Taking centre court

They talk to Oliver Atwell.

EVERYONE likes a celebration. That’s particularly true when you’re faced with the borderline apocalyptic bleakness that is often characteristic of our British summers. Royal marriages and Olympic gold medals aside, nothing gets those plastic Union Jacks waving like a good old-fashioned tennis tournament. Back in July, Wimbledon was once more upon us and the cries of jubilation and anguished gnashing of teeth filled the air around south-west London. This year the sun decided to take residence in our skies throughout the entire tournament, turning Murray Mound into a sea of bare skin and sunglasses. Yet

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Ricoh GR. More than Meets the Eye.

Since the acquisition of Pentax by Ricoh in 2011, the GR is the very first Ricoh camera to be released. Thrilling aficionados of the venerable series, the new GR (the fifth) now sports a 16.2MP APS-C sensor nine times larger than previous GR editions. In India, the similarly priced Nikon A is vying for exactly the same markets.

The Sigma DP1 Merrill, while falling in the same price bracket, is a very different kind of beast. So is the more expensive Fuji X100S. On the test bench, we discovered that the GR can certainly hold its own.


The sensor

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Nikon 1 S1

The new CSC on the block promises to be a winner with beginners and advanced users alike

The most striking thing about this interchangeable lens camera is how much it resembles a compact point-and-shoot. Its small, lightweight body and lack of fiddly controls mean that it’s not at all intimidating, and yet there are plenty of advanced controls hiding on board.

However, rather than having a dedicated dial for these, you have to press Menu and select Shooting Mode, and then choose between P/A/S/M, Advanced Movie, Best Moment Capture and Motion Snapshot. Other options such as White Balance and ISO

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Nikon D600 dust issues

Q: Since purchasing my Nikon D600 a few months ago I’ve started to notice dust spots appearing in some of my images, I’m disappointed by this — it never seemed to be an issue on my older Nikon D70CV is this a known issue or one that’s linked only to my DSLR?

A: This isn’t the first time we’ve received an email on the topic Keith, if you were to type «Nikon D600 dust issues» into Google you’ll find you’re one of many users who share the same concerns. Rumour suggests the 0600 might have a small дао around the

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Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5GED|£65o|

HANDLING: This Nikon proves to be very light, especially when compared to the Nikon 16-35mm. Manufactured in China, it weighs even less than the Canon EF 17-40mm, thanks to an extensive use of plastics. Those are interesting rather than significant points though, and don’t reflect on quality. There is a tiny bit of play in the manual focusing ring, but not as much as the more costly Nikon 16-35mm, made in Japan.

FEATURES: 12 elements in eight groups, similar to the Canon, with ED glass and asphericals as usual. The maximum aperture varies with focal length, and f/3.5 at the

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Nikon: Beaten but Not Bowed


2011 was not Nikon’s year. The camera company suffered massive losses in the year; first when their factory in Sendai was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and secondly when the floods in Thailand swamped their factories.

On March 11th a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan, one of the five most powerful earthquakes ever measured. The Sendai factory, which made Nikon’s flagship cameras like the D3 and D700, was forced to close after it suffered extensive damage to equipment and buildings.

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Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4GEDV £83o|

HANDLING: This lens is considerably larger than its 18-35mm sibling and getting on for double the weight too. It handles beautifully and is extremely well made, exuding class. Zoom and focus rings are one-finger light, though there was a bit of play in the manual focusing ring of our review sample.

FEATURES: The headline here is VR image stabilisation-a first for a lens of this type. This is at least partly responsible for the extra weight of 17elements in 12 groups, with a generous sprinkling of premium glass and aspherical surfaces. Aperture is a constant f/4 and compared to the

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Loyalty points

I always find polls hard to deal with, as they never ask the right questions. So it is with the AP ‘brand loyalty’ poll in AP 24 August. The question that would have been really worth answering is: ‘Why are you loyal to a brand?’

My answer is along the lines of: ‘I have a lot of lovely prime lenses. I don’t want to have to spend three or four times as much as a camera body on a load of new lenses.’ Mix in a little, ‘I don’t want to have to learn a completely different set of controls,’

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GLORIOUS SUNSHINE, STRAWBERRIES and cream, and Andy Murray lifting the Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy at Wimbledon — the Great British summer is off to a fantastic start. Whether you witnessed the splendours of this year’s Wimbledon via the television coverage, or were one of the lucky fans who managed to get tickets to see the spectacle in person, there’s no denying that the tournament was a roaring success. What the thousands

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JAMES ROUSE Photography vs. ROSS HARVEY Photography, Canon vs. Nikon: in The War of The Cameras, who will win? Boo Marshall meets the battling buddies for a series that will try to determine which brand, if either, is the Holy Grail for pro photographers.

At the beginning of the year, I interviewed James Rouse and Ross Harvey for this magazine. Two young men who in a relatively short period of time have become fully booked, highly sought-after wedding photographers. They each credit the other with their success, saying it was their friendship and collaboration over the past two years who

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