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Intel’s 12th Gen CPUs Show Impressive Performance for Photographers

Intel's 12th Gen CPUs Show Impressive Performance for Photographers

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Last week, Intel announced the 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (codename Alder Lake) with a new hybrid architecture that utilizes a mix of performance and efficient-cores. So, how good are they?

The P-cores (performance) are designed to maximize a system’s performance with heavy workloads while the E-cores (efficiency) are intended to assist tasks that can be run in parallel or in the background when high-performance isn’t necessary. This new hybrid setup is beneficial since the E-cores will take up significantly less demand and power on the system, meaning Intel can pack a higher number of cores into the processors which should give a noticeable boost to multi-thread processing.

The challenge is for the system to dynamically choose what processes get run on each type of core. For this, Intel has launched a new technology it calls “Thread Detector” to help with task assignments to help get the most out of the system. But for creatives, how do these new processors for handling applications like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom?

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According to the new review roundup from Puget, the new 12th Gen processors from Intel have officially “taken the crown” for performance with Adobe Photoshop, even if it was only just by a small percentage.

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Puget says that the 12th Gen CPUs are anywhere from 12% to 17% faster than the previous 11th Gen processors and compared to the similarlyy priced AMD Ryzen CPUs, the company saw about 5% to 11% higher performance. While these numbers are statistically significant, in practice it is small enough that most users may have a hard time noticing the difference in day-to-day work. The new CPUs can support DDR5 RAM (as well as DDR4), but that addition won’t change much in terms of Photoshop performance.

For Lightroom, however, the new processors show a significant shift in CPU performance. According to the report, the last few generations of chips saw AMD as the dominant choice for creatives running Lightroom-dependant systems, but Intel has finally taken an impressive lead with its latest chips.

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“The performance between Intel and AMD is closer at the top-end, but the i9 12900K still manages to pull ahead of the Ryzen 5900X by a small 6% with DDR4, or by 15% when using DDR5 memory. At the i5 and i7 level, however, the Core i7 12700K and Core i5 12600K perform about 15% faster than the Ryzen 5800X and 5600X respectively, which should only further increase once DDR5 becomes widely available,” Puget reports.

According to Puget, the 12th generation of Intel CPU is now officially the “clear choice” for photographers using Adobe Lightroom Classic when looking at purely performance-based metrics as found in testing for both active tasks like image culling as well as passive tasks like exporting. The company further states that this new CPU is a solid investment for photographers that use Lightroom Classic in their daily workflows. For an additional breakdown of the new processors, the team at Linus Tech Tips have released a video full of additional testing that mirrors much of what Puget found.

Overall, the new 12th Gen Intel Core Processors exceeded every expectation Puget had for the hardware, highlighting what a new hybrid design is capable of with performance gains averaging 15% to 20% in many areas, with some tests seeing over a 30% performance improvements when compared to the previous generation of CPUs. Puget also highlighted a significant improvement in performance with Adobe Lightroom Classic, making this generation of CPU the ideal choice for photographers with a heavy workload working on PCs.

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acancarter’s latest blog : my first art show!

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My First Art Show!

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I’ve just participated in my first Art Show – The South Northants Art Trail Art Trail . This year there were 20 locations, with 51 participating artists (including a few photographers). I’m not sure what the total footfall was, but our location in Blisworth, with 9 of us exhibiting, had around 800 visitors. This wasn’t about making money – it was the opportunity to put together a display and to talk to visitors about my work. I hoped that having artists (as well as photographers) look at the images might give a different perspective.

This Art Trail was a great place to start. The costs were low and the organisation and publicity provided by Mike and Jenny at Vitreus Art in Towcester was brilliant. It was hard work preparing all the images – printing, framing, labelling… as well as making greeting cards using selected images. The event itself was over 10 days and needed nearly full time attention as well as setting up and breaking down. Ready for a good long nap now!

The bottom line was that this was absolutely great. I’d thoroughly recommend having a go at something like this if the opportunity arises. I made friends, bonded with all the other exhibitors, had very interesting and exciting feedback from visitors and had the pleasure of selling some images to people that liked them and wanted them in their homes!

I thought it might be interesting to share a few observations and thoughts on this. For those of you who have looked at my portfolio you will have seen some light painting images made with a photographically recording harmonograph. You can see more images on my gallery. I featured these images on the stand, as they are very unusual and eye catching and don’t really look like photographs. Below is an overview of the stand. I had maybe more than my fair share of space as I promised to bring in and demonstrate the harmonograph. It was quickly termed ‘The Mesmeriser’ by the others!

Having the demonstration on the stand worked extremely well. A typical reaction when I told people ‘these are all photographs’ was ‘What of?’ so I could show them, and most understood instantly what I was doing after seeing the demo; they then explored the images with renewed interest and understanding! Here is a photo of me explaining things…they all seem to be listening.

I tried to keep the prices as low as possible, to make the images more accessible. I’m fortunate to be able to print the images myself as well as to make the frames. These weren’t ‘Gallery’ prices and there was no way I could make a living out of this, but I certainly covered my material useage and made a significant dent in the costs of my next lens!

It was really interesting to watch people deciding on purchase. I may have had a few too many images on display, so making choice harder. I found it difficult to decide what to use and what to leave out. Some people went straight for the image that caught their eye. Some went for the colour images, some the nearer mono ones. Having a few landscape, floral and macro shots gave diversity. The triptych ‘Sing Dance Fly’ was very popular, especially when I treated them to Fabio’s sonification Sonification and told them the story! The ‘interactive’ print ‘Follow’ ‘Follow’ was also very popular, and a real draw with both children and adults – I now have to make a couple more. I tried to keep the frames neutral – they were all waxed or oiled Walnut. Inevitably some would have liked much lighter frames, others very dark. Inevitably a few sales were lost as a result. Maybe I should have had a few alternative frames to show – not to swap out in real time, but to be delivered after the event.

Another great investment (and I have to thank one of the other exhibitors for this) is a tin of sweets on the stand. Went down a treat. Having cards was good too. Another exhibitor suggested I put a few words in with each, and not to obscure this with the envelope when putting it into the sleeve. First thing most people do when selecting a card is to turn it over and read the back!

Good, readable, titles with a few words on each image worked well, giving an ‘in’ to talk about the image and why I had chosen it… but the labels have to be quite large to be readable.

I used a low cost card reader as an alternative to cash for payments – very simple to use, secure and reliable. Mine was from SumUp; I’m sure there are others available.

This was great fun and rewarding overall, and I’d really recommend you have a go if you get the opportunity. As we all say – What is the point of a Photograph if you don’t share it?!

Thanks for taking the time to look at this; I’d be very interested in your thoughts and comments.

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The Photography Show – numbers down but thumbs up

The Photography Show - numbers down but thumbs up

September 29, 2021

No official attendance figures for this year’s Photography Show are out yet, but the show was generally deemed to be a big success – under very tough circumstances. Film photography fans really felt the love, too

While official attendance figures for the recent Photography Show have yet to be released, the response has generally been positive (see our ‘best of show’ report here). Organisers Future reported that the event hosted 150 exhibitors, 450 talks from 250 speakers, 13 stages and theatres and six photo galleries. Brands exhibiting included Canon, Olympus, Nikon, Sony, Epson and Fujifilm.

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While some AP readers noted the (understandable) fall in visitors compared to previous years on our social media channels, along with the absence of Panasonic and other key players, others found the event much easier to navigate.

“Our group thought it was a lot better than the previous show,” said Paul Sharkey. “You could actually rock up to a stand and have time to talk to the exhibitors.”

Of particular note was the popularity of the new Analogue Spotlight section, featuring film suppliers Ilford and Analogue Wonderland, as well as talks by top film photographers such as Dan Rubin. “We thought it went really well,” said Analogue Wonderland’s Paul McKay, who also organised a survey. “Data is still coming in, but the analogue folk who attended marked the overall show as 4.3/5 and the Analogue Spotlight itself as 4.5/5.”

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The Ilford stand before the show opened to the public

Leading film supplier Ilford also had a good show. “I thought the show was great,” said Ilford marketing manager,Matt Parry. “It was quieter than 2019 but that wasn’t a bad thing as we still had a lot of visitors to our stand and the audience were all able to engage more with their favourite brands. The layout and extra space from the wider aisles really helped make the event feel safe.

Having a specific focal point for film photographers with the Analogue Spotlight area was a fantastic addition to the show too. The talks in this area were excellent and our photo walk with Dan Rubin was a lot of fun too. All in all I would say it was a success and we are already looking forward to 2022 and hopefully an even bigger analogue presence!”

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AP editor Nigel Atherton (above) added: “The organisers took a risk in deciding to go ahead but I think it paid off, and they should be proud of themselves for pulling it all together so well and so quickly under the circumstances.”

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Top Street Photography Tips from The Photography Show 2021

Top Street Photography Tips from The Photography Show 2021

Visitors to The Photography Show were spoilt for choice with the range of talks available, from the Super Stage headliners through to demonstrations and how-to’s on the Behind the Lens and masterclass stages. Over the four days of the show, Shutter Street talks including Brian Lloyd Duckett’s ’10 killer tips for street photography’ and Alex Benyon’s ‘Street photography mindfulness’ gave an insight into projects, with photographers sharing their top tips for shooting on the street. We share some below:

Know where you fit in

Decide what kind of street photographer you are and what street photography you are interested in.

In his talk, Brian asked “are you the hunter or are you the fisher?”. A hunter is always on the move and searching for opportunities. A fisher, is slower in approach and waits for the moment, e.g. the light to change or a person to walk past.

How you go about taking photographs on the street will depend on whether you have an interest in aesthetic and visual appeal (i.e. focusing on the urban landscape and architecture), or a people approach. If you find it difficult to get into people’s faces, then maybe aesthetic is for you.

The only way is projects

Street photography can fit around everyday life. But if you give yourself a personal project, or a challenge, you are likely to be more tuned into what’s happening rather than just waiting.

Having a project will make you more focused and motivated on what you are doing and the end results you are searching for. Consider how you will share the end results of the project. This could be in the form of a photobook, a zine, exhibition or website.

Try going out to shoot with a theme of challenge to focus on, whether that’s shooting just architecture or in black and white.

Street camera settings

Of the talks we visited over TPS, all of the photographers said: don’t worry about camera settings!

If you are concentrated on your camera settings then you will slow yourself down. Brian suggests to set up the settings and then leave it there. Set your camera to aperture priority, auto ISO is also very handy. Brian also sets his shutter speed at a minimum of 1/200 secs.

Alex says to let the camera do as much as possible. He uses AP priority, auto ISO, and shoots in F/4 to get as much as the scene as possible in focus. But he suggests, it doesn’t matter if you shoot in complete auto, just capture the moment and get the shot.

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Play the long game

Don’t expect immediate results because it just won’t happen. Don’t put pressure on yourself with high expectations. Practice skills, especially observation. Brian insists you should not just take one picture of an interesting scene. You should exploit it. Take loads of pictures and from different angles.

Alex also recommends visualising the scene before it happens. Set up your composition and lighting in advance, so that when something happens, it feels like someone has walked into your photo, rather than you taking a photograph of them.

Think layers

Fill your composition with different layers of imagery to add another dimension to your images. Capturing different things happening within the foreground, middle ground and background is a great starting point, as it gives depth and volume. Look for colours, interesting light, geometry, textures and contrasts!

Do it with confidence

There is nothing wrong with doing street photography and anyone can do it! You’re allowed to do it, just don’t look shifty and avoid eye contact with people. Relax and be proud.

If someone comes up to you, be honest and explain what you are doing. If they aren’t happy with being included then delete the photograph. Be nice! If you aren’t comfortable explaining what you are doing, then the image probably isn’t appropriate.

Become streetwise and be reactive

Connect with the streets and understand what is going on. Study body language, learn to participate and find beauty in the mundane. There is something beautiful in an ordinary place.

Don’t linger too long or watch the people in your scene. Alex says to try shooting from the hip, which can be slightly more subtle for taking photographs without drawing attention to yourself. Get everything ready for taking an image, then just press the button when the moment arises.

If things aren’t working, then try a different time of day. But scenes can change quickly, so you need to be reactive.

Get inspired

Study the greats for inspiration! For example, Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Gilden, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Fan Ho, Matt Stuart, Nina Kling, Joel Meyerowitz, and Alan Schaller.

Read lots of books, visit museums and galleries, experience street photography in workshops. Most importantly, just get out on the streets!

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All the gear no idea

You don’t need to spend loads of money on the latest gear to be able to do street photography. If you have a camera and go out onto streets, you can do street photography. You can even just use your phone!

Alex uses 35mm and 50mm lenses, the smaller the better. He says, the 35mm is very natural as it is a close reproduction of the human eye. Going out with a zoom lens can be very intrusive.

Street photography is also free, you don’t need to hire a studio or models.

Forget about perfection

Street photography is not about perfection, and imperfections can actually make a photograph. Come rain or shine, you can get great photographs.

If you see it, you can shoot it

In the UK, you can freely take photographs on the streets and publish. You don’t need a person’s permission to take or use photographs, unless it is for commercial use (i.e. to promote a camera brand).

However, it’s not recommended to take photographs of children or vulnerable people.

If you are unsure, just ask!

Do it for you

Doing street photography is more rewarding when you do it for yourself, rather than the feedback you get from those seeing it.

Further reading

Top tips for striking street photography

What makes great street photography?

Meeting a master of street photography

Ali Shams: iPhone Street Photography

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Top 13 Best Products at The Photography Show 2021

Canon EOS R3 body at TPS 2021

If you weren’t able to make it to The Photography Show this year, or want to see what we think is the best of the show, then here’s a roundup of some of our favourite things we saw while we were there. So without further ado, here are some of the Top 13 Best Products at The Photography Show 2021 – and of course there are more products to see that we couldn’t fit into this list, so make sure you have a look at our YouTube channel for even more content.

Canon EOS R3 + RF 16mm, RF 100-400mm

Canon EOS R3 body at TPS 2021

Canon EOS R3 magnesium alloy body at TPS 2021

Canon’s new Canon EOS R3 was one of the big stars of the show, with people queueing just to see and hold the camera. We have published our EOS R3 hands-on preview, as well as asking Canon a number of questions in our exclusive video interview. Also on display are Canon’s new RF 16mm f/2.8 and RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 telephoto zoom lens. You can find out more about these new lenses in our first look video on our YouTube channel. Also worth mentioning, is the Canon concept “cameras” which include an automated camera, as well as a posture fitness device that’s not actually a camera at all.

Fujifilm GFX50S II

We spoke to Fujifilm UK about the new Fujifilm GFX50S II – and found out how Fujifilm make the camera so affordable in our video interview above, with the GFX50S II and new GF 35-70mm lens. We also had a look at the new Fujifilm X-T30 II, as well as the new 33mm f1.4 lens, which gives roughly 50mm equivalent on X-series cameras.

Sony Alpha 1

Sony Alpha 1 with 70-200mm f2.8 Lens at TPS

Sony Alpha 1 with 70-200mm f2.8 Lens at TPS

High-speed and high-resolution, the Sony Alpha 1 offers both, with 30fps continuous shooting, as well as an impressive 50MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor. Read our Sony A1 review to find out more about this flagship Sony camera.

Nikon Zfc + Z50 side-by-side

Nikon Zfc and Nikon Z50 side-by-side at TPS

Nikon Zfc and Nikon Z50 side-by-side at TPS

For many people, it’s been the first chance to get hands-on with the new Nikon Zfc (read our review here), the camera brings a retro / classic style to Nikon’s APS-C Z-series mirrorless cameras, with direct control over the shutter speed, ISO speed, and exposure compensation thanks to the top dials. The Zfc has been introduced with a new 28mm f2.8 SE lens to match the camera’s style, which as you can see is quite a departure to the styling of the Nikon Z50.

Nikon Gold FA

Nikon Gold FA

Nikon Gold FA – 1984

Nikon released the Nikon FA Gold in Japan in 1984, in commemoration of winning the Camera Grand Prix prize for the world’s first state-of-the-art matrix metering technology for SLRs. Originally priced at 500,000 yen (£3332GBP at todays exchanges rates, not adjusted for inflation) the camera is plated with 24K gold and decorated with lizard skin. Only 2000 copies exist.

Tamron 18-300mm + 150-500mm E-Mount lenses

Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD with 150-500mm lens TPS

Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD with 150-500mm lens

This is the Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (Model B061) in Sony E-Mount, designed for APS-C cameras. This lens, which was only recently officially announced, gives you an impressive zoom range in a relatively compact lens body. Designed specifically for mirrorless cameras, it’s an all new optical design, with an X-Mount version to be released shortly. You can see it here next to the 150-500mm telephoto zoom lens.

Lacie Boss – Backup on the go, and more!

Lacie Rugged Boss 1TB SSD Drive

LaCie Rugged Boss SSD – 1TB Drive

The LaCie Rugged Boss SSD 1TB drive, is a backup device you can use anywhere, with a built-in battery, the device has an SD card reader, and also acts as a USB Hub and power bank. You can use it to backup your photos / SD card anywhere, without the need of a computer, and you can use it to power any devices you have, such as a digital camera that supports power delivery over USB. The USB port lets you copy from USB devices, and a USB cable comes with it that lets you play back the contents of the drive on an Android or iOS smartphone/device, using the LaCie BOSS app. As a Rugged drive it is also designed to survive any hard knocks. Find out more information on LaCie’s website.

LaCie Rugged Boss Ports

LaCie Rugged Boss Ports

Pinsta – all-in-one camera and darkroom

Pinsta camera at TPS

Pinsta camera at TPS

The Pinsta camera is a brand-new, not even released yet, pinhole camera with a built-in darkroom / development lab, that lets you develop prints internally. You can shoot with it, and develop prints even on the move, using the provided “dark bag”. More advanced users can use it as a negative enlarger, and when 120 and 35mm negatives are mounted in an internal slide, they can be enlarged to make 4×5 inch prints. The camera is due to be launched on Kickstarter, and you can find more information on

Sigma camera history on display at TPS

Sigma camera history on display at TPS

Sigma camera history on display at TPS

Sigma are showing their whole range of “i series” lenses, including the recently announced 24mm F2 DG DN, and 90mm F2.8 DG DN, which are compact lenses designed specifically for mirrorless cameras, taking advantage of built-in image correction that comes with Sony E-Mount cameras, and L-Mount cameras. Sigma say that due to this, they are able to design out the optical issues that can’t be corrected with software, such as corner softness, but due to lens correction, they can make these lenses smaller than they would have been able to using traditional lens design.

Sigma 90mm f2.8 DG DN I series at TPS

Sigma 90mm f2.8 DG DN I series at TPS

Olympus Zuiko lenses and branded merchandise

Olympus Zuiko Lenses and Branded Merchandise at TPS

Olympus Zuiko Lenses and Branded Merchandise at TPS

Whilst the latest camera is the Olympus PEN E-P7, we were also impressed by the Olympus branded merchandise, which is pretty cool looking, and Olympus continue to offer a wide range of Micro Four Thirds lenses, giving you the chance to try the lenses, as well as their full range of Micro Four Thirds cameras, with the tough Olympus OM-D E-M1x on show, the E-M1 Mark III, the E-M5 III, and E-M10 IV, which offers excellent value for money, and is perhaps one of the lightest mirrorless cameras with EVF available at the show. One unique feature, that remains incredibly impressive, is Olympus’ live-composite feature, letting you see the photo develop as you take it, and this is available even on the entry-level models.

The Gearing Co. Tripods

The Gearing Co. Tripods at TPS

The Gearing Co. Tripods at TPS

The Gearing Co. is most likely a company you’ve never heard of, but they make a surprisingly impressive, and innovate tripod. If you want a tripod that has a mini toolkit built-in, the ability to use the legs (yes more than one) as walking poles, or use one as a monopod, or alternatively convert the tripod into a mini-desktop tripod, then with the Gearing Co. tripod, you can. In fact the feet on the tripod can be converted to a small spike, or even an spike suitable for trekking through snow, with the Trek Kit. The tripods are made in the UK, and designed to be fully field serviceable so that you can clean and service them even when working remotely. The tripods are made to be high quality with 5 layers of carbon fibre, with strength and durability in mind, so that they last a life time. You can find out more information on their website

Gearing Co Tripod Mini toolkit

Gearing Co Tripod Mini toolkit, which is found in the centre of the tripod’s central column

The Disabled Photographers Society – Second hand cameras

Nikon F301 at TPS on the Disabled Photographers Society Stand

Nikon F301 at TPS on the Disabled Photographers Society Stand

If you’re looking for a bargain, and want to support a worthwhile cause, then The Disabled Photographers Society is a great place to go. With a range of film and digital cameras and lenses available for bargain prices, the number of cameras and accessories available never fails to impress. The national charity are also looking for donations of working cameras to support the work they do. You can find more information on their website.

Minox color-minotar 35mm f2.8 E-Mount

Minox 35mm f2.8 color-minotar lens on E-Mount TPS

Minox 35mm f2.8 color-minotar lens on E-Mount at TPS

Bringing new life to old lenses, as well as repairing Minox cameras, M.S.Hobbies have a “new” 35mm f2.8 Color Minotar lens for E-Mount cameras. We have a look at the lens in more detail here.

If you want more information on the show, then have a look at our other coverage of The Photography Show 2021.

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The Photography Show 2021 Report, Hands-On Photos & Event Coverage

The Photography Show 2021 Report, Hands-On Photos & Event Coverage

The Photography Show


It’s been a long wait for photography fans but The Photography Show has finally opened its doors to visitors until 21 September 2021. 

At the event, big industry names such as Nikon have stands where visitors can get hands-on with products as well as learn a thing or two from their speakers who include professional photographers and other industry experts. 

To keep you up-to-date with what’s going on over at the NEC, ePHOTOzine member and events reporter, Stuart Fawcett, has been getting his step count in around the halls to bring you all of the latest news, photos of new products and more. 

You can see a full run-down of what Stuart’s been up to over on his blog but we’ve put a round-up of all that he’s shared in one place so you can easily get the lowdown on this year’s event. 

If you are going later today or tomorrow, there are some guidelines you’ll need to follow which includes showing evidence of having two Covid vaccinations or a negative test and in return, you’ll be handed a band you need to wear so others know you’ve completed this step. We’ve been told the whole process is quick and that you don’t queue for long. 



Nikon stand at the photography show


On the Nikon stand, you can get hands-on with the Z-Series as well as pick the brains of the experts on-hand to assist you. They also have their superzoom lenses lined up so you can look through them at what’s going on around the show and the Nikon f/2 (1971) is proudly on display in a case alongside the Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 fisheye (1972). 


Nikon stand at the photography show


Nikon stand at the photography show


Nikon stand at the photography show



18-300 f/2.5-6.3 ASP-C


On the Tamron stand, the Tamron 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD lens is available to get hands-on with. It’s nice, light and compact for a zoom of that range. There is a good firm zoom action and a zoom lock button so no lens creep occurs. Zooming out sees the lens extending to get all the way out to 300mm.



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Fujifilm has the new X-T30 II, with a two-way flip-out screen, on display and the specs are a good description of the camera. They also have the new sizable XF 23mm f/1.4 fixed lens for visitors to get hands-on with and it’s got a good weight to it.

The X-T30 II looks very much like the original X-T30, even the badge doesn’t have ‘II’ on it, and the only physical difference between the two cameras is the 1.62-million-dot LCD monitor on the rear panel. 

If you missed it, Fujifilm also announced the Fujifilm GFX 50S II this month. 

As well as cameras and lenses, Fujifilm has exhibitions you can take a look at, studio talks and super picture processing across two big stands. You can also get hands-on with Instax cameras should you be an instant film fan. 


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Samyang Stand


Samyang had a modest display this time but they were super enthusiastic about what’s coming from Samyang and news on the RF mount 85mm that’s coming back once component supply issues recover. 





Sigma’s new Sigma 24mm f/2 DG DN and Sigma 90mm f/2.8 DG DN lenses are beautiful, FF/APS-C capable and small. OMG! The 90mm on a Sony body was beautiful to hold. It’s all metal and feels ‘old-school excellent’. In fact, it’s perhaps the best portrait lens I’ve ever held and I can’t wait for ePHOTOzine to review this lens.

Sigma 90mm



Vanguard Stand


I’ve seen my favourite tripod at The Photography Show on the Vanguard stand – the Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre. It has a double extending centre column and a removable monopod that goes to 166cm. The new leg locks are solid and the 5-section extension feels solid and allow the tripod to compact down to 44cm. The ball head is Arca compatible and it has an optional panning arm that I loved. There’s also a Bluetooth trigger for smartphones that vloggers and bloggers will find useful. It’s priced at £270 and after just a quick look, I feel it’ll be money well spent.  

ePHOTOzine we’ll be reviewing the new range of tripods from Vanguard shortly so do keep a lookout for that. 





Wacom is busy showing loads of new people how to use their products and a new launch product is due soon. P.S Wacom has show offers available if you plan on attending. 



Olympus Stand


Olympus, once again, have a massive stand and loads of cameras to try out including the OM-D E-M1X. The newly announced Olympus 20mm f/1.4 Pro and Olympus 40-150mm f/4 Pro, recently announced in a lens roadmap, are not yet on the stand but are available in a few weeks and ePHOTOzine will be reviewing the optics as soon as they are available. 



Canon EOS R3


Canon had a lot of demos going on and their latest release, the EOS R3, was on display alongside lenses such as the 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM and 16mm f/2.8 STM. On the EOS R3, focusing looks good and I like the flip-out screen, double grip and EVF (which looks fine to my eyes). As for the 100-400mml focusing was fast when used with the EOS R3 and even quick in low-ish light levels. Images looked good on the LCD – it’s a nice contender. 

Canon was also looking for feedback from the public about a few camera ideas, the first was what I’m calling the ‘Social Camera’. This camera is designed to let you join in the memory-making of groups and events – how often are you the photographer and excluded from all family/friend images because of it? Well, this little chap can sit down in the action and track around looking to capture all involved – including you – then download the images to your smartphone for you to share. It actually could be great for weddings, parties etc. for all ages. 

Maybe the tiny pocket-sized video cam that you just hold to your shoulder to shoot real-time video where you can zoom up to 300mm is more to your taste? Pictures of both devices are shown below. 


Canon 16mm f2.8


Canon 100-400mm


Canon Stand


Canon social camera


Canon video camera



Sony Stand


Sony was also right in the middle of the show and I got to see a very slick and encouraging set of equipment and had a play with a few cameras, even trying my Canon lenses on Sony cameras with a Sony adapter. There is much to like for me about Sony but I’d really need to be given a strong equipment setup and a month to use it before saying I felt familiar with it. It’s small and light, though, at least until you put the longer lenses on it.


A Bit Of Shopping At TPS





Let’s not forget that a good reason to come to The Photography Show is the discounts on offer! There are many available which includes Wex offering up to 30% on some lines and there’s also a trade-in zone where you can get kit valued. 

For those who can’t afford to make a purchase, you can rent lenses – I found this option really interesting. Basically, if you’re not sure about a lens you can hire one and try it out. Various companies do this now which include Lens For Hire and Lens Pimp. Canon might even do something for free, too. 


Talks, Theatres & Lessons

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There are loads of talks spread across 4+ general theatres, and perhaps as many again in the camera maker’s theatres. The only talk I went to was by Simon McCheung encouraging us all to consider what a fine art photographer was and how we might want to do this ourselves. He outlined his journey and approach to this area – it started with a 365 project of self-portraits with a surreal feel and minimal background distractions. He then goes on to define each image from 5 key Image considerations.

  1. Imagination – describing how he imagines the picture will look to him and the viewer, perhaps anchoring it to a cinematic style or image genre.
  2. Aesthetes – the presentation style of the image
  3. Intellectual Content – the shared reason for the scene and what it means to the viewer – even based around activism
  4. Symbolisms – the pictorial elements that will convey the message you are giving
  5. Moods/Emotions – how you want the viewer to feel about the image.

Surreal and Photoshop can feature heavily in these images so might this be a genre for you to try?


One of the theatres was an action zone challenging you to capture fast-moving images in low light, courtesy of Fusion_Extreme. I didn’t have the ideal equipment set-up but my trusty Canon 6D with ISO on ISO12800 and a 70-300mm lens captured these images and I had a lot of fun doing it. 




BMX tricks


Other Interesting Stands At The Photography Show


Natasha J Bella


Look out for the amazing Natasha J Bella, a beautiful, talented business-minded UK model with her own stand at the show. What she showed the modelling & photographic community is amazing resourcefulness with remote shoots – Covid locked us all down and instead of losing her regular income stream she went online and set up for remote shoots from her home studio. She also runs professional well-supported training sessions for photographers and other models on how to do this. I’d wager there were thousands more remote shoots during lockdown directly because of her, that’s thousands of more people keeping their business/photography passion going when everyone was isolated and feeling a bit down. It’s almost a public service for some if you ask me…


To see what else is happening at The Photography Show 2021, have a read of Stuart’s blog: Visiting ‘The Photography Show’ & Coverage For ePz

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Visit us at The Photography Show 2021 – Get Great Prizes!

Visit us at The Photography Show 2021 - Get Great Prizes!

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It’s almost here, the long awaited Photography Show 2021! Happening in real life, at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. In what’s looking like Europe’s biggest photography show, here you’ll find all the information you need to make the most of the show.

What is it?

The Photography Show is normally an annual show for both trade and public visitors, however previous years were unable to go ahead due to covid restrictions, and were run online instead. Now that covid restrictions have eased, they are now back to happening in person at the NEC, Birmingham. At the show you’ll find 150+ photography and video brands, free talks, a super stage (tickets available for £12), masterclasses, galleries, and more.

When and where is it?

The Photography Show is happening 18-21 September 2021, in halls 2 and 3 at the NEC, Birmingham which can be found at North Ave, Martson Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT. If you’re driving you’ll find on-site parking available for £16.

Tickets for The Photography Show are available from £11.95 for a day pass when booked in advance, for Students or those over 60, and there’s also the option of free entry on the Tuesday as part of Students day. Professionals can register for a free pass.

Where can I find the Amateur Photographer stand?
– What show offers do you have available?

Visit us at Stand N600 next to Canon, where you’ll find our latest magazines, and more. When you subscribe to Amateur Photographer you can take advantage of the exclusive show offers not available anywhere else, including a FREE signed copy of Jeremy Walker’s Landscape book!

AP TPS Show Offer!

Also be sure to visit the stand to enter our exclusive competition to win a photo holiday with Tesni Ward and Zoom Tours, subject to terms and conditions.

More show offers!

Be sure to have a look at the special offer from Cameraworld when trading in your kit!

What can I see at The Photography Show?

You can see the latest Canon EOS R3 and new lenses, Fujifilm’s new GFX50S II and new lenses, new Vanguard bags and tripods, and the latest kit from Sigma, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, and more!

But if you can’t make it, don’t worry too much, as we will be bringing you coverage of the show every day on this website, as well as our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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What talks can I see at The Photography Show?

There are a variety of free talks, run by The Photography Show, as well as from manufacturers like Nikon, and Canon, so be sure to have a look at the main stands to see who’s talking, and when they are on.

There are also a number of live industry talks and workshops happening, plus a fantastic line-up of established and upcoming stars on the Super Stage. Here’s a selection of what’s on and we recommend you check out:

Saturday 18th

  • Nick Pilgrim – Creating content: To add value or generate business? The Studio, Hall 3 11:00 – 11:40
  • James Ritson, Affinity Photo – Astrophotography stacking and retouching. Editing & Post-Production Suite 12:45-13:15
  • Brian Lloyd Duckett – 10 Killer tips for street photography. Shutter Street 13:30 – 14:00
  • Alan Hewitt, Fujifilm – Contextual Wildlife Photography. Behind the Lens Theatre 16:00 – 16:40

Sunday 19th

  • Paul McKay, Analogue Wonderland – The relevance of analogue. G600 11:00-11:30
  • Tesni Ward – Leading with Lightroom. Editing & Post-Production Suite 11:15-11:45
  • Peter Dench – Hunting for photo stories during the pandemic. Shutter Street 12:30-13:00
  • Karl Holtby – The art of composition. Behind the Lens Theatre 13:00 – 13:40
  • Edd Carr, Northern Sustainable Darkroom – Sustainable Photography. G600 15:00-1530

Monday 20th

  • Mike Kus – The pocket photographer. Behind the Lens Theatre 14:00 – 14:40
  • Holly Gilman – Creative and experimental photographs and darkroom techniques. G600 15:00-15:30
  • Imran Azam – How to film and edit on your smartphone. Editing & Post-Production Suite 16:15 – 16:45
  • Verity Milligan – The art of seeing. Shutter Street 11:30-12:00

Tuesday 21st

  • Tracy Calder – Close-up and macro photography: 30 common mistakes and how to avoid them. Behind the Lens Theatre 11:00 – 11:40
  • Tony Harner – Using photoshop on an iPad for beginners. Editing and Post-Production suite 11:15-11:45
  • Rehmat Rayatt – Mindful photography – tools for wellbeing. Shutter Street 12:30 – 13:00

Super Stage (£12 per session)

  • Charlie Phillips – The Forgotten Photographer. Saturday 18th, 15:30 –  16:45
  • Mark Power – Landscapes of the imagination. Saturday 18th 13:15-14:30
  • Olivia Arthur – Culture, people and machines: Documenting humans. Sunday 19th, 15:30 – 16:45
  • Rankin – Fashion, Film, philanthropy and flora. Sunday 19th & Monday 20th, 13:15-14:30
  • Brooke Shaden – Creating impactful art. Tuesday 21st, 13:15-14:30

Alongside galleries showcasing SheClicks, UKBFTOG, The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, Street Photography International Awards, Solo Single Subject and Fujifilm’s PrintLife.

Plus, many more.

What else should I know before going?

The Photography Show have a whole section on Covid, making sure you’re kept safe when visiting the show, with the Covid pass being checked on entry to the show. As with other public spaces it’s recommended you keep your hands clean, wear a mask, and follow any other government guidance.

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Visiting ‘The Photography Show’ & Coverage For ePz

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Hi There,

I’m going to The Photography Show this Saturday the 18th Sept 2021 where I’ll be covering the event for ePHOTOzine.

I’m expecting to see lots of new products and ideas from hundreds of exhibitors and perhaps even catch a demo session whilst I’m there – I’ll be sharing lots of the cool things I see here, in my blog, so that others can also have a feel for the show and its products as well as see hands-on photos of some new releases.

Do say if you are looking out for anything in particular or if you’re going along yourself.

I look forward to updating this blog soon Smile

The Photography Show

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Poll: Will you be going to The Photography Show?

Poll: Will you be going to The Photography Show?

Take a vote in our latest poll. At the weekend, we will be returning to the NEC in Birmingham for The Photography Show! We’d like to know if you will be joining us. We’ll be at stand N600 if you have made plans to come!

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Visiting ‘The Photography Show’ & Coverage For ePz

15 Sep 2021 12:45PM  
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Hi There,

I’m going to The Photography Show this Saturday the 18th Sept 2021 where I’ll be covering the event for ePHOTOzine.

I’m expecting to see lots of new products and ideas from hundreds of exhibitors and perhaps even catch a demo session whilst I’m there – I’ll be sharing lots of the cool things I see here, in my blog, so that others can also have a feel for the show and its products as well as see hands-on photos of some new releases.

Do say if you are looking out for anything in particular or if you’re going along yourself.

I look forward to updating this blog soon Smile

The Photography Show

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