The Year Ahead

Frozen Ice crystals Mourne Mountains County Down

2021 was a challenging year for many. The persistence of Covid into the summer months had an impact on travel and workshops for many photographers including myself. As we start a new year let’s hope things get better and we can all get some sort of normality back even if it does mean having certain caveats imposed on us in order to make it safer to travel.

There have also been many challenges for the major camera companies to overcome, however despite the problems new lenses and cameras have appeared in reduced quantities. The ongoing chip shortage affects virtually every technology item and that is likely to continue for some time to come. The launch of Canon’s R3 and Nikon’s long-awaited Z 9 have kept the social media vloggers busy over most of the year speculating on specifications and delivery times. Nikon did live up to their promise and have delivered their long-awaited Z 9 flagship camera albeit in reduced numbers. The large waiting list for cameras and certain lenses will continue well into this year.

I will be writing a field review on the Z 9 and the Z MC 105mm VR s macro so keep an eye on my website for further details.

I would like to thank everyone for all of their support and questions throughout the year. It is always nice to communicate with fellow photographers and naturalists who have shared many interesting stories and travel locations with me. I do try and answer everyone’s questions on equipment and natural history topics however, please understand that it might take me a little time and I thank you for your patients and understanding.

I wish you all a Happy New Year and keep safe in these surreal times!


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