Welcome to the latest instalment of our new weekly photography news section, with the stories that matter to serious photographers, along with pithy comment and insightful analysis .
Panasonic UK summer promotion
It can be hard to believe it here in the UK, but summer’s here. To celebrate, Panasonic is giving away some cool extras with its Lumix G system cameras.
Buy a Panasonic Lumix GH3 and you get a free battery grip and a Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 prime lens, which sounds perfect for portraits.
Opt for the Lumix G6 or G7 and you get a Lumix G Vario 45-150mm lens for free, while those ponying up for the GM1 get a £100 cashback and free leather case. Offer valid until August 31st. Click here for details
New Manfrotto compact tripods
Nobody wants to be lugging around heavy tripods in the summer, particularly on holiday, so check out Manfrotto’s new range of compact consumer-spec tripods and monopods. The Compact Light weighs in at 800g but costs under £50, and is designed for compact system cameras, while the Compact Advanced is designed for entry level SLRs with a standard zoom up to 200mm. Full details at manfrotto.co.uk.
Newbie wins street photography contest
It’s always worth a shot at entering a photography competition, as rookie Mark Heathcote discovered when he won the major prize at the recent London Photo Festival. Mark won top honours for his image of a lone passenger on a London tube train.
“What makes the picture is the juxtaposition of a red circular notice on the carriage window that completely covers the person’s face – making them look like some alien travelling around the Circle Line,” said judge Colin O’Brien. Click here to see the winners.
Panasonic’s bridge compact on steroids
Bridge cameras – powerful compacts with long built-in zoom lenses – seem to have been around since the dawn of digital, but there is life in the old dogs yet.
Panasonic’s most advanced bridge is the Lumix DMC-FZ100, featuring a 20.1Mp MOS sensor and a whopping Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8-4.0 lens with an equivalent focal length of 24-400mm – that’s a 16x zoom range.
This is also the first compact camera able to record 4k video. This means 8Mp (3840 x 2160) still images can be taken from the footage. The FZ1000 is onsale mid July for £749.99. Click here to read our testing team’s hands-on review of the Panasonic FZ1000.
Suckiest holiday photographers named and shamed
Worried about your slightly soft shots or underexposure? Cheer yourself up by checking out some really bad photography. Cheap Holiday Land.com has curated a rogue’s gallery of point-and-click abominations, with everything from decapitated relatives to cack-handed compositions.
This year’s gong (seen above) went to Jayne Boorman, who lives in Pembury, after her daughter in law Sally Boorman entered the shot on her behalf. The picture, which was taken on a family trip to Disney World in Florida, is a blurred shot of a character called Duffy the Disney Bear, a character the family took the trip to see.
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