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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!


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.

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.

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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What’s inside

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

l Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8 & Nikon Z 40mm f/2 l Tascam Portacapture X8 sound recorder


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