f2 Cameracraft & Master Photography subscriptions

Ever seen f2 Cameracraft? The bi-monthly magazine is printed in England to super-high standards, not like most photo mags. It’s better printing than many books. It is edited in Scotland by David Kilpatrick (formerly of Photo Technique, Creative PhotographyPhotography, PHOTOpro, Photon, Minolta Image, Freelance Photographer and more) with Gary Friedman as US editor and Stephen Power reporting from Ireland.

You can subscribe here (UK below) right away!

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For worldwide or UK subscriptions using Paypal or credit card card (via Paypal) see the options in the right-hand column. To buy single copies of f2 at only £5 including postage – a great way to get the latest copy too! – see our back issue page, UK only.

f2 Cameracraft – issue shown below July/August 2016

You may now read f2 Cameracraft FREE on ISSUU (three weeks after the publication and mailing date).

f2 Freelance Photographer now incorporates Cameracraft.

Each issue is a minimum 68-page perfect-bound edition on heavy silk paper, sealed, with a smooth laminated cover, costing £5.95 from your newsagent (order ISSN 1754-0615, distributed by Comag) or by subscription for £29.70 a year (saving £1 per copy, postage free!). This magazine is different, and better than you would expect at this price. There is no other UK photo magazine with quite the same look and feel.

Use our retail stockist finder (top right) link to check UK availability by postcode.

Master Photography – May/June 2016 issue shown below


Master Photography is published six times a year in an improved 68-page format similar to ƒ2. It is mailed to all members of The Master Photographers Association (MPA) and to our direct subscribers. The magazine has a cover price per issue of £7.95. Subscription prices on this site are discounted.

Content: majors on portraiture and weddings, photography for profit as a career. Covers technical matters and gear relevant to this market. Profiles, award winners, business stories, management, legal, training, seminars, events. Recommended for freelances or professionals, aspiring professionals and students. Approx 440 pages per year, with a special high value award editions every October.

Cameracraft the original quarterly

Icon’s exclusive quarterly magazine, Cameracraft ran from 2012 to 2015You can read a complete three year volume of Cameracraft now for a one-off payment of just £10 on YUDU:


34 Responses to f2 Cameracraft & Master Photography subscriptions

  1. Dave Meadows says:

    Looking forward to your magazine. When can we expect to be able to download for a fee all copies of your publications? Subscriptions do not work coming to Canada or USA from Britain we are lucky if half of the magazines get through! Canada post and US Postal service blame the British postal service for the non delivery, and of course Royal Mail blames the overseas carriers. Last time I subscribed to Cameracraft I only got one issue in a full year!

    • admin says:

      Dave – we have occasional problems with specific addresses in the US and Canada, but to give you an idea, it’s limited to maybe five or six address in several hundred, each year. We find that those specific addresses just don’t get their mail from us. We will be launching an App for Apple, Android, Windows and all available platforms for all our magazines very shortly, even for Cameracraft. We will also be offering various special publications and e-books through this system.

  2. Frank Emery says:

    I am enjoying Cameracraft, but my impression is that f2 might be aimed more at the “professional” photographer than me.
    Frank Emery

    • admin says:

      Frank, you may be right in that respect. Certainly over the last few years f2 has been biased towards the assignment/commission/job aspect of photography. That’s not really where it started, and I intend to put more of the exhibition/contest/stock/travel/art side back into it. The new content will be much more varied and more relevant to enthusiasts.

  3. Bryan says:

    I missed the original f2 and gave up my subscription some time ago. Glad to see it back in safe hands; my (re)subscription has just been made and confirmed.

  4. Peter Yeo says:

    Good to see a returning magazine with the Kilpatricks at the helm, I’ve always been a fan of their knowledgeable and authoritative articles. Looking forward to getting the first issues. Peter Yeo FRPS

  5. Well Done I have just Downloaded F2 onto my IPad Great Please when will we be able to Download CameraCraft and Master Photography too

    • admin says:

      The other magazines’ first app issues are still ‘pending approval’ – by Apple, I think, before they can go live.

  6. gegjr says:

    Just subscribed to f2. I look forward to enjoying the magazine.

  7. Dave says:

    I`m a forum member of Photoclubalpha under the user name,SwanseaDave.

    Somehow my password no longer works and I can find no other way of requesting help from David Kilpatrick.

    • admin says:

      Your password has been reset – sorry about the delay, no access to this function when travelling, and been fully occupied for two weeks since return, now back on web matters etc as from tomorrow.

  8. Richard Wright says:

    Hi, I am trying to subscribe to your magazines but when I click on the ‘Add to Cart’ button for Master Photography PayPal returns an error message advising that there is an error with your site. Are you aware of this and is there a fix? Thanks.

    • admin says:

      The code has been replaced now and appears to be working. Sorry that the price has been revised to add 70p, this is in order to be absolutely clear at our end what product is ordered. Thanks for letting me know, if you order I will add a back issue for you f.o.c. for your help.

  9. Richard Wright says:

    Following on from the above I thought I’d quickly let you know that I successfully subscribed to Master Photography on 08/09/14. Thanks for the kind offer of the additional magazine too 🙂

    I also want to subscribe to F2 but I have already bought the current issue (Sep/Oct 14) – when would you suggest that I subscribe so that I do not receive this issue again?

    Thanks, R

  10. Zbigniew Skiba says:

    I subsribed to f2 few months ago, and first issue of my subscription (September-October 2014) arrived shortly after. Today, checking your website I can see January-February 2015 is already out, but I am still waiting for November-December issue…
    Is it because I am in Canada, I may not receive it, or should I patiently wait?

  11. Lawrence says:

    It appears you are not paying for use of photos in your magazines.

    • admin says:

      Quite correct – we don’t. Nor do any of our competitors, to my regret, and when I suggested to one well-known editor seeking free images on Facebook that he should offer subscriptions in return, I got a personal message back saying ‘that will never happen’ and asking me not to talk about such things in public. We actually do offer a year’s subscription for every gallery use in Cameracraft, and yours was overlooked, I’m sorry, along with all the others as I now work alone producing 16 magazines a year without any staff (even secretarial) and do everything down to taking the envelopes to the post. In f2, we offer a £30 voucher provided by One Vision Imaging for lab servics, for every pictures used in the reader gallery. I’m sending you the copy of the CC No9 issue and a year to follow, as we normally do for picture uses. As you may know, I write for the BJP. Guess what? They pay no image fees. Not for portfolios, profiles, single uses, or for any images provided by their writers. They used to once, but now everyone’s images can be seen free all over the internet and no-one pays, how can a magazine compete with that when its costs are already thousands of times higher than internet publishers?

  12. Lawrence says:

    I wouldn’t offer them any pictures.
    Don’t suppose I could have F2 instead.The latest cover looks interesting.The link you show gives every single newsagent including my corner shops;I don’t even recall seeing it in WH Smith in town.
    Is it right that I need to pay about $80 to Vuescan to use my old scanner? Better than buying a cheap one which won’t become obsolete as quick?

  13. admin says:

    Certainly. I’ve sent you the Cameracraft the picture appears in, I thought you were a subscriber and then on checking see you had expired back at the start of 2013, and only got the copies sent to former Photoworld readers. I will send you f2 for a year. I am using Vuescan to run my Multi Pro scanner and it’s even working perfectly with Mac Yosemite and the scanner connected to Thunderbolt via a Firewire adaptor – that’s survival for you, ten years down the line. I have found Vuescan well worth the money, I paid for it once and their updates have always been prompt, not buggy, and free.

  14. Terry Goodfellow says:

    I have recently become an F2 subscriber and more recently Cameracraft. How does one access the F2 online editions from the EC1 Publishing days?

    • admin says:

      The domains and space were operated for EC1 by a London lab, which had not charged them ever for the renewals. They also failed to pass over anything to us, and in due course, all our original f2 pre-EC1 and all EC1’s content has been lost. We no longer have any website and the domains have been grabbed by the usual squatters, though we are taking action to find out exactly how and why they were abandoned. It’s frustrating because we charged EC1 for the handover of fully working websites, and they charged us the same to hand back what they had done with the sites, but in effect we never got the same handover as they didn’t actually control their own space. The app and PDF issues are still all there on pocketmags.com but whether we can recover the original Icon content 1999 to 2007, or the EC1 content 2011 to 2013, is uncertain. I have a full archive of f2photo.co.uk but it was a custom written CMS not something like WordPress, and to restore it to a server, I need to hire the original author of the CMS.

  15. Lawrence says:

    David,I have to tell you that I have received 2 copies of Cameracraft.
    What is your opinion of the Sony DSC-H400? I was fed up of my Alpha 100 with 16-105’s weight and decided on a bridge camera that could take filters.The Lumix FZ200 seemed best but then Sony offered a refurbished 400 at £116 and it did quite well on the Gadget Show so I took the plunge.Not built for speed….strange when viewfinder goes dark even though flash is on.

  16. John Cartmell says:

    I think I must have been one of the last small magazine editors (not photography – the squeeze came to us all) to pay for content. It’s just one of the things that leads to publications closing.

    • admin says:

      I still pay for some content – mostly, commissioning writers, not for photograph repro. The issue is that almost every single image I use has already been published on-line in some way, free, often by the image owner/maker. No-one ever offers exclusive or first use, and they certainly don’t want to wait weeks to appear in print – people publish their work the day they shoot and process it!

  17. Margie says:

    Do you have an electronic version of this magazine/

  18. Jerome Yeats says:

    Mr Kilpatrick, pushing the new Voigtlander lenses, 10mm 12mm and 15mm is all very well but very few pros will pay silly money for lenses that (mostly) take gimmicky images. I have just paid £250 for a Canon 70-200mm f4 lens (mint) from a pawn shop. I am a pro but I would blanche at paying north of £700 for a 35mm lens however extreme. I happen to have bought a new Sony A7 plus 3rd party grip recently as a good deal and all I can say is I have never felt such an awful handling camera. Canon has nothing to fear. Regards Jerome Yeats,

    • admin says:

      Gimmicky images? Well, the 12mm has been around for about 15 years I think, rather like Sigma’s 12-24mm zoom. That lens paid for itself many times over and I’ve never been without a lens covering a 120° angle since. It’s essential, just like owning a 65mm Super Angulon used to be when we used Sinar 5 x 4, or owning a Hasselblad SWC once was – only more so. These lenses are technically exceptional and it’s not to with extremes, just to do with being able to photograph what you would otherwise not be able to. The A7 is indeed a horrible wee camera, the A7R was not much better (except in materials) but the mark II models are entirely different. They all still have the basic weakness of a four-point fixing for the lens mount, when six screws result in a much more stable mounting. I just bought an A7 as well, £399 mint, and it will do just fine in the studio.

  19. Mark Allen says:

    I would like to cancel my subscription to f2Cameracraft, I can’t see how to do this from the website, please advise.

    • admin says:

      You can email subscriptions@iconpublications.com, or use Paypal’s options to do so if you subscribed using Paypal. Subscriptions can be cancelled or taken out by telephone too, but it’s a matter of luck catching me as we no longer have a dedicated subs line/secretarial services for this.

  20. Charles Naylor says:

    Is it possible to buy back issues of F2? There was an article about a book I was in and I would like to buy several copies.

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