Here is a round up of the best equipment, products and deals around this Christmas. So, if you're stuck for a photography themed gift for a loved one or friend this Christmas, then look no further than this guide!
If you want to treat yourself, take a look at our Christmas newletter where there are different prizes up for grabs every day!
The D3200 is the fantastic solution to capturing life in rich detail – with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS Sensor, the superfast EXPEED 3 image processing engine and Nikon’s latest Guide Mode, the D3200 helps you to capture the kind of high-quality photos and videos you’ve always wanted.
The incredible 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor lets you capture even sharper and more detailed images. Whether you want to crop a picture without losing any detail or have an image as a big and superb looking print – it’s not a problem. The D3200 also unites every feature you need for stunning movie clips: a large image sensor, excellent ISO performance for low light conditions, Full HD (1080p) recording with 30, 25 and 24 frames per second and a range of Autofocus (AF) options as well as in-camera video editing.
To ensure that you shoot the kind of high-quality photos and movies you’ve always wanted, Nikon has also introduced the latest Guide Mode. With a few simple steps that include sample images and clear instructions, you will quickly be able to achieve stunning results and become a photography expert. Besides remarkable in-camera creative effects to add a personal touch to your images, like Miniature or Selective Colour effect, the D3200 offers a range of handy retouching options such as Resize, Quick Retouch, Straighten and more.
Nikon are offering cashback on the D3200 and a selected range of other Nikon cameras until 21 January 2013. For more information, visit the Nikon Cashback website.
The K-30 is the perfect all-weather SLR package for those planning on entering the rewarding world of photography.
Developed to help SLR beginners easily capture high-quality images, the Pentax K-30 combines the size of an entry-level SLR with features more commonly found in advanced models. These include 16 megapixels, 6fps shooting, ultra-fast focusing, full HD movie function and super-smooth handling. All packed in a weather-resistant, dustproof and cold-proof body. Thanks to its 81 seals, the K30 delivers proven functionality in temperatures as low as -10°C making it perfect for outdoor use, whatever the weather. Together with a comfortable grip and a sporty, functional design, the K-30 guarantees a dependable, flawless performance every time.
Incorporating the latest CMOS image sensor with a large image-capture area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm, the K-30 features high-speed image data read-out to deliver super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with 16.28 effective megapixels. This image sensor is coupled with the PRIME M imaging engine for the recording of high-quality, full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 frames per second). The camera also minimises luminance noise at low sensitivities, while offering a wide sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800 (or even ISO 25600 when expanded via a custom function).
You can get £50 cashback on the Pentax K-30 until 15 January 2013. For more information, visit the Pentax cashback page.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens
If you or a loved one are after a new lens this Christmas, then this brilliant offering from Tamron could be the choice for you.
The Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro lens offers a 1:1 magnification ratio and pin-sharp images with beautifully blurred backgrounds that make your subject stand out.
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 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.
More information about the Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens can be found on the Tamron website.
HIPA International Photography Competition
What better gift could there be than a $120,000 grand prize fund? To be in with a chance of winning this huge sum of cash, all you have to do is enter the HIPA International Photography competition.
The competition was founded by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai, and is an internationally acclaimed photography competition. This competition has the largest grand prize of any photography competition, so enter now to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize!
The competition has four categories: 'Beauty of Light', 'The United Arab Emirates', 'Black and White' and 'The General Category'. A maximum of four entries per person is allowed, with one entry for each category available.
The grand prize fund this year is dedicated to the 'Beauty of Light' in photography. There are no restrictions on what photographers submit for this category, so long as the influence of light is clearly demonstrated. The winner of the award will be the photographer who successfully illustrates an effective use of light in their submission.
The 'Beauty of Light' will have 3 international winners, 3 Emirati winners and one Grand Prize winner.
For more information about the award and to enter, visit the HIPA.ae website. Photographs can be submitted through the "Join Us" page.
Bowens Gemini 400 Rx Light
If you are looking for a new flash unit this Christmas, Bowens have the product 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.
Visit the Bowens website for more information.
Jessops £250 Voucher
Jessops is the UK’s leading photographic retailer, enjoying a reputation for excellence that is second to none in the field. The award-winning business has a nationwide network of over 180 stores, an industry leading website at www.jessops.com and a dedicated mail order division.
With a heritage spanning back to 1935, Jessops offers a complete solution for photography enthusiasts; from photographic equipment and accessories to photo printing and award-winning personalised gifts from Jessops Photo, the household name is synonymous with excellent customer service, exceptional quality and an unsurpassed passion for photography
There is no better place this year than Jessops to find yourself and your loved ones some great deals on photographic equipment. From compacts to full frame DSLRs, there is an offer for everyone.
Jessops are also giving away a £250 voucher in our Christmas Prize giveaway! Take a look now for your chance to win this, and loads more goodies.
Visit the Jessops website for more information on these offers.
This innovative and responsive pen tablet will make a great gift for anyone who enjoys graphic design or accurately editing photos this festive season.
The new generation of Intuos5 pen tablets enables photography enthusiasts to create better pictures. The pen is the heart and soul of the experience with a pen tablet. The proven tilt and pressure-sensitive Intuos5 Grip Pen is the perfect tool for extremely precise work. The smallest blemish in the picture can be fixed quickly thanks to the exact navigation. The filigree pen registers even slightest nuances in pressure, which allows you to define the retouching area with complete precision, following the curves and trimming the edges to perfection so that transitions in the image can be finished to appear soft and natural. Do you have problems removing blemishes such as tattoos, spots and wrinkles? With the pen you can apply the best effects immediately. The pen is also more ergonomically correct.
Intuos5 combines pen technology with multi-touch. The ability to zoom, scroll, pan, and rotate digital content using simple gestures makes it easier to stay focused on what you’re doing. Intuos5 works with default gestures in Windows and Mac and in some applications, the gestures can be adapted for a specific purpose. For example, custom-created gestures to perform common functions are available in Adobe Photoshop.
For more information on the Intuos5, visit the Wacom website.
Phase One Capture One Express 6 Software
Capture One Express 6 is a raw converter and image editing software for passionate photographers. Its advanced image processing engine helps you to deliver superior image quality with excellent colour and fine detail. Every day the world’s most respected photographers depend on Capture One to achieve world-class image quality and with Capture One Express 6, you can do the same.
With Capture One Express 6, you get:
Superior image quality
Extensive camera support
High performance editing
Selective colour adjustments
World-class raw conversion for your camera
Capture One’s tailor-made camera profiles are renowned for providing ultimate image quality for leading digital cameras. Each supported camera is tested and fine-tuned extensively by our image quality team to create a tailor made profile that brings out the very best in your camera.
Capture One Express 6 supports image files from the most popular DSLRs - Canon, Fuji, Konica Minolta, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Samsung and Sony.
Take a look at the Phase One website to find out more.
My Photo School Course
Why not give the gift of learning as a present to someone special who has everything?
At MyPhotoSchool you can gift a lifetime of expertise in just one click. Simply purchase a gift certificate for an online photography course worth £145 and you can give your loved ones access to dozens of online photography courses taught by experts.
MyPhotoSchool offers four week online video based photography courses with marked assignments and 1-2-1 personal tuition from world experts. Don’t worry about postal dates, last minute shopping, or panic purchases. You can buy a PhotoSchool Voucher worth £145 right up until Christmas Day (and beyond!)
Visit MyPhotoSchool and buy a course today!
If you're an active photographer looking for a new backpack to house all your equipment comfortably on the trail, then the Lowepro Hatchback could be just what you are looking for.
The Photo Hatchback offers plenty of flexibility built into its lightweight, yet high performance design. The ‘hatch’ refers to the secure, body-side access design, where you access the dedicated ‘camera box’ with storm flap and grab handles – providing top notch protection – which can be customised to fit your kit like a glove. Cinch the compartment closed and it can be removed totally - turning the Photo Hatchback into a versatile daypack. However, you can be sure to still have plenty of room for all your essentials in the top compartment, for your lunch, jacket etc. The Photo Hatchback also has the added benefit for the built-in All Weather Cover™ to protect your gear from rain, sand and dust whilst out and about.
It is available in two sizes 16L and 22L, the larger of which accommodates a MacBook Air laptop or similar the bags also come in a range of funky colours – Pepper Red, Slate Grey and Galaxy Blue.
The Lowepro Hatchback is available through Daymen
Albelli Photo Books
Albelli photo books are a great idea for that family member or friend that has everything. Easy to create and quick to arrive, their books come in a variety of sizes and are perfect as a stocking filler or even as a main present.
Albelli Photo Books is an award-winning company specialising in the production of high quality photo products. With their user-friendly photo book creator tool and professional quality printing, it’s no wonder that Albelli enjoys a 5-star customer rating. Plus they were voted best photo book by The Gadget Show despite strong competition from high street retailers and consumer electronic giants!
Albelli Photo Books are the perfect way to remember your special occasion, showcase your work, or give a personalised gift. In moments, digital photos can be uploaded and turned into beautiful, professional photo books.
Creating an Albelli Photo Book really couldn’t be easier. Simply make a selection from the range of sizes layouts and page numbers offered. Once you’ve done this, upload your photos, add your own personal twist to the layout, backgrounds and captions and you’ve got something of the highest possible quality which would make a stunning Christmas gift. Not only is the process simple, but it can all be done without stepping out of your front door, with the finished product delivered to your home.
Visit the Albelli website for more information.
The GE X600 is a great choice of camera for someone looking to upgrade from a compact, or as a back up camera for the more advanced DSLR user.
The GE X600 is a power pro bridge camera that packs a 26x zoom (26-676mm), 14.4 megapixels CMOS sensor, and a 26mm wide angle ED lens all into a compact and perfectly formed body that feels great to hold. It has loads of great features, including pancapture to ensure you take a brilliant panorama shot every time, blink detection to ensure everyone looks great on the photo, and Face AE.
The CMOS sensor provides powerful processing capabilities which enable a wide range of shooting modes including Multi-Exposure, which combines six successive actions shots in to one image and a continuous shooting rate of upto 5 frames per second at full resolution.
But the GE X600 camera doesn't stop there. On top of all these brilliant features, the camera also has object tracking, an improved High Dynamic Range HDR+ function, so that you can capture stunning high dynamic range images for that truly breathtaking shot.
For more information, visit the GE cameras website.
Zenfolio Photo Website
A Zenfolio website is the perfect way to showcase your photographic and video work. This stylish and modern website creator is the ideal way to let the world see your creations.
Everything you need to bring your photography online and start selling is in one place for only £100 per year. All Zenfolio accounts include:
A fully customisable website.
Unlimited photo and video galleries.
Integration with top printing labs.
Photo blog and tools to share and promote your work.
Zenfolio offers the best photo viewing experience, more features and a fantastic, competitive price.
For more information on Zenfolio, visit Zenfolio's website.
What better way to showcase your memories than with Transcend’s 7 inch Digital Photo Frames.
Share your photos with your loved ones using a bright photo-friendly 4:3 or 16:9 screen, multiple colour modes, plus an automatic rotation sensor. The 7 inch series provides a wonderful viewing experience and ensures all photos look their very best!
The PF705 is simple yet stylish, and features a bright 16:9 widescreen display.
Aside from offering slideshow, thumbnail, rotate, and zoom-in viewing options, the PF705 works with most mainstream memory cards and USB Flash Drives, making it a simple and versatile way to keep those precious moments alive.
For more information on the PF705 Digital PhotoFrame product, please visit the Transcend website
Moleskine Photo Books Gift Vouchers
Get all wrapped up in Moleskine this holiday season!
Moleskine fans are classic, creative and love to express themselves. The only difficulty is which Moleskine Photo Book or Album to choose? Well, we have just solved that for you. Now Moleskine fans can create their own piece of classic Moleskine and put themselves and their friends inside it.
This customisable stop-motion film gives Moleskine lovers the opportunity to send a personalised gift film to someone they love (or just like a lot!) anywhere in the world. The gift film recipient gets to make their very own Moleskine Photo Book or Album. They can upload photos, images, text and video, share a digital version and invite friends to collaborate on it with them.
The gift film is easy to make and stylish - you can even add a bonus kiss for the extra loved-up. All you need is an image of yourself and the recipient or, if this isn’t possible, you can just send as is.
Click here to try it for yourself.
onOne Perfect Photo Suite 7
Create extraordinary images in less time than ever before with Perfect Photo Suite 7. With seven powerful products, you'll have everything you'll need to solve the most common problems in digital photography, maximise your creativity and realise your photographic vision.
Perfect Photo Suite 7 includes the new Perfect B&W to develop stunning black and white images, Perfect Portrait for simply easy portrait retouching, Perfect Effects and FocalPoint for creative effects, Perfect Layers for a layered workflow without Photoshop, Perfect Mask for replacing backgrounds and Perfect Resize for image enlargement. In Perfect Photo Suite 7, these seven products work together seamlessly as integrated modules and also support your workflow however you work. Perfect Photo Suite is a perfect companion to Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Apple Aperture or it can be used as a standalone application.
Visit onOne Software's website for more information on Perfect Photo Suite 7.
Samsung SD Pro Memory Cards
Samsung PRO SD memory cards include Samsung's reliable 5 proof technology, making sure your precious data is protected. Samsung memory cards can endure 24 hours submerged in water and survive being run over by a 1.6 ton vehicle not to mention the perils of magnetism and extreme temperatures. So your memories will survive, even if your camera doesn’t.
Samsung’s PRO SD cards feature the highest quality NAND and UHS-I support offering fastest speeds at up to 80MB/s Read and 40MB/s Write. They are ideal for use in high end DSLRs as well as in full HD and 3D camcorders.
Samsung’s memory cards are built to maximize the users’ experience with faster speeds, more reliability and higher capacity, making it the essential complementary item for digital cameras as you will never miss a shot!
Samsung’s extremely high performance and reliable memory cards are the perfect accessory for your digital camera and with a 10 year warranty, your memories will never fade.
For more information on the Samsung Memory card range please visit the Samsung website
Wex Photographic Deals
Wex Photographic have got some great deals for you this Christmas - including the Nikon Coolpix P7100
The P7100 is the perfect companion for any enthusiast wanting advanced functions and similar performance found in an SLR but in a pocket able sized form. Packed inside the 10.1 megapixel camera is a wide-angle 7.1x zoom equivalent to 28-200mm on a 35mm format, RAW file format, Anti-blur technology, fast EXPEED C2 processing system, quick response and full manual controls. Whether you’re taking stills or filming in advanced HD, the tilting, high resolution 3inch LCD monitor makes shooting at difficult angles an easy and comfortable process.
Wex Photographic was established in 1997, offering a dedicated service for photographers at every level; a service that has been enjoyed by over 300,000 customers. Their dedication to service, photographic expertise and outstanding customer support is underpinned with competitive prices and a commitment to holding products in stock for immediate delivery. The result is an award-winning formula that has allowed Wex Photographic to become the UK’s largest online specialist photographic retailer.
With three ways to buy – online, in person or over the phone – Wex Photographic makes sure you’re comfortable with your purchase. Visit Wex Photographic
now to find a great deal.
Eye Mirror Lens
This innovative and immersive 360 degree invention from Eye Mirror offers a new take on photography and will be an ideal gift for anyone looking for a different angle in photography.
You can use any compact, DSLR, GoPro or video camera with their lenses and attachments to record interactive panoramic video or still images. Simply point the camera up, take a single photo or start shooting video and you're set. You can also use full auto mode, with stabilisation turned off.
Mirror shape is also key to producing great results. The shape used in this design uses RMT (radial manipulation technology). The mirror thinks it’s a very large mirror with all the associated advantages, such as longer focal depth, but in fact no one has told it that it’s a small mirror. It also has the advantages of a small shape, including reduced perspective distortion which significantly enhances the viewing experience. This shape came from 14 years of designing mirror shapes for commercial applications.
Eye Mirror's new website
demonstrates their full range of products for capturing panoramic, 360 degree, immersive experiences underwater, on land and in the air.
A Photograph The World Newsletter
If you know someone who is an avid traveller, then a Photograph The World Newsletter could be a great gift idea for them.
Photograph The World Newsletter provides travel photography knowledge in the form of detailed 10-15 page photography guides. These photo guides are location specific and provide all the information that photographers need in order to get the best photos when visiting famous destinations. The guides, called newsletters, inform photographers about where, when and how to photograph such iconic destinations as The Pyramids, Tuscany, The Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and many, many more.
You could research for days and still not find the location information that photographers require. At Photograph The World Newsletter, that research has been done for you, and it is now available as inexpensive, extremely informative, downloadable photo guides.
Each of the newsletters covers one area or one travel destination. These guides are written by professional photographers, for travellers and photographers of any level.
Take one of the stresses of preparing for a holiday off of your mind with this brilliant idea that makes capturing the travel photos you’ve always wanted as easy as downloading a PDF and then following a map to the exact co-ordinates in order to get your best travel shots ever!
Visit the Photograph The World Newsletter website for more information.
MAGIX PhotoStory on DVD 2013 Deluxe was designed with the customer in mind: transform your photos and videos from digital cameras, smartphones and video cameras into fantastic movies easier than ever before and enjoy them on TV, mobile devices or the Internet. Add your own personal touch with text, music and spectacular effects in Full HD and 3D!
If you need a quick fix simply choose from one of the many professional style templates and the automatic slideshow maker will take care of the rest - including titles, transitions, effects and music.
Whether it's holiday memories, photos of family and friends, hobby photos, or business presentations, with MAGIX Photostory on DVD 2013 Deluxe, you can easily transform your photos and video clips into fascinating slideshows. Manually customize colour, contrast, brightness and saturation or use the auto correction feature to do it automatically.
500 MB of online storage space is included, simply upload your slideshows from the program to the MAGIX Online Album directly - your own personal multimedia centre!
MAGIX PhotoStory on DVD 2013 Deluxe has an MSRP of £69.99 and more information can be found on the MAGIX website.
MacPhun Snapheal Software
Recently named by Mashable as an "Inexpensive Alternative to Photoshop" Snapheal removes unwanted objects from pictures, fixes skin imperfections and performs other complex touch-ups on photos faster and even better than expensive photo editing software.
Snapheal is extremely intuitive and will become a day-to-day photo helper for both beginners in photography or a seasoned pro.
While the app's main power is in removing extra objects, it features over 20 handy tools for practically any photo editing need. In a flash you can improve gamma, saturation, contrast, and colour temperature; adjust light levels, shadows and highlights; as well as sharpen images, reduce noise and more. Also, Smart brush lets you apply fixes on the specific part of photo, keeping the rest untouched.
Using a patented algorithm, you can easily fix your images in minutes with incredible results and no special knowledge. All you have to do is select your brush size, mark the area you would like erased and click the erase button, choosing 1 of 3 erasing modes, and let the program do the magic! See the app in action here: http://bit.ly/UqtWRs
With Snapheal you get a kit of incredible photo editing tools and as an extra, the opportunity to get future updates for free with new tools and features from the best photo editing software that'll help you create stunning shots.
What's more, Snapheal features special rewards for its users with the SnapJam program and lets you save on gadgets and gear monthly. Visit jam.snapheal.com
to get access to awesome stuff and deals.
Snapheal supports most image formats, including RAW, with resolution support up to 32 megapixels. It works like a charm with the new MacBook with Retina display and takes full advantage of latest OS X.
Go to the Snapheal website
for more details or get the app on the Mac App Store
at a holiday special price of 50% off!
Pentax User Pro Subscription
If you're a Pentax User and haven't joined Pentax User Plus yet, what are you waiting for?
For just £9.99 a year, less than £1 per month, Pentax User Plus members receive an online portfolio, unlimited gallery uploads, exclusive magazine PDF downloads, exclusive online articles, exclusive shop discounts, discounted camera repairs and discounted photography insurance.
Pentax User Plus gives you:
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 also makes the ideal Christmas present for the Pentax User in your life!
Simply join Pentax User Plus today to take advantage of all these extras!
If you're looking for your own personal or business website then look no further! foliopic is a template-based website builder especially created for photographers and artists alike.
foliopic is an easy-to-use template based website builder with an edge - you can fully customise it. Let foliopic take care of the web hosting and database side while you make your site look incredible. Use a foliopic site to showcase and sell your best photos, advertise your workshops and courses or share your knowledge.
Getting up and running takes minutes using one of foliopic's series of ready-made templates, but you also have access to the code; if you know a thing or two about CSS or HTML you can go fully freestyle and have a unique web presence.
You can take advantage of a 14 free day trial and, if you're tempted, take advantage of their introductory discount (a basic site costs as little as £4 per month!).
Why not treat yourself to a small gift this Christmas and upgrade your ePHOTOzine account to e2?
For just £29 a year, e2 membership offers ePHOTOzine members exclusive features such as access to larger photo sizes, email alert manager, image modifications, visitor stats and exclusive prize draws. You can trial it NOW for just £3.50 a month!
Looking for a new way to carry your camera? Check out ePHOTOzine's branded camera strap!
You can currently purchase the deluxe 42mm wide strap that has an embroidered ePHOTOzine logo at each end for just £10.
The elasticated nature of the strap ensures it's much more comfortable than the strap that came with your camera as it creates an apparent reduction in the weight, as well as having a rubberised backing to ensure it stays gripped to your shoulder.
Have a great Christmas and don't forget that ePHOTOzine will have a special gift for all ePHOTOzine members on Christmas day!