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The top 10 sights at The Photography Show 2018

The Photography Show takes place every March at the Birmingham NEC exhibition centre in the UK. All the major camera manufacturers are there with big, shiny stands, but there’s also lens and accessory makers and smaller companies displaying kit we never usually get to see.

It’s a chance to try out all the latest headline photography gear, but also some weird and wonderful gadgets being shown in the country for the first time. 

So here’s a quick roundup of our favourite

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Panasonic Lumix GX9 review

The Lumix GX9 is the successor to one of the oldest mirrorless cameras in Panasonic's current range, the Lumix GX8. Aimed at the enthusiast photographer who wants a compact but high-performance camera, the GX9 is Panasonic's latest premium rangefinder-style mirrorless camera, and sits above the cheaper but very similar-looking Lumix GX85 (GX80 outside the US) in the Lumix range.

The difference between the GX9 and Panasonic’s new Lumix

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Laowa’s 9mm lens is the widest f/2.8 optic for APS-C mirrorless cameras

While Fujifilm, Sony and Canon are growing their mirrorless lens ranges, one area that's perhaps been overlooked is the fast ultra-wide-angle prime lens.

Venus Optics thinks it's spotted a gap in the market, and has produced the world’s widest rectilinear f/2.8 lens for mirrorless APS-C cameras in the shape of the new manual-focus-only Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D.

It's the third lens in Laowa's 'Zero-D' lineup, joining the 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D and 15mm f/2.8 Zero-D

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The 10 best 360-degree cameras in 2018

Are you in the real world yet? Forget the 3:2, 4:3 and 16:9 camera formats, and embrace the world as it is – a 360-degree landscape in which anything can happen, anywhere. That's the selling point for a new breed of 360-degree cameras that usually put two fisheye lenses back-to-back in a variety of designs to let you capture the world in a whole new way. 

However, do be careful about claims of high resolution; 4K may sound a lot for a standard video, but when those pixels are shared

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Is Lytro about to be bought by Google?

Back in 2011 Lytro took the wraps off the world's first 'light field' camera, which is capable of focusing after a shot has been taken. 

This odd-shaped camera packed an 8x optical zoom and f/2 lens, and was able to capture what were called at the time 'living pictures', as it was possible to endlessly refocus the shot by clicking on different elements of the scene.

It worked by using a light field sensor to capture the color, intensity and direction of every light

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Get your photo on the cover of a magazine… and pay $430 for the privilege

Getting your image on the front of a magazine is a bucket list tick for many photographers. You should get rewarded for your efforts as well – after all, your image is one of the key elements that's going to make readers pick up the magazine and buy it.

It seems, though, that fashion magazine Sheeba (no, we've never heard of it either) didn't get the memo on how this is all supposed to work. 

In a 'generous' gesture, first spotted by <a href="

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