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Tuesday 14 January 2014

This year's CES expo has now ended but what a show it was. After the blizzard of news last week it is, of course, much quieter now with just a few items
to report.

The first is that Olympus is giving thought to perhaps one day reintroducing DSLRs to the market - as long as sales of mirrorless cameras give it enough market share to expand.

Meanwhile, Ricoh Imaging has quietly phased out the GXR modular camera system in the UK. It was launched in 2009.

Given the sodden and wind-wracked weeks we've been through recently - with the prospect of more to come - I think it's appropriate to mention our two latest round-ups. The first of which is all about the best outdoor jackets for photographers. The second concerns products that could be useful if the weather has left you a little disheartened about venturing outside - the best miniature ball heads.

And that, in a much more quiet week, is that. See you next time

Nigel Atherton, Editor

AP cover 18 Jan 14   Digital version of Amateur Photographer,
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Well, if there's ever been a time for sturdy, outdoor jackets it's been the past few wet and blowy weeks. And there's more to come, they say. Handily, in our latest round-up Jon Stapley looks at six of the best ones for photographers.

Read it here


From lightweight DSLRs to smartphones, more and more imaging devices can get by on smaller supports. Jon Stapley and Callum McInerney-Riley check out six of the best miniature ball heads.

Read it here 


Amateur Photographer 18 January 2014

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Reader Gallery Online Photo Of The Week

2013 last sunset

AP's deputy art editor chooses her favourite reader image from the past two week's uploads to our Reader Gallery. The chosen picture will then be announced on our website, Facebook, and

Twitter pages. It will also appear in our weekly newsletter.

I thought I'd go with something topical this week to kickstart the year, so I've picked this image - ‘The Last Sunset' - by Mark Hooper.

He tells us his picture depicts ‘the last time the sun set in 2013 - in Liddington at least', and for me it's an excellent visual metaphor for the passing of the old and birth of the new.

The vibrant colours and simple graphic composition really caught my eye. However, I think what makes the image is the silhouetted figure on the hillside with the path leading our eye in as the sun lies low in the sky. The combination gives both a sense of departure and of moving forward, but there's also a slight feeling of uncertainty, or possibility. After all, who knows what lies over the crest of the hill?

So, well done Mark for winning the first AP Reader Gallery Picture of the Week of 2014.

-Sarah Foster, Deputy Art Editor

To see more images by Mark Hooper you can visit his forum gallery.

Why not join the AP forum and post some of your pictures, we'd love to see what you come up with for 2014.

Find out how to upload your images



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