Amateur Photographer 18/09/2021

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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1 min
a week in photography

This issue features an incredibly wide range of content, with something for everyone. First up is Andy Westlake’s in-depth first look at the Fujifilm GFX50S II with 35-70mm lens – you’re getting medium format for under £4,000, so it’s an exciting release. Andy then reviews the Nikon Z fc, an APS-C mirrorless camera which harks back to the glory days of the company’s manual-focus film SLRs. On the subject of old-school cameras, we also reveal the best, usable film cameras under £100. Moving away from gear, Guy Edwardes shows how to get fantastic images of fungi, and we celebrate some of the wonderfully quirky images entered into this year’s Potato POTY. Classic rock fans will also want to tune in to our celebration of the album photography for U2’s The…

1 min
this week in 1934

Glass Blower by Fox Photos A man blowing the amber glass bowl of a Belisha beacon for a pedestrian crossing. Named after Leslie Hore-Belisha, the then Minister for Transport, the first Belisha Beacons were installed at pedestrian crossings in London in 1934, before being rolled out nationally in 1935 after the Road Traffic Act 1934. By 1941, there were some 64,000 Belisha beacons in operation – it was even discussed whether it would be cost-effective to melt them all down to make munitions for the war effort. 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 it houses over 80 million images spanning the birth of photography to the digital age. Explore it at…

2 min
it’s good to share

AP picture of the week Sunflower Sunshine by Cristina Escribano Canon EOS 250D, 55mm, 1/200sec at f/5.6, ISO 200 ‘I got my DSLR as a birthday present at the beginning of 2020. I have always been the kind of person who would take the camera everywhere with me and take lots of random shots without knowing very much what I was doing. However, after listening to an inspiring podcast, I’m determined to take the time and learn more about photography,’ says Cristina. ‘While it was still cold outside, I planted some sunflower seeds that I kept in my bathroom until the frost season ended and the seedlings were about 10cm tall. I moved them outside and I loved seeing the daily changes and growth until they bloomed. I edited this photo in Lightroom.’ Cristina is…

4 min
fujifilm gfx50s ii

IT’S ONLY five years since Fujifilm revolutionised medium format digital with its GFX 50S, which provided 51.4MP resolution and mirrorless architecture for what was then a groundbreaking price of £6,200 body-only. Since then, the GFX system has gone from strength to strength, and with the new GFX50S II, Fujifilm has brought the price of entry even lower. At just £3,500 body-only, or £3,900 with the new matched 35-70mm kit zoom lens, it’s very competitive with high-end full-frame systems. Despite its name, the GFX50S II isn’t based on the original camera. Instead, it employs the same 51.4MP sensor, but places it into the same body as the superb GFX100S that the firm released earlier this year. It offers essentially the same imaging specifications as the older GFX 50S and GFX 50R, but…

1 min
first impressions

IN A WAY, the GFX50S II is about as predictable as a new camera could be, given that both the sensor and body design are entirely known quantities. Thanks to the former, we can expect superb image quality that surpasses almost anything you might get from a full-frame camera, though its advantage over the best high-resolution models such as the Sony Alpha 7R IV or the Nikon Z 7II is nowhere near as clear-cut as its 102MP siblings. Meanwhile the excellent body design should make it a joy to shoot with. It’s another bold step in Fujifilm’s mission to make medium format accessible to a wide range of users, and I’m really looking forward to trying it out properly. Look out for our upcoming full review.…

1 min
x-t30 ii gains higher-res screen

FUJIFILM has updated one of our favourite cameras under £1,000, to give us the X-T30 II. The only major spec change is a 1.62m-dot rear screen, rather than 1.02m-dot. Otherwise, the body design and layout remain essentially unchanged, with the same 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4. But there’s a host of small updates, including the addition of Classic Neg and Eterna Bleach Bypass colour modes and various autofocus improvements. The best news is that these new features come at a lower price. The X-T30 II will be available in either black or silver for £769 body-only, £849 with the XC 15-45mm lens, or £1,099 with the XF 18-55mm zoom.…