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Nikon launches smallest Z series Say hello to the compact camera that’s pushing boundaries

is incredible how many frames you get when shooting at 20fps. I even got a few keepers, which is a result, considering my hand-eye coordination isn’t that great, and photographing flying birds isn’t one of my superpowers. Actually, my success rate – in terms of sharp shots of airborne puffins – was impressively high, even though the composition might have left something to be desired. That was almost entirely due to the tech I was packing. I ran with a Canon EOS R5 and 100-500mm zoom. Subject/eye detection with continuous AF was incredible once I locked on to a bird. But, typical of mirrorless, the EOS R5 was far from infallible when acquiring focus – and quite often needed a helping hand. However, once managed, AF was remarkably tenacious and clearly better than anything I could achieve manually. See you again in September!

EDITOR’S LETTER WILL CHEUNG

WELCOME TO THE 100th issue of Photography News . When it launched, the magazine broke new ground by being aimed at enthusiast photographers, especially camera club members, but also free. It has been a great success, and that’s thanks to you and your unwavering support. A couple of months have passed since we last met, and I have managed to keep up with my image making, mostly on a break to Northumberland. I had a couple of boat trips out to photograph the Farne Islands wildlife, particularly its puffins. On each journey I took, literally, thousands of shots. It

NIKON’S Z 30 has a 20.9-megapixel APS-C format sensor and is aimed at content creators, but there’s plenty to please traditional photographers, too. Key features include a 100-51,200 ISO range, 11fps shooting and eye and animal detection AF. The Z 30 is the first Z series body to come without an electronic viewfinder. This gives it a rangefinder look, albeit

with a deep, sculpted grip. Plus, the body measures only 128x73.5x59.5mm and weighs 350g, so it’s certainly portable. The three- inch vari-angle touch-screen LCD can be flipped around to the front. To make the video creation side of things easy and high-quality, there’s 4K/30p and 1920x1080 120p footage, as well as time-lapse modes.

The Z 30 comes body-only at £699. Buy with a Z 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 DX VR for £839, or with a Z 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 DX VR on top for £1069. Get a vlogger kit with 16-50mm lens, SmallRig tripod and wind muff, plus Nikon ML-L7 remote for £879. nikon.co.uk

Portable lens comes to S-line

Go long with this top-value Nikon super-telephoto

As an S-line lens, it gets the highest-grade optics in its 19-element, 13-group construction. Focus can be as close as 2.5m, it weighs 1.25kg, measures 234.5mm long and takes 95mm filters. The optic will set you back £3299. nikon.co.uk

THE NIKON Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S is a compact, lightweight, but powerful prime. Its 400mm focal length brings all sorts of sports and wildlife subjects into frame-filling glory, and it’s also compatible with Z TC-1.4x and Z TC-2x teleconverters.

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03 News New cameras from Canon, Fujifilm and Nikon

27 Extinct possibilities Evidence is mounting: Earth’s next mass extinction is happening 30 The magic of Mondays How a photographer is utilising social media to inspire an entire community of creativity 33 The photographer’s guide to gearing up for video With most cameras capable of shooting stills and video, capturing moving pictures has never been easier – but you still need the right accessories to ensure amazing results 38 Buyers’ guide: Going under cover In these cash-strapped times, it makes perfect sense to get fully insured against the loss of your kit – whatever the cause may be 41 Buyers’ guide: Lots to be desired Purchasing kit at auction could make the most of your budget, and there’s a chance of picking up something unusual, too

56 Big test: OM System OM-1 The first camera from OM System is an impressive machine that’s fast, skilful and handles well 62 First look: Fujifilm X-H2S Brand-new cam has a day out at the Goodwood Festival of Speed: see the fast worker in action 64 Used corner: Nikon Z 7 If you want to go full-frame mirrorless, you could do much worse than the Nikon Z 7 – and it’s a bit of a modern-day bargain 66 First tests l Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM l Kingjoy SolidRock C85 tripod l MindShift PhotoCross 10 sling & 13 backpack l Vanguard Alta Sky 68 backpack l Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 l Benro GH2F gimbal

09 2022 TIPA World Awards: The winners Best imaging gear this year, chosen by magazines worldwide 13 Samsung and Vanguard contests A microSD card and Vanguard prizes worth £1000 to be won 14 Photo 24: The day itself After months of build up and planning, it was all over in 24 hours, but what a wonderful day it was 19 Scenes from a pandemic The past two years have been challenging, but let’s find out how a collection of keen photographers made the most of their time 22 Working to a greener future Sustainability has three pillars: economic, environment and social. We ask leading imaging brands precisely what these mean to them

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News Canon targets the mass market Photo giant has taken its full-frame lens mount and put it on APS-C format cameras, the EOS R7 and EOS R10

First up, the EOS R7 has 32.5 megapixels from its front-side illuminated CMOS sensor with Digic X processor. It blitzes along at 30fps, giving full-format Raws with the maximum 1/16,000sec electronic shutter. Pre-shooting mode captures images while the shutter button is partially held down, then records stills from 0.5sec before it is fully pressed down. Mechanical shutter is no slouch either, racing along at an impressive 15fps; here, top speed is 1/8000sec. Files are recorded to twin UHS-II SD card slots. In-body image stabilisation has up to 8EV benefit; and the EOS R7’s AF system has some of the skills of its top-end brothers. Dual Pixel CMOS AF II phase detection has 651 points, with an option of customisable zones – and subject recognition works for people, animals and vehicles. There is head, face and eye detection across the entire frame. AF is very sensitive, working down to -5EV – and even at f/22 when teleconverters are in play. Boasting another Canon first, it has a combined AF multi-controller and control wheel positioned to the

The EOS R7 and EOS R10 are the first APS-C models in Canon’s RF system. In essence, it means photographers of all levels can enjoy outstanding performance benefits, in smaller, less expensive cameras. What’s more, the 1.6x crop factor gives an additional boost to action and nature photographers. While both are compatible with the 26 optics in its RF system – and accept EOS EF/EF-S glass via an EF-EOS R adapter – Canon has added two dedicated APS-C kit lenses. More on those later, but let’s start with the cameras.

left of the AF ON button. It gives the opportunity to shift the AF point and change camera settings with your thumb, without having to adjust hand position on the camera. The EOS R7 will retail at £1349. While stocks last, it comes with the EF-EOS R mount adapter in that price. Stretch the budget to £1699 and you can add the RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. While the EOS R10 is less high- spec, it sticks with the AF skills of the EOS R7. Resolution is 24 megapixels with Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, and maximum continuous shooting is 23fps with electronic shutter and 15fps using mechanical. Both cameras have impressive video skills, offering UHD 4K/60p or 40p. Fully articulating touch monitors will appeal to vloggers, as will new-style Canon hotshoes that power accessories like microphones. The EOS R10 body retails at £899. For an extra £100, you can get the camera with RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens and – while stocks last – the EF-EOS R mount adapter as part of a launch offer. Upgrade the package to the RF-S 18-150mm

THE JOY OF SIZE Canon’s two latest models are APS-C format, so offer the telephoto benefit of a 1.6x crop factor

of 29-72mm and has a 4EV image stabiliser built-in. An STM focus motor means the lens is super-quiet when zooming, and there’s a control ring for added versatility. The latter lens provides 29-240mm equivalent coverage in the 35mm format – and this model also makes use of an STM motor for focusing. Here, image stabilisation offers 4.5EV benefit. canon.co.uk

f/3.5-6.3 IS STM optic and this goes up to £1249.99. Both models are available to order right now. The aforementioned kit lenses – an RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM and RF-S 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM – can be bought separately at £319.99 and £519.99, respectively. When not in action, the former optic retracts, so it’s really compact. In use, it gives 35mm format coverage

LENS SPECIAL Canon has added two APS-C, RF-fit zooms to its line

The VEO Bag-in-Bag series gives image makers extreme carrying and packing versatility Vanguard keeps it neat

Capture a Moment for Cobalt is an open photo competition, with no set themes and a judging panel looking for the very best shots captured on camera or phone. The aim is to raise funds for young adults and teenagers with cancer, providing specialist nurses. In total, 13 images will feature in the 2023 Cobalt calendar, plus an exhibition in September. Each winning entrant receives a framed print of their photo. Prizes come from London Camera Exchange, The Royal Photographic Society, Digital Photography and Outdoor Photography. You can also win workshop places and tickets to The Photography Show & The Video Show, NEC. Entry is £2 per image and the closing date is 31 July 2022. bit.ly/3bL7ZQh Cobalt charity is hosting a photo contest to raise funds Support please

Vanguard’s BIB (Bag-in-Bag) family means you can protect kit in a case of your choice, and use a stand-alone bag too. The BIB range comprises three series: the Divider S, T and F. Divider S is the largest, with four sizes – from S37 at £99.99 to S53 at £179.99. S53 measures 56x22x43.5cm, big enough for plenty of kit. The F line protects gear in everyday bags and cases, ranging in price from the £49.99 F27 to £89.99 F36. The T series is the smallest, made-to-fit shoulder bags. T18 is £29.99, up to T25 at £49.99. Vanguard BIB is available now. vanguardworld.co.uk

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News Fujifilm hits fifth gear

Never one for half measures, two lenses have been added and the roadmap updated XF optics on the horizon

X-H2S sports updated X-Trans sensor built for speedy stills and pro-level video

is a super-telephoto, compatible with Fujifilm teleconverters. Add the XF2X TC WR and get a 35mm equivalent of 1828mm. Internally, it has 24 elements in 17 groups. That includes three ED and four Super ED, minimising axial chromatic aberration. The result is a high-performing machine weighing just 1605g, which stays a constant size through the focal length range, thanks to its internal zoom design. Add a 5EV-benefit optical image stabiliser, weather proofing at 19 points, matte silver finish to keep cool in extreme heat and AF driven by a linear inner focus motor, and this is a lens with serious appeal to wildlife and action photographers. The price is £1899. Finally, Fujifilm has three additions to its lens roadmap: an XF56mm f/1.2 Mk II, XF30mm f/2.8 R Macro and XF8mm f/3.5. fujifilm.com/uk

Fujifilm’s new XF18-120mm f/4 LM PZ WR is a hybrid zoom, with fully electric zoom drive and normal manual operation to suit stills and video use. A constant f/4 6.7x zoom, it covers the 35mm equivalent focal length range of 27-183mm – the core photographic span for most people. Featuring 15 elements in 12 groups, three aspherical and three ED lenses suppress aberrations and distortion. It gives a magnification ratio of 0.2x, with minimum working distance of just 46cm from the front element. Focusing is handled by a lightweight inner focus group of elements working with a linear motor, for AF as quick as 0.02sec. The XF18-120mm f/4 LM PZ WR is due to go on sale in September at a price of £899. A second release is the XF150- 600mm f/5.6-8 R LM OIS WR. A 150-600mm focal length range equals 229-914mm in the 35mm format: this

Fujifilm’s X-H2S is the first X Series camera to house the fifth-generation X-Trans sensor, with a feature set sure to appeal to stills and video creators. Resolution is 26.1 megapixels, so the same as the CMOS 4 sensor, but the focus is very much on speed. Fujifilm has said that a higher-resolution APS-C sensor is on its way. The X-Trans CMOS 5 HS sensor is back-side illuminated, but stacked too, making it capable of reading signals four times faster than before. Following in the footsteps of earlier X-Trans sensors, it employs a 6x6 pixel. This ‘random’ array keeps the risk of moire down – and there’s no need for an optical low-pass filter. Couple this with the X-Processor 5, which has double the speed of the previous generation, and you have a seriously quick camera.

The X-H2S can shoot at 40fps blackout-free using the electronic shutter. At this speed, you get around 175 compressed Raws with AE/AF tracking. Drop down to 30fps and receive over 1000 JPEGs in continuous shooting. For a similar number of Raws (lossless compressed or compressed) in a burst, set 20fps. Switch to the mechanical shutter and the top shooting rate is 15fps, with the potential of 1000+ JPEGs or uncompressed Raws. A fast sensor/processor duo triples the number of calculations in phase detection information, to give excellent AF performance, even at these rapid shooting rates. AE/ AF tracking is thus more accurate. An improved prediction algorithm boosts the camera’s ability to track moving subjects in low light and zone AF, while subject recognition AF has been improved with deep-learning technology. This new system can detect and track human faces/eyes, but also animals, bikes, birds, cars, planes and trains. The X-H2S’s predecessor, the X-H1, was very much video-orientated, and this model has a strong feature set too, including some AF benefits for stills. Its sensor enables internal recording of 4:2:2 10-bit video at 6.2K/30p, and the camera supports

4K/120p for high-definition slow motion. The sensor’s readout speed is as short as 1/180sec, to keep rolling shutter effect to minimal levels. Dual memory card slots, supporting CFexpress Type B and SD UHS-II, are found on the body. You will need the former to get the most of continuous shooting skills – a list of compatible cards is on Fujifilm’s website. For pro videomakers, the X-H2S has a heat-dissipating structure to enable 240 minutes of 4K/60p video. For even more performance, including shooting in high temperatures, the optional Fan-001 is available. This fits at the rear of the camera body, behind the articulating monitor, costing £169. Optional accessories include the VBG-XH grip at £399. An FT-XH file transmitter with LAN connectivity is due this September for £949. The X-H2S is available in black and the body-only price is £2499, with availability this month. fujifilm.com/uk

KEEPING COOL An optional fan fits on the camera back for video shooting

The Photography Show & The Video Show 2022 takes place at the NEC, 17-20 September All roads lead to the NEC

LCE opening up in Oxford London Camera Exchange is a popular photo retailer, founded back in the fifties. Since then, its reputation for top service, stocks and an extensive product range has only grown. The number of stores increased, too, with 26 spread across England. That’s going to be 27 in early August, after the opening of an Oxford branch on New Inn Hall Street. lcegroup.co.uk

Our industry gathers for the UK’s biggest expo aimed at enthusiasts, pro photographers and videomakers. Over 250 exhibitors will be attending, with a programme of more than 400 talks and masterclasses from 350+ speakers. Don’t miss it. Adult entry is £14.95, over-60s and children 14-17 cost £11.95. For tickets or to register, visit below. photographyshow.com

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Profoto’s can-size beauty

Light specialist’s range of battery-powered flash units has gained a new baby

Analog Efex and Color Efex are getting serious revamps The Nik Collection 5 of stand-alone apps or plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom is popular and powerful. Analog Efex and Color Efex are improved this time, bringing them in line with Silver Efex and Viveza, the two most recently updated. User interfaces were rebuilt from scratch and there’s smarter U Point technology. Color Efex has ClearView, which improves image clarity with a slider control. There’s the potential of 29 new film grain effects, for photographers wanting to impart a true cinematic look to their creations. Nik Collection for Windows and Mac is available at £135. Owners of Collection 4 can upgrade for £69. nikcollection.dxo.com More from Nik Internally, construction includes two large aspherical and five FLD elements, to reduce weight and suppress chromatic aberration. Advanced optical correction gives excellent image quality for a lens of such small stature. It’s selling at £749, in L-Mount and Sony E-mount. sigma-imaging-uk.com Sigma’s 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN is a full-frame, constant aperture zoom in popular wide-angle focal lengths, and a delightful form. It weighs 450g and measures a little over 100mm in length, with internal zooming that stays consistent. It’s an ideal walkabout lens. The latest lens offering brings uncompromising performance in a compact form – at a great price Sigma goes walkabout

The Profoto A2 is a 100Ws flash unit, fully compatible with the brand’s Clic light modifiers and A-series accessories, including remotes, apps, batteries and chargers. Add the Clic OCF Adapter II and more than 120 light-shaping tools are available. A big selling point is its form. The A2 is super-compact, about the size of a drinks can, weighing just 770g with battery and stand adapter. It’s Profoto’s smallest monolight, so ideal for location shooting. The Forza 150B is a potent LED light May the Forza be with you Ideal as a main or fill light, the Nanlite Forza 150B is a powerful and mobile bi-colour LED. This weighs in at only 1.56kg, giving 23,130 lux output at 1m and 5600K. There are 15 integral effects including police car and disco, and its adjustable colour temperature range is 2700 to 6500K. The light can be mains- or battery-powered via V-Mount – and onboard Wi-Fi/Bluetooth mean it’s wirelessly controllable. The Forza 150B is available from August at £560. nanlite.co.uk

Its 100Ws output is 5800K and controllable over 10EV, from 0.1 to full power. Recycling is 0.1 to 1.6secs, and TTL and HSS modes are available with a remote control. The A2 has a continuous light source, 2.1W max power and 3500K colour temperature. A charged battery can give up to 400 full-power flashes and a flat battery takes two hours to recharge. The Profoto A2 is available to order now at £849. profoto.com/uk

New in the bag world A fresh range of bags and accessories designed by photographer Peter McKinnon is available in the UK. It includes the McKinnon Camera Backpack 25L that retails at £289.99. This can adapt to suit a full location shoot, or for use as a daysack with its adjustable ladder system and accessories such as extra cubes and dividers. gomatic.co.uk

Sony’s wide threesome A trio of Sony wides promise peak portability, flawless bokeh, stability for dynamic movies and stills. The E 11mm f/1.8, E 15mm f/1.4 G and E PZ 10-20mm f/4 G are priced at £500, £750 and £750, respectively, available in-store now. The E 11mm f/1.8 assures outstanding corner-to-corner resolution, with an aspherical element carefully positioned to compensate for distortion and deliver excellent resolution, even at maximum aperture. Its large f/1.8 maximum aperture makes it easy to get deep background bokeh, blurring it for a backdrop when vlogging, or beautiful for ultra-wide night-time scenes. This aperture is also impressive in a compact lens. It weighs 181g and is only 66mm in diameter and 57.5mm in length. Next up is the E 15mm f/1.4 G, a compact APS-C format lens that brings gorgeous bokeh and vast creative potential. Distortion is

controlled via three aspherical elements and minimum focusing distance is 17cm, giving a maximum magnification of 0.15x. Finally, the E PZ 10-20mm f/4 G is a constant maximum aperture powerzoom with fast AF. It is lightweight, too, knocking 20% off the weight of its predecessor – and is the smallest in its class at just 178g. What’s more, the optic uses internal zoom and focus mechanisms, ensuring that the length remains constant when zooming or focusing. sony.co.uk

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World winners Cue fanfare! Here’s the top imaging tech as decided by TIPA, a worldwide organisation of 26 imaging magazines, including Photography News. From lenses and cameras, to paper and printers – discover the best of the best

New categories that incorporate emerging trends and technology were considered, editors were consulted, equipment was tested and evaluative discussions were held. Of special note in this year’s awards are the three new camera phone categories, clearly indicating the ever-growing influence of this mode of imaging. Finalists were voted on at the TIPA General Assembly, held this year at the Leitz-Park in Wetzlar, Germany. The summit was attended by representatives of TIPA member magazines from around the world. In all, the TIPA World Awards encompass a diverse array of photographic goods and services, while reflecting the advances in technology and changing needs of the photographer. Interesting developments in AI, sensors and

software, video, lighting, monitors and camera phones. Thomas Gerwers, chairman of TIPA, noted: “Each year, products and exciting technologies continue to fuel growth. Now, more than ever, we believe in our support of the industry. The people who work so hard – be it in production, distribution or marketing – deserve our appreciation. Their efforts mean we can continue to develop products that both expand imaging creativity and point the way to technologies in the future.” The award process Beginning in late 2021 and carrying through to April 2022, nominations were gathered by the TIPA Technical Committee, composed of members from Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and the US.

categories, the TIPA World Award winners represent the vast range of products and services that make up the imaging industry of today. These include cameras, lenses, inkjet papers and printers,

THE TECHNICAL IMAGE Press Association has announced the winners of the 2022 TIPA World Awards. Along with a plethora of innovative photography kit covering a broad spectrum of

connectivity point the way towards even greater creative potential. Here are all the winners. To read about what TIPA thought of each product, visit its website for the citations.

MEETING OF MINDS The collective wisdom of the imaging press comes together

BEST MICRO FOUR THIRDS CAMERA OM System OM-1

BEST FULL-FRAME PROFESSIONAL CAMERA Nikon Z 9

BEST PROFESSIONAL 4K HYBRID CAMERA Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6

BEST MEDIUM FORMAT CAMERA Fujifilm GFX 50S II

BEST APS-C PRIME LENS Tokina atx-m 56mm f/1.4

BEST PROFESSIONAL 8K HYBRID CAMERA Canon EOS R5 C

BEST APS-C ZOOM LENS Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN Contemporary

BEST CAMERA INNOVATION Canon EOS R3

BEST APS-C CAMERA Nikon Z fc

BEST VLOGGER CAMERA Sony ZV-E10

BEST MANUAL FOCUS LENS Laowa Argus FF II 35mm f/0.95

BEST PROFESSIONAL VIDEO CAMERA Panasonic Lumix DC-BS1H

BEST FULL-FRAME PRIME WIDE-ANGLE LENS Sigma 20mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary

BEST FULL- FRAME EXPERT CAMERA Sony Alpha 7 IV

BEST RANGEFINDER CAMERA Leica M11

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2022 TIPA World Awards ceremony The live and simulcast 2022 TIPA World Awards ceremony will occur during Photopia in Hamburg, Germany from 13 to 16 October

BEST FULL-FRAME PRIME STANDARD LENS Voigtländer Nokton 50mm f/1 Aspherical VM

BEST MACRO LENS Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

BEST IMAGING SOFTWARE ENTHUSIAST Skylum Luminar Neo

BEST PROFESSIONAL PHOTO MONITOR LG 27in UltraFine OLED Pro 27EQ850

2022. The exact date will be posted on the TIPA website. tipa.com

BEST TRAVEL ZOOM LENS Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD (Model A058S)

BEST LED LIGHT Aputure LS 1200d

BEST PHOTO SMARTPHONE ADVANCED OnePlus 10 Pro 5G

BEST FULL-FRAME PRIME TELEPHOTO LENS Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S

BEST VIDEO MONITOR ViewSonic VP3881a 38in ColorPro 21:9 WQHD+ IPS Monitor

BEST PHOTO PAPER Hahnemühle Canvas Metallic

BEST FULL-FRAME WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM LENS Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM

BEST FLASH Godox Macro Flash MF12

BEST PHOTO SMARTPHONE PROFESSIONAL Sony Xperia Pro-I

BEST PHOTO RETAIL SERVICE Kodak Moments LittlePix

BEST FULL-FRAME STANDARD ZOOM LENS Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II

BEST PHOTO PRINTER Canon Pixma MegaTank G650

BEST TRIPOD Benro Induro Hydra 2 Waterproof Carbon Fiber Tripod

BEST IMAGING STORAGE MEDIA ProGrade Digital CFexpress Type B 1700 Cobalt

BEST IMAGING SOFTWARE PROFESSIONAL Capture One 22

BEST FULL-FRAME TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II

BEST PHOTO SMARTPHONE EXPERT Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G

BEST ENTHUSIAST PHOTO MONITOR LG 32in UltraFine Nano IPS Black 32UQ85R

BEST IMAGING SOFTWARE EXPERT DxO PhotoLab 5

BEST PHOTO SERVICE CEWE Photobook Personalised Slipcase

BEST FULL-FRAME ULTRA TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057S)

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TROPPUSGGJT ZVZFRSLFFNB VOKQTAEODTR YSCHRDKANAP Z F G E O G W B I H T H I I H H N A N J C B NXXASYBYXJC D L C Q O O V I R O S O P E N W A I I E I S AHETAMENMKE H T A D T O W L I C R SEEKOCPBTAP HGRSZMOURPX A R A U Q P I V E K E DALNUGNTMCN OYFNPOTUMAR WSXYBSLCUBU QSEHCAEBSRB With the need for superfast, high-capacity memory greater than ever, the new Samsung 256GB Pro Plus microSD card could be just the ticket – and here’s your chance to win one. Boasting up to 160MB/s read and 120MB/s write speeds, the card is ideal for expanded mobile device storage and capturing quality photos or 4K UHD video. Complete the word search below, and you’ll find one word in the list that’s not in the grid. Email us on puzzle@photographynews.co.uk with that word in the subject box by 11 September 2022 and the winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries received. Only entries from UK residents will be accepted. The correct answer to PN 98’s word search was ‘shades’, and ‘vision’ for PN 99. The Samsung 256GB Pro Plus cards were won by J Taylor from Penge and D Hasdell from Northampton, respectively. samsung.com/uk/memory-cards

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shooter. They have a USB interface for charging on the go. If outright capacity is your need, the Alta Sky collection is where you will find an ideal partner. We test the latest arrival in this range, the Alta Sky 68, in this issue. This bag has a price of £259.99 and prodigious 36-litre capacity, with the ability to take an 800mm lens fitted to a pro DSLR body. Put simply, if you are one of our five winners, you are not going to struggle to spend the £200 Vanguard voucher. To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question correctly. What is the capacity of the Alta Sky 68? A) 34 litres B) 36 litres C) 38 litres To enter, go to photographynews.co.uk. The closing date for entries is 11 September 2022, and the first five correct answers drawn at random after that date win. Only entries from UK residents with a UK delivery address will be accepted. The £200 voucher can only be used for one transaction, and any unused balance will be lost. A small delivery charge may apply. The winner of the Vanguard Alta Sky in PN 98 was M Ironmonger and the VEO 3 263CB from PN 99 was won by M Davies. vanguardworld.co.uk

VANGUARD IS A global brand with an extensive and impressive range of photo and optical products. Photography News is proud to have a close association with the company. For this special celebration issue of PN , Vanguard is offering prizes worth £1000 in total, with five £200 vouchers to be spent on products via its website. Of course, if you choose something worth more than £200, you will have to pay the difference. If you are one of the five lucky winners, you could go for a Vanguard tripod; perhaps a model with the brand’s unique Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC), enabling you to get the camera into almost any position – ideal for flatlays and close-up shooting. The VEO 3+ 263AT has one, with an additional feature that turns the column into a multi-mount, and retails at £189.99. Or maybe you are tempted by the weight-saving benefits of carbon fibre? Here, Vanguard has an extensive range. This includes the award-winning VEO 3T+ 264CB, which sells for £339.99. Taking into account the £200, all you pay is £139.99. If you are happy with your existing tripod, but need to upgrade your kit-carrying solution, Vanguard can help here too, with its range of shoulder bags, cases and backpacks. The VEO Active series comprises a family of rugged backpacks, ideally suited to the outdoor

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News Photo 24: The big day

Thanks to everyone who helped our huge event go with a bang

Our big reader event went ahead as planned! Inevitably, there were some cancellations due to the rail situation, but remarkably few. In the end, we welcomed photographers

from around the UK, including Bristol, Cornwall, Glasgow, Norwich and Sheffield. Cheers to all involved! We’ll have results for the Photo 24 contests in the next issue.

SIGNING IN The PN team welcomes our Photo 24-ers

AND SO IT BEGINS... A few minutes before Photo 24’s official 12 noon start, PN editor Will Cheung gets ready to open this year’s event

SHOT IN THE DARK A late June night lasts just a few hours, but there’s still plenty to capture

blankets for the comfort of readers. The effort was much appreciated. Our thanks to MPB for its support of Photo 24 2022. mpb.com Photo 24 sponsors: MPB

MPB has transformed how image makers sell and buy pre-loved kit, with its streamlined website and efficient service. MPB sponsored this year’s Photo 24, offering free kit loans to participants. It went the whole nine yards by supplying items every modern image maker needs in the middle of summer, like sunscreen, sunglasses, baseball caps, hand sanitiser, a lens cloth and more. For our central London HQ, MPB brought beanbags, cushions and

HELPING HANDS The MPB team was available to talk kit, offer support and give out free goodies, guiding our participants through a long day’s shooting

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Reader feedback Stewart Chambers Four bags of Squashies, 53,500 steps, far too many coffees and great company – thoroughly enjoyed Photo 24 2022. Huge thanks to Will, the team at Photography News and all the great photographers they pulled in to provide events. Also, big high five to the team at MPB for sorting out the loaner Sony A7 III and 24-70mm f/2.8. Pete Sullivan Now having slept and eaten, I think this Photo 24 was the best so far. Extreme thanks to MPB for the loan, Will and the PN team for the organisation, and all the participants for making it what it is – 24 hours of meeting people I’d not known previously, that all share the same passion. Trevor Street I would like to thank Will, the team and MPB for a great event. A big thanks to Sarah Cole for her company on the 24 hours. Sometimes, when we get caught up in the themes and rushing around London trying to cram everything in, it’s the human element, the company and chats that really bring it all together. I, for one, would have to say that Photo 24 2022 has been my best experience to date. Tim Childers Thanks to everyone who made Photo 24 2022 possible! Now, 24 hours later, I think I might be able to walk again! London is a beautiful and diverse city, with loads of great food and photography-worthy spots for all kinds of tastes. Chung Hau Thank you PN team, MPB and the people behind the walks/tours. Your dedication, assistance and greetings are the secret sauce that makes this event great. Kevin Blow Photo 24 may be over for another year, and it will take that long for my legs/feet to forgive me. A big thank you to all those involved in organising the event – and to MPB for sponsoring it, and for the loan equipment. It will be a shame to have to return it, but I had some fun. It’s been a blast and I look forward to participating in next year’s event. Les Martire A huge thank you to Will Cheung and MPB for organising and sponsoring this year’s Photo 24 2022. It has been a blast!

VIEW FROM THE EXPERT Brian Lloyd Duckett of StreetSnappers led free photo walks

HARDCORE Most participants were still shooting at 2.30am. At Photo 24 HQ (left), MPB beanbags and blankets were on hand for those wanting to put their feet up

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MPB

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It’s time to vote for this year’s inductees in the MPB Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame Which legend has it?

2022 nominees l Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM l Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM l Fujifilm X-T2 l Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA l Nikon D3

LAUNCHED IN 2020, the MPB Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame celebrates the best equipment of the digital age, paying homage to the cameras and lenses that have redefined the photography and film industries. “Being able to handle this range and calibre of kit week in, week out, we’re honoured to be launching this year’s Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame,” said Matt Barker, CEO of MPB. “The kit you shoot with can give you the freedom to explore creatively, as well as the confidence that you’ll get the right shot. We understand how passionate people are about camera gear, and we launched this Hall of Fame to give people a tangible way of engaging with that. “From our experience, we know that all of the 25 nominees truly deserve their place

on the Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame shortlist. Now it’s up to the public to decide which five will make history this year. Visual storytellers, photographers, filmmakers and content creators – a huge number of people around the world are invested in kit, and this vote is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to join in and help celebrate the very best.” The five nominees in each category were selected by a committee of world-renowned photographers – and it is up to the buying public to vote. The kit that receives the most votes in each category will comprise the Class of 2022 and be inducted into The Photo and Video Kit Hall of Fame later in the year. Voting is open now on the website below: kithalloffame.com

2022 nominees l Sony A7R IV l Canon EOS R3 l DJI Osmo Pocket l Leica Q2 l Canon EOS M50 Mark II

2022 nominees l Hasselblad H3D-39 l Hasselblad X1D-50C l Phase One P65+ l Leica M8 l Fujifilm X100

ALL PART OF THE SERVICE MPB’s tech experts check and assess gear as it comes in

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2022 nominees l Canon EOS R5 C l DJI Mavic 3 Pro l Sony A9

2022 nominees l Canon EOS-1D X Mark II l Canon EOS-1D Mark IV l Canon EOS R l Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS l Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

MPB is the world’s largest resale platform for digital photography and filmmaking kit, transforming the way people buy, sell and trade-in photo and video gear. It is a destination for everyone, whether you’ve just discovered a passion for visual storytelling or you’re already a pro. MPB recirculates more than 350,000 items of used kit every year, extending the life and creative potential of photo and video equipment for creators around the world. Headquartered in the creative communities of Brighton, Brooklyn and Berlin, the MPB team includes trained camera experts and seasoned photographers and videographers, who bring their passion to work every day, to deliver outstanding service. Every piece of kit is inspected carefully by our product specialists and comes with a six-month warranty. This gives our customers peace of mind that buying used doesn’t mean sacrificing reliability. mpb.com ABOUT MPB

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WhiteWall

Sharp, sharper, ultraHD ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

The evolution of the photo print

WITH ITS MULTI-AWARD winning ultraHD Photo Print, WhiteWall is taking photographs to the next level in terms of sharpness. Thanks to the technology developed by the company, it’s possible to offer a resolution that is twice as high as conventional prints. Together with Fujifilm, the online lab has achieved the next evolution in photo prints. The perfect interplay between ultraHD technology and the new Fujicolor Crystal Archive Maxima professional photographic paper provides photos with even more contrast and colour intensity than ever before. The quality of the ultraHD print is not just a marketing trick, as proven by numerous test prizes as well as a TIPA World Award in 2017. “In particular, the jury praised the sharp rendering of all details from which the digital files of today’s high-resolution cameras also profit,” says Alexander Nieswandt, managing director of WhiteWall. “In addition, we now use the new Fujicolor Crystal Archive Maxima paper. This, combined with our ultraHD technology, significantly improves prints, as details can be shown in even more detail.” With over 10% more maximum density, the Fujicolor Crystal Archive Maxima professional paper provides

finer details in photographs, with more intense presentation of black and dark shades. Thanks to the increase in colour space volume by over 21%, images appear visually more brilliant and saturated. Those presenting their images in museums or galleries with LED lighting will be happy about the increased light stability, with colours lasting significantly longer. For the best possible result, the photographic paper is exposed to a constant level of humidity and stable temperature. This minimises the spread of the laser beam and presents images in razor-sharp resolution. “The exact processes between lighting per solid-state laser, development and drying, combined with the new photographic paper, produces breathtaking results. On this basis, we can continue to expand our premium standard, which makes me very proud,” adds Nieswandt. The ultraHD Photo Print is available as a print in matte, glossy or metallic, mounted on aluminium Dibond or sealed under crystal-clear acrylic glass in a customised format in sizes from 9x9cm to 240x122cm. If you’d like to raise your professional prints to new heights with WhiteWall’s Masterprint, you can find out more at: whitewall.com/uk

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Camera community

With cabin fever setting in during lockdown, a group of proactive snappers took to the streets to challenge themselves – and document our times. What started as a small project soon caught the imagination of hundreds of fellow photographers. Founder Jovis Leigh Howieson takes up the story Scenes from a pandemic

IN OCTOBER 2020, when the UK entered a second Covid-19 lockdown, 11 enthusiasts united to start a street photography project. Initially collaborating online, they used the book 52 Assignments: Street Photography as inspiration. Making it their mission to complete all the assignments over 12 months, the group had the ambitious aim of producing their own book and exhibition at the conclusion, to showcase the achievement. The photographers were mixed ability – from beginner to very experienced. But most had been students of Brian Lloyd Duckett’s StreetSnappers workshops, so it seemed only natural to use his work as an influence. They found the publication accessible and easy to follow, no matter what stage of their photographic journey. It provided a clear and focused brief, with tips, techniques and guidance – supporting all to continue learning and developing as image makers. Adhering to harsh lockdown restrictions meant shooting was a challenge, certainly to begin with, but these gradually eased. However, the whole team was fully committed,

BE READY Successful street shooting means staying focused as you walk around – and with the camera poised and used designated ‘exercise time’ to hit the streets. Word soon got around, and photographers from all over the world asked if they could join the project. It was very apparent to the core group that this initiative benefitted them in several ways during lockdowns. Most importantly, it supported their physical and mental health. In the spirit of sharing, they agreed to open the group to anyone who wanted to connect. The project quickly grew to almost 400 members on the Facebook group, with over 1000 followers on Instagram – and it was free to participate.

“Word got around... photographers from all over the world asked if they could join the project”

WAIT FOR IT... The right figure is crucial for great shots, so be prepared to invest time in your street work

BALANCING ACT Compositions with plenty for the eye to feast on will hold a viewer’s attention, but there’s a fine line between a complex shot and a messy one

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all walks of life, who are deeply passionate about street photography. The project was successfully completed and, as planned, they are producing a book of favourite images. Alongside this, Brian Lloyd Duckett is curating an exhibition at the Fujifilm House of Photography to showcase the very best pictures. With the expansion of members and success of the venture, some of the core team have founded a community group called Urban Photographers Club. The collective will continue running more projects in the future – always free to join and participate in.

The enterprise was run in a very structured and organised way, with a programme that included a weekly video walk-through for new members and monthly online critique session to review assigned work. The central team provided email and video support to the wider group, and when Covid-19 restrictions eased, they organised monthly photo walks in London, Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester and Lisbon. The participants have shared something very special during the darkest of times and forged many great friendships. It is a diverse and inclusive group, with people from

See the show & the book

Street Photography Assignments , curated by Brian Lloyd Duckett, will be on display at the Fujifilm House of Photography in London’s Covent Garden. The show opens 3 August and runs until 29 September. Free, 40-page A5 double-sided colour exhibition catalogues will be available – while stocks last – for visitors to the display during the

months of August and September. Don’t miss out! urbanphotographersclub.com

A book called Street Photography Assignments is available in a limited run. Pick it up now for just £25. urbanphotographersclub.com/ shop

CREATING AN AMBIENCE Whether shooting landscapes or street, work the light for pictures that pack a punch. Make the most of negative space and swathes of blackness for a particularly striking effect

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Sustainability

The three pillars of sustainability are economic, environmental and social. And with pressures on the planet getting ever more intense, we all have to take responsibility for humankind’s future. Photography News contacted key names in the imaging industry to uncover initiatives that are making a difference Working to a better future

Sigma Since our founding, we have consistently developed business activities based on the following four principles, in order to fulfil our responsibility as a public entity of society. In these times, it is important to keep managing the company as before, in accordance with corporate philosophy. Our greatest contribution and responsibility is to carry out the following four points: 1. J ob creation and retention Respect for employees, maintenance of permanent and stable employment, improvement of the working environment and development of good labour. 2. Contribution to the local community and economy

Since 2012, we have been advocating ‘sustainable business development rather than short-term profit maximisation’. This includes: employment and regional stability, consideration for the environment and fairness at global level. Our mount-conversion service, high build quality and long life with excellent repair and support aren’t just marketing strategies, but are based on a coherent philosophy of ‘making good products that last longer and are used with care’. sigma-sein.com/en/voice/ SIGMACustomerSupport

building and maintaining sustainable and sincere business relationships with subsidiaries, distributors and other related parties. Proactive information disclosure to society and fair procurement. In accordance with the above philosophy, the company is sincerely responding to social needs, commensurate with the nature and scale of its business. But it is necessary to go further in the future, to clearly state specific measures and make them widely known to the world. Based on our awareness of this issue, we are currently formulating a concrete plan and intend to actively promote it. We also hope to contribute to the formation of social momentum by actively publicising the plan. initiative, including reforestation, animal protection and education programmes. These are very important to us, and we’re delighted to use a share of the profits from our Natural Line to contribute to environmental and climate protection. To date, more than €300,000 has been donated to various initiatives. Furthermore, we continue to donate 5% of the profits from our ‘green’ papers. An interesting challenge is plant-based fibres for manufacturing premium FineArt papers, with the highest demands for quality and longevity Hahnemühle stands for. We pioneered the world’s first FineArt bamboo paper in 2008. Our highly skilled technologists and R&D experts are constantly reviewing, refining and developing papers from other plant-based fibres such as hemp, agave and sugar cane. These don’t need pesticides and use less water for cultivation. In some cases, they are agricultural by-products. Another Hahnemühle milestone was the first paper mill manufacturing vegan artists' papers. We use exclusively synthetic sizing and have done since 1965, before veganism was a trend. We are ISO 14001 certified for environmental management – and recently recertified.

Provide economically, socially and culturally to the regions where our domestic and overseas bases are located. 3.  Environmentally friendly production activities Compliance with laws and regulations, active investment in facilities that consider environmental impact, and adoption of production processes and technologies that avoid a cost-first mentality. Also, renewable energy facilities are installed at the factory (solar and wind power).

4.  Fair and equitable transactions at domestic and international levels

Proactive participation in, and contribution to, home-grown and overseas industries,

Hahnemühle

With the Green Rooster initiative, we supported Prints for Wildlife, a digital FineArt fundraiser of nature photography to support African wildlife protection and communities during the last two years of the pandemic. Additionally, we supported the world’s first book printed on Hybrid Hemp paper, H is for Hemp , invented by us with photographer and climate impact storyteller Maren Krings. For the publishing industry, this is an alternative in times of rare and expensive book-printing materials, for publishers looking for a sustainable, plant-based paper. These projects are vitally important to us, and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to supporting enterprises that align with our environmental values, while pushing innovation in high-quality paper. We are open to suggestions on new projects to support for 2022 and 2023 that comply with our Green Rooster guidelines. hahnemuehle.co.uk

free from chemical cleaning agents, biocides or preservatives in a highly protected closed system. Studies by third parties and independent bodies testify to our environmentally sensitive actions. A closed system results in high-quality waste water at the end of our production cycle. This has been confirmed by the Paper Technology Foundation in Munich and certifies that we use water responsibly and – most importantly – sparingly. Hahnemühle’s mission to ‘protect what matters’ applies to the papers we are offering customers, continuing to drive our founding values of responsibility and care for the natural world. Our Environment Manifesto covers 12 points, including environmentally friendly production processes like the use of 100% renewable energy, and is constantly monitored and reduced with improved technology in manufacturing. We recycle our own production waste or offcuts, and rely on recycled packaging and climate-neutral shipping to customers in more than 130 countries. Since 2008, we have been supporting both regional and international environmental protection projects through the ‘Green Rooster’

BETTINA SCHEERBARTH Corporate communications, Hahnemühle FineArt

Hahnemühle has been sustainable in the truest sense since its founding year in 1584. Its sole production site in Germany is located in a landscape conservation area. Accordingly, paper production must be environmentally friendly, sustainable and strictly controlled. The pure spring water Hahnemühle has used since its early days is fed into the nearby river Ilme –

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