Amateur Photographer 12 January 2013

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Pentax K-5 II
The Pentax K-5 is one of the best DSLRs with an APS-C-sized sensor that we have tested, so expectations are high for its K-5 II successor. Tim Coleman puts it to the test

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News
Olympus scandal film deal imminent; Tributes paid to Bayer pattern inventor; Will paparazzi face UK privacy law?; Czech photographer wins whisky contest; Scientists develop 'dissolvable' camera

Review
The latest books, exhibitions and websites

Competition
To enter our competition, upload images of your interpretation of the festive season and you could win one of three Nikon 1 J2 cameras

The Final Frame
Roger Hicks has been staring at 'wallpaper' and contemplating what makes good photographic art

Photo Insight
Andrew Sanderson explains how he took his simple still-life shot of flowers in a jar and how setting up your own makeshift studio can lead to great results

Masterclass
Three AP readers join wildlife photographer Luke Massey at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust's centre in Berkshire to learn the secrets of capturing these enigmatic creatures. Gill Mullins reports

Testbench: Six of the Best
There are times when a tripod is too heavy, unaccommodating or simply not permitted, but there are plenty of other options. We look at six of the best alternative support systems

Pentax K-5 II
The Pentax K-5 is one of the best DSLRs with an APS-C-sized sensor that we have tested, so expectations are high for its K-5 II successor. Tim Coleman puts it to the test

Nikon 1 V2
There is a lot more to the diminutive Nikon 1 V2 system camera than just a new body, as it also has a 14.2-million-pixel sensor and an impressive 15fps shooting rate, as Richard Sibley discovers

PermaJet Mercury Ultra White Matt Canvas 405
Vincent Oliver tries out two of the latest products from the PermaJet range - Mercury Ultra White Matt Canvas 405 and PermaPROtect varnish

Ask AP
Our experts answer your questions

AP Explains... Digital 'Exposure'
In the final part of his series on understanding exposure, Professor Bob Newman looks at ways exposure affects a final image

Letters
AP readers speak out on the week's issues

Backchat
AP reader Sandy Wilson asks if we've lost our sense of vision and perception as far as our photography is concerned

Reader Spotlight
Another selection of superb reader images

Appraisal
Words of wisdom and constructive advice

AP Expert Guide to the... Zone System
Michael Freeman takes a look at Ansel Adams and Fred Archer's famed Zone System from the 1930s and explains how it can apply to photography in the digital age

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