lawrance scoring 17. Earl Shilton CC also has a presentation night on the 29 May at the Mary Forryan Centre in Hinckley with Charlie Waite. Tickets are available from Earl Shilton CC’s website. Earl ShiltonCC

categories; these are scored blind and the highest total score determines which club wins. To

encourage wide participation, COLCPS members can submit as many images as they like,

Biggleswade &District CC

Biggleswade & District CC has a new venue, the Sullivan Room at The Weatherley Centre, Orchard Close, Biggleswade SG18 0NE. If you enjoy taking photos and want to increase your knowledge, then please go along any Thursday at 7.30pm for 8pm start until approximately 10pm from September toApril.Youwill receive

there’s a bar! Visitors may attend three meetings free before deciding to join – there is a visitor’s charge of £3 on lecture nights. The subscription for the remainder of the season is just £20 (half price for under 18s and full-time students).

a warm and friendly welcome with help and advice freely given – and

Cheltenham International

Viewfinder PS The Viewfinder PS is hosting a talk by Heather Angel at the Parkway Cinema, Beverley, East Yorkshire on 8 April 2019. starting at 7.30pm. Heather Angel has been at the forefront of wildlife photography for several decades and her images appear in magazines and books all over the world. Her passion for photographing mammals, plants and macro subjects has led to many awards in Britain and overseas. China has a special fascination for Heather and her frequent visits to the wilder parts of this enigmatic country have resulted in three books on pandas alone. In recent years, she has also invested a lot of time working at Kew Gardens in London, documenting the wildlife for her book and exhibition, Wild Kew . Tickets (£10 adults, £5 students) are available from

Cheltenham CC is pleased to announce the seventh Cheltenham International Salon of Photography (CISP). There are five sections: colour, monochrome; creative; nature;

and travel. Entries can be made online. Closing date for entries is 1 April.


Maidstone’s KCPA double

The 2018-19 season is proving to be a real success story for Maidstone CC. Each year the Kent County Photographic Association (KCPA) holds two major competitions open to affiliated clubs: the Ross Cup for prints and the Diamond Jubilee for PDIs. Maidstone were joint winners with Beckenham PS of the 68th Ross Cup and outright winners of the 9th Annual Diamond Jubilee

competition. Maidstone member Steve Carroll ARPS also won the Premier Award Certificate and Ashford PS Shield with his image ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’. Maidstone CC meets every Tuesday evening from September to May at Madginford Hall, Bearsted ME15 8LH, from 7.30pm. Newmembers are always welcome.

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Gear of the Year Photography News Awards 2018 The competition is over, the votes have been counted and the results are in. Discover what Photography News readers consider to be the best imaging kit available over the next three pages. It’s a top gear fest! WINNERS

Photography is very much about workflow – and the Photography News Awards 2018 reflect that accordingly. We beginwith the capture categories, which includes the expected cameras and lenses, but also covers memory cards, tripods, filters, bags and lighting. Once you have your images, you need to do something with them, so we recognise that with our categories for software, colour management kit and monitors. After you have worked on your images, you need to output them. We all know most pictures stay on hard drives or get posted online, but there is nothing like holding a lovely print; thus we have awards for printers and inkjet media.

Fromumpteen product categories, it doesn’t seem fair to highlight any particular winner, but we’re going to anyway. The Innovation Award went to the L-Mount Alliance between Leica, Panasonic and Sigma. Major brands collaborating isn’t especially innovative and it probably happens all the time at some level, but we just don’t know about it. The L-Mount alliance with two major brands such as Panasonic and Sigma adopting the lens mount of another, Leica, is less usual, but it makes sense. Panasonic has already announced two mirrorless full-frame cameras (the Lumix S1R test is in this issue) and Sigma has recently unveiled an 11 prime lens line-up

using the L-Mount (see page 3). It would be a major surprise if L-mount products don’t figure prominently in the 2019 awards. Medium format digital is never going to be massmarket, but there is no doubt Fujifilmhas made the joys of bigger images more affordable than ever with its GFX system. This year’s winning medium format camera is the GFX 50R and, while its sensor and processor are known quantities, packaging it in a different and more compact body and with handling reminiscent of its old roll-film cameras has definitely attracted plaudits. Enjoy, and thank you for supporting the awards. It is, as always, massively appreciated.

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The power of prints Print and savewith the EpsonEcoTank ET-7750

Photography is a linear process, from pre- visualisation and capture through to editing, ultimately ending in something tangible: a print. There is nothing more satisfying than enjoying a pile of prints after a shoot or trip, and producing those prints at home only intensifies the experience. It is stating the obvious, but enjoying your creativity on-screen is essentially free, while making prints costs money. The printer itself is a significant initial investment but over time it is the cost of consumables that hurts. The Epson EcoTank ET-7750 is an all-in- one A3 printer/copier/scanner unit offering cartridge-free printing with its easy-to-refill, five-colour inks selling for £699.99. The ET- 7750 is one of several models in the EcoTank family and it offers up to A3 output. Set-up is quick and easy – all you have to do is fill each cartridge from the supplied ink. It’smostlymess-free – although I managed to spill a few drops of ink so it’s worth having some kitchen towel handy and perhaps some newspaper under the ink tank area to preserve your tabletop. The printer comes with two bottles of each colour ink and there is a spare maintenance tank too (one is supplied already fitted). Once the tanks are filled, it is a matter of initialisation (which gives you time for a cuppa) and connecting to

Epson will be demonstrating the EcoTank ET-7750 along with its full range of fine art printers and media at The Photography Show, 16-17 March at the NEC, stand E81. Epson at The Photography Show

Images: Set-up is quick and easy, and filling the cartridges with the supplied inks is relatively mess free

your network. There are Ethernet and USB interfaces available if you prefer hardwiring but getting the unitworkingwirelessly is easy. The EcoTank ET-7750 suits a range of media including Epson Photo Paper Glossy. Generic ICC profiles were not available for this printer so you have several options: let the printer manage colours, try sRGB or Adobe RGB through Photoshop or make your own. I tried all three with a good level of success notably with colour images. Perhaps not surprisingly prints via my homemade profile usually looked the best but the same files outputted via Photoshop and sRGB looked very good too and on occasion looked superior. The Photoshop/sRGB combination worked very well on the papers where I didn’t bother to make a custom profile. My monochromes, while acceptable, were a little short of what I’d like, but then my usual Epson printer, the SC-P800, has several black inks. Deep shadows and blacks looked fine but mid-tones lacked depth and tonal smoothness and several monochromes came out with delicate colour casts.

In use, the printer was quiet and fast. An A3 print took about two minutes and out of 30 prints, I had two misfeeds. I tried topping the ink tanks up to full just to check that the process was simple – it was. Verdict The Epson EcoTank ET-7750 is a capable photo printer and the proposition it offers – photo-quality output with low running costs – is very tempting. The fact that it also scans and copies is an added bonus. At £699.99 the ET-7750’s initial investment is higher than Epson’s dedicated A3+ printers – the SC- P600sells at £549while the SC-P400 is £454 – but produce prints in good numbers and the extra cost is soon recouped. If running costs has deterred you from home printing, Epson’s ET-7750 could be the answer.


Price £699.99

Printingmethod Epson Micro Piezo print head – 360 nozzles black, 180 per colour Minimumdroplet size 1.5picolitre with variable-sized droplet technology Printing resolution 5760x1440dpi LCD screen 6.8cm colour Card format SD Operating systems Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, Server Mac OS X 10.6 to 10.12 Interfaces Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, USB, Ethernet, USB host Dimensions (WxDxH) 52.6x41.5x16.8cm Weight 10.5kg

Replacement inks: 105 black 140ml £17.99, EcoTank 106 cyan, magenta, yellow, photo black 70ml £11.99. Maintenance tank £8.99 In the box ET-7750, manual, CD, power cord, two bottles 105 black 140ml, two 70ml bottles each 106 cyan, magenta, yellow, photo black. Maintenance tank supplied fitted and one spare included Ink technology Pigment black and four dye colour inks Paper formats Up to A4 in paper tray, A3 in rear tray feed CD/DVD printing Yes Accepted paper weights 64 to 300gsm Scanner resolution 1200x2400dpi (hxv)


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WIDE-ANGLE LENS Winner: Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSMArt Nominations: y y Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM y y Fujifilm XF8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR y y Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E ED y y Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 F y y Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art y y Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM y y Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 y y Tokina Fírin 20mm f/2 FE AF y y Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4

CONSUMERDSLR WINNER: Canon EOS 800D Nominations: y y Canon EOS 2000D

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

PROFESSIONAL DSLR Winner: Canon EOS 5DMark IV Nominations: y y Canon EOS 5DS R y y Canon EOS-1D X Mark II y y Nikon D5 y y Sony a99 II

y y Nikon D3500 y y Nikon D7200 y y Pentax K-70 y y Sony A68

ADVANCEDCSC Winner: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Nominations: y y Canon EOS R y y Fujifilm X-T20 y y Leica M10-P y y Nikon Z 6 y y Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II y y Sony A7 III

STANDARDLENS Winner: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Nominations: y y Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM y y Fujifilm XF16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR y y Fujifilm XF35mm f/2 R WR y y Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S y y Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.2 PRO y y Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art

MEDIUMFORMAT LENS Winner: Hasselblad XCD 80mm f/1.9 Nominations: y y Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4 y y Fujifilm GF110mm f/2 R LM WR y y Fujifilm GF250mm f/4 R LM OIS WR

CONSUMERCSC Winner: Olympus PEN E-PL9 Nominations:

y y Canon EOS M50 y y Fujifilm X-T100

y y Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III y y Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80

TRIPOD: ALLOY Winner: Manfrotto BeFree AluminiumTravel Nominations: y y 3 Legged Thing Punks Travis y y Benro Slim Travel – Aluminium y y Kenro Karoo Compact Tripod (Large, Aluminium) y y Nest Traveller NT-6294AK Tripod y y Slik PRO 700DX

y y Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art y y Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art y y Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF

TELEPHOTOLENS Winner: Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG

COMPACT /BRIDGE Winner: Panasonic Lumix LX100 II Nominations: y y Canon PowerShot SX740 HS y y Fujifilm XF10 y y Leica C-Lux y y Nikon Coolpix P1000 y y Sony DSC-HX95

OS HSM Sport Nominations:

ADVANCEDDSLR Winner: Nikon D850 Nominations: y y Canon EOS 6D Mark ll y y Canon EOS 7D Mark ll y y Nikon D500 y y Pentax K-1 Mark II y y Sony A77 II

y y Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM y y Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM y y Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR y y Fujifilm XF200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR y y Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR y y Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF

y y Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art y y Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS y y Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD

TRIPOD: CARBON FIBRE Winner: Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel Tripod (Carbon Fibre) 401C Nominations: y y 3 Legged Thing Equinox Albert

PROFESSIONAL CSC Winner: FujifilmX-T3 Nominations: y y Nikon Z 7 y y Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S y y Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II y y Sony A7R III y y Sony A9

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

MEDIUMFORMAT Winner: FujifilmGFX 50R Nominations: y y Fujifilm GFX 50S y y Hasselblad H6D-400c MS y y Hasselblad X1D-50c y y Leica S (Typ 007) y y Phase One XF IQ3 100MP

y y Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic y y Manfrotto BeFree GT carbon y y Novo Explora T20 y y Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CGHT


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MONITOR Winner: BenQ SW320 Pro 32in IPS LCD Nominations: y y BenQ SW240 24in IPS LCD y y Dell UltraSharp 32 UP3216Q y y Eizo ColorEdge CG318-4K 31in y y Philips Brilliance 40in 4K Ultra HD LCD (BDM4037UW) y y Samsung 32in QLED 4K UHD U32H850

FILTER Winner: Marumi Magnetic Filter System Nominations:

PRINTER Winner: Epson EcoTank ET-7750 Nominations: y y Canon Pixma PRO-100S y y DNP DS820A y y Fujifilm Frontier-S y y Mitsubishi Smart D90EV y y Tomy KiiPix

y y Benro 100mm Filter System y y H&Y magnetic Filter System y y Hoya Ultra-Pro Filters y y Lee Filters Reverse ND Filter y y SRB Elite Filter System

ON-CAMERA FLASH Winner: Rotolight NEO 2 Nominations: y y Hähnel Modus 600RT y y Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 y y Nissin Di700A y y Pixapro Li-ION580 MKII TTL

INNOVATION Winner: L-Mount Alliance: Leica Camera AG, Panasonic and Sigma Nominations: y y Canon EOS R System y y Nikon Z System

y y Pixel X900 y y Profoto A1

MEMORY CARD Winner: Lexar Professional 1000x SDHC/ SDXC UHS-II Nominations: y y PNY Elite Performance 512GB SDXC UHS-I y y Samsung MicroSDXC PRO Endurance 128GB y y SanDisk Extreme microSD UHS-I 400GB y y Sony SD SF-G TOUGH UHS-II EXTERNAL STORAGE DEVICE Winner: G-Technology G-DRIVE Mobile SSD Nominations: y y Drobo 8D y y LaCie Portable SSD y y Samsung Portable SSD X5 y y Western Digital My Passport Wireless SSD SOFT BAG/BACKPACK Winner: Tenba Shootout 16L DSLR Backpack Nominations: y y Crumpler Kingpin Camera Bag 9000 y y Gitzo Adventury 45L y y Lowepro FreeLine BP 350 AW y y MindShift FirstLight 30L y y Think Tank StreetWalker V2.0

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

SOFTWARE Winner: Serif Affinity Photo Nominations: y y Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC y y Portrait Professional v18 y y DxO PhotoLab 2

PORTABLE FLASH Winner: Profoto B10 Nominations: y y Broncolor Siros 400 L y y Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL y y Elinchrom ELB 1200 y y Interfit S1 y y Pixapro Pika200 TTL y y Profoto B1X

BEST RETAILER Winner: CameraWorld


INKJETMEDIA: FINE ART FINISH Winner: Hahnemühle WilliamTurner 310 Nominations: y y Canson Infinity Rag Photographique 310gsm

y y Fotospeed Platinum Cotton 305 y y Hahnemühle Photo Rag Metallic y y PermaJet Photo Art Silk 290

MAINS FLASH Winner: Interfit Honey Badger 320Ws Nominations:

PROCESSING LAB Winner: One Vision

y y Broncolor Siros 400 S y y Elinchrom ELC Pro HD y y Profoto D2

PHOTOWEBSITE PROVIDER Winner: Amazing Internet

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

COLOURMANAGEMENT DEVICE Winner: DataColor Spyder5PRO+ Nominations: y y Datacolor Spyder5CAPTURE PRO X-Rite y y X-Rite ColorMunki Photographer Kit y y X-Rite i1Studio

CONTINUOUS LIGHT Winner: NanGuang RGB LED Tube Light Nominations: y y Interfit LM8 18in Daylight LED Ring Light y y Rotolight Anova PRO 2 Bi-Colour

TRAINING PROVIDER Winner: The Photographer Academy

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Learn Profoto If you’re attending The Photography Show, make sure to visit the Profoto stand (E121) to learn top tips and techniques from professional photographers who use Profoto kit on a day-to-day basis

Hannah Couzens

Sanjay Jogia

Award-winning portrait photographer Hannah Couzens opened her first portrait studio at the age of 22. She has worked with

Hannah now travels all over the world sharing her knowledge and teaching. She is giving two demos at The Photography Show this year, on all four days. The first is ‘Maximum impact with minimal kit portraits’ (B10) where Hannah will demonstrate how you can create multiple looks using just two B10 and two light shapers. In her second demo, ‘Creating Atmospheric Portraits with the B10’

you’ll be able to see how to create mood and depth to your images. For this demo, Hannah is building her lighting set-up one light at a time so you can see the effects each light and position makes. In addition, Hannah is giving a free talk on creative character portraits between 13:00 and 13:30 on the Monday.

a number of high-profile clients, including actors and musicians and even worked as a freelance photographer in New Zealand.

Named as one of the top six wedding photographers in the world by Professional

the Profoto stand on the Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. He will be sharing his lighting secrets for weddings.

Photographer magazine, Sanjay Jogia is a multiple award-winning luxury wedding photographer, alongside his partner Roshni Jogia. Together, they form Eye Jogia. Sanjay is giving his ‘Inspiring Light – Expert Secrets’ talk on

Visit Sanjay

• Saturday 14:30 • Sunday 16:00 • Tuesday 13:30

Andy Hoàng

Visit Hannah

• Saturday 10:30 and 13:30 • Sunday 10:30 and 14:00 • Monday 10:30 and 16:00 • Tuesday 10:30 and 15:30

Rory Lewis

Rory Lewis has spent

some work acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. Rory is giving his talk ‘Portability Portraiture’ across all four days on the Profoto stand, where he will discuss how he uses the B2 To-Go kits and other portable Profoto equipment for his work.

Visit Andy

over a decade photographing some of the world’s most

• Monday 13:30 • Tuesday 11:30

recognised faces from William Shatner, David Cameron, Sir Derek Jacobi, Iain Glen and Natalie Dormer. His list of clients includes Pepsi, Universal Pictures, the British Army, Cancer Research UK, The Times and many more. He has won the Portrait of Britain award two years in a row and has also had

London-based fashion and commercial photographer Andy Hoàng specialises in studio lighting and has had his worked published on the front cover of magazines in London and New York. His ‘Creating light with reflectors’ talk will show you how to create great images using the Profoto B10s and a range of handheld reflectors.

Visit Rory

• Saturday 12:00 • Sunday 12:00 • Monday 14:00 • Tuesday 14:00

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secrets at TPS!

Amanda Thomas

Tina Eisen

Established fashion and portrait photographer, Amanda Thomas, has more than 20 years of experience working with

Amanda is also known for working with sustainable fashion brands. Her talk, ‘Creative Portrait: one light, three ways’, will show you how to get creative and light your subjects differently through live demonstrations.

creative agencies, art directors and business owners of small, exciting fashion brands.

Visit Tina

• Saturday 11:30 and 16:00 • Sunday 12:30 and 15:00 • Monday 11:30 and 14:30

Visit Amanda

Known for her editorial, commercial beauty and fashion work, Tina Eisen has more than 10 years of experience in the industry and has

• Saturday 12:30 • Sunday 13:30

Kate & Brent Kirkman

worked with clients such as Sephora, ASOS, Harvey Nichols andmore. Tina runs workshops across Europe and North America and is a regular speaker and educator for a number of brands, including Profoto. At this year’s show, Tina is giving three talks demonstrating six different set-ups using the Profoto A1.

Husband and wife team, Kate (previously Kate Hopewell-Smith) and Brent Kirkman are specialists in luxury and destination wedding photography and cinematography. Together they have photographed intimate celebrations for stars from the worlds of TV, film and music. The couple also run Training byLumiere where they share their knowledge through workshops. Kate and Brent are giving two talks on the Profoto stand, ‘Shedding light on weddings’, where they will provide their insight into when, how and why they use artificial lighting for weddings. The second talk ‘Where there is darkness, let

there be light’ will include a demonstration on how to use simple but effective lighting techniques for bridal and groom portraits, as well as couple shots. They are also giving a talk titled ‘The Hour of No Second Chances’ on the Wedding and Portrait stage on the Tuesday at 11am, where they’ll share their tips on how to navigate through the toughest hour of a wedding.

Discover more

Visit Kate&Brent

To find out more about Profoto’s products visit stand E121at The Photography Show or head to

• Saturday 15:30 • Sunday 11:00 • Monday 12:30 and 15:30

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