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<ul><li><p>Saturday 24 August 2013</p><p>THE WORLDS NO.1 WEEKLY PHOTO MAGAZINE</p><p>EXPERT ADVICE</p><p>EISA AWARDS</p><p>PAGE 18</p><p>PAGE 27</p><p> www.amateurphotographer.co.ukTESTED</p><p>A DSLR to challenge Nikon and Canon!</p><p>HOW TO BE A TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHERPreparation, planning and gaining commissions</p><p>THE STYLISH FUJI X-M1Is this budget model actually the best X-series camera yet?</p><p>PAGE 55</p><p>Find out which cameras were rated the best in Europe </p><p>ON TEST</p><p>PAGE 43</p><p> 100% view nder Weather sealed 16.28 million pixels</p><p>DSLRs OF THE YEAR</p><p>NIKON UNVEILS LIGHTWEIGHT 18-140MM VR DX LENS + COMPACT 140 FLASHGUN</p><p>PRO-SPEC MID-RANGE PRICE</p></li><li><p>HOW TO HAVE YOUR PICTURES PUBLISHED IN READER SPOTLIGHT Send in a selection of up to ten images. They can be either a selection of different images or all have the same theme. Digital les sent on CD should be saved in a Photoshop-compatible format, such as JPEG or TIFF, with a contact sheet and submission form. Visit www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/spotlight for details. We cannot publish images without the necessary technical details. Each RGB image should be a minimum of 2480 pixels along its longest length. Transparencies and prints are also accepted. We recommend that transparencies are sent without glass mounts and posted via Special Delivery. For transparencies, prints or discs to be returned you must include an SAE with suf cient postage. </p><p>HOW TO CONTACT US Amateur Photographer, IPC Media, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU AP Editorial Telephone: 0203 148 4138 Fax 0203 148 8123Email amateurphotographer@ipcmedia.com AP Advertising Telephone: 0203 148 2516 Email mark_rankine@ipcmedia.com AP Subscriptions Telephone: 0844 848 0848 Email ipcsubs@quadrantsubs.com AP test reports Telephone: 01707 273 773 www.testreports.co.uk/photography/ap</p><p>NEWS, VIEWS &amp; REVIEWS</p><p>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</p><p>10 REVIEW The latest books, exhibitions and websites</p><p>90 THE FINAL FRAMERoger Hicks considers the relative merits of looking at your photographs on screen or as physical prints</p><p>TECHNIQUE</p><p>14 PHOTO INSIGHTRupert Vandervell explains the themes behind his series Man on Earth, and how he set about capturing such atmospheric city scenes</p><p>TESTS &amp; TECHNICAL</p><p>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</p><p>41 TESTBENCHHoya Revo lters and the Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Q6 Top Lock quick release</p><p>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?</p><p> 50 ASK APOur experts answer your questions</p><p>55 PENTAX K-50A tried-and-tested 16.28-million-pixel sensor, an </p><p>impressive 81 weather seals and a 100% view nder could make the K-50 one of the best enthusiast cameras we have tested</p><p>YOUR WORDS &amp; PICTURES</p><p>12 LETTERSAP readers speak out on the weeks issues</p><p>13 BACKCHATAP reader John Jones on the disappointing experiences he has had with camera clubs over the years</p><p>39 APPRAISALChris Gatcum examines your images, offering words of wisdom and constructive advice</p><p>FEATURES</p><p>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</p><p>22 THE MONOCHROME SETAP reader and retired doctor Clive Rowley discusses his love of black &amp; white photography and the learning curve he has experienced through his work. He talks to Oliver Atwell</p><p>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</p><p>subscribe 0844 848 0848 24 August 2013 I www.amateurphotographer.co.uk 3</p><p>Amateur Photographer For everyone who loves photography</p><p>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.</p><p>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 </p><p>out on when they are tied in to a brand.I really enjoyed testing the Pentax K-50 </p><p>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?</p><p>Richard SibleyTechnical editor</p><p>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%</p><p>THIS WEEK WE ASK What would make you switch camera brands?VOTE ONLINE www.amateurphotographer.co.uk</p><p>THE AP READERS POLLIN AP 3 AUGUST WE ASKED Would you like to be a press photographer?</p><p>B C</p><p>ContentsC</p><p>OV</p><p>ER IM</p><p>AG</p><p>E: </p><p> JON</p><p> &amp; T</p><p>INA </p><p>REID</p><p>D</p><p>EA</p><p>We test Fujifilms retro-styled X-M1 compact system cameraP43</p><p>P41</p><p>P18</p><p> JON &amp;</p><p> TINA REID</p></li><li><p>News I Analysis I Comment I PhotoDiary 24/8/13 </p><p>subscribe 0844 848 0848 24 August 2013 I www.amateurphotographer.co.uk 5</p><p>Do you have </p><p>a story?Contact Chris Cheesman </p><p>Tel: 0203 148 4129 </p><p>Fax: 0203 148 8130</p><p>amateurphotographer</p><p>@ipcmedia.com</p><p> 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. </p><p> 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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>The project aims to secure the archive as a future resource for photo-history scholars, artists, photographers and the general public.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>They had already secured 1.2m from the National Heritage Memorial Fund but were faced with having to raise a further 1m.</p><p>It seemed the project was doomed when the required funds failed to materialise and the original deadline expired at the end of February.</p><p>Around 500,000 has since been sourced from private donations and charitable trusts.</p><p>In a fresh twist, the appeal has led to the inadvertent discovery of 42 previously unknown early photogenic </p><p>drawings by Fox Talbot.The nds revealed by the </p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>The archive is the only signi cant Talbot collection remaining in private hands, according to the university.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>On the newly added photogenic drawings, the Libraries stated: These precious and fragile photographs, most of which are annotated by Talbot, depict mostly botanical specimens as well as places including the cloister and Gothic gateway at Lacock Abbey, Oxfords Botanical Gardens and the Tower of Magdalen College.</p><p>Campaigners point to the photographers strong links with Oxford, saying the archive includes some of the rst pictures of the city.</p><p>The treasures are also said to shed light on Fox Talbots life as an MP and his interests, which ranged from science to ancient languages.</p><p>Among those supporting the project are the artist David Hockney, renowned photographer Martin Parr, and Michael Pritchard, president of the Royal Photographic Society.</p><p>The Bodleian Libraries is planning to stage a major exhibition in 2017.</p><p> Boost for inventors personal archive Public show planned</p><p>NIKON has launched a 140 ashgun, the Speedlight SB-300, which it claims is ideal for travelling.</p><p>Classed as compact, lightweight and versatile, the entry-level SB-300 has a guide number of 18m ISO 100 and a head designed to tilt up to 120. </p><p>i-TTL ash control enables optimum automatic ash balance, says Nikon, and DSLR users can easily set slow sync, redeye reduction and other ash modes from the camera </p><p>body for natural-looking lighting.Nikon explains that the unit can be used </p><p>for bouncing ash off ceilings and walls, or angled to depict your subject with a softer, more natural look and create beautiful indoor portraits.</p><p>Powered by two AAA batteries, the SB-300 is due on sale on 29 August priced 139.99.</p><p>The new Speedlight will be compatible with Nikon DSLRs and Coolpix compacts with a hotshoe.</p><p>NIKON LAUNCHES BUDGET FLASHGUN</p><p>His bail, with conditions, has been extended Man faces years bail over indecent images, page 7</p><p> BODLEIAN LIBR</p><p>ARIES, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD</p></li><li><p>6 www.amateurphotographer.co.uk I 24 August 2013 subscribe 0844 848 0848</p><p>NIKON has announced an 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens designed for DX-format DSLRs and aimed at photography enthusiasts.</p><p>Due to go on sale on 29 August, priced 579.99, the AF-S DX Nikkor is trumpeted as a portable option for photographers looking for optimal image quality at an affordable price.</p><p>Its metal mount and rubber weather-sealing aim to provide extra durability when travelling.</p><p>The 17-elements-in-12-groups lens, which weighs 490g, includes an extra-low dispersion element and an aspherical lens.</p><p>The lens is a versatile choice for photographers looking for an all-in-one solution, claimed Nikon UKs senior product manager for DX-format DSLRs, Simon Iddon.</p><p>Wednesday 21 AugustEXHIBITION The Press Photographers Year 2013, until 31 August at the Lyttelton Exhibition Foyer, National Theatre, London SE1 9PX. Tel: 0207 452 3000. Visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk. EXHIBITION Soul of Coffee by Reza, a photojournalist, until 3 November at Kew Gardens, TW9 3AB. Tel: 0208 332 5655. Visit www.kew.org.</p><p>Thursday 22 August EXHIBITION Pictures from the Real World by David Moore, until 15 September at Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff CF10 5AD. Tel: 02921 159 151. Visit www.thirdoorgalllery.com. EXHIBITION Jesse Alexander: The Golden Age of Motorsport, until 24 August at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, London W1B 4DE. Tel: 0207 434 4319. Visit www.chrisbeetlesnephotographs.com. </p><p>Friday 23 AugustEXHIBITION Mass Observation: This is Your Photo, until 29 September at The Photographers Gallery, London W1F 7LW. Tel: 0207 087 9300. Visit www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk. EXHIBITION Street Life, Instantaneous (photos of Newcastle in the 1890s) by Edgar G Lee, until 12 October at Side Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 3JE. Tel: 0191 232 2208. Visit www.amber-online.com.</p><p>Saturday 24 AugustEXHIBITION Valuable Reections, last day at Belfast Exposed, Belfast BT1 2FF. Tel: 028 9023 0965. Visit www.belfastexposed.org. DONT MISS Focus on: Pinhole Photography workshop (10am-4pm, cost 110) at Belfast Exposed, Belfast BT1 2FF. Tel: 028 9023 0965. Visit www.belfastexposed.org.</p><p>Sunday 25 AugustEXHIBITION World Press Photo, last day at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh EH99 1SP. Tel: 0800 092 7500. Visit www.worldpressphoto.org. EXHIBITION John Hinde: Postcards, until 20 October at The Photographers Gallery, London W1F 7LW. Tel: 0845 262 1618.</p><p>Monday 26 AugustEXHIBITION Visions of the Universe (images of space), until 15 September at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich SE10 9NF. Tel: 0208 858 4422. Visit rmg.co.uk. EXHIBITION Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013, until 1 September at Grizedale Visitor Centre, Hawkshead, Cumbria LA22 0QJ. Tel: 01229 860 010. Visit www.golakes.co.uk.</p><p>Tuesday 27 August LATEST AP ON SALEEXHIBITION Ever Young by James Barnor, until 31 August at Impressions Gallery, West Yorkshire BD1 1SD. Tel: 01274 737 843. Visit www.impressions-gallery.com. EXHIBITION Hey Charlie by Harry Cory Wright, until 14 September at Eleven, London SW1W 9LX. Tel: 0207 823 5540. Visit www.elevenneart.com.</p><p>NIKON UNVEILS 18-140MM VR ALL-ROUNDER</p><p>THE DEATH of professional photographer Sussie Ahlburg, whose body was found in a bathing pond on Hampstead Heath, has prompted a police appeal for witnesses.</p><p>Detectives issued a second appeal after post-mortem tests on the London-based photographer proved inconclusive.</p><p>As we went to press, police were awaiting the results of further tests.</p><p>Sussie, 50, was discovered in the womens bathing ponds on Hampstead Heath at around 2.30pm on Monday 5 August.</p><p>The Sweden-born photographer had been reported missing by her family after failing to return home the day before.</p><p>Detective Sergeant Trevor Plumb of Camden CID said: Sussies death is being treated as unexplained, but we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen her around the ladi...</p></li></ul>