09 April
Sigma Success from TIPA
Sigma are no strangers to accolades from TIPA - the Technical Image Press Association - and have scooped two new awards for 2015.

The recently launched 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens has been recognised as the Best Expert DSLR Prime Lens, and the popular 16.6x Zoom 18-300mm F3.5-5.6 Macro OS HSM Contemporary has been awarded Best Entry Level DSLR Lens, putting Sigma at the forefront of both extremes for Digital SLR users.

09 April
Nikon Recognition with TIPA
Nikon's continued development of consumer and professional systems has given them a strong showing for 2014 and 2015, with new ground broken for capture rate, professional and consumer features.

TIPA Best Professional DSLR has been awarded to the Nikon D810, a 36.3-megapixel full-frame 35mm DSLR without optical low-pass filter.

TIPA Best Entry Level DSLR goes to the Nikon D5500, acompact APS-C DSLR featuring a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that offers ISO 100-25600 and wireless communication.

TIPA Best Superzoom Camera. Nikon's COOLPIX P610 offers a remarkable 60x optical zoom with NIKKOR ED glass lens equivalent to 24-1440mm. Full resolution capture from the 16Mp second can run at 7 frames per second. Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC completes a feature set that would have most DSLR owners green with envy.

02 April
Nikon Earns A Red Dot (Award)
No, not that red dot, rather the well established industry design awards from http://en.red-dot.org/ -
currently celebrating their 60th anniversary. Three of Nikon's cameras have been recognised and awarded red dot award: product design 2015.

Nikon 1 J4
The world's fastest high-speed continuous shooting rate with AF tracking of approximately 20 fps, this compact interchangeable lens camera is equipped with WiFi and an LCD touch screen for intuitive operation.

Nikon 1 S2
The Nikon 1 S2 enables those new to the interchangeable lens category to capture beautiful images with simple operation. The compact camera system’s minimalistic design is available in four colour options, including red and yellow, along with matching lenses.

Equipped with a 12x optical zoom lens and a vari-angle LCD monitor that supports shooting from low or high vantage points, a built-in camera stand, and a front shutter-release button, the S6900 is designed for selfies. Gesture Control enables remote control using the palm of the hand, and built-in Wi-Fi makes sharing simple.

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Behind our cover photo:
Richard Craig –  ‘Deserted in Doha’ tells the experience of shooting fashion in Qatar.

Originally, we planned more along the same lines about working in the Middle East, backed up by the winners of the HIPA competition which are in the issue.

But then we learned of Heidi Levine’s IWMF award for covering the conflict in Palestine, a rather different angle on the region, and that took the place of anything a bit lighter.

We look at a handful of potential travel and street cameras mostly in mirrorless form, including the Leica T (ideal for Qatar, or Dubai, if not for the average UK gear budget).

From EPUK, we have stories on the recent moves and u-turn at Alamy regarding contributor contracts, and a story of success in chasing copyright infringement through the new small claims route.

Our news pages include The Photography Show, and we’ve introduced a new small ‘Tried & Tested’ format for key insights on selected gear - first, the Nissin i40 flash and one of the better Ansmann chargers which doubles as a battery tester and recovery unit for AA/AAA cells.

Studio use and hire: Rossella Vanon has just opened a new community and hire studio in East London after a few years building a top-level profile for her fashion work, and we check out other hire studios and talk to photographers who use them - Ian Morrison, Emilie Bailey, Dean Chalkley, Dave Kai-Piper, and Karen McBride.

 Martin Grahame-Dunn looks at the requirements for setting up such a studio. ‘Beyond the Pale’ seeks to inspire a new look at very high key prints - how better to save ink! - with work from four masters of the art. We also take a look at Canson’s range of inkjet papers and their Discovery Packs.

For the first time, f2 has a book review page.