Nikon’s newwide Photography News Your FREE newspaper packed with the latest news, views and stories ISSUE 70 10 Sep-16 Oct Top birds / Winning images from the Bird Photographer of theYear contest Masters of street / Inspiration from the world’s best street snappers Big test: Panasonic Lumix S1 / Leading still/video hybrid camera tested Canon’s EOS range gets a boost NIKON’S Z 24MM F/1.8 S lens adds another versatile option for its full-frame mirrorless Z system.
With a minimum focus distance of 25cm and extensive weather sealing, Nikon’s new wide-angle offers real versatility. Its fast and quiet autofocus opens the lens up to film- makers, as well as still photographers, plus there’s near-silent control over aperture. Nikon promises edge-to-edge sharpness from close-up to infinity, even at the lens’s widest aperture. Image quality is topped off by a smooth bokeh and reduced lens flare thanks to an anti-reflective nano crystal coat. The Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S is on sale from 17 October at £1049. • nikon.co.uk
Exciting high- resolution arrivals in its DSLR and mirrorless ranges strengthens Canon’s already powerful hand
CANON’S PAIR OF new cameras, the EOS 90D and the EOS M6 Mark II, bring ultra- high resolution and high-speed shooting to the company’s APS-C DSLR and EOS M mirrorless ranges. At the heart of both of these cameras beats a brand new Canon- designed, Canon-manufactured 32.5-megapixel CMOS sensor working with the DIGIC 8 image processing machine.
The EOS 90D is a solidly built DSLR and can shoot at 10fps with autofocus tracking of 11fps in live view, making it ideally suited to wildlife and sports photographers. Its topmechanical shutter speed is 1/8000sec but for evenmore the electronic shutter has the option of 1/16,000sec. Speed is also a selling point of the new flagship of the EOSM range, with the EOSM6Mark II capable of 14fps and even 30fps in
Raw burst mode, both shooting speeds possible with AF tracking. The EOS 90D is £1209.99 body only and available now, while the EOS M6 Mark II is available from the end of September for £869.99 body only or £1119.99 with the EF-M 15-45mm IS STM lens and electronic viewfinder EVF-DC2. • canon.co.uk
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Canon recently bolstered its premium Powershot compact range and its EOS R system is in its infancy, so everything is new there. Next year is Olympics year (in Tokyo, no less), so expect something very significant in the full-frame pro market as a result. This leaves only Canon’s APS-C DSLR and its EOS Mmirrorless ranges – we’ve seen little activity from both ranges recently… until now, that is!
Cue fanfare and say hello to the EOS 90D and the EOS M6 Mark II, replacing the EOS 80D and EOS M6 respectively. There have been some external developments and new features, but the big news is all about the inside. Both cameras sport a new Canon-made, Canon-designed APS-C sensor with an impressive 32.5 megapixels. Additionally, both models are equipped with Canon’s latest DIGIC 8 processor. Both cameras have very strong potential for wildlife or sports photographers. The EOS 90D shoots 10fps with autofocus tracking and 11fps in Live View, whereas the EOS M6 Mark II is capable of a 14fps continuous frame rate and impressive 30fps Raw burst, with both modes using autofocus tracking.
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The cameras’ new sensor also possesses strong low-light capabilities thanks to a high ISO of 100 to 25,600. Both can shoot 4K video, with Full HD available up to 120 fps. The EOS 90D is available now, £1209.99 body only. The EOS M6 Mark II comes out on 26 September; body is £869.99, £1119.99 with EF-M 15-45mm IS STM and EVF-DC2 finder.
In addition to the new cameras, Canon has released new glass. The RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM lenses expand Canon’s RF lens line-up for the EOS R system and they are available from September. Both of the new lenses are priced at £2329.99. canon.co.uk
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Test: Sony A6400 page 48 Sony’s latest APS-C camera boasts a cutting-edge autofocus feature set, so how does it perform? First tests frompage 56 Lots of new kit, from lenses to bags, on test page 51 A premium compact aimed at the keen vlogger Test: CanonPowershot G7XMark III Test: Panasonic Lumix S1 page 42 With 24.2 megapixels, the Lumix S1 mirrorless aims to be a competitive photo/video hybrid
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Photography News has joined forces with Fujifilm to give readers the unique chance to borrow a Fujifilm camera and up to two lenses of their choice for free. This loan is for up to two weeks, so you’ll have plenty of time to shoot your favourite subjects to help youmake the right decision. In this issue, we feature the work of David McKibbin, who enjoyed the medium format delights of the GFX 50R for two weeks. There’s a wide range of kit available, so you could join David in trialling the GFX 50R – but you may prefer the FujifilmX-T3. For the X-T3, you’ll have 29XSeries lenses to pick from, but you’ll only get to pick two, so choose wisely! Visit fujifilm-x.com to see the latest lens range. As part of the campaign, your images and thoughts on the outfit you borrowed will appear in PN , so this is the chance to get your work featured on these pages, too. If you want to take advantage of this incredible opportunity, head to photographynews. co.uk/maketheswitch. There is no closing date, but there is sure to be interest in this amazing offer and we have limited stock, so please don’t delay. In the first instance, fill out the form on our website and upload five images that represent your usual photography.We will be in touch if you are selected. • photographynews.co.uk/ maketheswitch Time to try mirrorless
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cooling fan, which keeps heat to a minimum and allows unlimited recording time. The camera also boasts HDR (High Dynamic Range) in HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output. There is five-axis in-body image stabilisation and, if used with Panasonic’s S series two-axis optical image stabiliser lenses, there is a claimed 6.5EV benefit. The new rear monitor, real viewfinder and status LCD are large displays offering high resolution and high visibility. The body has a rugged, weatherproof design and features two SD UHS-II/ V90 card slots. The Lumix S1H has a guide price of £3599. Panasonic also revealed two lenses. The Lumix S Pro 24-70mm f/2.8, which costs £2249 and goes on website, we’ve teamed up with Nikon to give you the chance to win a Nikon D7500 kit. Born from a desire for flagship performance and innovation in a compact and streamlined connected camera, the D7500 delivers the game- changing resolution, ISO range, image processing and energy efficiency of the award-winning Nikon D500 in an enthusiast-level DSLR. Simply
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Panasonic has revealed its Lumix S1H, the world’s first full-frame camera to offer 6K recording at 24p. It uses a newly developed 24.2-megapixel full-frame sensor, the same resolution as the S1. But the S1H has Panasonic’s dual native ISO like its bigger VariCam and EVA1 siblings and is claimed to have more than 14 stops of dynamic range as well as V-Log/V-Gamut that make its output very similar to the colours from the VariCam range. The S1H can record 6K/24p and 5.4K/30p in 3:2 or 5.9K/30p in widescreen 16:9. It is the world’s first full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera to enable 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K HEVC video recording when using Super 35 crop mode. The camera has a near silent
sale from 26 September, comprises 18 elements in 16 groups, which includes three aspherical elements and four ED (extra-low dispersion) lenses. It features a mechanism to suppress focus breathing, has a rugged dust- and splash-resistant design, an 82mm filter thread and uses an 11-bladed circular aperture. For its MFT system, Panasonic added the Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4, a top-quality lens giving the equivalent of 50mm in the 35mm format. It promises high resolution and contrast across the image frame even at maximum aperture, and lovely smooth bokeh on out-of-focus highlights. This lens is available from 24 October for £579.99. • panasonic.co.uk
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New arrivals further bolster Sony’s popular APS-C mirrorless system Sony announces twoAPS-C cameras and two lenses
Leica adds 50mm prime
The Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH uses the same autofocus with stepping motors and Dual Syncro Drive as other members of the Summicron-SL lens family, allowing focus to infinity, among other features. Again, as with other Summicron-SL lenses, the new 50mm features effective weather sealing and can be used in almost any weather conditions. The SL 50mm f/2 ASPH is on sale now at £3750. • uk.leica-camera.com
Sony’s latest batch of new products strengthens its already powerful and popular APS-C system. The A6600 and A6100 are lightweight cameras featuring leading-edge AF skills, excellent image quality and the latest video technologies. The A6100 is aimed at newcomers to interchangeable lens camera photography who want to shoot high- quality still images in a wide variety of situations, while the A6600 is designed to appeal to demanding photographers and video-makers. The two cameras share some identical features. At their heart is a 24.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor using the latest BIONZ X image processor to deliver low-noise images even in very poor light. And both cameras feature fast and accurate AF systems with an AF acquisition time of just 0.02 seconds using a 425 phase detect system that covers about 84% of the image area. The wide coverage and high density of AF points helps ensure spot-on autofocus in the most challenging conditions. Both models offer real-time tracking using Sony’s
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Leading Chinese tripod brand Leofoto has appointed Hähnel as its official UK distributor. For the past decade, Leofoto has built its reputation for its high-class tripods made from ten-layer Torayca carbon fibre – a high-end material made in Japan – and precision-machined aluminium components. • leofoto.com Leofoto appoint Hähnel
latest algorithm with AI (artificial intelligence-based) object recognition for accurate AF, and there’s real-time eye AF, too, which again uses AI for accuracy and tracking speed of human and animal subjects. Both cameras have a native ISO range of 100 to 32,000, although the A6100 goes to 51,200, while the A6600’s range is expandable to 50-102,400.
The A6100 and A6600 offer 4K video in Super 35 format, which gives full pixel readout without pixel binning, giving about 2.4x the amount of data for 4K shooting – and this oversampling ensures great results. Sony considers the A6600 to be the new flagship of its APS-C range and extra features include a five-axis in-body image stabiliser, with a 5EV benefit. It uses a Sony Z battery, giving a capacity of approx 720 still images using the EVF, and the body is dust and moisture resistant. There’s also real- time eye AF for movie shooting, so you can let the camera do the work while you concentrate on content. The Sony A6600 will be available from this October at a £1450 body only, or as a kit with the 18-135mm zoom lens for £1800. Meanwhile, the A6100 will be available from the same time and is priced at £830 body only, or as a kit with the 16-50mm zoom
lens at £900. A two-lens kit with 16- 50mm and 55-210mm zooms is priced at £1150. Sony’s two new APS-C lenses are both G lenses. The E 16-55mm f/2.8 G is a dust- and moisture-resistant zoom and an XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motor gives fast, quiet AF and efficient tracking. This lens will be available from this October priced at £1200. The E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS gives an equivalent 35mm range of 105- 525mm and is very compact, weighing just 650g and uses an XD Linear Motor for fast, precise AF. Built-in OSS (Optical SteadyShot) stabilisation helps sharp shooting at the longer focal lengths, the lens is dust and moisture resistant and a focus hold button can be assigned different functions via the camera body. This telezoom will be available from this October priced at £830. • sony.co.uk
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Latest lens gives fisheye views for Micro Four Thirds users Laowa’s4mmfisheye
Kenko get flash
The Kenko AB600-RAI is an advanced high-powered speedlight. Included in its long list of
Laowa has announced a 4mm f/2.8 circular fisheye lens with a huge 210° field of view. The Laowa 4mm f/2.8 is designed for Micro Four Thirds sensor cameras and features an incredible 210° field of view, meaning the lens can be used for an array of creative photographic techniques such as spherical panorama. For more conventional images, photographers can either ‘de-fish’ the image in post-processing or crop to transform the image into a rectilinear image. 360° panoramas can be achieved using as few as two images as opposed to having to shoot six
or more images with other, conventional fisheye lenses. This lens is also particularly good for VR photography and shooting virtual tours. Photographers can focus as close as 8cm from the sensor and still achieve a huge depth-of-field. With the focus ring at infinity focus and the lens at around f/5.6, everything in the lens’ field of view will be in focus. The lens is also small and lightweight, measuring in at 45mm long and weighing 135g. It is priced at £249 and is available to buy now. • ukdigital.co.uk
features is its AI 3DAuto Bounce function. This mode automatically calculates and
sets the optimumbounce angle (left or right as well as head angle) so the user can focus on the subject rather than worry about the technicalities. The unit’s maximumGuide Number is 60 (ISO 100 at 200mm setting) and the zoom range is 18-200mm. Also built in is a radio transmitter/receiver that allows the master unit to remotely control the bounce head of the slave flash. The 2.4GHz radio feature allows for off-camera and multiple flash use. This speedlight accepts four AA cells that gives a recycling time of 0.1-3.5secs with NiMH cells. An optional external power supply, the BP-1, is available for greater capacity and faster recycling. The Nikon version is available nowwith Canon and Sony models due soon. Guide price is £399. • intro2020.co.uk
Spirit of the Amazon: the indigenous tribes of the Xingu, is a book featuring the work of photojournalist Sue Cunningham and writer Patrick Cunningham. It is a fascinating record of the many indigenous people of the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon, that the couple have visited over many years. Sue’s pictures show indigenous people in their rainforest environment, documenting activities of their everyday lives and also some of their traditional ceremonies. New for your bookshelf
You can save up to £60 on Samyang’s prime lenses if you shop before 30 September. The offer includes Samyang’s MF 14mm f/2.8 in Canon EOS R and Nikon Z mount fits, the MF 85mm f/1.4 in Canon EOS-R and Nikon Z mount, AF 45mm f/1.8 in Sony FE mount and AF 85mm f/1.4 in Nikon Samyang cashback promotion
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cashback promotion is available for purchases made from participating retailers in the UK and Ireland, between 9 August and 30 September. Last claims must arrive by 15 October 2019. • intro2020.co.uk/samyangcb
Published by Papadakis, this book will be available fromOctober at a guide price of £40. • ammonitepress.com
SanDisk’s charging and back-up solution
Samyang launches new super wide-angle
Samyang’s new 18mm f/2.8 lens weighs just 145g, making it the lightest and smallest 18mm super wide-angle autofocus lens currently on the market. While the light mirrorless camera market has been growing quickly in recent years, Samyang believes that too few small and light wide-angle lenses have been made to match. With that in mind, Samyang has launched the new AF 18mm f/2.8
FE – the lightest and smallest 18mm super wide-angle autofocus lens currently on the market. The lens features a fast aperture and a full-frame 100˚ angle of view. The lens consists of nine lens elements in eight groups, with eight specialty elements (three aspherical, two high refractive and three extra- low dispersion). It also utilises a linear STM motor for fast, quiet and accurate focusing.
In a world’s first, Western Digital’s new SanDisk iXpand will allow users to simultaneously charge their Qi- compatible iPhone or Android phone and back up their images wirelessly. When your Qi-enabled device is low on battery, all you have to do is place it on the charging base. The iXpand has 256GB of storage, meaning it can easily accommodate full-resolution images. The charger creates multiple personal backup profiles so the charger can be shared
The Samyang AF 18mm f/2.8 FE will be available from Samyang stockists during September with a suggested retail price of £349.99. • intro2020.co.uk
with the family. It is also phone case- friendly and able to charge through cases up to 3mm thick. The SanDisk iXpand Wireless Charger is £89.99. • sandisk.co.uk
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Snapperstuff delivers bumper crop of bags
Nikon D6 on its way
Nikon has announced the development of the D6 and the AF-S 120-300mm f/2.8E FLED SR VR telezoom lens. The D6marks the 20th anniversary of Nikon’s single- digit D-series, while the new lens celebrates 60 years of the Nikon Fmount, adopted for the D series. Both products respond to the demands of discerning photographers, offering professional-level performance even in challenging conditions. • nikon.co.uk
Snapperstuff has announced a host of new camera bags fromMindshift and Think Tank Photo. The Photocross 15 and Photocross 13 are designed for adventure photographers and come with a host of features suited to their needs. Both bags have a volume of 20 litres and can fit an ungripped DSLR, three to five lenses and a laptop in a padded pocket – 13in in the Photocross 13 and and 15in in the Photocross 15 respectively. Think Tank Photo’s Urban Access Backpack 15 and Urban Access Backpack 13 are designed with ease of access inmind.
Panels open on both sides so users can sling the backpack left or right, while the rear panel provides complete access to gear when working directly out of the bag. Plus, the centre tripodmounting system balances even large tripods securely. Other key features include a laptop pocket, expandable water bottle pockets on both sides, removable sternum strap and waist belt. The Urban Access Backpack 15 can hold one ungripped DSLR or mirrorless body with lens attached up to a 70–200mm f/2.8, up to five additional lenses, a speedlight and a 15in laptop. The smaller 13 can hold one ungripped DSLR
or mirrorless body with lens attached up to a 24–70mm f/2.8, up to four additional lenses and a 13in laptop. Think Tank Photo’s Retrospective V2 family comes in five sizes: the 5, 7, 10, 20 and 30. The shoulder bag has been designed with a classic look andmodern features. Key features include sand- washed 100% cotton canvas build with water-repellent finish, YKK abrasion-resistant zips, luggage handle pass-through, collapsible water bottle pocket and hook-and-loop sound silencers. • snapperstuff.com
Benro launches a gimbal
small size it is not small on features. It boasts all of the features of the competition and more. Its folding design makes it easy to carry, it’s lightweight and even has the ability to run an external microphone.” The 3XS Lite weighs just 430g, is ideal for smartphones weighing up to 290g and its
battery provides up to 24 hours run time. Its barrier-less clamp makes balancing the phone easy while retaining full access to its charging and audio ports. The Benro 3XS Lite is available now at a guide price of £90. • xseries.benrogear.com
The Benro 3XS Lite is a smartphone gimbal stabiliser designed to help you deliver smooth-looking content.
Mark Hoskins, Benro’s brand manager, said, “The 3XS Lite is one of the smallest gimbals on the market, but despite the
The One Vision Framed Coloured Edged Block in the rocks and the shape of the headland, and the edging is very crisp. The frame was really well protected in shipping, too, with sturdy edge protectors, plenty of bubble wrap and a foam sheet protecting the print itself, and all encased in a heavyweight cardboard box.” Prints forpleasure Advertisement feature OneVision Framed Coloured Edged Block
“This was taken at Uttakleiv Beach, Norway, in a brief moment of clear air between punishing blizzards and hailstorms, and I was pretty pleased with it at the time,” says PN ’s contributing editor Kingsley Singleton. “But then it just sat on my hard drive for months, like a lot of other shots. Seeing it printed and framed so nicely actually makes sense of the effort I made in taking it, because it was about -5ºC out there on the shoreline, and I had to skate most of the way back to the car. The finish of the print is beautifully detailed and really shows off the textures that I wanted to capture
combines with your pictures tomake a striking statement. The FujifilmDPII Professional Photographic print is flush mounted onto a thick MDF block and an anti-scratch printseal is applied to its surface. The block edges are coloured in black, white, or dark brown, using state of the art equipment which produces a unique, sharp, modern look, and the frame itself comes in a choice of light wood, dark brown or black. The block is then framed in a stunning inlay moulding. Prices start from only £69, production time is only up to seven working days and images from 14x11in to 30x24in can be used.
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Improve yourwildlife photography skills
Billingham adds to its Hadley camera bag range
The Hadley Pro 2020 is made in England from robust, three- layer, waterproof Billingham canvas or FibreNyte material, and furnished with full-grain leather trims, with brass fasteners and buckles. It can accommodate most DSLRs and almost any mirrorless camera with three small tomedium-sized lenses and accessories. It also features a removable insert, which can turn the bag into a more compact casual messenger bag. Alternately, the capacity of the bag can be increased and customised with the addition of optional BillinghamAvea 7 or 8 pockets, which fasten securely to the leather side panels to protect crucial accessories. The Hadley Pro 2020 costs £240, measures in at 43x14x28cm, weighs 1.2kg, and is available in six colour combinations. It’s backed by the Billingham five-year guarantee.
TheWildlife &Wetlands Trust (WWT) MartinMereWetland Centre is the venue for the NorthWest BirdWatching Festival on 16 and 17 November. The centre is near Southport, Lancashire, and is open 8am to 5pmon each day. MartinMere’s general manager Nick Brooks says, “The NorthWest Bird Watching Festival is one of the centre’s most popular events and is a great weekend for nature loving photographers to get together and perfect their wildlife imaging skills.” Experts including wildlife author Kate Bradbury, cameraman Jack Perks and
wildlife photographer Alan Hewitt will be hosting talks, and events include photo workshops, bird ringing demonstrations, swan feeds, and tours around the centre and reserve. Most events are free, but for some talks there is a charge – for example, a photo workshop with Alan Hewitt costs £5 per person. Entry for non-WWT adults costs £13 on the day or £11.70 if booked in advance online – entry is free toWWTmembers. Concessions, group and family tickets are available. • wwt.org.uk/NWBWF
X-Rite launches the i1Photo Pro 3 Plus
X-Rite’s i1Photo Pro 3 Plus is a spectral colour measurement solution specifically designed for photographers who print on more challenging textured and glossy photo media. The i1Photo Pro 3 Plus combines the i1Pro 3 Plus spectrophotometer and
i1Profiler software to deliver ultimate professional colour management for displays, projectors, scanners, RGB printers and cameras. It’s priced at £2100. In addition, X-Rite announced a third generation i1iO Automated Scanning
Table that supports the i1Pro 3 Plus hardware. It is a robotic, automatic chart reading system designed for photographers, printers and designers. This has a price of £2880. • xpdistribution.com
More about the Sony A7R IV
Last month, Sony announced the A7R IV, its highest resolution full-frame camera with 61 megapixels. PN caught up with Pierrick Masson (above), Sony Europe’s imaging product manager, to chat about the technology featured in the new camera. What were the biggest technical challenges in designing the A7R IV? Firstly, after receiving feedback from pro users, we had to improve the grip, the weather sealing resistance, and the button placement and feel of the current A7R III. One of our biggest tasks was to implement those changes while retaining the Sony compact body form factor. We believe this new body design will please existing Alpha users and bring newcomers to the Sony brand. Secondly – and maybe the biggest technical challenge – was to implement a new sensor with a huge resolution while maintaining ISO performance (low noise) and high-speed operations. Also, as never seen before, the A7R IV is capable of 10fps at 61 megapixels and
at the same time provide the best AF tracking currently available with the Real Time Eye AF. With such a high resolution for stills and a pro-level movie feature set, do you consider the A7R IV to be the ultimate hybrid? It could well be! The A7R IV can address the needs of many parts of the market, from some medium-format applications down to APS-C users, with the benefit of a crop factor on lenses while maintaining a good image resolution. Our objective with the A7R series is to provide the best high resolution shooting experience for professional and enthusiast photographers. The A7R IV is a big leap in the series, with the introduction of the new 61-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor. With the evolution of the imaging market and the emergence of professional hybrid shooters, we consider this camera to be one of many that fit the requirements for bothdemanding still and video shooting environments.
For some users it will be the ultimate hybrid camera, as their work requires more resolution for stills and the A7R IV offers high video performance standards. Who do you expect to buy it? We believe this camera will please primarily professionals and enthusiasts who have the need for resolution, such as with landscape or studio photography. However, this camera includes our new real-time AF technology, and has a 26 megapixel APS-C crop mode with 99% AF points coverage, and 10fps with AF/AE tracking. We think that more and more wildlife and sport shooters will be interested in this camera as it offers a unique positioning: mega resolution in a portable and high-speed body. With so much data being processed and with a 10fps shooting rate, was there any thought about using XQD/CFexpress slots for the fastest performance?
We always consider the best media storage format for our camera design, and the SD card format remained the best-balanced solution in terms of performance and size for the specifications we established for the A7R IV. Sony also has high durability and fast cards, the Tough range, which are a perfect match. Can you tell PN readers which of the A7R IV features excite you most, and why? Most people are understandably enthusiastic about the 61 megapixel sensor while keeping similar or better speed performance of the A7R III. Personally, I am really excited about the 26-megapixel APS-C crop mode, the new handling and the wireless options, which provide APS-C users with new perspectives and the best of full frame and APS-C in one. Coupled with a lens like the 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens (300-900mm equivalent in crop) it will give a lot more flexibility with maximum performance.
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Round 4 winner
Wedding Photographer of the Year: Round6 Discover the theme for Round 6 and find out the winner of Round 4
“To have won this round of the competition is insane. I love to shoot bridal portraits, so winning this means a lot tome. There are somany amazing photographers out there with some seriously mad skills, so I genuinely feel humbled to have been selected for this image!” Round4: winning image BYBENAPPLEBY “It has good use of lighting to create a really atmospheric image of the bride.” KEVIN PENGELLY “I love the fashion edge to the image and how it feels likemore than a wedding photo. I also really like the quality of the edit and especially the skin tone.” ADAM JOHNSON
Round 6 is here, which means it’s your last chance to enter and be in with a chance to be named this year’s Wedding Photographer of the Year, so don’t miss out! Last month we asked you to submit your bridal portraits for Round 4 and the winning image was captured by Ben Appleby, who now joins our previous winners in the running to be named the Loxley Colour and Photography News Wedding Photographer of the Year.
When we use the phrase ‘destination wedding’ or ‘location wedding’, we’re usually talking about weddings abroad in exotic locations – but they don’t have to involve jetting off on a plane and can include locations much closer to home. Destination wedding shots should show off the beautiful location the couple has chosen for their special day, but still focus on the couple as the main subject. We asked our panel of judges what they’ll be looking for in this round. AdamJohnson had this to say: “In this category, I will be looking for photos that really make the location part of the photo, without making the photo about the locationmore than the couple. I’mnot a fan of tiny people in big landscapes, so I’ll be looking for more interesting ways tomake the location part of the shot.” Last year’sWedding Photographer of the Year winner Natalie Martin says: “Destination and couple images created in incredible locations dictate that there needs to be a lot of space. Composition, lighting, pose and expression will all come into play.”Kevin Pengelly offered this advice: “You need to show the location, but not lose sight of the couple within the image. The location should not dominate the image, but complement it, showing the scene.”
Submit your Round 6 image at photographynews.co.uk/ weddingphotographeroftheyear
before 14 October to enter. Full T&Cs can be found at the link above.
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S M S R P V S B U L C C E I E E L P V Z S V L A E C A P B I C X M O D L S R I P H R M Y R N D I T O O A J G K C S T O B O P C N A N A E F B L R U H C S P M N M R A X A C O W X Y O A T A G K T H N A I H Q L E M S I E K E A P U W J N E C N R D K D H H B E R P A S A E A B O K E H E S K B B E U H P R I N T S F O H L B C C L L V N M R J G M N S J T L N I T H D U X L O N G U C S P I K S E S N E L F Capture life’s magical moments across all devices with the Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSDXC memory card with SD adapter, offering read speeds up to 100MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s. Samsung’s latest cards are also ultra reliable and are water, temperature, X-ray and magnet proof, so shooting in the most challenging conditions isn’t an issue. We have one 256GB Samsung EVO Plus microSDXC card with SD adapter worth £74.99 for the eagle-eyed winner. Complete the word search below, and you’ll find one word in the list that’s not in the grid. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with that word in the subject box by 13 October 2019 and the winner will be randomly drawn from all correct entries received. The correct answer to PN 68’s word search was Flatlay, and the Samsung 256GB EVO Plus card was won by Pauline Lewis from Bucks. • samsung.com/uk/memory-cards ASamsung memory card! WIN!
Lions follow elephants, rhinos and great apes as the subject for the fourth charity book in the Remembering Wildlife series. Wildlife photographer Margot Raggett is the driving force behind Remembering Wildlife, with the aim of raising awareness of the plight facing endangered species and raising funds to help protect them. Remembering Lions will be launching on 14 October, with a public launch at London’s Royal Geographic Society on 17 October. Images that have been donated by more than 70 of the world’s leading wildlife photographers, including Frans Lanting and Art Wolfe, are featured. Visit the website to preorder a copy of Remembering Lions (and buy the previous three books) or for tickets to the public launch where there is the chance to buy books and get them signed by many of the photographers
who’ve donated their work. • rememberingwildlife.com
How to see birds by MatthewStadlen
TV and radio presenter Matthew Stadlen has two passions: photography and birdwatching. Through his new book, How to see birds , he aims to encourage more people to enjoy the natural beauty that’s all around us. In the book’s seven category chapters, Matthew starts with the smallest bird in each category. His commentary accompanying the images (mostly shot in the UK) is engaging and informative, so you learn about each bird and the situation
The results of the fourth Bird Photographer of the Year have been announced. The overall winner was a wonderful shot taken by Caron Steele; you can enjoy her image and all the category winners, including the one above by Pål Hermansen, in this issue. • birdpoty.co.uk Bird POTY winners
in which his shots were taken. It’s a great read and the pictures are of a very high standard too. Published by Papadakis, this book will be available from this November at a guide price of £20. • ammonitepress.com
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Camera Club News If your camera club has news you want to share with Photography News readers, please send it in. All sorts of stories are welcome, so it might be details of an DEADLINE FOR THE NEXT ISSUE 7 October
SUCCESS + EXHIBITIONS + PERSONAL ACHIEVMENTS + OUTINGS
Bromsgrove Photographic Society
The year’s Bromsgrove PS Bill Chambers Memorial Lecture is Photojournalism: Stories from the road, given by Chris Fairweather. The lecture takes place at 7.30pm on 22 October at the Avoncroft Arts Centre, Redditch Road, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove B60 4JS. Tickets cost £6 on the door and include refreshments. To reserve your place,
email Jan Harris, on programme@ bromsgroveps.com, who will confirm the booking. Chris’s talk covers his days from working on the local paper while at school through to commercial and feature photography, and covering international sports events for the world’s leading publications. bromsgroveps.com
annual exhibition, success in a contest, an upcoming event or news of a member’s personal achievement. Publicity officers – please read the submission guidelines and deadlines below, and get your stories in. ◗ Write your story in 250 words or fewer on a Word document. Include the club’s website, meeting times, what the event is, opening times, entrance costs – anything relevant. ◗ Every story should come with at least one image. JPEGs should be 1500 pixels (bigger is fine) minimum on the longest dimension, any colour space, photographer’s name in the file name, please. ◗ We DO NOT use posters or any pictures with words on the image front. Send your contribution to clubnews@photography-news. co.uk with text document and images attached. Deadlines for the next few issues of Photography News ISSUE 71, out from 15 October, deadline for contributions: 7 October. ISSUE 72, out from26 November, deadline for contributions: 18 November. ISSUE 73, out from 14 January 2020, deadline for contributions: 6 January 2020. people of all ages who like to come and browse the pictures, vote for their favourite images and buy gifts from the stalls selling cards and prints. The exhibition takes place 4 to 6 October at Skidby Village Hall HU16 5TG, and is open 10am to 5pm. The show then moves to Lockington Village Hall, East Yorks YO25 9SN, 11 to 13 October. Finally, the exhibition goes to the East Riding Community Hospital in Beverley and will be in show for three weeks from 14 October. VPS meets on Monday evenings at Skidby Village Hall, East Yorkshire. viewfinderphoto.org
Leighton Buzzard PC members are back for another exciting season. During the summer, LBPC members enjoyed some informal photo walks – open to both members and non-members – that offered excellent opportunities for some photographic practice, combined with some socialising. Meetings take place on Wednesdays at Greenleas Lower School, Derwent Road, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2AB. lbpc.org.uk
Crosby Camera Club
Crosby CC’s 2019 Print Exhibition is on show until 1 October, with over 100 of the best photographic prints produced by its members last season in the Reading Room of Crosby Central Library (opposite the Plaza Cinema). The exhibition features colour and black & white images, including the winners of last season’s Print of the Year competitions. Stephen Lang, president of Crosby CC, said, “Our exhibition is looking great and gives a fantastic overview of the superb work produced by our dedicated members over the last year. We hope the exhibition will also inspire people to pick up a
camera themselves and come along to one of our meetings this season. Whether you’re new to photography or want to take your skills to the next level, we’re here to offer advice, help you master your camera and host a series of fascinating evenings, led by some of the region’s top photographers.” Meetings are held every Wednesday from 8 to 10pm, at Crosby Central Library's Small Lecture Room on Crosby Road North, Waterloo L22 0LQ. The 2019 Print Exhibition is open for viewing during the library’s normal opening hours. crosbycameraclub.net
Viewfinder Photography Society
Viewfinder PS’s (VPS) annual exhibition for the first time will be held in association with the Hull International Photography Festival that starts on 4 October. David Marshall, VPS chairman, said, “The appeal of the exhibition over the years clearly demonstrates just how much interest there is in the printed image. The photographs on display illustrat e the talent we have right on our doorstep and we’re delighted that HIP Festival has invited us to be part of its celebration of photography.” The exhibition in Skidby has established itself as a popular community event, attracting
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EALING AND HAMPSHIRE HOUSE PS
Field End PS (FEPS) is based in North West London, meeting at the Methodist Church Hall, Ruislip, from 8 to 10pm on Wednesday evenings. FEPS organises an annual programme that covers competitions, visiting speakers, presentations by members, workshops and social events. There is also a teaching and development theme for each season, to encourage members to hone their skills and broaden their experiences. FEPS takes part in competitions organised by the North West Federation of London Camera Clubs and the Chiltern Association of Camera Clubs. Successes in CACC competitions have resulted in FEPS being one of two clubs to represent the Association in the PAGB National Print Championships in 2018 and in 2019. Knock Out by Dominic Beaven, shown here, was selected for the Judges Awards in the CACC Championships. New members are always welcome. Membership secretary, Jeff Haynes, can be contacted on membership@ fieldendps.co.uk or 07836 622459. fieldendps.co.uk
Ealing and Hampshire House PS (EHHPS) will, for the first time, be exhibiting as part of The Borough of Ealing Art Trail (BEAT). The exhibition takes place in the bar of the Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock Lane, LondonW5 5BQ, between 13 and 15 September, open Friday 4 to 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 6pm. EHHPSmeets on Thursdays fromSeptember to June at 8pm, at The BrenthamClub, 38a Meadvale Road, LondonW5 1NP. ehhps.org.uk
Gloucester CC’s annual exhibition takes place from 26 October until 2 November at St. John's Church, Northgate Street, Gloucester (the centre of the city). It is open daily from 10am till 4pm (except 27 October). Prints and projected images will be on display. Entrance is free and members will be in attendance to talk about the images and the club. Visitors can also vote for their favourite images. The club meets at Pineholt Village Hall, Hucclecote, Gloucester GL3 3SN every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. It is a bright, modern venue, and the club has recently purchased a brand new projector. Its programme will allow members to learn and take part in competitive photography, as well as gain hands-on skills. gloucestercameraclub.co.uk
Knaresborough CC has clicked off its season with a mix of practical events and competitions, and a list of speakers with themes ranging fromArt in Architecture to Never Underestimate an Old Woman with a Camera. The club meets at 7.45pm on Wednesdays at Chain Lane Community Hub. Its evening programme includes five guest speakers, five competitions, an inter-club battle, and a set of tabletop and practical sessions.
Club chair Phil Robbins said, “The club’s success is built on listening to our members – some have just embarked on their photographic journey and others are established in their hobby. It’s a friendly, nurturing club with everyone taking some valuable insight each week, not just from the event but also from the discussions over tea and biscuits that round off the evening.” knaresboroughcameraclub.blogspot.com
Droitwich CC has a varied programme of events lined up for autumn 2019, and 2020. Club evenings will include guest speakers, workshops, competitions and several new club image gallery evenings, where members can exhibit their own images and talk about where and how they got the shots. The club also has an active days- out programme, through which members can learn from each other. Described as 'a small, friendly club', newmembers are very welcome. The group meets on Monday evenings at 8pm from September to May at Chawson Barns Community Centre, Old Chawson
Lane, DroitwichWR9 0AQ. droitwichcamera.co.uk
There is plenty to look forward to in Thanet Camera Club's new season. Members will learn how to improve their skills during a ‘critique’ evening on 16 September, and there is a friendly competition, ‘just for fun’ on 23 September. The chair, Laura Drury, will be Thanet CC
viewing images taken as part of her summer break challenge to photograph ten subjects, ranging from ‘bench’ to ‘seascape’. Members will also be preparing for the annual print exhibition at York Street Gallery, Ramsgate CT11 9DN, from 16 to 23 October 2019.
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