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Nikon officially launches D6 Aimed at action and press photographers, the D6 is Nikon’s flagship camera and built to deliver great images in themost arduous conditions

The X-T4 is the latest model in Fujifilm’s popular XSeries. It boasts three major component innovations and a host of significant tweaks Fujifilm


The Nikon D6 is a full-frame 20.8-megapixel DSLR with speed of shooting verymuch its key feature set.The autofocus systemhas 105 all-selectable cross-point focus sensors which work down as low as -4.5EVand these 105 sensors can be configured in 17 different customgroup patterns. The camera’s ISO range stretches from 100 to 102,400 but is expandable to Hi5.0which is equivalent to an ISO of 3,280,000.That means there is the potential of shooting at action- stopping shutter speeds in the poorest light. Top shooting speed with full-resolution files is said to be 14fps with AE/AF tracking. The Nikon D6 is due on sale this spring, in plenty of time for themajor sports events of 2020, priced at £6299 body only. • Continue reading on page 3

THE FUJIFILMX-T4 features three major key component innovations plus some key changes in control design. First up, there is a new focal plane shutter mechanism that’s super quiet; and you can now shoot at up to 15fps in burst mode, making the X-T4 the fastest APS-C mirrorless model around. The second component change is probably the biggest. The X-T4 has a five- axis, in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) mechanism that offers up to 6.5EV benefit when used with 18 out of 29 XF/XC lenses. The X-T4’s IBIS unit uses magnetic force rather than springs, enabling a more compact and effective system. The final major component change is the NP-W235 battery, which gives up to 500

shots in normal mode and 600 in economy mode. USB C charging is possible too. Of the control changes, the most significant is that still/ movie switchover is

on a collar at the base of the shutter speed dial, and still and videomenus are now independent of each other. The various thumb buttons have had a change around, with a larger AF-ON button for thumb focusing. The monitor is a 1.62 million dot vari- angle design, so it can be positioned to one side and face forwards while still allowing low-, high- and waist-level shooting, which

will appeal to vloggers. The X-T4 sensor is the same back-illuminated 26.1-megapixel X-Trans sensor and X-Processor 4 imaging engine as on the X-T3, which continues in production. The FujifilmX-T4 is expected from late April and the body only price is £1549. • Continue reading on page 4

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Its development had already been announced late last year and the Nikon D6 has nowofficially been launched


WE’VE BEEN LIVINGwith uncertainty for several years, and now the world is struggling to come to terms with coronavirus; who knows what the future holds for travel, trade and life itself? But life does go on and so do new camera launches – andwe have seen very exciting DSLRs andmirrorlessmodels announced recently, although stocksmight be subject to delay given the virus situation. Thinking about it, most imaging kit comes from the Far East – so if you are wandering around The Photography Show at the NEC right nowumming and ahhing about whether to invest in new kit, it might be wise to buy now if stock is available and you have the cash. I managed to get my hands on the FujifilmX-T4 and NikonD6 and I have to say, even in the short time I got to handle them, both are deeply impressive cameras. You can readmore about both inNews. I was excited about many aspects of the X-T4 but what got memost was itsmechanical shutter. It is so quiet. I know electronic shutters are silent but the option of a really quiet mechanical shutter is a big selling point for me. Of course, photography is not just about shiny kit: it’s what we dowith it that counts. With one thing and another I haven’t had asmuch time as I’d like to get out to take pictures, so I stayed indoors and started shooting water droplets and food colouring dripped intowater. Nothing original in either, but that’s not the point – they were new subjects tome. Anyway, it has been fun, somuch so that I’ve even gone as far as makingmy own trays just to dropwater into. See you next month – and if you are at TPS reading this, please feel free to come and say hello.

people walking around a hotel room. TheAFpattern can be customised from its 105 sensors with GroupArea AF– so you can have a 1×7 AF zone pattern, or 5×7 or 15×3 – and there is a total of 17 customgroups.This helps you configure theAF system to cope with subjects of various shapes. The layout of the controls seems logical, and the buttons are a good size as you would expect froma pro camera, and the horizontal shooting controls are repeated for upright use too. The optical viewfinder is first- rate and the information is clearly laid out. It is early days but it seems tome that D6 users will have a very dependable camera, built in the finest tradition of Nikon pro cameras, that will deliver in even themost challenging conditions.

NIKON’S FLAGSHIP CAMERA is closely alliedwithmajor sporting events so the NikonD6’s launch coming inOlympics year is no coincidence. Its features set is targeted fairly and squarely at professional action, wildlife and press photographers and it is clearly built to deliver images in themost arduous conditions. The D6 is a full-frame 20.8-megapixel DSLRwith speed of shooting verymuch its key feature. The autofocus system has 105 all-selectable cross- NIKOND6 SPECS ATAGLANCE ›  2105 cross-type sensors withAF sensitivity down to EV -4.5 ›  Auto-AreaAFor 3D tracking ›  14 fps with full AF/AE ›  10.5fps inAE tracking in silent mode ›  ISO 100–102,400 range, extendable to ISO 50 and 3,280,000 ›  20.8-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor EXPEED 6 image ›  2x CFexpress/XQD slots ›  Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, wired Lan and built-in GPS

point focus sensors whichwork down as low as -4.5EV. These 105 sensors can be configured in 17 different customgroup patterns, so you can have, for example, a single rowof seven sensors active, which is versatile for a DSLR. The camera’s ISO range, with the sensor working with Nikon’s EXPEED 6 processing engine, stretches from 100 to 102,400 but is expandable to Hi5.0 which is equivalent to an ISO of 3,280,000. That means there is the potential of shooting at fast shutter speeds in the poorest light. Top shooting speedwith full- sized files is said to be 14 frames- per-secondwith AE/AF tracking. Robert Harmon, interimhead of commercial planning, Nikon UK, said: “You can’t control the action, the lighting, or the environment. But you can control the D6, and this DSLRwill deliver incredible shots of defining moments –without fail.” The NikonD6 is due on sale this spring at £6299 body only. The D6 wasn’t the brand’s only announcement. Two new lenses will be released later this spring. The Z 20mm f/1.8 S is due in March, with the Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR to followonemonth later. The 20mm is priced at £1049 and the 24-200mm£849.

I got a brief hands on with a pre-production sample of the newD6, though I did not get the chance to put in a card and take any shots. The Nikon D6 is certainly built in the rugged tradition of Nikon pro flagships so it is a very robust camera. If you like a camera to get hold of, this is it. It’s fundamentally the same shape and size as the D5 – the D6 has a bigger pentaprismtoaccommodate the GPS sensor. TheAF system is a significant improvement over the D5with a lower working sensitivity of -4.5EV comparedwith the -4EV for the D5. Certainly in the low light where I got to handle the D6 it was very effective, autofocusing nicely on a candlelit scene.


Its continuousAF in low light seemed quick and responsive too, tracking

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Fujifilm’s latest model in themassively popular X Series is the X-T4, amirrorless camera that can rattle along at 15 frames-per-secondwith a whisper-quiet shutter – and there’smuchmore that grabs the attention, too FujifilmX-T4 full details COVER STORY


cameras I findmyself with four options anyway – so tome this is a simple but very useful change. “The vari-angle screen flips out sideways and can face forward, so it’s ideal for vloggers and selfie shooters, but might be less welcome to those who like to shoot waist level discreetly. Of course this is still possible, but the downside is that the screen is out to one side, somore obvious. “If it’s discretion you’re after, the new shutter gives it. It’s very smooth, lowpitched and quiet – so quiet that in normal situations it’s barely audible. It means themechanical shutter is usable in almost “The newAFalgorithm made a significant impact on the responsiveness and speed of focusing.The actual AF system in the X-T4 is the same as that in theX-T3, but doing a side-by-side comparison showed how superior the new camera was with tracking and face/eye detect. In a quick test, I had the camera on a tripod and thenmoved around in front of the camera while videoingmyself moving about, walking in and out of frame and turning my face to and from the any situation without attracting attention, instead of using the electronic shutter.

camera.TheAF tracked my face/eye impressively well.When it did loseme –when I turned around, for example – it took an instant or two for theAF system to reacquireme, but it managed. “Finally, I tried the X-T4’s IBIS, shooting the same indoor scene using the 18-55mmzoomat 18mm. I got three out of five shots at 0.5sec

pin-sharp, but I didn’t get sharp shots beyond this shutter speedwith the pre-production sample. “You can't make any judgement after an hour with a pre-production camera, but I walked away impressedwith theX-T4. Its handling, the autofocus, IBIS and the way still and movie shooting has been streamlined, all give the camera great appeal.”

FUJIFILM’S LATESTMODEL, the X-T4, features threemajor component innovations and a fewmodified controls but sharesmuch from the X-T3 (which continues in production), including the sensor and processor. Firstly, there is a new focal plane shutter mechanism. It features a high-torque, coreless DCmotor that means you can now shoot at up to 15fps in burst mode, making the X-T4 the fastest APS-Cmirrorlessmodel around. Response time has improved, too, and shutter lag is down to just 0.035secs. The shutter is durable enough for at FUJIFILMX-T4 KEY FEATURES ›  IBISmechanism, with 6.5EV benefit withmost FujifilmX lenses ›  26.1megapixel backlit sensor ›  Newbattery gives 500 shots in normal mode ›  New, very quiet shutter – enables ›  Dedicated still/movie control ›  Eterna Bleach Bypass film simulationmode ›  Full HD, 240p videomode ›  Two SD card slots ›  Optional vertical grip 15fps burst shooting ›  Vari-anglemonitor ›  Improved autofocus

least 300,000 actuations, and is also 30% quieter than the X-T3. The second new component is probably themost important for many potential buyers. The X-T4 has a five- axis, in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) mechanism that offers up to 6.5EV benefit when usedwith 18 out of 29 XF/XC lenses. This is a seriously useful benefit to still and video shooters. The final major component change is the NP-W235 battery. The newmodel offers up to 500 shots in normal mode and 600 frames in economymode. USB C charging is possible as well. The X-T4 has key design innovations, too. The 1.62million-dot vari-angle monitor can be positioned to one side and face forwards. The autofocus systemhas gained a new algorithm for more accurate tracking when shooting at 15fps through the EVF (or 8fps in live view), and face/eye detect has also been improved. Switching between still andmovie modes ismade simple on the X-T4, with a dedicated collar around the base of the shutter dial. Plus, there are now independent still andmoviemenus. Video features have been enhanced: there’s Full HD video at 240P for 10x slowmotion, an image stabilisation boost mode for evenmore stable shooting, and video can be recorded to both SD cards at the same time. FujifilmX-T4 stocks are expected from late April, and the unit, body only, will be £1549.

“I had the chance to try a pre-productionX-T4 camera, with anX-T3 handy for comparison. “While theX-T4 body is the same height as theX-T3, it is slightly deeper and features the same contoured profile handgrip. For me, this made the new camera evenmore comfortable to hold, allowing a solid grip. “I really like themajor control changes Fujifilm hasmade on theX-T4. I wasn’t a fan of video mode buried in the drive menu, but now there’s a dedicated dial that is somuch better. Having independent video and still menus seems obvious, too. It means the still and whichmakes life somuch easier when you go from stills tomovie shooting and back again. “Speaking of menus, I really like the Qmenu having the option of four, eight, 12 or 16 slots –when I shoot FujifilmXSeries moviemenus can be separately configured,


IMAGES The X-T4 boasts a new in-body image stabiliser (IBIS) that claims a 6.5EV with 18 out of 29 FujifilmXF/XC lenses. The shutter speed used for this shot was 0.5sec, using 18-55mm zoom at 18mm

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Canon announces EOS 850D, R5 andmore!

The Canon EOS 850D, a 24-105mm lens and a compact printer will be arriving soon, and development of the EOS R5 has been confirmed

AIMED AT ENTHUSIASTS, the Canon EOS 850D is designed to be a real all-rounder. Powered by Canon’s Digic 8 processor, the newDSLR contains, among other features, a 24.1megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS APS-C sensor. The camera features a 45-point all cross-type AF sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF, as well as continuous shooting up to 7fps. In Live Viewmode, focal point selection includes 143 points in automatic mode or 3975 points in manual selection, and Eye Detect AF is also present. When it comes to video, the 850D can shoot up to 60p in Full HD and up to 25p in 4K, and also features five-axis movie digital image stabilisation. The Canon EOS 850D is available to pre-order fromCanon’s online store and will go on sale fromApril 2020, with a body-only price of £819.99. The second Canon launch is the RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM. This new lens Elinchrom launches twomain flash units Leading flash brand Elinchromhas added twomid-range compact monoblocs to its range

is compact and lightweight, weighing 395g andmeasuring 88.8x76.6mm. It also offers quiet autofocus and 5EV image stabilisation. With a versatile focal length and compact size, the 24-105mmmay be a future favourite of travel photographers, street photographers andmore. The Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM is available fromApril at £459.99. Rounding out the new products is the Canon Selphy Square QX10, a compact photo printer. At 68x68mm, the printer can fit comfortably in most handbags or backpacks, and also featuresWi-Fi connectivity, USB charging and a free, dedicated app. Printing on Canon XS-20L square format photo paper, the printer has no need for ink cartridges or a printer tray, as it uses dye sublimation technology. A photo can be printed in 43 seconds. The Canon Selphy Square QX10 and packs of 20 Canon XS-20L photo paper

and videos in a central hub for onward delivery to other devices andweb services. Content is sent, in its original quality, from Wi-Fi enabled Canon cameras. Finally, Canon has revealed the development of the EOS R5, the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens, and the Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x teleconverters.


›  24.1megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS APS-C sensor ›  7fps continuous shooting rate ›  4K (contrast AF) 24p/25p ›  Full HDwith Dual Pixel CMOSAF up to 60p ›  45AFpoint system ›  220,000 pixel RGB+IRmetering sensor with flicker detection ›  Intelligent Tracking (iTR) AF ›  Eye detectionAF (with tracking) ›  DIGIC 8 image processor

will retail on Canon’s online store and at official Canon retailers fromMarch 2020, for £139.99 and £14.99 respectively. Canon has also announced a free image transfer and storage service,, launching April 2020. The free service places users’ images

Few EOS R5 details have been released, but continuous shooting up to 20fps and 8K video recording are confirmed. The RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens is among nine RF lenses in development, to be released in 2020.

ELINCHROM’S PAIR OF new compact mains flash units offer power, versatility and huge creative potential, with direct access to the brand’s wide range of light modifiers. The ELC 500 is the more powerful, with an output of 522Ws adjustable over a 7EV range, while the ELC 125 delivers 131Ws over a 5EV range. Both at minimum power give 7Ws, ideal if you want to shoot wide apertures for shallow depth-of-field. There is wireless triggering and power control from your camera or computer, thanks to Elinchrom’s built-in Skyport

feature that’s compatible with seven camera brands. Skyport triggers are available as optional extras, and you will also need a Pro Transmitter if you want to enjoy High Speed Sync up to 1/8000sec, and TTL flashmetering. In TTL there is a newmanual lock function, so you can switch fromTTL tomanual while retaining your settings. Skyport Pro Transmitters cost £209 to £229 depending on camera brand. To allow you to concentrate on your subject rather than worrying how to use the light, both units have an intuitive interface and logical control

layout. Other key features include pro-active cooling, accurate colour control throughout the power range, and a daylight LED lamp. Available as single heads and in To Go sets, a single ELC 125 head costs £479 and the ELC 500 is £699; both heads come with 16cm reflectors. An ELC 125 To Go TTL kit costs £959, and the ELC 500 TTL To Go set is £1399. Both include two heads, two 16cm reflectors and a carry case. We have a First Test in this issue on an ELC 125/500 To Go set, which sells at £1179.


ELC 125 ›  Output: 131Ws over 5EV range ›  Flash duration at t0.1 max power: 1/625sec ›  Flash duration at t0.1 min power: 1/7750sec ELC500 ›  Output: 522Ws over 7EV range

›  Flash duration at t0.1 max power: 1/250sec ›  Flash duration at t0.1 min power: 1/9430sec

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Photography News and leading light brand Profoto have joined forces to bring readers a unique opportunity for a studio day with professional models, using top lighting kit and with expert guidance. Plus, the chance to be featured in the pages of Photography News . The event takes place at Natural Light Spaces, a professional studio based in Northamptonshire, on 3 April. We have space for six PN readers and you could be one of them – and it’s free. Go to our website to apply and, to help our selection process, all you need to do is fill in a form and upload three of your favourite people pictures. Applications close 22 March. Sign up for Profoto Live

Fujifilm and Photography News team up for a series of hands-on events about going mirrorless

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Buy LeeFilters direct The new Lee Direct service offers UK photographers a delivery-to- the-front-door service. Photographers in the UK can

it easy for customers to buy direct, if that’s their preference,” says Paul Mason, Lee Filters’ managing director. Spend over £100 and shipping is free, and there is nominimum order quantity; delivery takes between one and three days. The newwebsite is said to give a painless and speedy buying experience with intuitive log-in, checkout process and shipment tracking. If technical or product advice is needed, Lee’s UK-based support is on hand to help.

Kase goes larger Kase’s Wolverine Magnetic Circular filter system offers a fast-to-use and lightweight alternative to photographers keen to enjoy filters but without wishing to burden themselves with a creative holder- based outfit

now order Lee Filters direct from the company, if you can’t easily get to a dealer on Lee’s UK dealer network.A range of 100 products will be available including adapter rings, holders, polarisers and systemkits. “We live in a world where we aremore andmore e-commerce orientated, so Lee is reacting to this growing trend and hasmade

PN tested Kase’s Wolverine Magnetic Circular filter system in the last issue and at that time the two sizes available were 77mm and 82mm. Kase has now added a 95mm option. Two 95mm kits are available; the entry level kit costs £285 and comprises an ND8, ND64, polariser, magnetic adapter ring and carry pouch, plus a free lens cap. The pro kit costs £395 and features the same products with the addition of an ND1000 filter. Wolverine Magnetic Circular filters are made from the same

toughened, colour neutral pro glass as Kase square filters and are easy to clean too. A 0.9 soft neutral density graduate filter has recently been added to the Kase range and this filter with an 77mm adaptor ring is £85, and £90 for the 82mm options. The idea of this circular system is that you buy the set to match the largest filter thread in your lens collection and use step rings for lenses with different size filter threads. Screw the adapter on to the lens and the filters in their magnetic

frames are simply held in place by magnetism so no chance of cross threading when adding the filters to the adapter rings. The systemmakes using filters fast and if you prefer, you can safely stack them to save even more space when travelling. The entry level and pro kits are great starting points and in time you could add adapter rings for each of your lenses – they cost from £10.55 – and for each lens a magnetic lens cap, which cost from £19.

Affinity kicks on Affinity’s three apps, Designer, Photo and Publisher, have all been updated to v1.8. Owners of all three apps can use Serif ’s single file format and switch between

Nik adds five classics Nik Collection 2.5 by DxO features five classic colour films and compatibility withAffinity Photo

panorama stitching, batch processing and focus stacking. There’s now support for Nik Collection by DXO v2.5, a popular set of photo-editing plug-ins. Affinity v1.8 apps are available as one-off purchases and existing users can download the updated apps for free. The desktop versions cost £48.99 each (Mac OS and Windows) and the iPad options of Designer and Photo cost £19.99 each.

Nik Collection 2.5 by DxO is now available for Windows and Mac. In the last update ten new films were added to Silver Efex Pro 2, now it’s the turn for Color Efex Pro 4 with five classic colour films being added to the collection including Agfa Precisa CT 100, Fujifilm FP-100C and Lomography Redscale 400. With the software’s U Point technology it is easy

to apply effects and adjust images locally to fine-tune your shots. The latest update is also good news for Affinity Photo users because the latest Nik collection is fully compatible with the latest v1.8 of that software. The Nik Collection 2.5 by DxO suite costs £125 (£69 for existing Nik Collection 2018 by DxO users) and

each app seamlessly with StudioLink technology.

Affinity Photo is a powerful editing software starting from Raw development with features such as noise reduction, pro lens corrections and the usual array of image editing tools and into features such as HDR Merge,

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The FE 20mm f/1.8 G lens is now the widest full-frame prime in Sony’s E-mount line-up

The FE 20mm f/1.8 G gives full-frame Sony shooters new possibilities when it comes to landscapes, astrophotography, video and more. Featuring a compact and lightweight design, the lens is dust and moisture resistant, making it a good option for shooting even in the most challenging conditions. The 20mm also features fast and precise autofocusing thanks to two extreme dynamic linear motors, a customisable focus hold

button and an aperture ring with a click on/off switch. Inside, the lens contains two advanced aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements to minimise chromatic aberration and ensure greater sharpness. It accepts 67mm filters and has a minimum focus distance of 19cm. The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G is available from March, priced around £950.

Firmware updates for NikonZseries Firmware version 3.00 has been rolled out for Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 cameras, making the full-frame mirrorlesses even more powerful than ever before. Animal-detection AF has been added on top of previous face/eye- detection capabilities. Subject-tracking AF capabilities have button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button is held down. Subject tracking ends when the user takes their finger off the button and the focus point selected before subject tracking began is reactivated, for increased operability.

Firmware version 3.00 also gives the two cameras support for CFexpress memory cards. Sony CFexpress memory cards and Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by ProGrade and Lexar will be supported.

also been improved. Still image shooting in AF-C mode has been modified to give an operational feel closer to the 3D-tracking of Nikon DSLR cameras. The Z 6 or Z 7 will now track a subject while the shutter-release

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GoingwildwithOlympus Wildlife pro photographer Andy Rouse

give us his first impressions of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and his experience of using it for his shoot in India

I HAD THE OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Mark III for an intensive few days, and have to admit it’s without a doubt a mini E-M1X – which is excellent! You get most of the power, but in a smaller body, so many people will love it if they do not need the whole E-M1X package. The range is very well balanced now, allowing people to choose when they dive in according to what they need and cost, of course. In fact, the owls I shot (below right) tell the story – almost. This was shot handheld using the M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8, at ISO 400, f/4.5 and 1/3200sec, -0.7 compensation. I was standing on the Jeep, holding up the camera and using the screen tilted out and down so I could get the maximum height. AF was CAF + Tracking, set beforehand. It worked! So, I’d put the cameras in this order: E-M10 – the cute smaller one; E-M5 Mark III – a step up; E-M1 Mark II – in the middle and great value as a way into the ‘Pro’ end; now the Mark III – if you want the latest spec and, finally, E-M1X for raw power. When comparing the newMark III with the Mark II, I’d have to say 100% that the joystick is the most welcome addition as it makes

ABOVE FollowAndy Rouse on Instagram: @wildmanrouse

ABOVE Bengal tiger patrolling, M.Zuiko 300mm f/4, ISO 800, f/4 at 1/1600sec, -1.3 compensation, handheld. CAF + TR over the eyes with five-point ‘compass’AF

changes in focusing so much quicker. The shot pictured below, captured with the M.Zuiko 300mm – my go-to lens for excellent bokeh – with the subject to the left of the frame, is a great example. No need to move the camera or take your eye from the finder – move the point with the stick. Plus, I am so used to using them, it feels natural. I read that the shutter durability has doubled to last 400k cycles, which is a bonus with the number of shots I take. Adding the PD compatible power delivery

also makes sense as you can run off a big power bank forever out in the middle of nowhere. In addition, I knew the image stabilisation had been improved by 1EV compared to Mark II, and it shows. You can also feel the overall focusing response was snappier, which helps. It’s crazy how we used to manage with manual focusing at all, but now improvements to already great AF systems are taken for granted. In the end, they all help your hit rate, but you still need to know where to point the camera and to get the exposure right. I’ve been told a lot of work has been done on the new processor to make it an overall step up in what the camera delivers and, while I need more time to look at the images in more detail, they are certainly cleaner and whatever they’ve done internally is pretty clever. I think people miss the under-the-bonnet stuff where a ton of smaller things like faster processing and better power handling all add up. In the end, the output is great for my professional publishing needs – no complaints. When it comes to getting the best out of Olympus Raw files with Capture One, I think a lot of people have no idea just how much of a difference it can make, so I would definitely encourage others to give it

ABOVE Spotted owlets with young, M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8, ISO 400, f/4.5 at 1/3200sec

a go. You may have used your current software for ages, but there is a big difference. In any case, you can still do tweaks in whatever programme you like, but get the basics right first. I am hoping to do a small ‘how-to’ when I get some time but there

are excellent online tutorials from Capture One, which I used to get me started. Remember – much as you still need to know where to point the camera, there is also a ‘you get out what you put in’ element to processing the files.

ABOVE Bengal tiger watching deer, M.Zuiko 300mm f/4, ISO 800, f/5 at 1/2500sec, -1 compensation, handheld

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Rugged andready

Having your photos secure, on hand and ready to work with is essential for any photographer, and the G-DRIVE mobile SSD does just that and more

IN THE DIGITAL age of photography, storage is the most essential of all essentials. You can capture all the beautiful photos you like, but if they aren’t stored safely and securely, then it’s all for nought. There is a wide range of options when it comes to storing photos, with a huge number of brands, products and services to choose from. Of those options, the solid- state drive (SSD) has been the go-to for many photographers for a number of years now. If you’re hunting for an SSD, the G-DRIVE mobile SSD from G-Technology is up there with the very best. After all, it didn’t win Best External Storage Device in the Photography News 2019 Awards for stylish looks alone. Oh no, there’s a enthusiast or a professional who relies on their images for income, the need to keep your images safe can’t be overstated. As such, you need an SSD that can stand up to just about anything. On that front, the G-DRIVE mobile SSD is paving the way. The drive features IP67 water and dust resistance. That means it can be submerged in up to a metre of water for an entire 30 minutes. Serial kit abusers can rest assured all round with the G-DRIVE, as it also features 3m drop protection and a whopping 454kg crush proof rating. These stats would be impressive enough without another word said, but when you consider the lot going on here. SAFETY FIRST Whether you’re a passionate

drive’s size, it really puts things into perspective. The G-DRIVE mobile SSD is purely pocket-sized, measuring 10.5x5cm and less than 2.5cm thick. READY, SET, GO They say it’s what’s inside that counts, and that’s never more apt than when discussing storage. A frankly staggering level of durability only goes so far, and if your drive can’t perform (and perform well), it’s next to useless. With transfer speeds up to 500MB/s, the G-DRIVE mobile SSD allows you to edit and save Raw photos, transfer 4K video with huge bit rates and move files, ready to pack up and go in the blink of an eye. Made for users with all kinds of needs, the G-DRIVE can be made compatible with Windows- based computers with ease, as well as those with the latest macOS, so whatever your preferred workflow, it’s ready to fit in seamlessly. For even more usage options, the G-DRIVE features a reversible USB-C port with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface for the most modern of users, and comes with a USB 3.0/2.0 cable adapter for backwards compatibility with older machines. In the box, you’ll find a USB-C to USB-C cable, a USB-C to USB-A cable and a quick start guide, as well as the drive itself. Finally, a protective aluminium core prevents overheating, so the drive will maintain all the high- performance features mentioned above, even during much longer periods of use. In fact, so confident is G-Technology in the G-DRIVE

mobile SSD’s performance that a five-year limited warranty is offered as standard. The G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile SSD comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB versions, retailing for approximately £105, £200 and £360 (ex VAT).

HIGHLIGHTS ›  Up to 2TB capacity ›  Transfer rate up to 560MB/s ›  IP67 water and dust resistance ›  3mdrop protection ›  USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface

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Camera club

Camera club News


Viewfinder hostsWard Viewfinder PS is hosting an illustrated talk by leading photographer David Ward at the Parkway Cinema, Beverley, East Yorkshire, on 6 April at 7.30pm.

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 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 minimum (bigger is fine) 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. with text document and images attached. Deadlines for the next few issues of Photography News ISSUE 75, out from 10March, deadline for contributions: 28 February ISSUE 76, out from 15April, deadline for contributions: 3 April ISSUE 77, out from 13May, deadline for contributions: 1 May ISSUE 78 , out from 16 June, deadline for contributions: 5 June DEADLINE FOR THE NEXT ISSUE 3 April

in its clarity and intensity. David’s talk, A Matter of Detail, is about his photographic journey, his philosophy, how intimate landscapes work and why he’s fascinated by them. Tickets ( from £5) are available from the Parkway Cinema website.

David Ward is one of Britain’s most notable landscape photographers. His eye for shape and form is without equal, and he produces work that is startling

Interpretations – The Art of Photography

Windsor PS is staging an unusual exhibition. The club has collaborated with Windsor &Maidenhead Colour Wheel and other local artists to create an exhibition of photographs and works of art inspired by them. Interpretations will display the art of the photographer interpreting a scene, which in turn has inspired local artists using other media. The interpretations of the photographs will be on show next to the original prints (an example of the exhibition is shown, right). The exhibition runs from 30 March to 29 April at the The Old Court Artspace, St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3BL. Entrance is free. windsor-photographic-

Harpenden’s annual show Harpenden PS annual exhibition takes place for one day only on 25April, at High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden, 10am till 4.30pm. One of the cultural highlights

Cranleigh CC’s annual show takes place on 28 March at Cranleigh Village Hall, 10am till 4pm, and entrance is free. The exhibition has been running annually for many years. On display will be up to 300 photographs across a wide range of subjects. There will also be a category entitled ‘digital art’, which covers images constructed using digital software as expressions of the image-makers’ creative imagination. Exhibition entries will be assessed by DonMorley, a distinguished former photojournalist and sports photographer, experienced in judging photographic work. Refreshments will be available and parking is easy. Cranleigh’s main car park is only a few yards past the village hall, down Village Way.

of Hertfordshire’s events calendar, the Harpenden PS exhibition will feature the inspirational work of many local photographers. Harpenden PS’s chairman, Peter Stevens FRPS, says:“We're very excited to be able to showcase around 200 of the finest images frommembers, and look forward to welcoming everyone to come along and be inspired by the incredible photography on display. “Our exhibition attendance seems to grow each year, and


we look forward to hopefully continuing to breakmore records this year.”

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Camera club Afirst for SouthwickCC Southwick CC is presenting

offers a friendly, instructive and supportive environment for photographers of all levels and experience to develop their skills and showcase their work. Meetings take place weekly at 7.30pm on Thursday evenings between September and May, at the Southwick Community Centre, Southwick Street, Southwick, West Sussex BN42 4TE.

its first ever large-scale photography exhibition from 6 to 18 April at the Skyway Gallery, The Shoreham Centre, Pond Road, Shoreham, West Sussex BN43 5WU. Over 100 prints will be on display, plus a slide show of digital work. Entry is free. Southwick CC is located on the Sussex coast

between Brighton and Worthing, and the club


Richmond andTwickenhamPS’s annual exhibition will be held at the LandmarkArts Centre inTeddington, London, from9 to 19April, 10am to 5pm.Admission £2, children free. More than 500 images will be on display.The exhibition incorporates the RPS’s London region group’s

print exhibition, plus there’s a selection of images frompupils at St. Catherine’s School inTwickenham. Most of the prints will be available to buy, along with a selection of greetings cards and second-hand photographic books and equipment. Tea and coffee will be available in the

Landmark café, where visitors can watch an additional display of digital images. The clubmeets everyThursday at 8pm, September through to June, at St. Luke’s KewCommunity Centre, TheAvenue, KewTW9 2AJ.

Beauvale PG is hosting a charity evening, starting at 7pm on 2 May, at St. Patrick’s Church Hall, Watnall Road, Nuthall, Nottinghamshire. Proceeds will go to Nottingham City Hospital’s Trent Cardiac Unit, which is the nominated charity of the mayor of Broxtowe, councillor Mick Brown, who is one of our members. We are delighted that Photography News editor Will Cheung FRPS is the guest speaker for the evening, talking Beauvale PG’s charity event

about his photography. “I am delighted to be able to help, in my own small way, a great cause,” says Will. “I hope there’s a good turnout for what will be a great evening.” Tickets are priced at £5 each and will be on sale from 1 April. For more information, please email Lesley Grand-Scrutton (below).

Battle PS Battle PS had a busy 2019 and this year looks just as promising, with an increase in membership to 65 members. This year’s annual exhibition of members’ prints and digital images, on a continuous projection, will be held at Battle Memorial Hall on 23 May from 1pm to 5pm; 25 May from 10am to 5pm; and Bank Holiday Monday, 24 May from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free and light refreshments will be on sale all day. Battle PS meets most Mondays at 7.30pm from September to May in the Shephard Room, at Battle Memorial

Sheffield PS’s annual exhibition showcases the best recent work of its members, and is a print-only exhibition; around 180 images will be on show. The exhibition’s selector was Marilyn Roberts DPAGB BPE3*, president elect of the Yorkshire Photographic Union andmember of Positive Image Camera Club. The exhibition will be held in Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield S1 1HA, 20 to 29March 2020. KimStreets, chief executive of SheffieldMuseums, will officially open the exhibition at 12pmon 20March. Entry is free during normal cathedral opening SheffieldPS

times. Visitors are asked to be respectful of any services or other activity taking place in the cathedral. Light refreshments are available in 1554, the cathedral’s on-site coffee shop.

Halls, High Street TN33 0AQ.

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