Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 01-Aug-2020

Published by TI Media Limited Amateur Photographer is the world's oldest weekly magazine for photography enthusiasts. With its unique weekly format, it is the first for news and events, plus features on techniques, equipment tests and darkroom advice. It appeals to those interested in buying and learning about digital and film photographic equipment, wanting advice on improving their technique, and learning about the greats in photography. Regular features on reader portfolios, darkroom, digital, black & white and photographer profiles ensure all areas of photography are covered. With an audience of dedicated photography enthusiasts.

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in this issue

1 min.
a week in photography

It’s important to try to take some positives from this challenging year, and one definite upside is that we’ve all been finding more creative inspiration around the house and garden. Retailers report that macro lenses have been selling like hot cakes, so if the lockdown got you more interested in close-up photography, you’ll be very interested in the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 Ultra Macro lens, which we review this issue – you get detailed, twice life-size pics at a great price. If you’re more into taking pictures of people rather than bugs or plants, we’ve also got an in-depth feature on how to set up a home studio on a budget, along with some keenly priced lighting and accessories. Don’t forget to enter our major APOY competition too – you could…

1 min.
this week in 1910

Wibble-Wobble by Topical Press Agency People enjoying the ‘wibble-wobble’ (early bumper cars) at the Japan–British Exhibition, held in London. The exhibition lasted from 14 May-29 October 1910 and was the largest international exposition that the Empire of Japan had ever participated in. The idea behind the show was to boost feelings for Japan across Britain and Europe following the renewal of the Anglo-Japanese Alliance. Exhibits included displays of the latest technologies, the processes that governmental departments were using and intricate gardens. The grand prize for the best exhibit was given to the British display of a full-sized gyroscopically balanced monorail, which could hold 40 passengers and featured a one-mile track. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to the founding of the London…

4 min.
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week Mini VE Day by Peter Wilkinson Canon EOS 200D, 105mm, 1/200sec at f/4, ISO 100 Peter took this during lockdown in memory of all those who served in the Second World War, it’s his ‘mini tribute’ to them and he believes now more poignant since the death of Dame Vera Lynn. We’ll let him explain, ‘The set-up was simple – one flash, my ever-faithful LumoPro LP160, which is still awesome after 10 years’ hard service. I used an LED strip light that I covered with orange plastic. I used Quality Street wrappers as I didn’t have CTO gels available. The model is approximately 100mm long and was suspended using fishing line from a bar placed over the top of the scene, the background is an A3 sheet of…

1 min.
nikon webcam software

Nikon is jumping on the latest bandwagon by announcing that it plans to release a beta-version Webcam Utility software in early August. This will support the firm’s current range of DSLR and mirrorless cameras, aside from the entry-level D3500 and ageing D750, and work on Windows 10 PCs, but not Macs. Meanwhile, owners of Nikon’s entry-level Z 50 APS-C mirrorless camera will gain Animal Detection AF, via firmware version 2.00. This update also promises improved subject-tracking behaviour, and adds support for the newly announced Z-mount teleconverters. The Z 6 and Z 7 will also need a firmware update to work with the teleconverters, taking them both to version 3.10.…

2 min.
‘entry level’ nikon z 5 full-frame mirrorless

NIKON has revealed a new addition to its full-frame mirrorless family, with the Z 5 essentially being a slightly downgraded version of the excellent Z 6. It lacks the outright speed and advanced video features of its sibling, but in an extremely welcome move, it gains dual SD card slots in place of the single XQD/CFexpress slot. The Z 5 sports a 24.3MP full-frame sensor similar to that in the Z 6, offering a sensitivity range of ISO 100-51,200, that’s expandable to ISO 102,400. It boasts a 273-point hybrid AF system, including both eye detection for humans, and the ability to recognise the eyes and faces of animals such as cats and dogs. Its continuous shooting speed of 4.5 frames per second is a step down from the Z 6’s 12fps,…

1 min.
two z-mount nikon teleconverters

Alongside the Z 5, Nikon has announced a pair of teleconverters for its full-frame mirrorless system. The Z Teleconverter TC-1.4x and Z Teleconverter TC-2.0x are for the moment only compatible with the Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S, which the firm has confirmed is now due to ship at the end of this summer. But they’ll surely also work with the upcoming 100-400mm S-line telezoom. Nikon says that both teleconverters are designed to take full advantage of the large-diameter, fully electronic Z mount, with high-quality optics including aspherical elements for maximum sharpness. Naturally they’re weather-sealed, while the front and rear lenses are protected with fluorine coating to repel water and grease. They’ll retain both the autofocus and stabilisation capabilities of the attached lens, regardless of the effective aperture. Both converters are due…