Amateur Photographer

Amateur Photographer


Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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

Water is a perennially popular subject for photography, and with good reason. Whether you are shooting a reflection in a puddle or the Pacific ocean, the endless variety of water and its unfathomable aesthetic possibilities are irresistible to creatives with cameras. We’re never usually short of water here in the UK, either, so this issue’s cover feature is bound to appeal. There is also a bumper crop of great hardware, including a full review of the Leica M10 Monochrom rangefinger – it offers ‘sensational’ image quality, says our usually hyperbole-allergic camera savant, Andy Westlake. And don’t miss our detailed first looks of the new Olympus flagship the OM-D E-M1 Mark III, and the Fujifilm X100V compact. Geoff Harris, Deputy Editor Contribute to Amateur Photographer If you’d like to see your words…

1 min.
this week in 1939

Pet Club by William Vanderson A SCHOOLBOY from Barnfield School, Edgware, Middlesex, shows off his pet mice to curious friends. According to 2017 research by the American National Academy of Sciences, humans as far back as 15,000 years ago may have domesticated mice. Domesticated or pet mice are sometimes known as ‘fancy mice', to differentiate them from their wild relations (which should never be kept as pets). Here in Britain, the National Mouse Club celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2020 and describes itself as the leading authority for all things mouse – its website lists more than 50 different breed standards for the fancy mouse, including Cinnamon, Marten Sable, Seal Point Siamese Satin and Agouti Tan. The Getty Images Hulton Archive is one of the world’s great cultural resources. Tracing its origins…

2 min.
news round-up

Updated Petzval DSLR lens Lomography’s Petzval 80.5mm f/1.9 Mark II lens combines a vintage 19th century optical design with modern helicoid focusing and a stepless 13-blade aperture diaphragm. There’s a choice of anodized aluminium, brass satin or brass black finishes, and Canon EF or Nikon F mounts. The estimated retail price will be about $449. It is available to pre-order now on Kickstarter, see bit.ly/PetzvalMk2. Canon Selphy QX10 mini printer Canon’s latest portable printer makes Polaroid-sized 68mm-square sticky-backed prints, using dye sublimation technology for vibrant, long-lasting colours. It has a footprint of just 102mm x 143mm, and will go on sale in March for £140. BHF seeks charity donations The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is calling on photographers across the UK to donate any unwanted equipment, to help raise funds for research into heart and…

1 min.
big picture

CELEBRATING the power of photography in capturing scientific phenomena, along with the role that images play in making science accessible to a wide audience, the Royal Society Publishing Photography competition winners were announced at the end of 2019. The competition asks scientists from across the world to send in their images across the categories of Astronomy, Behaviour, Earth Science and Climatology, Ecology and Environmental Science, and Micro-imaging. From the hundreds of images submitted, the judges chose the winner, ‘Quantum Droplets', which is seen here. It was taken by Aleks Labuda from the Micro-imaging category. Visit royalsociety.org to see more of the category winners and runners-up. PHOTO BY ALEKS LABUDA (IN COLLABORATION WITH JAN BELINA) SOURCE: OVT.COM…

1 min.
canon developing high-end eos r5

CANON has confirmed that it's working on a pro-spec full-frame mirrorless camera. It says the EOS R5 will feature in-body image stabilisation that works in concert with optically-stabilised lenses, and feature dual card slots for backing up files in-camera. It will shoot at 12 frames per second with its mechanical shutter, or 20fps using its electronic shutter, and be capable of 8K video recording. The R5 name is no coincidence, with the camera looking very much like a parallel mirrorless model to the EOS 5D Mark IV. The firm has also announced plans for several upcoming RF optics. The RF 100-500mm F4.7-7.1L IS USM will be a long-range telezoom similar to the EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II USM, but takes advantage of the fact that mirrorless cameras can autofocus with smaller-aperture…

1 min.
nikon unveils high-speed d6 and two z-mount lenses

NIKON has taken the wraps off its latest top-of-the-range DSLR, the D6. Designed for professional photographers who need the utmost speed and reliability, it employs a new autofocus system with 105 cross-type sensors, all of which are user-selectable. It can shoot at 14 frames per second with AF tracking, or 10.5fps in silent mode with focus fixed. A 20.8 MP full-frame sensor combines with the Expeed 6 processor to offer ISO 100-102,400, expandable to a barely believable ISO 50-3,280,000. Files are recorded to dual card slots that accept fast, robust XQD and CFexpress media. Physically the design is almost identical to its predecessor the D5, allowing users to swap easily between the two models. Yours for just £6,299, it's due on sale this spring. Full-frame travel zoom On the lens front, Nikon…