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Christmas Gift Guide 2013

Christmas Gift Guide 2013 - If you're still looking for a gift that will make the photography lover in your life smile, take a look at these offers and products from our clients.

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Here's 2013's roundup of the best products, equipment and photography deals around this Christmas. If you still need to buy a photography related gift for a loved one or friend this Christmas, look no further than this article!


Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

If a loved one is in the market for a new DSLR, the Nikon D5300 is a strong contender. With built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, this impressive 24.2-megapixel DX-format camera lets you capture and share the magic of your world in incredible detail.

The Wi-Fi function connects the camera directly to a smart device, so you can share photos right after you’ve taken them. The GPS function adds location information to photos, making it easy to add your pictures to maps of the world and share your travel photography with others.

Thanks to the large vari-angle monitor, it’s simple to shoot photos and movies from exciting new perspectives; and powerful low-light performance (extendable up to ISO 25,600) ensures clear shots in dark situations.

Nikon is offering cashback on a huge amount of products this season. For more information on the promotion and how to submit your claim, take a look at the Nikon cashback page
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Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

The K-5 II boasts a highly sensitive SAFOX X AF module and thanks to the unit’s high-sensitivity AF sensor, which performs brilliantly in low-light conditions, this new module offers a broad AF working EV range (-3 EV to +18 EV). Coupled with an upgraded AF algorithm, the camera delivers exceptional AF performance, including useful features such as a select-area expansion function, which automatically tracks the subject even when it moves away from a pre-assigned select point.

The K-5 II comes equipped with a 3.0-inch, wide-view, airtight LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots and delivers super-high resolution, rich-gradation digital images free of digital noise over a wide sensitivity range.

High-speed continuous shooting mode records as many as 30 images (in the JPEG format) in a single sequence at a maximum speed of approximately seven images per second and the Pentax-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism effectively compensates for the adverse effect of camera shake with approximately three shutter steps, to produce sharp, blur-free images.

Ricoh is currently offering up to £85 cashback on the K-5 II and K-3 DSLRs, so now is the perfect time to invest. For more information, take a look at the Ricoh Imaging cashback page
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Phase One Capture One Pro 7 And Express 7 Software 

Phase One Capture One
If a loved one or friend is in need of new imaging software then Capture One Pro 7 or Express 7 could be the answer. 

Built on the world's best raw processing engine, Capture One Pro 7 renders precise colours and incredible detail. It gives photographers the highly responsive, precision tools they need to create stunning out-of-the-box images from over 300 camera models. With a fast and intuitive workflow, it can be customised to fit unique project requirements.

Capture One Pro 7 is your next digital assistant, allowing you to focus on capturing your vision. With its image quality, reliability and speed, it gives you an array of powerful tools and the freedom to create.

Capture One Express 7 features the same renowned raw processing engine as Capture One Pro 7 as well as many of the same professional image enhancement features. Providing stunning out-of-the-box images from over 300 camera models, Capture One Express 7 provides a host of advanced precision adjustment tools that give you the power to enhance your images like a professional.

A free 60 day trial of Capture One Pro 7 and Express 7 is available - take a look at the Phase One website for more information.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera


Samsung Galaxy Camera

The Samsung galaxy camera runs an Android operating system, making it the ideal camera for the gadget obsessed person in your life. 

The camera packs a 16 megapixel sensor and 21x optical zoom into a minimal, organic design with all the necessary controls right there, at your fingertips.

The camera also features Share Shot, which enables you to shoot and share images in real time with up to 5 other Wi-Fi direct devices within range. You can also auto upload your images straight to the cloud, instantly backing up your precious photos.

It's really easy to organise and edit your photos too, with Smart Content Manager, which can automatically create folders, tag faces and lots more. You can view your photos in lots of different ways, from a time line to unique magazine view.

The Galaxy camera can be controlled by your voice, making it super easy to take self timed photos, and even zoom in, zoom out and take the photo with voice control.

For more information about the Samsung Galaxy camera, take a look at the Samsung website
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Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD Lens Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Macro

If the photography lover in your life is after a new macro lens, look no further than the Tamron SP 90mm. 

As well as shooting frame-filling shots of small things without having to get too close, this super performance (SP) macro-lens is often called the "portrait macro", because the focal length is also ideally suited for portraits.

The Di version was adapted to the demands of digital SLR cameras and characterised by a new multi-coating with which the stray-light behaviour of the lens was optimised.

The Tamron 90mm Macro is a superb performer, producing high resolution images with bags of contrast and detail. The lens has received several awards, including ePHOTOzine's Editor's Choice award who said the Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro represents excellent value for money.

This lens belongs to the Super performance (SP) class of Tamron lenses distinguished by ultra high optical and mechanical quality.

The lens is available in Nikon, Canon and Sony mounts. For more information on the Tamron SP 90mm macro lens, take a look at the Tamron website

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Bowens Gemini 400Rx Twin-Head Studio Kit 


Are you or a loved one looking to break into studio photography? Then the Bowens Gemini 400Rx twin-Bowens Gemini 400Rx kithead studio kit is ideal for you. 

The Gemini 400Rx is a durable, compact and lightweight flash unit that enables photographers of all levels to get creative with their lighting set-ups. The Gemini Rx range includes a built-in Pulsar radio receiver which is controlled via a single, simple push-button and also includes many functions only found on the more expensive flash units.

The included Pulsar TX radio triggering system allows full control over 24 radio zones, using four channels and six studio settings enabling photographers to isolate various light sources or combining them and firing them all at once, all without ever leaving your camera.

For additional creativity the Gemini Rx range is fully compatible with Bowens extensive range of lighting modifiers and softboxes, while the inclusion of the integrated Pulsar radio receiver coupled with the versatility of featuring both mains (AC) and battery (DC) power operation makes the Gemini Rx one of the most resourceful monolight systems and the best value for money available today.

For more information, take a look at the Bowens website.
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Olympus Stylus 1

The Olympus STYLUS 1 is an advanced compact camera with the same sensor and styling as the OM-D range, making it ideal as a first professional style camera or as a pocketable backup for a DSLR or mirrorless camera. 

The STYLUS 1 features a high-power i.ZUIKO DIGTAL lens that offers a constant 1:2.8 aperture from wide to telephoto shots, with a 10.7x optical zoom. Olympus designed this lens to work seamlessly with its large-format BSI CMOS sensor, as well as the TruePic VI image processor that is already familiar to users of its high-end OM-D E-M5 system camera.

The large-diameter lens features a powerful, built-in VCM image stabilisation mechanism that virtually eliminates camera shake and blur, plus the lens is only apparent when it’s not in use – it retracts fully into the camera body (behind an automatic lens cap), so the STYLUS 1 fits easily into a coat pocket.

The STYLUS 1 has superb dynamic range and low-light capability, plus the same Hybrid Control Ring for manual or digital control of key settings that has proved so successful on the Olympus XZ series.

For more information on the STYLUS 1, take a look at the Olympus website
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Rogue Starter Lighting Kit


If you're branching out into location photography and are looking for more lighting options, take a look at the Rogue Starter Lighting Kit. 

The Starter Lighting Kit includes:Rogue Safari
  • Rogue Small FlashBender Reflector
  • Rogue Small Diffusion Panel
  • Rogue Bounce Card/Flag
  • Rogue Gels Universal Lighting Kit
This kit is compatible with all standard speedlight set-ups.

Also available is a brand new innovation from Rogue – The Rogue Safari pop-up flash booster.

This clever new product for DSLRs maximises light from your pop-up flash for easy photography of subjects at a distance. The Rogue Safari focuses up to 8x more light (an improvement of up to 3 f/stops) when compared with a DSLR's unassisted pop-up flash and up to 12x more than ambient light. 

For more information, take a look at the Rogue Safari website. 

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LEE Filters & Accessories 

Lee FiltersIf you're buying a gift for a landscape photographer who is looking to improve the look of their landscape shots, take a look at the LEE Filters website where various Filter systems, including the following products, are available. 

The Foundation Kit is fundamental to the LEE Filters 100mm System and can be constructed to take up to three filters at any one time. The Foundation Kit takes standard 100mm filters and it clips onto the adaptor ring which, in turn, screws onto your camera's lens.

The Wide-Angle Adaptor Ring, available in sizes from 49mm to 82mm, is suitable for use with wide-angle lenses. It differs from the standard adaptor ring as it sits closer to the front element of the camera’s lens. As a result, the likelihood of vignetting is dramatically reduced.

Some of the incredible filters available from LEE Filters include the useful Neutral Density Grad Set and excellent ProGlass ND filters.  LEE Filters offer two types of Neutral Density Grad Sets: Hard and Soft. Both sets include 0.3, 0.6 and 0.9 Neutral Density Grads which reduce exposure by 1, 2 and 3 stops respectively. 

The ProGlass ND filter is an extremely high quality glass ND standard filter which is optimised for use with digital cameras but can also be used with film. 

The 0.6 ProGlass ND Standard reduces exposure by 2 stops while the 0.9 ProGlass ND Standard reduces exposure by 3 stops. Both achieve these results without effecting colour balance.

Full details of all the products are available on the LEE Filters website.

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Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM | Art Lens

Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Are you or a loved one looking for a new lens? The Sigma 30mm lens is ideal for portraits and landscapes, and it creates lovely bokeh. It is available in Canon and Nikon mounts.

Offering the highest level of image quality, this bright, large-aperture f/1.4 standard lens stimulates the desire to create. The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM | A is part of the Art line of Sigma’s Global Vision lenses designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and has been developed with the maximum emphasis on artistic expression.

It has an angle of view equivalent to 45mm on a 35mm camera and is a superb go-to lens for artistic photography when used on an APS-C format digital SLR. It is an ideal lens for photographers interested in creating beautiful bokeh for snap shots, portraits, landscapes and many different styles of photography. It features an advanced design and is equipped with the very latest in lens technology.

The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM | A, boasts a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) which ensures quiet, accurate and high-speed autofocus, Super Multi-Layer Coating, which reduces flare and ghosting, and a Thermally Stable Composite Material (TSC) design feature that reduces expansion and contraction of the internal lens barrel. A rear focus system prevents focus-dependent variation in aberration, making high-level image quality possible throughout the entire image. 

Sigma is offering huge savings and cashback promotions on selected products this festive season. For more information, take a look at the Sigma website.
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Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5T
If you're looking to upgrade to a mirrorless camera, look no further than the Sony NEX-5T. 

Wi-Fi lets you connect the NEX-5T with your smartphone, PC or TV and wirelessly transfer photos, plus an embedded Smart Remote Control lets you trigger shutter release from your smartphone. The NEX-5T also gives the extra convenience of one-touch wireless connection with Android smartphones and tablets.

Inside the NEX-5T there is a generously-sized APS-C sensor with 16.1 effective megapixels and an advanced Fast Hybrid AF. The LCD screen flips up to 180° and Auto Portrait Framing, as well as a digital level gauge, are also available.

The NEX-5T offers extra flexibility with its dedicated control dial and assignable Fn button and creative options can be broadened even further with the growing range of downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps.

Serious photographers have plenty of opportunities to fine-tune their artistic vision. The NEX-5T offers extra flexibility with its dedicated control dial and assignable Fn button for instant recall of frequently-needed functions.

For more information, take a look at the Sony website
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Wacom Intuos Pro M Special Edition
Wacom Intuos Pro

Wacom has a wide range of graphics tablets that offer convenient and effortless ways to optimise digital images, and the Intuos Pro M Special Edition is no different. 

It is ideal for correcting exposure problems and removing unwanted objects, as well as improving the colour of pictures or dramatically altering the style of a photograph. 

The Intuos Pro M Special Edition makes normal everyday editing tasks much easier and more accurate. Take full advantage of the built in 2048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity and tilt recognition to create with accuracy and precision of traditional brushes and pens while multi-tough gestures let you position and navigate your work intuitively. Shortcuts can be stored for quick access to your often used functions. Thanks to the included Wireless Accessory Kit you can enjoy the freedom of working wirelessly.

For more information on the Wacom Intuos Pro M Special Edition, take a look at the Wacom website
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SilverFast Ai Studio 8 And Archive Suite 8 Software


SilverFast software

SilverFast is the standard for scanner and archiving software. The software brings out the maximum quality from any device and clearly exceeds the results of the manufacturers' software.

Although SilverFast is designed for professional image editing, it's so easy to handle the software that even beginners can create brilliant pictures using the intelligent automatic functions and the integrated QuickTime movies.

SilverFast Ai Studio 8 is the epitome of professional scanner software. As SilverFast's top-level version it is equipped with the most comprehensive functionality, which also meets the highest standards. The patented and award-winning Multi-Exposure increases the scanner's Dynamic Range, removes natural image noise and provides more details. The included Auto IT8 Calibration ensures correct colours.

SilverFast Archive Suite 8 is a unique solution for fast and easy archiving of slides, negatives and reflective originals and you get a bundle of two programs: SilverFast Ai Studio 8 and SilverFast HDR Studio 8. Since both programs are equipped with optimum functions you will enjoy maximum processing speed as well as an efficient workflow. An integrated colour management system that meets professional standards completes the convincing package.

For more information, take a look at the SilverFast website
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AsukaBook USB/ Keepsake Presentation Books

AsukaBook

The AsukaBook USB/ Keepsake Presentation book is an ideal gift for the studio photographer in your life. It's great for presenting client images and/or showcasing memorable keepsakes. 

The presentation book has a designable custom cover that opens to reveal a fully designable, removable hard-page book. Opposite the removable book is a windowed compartment to hold a USB or a small keepsake. The presentation is completed with a slide-in protective case available in three colours, with the option of a personalised hot stamp text.

AsukaBook USB/Keepsake Presentation Book Features:

  • Size: 5.5x8v
  • Sides: 6, 8, 10, 12
  • Binding/Pages: Layflat Hard Pages
  • Page Finish: Glossy, Matte
  • Cover: Designable Hard Cover
  • Cover Finish: Glossy, Matte
  • USB/Keepsake Book Case: Designable Hard Cover with USB/Keepsake display holder
  • USB/Keepsake Book Case Finish: Glossy, Matte
  • Case: Slide-In Case with optional Gold or Silver Hot Stamp
  • Case Colour/Finish: Smooth Black Pearl, Smooth Chocolate Brown Pearl, Smooth Cream Pearl
  • Available to professional Photographers in the UK and Ireland only
For more information, take a look at the AsukaBook website
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Think Tank Photo Bags 

Think Tank Photo Prizes
Looking for a new bag to store your photographic equipment? Think Tank offer a wide range of carrying solutions, from rucksacks to rollers and tablet bags.

Products Include:

rotation 180º Professional - The rotation180° Professional backpack brings camera access to a new level. Its rotating waist pack allows nature and adventure photographers to maintain creative momentum by offering immediate access to primary photo equipment in even the most precarious situations without having to take off the pack, sling it over one shoulder, or even stop hiking.

The Airport International V2.0 -  The Airport International 2.0 rolling camera bag, one of the most popular rollers in the world, lets you legally store your bodies, lenses, and accessories in overhead bins or under the seats of international carriers and smaller regional commuter aircraft. It was designed to accommodate a 300mm f/2.8, 400mm f/2.8, or 500mm f/4 with lens hoods, multiple DSLR bodies and lenses, and other photography accessories.

My 2nd Brain™ Tablet - It is because Apple devices do things humans cannot that fans of Apple laptops are emotionally and physically connected to their laptops, as though their laptops are their 'second brains'. The My 2nd Brain™ Tablet fits iPad and iPhone mobile digital devices with their accessories: power adapter, USB connection cable, camera connection kit, earbuds, stylus, monitor adapters, USB drives, SD/CF cards, pens, business cards, and other personal items.

For more information on Think Tank products, take a look at the Think Tank website

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Manfrotto Advanced Active Backpacks

Manfrotto

The new Advanced Bag Collection from Manfrotto offers protection, design and quality in a brand-new, fully-featured collection of camera bags.

Manfrotto has created six different bag designs in the Advanced range, each available in a number of sizes:

  • Active Backpacks – The everyday backpack for photo gear and personal items.
  • Tri Backpacks – Can be used in a backpack, sling bag or 'X' position.
  • Gear Backpacks – A compact and functional backpack totally dedicated to camera gear.
  • Active Slings – Easily swung round from backpack to easy-access front-carried bag.
  • Shoulder Bags – For carrying all types of equipment, from CSC to Pro DSLRS, additional lenses and accessories.
  • Holsters – Perfect for carrying the bare essentials: camera, memory cards and few accessories.
All bags featured in the Advanced Bag Collection are constructed from hard-wearing fabrics and are designed to be used on-the-go with tripod holders, dividers, pockets and rain covers featuring in the designs. With pro-inspired protective features and construction, including sturdy protective inner pads, you know your equipment will be safe, plus the innovative designs mean you'll have easy access to all of your gear.

Manfrotto are currently offering free shipping on all products until 31 December 2013. For more information, take a look at the Manfrotto website
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PIXO C4 Universal Quick Charger 

 
Pixo The German-engineered PIXO C4 Universal Quick Charger is the ONE battery charger all photographers need. Whether at home, travelling or shooting in a studio, the PIXO C4 Universal Quick Charger will give power back to cameras, phones, tablets and any other battery operated device.

The PIXO C4 Universal Quick Charger can charge 4 (2+2) NiMH / NiCd AA / AAA Batteries as well as virtually all 3.4 - 4.2 + 6.8 - 8.4 Volt Lithium Ion / Lithium Polymer battery packs* (no adapter plates necessary). Two USB ports can be used to charge smart phones as well as Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPod and iPad. A USB cable with micro and mini plugs is included to charge non-Apple compatible smartphones and notepads.

A Battery Activator Function can be used to revive deeply discharged Lithium-Ion batteries, which would otherwise be unusable, and an LED system is used to identify when a battery is fully charged.

The PIXO C4 Universal Quick Charger automatically detects the polarity and voltage of the battery, once inserted into the device, with charge times between 1-4 hours.

Included with the PIXO C4 Universal Quick Charger are a 100-240V power supply, 12V car adapter and charge cable with Micro-USB and Mini-USB plugs.

For more information, visit the PIXO website.
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Lastolite Lumen8 Kit F400 + 2 Stands and 2 Umbrellas

 
Lastolite Lumen8 Lastolite’s Lumen8 flash range has been designed to fulfil the needs of the most demanding working photographers.

The range has been technically developed to a high level of specification offering reliability, durability and safety on location or in the studio.

The Lumen8 SV twin 400w head lighting kit, part of the Lumen8 flash range, is designed for photographers who need to be mobile.

It contains everything you need to light a subject at home, in the studio or on location. The Lumen8 SV twin 400w head lighting kit offers full control of the power output over 5 stops in 1/10th steps.

This versatile kit can be put to a variety of uses; from close up product shots to family portraits.

Included in the kit are two 400W flash heads, two wide base lighting stands, two black and white umbrellas and 2 carrying cases to transport it all in.

Features at a glance:
  • 2 x Lumen8 Flash Head F400
  • 2 x 18.5cm Reflectors
  • 2 x Light stands
  • 2 x PVC 80cm Umbrellas
  • 2 x Carry cases
  • 2 x Sync Cables
For more information, take a look at the Lastolite website

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NEST Explorer EX300S Camera Bag 

NEST Bags
NEST camera bags are great for those who love colourful bags with lots fo space for equipment and personal gear too. 

The NEST EX300S is an ultra light-weight camera backpack that's multi-functional, well padded and constructed from a durable, water-resistant material. The removable camera section will accommodate a DSLR with lens attached and an additional lens or a flashgun. The top section provides an area for general gear while the top zipped section can be used as a fluid reservoir or for storage. There are many other pockets for storing accessories and the NEST EX300S also features a padded shoulder harness, tripod attachment clips, side elasticated pocket and a rain cover.

Other bags available in the NEST Explorer range include:

Explorer EX300S Backpack - Will accommodate your equipment plus substantial personal gear.

Explorer EX200L Backpack - Designed to accommodate a DSLR with up to a 300mm f/2.8 lens attached and up to three additional lenses, plus a flashgun.

Explorer EX200S Backpack – Designed to accommodate a DSLR with up to a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached, up to three additional lenses and accessories.

Explorer EX100S Shoulder Bag - Designed to accommodate a DSLR with a lens attached and up to two additional lenses plus an array of accessories.

Explorer EX100L Shoulder Bag - A lightweight shoulder bag with room for a DSLR with a lens attached, plus spare lenses and numerous accessories.

For more information, take a look at the NEST UK website
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Loxley Colour £100 Voucher

 
Loxley Colour Great images deserve to shine. Celebrate your photography with the best quality products with a £100 lab credit to spend at Loxley Colour - the UK’s leading print lab.

You might use your lab credit to boost your business and make more money in 2014 with sample products, share the savings and create an amazing offer to boost sales in the New Year or keep it all to yourself and celebrate your photography on a range of wall products for your home, office or studio.

Loxley have introduced a brand new order platform that lets you order amazing products on-the-go. Online ordering is now available on loxleycolour.com for a wide range of products including the winning range of wall products, desktop and presentation products and the beautifully creative Couture Collection of marketing and promotional stationery.

Ordering online is easy: Simply choose your product, upload your image, select your finishing and place your order. It's that simple.

Don't forget to check out the last order dates for Christmas delivery and get your orders to Loxley in plenty of time.

You can get 25% off Loxley Wall Products with code EPHOTO25 until midnight on 24 December 2013. For more information, take a look at the Loxley Colour website
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Kodak Pixpro AZ521 Digital Camera 

Kodak
The AZ521 is the most powerful Astro Zoom camera in the KODAK collection.

The AZ521 gets you everything your creative heart desires. Get in closer with a lengthy 52x optical zoom. You can catch the surface of the moon.

Incorporating a 24mm super wide angle lens to fit everything into the frame, the AZ521 features high-speed image data read-out to deliver super-high-resolution, rich gradation digital images with 16.38 effective megapixels and f/2.8-5.6. This CMOS image sensor is perfect for the recording of high-quality, full HD movie clips (1920x1080 pixels, 30 frames per second).

You can keep up with the action, thanks to a faster shutter speed and multi-burst continuous shooting. The camera also minimises luminance noise, while offering an ISO ranging from 100 to 3200.

The lens has a minimum focus of 1cm when shooting wide which is great for macro shots and features over 22 shooting modes including Auto mode which adjusts the camera settings automatically, as well as PSAM modes for more control. You'll also find a panorama mode as well as a number of scene modes, plus there are a number of digital filters (including vivid, sepia, partial colour and more) available as well as the option to record HDR images where the camera combines three shots.

For more information, take a look at the JK Imaging website
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The Newborn Photography Show 2014

 
The Newborn Photography Show The Newborn Photography Show is the first photography trade show and classes in the UK to specialise 
in newborn photography.

Taking place on 27 and 28 May 2014 in Birmingham, the show is free to enter. If you're a maternity or newborn photographer, this will be the event of the year for you and your work. Featuring workshops and lectures from some of the top newborn photographers in the USA, Robin Long and Ana Brandt, you'll not want to miss out.

There will also be lectures and classes on Wordpress, Maternity Lighting and Editing etc. More information on all of the master classes and lectures can be found on the Classes and Lectures tab of the website.

The show is the perfect opportunity for maternity and newborn photographers to meet up, mingle, and discover what's out there in terms of training, posing props, backdrops, and lots of other equipment for this specific area of photography.

For more information, take a look at The Newborn Photography Show website.
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Vanguard Tripods And Bags

Vanguard
Vanguard provide a wide range of photo accessories ideal for every eventuality. 

Skyborne 51 Rucksack - Skyborne is a thrill-loving daypack that will have you on Cloud 9 in no time. Its advanced design with air-infused cushioning in key areas results in reliable gear protection like never before and the most shockingly featherlight, comfortable bag you’ll ever love. Its ergonomic harness system with easy-adjust shoulder straps coupled with air infusion technology provides a never-tire experience. 

SBH-300 Ball Head - The strongest of all the SBH ball heads, SBH-300 is a lightweight brute. SBH-300 precision-cut ball head moves swiftly and steadily so you won’t miss the action. Constructed of solid, strong magnesium alloy, it's durable and yet lighter in weight than the industry standard. Unlike other ball heads, SBH ball heads are designed with molded body parts, not assembled cut parts, like the competition.

Actus Plus 323CT Tripod - Vanguard's top-of-the-line Auctus Plus tripod is loved by photographers for its stability and flexibility. It's designed to go from a studio to an outdoor shoot in a snap. Its ultra-smooth Extreme Support Height Positioning (ESHP) Wheel System is a dual-function wheel gear that adjusts central column height securely while supporting heavy gear. This advanced gear wheel also enables precise height fine tuning, while holding an extreme loading weight. 

You can receive a free Vanguard product with the purchase of a Vanguard bag, tripod, head or case until 31 December 2013. For more information, take a look at the Vanguard website
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Photography Books From Wiley 


Wiley Wiley provide a wide range of top selling photography guides that are ideal for those wanting to learn more about photography this Christmas. 

Wiley has an extensive list of photography books that aim to help every single person with a digital camera. Whether you're a beginner or a professional, they want to help you to capture the perfect picture.

The books feature expert advice from well-known and trusted brands & authors, all here to help you develop your skills, before and after the shoot.

As a Christmas treat, Wiley is offering a 30% discount and free postage and packaging on their photography titles when purchased from the Wiley website. Simply enter promo code VBF94 when prompted at the checkout. 

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Albelli Layflat Premium Photo Books


Albelli Photo Books

Albelli have recently launched layflat premium - a new and unique way in which your photo books can be printed.

Layflat premium photo books allow your pages to open completely flat and the left and right hand pages flow seamlessly together with no visible centre to the photo book. This means that whenever you place a photograph that runs through the centre of your book, it will be printed without interruption. High quality, stain, moisture and fingerprint resistant paper give these photo books an extra-luxurious, professional finish.

Creating your photo book is easy and fun. Simply gather your best digital photos and save them in a separate folder, then download the Albelli Creator Tool and start designing! You'll enjoy full creative control over the format and design process, plus you can choose from a range of extra options. 

As a gift from Albelli to ePHOTOzine readers, you can opt for layflat premium for free when you enter the code EPZLFP at the checkout. Visit the Albelli website to find out more. 
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Pentax User Plus Subscription 


Pentax User
If you have a Pentax camera and haven't discovered Pentax User Plus yet, why not give it a go?

For only £9.99 per year, Pentax User Plus members get an online portfolio, unlimited gallery uploads and exclusive magazine PDF downloads. What's more, there are also exclusive online articles, shop discounts, discounted camera repairs and discounted photography insurance!

Pentax User Plus Features:
  • Unlimited gallery uploads
  • Magazine PDF Downloads
  • Exclusive Online Articles
  • Special shop offers
  • Exclusive discounts from SRS Microsystems
  • Discounted Camera Repairs
  • Discount on Photography Insurance
It will also make the ideal Christmas present for someone close to you who owns a Pentax camera!

Take a look at the Pentax User website for more information. Come on, join the club!
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Verbatim Photography Gear


Verbatim Prizes Verbatim are experts in photography accessories, and their vast range of products includes everything 
from memory cards to hard drives and bags. 

The Verbatim Melbourne is a large backpack that can be used as a camera backpack, or as a normal every day rucksack by removing the dividers in the main compartment. It can hold a 16 inch laptop, and has plenty of pockets and compartments for all your equipment.

The Verbatim SDXC memory card is designed to handle large volumes of data at high speeds and provide users with portable storage and speed for their camcorders or digital cameras. SDXC cards are able to handle significantly greater amounts of information due to two advances in technology. The exFAT file system enables the SDXC card to handle large volumes of data while the UHS-1 interface transfers movies, videos and picture with ideal speeds of up to 104MB/sec. The Verbatim website has more information on the range of memory cards available.

The Freecom Tough Drive is a device which can be relied on. Take it with you when you’re on the road. Protected from inside out – your files are password protected and the drive is tough enough to survive those daily bumps and drops. The Tough Drive can survive a drop from up to two meters and thanks to its internal anti-shock mechanism, your files are safe and always super secured. The Tough Drive is available in sizes from 320GB to 1TB and more information is available on the Freecom website.
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MAGIX Photostory 2014 Deluxe 

 
Magix
MAGIX Photostory 2014 Deluxe gives your photos a new lease of life: Transform your photos and videos from digital cameras, smartphones and video cameras into fantastic slideshows.

Add your own personal touch with text, music and spectacular effects in HD, 4K and 3D. If you don't have time to create a slideshow from scratch you can simply choose from one of the many professional style templates and the automatic slideshow maker will take care of the rest.

Use the Import Wizard to transfer your recordings from cameras, drives and data storage devices directly to your computer and into your slideshow without time-consuming searches. The Import Wizard includes helpful colour highlighting of various media types, dates and time. Support of over 400 RAW formats and support of the AVCHD Lite video format is also featured.

Adding music to your creations is easy. The musical editing feature in MAGIX Photostory 2014 Deluxe automatically gives your slideshows a perfectly fitting soundtrack every time. Simply choose a song and the software will take care of the rest.

MAGIX Photostory 2014 Deluxe also includes your online photo album with over 500 MB storage space. Upload your slideshows to the MAGIX Online Album directly from the program and present and share. It also includes a play function for slideshows, videos and music.

For more information, take a look at the MAGIX website

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Reallusion FaceFilter 3 Pro

Reallusion Face Filter 3
FaceFilter3 is an essential tool for everyone from the image editing professional to the social media diva.

The simple and easy-to-learn interface allows even those completely unfamiliar with photo re-touching to feel like a pro within minutes! New users can choose from a selection of hundreds of facial make-up and morph templates and see their facial photos transform to suit any scenario.

The template-based system allows users to quickly and easily apply extremely detailed and natural-looking make-up styles for each specific facial feature, then customize and save them for future use. The ability to selectively morph and adjust individual facial features allows for precise facial enhancement and subtle changes in expression.

Furthermore, DSLR effects and various photo filters give anyone from the amateur photographer to the photo retouching professional all the tools they need to make any photo into a stunning masterpiece. To complement the already diverse library of default make-up templates, Reallusion also offers the Makeup PRO Power Pack, which contains over 150 individual templates in addition to 33 master templates for a complete look.

For more information, take a look at the Reallusion website
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e2 Membership

 
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For just £29 for a whole year, e2 membership will bring you new and exclusive features including access to larger photo sizes, email alert manager, image modifications and exclusive prize draws. You'll also have your portfolio and photos featured on ePHOTOzine's popular homepage.

You can trial e2 now for just £3.50 a month! So, whether you're buying yourself a little Christmas gift this year, or treating the photography lover in your life, e2 is the way to totally enhance your ePHOTOzine experience!

Take a look at the e2 page now to upgrade your account and see all of the great features you'll have at your fingertips.
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