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Saturday 24 August 2013
THE WORLDS NO.1 WEEKLY PHOTO MAGAZINE
A DSLR to challenge Nikon and Canon!
HOW TO BE A TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHERPreparation, planning and gaining commissions
THE STYLISH FUJI X-M1Is this budget model actually the best X-series camera yet?
Find out which cameras were rated the best in Europe
100% view nder Weather sealed 16.28 million pixels
DSLRs OF THE YEAR
NIKON UNVEILS LIGHTWEIGHT 18-140MM VR DX LENS + COMPACT 140 FLASHGUN
PRO-SPEC MID-RANGE PRICE
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NEWS, VIEWS & REVIEWS
5 NEWSFox Talbot rescuers thrown lifeline; Nikon launches budget ashgun; Nikon unveils 18-140mm VR all-rounder; Nikon photo contest winner named; Fuji lm makes 6 million imaging loss amid phone wars
10 REVIEW The latest books, exhibitions and websites
90 THE FINAL FRAMERoger Hicks considers the relative merits of looking at your photographs on screen or as physical prints
14 PHOTO INSIGHTRupert Vandervell explains the themes behind his series Man on Earth, and how he set about capturing such atmospheric city scenes
TESTS & TECHNICAL
27 EISA AWARDS 2013-14We reveal the best products on the market, as voted for by the European Imaging and Sound Association, of which AP is a founding member
41 TESTBENCHHoya Revo lters and the Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q6 Top Lock quick release
43 FUJIFILM X-M1This retro-styled CSC has the same 16.3-million-pixel, APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor as Fujis other X-system cameras, in the most affordable X-system body yet. But does this mean a compromise has been made on image quality?
50 ASK APOur experts answer your questions
55 PENTAX K-50A tried-and-tested 16.28-million-pixel sensor, an
impressive 81 weather seals and a 100% view nder could make the K-50 one of the best enthusiast cameras we have tested
YOUR WORDS & PICTURES
12 LETTERSAP readers speak out on the weeks issues
13 BACKCHATAP reader John Jones on the disappointing experiences he has had with camera clubs over the years
39 APPRAISALChris Gatcum examines your images, offering words of wisdom and constructive advice
18 LIVING THE DREAMTravelling to exotic locations taking photographs is most peoples idea of a dream job. Debbi Allen talks to professional photographer Jon Reid to see if the dream matches reality
22 THE MONOCHROME SETAP reader and retired doctor Clive Rowley discusses his love of black & white photography and the learning curve he has experienced through his work. He talks to Oliver Atwell
36 ICONS OF PHOTOGRAPHYWilliam Henry Fox Talbots unconventional photograph captures a signi cant time in the changing landscape of 19th century London, writes David Clark
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Amateur Photographer For everyone who loves photography
BEFORE I started working at AP, I was very loyal to a particular camera brand. It wasnt so much out of a particular love for the brand or camera, but because I had a system of lenses and ashguns. The only reason I went with that brand some 15 years ago was because it meant I could borrow lenses from a friend. I couldnt afford to switch system every time I liked a new feature on a particular camera.
Now Im fortunate to be able to use almost every system camera that is released. I still have my own cameras and lenses, but these days Im much more likely to grab whatever is in the AP cupboard when I am going out for the day. It has made me realise just how many useful features some photographers miss
out on when they are tied in to a brand.I really enjoyed testing the Pentax K-50
for this issue (see pages 55-60). Its a good camera at a good price, but sadly it will be overlooked by many because of the lure of Nikon and Canon. Im lucky enough to be able to choose the camera I use depending on my speci c requirements, but that Pentax test got me thinking: what would make a photographer loyal to a brand even consider switching to another?
Richard SibleyTechnical editor
YOU ANSWEREDA Yes, Id love it 15%B Yes, but not at royal baby photo calls 10%C It would be OK 9% D No, not really 47%E I cant think of anything more boring 19%
THIS WEEK WE ASK What would make you switch camera brands?VOTE ONLINE www.amateurphotographer.co.uk
THE AP READERS POLLIN AP 3 AUGUST WE ASKED Would you like to be a press photographer?
We test Fujifilms retro-styled X-M1 compact system cameraP43
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Renowned Magnum photographer Ian Berry has branded Panasonics recently unveiled Lumix DMC-GX7 a life-changer. Berry, who was handed the new compact system camera to test as part of a collaboration with the rm, said: The prospect of walking around with a camera like this, and just a pocketful of lenses, is just extraordinary. He praised the cameras incredible dynamic range.
Korean lens maker Samyang will next month release a cinema version of a 16mm lens announced earlier this year. The 16mm V-DSLR T2.2 ED AS UMC CS is built from 13 elements in 11 groups. It is due out in the following mounts, priced 449.99, from September: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Canon M, Fuji lm X and Olympus MFT. For details call Intro2020 on 01628 674 411 or visit www.samyang.co.uk.
FOX TALBOT RESCUERS THROWN LIFELINEA BRITISH campaign to save the historic personal archive of photography inventor William Henry Fox Talbot has been thrown a lifeline and led to the unveiling of previously unknown works.
Oxford Universitys Bodleian Libraries, which eight months ago launched an appeal for funds to acquire the collection, has won a 200,000 donation from the Art Fund and a crucial year-long deadline extension.
The project aims to secure the archive as a future resource for photo-history scholars, artists, photographers and the general public.
Campaigners launched the appeal last December, explaining that the collection had been transferred to a dealer in New York with a view to selling it on the familys behalf.
The news means campaigners must raise the remaining 375,000 of the 2.25 million target by August 2014 to ensure it remains the UK.
They had already secured 1.2m from the National Heritage Memorial Fund but were faced with having to raise a further 1m.
It seemed the project was doomed when the required funds failed to materialise and the original deadline expired at the end of February.
Around 500,000 has since been sourced from private donations and charitable trusts.
In a fresh twist, the appeal has led to the inadvertent discovery of 42 previously unknown early photogenic
drawings by Fox Talbot.The nds revealed by the
photographers great-great grandson after the appeal was launched are set to bolster an archive that already includes precious portraits of Fox Talbot and his family, along with his original manuscripts.
Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar said: We are delighted to be supporting the Bodleian Libraries aims to acquire a major archive of works by British inventor and photographer William Henry Fox Talbot.
The collection of material is of unparalleled importance in shedding light on both his life and his pioneering work. I urge everyone to support the nal stages of the Bodleians appeal.
The archive is the only signi cant Talbot collection remaining in private hands, according to the university.
Welcoming the news, the Bodleians deputy librarian Richard Ovenden described the collection as an essential resource, and stressed that every donation helps towards the target gure.
The collection also includes the work of Fox Talbots contemporaries who shared with him their attempts at early photography, plus artefacts from the Lacock Abbey estate in Wiltshire, where he lived at the time of the publication of his invention in 1839.
On the newly added photogenic drawings, the Libraries stated: These precious and fragile photographs, most of which are annotated by Talbot,