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Photography News Your FREE newspaper packed with the latest news, views and stories PNAwards 2019 / Big test: Nikon Z 50 / Nikon’s first APS-C mirrorless hits the shelves Big test: Hasselblad X1D II / Very compact medium- format on trial A W A R D S 2019

ISSUE 73 14 Jan-10 Feb

Vote for the world’s best imaging gear Canon’s new action hero

Nikon kicks off 2020with four newproducts, including a full-frame DSLR and an impressive bridge camera The full-frame Nikon D780 will appeal to creative enthusiast photographers of all levels. The D780 is a 24-megapixel DSLR that can shoot at 7fps or 12fps in silent mode, has 263 phase detect AF points and an ISO range that tops out at 51,200 with the option of 204,800. It has all the credentials to be a leading player in the full-frame market in 2020 and its body price is £2199. Two new lenses are also due in early spring. The AF-S 120-300mm f/2.8E FLED SRVR is a constant fast aperture zoomwith an impressive specification and is priced at £9499. The other telezoom is a 70-200mm f/2.8 ZVR S for the mirrorless Z system, and this is priced at £2399. Nikon’s fourth new product is the Coolpix P950, a bridge camera with an 83x optical zoom and 5EV image stabilisation; it’s priced at £799. Nikon announces the D780

With a cutting-edgeAF systemusing its own dedicated sensor and full resolution continuous shooting with focus tracking at 20 frames-per-second, the Canon EOS-1D XMark III could be the ultimate

solution for press, sport and wildlife photographers

THE CANON EOS-1D X MARK III is a top-end, super-tough, high-performing full-frame DSLR aimed at sports and wildlife photographers. The deep pro- bodied camera may look similar to its predecessors but under the bonnet the changes are huge and very exciting. The 20.1-megapixel sensor features a new type of optical low pass filter and works with the powerful DIGIC X chip for fast image processing, which helps to achieve 20fps in Live View and 16fps through the optical viewfinder, both with autofocus and autoexposure tracking. With the high-speed dual CFexpress slots an incredible 1000 shots are possible

AF system has its own dedicated CMOS imaging sensor and for AF through the optical viewfinder, there’s its own DIGIC 8 processor. Add an ISO range of ISO 100 to 102,400, expandable to 819,200, 4K video, 5.5K Raw video, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a redesigned reflex mirror box for zero mirror bounce and a shutter mechanism built to last at least 500,000 actuations, and you have one remarkable camera. The EOS-1D X Mark III will be on sale this February at a body-only price of £6499.99. •

without buffering. In Live View the AF system has 3869 AF points and the Dual Pixel CMOS AF gives 90x100% coverage and works down to -6EV; and in the optical finder you get 191 AF points with 155 cross-type sensors. Face and eye detection has been enhanced with the ability to track subjects wearing a helmet or goggles. The

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Nikon has announced the D780, a full-frame DSLR that is a successor to its D750, a new bridge camera and two fast-aperture zooms Nikonkick off 2020 in style


Welcome to a new decade and a belated happy 2020 to you. I’m sure is going to be an exciting one. As you can see on this page, it’s started off nicely for Nikon already. The D780 will undoubtedly be popular with PN readers keen tomove to full-frame, but with an eye on the summer it is the pro-level 120-300mm f/2.8 that really catches the eye. It’s a summer Olympic Games year and it is almost a tradition that Canon and Nikon launch their pro flagship products to coincide with the biggest sporting event on the planet, which as it happens takes place in Tokyo: so home territory for the camera makers. Of course, the big two is now the big three with Sony such a powerful and growing force in the world of imaging, including in press and sports photography. All three brands have announced their flagship pro cameras although it’s only the Canon EOS-1D X and Sony A9 II for which we have any detail. We know the Nikon D6 is coming some time soon – possibly in February at Japan’s CP+ camera exhibition – but we don’t have any confirmed specifics on it at the moment. Youmay be wondering why the Olympic Games are so important to the camera brands, but being seen to be out there in front of a global audience is clearly a very serious business – even thoughmost of that audience don’t care about what cameras are being yielded by those pro photographers clad in media bibs who are occasionally caught fleetingly on camera. One memorable exception was when Usain Bolt won the 200m at the London 2012 Olympic Games and in celebration he ‘borrowed’ a Nikon D4 fromone of the trackside pros – Swedish photographer JimmyWixtröm– and took a few pictures. That was totally priceless – and free! – publicity for the brand. As a postscript, that camera was eventually sold for charity, fetching $7300; but it should have gone for more. Ultimately, as always, it is the end product that really counts, so no doubt we will be treated to a feast of unforgettable images from this summer’s Games. But let’s not wish the year away so early into January; there’s much to look forward to in the coming months. The Photography Show at the NEC inMarch is big onmy horizon right now and PN will be there, so if youmake it please come along to the stand and say hello. See you again next month.

plus there is an SR glass element which affects the short wavelength section of the light spectrum to reduce fringing and colour bleed. To reduce flare from strong backlight and sidelight, Nano Crystal Coat eliminates incidental light froma diagonal direction while ARNEO coat deals with incidental light froma vertical direction. The lens’s VR systemoffers a 4EV benefit, accepts 112mm filters, has an integrated tripod foot and weighs in at 3.25kg. For the Zmount there’s 70-200mm f/2.8 Z VR S lens. This weather-proof lens boasts a 21 element in 18 group construction that includes six ED elements and one

to produce 4K/UHD footage at 30p/25p/24p with no crop factor. Other key features include a tilting 2359k dot LCD touch screen, in-camera time lapse, twomegapixel stills at 120fps or eight megapixel stills at 30fps, fast image transfer using SnapBridge for Raw and JPEG image sharing with smart devices, and two SD card slots. Sales of the D780 are scheduled to begin early spring and the body price is £2199 or £2619 with the AF-S 24-120mm f/4G EDVR standard zoom. Nikon’s DSLR F andmirrorless Zmount lens systems have had a boost, too. With its top-end specification and £9499 price tag the AF-S 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR features a 25 elements in 19 groups optical construction with elements made fromextra- low dispersion and aspheric glass

NIKON’S NEWD780 is a full- frame DSLR aimed at enthusiast photographers and content creators and is a successor to the very popular D750. The new camera is a cross between a DSLR and amirrorless camera, with some features inherited from the brand’s Z 6. For Live View shooting the D780 has the same 273-point hybrid AF system found in the Z 6 so you get eye detection AF in still shooting and low-light performance down to -4EV or -6EV in Low Light mode. Viewfinder AF is achieved by a 51-point phase detect AF which works down to -3EV. For action shooting the D780 can shoot at 7fps in viewfinder shooting and 12fps in silent mode in Live View shooting. The D780 has a 24.5-megapixel resolution using a backside illuminated CMOS sensor working with Nikon’s EXPEED 6 processsing engine, and has the same 180k pixel RGB sensor and Advanced Scene Recognition system found in the D850. There’s a native ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to 50 at the low end and to 204,800 at the other extreme. For movie shooters, the D780 uses its 6K image sensor

The 70-200mm f/2.8 Z lens will be available later this spring at a guide price of £2399. The last of Nikon’s quartet of new products is a superzoom bridge camera, the Coolpix P950. This camera has an 83x optical zoom range giving a 35mm format equivalent focal length range of 24-2000mm. The P950 is due to go on sale in early spring at £799.

SR element tominimise chromatic aberration.

Buyers’ guide: 2020 Vision page 30 It’s time to look at the best website, insurance and business providers for the upcoming year Buyers’ guide: filters page 33 Camera filters can improve your image – we name the best systems

mirrorless gets the full PN test treatment Big test: Hasselblad X1D II page 42 We check out a good-value medium-format mirrorless camera fromone of the industry’s most

News page 3 2020 kicks off with a bang, with exciting launches fromNikon, Tamron andmany more brands Club news page 12 A round-up of exhibitions, talks and achievements Awards 2019 page 16 Vote for your favourite kit of last year

Profile: Robert Pugh page 23 We chat to Robert Pugh, a Rotolight ambassador, about how getting into wedding photography has changed his life Make the switch page 27 Bob King is the latest reader to take the FujifilmMake the Switch challenge. So, what does he think of the X-T3?

iconic brands First tests

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to consider Big test: NikonZ 50

In-depth reviews of the latest imaging kit to hit the dealers’ shelves, including a Tamron lens and the newCanonmirrorless


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@photonewsPN @photonewsPN

Nikon’s first APS-C format


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CamRanger 2 Control your camera and shoot wirelessly – and the latest version is faster than ever

Mirrorless options fromLaowa

Snapperstuff offers Available until 31 January, buy a Think Tank roller bag, or Think Tank or Mindshift backpack worth more than £200 from a participating authorised UK retailer and you can claim a free Road Warrior kit worth £56. Or buy a Mindshift rotation backpack and you can claim a free rain cover. Claims must be received by 20 February and visit the website for full terms and conditions. and trade show is Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, Hammersmith International Centre, Hammersmith, London W6 8DR. Amust for aspiring pros The Societies of Photographers 2020 Convention takes place 22 to 25 January with the trade show happening on the 23 to 25 January. Entry to the trade show is £10 and exhibitors include Canon, Epson and Sony, among many others. The venue for the convention

The Camranger is a wireless tethering and advanced camera remote control device. The original has been updated and the Camranger 2 is five times faster than the original, has a three-time longer working range and now supports Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon and Sony cameras. Its rechargeable and replaceable lithium ion battery powers the unit for approx five hours and comes with a carry case and hotshoemount. The Camranger 2 works with an app to allow fully wireless operation on iOS, Android tablets, Mac andWindows. With it you can adjust camera settings including focus and take pictures remotely, and images can be transferred wirelessly to multiple devices, as well as social media. The Camranger 2 is available now at a price of £429.99.

Laowa has added three lenses to its mirrorless lens range. The 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D, the 100mm f/2.8 ultra macro and the 25mm f/2.8 ultra macro are now available in Canon EOS R and Nikon Z fittings. The 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D and 25mm f/2.8 are available now at £899 and £399 respectively, while the 100mm f/2.8 ultra macro will be available fromMarch at £469.

New 20mm Tamron COMING SOON

The Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD is designed for Sony E-mount cameras and is sure to be a hit among Sony users, thanks to support for key features such as fast hybridAF, direct manual focus and eye AF. Additionally, the lens is compatible with in-camera lens corrections and firmware updates. The new lens features moisture- resistant construction, a 67mm filter size and a 1:2magnification ratio, making it a promising option for landscape, street, macro photography andmore. The Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD will be available fromTamron stockists, with a guide price of £399.99. •

Peak hits new heights UK and Ireland distribution of Peak Design products will be handled from 1 February by Transcontinenta UK Ltd. Peak Design is an American brand with a growing reputation as an innovative provider of photographic products. Starting back in 2011, Peak Design now has 34 full-time employees, has launched more than 100 products and raised more than $15 million via crowdfunding. You will be able to see the full Peak Design range at The Photography Show at the BirminghamNEC, 14 to 17 March.

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Photography hasanewhome

The House of Photography, Fujifilm’s first experience centre, is now open in London’s Covent Garden

Based in the heart of London, the House of Photography appeals to photographers of all levels. Naturally, there is the opportunity to sample, buy and hire Fujifilm camera kit, but there are also exhibitions, seminars, workshops and a studio space for hire that will appeal to every image creator. You can check what’s on with the free House of Photography app for iOS and Android. “We created this amazing space, because Fujifilm is in a unique position to offer the best in picture taking and picture making at any level – and that’s really, really important and at the heart of this whole project,” says project leader and general manager of Fujifilm UK Electronic Imaging, Theo Georghiades. “We engage with customers, whether they are entry level, want something fun and interactive, or whether they are enthusiast or professional level. Not just from a hardware point of view, but also from a printing perspective, because we have instant print, Instax, and professional printing in-store. We want to inspire

Datacolor has updated its SpyderPrint software. Version 5.5 is now 64-bit for full compatibility with OSX 10.15 Catalina and beyond. The update supports retina display to give an improved user interface, and there have been internal improvements and bug fixes, too. The software is compatible with the Datacolor 1005 spectrocolorimeter and Spyder3Print/SpyderPrint SR spectrocolorimeter. • Datacolor update The latest 2.20 firmware for the Z 6/Z 7 allows 12-bit Raw video output via HDMI to anAtmos Ninja V external recorder. Once the firmware has been updated, support for Raw output can be installed at a cost £179 at a Nikon service centre. Or free on Z 6s bought as a part of the Nikon Essential Movie kit. • Raw output for Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 The winner of the Photography News word search is AnitaWoodbridge from Buckinghamshire. The correct answer was 'hue'.Well done if you got it right and a special well done toAnita, who wins a Samsung 256GBmicroSD card. The word search is now taking a break, but will be back in the future. Issue 71 prize word search winner

IMAGES Project leader and general manager of Fujifilm UK EI, Theo Georghiades

people to take, make and share pictures, and we will reward customers. I want to stress that this is not just a store; it’s an experience centre, a place people can come and immerse themselves in a world of photography at any level.” The Fujifilm House of Photography is certainly worth a visit next time you’re in the area. You’ll find it at 8-9 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LH. It is open seven days a week: Mon-Thu 10am-6pm; Fri-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 12pm-6pm.

New tripods from3 LeggedThing

redesigned leg locks promising greater stability and all three legs can be detached. The new additions still feature many of the original Pro Range’s features, including a removable and reversible centre column, a low centre of gravity and a tri-mount plate for multi-point mounting. The Pro Range 2.0 tripods are available alone or as kits, in earth, bronze and ocean blue or metallic slate grey. The Leo 2.0 legs cost £219.99, the Albert 2.0 is £299.99 and theWinston 2.0 is £329.99.

A new range called Legends and two tripods, Mike and Jay, have been announced. Made from eight-layer carbon fibre with fittings of aerospace-grade magnesium alloy, both feature a new rapid latch tomake leg adjustment fast and simple. All three legs can be detached and swapped for other legs for low-level shooting, or for use as monopods or as boom arms. Mike costs £499.99 and Jay £449.99. Kits featuring the newAirHed Cine ball head are available. The Pro Range has been improved. The Leo, Winston and Albert 2.0 tripods feature

Lastolite by Manfrotto has announced the EzyFrame Vintage background. The collapsible backgroundmeasures 2x2.3m and clips on to Manfrotto’s aluminimum frames, which are lightweight and can be assembled quickly. The background has a 15cm skirt along the bottom to conceal the frame. Kits including the background, frame and carrying case cost £403.94 and covers alone are £235.94. An Aluminium Frame Support kit has also been announced at £65.94, which supports Skylite panels and EzyFrame backgrounds. • Manfrotto’s vintage look

The Ultimate Lens Hood family welcomes a new addition: the ULHGo joins the Original, Mini ( for smaller lenses) and Mobile ( for smartphones). The ULHGo uses black, stretchy silicone, so will fit any lens with a thread between 49mm and 82mm without the need for adapter rings. The collapsible bellows-like hood stretches to fit snugly on lens fronts to keep out rain and can be fitted backwards over the camera as a weather shield. Place the front rim of the hood against windows and you can shoot without unwanted reflections. The hood can also be reversed and used as a weather shield, or placed down on rough surfaces to protect your camera. The latest innovation in Ultimate Lens Hoods features an anti-static coating. The new ULHGo is available online for £20. The Ultimate Lens Hood line grows

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Water for life Shootgardens towin

The RHS photographic competition offers free entry and cash prizes await the winners

The two communities of Tsarafangitra, where WaterAid has worked to bring clean water and decent toilets, and Ambohimanatrika, where the charity is working this winter, were recorded by FujifilmX-Photographer, Saraya Cortaville andWaterAid’s Voices from the Field officer and photographer Ernest Randriarimalala, using Fujifilm X-T3 cameras. Children from the communities inManjakandriana, just east of the capital Antananarivo, were also given

Fujifilm Instax instant cameras so they had the opportunity to tell their own stories, showing a unique insight into life through their eyes. The images feature in an exhibition running until 2 February at the FujifilmHouse of Photography (see story on page 7 for more details about the venue) and also in a coffee table book that is available to buy at £25, with every penny going to support WaterAid’s vital work. •

WITH THE OVERALL winner pocketing £5000, and with

also categories for under 11s and 11 to 17 year olds. Category winners will see their work exhibited at RHS Gardens later in the year and at The Photography Show at the NEC in March. Entries are submitted on the website below and the closing date is 31 January, 10am. The winners will be announced in

20 other cash prizes at stake, the annual Royal

Horticultural Society (RHS) photographic competition is well worth entering – and doing so is free. Amateurs and professionals are eligible, and there are nine categories, including Urban Gardening, Portfolio and Welcoming Garden Wildlife. There are

April on the RHS website. •

Historic Photographer of theYear 2019 winners announced

Good to talk

The Historic Photographer of the Year 2019 competition – supported by History Hit, Historic England, History TV channel, Trip Historic, the Association for Historical Fine Art Photography, and All About History – has been outstanding. Entries were judged on originality, composition and technical proficiency alongside the story behind each shot and its historical impact. The overall winner was Stéphane Hurel’s Have camera, will travel

photograph of the ruins of the Arromanches Mulberry harbour in Normandy; the Historic England category was won by JP Appleton with his shot of the Roker Pier. History’s Short Filmmaker of the Year was awarded to Dibs McCallum for a documentary exploring the remains of RAF Barnham’s nuclear weapons storage facility. All of this year’s entries can be viewed in the HPOTY gallery. •

TALK is a newmental health charity with a focus on the therapeutic qualities of creativemediums. It has just announced its first competition, the TALK 2020 PhotographyAwards. The overall winner scoops imaging products donated by Rotolight, Zeiss and Sony, with a total worth of £4500. The theme is ‘mental health’ and it is up to entrants to interpret that theme and what it means to them. It costs £10 to enter one image, £25 for three and £50 for eight, with all proceeds going to TALK. Full details are on the website. The top 15 entries will feature in amonth- long exhibition at theWEXPhotoVideo store inManchester, and each finalist will receive an engraved award. The closing date is 22March, with the overall winner announced at the exhibition opening night on 3April 2020. •

Founded by travel photographer Suzanne Porter, clik-trip is a new, free-to-use website that will appeal to camera users keen to enjoy diverse photo experiences worldwide with local experts. Clik-trip photographers are chosen on recommendation –

currently 70 expert photo leaders aroundworld have been signed up and the database is growing by around five amonth. Clients can arrange one-to-one tuition, day trips, experiences and even plan a whole photo trip via the site. •

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Monthly winners …and the Photography NewsWedding Photographer of the year is… SteveVaughan FIVE TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHERS qualified for the final of Wedding POTY, each winning one of the six monthly Photography News editor, Will Cheung, said: “I thought the standard of our

Our finalists blew us away with their high level of skill. The judging's been done and we have our overall winner!

wife Samantha since 2014 – they always work together. Before then, he’d spent more than 20 years in corporate sales and sales management. “We’re completely thrilled to have won Wedding POTY,” says Steve. “The standard of the other winning monthly entries was so high, with gorgeous wedding images, albeit more traditional wedding photos thanmine. To receive such accolades from [judges] Trevor and Faye Yerbury and the other judges is truly humbling. “My winning shot was taken at a wedding at The Perch, a riverside pub that sometimes featured in Inspector Morse episodes. The couple had got married at a nearby church and were having their reception in the marquee in the pub gardens, close to the river. I spotted this scene as I walked into the marquee, as the couple were greeting their guests with a receiving line, which Samantha was photographing. It’s of the bride’s grandparents and aunt, who were sitting quietly waiting for everyone to come in. I immediately loved their expressions, and took the photo frommy waist with the screen of my FujifilmX-T2 flipped out, as I didn’t want to raise the camera tomy eye and attract attention. “We shoot with Fujifilmmirrorless cameras, as we find they suit the way we work: quiet, light, unobtrusive. My two cameras are always clipped on tomy waist band with Spider BlackWidow camera holsters. I shot it with a 23mm lens at 1/125sec, at f/2 and ISO 640. I converted the Raw tomonochrome in Lightroom using my own custom settings.” • You can read Steve’s blog about this wedding at,and find out more about Samantha and Steve’s wedding work at

finalists was exceptional and the quality of photography outstanding, so well done to all five photographers. All finalists were worthy of the ultimate prize and the judging was very close, but congratulations to Steve for his brilliantly observed and captured image. Awell-deserved winner.” Steve receives £1000-worth of vouchers to spend on Loxley Colour products and the coveted title of Photography News Wedding Photographer of the Year. Well done to him and congratulations to the four other photographers who did so well to reach the final. Steve is based in Bicester and has been a full-time wedding photographer with his

rounds with set themes (one photographer won two rounds). The six round-winning images were judged by a panel of leading experts and photographers representing Loxley Colour, Fujifilm and, of course, Photography News . After much discussion and debate, Steve Vaughan’s wonderful reportage shot was judged to be the overall winner. “The judges loved Steve’s candid image. It captures such a universal scene at weddings, creating a truly unique yet totally relatable image,” commented Katie Speirits, head of multichannel marketing for Loxley Colour.

Round 1: Details –Ash Davenport

Round 2: Fine art –MarieAnson

ROUND 3 AND OVERALLWINNER – Reportage – Steve Vaughan

Round 4: Bridal portrait – BenAppleby

Round 5: Group shot – BenAppleby


Round 6: Destination and location – Ray Sawyer

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Arena seminar The Arena Photographers Group has announced details of its 2020 seminar, which takes place 6 to 8 March at the Riviera Hotel, Burnaby Road, Alum Chine, Bournemouth BH4 8JF. The six speakers are Tim Smith, Steve Bloom, Chloe Dewe Matthews, David Gibson, Leigh Preston and Paul Foley. It costs £90 for Saturday’s seminars and £85 for those on Sunday. Please visit the website for the seminar timetable and details of various weekend packages.

Parkwood Camera Club

Parkwood CC is looking forward to a visit by Tony Worobiec on 17 February at 8pm.

Derby City PC is launching aMobile Device Photographic Section in itsmonthly PDI competitions. “I amdelighted we havemade such a progressivemove,”says Derby City chairman Ashley Franklin.“It shows how open-minded we are as a camera club. There aremany photographers who aren’t members of a camera club yet are producing outstanding and inspiring images with their phones and tablets.We are giving these like- minded people an opportunity to show us what they can achieve. I also feel this is a chance for our members to embrace and learn how to enhance their photographic skills using their own devices.” As a result of this innovation, professional photographer MalcolmSales will be giving his acclaimed presentation on smartphone photography on 10 February. If you are a keen local phone photographer, Derby City PCmight be worth a visit. (Visitor fee is £4.) Derby City PCmeets at 7.30pmeveryMonday at The Grange, 457 Burton Road, Derby DE23 6XX.

Tony is a Fellow of the RPS, author of 17 photography books and countless articles for photography magazines. He will be delivering a talk entitled ‘Photographing Landscapes Whatever the Weather’, and Parkwood would like to welcome non-members for the evening. The entrance charge will be £5. Parkwood CC meets every Monday (except for the second Monday of the month when meetings are on Tuesday) at 8pm at Parkwood Community Centre, Parkwood Green, Rainham, Kent ME8 9PN. Abingdon CC live in France Abingdon CC is a small club a few miles from Oxford. On 23 January, Abingdon CC is holding a joint digital projected image competition with a club in the Dordogne, France. In an international first for the club, thanks to the internet, the judging will be live and in real time. Abingdon members will be able to see and hear the judge’s comments over in Dordogne, and vice versa at the club in France. A translator will be on hand should difficulties occur. Abingdon CC meets every Thursday at 8pm in the All Saints Methodist Church Hall in Dorchester Crescent.

Bracknell CC Bracknell CC ended the first half of the season with its annual Clive Harrison Trophy competition. This trophy is for a panel of between three and eight print images sharing a common theme, telling a story or complementing each other in some way when viewed together. The trophy is named after Club member Clive Harrison, who died in 2000. Clive was a Fellow of the RPS, a member of the London Salon and the Arena Group. This year, the trophy was won by Caroline Colegate ARPS for her panel entitled, ‘The humble piece of paper’. Her entry included a statement of intent that described the panel as follows: “The humble piece of paper can be laid flat, twisted or curved to form simple, elegant, abstract shapes”. Bracknell CC meets every Monday evening at the Open Learning Centre, Rectory Lane, Bracknell RG12 7GR.

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Noton at Lichfield CC Lichfield CC hosts David Noton’s amazing multimedia ‘Chasing the Light’ roadshow on 7 March, at the Aspects conference centre, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR. David’s show has played to packed audiences all around the country and in Europe, and promises an unforgettable visual experience. The event starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 and are available by phone on 0333 666 3366 (£1.75 booking fee applies) or from Doors open at 6.30pm, and there is a bar and free parking. Lichfield CC welcomes new members and meets every Wednesday at the Methodist Centre, Lichfield.

Wall Heath CC’s annual exhibition is on now and runs until 29 March at Himley Hall (the former home of the Earls of Dudley). There are 60-plus prints on view showing a wide range of subjects, from wildlife to street photography, and the exhibition also includes a display of members’ vintage cameras. Entry is free. The club meets on alternate Wednesdays at 7.45pm at Kingswinford Royal British Legion, Summerhill, Kingswinford DY69JG. Entry is just £2, £3 for visitors. Wall Heath CC

A first forDaventry PS Daventry PS won the annual Badby Challenge Cup for the first time in the competition’s 27-year history. After a very closely fought and exciting contest that went to a tie-break between two of the groups competing – Daventry and Banbury – Daventry scored just one more point to win. The competition, involving nine local amateur photographic groups in 2019, was hosted by Daventry PS and was independently judged by Malcolm Sales. Daventry PS meets every Tuesday at 7.30pm, throughout the year, at Mayfield Park Sports Club, Daventry.

Thanet CC’s chairman, Laura Drury, has gained a distinction to become a Licentiate of the RPS. After deciding to apply, Laura spent many months preparing her images, trying to decide which ones to use and which would work well in a balanced panel. Laura wanted to stay true to her style so included composite work and post-processed images. Great work and well done to Laura. Thanet’s youngest member, 15-year-old Dylan Watling, has also been impressing the club with his work, and recently showed some examples. His image, above, is called ESP. The club meets Mondays at 7.30pm, Ramsgate Football Club, Kent CT11 0AN.

Potters Bar and District PS Potters Bar and District PS has announced its award winners for 2019. Winner of Print of the Year (advanced class) was Fiona Adamson. She said, “My picture of Bled Island was taken in Slovenia and it was a perfect frosty morning. I had been at the lakeside from 5.30am and this was almost the last photo taken as the sun popped up over the mountains, lighting up the isle.” Don Hart, who won Print of the Year (general class), said, “I had the opportunity to work on a monochrome set with model Nicole Marchesani, and a simple set-up of a single soft light with carefully positioned reflector complimented Nicole’s natural beauty.” Go to the website to see the full list of winners. The Society meets at the Wyllyotts Centre, Potters Bar, on most Mondays from 7.30pm.

ABOVE The photo that won the competition for Daventry PS was taken at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, by Gerald McDade

A fun time and getting to know each other better are the objectives of Windsor PS’s annual portrait challenge. This popular event in the club’s busy schedule tasks groups of three members to take portraits that capture each other’s personalities. Some shoots were casual and others were meticulously planned, while some photographers used post- processing skills to enhance the images. Windsor PS meets on Monday evenings at 8pm at the Old Court Artspace, St Leonard’s Road, Windsor SL4 3BL.

PS said, “I’m delighted that so many people attended our club rooms to see and enjoy our work. This project is part of our commitment to work with other community groups. Our members had some new photographic challenges, but the results speak for themselves.”

A record number of people attended the club rooms of

Tynemouth PS last December to see an exhibition of 28 prints and 280 digital images. The exhibition celebrated the 125th anniversary of Tynemouth Bowling Club and was the result of a unique collaboration between the two clubs. Keith Hildreth of Tynemouth

ABOVE Don Hart with his Print of the Year

ABOVE Tynemouth Bowling Club president Richard Coates (left) with Keith Hildreth of Tynemouth PS

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The Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USDwas introduced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the brand’s SP lens series with the claim that it’s the best lens it has ever made. Will Cheung puts the lens through its paces in London


wide open for creative beautiful bokeh effects when the opportunity arises. The moderately wide focal length also means that by stopping down to f/11 or f/16, there is the potential for plenty of depth-of-field for scenic shooting. But the Tamron offers so much more than a fast aperture and a versatile focal length. The lens uses an advanced optical configuration for leading-edge image quality, a state-of-the-art autofocus motor for fast, responsive and near-silent focusing, and advanced lens coatings to help defeat flare and ghosting in strong lighting situations. Of the 14 elements arranged in ten groups, half are special glass with four LD (Low Dispersion) and three GM (Glass-Moulded aspherical) lens elements. The advanced optical design delivers sharp images across the frame and into the corners even at wide apertures, and minimises any chromatic aberrations that can have a negative impact on image quality. Fast and quiet autofocusing is delivered by Tamron’s own USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor, and that’s aided by its all-new Dynamic Rolling-cammechanism that moves the focusing group of lens elements rapidly and accurately. The AF system is designed to give reliable service in the extremes of low and high temperatures and that is helped by moisture- resistant seals to keep out the elements. Finally, we have the innovative Tamron BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) coating to suppress flare and ghosting, maintaining high contrast levels even ›  Prices £929 ›  Mount availability Canon EF, Nikon F ›  Construction 14 elements in ten groups ›  Special elements Four LD (Low Dispersion), three GM (Glass-Moulded Aspherical) elements ›  Autofocus motor Ultrasonic Silent Drive ›  Maximummagnification ratio 1:5 ›  Coatings BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2), fluorine coat on front lens element ›  Filter size 72mm ›  Dimensions (dxl) 80.9x104.8mm ›  Weight 815g Canon EF, 805g Nikon F ›  Contact ›  Aperture range F/1.4-16 ›  Minimum focus 30cm ›  Diaphragm Nine blades

W hen it comes to choice, it’s true that photographers have never had it so good, whether that’s with cameras, lenses or even tripods. This, of course, is very much a good thing. But what if this all changed tomorrow and you had to choose just one of each item to enjoy your passion for photography? Deciding on one camera, one tripod and one bag is fairly easy, but picking just one lens to go into your bag is a challenge. It depends so much on what you photograph and how you interpret your subject. Personally, I enjoy shooting a wide variety of subjects, but mostly I shoot landscapes, urban scenes and people, so my need is for a lens that is versatile and suits my photographic style. The Tamron 35mm SP f/1.4 Di USD would be on my very, very short shortlist. The 35mm focal length gives a slightly wider view than a typical standard lens on my preferred full-frame format, but its perspective is very similar to that of the human eye. It’s a great all-round focal length that suits so many subjects. And the fast f/1.4 aperture is so useful as light levels drop, and there’s the potential of shooting

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Most of my shots on this day were shot between f/1.4 to f/5.6, which helped me keep action-stopping shutter speeds around 1/500sec or higher. Importantly, image quality is so impressive, even wide open at f/1.4, that it can be used knowing images will be pin-sharp. That was evident when I got home and checked out my pictures on a 32-inch monitor. Shots bristled with fine detail, were razor sharp, contrast was high, giving crisp images, colours were spot on and I had no issues with flare when shooting towards the sun. There’s no doubt that the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD is a very fine lens optically and, with its great handling, it has great potential for all occasions.

distracting in quiet scenarios – and on the street it is effectively inaudible. AF accuracy and speed are real benefits in street work, where even the slightest hesitation means the moment could be lost. No such problem here. The responsive AF just got on and did its job, both via the optical viewfinder and in live view when touch AF was available, so I could pay attention to composition and timing. The lens’s fast aperture came into its own when the clouds came and lighting levels fell in the city streets, and the viewfinder image was always lovely and bright. Dull light can make life difficult on the street, where fast shutter speeds are essential to stop any camera shake or subject movement. You need to increase ISO to give fast shutter speeds, but the option of opening up to f/1.4 meant I prioritised picture quality and kept my ISO down to minimum for as long as I could.

in the challenging lighting situations. The front lens elements also boast a fluorine coating that has excellent oil- and water-resistant properties and makes the surface much easier to clean. On paper, the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD has all the credentials to be my lens of choice, but how does it perform in practice? To find out, I took the lens, attached to a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, on a photo walk around London. The combination is nicely balanced with plenty of room to support the lens securely with the left hand while keeping a couple of fingers on the manual focus lens barrel, so fine-tuning focus is instantly possible if required. I had the camera set to a small zone of five AF points, moving these around quickly using the camera’s focus lever when the subject was off-centre. AF was impressively fast and smooth, too, with no searching and the process is effectively silent, so it is not going to be

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Gear of the Year

A W A R D S 2019 THE PHOTOGRAPHY NEWS 2019 AWARDS We photographers have never had it so good, and it’s fair to say we’re spoilt rotten when it comes to kit available for producing great pictures and videos. This is your chance to celebrate and recognise your favourite of that gear. We want your votes – it’s free to enter, and you could win a prize!

BEST ENTHUSIAST APS-C MIRRORLESS CAMERA This sector of the market is hugely competitive, and you can see why by looking at the attributes of our shortlist. Included is Nikon’s latest launch, the Z 50, which is the brand’s first camera in this arena.


WE ARE BLESSEDwith a great photographic industry and taking, sharing and printing pictures has never been easier or asmuch fun. We launched the PN Awards to highlight the wonderful kit we have at our disposal, and it’s a way of saying ‘thank you’ to all those clever people who work hard at creating, innovating andmaking the gear we spend an awful lot of money on. We’ve shortlisted items in all of the product categories, and then you get the chance to pick what you think deserves to win. Voting is done online and it’s free – you don’t even have to register to vote. The only categories where we haven’t done any shortlisting are in the service categories, such as Best Retailer – in those you nominate who you think deserves to win. Where theremay bemore than one store, please nominate the name of the store group and the individual shop, please. Go to to cast your vote, follow the ‘Awards’ link and complete the voting form. You can vote in every category, but if you prefer to vote for just a few categories that is perfectly fine, too. It’s up to you – and thank you in advance for your support. As an incentive, everyone who votes and fills in their details will be put into a randomprize drawwhen the voting has closed. Turn the page to check out the fabulous prizes on offer. Closing date for votes is 19 February 2020

BEST ENTHUSIAST MICRO FOUR THIRDS CAMERA Olympus and Panasonic are the only two major camera brands in the Micro Four Thirds market, but the products available are first rate so there’s still plenty of choice. Cameras

Mirrorless cameras are often used by expert and professional image- makers, and our handful of advanced models in this category represent the state of the art, all offering great features, stunning image quality and reliability, even in the most demanding of environments.

BEST TOP-END MICRO FOUR THIRDS CAMERA An impressive quartet of richly featured and highly capable cameras are destined to fight it out in this category. Fast shooting speeds, high image quality and innovative features are typical in this camera sector, and you get all this in extremely neat, portable packages.

Canon EOS M200


Olympus PEN E-PL9

Canon EOS M6 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II


Olympus E-M10 Mark III


Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Leica CL

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III


Panasonic Lumix GH5S

Sigma sd Quattro H

Panasonic Lumix G90

Nikon Z 50

Panasonic Lumix GH5

Sony A6600

Panasonic Lumix G9

Sony A6400

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Cameras continued

BEST BRIDGE/COMPACT CAMERA Most have camera phones with us at all times, but when it comes to user experience and image quality, a good compact camera is difficult to beat, and we have a great selection to tempt you in this category.

BEST MEDIUM-FORMAT CAMERA If outstanding image quality is your aim, shooting medium-format digital is the ultimate choice. This category has become more affordable of late, within reach of enthusiasts, and our shortlist is chock full of superb products.

BEST ENTHUSIAST FULL- FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA Shooting full-frame format is what many photographers aspire to and there are now more options than ever, particularly as photography’s main players, Canon, Nikon and Panasonic,

BEST TOP-END FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA What an outstanding selection of products we have on show in this category. Our fabulous six represent the pinnacle of current camera development but each offers a different but still compelling proposition. Picking the winner is a tough call.

BEST DSLR CAMERA While camera makers are looking towards mirrorless for sales growth, DSLR cameras continue to appeal to those who prefer composing through optical viewfinders. Our nomination list is dominated by well-established products, with the EOS 90D from Canon a capable newcomer.

have shown their interest and commitment over the past year.

Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II

Fujifilm GFX 50R

Canon EOS R

Canon EOS RP

Canon EOS 90D


Fujifilm GFX 50S

Leica M10-P

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Leica Q2

Fujifilm GFX100

Leica M10-D

Nikon Z 7

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Nikon Coolpix P1000

Hasselblad H6D-50C

Nikon Z 6

Panasonic Lumix S1R

Panasonic Lumix LX100 II

Hasselblad X1D II 50C

Nikon D500

Panasonic Lumix S1

Leica S (Typ 007)

Sony A7R Mark IV

Ricoh GR III

Nikon D750

Sigma fp

Sony A9 II

Pentax 645 Z

Nikon D850

Sony RX100 VII






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Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Google Pixel 4

Benro 100mm filter system Cokin Clearsky Formatt Hitech Firecrest Ultra 100mm filter family H&Y K-series 100mm system Hoya Ultra Pro family Kase Wolverine 100mm Series holders and filters

Huawei P30 Pro

Lexar Professional 1667x SDXC UHS-II Kingston Canvas React microSD series PNY Pro Elite SDXC Samsung MicroSDXC PRO Endurance 128Gb SanDisk Extreme PRO microSD A2 Sony SD SF-G TOUGH UHS-II series Transcend SDXC/SDHC 700 S

Novo Excel Pro range Marumi Magnetic Filter system Lee Filters new 100 holder

Kenro Karoo Compact Tripod (aluminium) 102 Nest Traveller NT-6294AK Slik Pro 700DX

Samsung Galaxy Note10+

Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CGHT Vanguard VEO 2 Go 265HCB

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FujifilmXF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LMWR Irix 11mm f/4 Blackstone Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S Olympus M.Zuiko ED 17mm f/1.2 PRO Panasonic 10- 25mm f/1.7 Leica DG Vario- Summilux

Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Fujifilm GF 50mm f/3.5 R LMWR FujifilmXF35mm f/2 RWR Nikon Nikkor Z24-70mm f/2.8 S OlympusM.Zuiko ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO Panasonic Lumix S Pro 50mm f/1.4 Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4

Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM FujifilmXF200mm f/2 R LMOISWR NikonAF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF EDVR OlympusM.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 IS PRO Panasonic Leica DGVario-Elmar 100- 400mm f/4-6.3 Power OIS SamyangAF85mm f/1.4 Sigma 105mm f/1.4Art DGHSM

Canon RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 ISUSM FujifilmXF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OISWR OlympusM.Zuiko ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3

FujifilmXF80mm f/2.8 R LMOISWR Macro Irix 150mm f/2.8Macro Dragonfly Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 UltraMacroAPO Tamron SP90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1VCUSD Tokina FiRIN 100mm f/2.8 FEMacro Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DGMacroArt Sony FE 90mm f/2.8Macro GOSS Voigtlander 110mm f/2.5MacroApo- Lanthar

Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM

Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Tamron 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 Nokton Aspherical Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF

Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DGOS HSMSports Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 GOSS Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USDG2 Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4

Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD

Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3OSS Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VCOSD

Tokina opera 16-28mm f/2.8 FF Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4






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Broncolor Siros 400 L Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL Interfit S1 PiXAPRO CITI400 Pro TTL Profoto B10 Plus Profoto B1X

 BEST ON-CAMERA FLASH Hahnel Modus 360RT speedlight Kenko AB600-R AI

Metz M360 Nissin i600 speedlight PiXAPRO GIO1 Round Head TTL speedlight Profoto A1X Rotolight NEO 2


Billingham Hadley Pro 220 Billingham 225 Crumpler Triple A Camera Sling 8000 Evoc CB 3l LowePro Magnum 200 AW Tenba Cooper 15 Slim ThinkTank Retrospective 10 V2.0

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Broncolor Siros 400 S ElinchromELC Pro HD Interfit Honey Badger 320Ws Profoto D2

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