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Taking the wide view See the SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD in action

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Tamron’s SP lenses offer exceptional performance at competitive prices and a great alternative to camera-brand lenses. The two new SP standard prime lenses have seen Tamron going back to basics and starting from the ground up with new optical designs and great looking cosmetics with the emphasis on the design philosophy of ‘Human Touch’. So each lens features new typefaces for distance markings, a sleek and elegant barrel finish and, probably the most striking, a luminous-gold band that signifies the close relationship between the camera and lens and it will be a feature of all future SP lenses. Every lens in the range will also have an SP emblem on its barrel. The great news is that beautiful looks come with class-leading performance. Both optics feature Tamron’s highly regarded VC (Vibration Compensation) system to minimise camera shake and maximise quality from the latest high resolution DSLRs, impressive minimum focusing distance for close-up shooting and the latest optical advances to ensure maximum image quality especially at the wider lens apertures. Low dispersion (LD) and extra-low dispersion (XLD) glass elements have been used to minimise chromatic aberrations and produce crystal clear images. Tamron’s proprietary lens coatings, BBAR and eBAND, have also been used, to minimise flare and ghosting in challenging lighting conditions. More and more photographers are enjoying the delights of attractive bokehorbackgroundblurandwiththeexcellentwide-apertureperformance of these SP optics and the circular nine-blade diaphragm, beautiful out of focus highlights are readily achievable. Both lenses are priced at £579 and will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony fittings. Tamron’s SP lens family has gained twins with the arrival of the 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD. Both lenses mark a new era for the brand with a fresh and innovative design philosophy Tamron’s SP family grows

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Lens overview Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VCUSD Whether your interest is architecture, landscapes or people, a wide- angle zoom is worth its weight in gold, especially if it’s a high-spec model with a constant f/2.8 aperture like this one from Tamron

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Format Full-frame and APS-C Mount Canon, Nikon, Sony Construction

18 elements in 13 groups Special lens elements XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded) aspherical and LD (low dispersion) lens elements Coatings BBAR and eBAND coatings, fluorine coating on the front element to repel water and dust Filter size Not applicable Aperture range f/2.8-22 Diaphragm 9 blades Internal focus Yes, using Tamron USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) Manual focus Yes Minimumfocus 28cm Focus limiter No Maximummagnification 1:5 Distance scale Yes, feet and metres Depth-of-field scale No Image stabiliser Yes, Tamron’s VC system Tripod collar No Lens hood Integrated flower shaped hood

Weather sealed Moisture-resistant Dimensions (dxl) 98.4x145mm (Canon) Weight 1100g Contact tamron.co.uk

Wide-angle lenses are immensely useful whatever your photographic interests and having a quality one available in your bag is totally worthwhile to ensure you make the most of great photo opportunities. The Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 is a leading light among wide-angle zooms and its focal length range covers not just the popular settings of 24mm and 28mm, but at the short end goes as wide as 15mm. It’s perfect when you want really visually dynamic foregrounds or to shoot in tightly confined spaces. Such a great focal length range is immensely useful and that is enhanced further because it comes in combination with an impressive f/2.8 maximum aperture, which is constant throughout the range. When light levels are low, mounting the camera and lens on a tripod gives you total freedom when it comes to aperture choice and depth-of- field. On the occasions when a tripod is not a practical option, this lens features Tamron’s innovative VC (Vibration Compensation) technology. Unlike like some camera shake reduction systems that only work in horizontal or vertical axes, Tamron uses a tri-axial system where the VC lens group works in conjunction with three pairs of driving coils and low-friction ball bearings to automatically compensate for any movement detected by the sensors and enable shake reduction in every plane. The VC system can give up to a 4EV benefit. This means it is possible to shoot at 1/8sec and get shots as sharp as if you had taken them at 1/125sec. Of course, lots of variables come into play here – such as weather conditions and the user’s ability to hold a camera still – and it’s possible to get successful, shake-free handheld shots at even slower shutter speeds. While it doesn’t mean that the VC system can replace a solid camera support, it does mean you can get sharp pictures in low- light situations handheld and that is a massive benefit. VC is just one of several key Tamron technologies embraced by this lens. The advanced 18 lens element design gives corner-to-corner sharpness even when used at its maximum setting and that high level of performance has been made possible by the use of several LD (low dispersion) elements and a XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded) aspherical element designed to control lens aberrations and enhance image quality.

With such a wide view, flare is a potential risk but Tamron’s exclusive coatings minimise that threat. There’s eBAND (Extended Bandwith and Angular Dependency) and BBAR (Broad BandAnti-Reflection) coatings to help deliver exceptionally clear images, completely free of lens flare and ghosting. The bulbous front lens element means that a protection filter can’t physically be fitted but Tamron has fluorine-coated that element’s surface to repel water and dust. This coating also helps to make smudge removal easier, too. Finally, the lens features Tamron’s USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor for responsive, accurate and silent autofocusing. The high torque motor together with the short throw of the internal focusing mechanism means autofocus is achieved very rapidly. In addition, the smooth manual focusing barrel can be adjusted at any time should the camera be struggling to achieve precise autofocus. With photographers constantly striving to achieve images with a difference, this Tamron ultra-wide zoom has the potential to deliver outstanding-quality images with a difference thanks to its very wide setting, but its range also means that it’s ideal for general use, too. Above Tamron’s SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is capable of exceptional performance evenwhen used at its maximum f/2.8 aperture. This interior shot of Chester Cathedral was taken at the 17mm setting tomake themost of the interior andwas exposed at 10secs at f/11 and ISO 100 on a tripod-mounted full-frame DSLR.

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Classy G compacts fromCanon

The PowerShot G5 X and G9 X are priced at £629.99 and £399.99 respectively and bothwill be available from this November. The 20.2-megapixel G5 X has a one-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 processor and is aimed at keen photographers which explains its uncompact-like body shape and control layout. It has the profile of a scaled-down DSLR and while thatmight lookunusual, hands- on experience showed that it handled really nicely. The integral zoom lens is a 4.2x f/1.8 zoom giving a focal length range of 24-100mm. The G9 X is a slimline, easily pocketable premium compact with a three-inch touchscreen. It uses the same sensor as the G5 X, while the integrated lens is a 28-84mm f/2-4.9 optical zoom. Canon also added to its EOS M CSC range. The EOS M10 is an entry- level model with an APS-C sized 18-megapixel sensor working with Canon’s PowerShot family of high-end G-series compacts has gained two new members, the G5 X and G9 X

Speedy, manual and nicely priced Samyang introduces fast-aperture21mmand 50mm lenses for photo and video shooters Continue reading on page 5

a DIGIC 6 processor. Autofocus is handled by a Hybrid CMOS II sensor with 49 focusing points and the three- inch touchscreen offers fast handling. Launched alongside the M10 is a new standard zoom for the EOS M

system. This is an EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM, a lightweight, collapsible lens with STM technology for smooth and near-silent AF.

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Intelligent Canons We caught up with Canon’s David Parry, product intelligence professional, about the new launches

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Samyang’s manual- focus offerings are aimed at photographers and video makers who use APS-C format CSC cameras. For stills, the 21mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.2 are priced at £279.99 and £309.99 respectively, and will be available in Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fujifilm X and Canon M fittings. The two video lenses, the 21mm T1.5 and 50mm T1.3 are available in the same fittings and are priced at £309.99 and £339.99, respectively. The introduction of these new lenses brings Samyang’s range up to 13 photo and video lenses. The 21mm f/1.4’s construction features eight elements, one low dispersion and three aspherical in seven groups. Samyang’s UMC (Ultra Multi Coating) optimises light transmission and minimises flare and ghosting. Minimum focusing distance is just 28cm. Nine elements with two aspherical lenses in seven groups and UMC are the highlights of the super-fast 50mm f/1.2 together with the promise of lovely bokeh. The video versions feature the same optical design but feature quiet and smooth de-clicked focus and aperture rings. The video lenses have the distance scale and T values marked on both sides of the lens for convenience during filming. All four lenses are available now. latest

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“The top-end compact PowerShot G-range now has five members with the G5 X and G9 X joining the G1 X Mark II, G3 X and G7 X. “The G5 X is especially interesting. Pick it up and use it, and it feels right. A DSLR looks the way it does because it has been developed over tens of years to look, act and behave in a certain way with buttons in a particular position because it is right. The G5X feels right because it has the same sort of button layout as a DSLR. The viewfinder is dead centre in the body, which makes it feel natural in use. The shutter button and the lens control are in the right place, and the dial for the forefinger for changing aperture or shutter speed feels right and the rear dial for changing ISO feels perfect. Couple all this with the

flip-out vari-angle screen and you have a really good combination. “You could say the EOS-M10 replaces the original EOS-M which has gone out of themarket. Sowe now have two CSCs, with the M10 joining the M3. I think launching another CSC and a new lens system shows that we are serious about that market. “The M10 could be the first interchangeable-lens camera for many users and the M3 is for people who want to delve into photography with a smaller, versatile camera. We will be steadily launching more CSC products but obviously we have a DSLR business as well. We now have a total of 11 interchangeable-lens CSC and DSLR cameras in our range.”

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Pentax lens ready for new full-frame DSLR?

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Instagramusers read this One Vision has recognised that there are huge numbers of people using Instagram and many of them are making 10x10cm prints. So One Vision has launched a series of products to cater for those folk. So there is the Ten Squared Print box, the Ten Squared Magnetic Print Frame, and the Ten Squared Peg Frame. Ten Squared Print Box comes in 11 different styles and costs £12.50 each and with the box comes 27 prints that you can have made using a choice of nine print templates. Design and uploading software is available from the One Vision website. onevisionimaging.com

Pentax DSLR system owners are in for an optical treat with the arrival of a high-end standard zoom. The HD Pentax-D FA 24-70mm f/2.8 ED SDM WR will undoubtedly attract existing Pentax users, but the lens has been launched now in readiness for the company’s 35mm full- frame DSLR that has already been announced and is currently under development for a 2016 launch. On a K-series APS-C format Pentax the focal length is equal to 37-107mm. This fast zoom has a 17 elements in 12 group construction that features three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and four aspherical elements to minimise lens aberrations and deliver high-

contrast, fine-detailed and evenly lit images. HD lens coating also helps with image contrast and combats flare and ghosting. The SDM (Supersonic Direct-drive Motor) gives a quiet, high-speed AF. Should you need to tweak focus, the lens’s Quick-Shift Focus System lets you adjust focus manually without having to put the lens in manual focus mode. Also featured is aweather-resistant buildwith seals to stop water getting inside the lens body. This fine lens will cost £1149.99 and will be available later this October.

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In-car cameras More and more drivers are fitting cameras to their cars in case of traffic incidents. Garmin has introduced the Dash Cam 30 and the Dash Cam 35, priced at £129.99 and £159.99 respectively. Both can capture in 1080p, 720p or VGA onto Micro SD cards. The 30 has a 1.4in LCD and the 35 has a 3in screen. Immediate playback on the screens is possible and there is a snapshot feature so they can be used to record any damage, too. The Dash 35 is GPS-enabled so can automatically label footage with date, time, latitude and longitude details and speed. Have an incident and you know precisely when and where it took place. It also has driver alerts like forward collision, red light and speed camera warnings. garmin.com

Studio-quality light fromyour flashgun If you want to make more of your flashgun, check out these handy multifunction flash and brolly holders from Phottix. The Varos Pro BG Umbrella Holder costs £25 and is available in three sizes, Small, Medium and Large, capable of holding 25kg, 28kg and 30kg loads respectively. Each is solidly constructed from aluminium alloy and with metal cold shoes, and is designed to securely hold your flashgun and brolly on a standard lighting stand. The included tripod-mount fitting means that you can fix the holder to a tripod with a 1/4in or 3/8in bush.

Instant fun from Fujifilm

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Instant photography is hugely popular especially among younger photographers and Fujifilm Instax is the choice of many. The new Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 is available in canary yellow, island blue or moon white and costs £99.99 including a ten shot pack of Instax mini film. Inside its stylish body the mini 70 has an autoexposure mode that measures light in the scene and adjusts camera settings and flash output to give the best result, three-stage focusing (macro, normal and landscape), and there is also a new selfie mode.

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Popular portrait software PortraitPro has been updated and version 15 is now available. Three versions are available at special launch prices. The entry-level PortraitPro is a standalone software but doesn’t give Raw file support and costs £29.95; PortraitPro Studio is fully featured, works with Raws and can be used standalone or via Lightroom or Photoshop and sells for £49.95; and the top version PortraitPro Studio Max costs £99.95 and has all the features of the Studio version, plus a full batch mode. Mac and Windows versions are available. Version 15 has a host of new editing features that will come in very useful to most portrait workers. Headline features include a full set of make-up controls for realistic cosmetic effects, an enhanced child portrait mode and advanced skin colouring controls to healthy, glowing flesh tones that don’t look over the top. The software is easy to use and there is a great deal of manual control so if you don’t like what the software has done you can tweak and save the settings for future use. The various versions of PortraitPro v15 are available to buy from the website. A free trial is also available. Power to your portraits

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Support on the go Manfrotto has added to its family of Pixi mini supports for CSCs, action cameras and smart phones.

ThePixiEvoisaimedatenthusiast photographers. This sturdy but lightweight support (it weighs 250g) is made from aluminium and will take a load of 2.5kg so CSCs and even DSLRs can be used. Or it can lend support to a telephoto lens via its tripod collar. Its adjustable two-section legs have five selectable steps to cope with uneven surfaces and there are two leg angles so you can shoot ground-level images. The Evo costs £44.95. The Pixi Xtreme and Pixi Smart cost £24.95 and £34.95 respectively, and weigh just 191g each. The Xtreme is for action cameras and a kit is available which comes with a GoPro tripod-mount adapter. With the Pixi Smart kit is a special clamp to grip the phone securely in place. Both the Xtreme and the Smart can be used as mini tripods but also can be used an ergonomic hand- grips for shooting on the move. All these units are in-store now.

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Phottix Laso Canon Phottixhas releasedawireless flash trigger systemforCanon flashguns. The Laso system comprises transmitter and receiver, which work both with Canon’s RT wireless radio flash system and standard non-radio flashes. Available from the end of October, the transmitter costs £149, and the receiver is £99.

Calibrate it Datacolor has released Spyder5Studio, its latest colour-calibration suite. Comprising three devices, Spyder5Studio is aimed at users who want optimum colour accuracy. It includes the Spyder5Elite monitor calibrator, the SpyderCube for setting the white- balance, exposure etc. and the SpyderPrint for creating custom print profiles. The Spyder5Studio costs £390. In the air DJI has launched the Osmo, a camera designed to shoot sharp pictures and video in any situations. It uses DJI’s three-axis gimbal stabilisation technology to eliminate shake and its modular format makes it compatible with DJI’s Zenmuse camera series but it comers standard with a 4K, 12-megapixel camera with a 1/2/3in sensor and 94° field of view lens. The DJI Osmo camera costs £549. datacolor.com

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Epson has extended its SureColor line-up to include 24in and 44in large- format printers. Already with A3 and A2 SureColor printers in the market, the larger SC- P6000, 7000, 8000 and 9000 are designed for the pro photo, fine art and proofing markets, offering easy use, a wider gamut, vibrant colours and more neutral black & white prints. The 24in SC-P6000 and 44in SC- P8000 are likely to appeal to the pro who’s serious about printing. Both use eight UltraChrome HD pigment- based inks, which offer improved lightfastness on Epson’s PremiumGlossy Photo Paper. The 24in SC-P7000 and 44in SC-P9000 use a ten colour UltraChrome HDX ink set, which uses a violet ink to reproduce 99% of Pantone colours. An alternative ink configuration is available with Light Light Black for high-end photographic and fine art use in colour and mono. All models come with Epson’s SpectroProofer for fast, accurate calibration. All models are available fromNovember. Pricing to be confirmed. Epson’s large- format printers

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Six app outfit fromMacphun

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Profoto firmware update The latest firmware from Profoto, downloadable from the website, enables TTL flash control with Canon EOS 5DS/R DSLRs among other improvements and minor bug fixes. profoto.com/offcameraflash

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Mac software specialist Macphun has announced a six app bundle for creative photo editing. Noiseless, Tonality, Intensify, Snapheal, Focus and FX Photo Studio are the six apps in the bundle and it is available from the website for $149.99. Each app offers something different and all are useful depending onwhat youwant to achieve. Noiseless is averyeffectivenoise-reductionapp that canbeusedas aone- click solutionor if youprefermore advanced customised editing is possible. If youwant excellent black&white conversions in different styles, Tonality is the app for you, while Focus lets you achieve lens effects like selective focus and tilt-shift after the shoot andwithout the need for specialist lenses. Manfrotto’s street style Manfrotto’s latest bag collection is the Street range. Designedwith enthusiast photographers in mind, these bags are perfect for the urban environment with excellent functionality, high levels of security and fashionable, contemporary good looks. Four bags are on offer and all feature Manfrotto’s Protection System for maximum gear safety. The Street Medium backpack costs £109.95 and is big enough for a DSLR and lens with space for a couple more lenses and accessories. There is also a 15in laptop pocket, and a tripod carrying solution. For carrying amix of photo and personal gear is the StreetMessenger that costs £79.95. This has a 13in laptop pocket and a protective removable insert for a camera. When you want to travel lighter, the Street Shoulder bag and the Street Holster, at £34.95 and £29.95, respectively, are good solutions to consider. Both will take a DSLR or CSC with standard zoom and the Holster has a secure belt loop but can be carried on the supplied strap too. The Street range is in-store now.

FX Photo Studio will appeal to the creative artist in you and a whole range of arty effects like pencil sketch and oil painting can be done easily but if all you want from editing is to remove distracting objects in your shots or smooth skin tone Snapheal is the app to try. Finally, there is Intensify, an app that allows you to intensify contrast and make more of richly detailed pictures. You can either take the single- clickapproachor roll upyour proverbial sleeves andget really stuck inwith advanced functionality.

Save on aHasselblad The Hasselblad CFV-50c digital back can be fitted onto V-system cameras dating back to 1957 so can now enjoy the latest digital imaging technology on your old ‘blad. Until 31 December 2015, there is a special discount price of £5995 plus VAT. See the website for details and to book a demo. hasselblad.com/digi- tal-backs/cfv-50c The VP-10 is a pen-shaped digital voice recorder that comes complete with anti- rustle technology to enable high quality recording when then the unit is in your pocket. It sells for £79.99. The other three models are the VN741PV at £44.99, the WS-852 at £59.99 and the WS- 853 at £69.99. olympus.co.uk Snap fromPolaroid The Polaroid Snap is a 10-megapixel camera with an integrated printer so users can enjoy 2x3in prints automatically after a picture is taken. Images are also stored on a Micro SD card so you can upload and edit pictures later. polaroid.com Four newvoice recorders fromOlympus

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Limited-editionRicoh

Ricoh is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the first digital GR camera with the launch of a GR II Premium kit. With only 1200 units available worldwide, if you want to invest in this very limited edition, speak to your Ricoh dealer right now. The outfit costs £999.99 and it will be available from 28 October. The camera has the same specification as the standard GR II but the kit comes with several exclusive items such as the aluminium case, leather camera case, coloured ring caps, and a GR Digital anniversary pin badge. Also enclosed is the GV-1 external viewfinder, wide-angle converter, lens hood, and orange camera strap and jacket. Only 1200 of these very special celebration kits will be available

Are250-megapixel cameras on theway? Canon has announced it’s working on a 250-megapixel sensor. The APS-H sized sensor measures 29.2x20.2mm with 19,580x12,600 pixels and Canon claims it can capture images enabling the distinguishing of lettering on an airplane flying 18km away. The lettering was seen when zooming on a section 1/40,000th of the image. The sensor achieves an ultra-high signal read-out speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, avoiding signal delays and time discrepancies. Video capability is equally impressive with movies delivered at a resolution 125 times better than Full HD and 30 times better than 4K. When the technology will appear in DSLRs is unclear, with incremental increases in pixel count more likely first. That said, the company also announced an 8K video camera and a 120-megapixel DSLR are in development...

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Noton show on the road Leading landscape photographer David Noton’s Chasing the Light Roadshow is taking place at the Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead on Tuesday 24 November at 7.30pm. In his talk, Noton will take viewers on a journey around the world with stories behind some of his brilliant pictures. Canon UK is supporting this talk and will have an array of its latest cameras and lenses available to get hands-on with, and experts will be available to answer questions. Noton will also have his books and DVDs on sale, too. Tickets cost £15, £11 for concessions, and are available from the website below.

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Amazing science Revelations: Experiments in Photography features pictures from the 19th century onwards and includes historic images by Talbot and Muybridge. The show features rare and trail- blazing scientific images such as early X-ray prints, speeding bullets and water splashes. Revelations also explores and highlights the relationship between scientific imagery and the work of contemporary artists. The show is at the National Media Museum, from 20 November until 3 February 2016. Entry is free. nationalmediamuseum.org. uk

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Get the bird The North West Bird Watching Festival takes place at Wildfowl & Wetland Trust Martin Mere in Lancashire on 21 and 22 November. Over the two days, there will be six speakers including Andy Rouse, Mark Avery and Simon Barnes and there will be seminars too. The reserve opens at 8am so there are winter photo opportunities with thousands of pink-footed geese and Whooper swans as they awake and leave their roost. Later in the day there is the chance to shoot up to a thousand Whooper swans feeding. It should be an action- packed event and adult tickets cost £17, £14 concessions. For full details see the website. wwt.org.uk/nwbwf

Dench does Dallas

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Olympus commissioned Peter Dench to photograph the American city of Dallas using the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Dench normally uses a full-frame DSLR so using a different camera in a new setting was a potential challenge for him. “The lightweight camera and accessories saved me energy in sweltering conditions and its performance gave me the confidence to discard the flash in many low-light situations,” comments Dench. “I was really excited to point the camera at people, and it was great to

see that people wanted the camera pointed at them. “It mademe a better photographer. I was inspired to explore more intensely; I paid greater attention to the movement of light and tightened upmy compositions.” This exhibition opens on 29 October at the Bermondsey Project Space and runs until 7 November. Entry is free and it’s open 11am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 4pmon Saturday.

On show until 29 October at the Fine Art Society in London’s New Bond Street are 50 masterpieces by the legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Cartier-Bresson was one of the greatest and most-influential photographers of the 20th century, and you can enjoy his most iconic images at this show. The exhibition has been staged in collaboration with the Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica. Fetterman worked closely with Cartier-Bresson for over 14 years. The gallery is openMonday to Friday, 10am to 6pm and the nearest Tube stations are Bond Street, Oxford Circus and Green Park.

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Camera club news If your club has any news that you want to share with the rest of the world, this is the page for it. Your story might be about your club’s success in a contest, or a member’s personal achievement; 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 and get your stories in

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Award-winning landscape photographer, Charlie Waite is visiting the University of Hull, on Thursday 29 October. Courtesy of Viewfinder Photographic Society, Charlie will be giving his new talk, Behind the Photograph – making landscape images, and showing some of his photography. Charlie has lectured throughout the UK, Europe and the US over the last 25 years, as well as holding numerous one-man exhibitions, and publishing a number of photographic technique books. He was awarded a direct fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society in 2014. Tickets for the event are £8, under 16s £5, by calling 01482 876370, emailing tickets@viewfinderphoto. org or visiting the website. Make landscapes withCharlie Waite Doyen of British landscape photography visits Viewfinder PS

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GavinHoey shakes up Worthing YouTube and Adorama TV star, and photoshop expert, Gavin Hoey is visiting Worthing Camera Club on 27 October. He’s delivering a lecture, Camera Shake Up, which covers a variety of photographic and post- processing techniques and includes demonstrations. The talk is at Lancing Parish Hall, Lancing. It starts at 7.30pm and entry is £5. There will be light refreshments and a raffle during the interval. Worthing CC meets on Tuesdays at the Quaker Meeting House in Worthing. worthingcameraclub.org.uk Enfield’s annual exhibition Enfield Camera Club is holding its annual exhibition at the Dugdale Centre’s Gallery, from Monday 2 until Saturday 14 November. The exhibition features mounted prints by the entire club, from enthusiastic, comparative beginners to highly technical, advanced workers. A popular event, the exhibition is always well received and has led to new members joining in past years. Admission is free, and visitors can vote for their favourite photos. Refreshments are available at the centre’s cafe. The club meets on Thursdays and its programme features illustrated talks as well as competitions. Find out more on their website. enfieldcameraclub.co.uk

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Harwich&Dovercourt CC changes gear

Busy bees at Farnborough

In preparation for its Diamond Jubilee next year, Harwich & Dovercourt Camera Club has splashed the cash to superzoom them into the 21st century, but has still retained its wide-angle appeal. Under the stewardship of chairman, George Fossey, the club boasts state-of-the-art equipment like a powered wall-sized screen and top- of-the-range Epson DPI projector, so members and visitors can enjoy photography and even videography in high definition. TheclubmeetseveryotherMondayeveningattheRamseyMemorial Hall, Harwich throughout the year, and also organises special events and training on other Monday evenings. Everyone is welcome to visit and join the friendly, thriving club.

There’s at Farnborough Camera Club this month, with Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 finalist Tim Mannakee visiting, a macro evening and a fungi field trip planned. Tim Mannakee is visiting on 22 October with his talk, The Secret to Travel Photography – so get your skates on, tickets are available on the door. He’s showing both landscape a busy schedule

and people images. On 29 October, the macro evening is a practical session, with different techniques and equipment being demonstrated. And the fungi field trip is planned for Friday 30 October. For more information about future meetings and events, visit the club’s website.

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Salgado book Spilling the beans Sebastião Salgado is one of the world’s leading photojournalists and his latest book brings together ten years of his work documenting the grass roots of the world’s coffee trade

Words by Will Cheung

Sebastião Salgado’s photographic career began in 1973 when he made switched from being an economist. His black & white documentary images led him to work for photo agencies Sygma, Gamma and later Magnum Photos, before setting up his own agency with his wife, Amazonas Images. My own earliest recollection of his work was a photo essay published in The Sunday Times Magazine sometime during the mid-eighties of pictures from the Serra Pelada gold mine in Brazil. His shots of the pain, hardship and spirit of people in atrocious, dangerous conditions, digging for gold by hand were truly memorable. The Scent of a Dream is Salgado’s latest book (published last month) and represents more than ten years of work documenting sustainable and traditional coffee growing across the globe, covering, among others, China, Colombia, Guatemala, India and his own native Brazil. “I began working on it [the book] in 2002 almost in my own backyard,” he says, “in the contiguous states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, where rolling hills are landscaped with acres upon acres of coffee trees under the sun. My first stop was the area aroundManhuaçu, wheremy father had collected coffee decades earlier. I returned 12 years later. But it was in Espírito Santo, when I photographed a mule train picking its way along a stony mountain path, that I suddenly realised I was revisiting my father’s life. In fact, in many ways, my father accompanied me on much of my lengthy journey through the world of coffee.” This beautifully presented book shows off Salgado’s journey brilliantly. Wonderful compositions full of intricate detail and mood are fully exploited by high-quality printing, and there is inspiration on every page. Brilliant and thoroughly recommended.

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The images featured here come from Salgado’s latest book, The Scent of a Dream: Travels in the World of Coffee , ISBN: 978 1 4197 19219. It’s published by Abrams & Chronicle and costs £50. Its design is very sympathetic and tasteful, and shows off Salgado’s monochromes to great effect. In addition, its production values are very high, and printing quality is excellent, too, so the images are beautifully rich. A deserving addition to every photographer’s library. abramsandchronicle.co.uk/books/photography amazonasimages.com

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In many ways, my father accompanied me on much of my lengthy journey through the world of coffee

Left Coffee cooperative Toda Santería. Todos Los Santos coffee valley, Cuchumatanes range, Guatemala, 2006. Above Coffee – and rice – growing village of Bokin. Coffee area, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, 2014. Right Coffee pickers. Finca La Hilda on the slopes of Poas volcano, San José region, Costa Rica, 2013.

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Profile Leo Steinberg Independent lens brand Tamron has been supplying game-changing products for many years. Its latest SP lenses show it’s still working hard at pushing back the boundaries, so we took time to catch up with Tamron Europe’s marketing manager

Until the launch of these two lenses, the SP range covered focal lengths other than standard focal lengths. What was the thinking behind launching lenses of 35mm and a 45mm focal length? We asked ourselves “what shouldbe a character of a standard lens in the era of the new generation of very high-resolution full-frame DSLR cameras?” We also had to consider that the vast majority of DSLR camera owners use APS-C format DSLRS and we wanted to bring more of the joy of photography to this large group with our new SP lenses. In full-frame, the 45mm focal length provides a natural field of view angle close to the visual perception of the human brain, while the 35mm delivers a taste of wide-angle view without drastically departing from that natural look. Of course, with APS-C DSLRs there is a crop factor of around 1.5x, so the 35mm lens gives the look of a 52mm lens, while the 45mm is equivalent to a 68mm lens in the 35mm format. That means APS-C users can still enjoy our new lenses for most subjects. What we imposed on ourselves as the key characteristicwas toprovide theultimate freedom in picture taking. We wanted our new lenses to suit any subject distance especially for scenes close to the camera, so we have an extremely short minimum focusing distance. We also want users of our new SP lenses to have total freedom with aperture choice to suit the effect they are trying to achieve, so it is possible to get pin-sharp images under any lighting conditions without being affected by camera shake. The integration of our VC system was a logical choice in this context. How long have these two SP lenses been in development? The development of these two new lenses and the whole NEW SP project started around several years ago. As you might guess lens development, takes huge investments of time, budget and personal resources especially if you want to start a new, very sophisticated series like we do with our new lenses. This is especially true here because not only was the optical design new, but also the total design approach, the exterior form and the whole marketing and packaging. Who are you targeting with these two lenses? We are targeting enthusiasts as well as semi-pros and professional photographers looking for high image quality and perfect versatility. What was the most challenging aspect in the development of these lenses? Was it the installation of Tamron VC technology in fast aperture, full-frame compatible lenses? The biggest challenge was the balancing act to identify and produce an optimal solution for multiple contradictory attributes. Providing superb optical performance was taken for a given, yet we also wanted to deliver the closest possible minimum focusing distance as well as integrating VC – image stabilisation systems are rare in full- frame standard focal length lenses. And we wanted to do all this in a compact body formwith minimumweight.

Is fluorine coating a new innovation on Tamron lenses? Developed for industrial optics, fluorine coating offers long-lasting oil and water resistance to the lens surface. Moisture and smudges wipe away more easily, making it simpler to keep your lens clean. Our first DSLR lens with fluorine coating was the well-acclaimed SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD wide-angle zoom which we brought to the market in first half of 2015. You stress the benefits of the excellent minimum focusing distance of both lenses and the lovely bokeh it’s possible to achieve. What has made you concentrate on these two lens characteristics? The excellent minimum focusing distance combined with the wonderful bokeh (achieved with a nine-blade rounded diaphragm) provides many creative photographic possibilities. This is a unique feature of both new lenses and makes them much more versatile compared to other lenses of same focal length. Especially the 35mm, as it also has the capability of being used like a macro lens therefore enabling new perspectives and possibilities. What aspect of the two new SP lenses are you most proud of? The whole package is amazing, the new design meeting the very high-performance criteria. And once you try the short minimum focusing distance you will not stop. It really encourages you to get very close to the subject and try new perspectives with your photography. I appreciate it is like asking a parent to choose their favourite child, but which of the two lenses do you like using most? That is really a difficult question because both have their own perspectives. Personally I would say the little wider angle of 35mm, which gives a bit more dramatic field of view.

On top of all of the above, the ‘Human Touch’ design was a whole new challenge for the design engineers at Tamron. The result is as demonstrated here, and we are reasonably confident that said balancing act came together to shape a form in the most ideal fashion. Can you expand more on the technical benefits of Tamron eBAND and BBAR lens coatings please and what are their key benefits to photographers? eBAND (Extended Bandwidth and Angular- Dependency) coating and BBAR (Broadband Anti-Reflection) coating both provide superior anti-reflection properties. These technologies have been adapted to each lens and provide crystal-clear images by suppressing element surface reflections that lead to ghosting and flare. eBAND coating is a nano-structured layer that is deployed on the critical element surface. In addition to any other regular anti- reflection coatings, eBAND coating offers higher transmissivity and a significant improvement in anti-reflection characteristics against angulated incident rays. Can you expand a little please on the ‘Human Touch’ aspect of these two lenses? What do you mean by this? The keywords of the new product design is summarized as ‘Human Touch’. Be it a lens or a camera, it is nothing but an industrial product. And yet, what we aimed for was a product that would function as an organic unit, blending into the hands of the user, and delivering a sense of affection being used more extensively at any occasion. Design consideration of that kind was the first priority behind the two lenses. The brand identity ring in luminous gold is located at the interfacing section and not only symbolizes the engagement, but also signifies the commitment of Tamron to our customers.

Biography Years in the photo industry? Eight years working at Tamron Europe and in the photographic industry, and before that I was hobby photographer at heart Current location Cologne, Germany Last picture taken At the weekend, the little newborn daughter of my brother. These small fingers…amazing… When youwere younger, what did youwant to bewhen you grewup? Phew, good question Dogs or cats? I have two cats, but the dog of my parents seems to be my biggest fan, ever

Toast or cereal? No breakfast at all Email or phone call? Email. Very close contacts via Messenger

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Pro focus Antarctic adventure Heading as far south as you possibly can, wildlife photographer Alex Bernasconi tested himself and his kit to the extreme. Find out how he got on in this exclusive extract from Professional Photo magazine…

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Opposite Gentoo penguin landing on a beach on Saunders Island, Falkland Islands. Above Colony of King penguins, St Andrews Bay, South Georgia. Above A wonderful arch in an iceberg near Paulet Island.

I’m not one of those photographers who are able to pack the strictly necessary: I don’t want to miss an image just because I wanted to save a few kilograms

the wide-angles and medium zoom were the most utilised. The extreme conditions compel you to carry more gear in case of malfunction or damage: salt spray, rain, wind and the cold can affect even the most rugged equipment. An essential part of the equipment is a waterproof dry bag to protect my backpack during Zodiac transports and landings. Rain protection for my camera and lens is also vital on rainy or snowy days.” The result of the trip is his second book, Blue Ice , but he didn’t set out to create a book. “I just planned to work primarily on my fine art print collection,” he says. “But when I came back, I realised that I’dbeen luckyenough to collect a solidbodyofwork. When I reviewed the images with my publisher, Alexandra Papadakis, the bookmaterialised immediately.” Polar royalty Professor Dowdeswell, director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, and Dr Peter Clarkson wrote the foreword and introduction to Blue Ice . Alex is honoured by their contributions, as he believes “conservation should be paramount for any nature photographer – we must hope that our images can move people to become more conscious and respectful of our planet.”

> Words by Lisa Clatworthy

The coldest and windiest continent of the seven, Antarctica presents challenges to any adventurer, and among those encountered by fine art nature photographer Alex Bernasconi were an early morning slip into a stream and a katabatic wind storm capsizing a Zodiac inflatable boat. Thankfully, the seasoned adventurer went prepared, so these events simply served to “remind us that when you’re in such extreme and remote locations, it’s mandatory to be extra careful,” he says. “In comparison with other trips, this is a real expedition: you have an indicative plan, but it’s always subject to changes caused by the weather. ” Although Alex couldn’t exactly make an itinerary for the trip, planning started a year beforehand, and packing included pretty much everything but the kitchen sink. “I’mnot one of thosewise photographerswho are able to pack thestrictlynecessary:Idon’twanttomissthechanceofcapturing an image just because I wanted to save a few kilograms,” he explains. “As a result, I brought almost every kind of lens, from 14mm to 500mm, and I had the chance to use them all, even if

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Blue Ice: reviewed

I’d had a sneak preview of Alex Bernasconi’s latest book, Blue Ice – via a PDF prior to interviewing him – but it didn’t really prepare me for how stunning this book is. This large- format, hardback book certainly does justice to Alex’s gorgeous images of Antarctica. With a foreword by Professor Julian Dowdeswell and an introduction by Dr Peter Clarkson not only does this book look amazing, it’s also thought-provoking. As well as describing the challenges of working and living in the extreme environment of the Antarctic, the foreword and introduction also explain the impact of climate change on the area and its inhabitants. Alex Bernasconi’s own account of his trip sets the scene, and prepares you for the desolate beauty of the landscape and the wonder of the wildlife. From chinstrap penguins and cute, fluffy goslings to chilling glaciers and dramatic icebergs, Antarctica is pictured here in all its glory, thanks to Alex’s superb photography. Production quality is high too, doing justice to the photos. The fold-out panoramic images are simply breathtaking. Blue Ice by Alex Bernasconi is published by Papadakis Books and retails for £30 papadakis.net

Above Blue iceberg with Adélie penguins, near the South Orkney Islands. Below Upland goose with goslings on Saunders Island. Belowright Adélie penguin in close-up, Paulet Island.

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