Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer 13-Jun-2020

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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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a week in photography

Spend it on glass, the saying goes, and it’s sage advice: however good your camera, stick a jam-jar bottom on the front and you’ll never get great pictures. Mirrorless camera owners are in for a treat this issue, as our testing team reveal their top three lenses for each system. One of the recommended lenses retails for just £169, so don’t worry if money is tight. Another big highlight is an in-depth feature on focus stacking, which can really bring out fine detail in your macro shots – a popular genre given the constraints this year. Indeed, 2020 is shaping up as a year to forget for many, so if you’re feeling nostalgic you’ll also enjoy our article on two major collections of ordinary family photos from the last century.…

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this week in 1923

Derby Spectator by Topical Press Agency A spectator looking through binoculars at the Derby races in Epsom, Surrey. The race that year was won by Papyrus, ridden by Steve Donoghue, who started the race with odds of 100/15. Later in 1923, Papyrus was sent to New York for an unsuccessful match race against the Kentucky Derby winner, Zev. It was the earliest example of a British horse being sent across the Atlantic to participate in a single race. Papyrus was retired in 1924 to stud – among his descendants is the outstanding Shergar, who was stolen for ransom in 1983 and never recovered. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins to the founding of the London Stereoscopic Company in 1854, today the Hulton…

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big picture

AT THE time of going to press, controversy was still swirling about the devastating effect Covid-19 was having on care homes and their especially vulnerable residents. This image by Tom Maddick is particularly poignant – many care home staff have also succumbed to the virus – but positive and uplifting at the same time. The image is being used by the National Portrait Gallery to promote Hold Still, an ambitious project to create a unique photographic record of the UK as it continues to deal with the outbreak (the project is also spearheaded by the Duchess of Cambridge). You can still submit images until 18 June, and they should be based on the themes of Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness. One hundred shortlisted portraits will…

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inexpensive, versatile l-mount zoom

PANASONIC has announced an unusual new standard zoom for its full-frame mirrorless L-mount cameras. The Lumix S 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 offers a broader wideangle view, but a more restricted telephoto reach, compared to more conventional 24-70mm optics. Its 11-element, 9-group design includes three aspherical elements, along with two made from extra-low dispersion glass and one crafted from ultra-high refractive index glass, which together promise high resolution from the centre to the edges of the image. A minimum focus distance of just 15cm provides additional versatility, affording 0.43x magnification. The new lens will be the most compact full-frame L-mount zoom available, measuring 87mm in length and weighing 350g, and make use of 67mm filters. With dust- and splash-resistant construction, it should work in temperatures as low as -10°C. It's expected at the…

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samyang unveils three new lenses

SAMYANG has revealed a Canon RF-mount version of its autofocus 85mm f/1.4, along with ‘Mark II' versions of two of its most popular manual-focus primes. Firstly, the Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 RF is a variant of the firm's short-telephoto portrait lens that's currently available for Sony full-frame mirrorless models, but now for Canon's EOS R cameras. It promises high sharpness, dreamy bokeh, and weather-sealed construction. Expect to pay £599 when it appears in late June. Updated manual primes Meanwhile, the MF 14mm F2.8 Mk II and MF 85mm F1.4 Mk II are upgraded versions of two existing lenses for full-frame DSLRs. Both now feature an aperture ring that can be de-clicked for video work, along with weather-sealing around the mount. The 14mm additionally gains a focus lock switch to prevent accidental shifts,…

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major upgrade to the nik collection

THERE'S been a steady stream of Nik Collection tweaks, and developer DxO has now announced version 3 of the editing suite. Headline changes include a non-destructive workflow for Lightroom, a new Selective Tool and a perspective correction plug-in called Perspective Efex. Lightroom Classic users will welcome the new non-destructive workflow, as they can now edit their files in the same plug-in. The technology is based on the TIFF Multipage file format, which combines the input image, the saved Nik Collection editing parameters, and the output file all in the same file. The Selective Tool, meanwhile, gives users direct access to the Nik constituent plug-ins, such as Silver Efex Pro, from Photoshop. A ‘Last Edit' feature recreates the last preset applied in a single click, which will be handy for batch-editing…