Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 09-Nov-2019

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.

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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in this issue

1 min.
a week in photography

As much as I’m a cheerleader for the convenience and image quality of modern digital cameras, I’m the first to admit that digital offers nothing to match the magic of watching a print develop before your eyes in a dish. It’s a thrill I had forgotten but was reminded of by this week’s darkroom features. It has been years since I had a darkroom at home but this has inspired me to consider setting one up again. But first I should probably go out and shoot some black & white landscapes, following the advice of our feature on page 16. I’m also very excited this week to announce a new bursary we have launched in conjunction with MPB, which gives one aspiring documentary photographer the chance to pursue a dream…

1 min.
this week in 1933

TREASURES FROM THE HULTON ARCHIVE Penny for the Guy by Fox Photos 5 NOVEMBER 1933: This cheerful image shows ‘Bob' the canine film star assisting a child with his Guy Fawkes collection. Creating effigies from old rags to parade around the streets, and shouts of ‘Penny for the Guy' is not something you'll hear or see on the streets of Britain with much regularity these days, the custom seeming to have died down in the past 40 or so years. Children from working-class backgrounds largely carried out the tradition as a way to make some extra pocket money. Now, for kids at least, Bonfire Night has been somewhat eclipsed by Halloween celebrations, something we can no doubt attribute to the popularity of the Americans. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the…

1 min.
news round-up

Liquid experimentation Those perennial explorers of alternative photography at Lomography have come up with the LomoMod No.1, a build-it-yourself, customisable cardboard camera for 120-format roll film. For extra eccentricity it uses a liquid-filled lens, borrowed from a Victorian invention, that allows even more photographic experimentation. The kit costs £49 from shop.lomography.com. New Bluetooth sticker to help find lost gear ‘Find your phone’ apps are common, and now a Bluetooth tracker to stick on your camera is available from Tile. The Sticker is a tracker with a 150ft broadcast range, allowing you to track down your camera via a companion app. A two-pack is £34.99 or a single Tile Pro, with a 400ft Bluetooth range, costs £29.99. See tile.com. Nikon winter discount scheme An ‘Instant Savings’ scheme offering discounts of up to £360 on selected Nikon…

1 min.
big picture

THIS image, created by Yasmin Crawford, has been shortlisted in The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Science Photographer of the Year. The image called Mapping Oxygen has been taken from her final major project in MA Photography at Falmouth University. It focuses on the research behind myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), and Crawford says she creates imagery that explains, reveals and connects us consciously to the ambiguous and unknown. You can see more of the RPS Science Photographer of the Year entries and winners for free at The Science Museum in London until 5 January 2020.Visit sciencemuseum.org.uk. To find out how to enter next year's Science Photographer of the Year, go to the RPS website rps.org. © YASMIN CRAWFORD/2019 SCIENCE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR/RPS…

1 min.
samyang af 14mm f2.8 for canon rf

IN SOMETHING of a coup for Samyang, the Korean lens maker has announced the world's first third-party autofocus lens in Canon's full-frame mirrorless RF mount. The AF 14mm F2.8 RF is based on the Sony-fit FE version, but adds a physical AF/MF switch to its weather-resistant barrel, while taking advantage of the larger-diameter mount to add a rear gel filter holder. The firm also says that the 14-element, 10-group optical design now includes a high-refraction glass element, alongside three aspherical and two extra-low dispersion glass elements. The AF 14mm F2.8 RF is due in November for £629. Naturally, this move suggests that Samyang will likely adapt its other autofocus E-mount lenses for Canon RF, too. So EOS R users can hope to see compact 18mm f/2.8, 24mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2.8 and…

1 min.
four tamron optics for sony full-frame mirrorless

THIRD-party lens-makers are now well and truly jumping on the full-frame mirrorless bandwagon, with Tamron announcing a trio of compact, lightweight and close-focusing f/2.8 primes in Sony E mount. The 20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 is joined by 24mm and 35mm siblings, with all three sharing the same cosmetic design, 67mm filter thread, and dimensions of 73 x 64mm. In addition, they each feature minimum focus distances between 11 and 15cm for half-life-size magnification, and weigh no more than 220g. Outdoor photographers will be pleased to learn of moisture-resistant construction and a water-repellent fluorine coating to the front element, while Tamron says all are fully compatible with Sony's latest advanced autofocus technologies. The 24mm and 35mm will be launched in November, with the 20mm following in January. UK pricing…