Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer


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

Welcome to the first of our new monthly bumper issues, featuring an extra 32-page pull-out-and keep section, which each month will be on a different topic. This week’s issue is all about lenses. Technical editor Andy Westlake assesses the range of lenses available for every mirrorless system, we’ve got 12 pages of tips on using wideangles and telephoto lenses, and Andy Rouse recounts the story behind an amazing fisheye photo. But we’re not just talking about expensive glass – we explore the wonderful and varied world of vintage lenses and even look at lens adaptors for your phone. Also this week, we present one of my personal highlights of the photographic calendar, the 2020 winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Our next bumper issue will be our Accessories Special,…

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coalition fights for image makers

A RANGE of photographic associations, groups and companies have joined forces to form The Coalition of Photographers, with the aim of putting pressure on the government to do more to help photography and video businesses suffering was a result of Covid-19. One of its first acts was to encourage a mass letter-writing campaign to the relevant government departments – letters making more of a ‘statement’ and taking longer to open for staff than lots of emails. You can find out more about the coalition’s activities on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ groups/thecoalitionofphotographers. AP has already pledged its support and we encourage readers to do the same.…

4 minutos
nikon z 6ii and z 7ii

At a glance • Z 6II: 24.5MP BSI-CMOS sensor• Z 7II: 45.7MP BSI-CMOS sensor• 5-axis in-body image stabilisation• 3.2in tilting touchscreen• 3.69m-dot electronic viewfinder• 4K video recording Faster shooting The Z 6II can reach burst speeds of 14 frames per second, while the Z 7II can capture 10fps AF tracking Thanks to dual Expeed 6 processors, the cameras can now track focus better, including on either human or animal eyes during video recording Dual cards One slot accepts CFexpress/XQD, and the other UHS-II SD. The cards can be used in backup, overflow or segregated recording modes Vertical grip Both cameras are compatible with the new MB-N11 vertical grip, which offers duplicate controls for portrait-format shooting TWO YEARS ago, Nikon joined the full-frame mirrorless market with a pair of cameras, the Z 6 and Z 7. These followed the approach, originally…

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call of the wild

It’s always a treat to see the winning images from the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its 56th year, once again the final images from the prestigious contest represent the best of the best when it comes to wildlife and nature photography. This year’s competition attracted over 49,000 entries from both professionals and amateurs across the world. The overall winners were announced live from the Natural History Museum on 13 October – normally, there would be a glittering prize-giving ceremony, but for the first time in the competition’s history, this year, it went completely virtual. The good news is that there is still an exhibition available to see at The Natural History Museum. It is planned to run until the middle of next year. With current…

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x series lenses

SPLIT broadly into Fujinon XF and XC models, X Series lenses cover ultra-wideangle to super-telephoto in prime and zoom models. XF models are for enthusiasts and pros. There’s a full suite of primes offering both compact models and heavyweight beasts with apertures as wide as f/1.0; and regular and high-end ‘Red Badge’ zooms, too, with the latter often featuring constant apertures. Many lenses in the range also use Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and have weather sealing (WR). XC lenses have a more affordable construction, with more restricted aperture ranges, but still give great results; they’re entry-level, compact and lightweight, so great for travel or working with a streamlined kit. List of X Series lenses [by ascending minimum focal length]XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WRXF10-24mmF4 R OISXF10-24mmF4 R OIS WRXF14mmF2.8 RXC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZXF16mmF1.4 R WRXF16mmF2.8 R WRXC16-50mmF3.5-5.6…

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20 telephoto tips

1 Which focal length? A telephoto lens has a long reach, however, there’s a huge range of telephoto options available, with some lenses being more suited to some subjects than others. Nature photographer Victoria Hillman has the following advice: ‘There is a choice of zoom or prime lenses and they both have their pros and cons. Prime lenses are fixed focal length and for wildlife 300mm to 500mm or longer work very well, they’re fast and super-sharp. Telephoto zoom lenses give the flexibility of being able to capture frame-filling images or wider shots of the subject in their habitat and can be especially useful when the subject distance changes – birds in flight, for example. There is a wide variety available, from 70-200mm up to 150-600mm. Many have a variable aperture…