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This Week In 1931
Crowds gather outside London’s Dominion cinema on the opening night of the Charlie Chaplin film, City Lights, 27 February 1931. City Lights took nearly two years to complete, and saw Chaplin sticking with the silent film format despite the rising pop
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Survey Finds More Interest In Buying Used Kit
WITH the lockdown dragging on and economic uncertainty rising as a result, it’s not a huge surprise to hear that the second-hand camera and lens market continues to boom. According to a new survey by MPB, 83% of UK camera owners surveyed have either
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Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art
THIS year’s shortlist includes a diverse group of lenses, but one theme perhaps shines through. Our pick of the year’s best offerings all feature fine optics in relatively small sizes, particularly compared to their DSLR equivalents. Our winner exemp
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Fujifilm X-S10
WITH camera makers mostly concentrating their efforts on the lucrative full-frame mirrorless sector, new models with a sub-£1,000 price tag are becoming increasing scarce. However, Fujifilm came up with a beauty in the shape of the X-S10. Looking for
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Nikon D500
£909-£1,009 body only (used condition) • 20.9-million-pixel DX sensor• ISO 50-1,640,000 (extended)• 10fps continuous shooting• Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth• 860g (including battery and card) RELEASED in early 2016, the D500 was the successor to the
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Leica M10 Monochrom
THIS isn’t an award that we usually give out. But that’s because in most years, we don’t see such a stunning one-of-a-kind camera as the Leica M10 Monochrom. This beautifully designed rangefinder camera that only shoots in black & white has lingered
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Canon EOS R6
CANON has come in for a lot of criticism over the past decade, seemingly unwilling or unable to build mirrorless cameras capable of taking on the competition and appealing to the needs of serious photographers. It’s never appeared to be seriously com
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About Nick
Nick Mason is a consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, but in his spare time is a keen amateur photographer. He is based in Cardiff and has been taking pictures since he was a teenager. He shoots mainly with Olympus cameras and lenses, wh
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Fujifilm XF 50mm F1.0 R WR
WHILE we saw fewer new products than usual in 2020, camera makers still came up with some exciting innovations. Canon’s EOS R5 was the first mirrorless camera capable of recording 8K video, although with limitations on recording time. Sony produced a
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Vanguard Veo Select 46BR
DESIGNED to be suitable for both DSLR and mirrorless users, this backpack is capable of swallowing a substantial amount of kit while retaining a travel-friendly 28cm slim profile. Backpacks can be difficult to work from, so we were particularly impre
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Viewpoint John Gilbey
Mirror, or catadioptric, lenses are one of the orphan technologies of the photographic world – an anarchic branch of optical evolution which flowered briefly then all but disappeared. Technically elegant, they became almost irrelevant in a world wher
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About Stephen
Stephen is an Anglican priest and photographer who combines the creativity of photography with theology and his postgraduate study of war and psychiatry. On leaving the military he undertook professional photographic training, as well as deepening hi
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Richard Caplan
THE CHRIS Cheesman Memorial Award was inaugurated in 2017 in memory of AP’s former News Editor, who died in 2016. It is given to someone in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the UK photography industry. This year’s recipient is Richard
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Ramones’ Ramones
Musicians: Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Tommy Ramone. Other musicians were used in recording the album but were not credited on the album notes Released: 23 April 1976 (Sire Records) Best chart performance: No. 48 in the Swedish Alb
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Fujifilm X-T4
IT WAS a particularly close call in our enthusiast category this year, with three worthy contenders offering their own takes on how to make the most of their different sensor sizes. Nikon’s Z 5 is one of the best-value full-frame mirrorless models av
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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
ENTHUSIAST photographers tend to have a complicated attitude towards smartphone cameras. Despite continual hype, they don’t yet provide what most would consider ‘SLR-level image quality’. But equally, the truism is that the best camera is the one tha
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Capture Aerial Uprights
Drones have completely revolutionised photography and video in recent years, thanks in part to a flurry of easy-to-fly models with high-quality cameras being launched. Not only do they allow photographers to reach locations otherwise inaccessible on
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NiSi NM-180 Macro Focusing Rail
MACRO rails are invaluable for close-up photography, enabling sub-millimetre adjustment of the camera for precise control over framing and focusing. NiSi’s NM-180 is arguably the best of its kind available right now, combining excellent quality build
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Winter Peaks By Tony North
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. This is the approach Tony North took to capture this awe-inspiring monochrome shot of a well-known and popular location with landscape photographers in the Peak District. Having explored the area on f
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Nikon Z 7II
NIKON has a famously loyal user base, so it’s no surprise to see the firm doing so well in our readers’ vote. Clearly users have been especially enamoured with the Z 7II, which takes the already excellent high-resolution Z7 and adds in a carefully ju
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Good Service Awards
ANNOUNCING last year’s Good Service Award winners last February we said that 2019 had been the toughest year on record for retailers. A certain virus must have been sniggering in the wings at that, knowing what it had in store for us in 2020. Retaile
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Kase Wolverine K9 Filter System
IT CAN be difficult to get excited about filter systems, as on the whole, they tend to do much the same thing in slightly different ways. But with its Wolverine K9 system, Kase has carefully rethought every component. The result is a top-quality set-
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What You Said
‘Awesome piece of kit, a master of both stills and video’ ‘Fabulous spec and picture quality in lighter body’ ‘Familiar control set-up, and I love Nikon’s colour rendition’ ‘Feels good in your hand. Great menus. Incredible glass’ ‘The best modern tec
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Further Reading
Little Book of Contemplative Photography by Howard Zehr influenced Stephen in developing his workshops. ‘It was inspirational. Also a theory called post-traumatic growth suggests when something traumatic happens it can enlarge your world. This was so
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Stephen Radley
At the end of last year we started seeking nominations for our second Unsung Hero Award. The award is designed to celebrate the hard work and community spirit of people who are using photography for the benefit of others or to help make the world a b
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Our Guide To The Suffixes Used By Lens Manufacturers
AF Nikon AF lenses driven from camera AF-S Nikon lenses with Silent Wave Motor AF-P Nikon lenses with stepper motors AL Pentax lenses with aspheric elements APD Fujifilm lenses with apodisation elements APO Sigma Apochromatic lenses ASPH Aspher
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RPS Science Photography Winners Revealed
THE RPS has announced the winners of the 2020 Science Photographer of the Year competition, with the title and overall prize going to Simon Brown from the UK. His winning image, ‘Orthophoto of the SS Thistlegorm’, is an intricate reconstruction of a
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Sony Alpha 7S III
WHILE for many enthusiast photographers, movie capability is relatively low on the list of priorities when buying a camera, there’s a sizeable market of content creators working with both stills and video for whom it’s equally important. Indeed for s
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Books
Regular readers will be familiar with Peter Dench. As well as producing his excellent features for AP he was hard at work during various periods of lockdown last year. The result is three ‘zines’ – which you can buy separately, or all together in a s
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Inbox
Can any of your readers help? I have been trawling through old photos to make a ‘Who do you think you are’ album for my children and grandchildren. I now have the problem of how to add captions to the black pages. Ideally I’d like to use white ink. I
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