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Gift Guide 2014

Here's 2014's roundup of the very best kit and photography deals around this Christmas. So, if you still need to buy a photography related gift for a loved one or friend this Christmas, look no further than this article for inspiration and ideas! 

Nikon D5300

D5300 GR 18 55 Front

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-3

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The Pentax K-3 features a rugged, weatherproof body, sporting 92 seals to keep out water and dust. The new 24MP APS-C sensor enables you to take photos of stunning quality. 

Ideal for the experienced enthusiast or professional photographer, the Pentax K-3 has a myriad of features including in-body shake reduction, 8.3fps frame rate and an ISO range from 100 to 51,200.

With a Full HD movie mode and a large 3.2 inch monitor with 1,037,000 dots and no air space, you'll be able to shoot and view stunning videos with ease.

Pentax are offering up to £70 cashback this season on selected DSLRs, including the K-3. For more information, take a look at our list of Pentax retailers

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG 850

TG 850 Silver Side 1
 

If you know an adventurous photographer that loves to take their camera with them anywhere, the Olympus Tough TG 850 could be for them. Waterproof to 10 meters, shockproof to 2.1 meters and freezeproof to -10 degrees C, the TG 850 is ready, no matter what the conditions. 

Ideal for use on skiing and other high adrenaline action trips as well as on an exotic holiday by the sea, use the TG 850 with the peace of mind that no matter what the conditions, the camera will perform. 

With a slim, easily stowable compact body and controls that can be used even if you're wearing gloves, the TG 850 takes excellent images with built in optical image stabilisation, whether you're shooting under the waves or on the land.

Olympus will be at Winterville 2014 in Victoria Park, London from 2 December to 1 January 2015, allowing you to test out Tough cameras for free at the Ice Rink. take a look at the Winterville website for more information. 

 

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Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens 

SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD
 

This lens has become a legend in macro photography, and is perfect for anyone with a DSLR who is wanting to expand their lens collection with the best quality optics. 

State of the art optical and image stabilising technologies have been combined in the Tamron 90mm macro to create a reborn lens, enabling you to create and shoot even more beautiful and exquisite images.

Adopting a rounded diaphragm, this lens carries on the long tradition of Tamron's 90mm Macro lens in delivering spectacular background blur effects. Two XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glasses and one LD (Low Dispersion) element reduce chromatic aberrations, yielding sharp images and outstanding resolution.

Tamron's eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating delivers a dramatic improvement in anti-reflection performance - significantly reducing flare and ghosting for clearer, crisper images. The VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilisation mechanism reduces camera shake to deliver sharp images and the lens features USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual focus mechanism.

For more information, take a look at the Tamron website

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HIPA International Photography Contest 

HIPA

If you want the chance to win $120,000 this Christmas, the entering the HIPA photography contest could be the answer!

Welcome to the fourth season of the highly acclaimed HIPA photography awards. You're invited to share your imaginative mind, your passion for your craft and push yourself to produce your best work yet.

It's your opportunity to explore the beauty of the world that surrounds you, to distil a story, to dive into a rich pool of colour and depict an emotive moment in time.

This year's theme 'Life in Colour' is a wonderfully open brief that allows your creative mind to explore an array of exciting avenues - where will this journey take you?

We encourage you to unleash your lenses. To express yourself freely, and let your imagination lead you to gain the recognition you deserve.

For more information and to enter, take a look at the HIPA website.

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Institute of Photography Diploma in Photography Online Course 

IOP

If you or a loved one would like to improve their photography skills, then the Diploma in Photography from the Institute of Photography is the ideal gift. 

The Diploma in Photography from the Institute of Photography is designed for beginner and intermediate photographers who want to enhance their photography and composition skills as well as learn about image editing. Written by professionals in simple to understand language, this photography course from the Institute of Photography is suitable for everyone. You don’t need to be great with computers or have lots of professional equipment.

Course Key Features:

15 in-depth units
13 Practice Assignments
Membership of the IOP Camera Club forums for help, support and feedback
Live chat for immediate help and advice
Lifetime access to the course*
Diploma in Photography certificate

* You have lifetime access to the course but you must log in at least once every 12 months to keep your account active.

For more information, take a look at the Institute of Photography website

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Lowepro Fastpack 350 Backpack

Lowepro fastpack 350

 

The lightweight, fast access Fastpack 350 backpack is comfortable and offers plenty for a day out with your camera. Designed to protect a Pro DSLR with grip and a 24-70mm f/2.8 or 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached plus 17″ widescreen laptop there is still plenty of generous storage for additional lenses and other personal gear.

You won’t miss a shot, as the side-entry compartment allows you to grab equipment and accessories with ease, even while you’re on the move. Customise the easy-to-access main compartment with adjustable dividers, use the outer organiser to keep large accessories handy, and manage memory cards with a built-in pocket. Breathable, contoured shoulder straps distribute weight evenly so you can carry in comfort, whilst around town or traveling with this airline friendly backpack.

For more information on the Fastpack 350, take a look at the Lowepro website

 

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Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Camera

NX30

If you're looking for a new smart camera this season, either for a loved one or for yourself, the NX30 could be the answer.

This Smart camera is capable of taking DSLR quality shots in a small, lightweight and totally portable body.

With a swivelling screen, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, this is a fully featured camera that makes it really easy to not only take, but share your great photos on the go and back them up, for extra peace of mind.

The NX30 can shoot up to 30 frames per second in burst mode, and record 1080p full HD video for slick, seamless video footage.

With a wide variety of lenses available for the camera, there are endless opportunities for taking fantastic photos.

 

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Datacolor SpyderSTUDIO

SpyderSTUDIO

If you are a professional photographer, or are buying for a professional photographer this festive season, have you considered the SpyderSTUDIO kit

Spyderstudio™ is a complete colour calibration solution that provides everything you need from shoot, to edit, to print for the utmost in accuracy and colour management -Spyder4ELITE™, SpyderPRINT™ and SpyderCUBE™

Spyder4ELITE™ is an advanced colorimeter with an easy-to-use software that automates and simplifies the display calibration process. At the end, you can compare how the images look before and after calibration. Its full-spectrum 7-colour sensor can accurately characterize a variety of wide gamut and normal gamut displays. And its software lets you use the same sensor to calibrate your computer display, projector, TV (with purchase of the Spyder4TV HD cross-grade) and mobile devices. No other calibrator has this capability. The fourth-generation sensor uses double-shielded filters for longer life and better performance.

SpyderPRINT™ spectrocolorimeter gives you the ability to create profiles for your printers, inks and papers. Simply install the software, print your choice of targets with your printer and then use the SpyderGuide device to help step you through the easy process to calibrate and build a profile. The exclusive SpyderProof™ feature provides a series of images to help you evaluate detail and compare it with your images. We designed additional features in our software to make it easy for you to adjust profile settings to get the best possible printed output for your images.

SpyderCUBE™ is a small, 3-dimensional calibration and white balancing tool that makes a BIG impact on correct colour temperature and exposure settings. Its unique multi-faceted design detects primary and secondary light sources in any situation. Portable, mountable, and extremely durable. SpyderCUBE is a favourite that belongs in every photographer’s bag.

 

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Canon IXUS 155 Compact Camera 

Canon IXUS 155 Blue (3)

If you're looking for a compact camera this Christmas then the Canon IXUS 155 could be the answer. 

The stylish Canon IXUS 155 captures every detail no matter how far away, with 20 Megapixels and 10x ultra-wide optical zoom. Smart Auto and Intelligent IS ensure brilliant results every time you point and shoot.

Small enough to take anywhere, the IXUS 155 captures superb quality, high resolution, detailed images that are perfect for large-scale prints (A3+) or creative cropping - thanks to a 20 Megapixel sensor and a powerful DIGIC 4+ processor, which offers improved speed, performance and functionality for brilliant fast results.

Shoot sweeping landscapes and great group shots with the 24mm ultra-wide angle lens that lets you fit more in the frame. Get nearer to distant subjects using the 10x optical zoom or get even closer without any loss of quality with 20x ZoomPlus.

Canon are currently offering up to £80 cashback on selected camera and lens models. For more information, take a look at the Canon website

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Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Lens

Touit 1

Any photographer in the market for a new prime lens will appreciate the quality build of a Zeiss. 

Touit lenses from Zeiss are substantially smaller and lighter than comparable SLR lenses. This makes for a lightweight, more compact kit when combined with mirrorless system cameras, and allows you to take exceptionally high-quality photos in just about any situation and at any time.

The Zeiss Touit 32mm prime lens gives an equivalent field of view of 48mm in 35mm terms. Made from high quality materials yet remaining lightweight, the lens is available in both Fujifilm X Mount and Sony NEX Mount.

Find out more about the wide range of Zeiss lenses on the Zeiss website

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Wacom Intuos Pro M Tablet 

Wacom Intuos Pro M

Wacom's pen tablets are ideal for photo editing. They offer photographers a convenient and effortless way to optimise their digital images. They are 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. Just imagine your old black and white photos in living colour. It’s the perfect present for almost anyone. And a joy for you too.

The Intuos Pro Medium 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-touch 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 a limited time, the Intuos Pro Medium comes with free extras such as a trial membership for leading creative software from both Adobe® and Autodesk® plus a photo gift certificate for WhiteWall - the online photo lab for gallery quality.

For more information take a look at the Wacom website

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Joby Suction Cup & Locking Arm 

Joby suction cup

For the action and extreme action cam photography, the Joby Suction Cup & Locking Arm is an invaluable gadget. 

Armed with your action camera the Joby Suction Cup & Locking Arm is the quick-twist, vibration-resistant mounting solution – best for use on surfaces prone to vibration, such as cars, boats, motorcycles, etc. The ultra-stable, sturdy Locking Arm is perfect for long-duration shots and delivers crisp footage with its articulating ball joints that rotate 360 degrees and pivot 180 degrees side to side.

The patent-pending design of the Suction Cup provides a quick-twist lock for easy and fast set-up. It’s engineered to provide an industrial-strength hold on all types of smooth, clean, and non-porous surfaces. The built-in ¼"-20 screw base provides a universal mount, plus it comes with a removable arm and mount for GoPro action cameras so with the Suction Cup & Locking Arm provides limitless set-ups for any action cam shoot.

For more information, take a look at the Joby website

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Interceptor Messenger Camera Bag

Interceptor

The Interceptor messenger bag is designed to withstand even the most extreme weather conditions, keeping your equipment safe and dry. With welded seams and a plastic coated tarpaulin outer layer, it's ideal for withstanding splashes and heavy rain. 

The Messenger Bag, which received an ePHOTOzine 'Highly Recommended' award, has a slim profile and an adjustable, padded shoulder strap. The main compartment has a large flap-over lid for convenient access to equipment, without having to remove the bag from your shoulder. There is a zippered pocket in the lid, inner mesh pockets and adjustable, padded dividers that can be removed in one piece so you can also use this as an ordinary bag.

All the bags in the Interceptor range are constructed from a special ‘Tarpaulin’ cloth material which has superb strength and waterproof properties. It is based on the material used to make whitewater rafts and features welded, waterproof seams (not sewn with needles as in most other bags).

For more information on Interceptor bags, take a look at the Intro2020 website

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Samsung 32GB MicroSD EVO Memory Card

32GB Samsung

Every photographer needs a reliable memory card. Rest easy knowing Samsung's high-performance, stylish and secure memory cards ensure that digital memories of your festive activities, winter vacation and special occasions are protected from whatever life throws at them.

Samsung's three-tier memory card line-up boasts high levels of performance with unmatched style and transfer speeds. The Standard version has a Class 6 transfer speed with up to 24MB/s while the EVO and PRO cards boast Class 10, Grade 1 transfer speeds with up to 48MB/s (EVO) and 90MB/s (PRO).

Each tier is available in a MicroSD card for smartphones, tablets, action cams and an SD card for cameras and camcorders. Plus, Samsung memory cards are water-, temperature-, magnetic-, shock (SD only)- and X-Ray-proof ensuring your irreplaceable data is saved and transferred safely.

For more information on Samsung's memory cards featuring 5-proof technology, visit the Samsung Memory website.

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Natural Wonders Photography Course 

Natural Wonders

If you or a loved one already has all the equipment and accessories they need, why not book a photography course to help improve photography skills in a specific area?

Natural Wonders Photography specialise in wildlife, landsape and nature photography holidays and courses, both in the UK and abroad. They cater for everyone, from the absolute beginner to the experienced amateurs and, of course, the professionals.

All the locations are chosen to enable photographers to obtain great images from the best possible settings and locations.

With courses in the UK, Poland, France, India and Africa to name but a few destinations, Natural Wonders Photography has it all covered.

Whether you want to photograph local British mammals and birds of prey, beautiful European landscapes and birds or the exotic creatures and sights of places further afield, you'll find the perfect course for yourself or the photography lover in your life here.

Take a look at the Natural Wonders Photography website today to find the ideal photography course.

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Douglas Software Photography Tools

Douglas software provides a range of photographic tools to aid photographers in their daily routines. Douglas software

The Douglas Grey Card is an essential tool for the serious photographer and is one of the very few truly neutral and true 18% grey cards available. The card is ideal for exposure management, contrast measurement, colour balancing and white balance.

The Douglas Depth Of Field & Hyperfocal Distance Calculator is a useful utility that takes some of the guess-work out of photography. The Douglas Photo Calculator will calculate your correct Hyperfocal distance (the distance from the lens to the nearest part of the subject that is in acceptable focus when the lens is focused upon infinity) with just a few clicks.

The Sun & Moon Calculator is a Solar and Lunar database for photographers and anyone else who needs to know the position of the Sun and Moon from any location at any time. The horizon window shows the sun and moon as they are currently in the sky, and there are a host of other unique features, including lunar phase and lunar eclipses. The software covers over 1,600 pre-set locations in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, including latitude, longitude and time zone. You can also create your own database for any location on earth.

For more information, take a look at the Douglas Software website

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Magix Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10

Xara

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10 is the photo and graphics editing program for simply better pictures. Get the most out of your photos and create your own graphics and illustrations. This lets you transform your snapshots into genuine eye catchers and create your own works of art.

Correct photos with just a few clicks and add great effects. Thanks to an easily understandable user interface, even beginners can quickly get impressive results. With the world's fastest vector graphic engine taken directly from Xara Designer Pro, impressive graphics are only a few clicks away – even with older PCs.

Transform snapshots into stunning photographs: From fast picture enhancement to detailed retouching, you will find everything you need. Draw and paint real vector graphics on your PC. Scale and edit graphics without jeopardizing quality. Graphic design becomes a real pleasure. Create slideshows and keep track of your photo collection with Photo Manager 12. Additionally, you get over 2500 design elements.

For more information, take a look at the Magix website

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PermaJet Papers

PermaJet

If you or a loved one are into home printing, then a gift form PermaJet could be ideal. They produce a wide range of photographic papers, allowing you to give your prints superb quality with a variety of finishes, including gloss or matt, on high quality heavyweight paper. 

Permajet are also ideal for creating your own Christmas cards this season. The photographic professional quality that is known throughout the PermaJet group of papers continues to be found in these great cards. 

Permajet currently has an offer running enabling you to get a 15% discount on PermaJet inkjet cards ready for you to print your own photographs onto. Simply enter 'RUDOLPH' at the checkout to receive the offer. For more information, take a look at the PermaJet website

 

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Zippi.co.uk Photo Products

Zippi

Zippi.co.uk are celebrating the festive period with a 30% sale on all photo gifts including canvas prints, personalised phone cases, 

mugs, jigsaws, coasters, t-shirts and keyrings. For a limited time only, grab yourself 30% off all photo gift products ordered online until 18 December 2014. Use code: XMASSALE in the discount code section when you order your products online and enjoy a 30% saving.

Perfect for Christmas gifts, all Zippi photography products are made using the finest materials, such as jigsaws on chunky wood pieces and our canvas prints stretched over frames made to fine art standards or phone cases with amazing colour clarity! 

With our easy online ordering and preview you are able to create your gift exactly as you want it. Ordering can be done via the website or via Zippi's various iphone apps where you can even check how your image will look as a canvas print on the actual wall you plan to put it on.

Take a look at the Zippi website for more information. 

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Photo Model Holidays Photography Holiday

Photo Model Holidays

Photo Model Holidays are based in Bulgaria, and provide bespoke photo holidays specialising in portraiture based disciplines, including studio skills, outdoor beauty and fine art figure shooting plus much more.

Photo Model Holidays have been running very successful 'one-on-one' photographic holidays in beautiful Bulgaria for over five years, specialising in photographing the female form in all its genres.

To see what is awaiting you at Photo Model Holidays, check out their website via the title link above and select the course date of your choice and contact them via the website.

As a special bonus for first time visitors to their courses, and to mark their first presence on ePHOTOzine, they are offering a 10% discount on all bookings for holiday courses made during the month of December, 2014, when booked via the website Contact Form and quoting 'ePHOTOzine'.

Take a look at the Photo Model Holidays website for more information. 

 

 

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Transcend Memory Gear

Transcend

Transcend offer a very impressive, award-winning range of products, from USB drives to Flash cards and external rugged drives to the latest Apple solutions for Mac and Car video recorders.

No matter if you're driving during the day or night, the DrivePro 100 Car Video Recorder is your most reliable eyewitness on the road.

The DrivePro 100 features high-quality, wide-angle 6 glass lenses that captures snapshots and clear Full HD footage for display on a bright 2.4" colour LCD screen.

If that's not enough, Transcend will also include a 16GB MicroSDHC MLC flash card.

Take a look at the Transcend website for more information on their range.

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Manfrotto BeFree Tripod And Travel Backpack

Manfrotto

For photographers who like to travel, the BeFree Carbon tripod is the perfect companion. Fast to set up and intuitive to use, the BeFree Carbon is extremely stable to ensure capture of precise, sharp images. Adding to its transportability, the BeFree Carbon weighs just 1.1kg and can support up to 4kg of weight.

The new 100% carbon fibre legs ensure rigidity and transportability and, thanks to the unique mechanism and the Quick Release Adaptor of its ball head, its foldable legs pack very tightly - reaching a folded length of just 40cm. Coming with its own padded carry bag, the BeFree is always comfortable and easy to carry anywhere. The bag's extra padding makes it simple to pack in your luggage whilst protecting it from any accidental damage.

The Travel Backpack is the perfect solution for the photographer who wants to carry everything they need with them; photographic gear, tripod and personal belongings can fit perfectly into one single compartment. The extendable padded pocket on the side is perfect for the Manfrotto BeFree to be added and the upper section can be dedicated to storing personal belongings. The bottom section features a quick side access for ease and can carry 1 - 2 additional lenses, flash and accessories. There is a dedicated compartment for a 13" laptop, and the internal dividers can be removed to convert it into an everyday backpack.

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e2 Membership

e2

If you or a loved one is into photography, then e2 membership will be the perfect gift this year! Plus, if you're already an ePHOTOzine member, you can upgrade your account to e2 in a matter of minutes!

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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Foliopic Site Membership

foliopic

foliopic is the ideal website host for photographers. Designed and created by photographers for photographers, it offers all the features you could possibly want. 

The site is easy to use, with no website or software knowledge required to create your own website in a short period of time. There is a feature-packed admin, allowing you to easily control every aspect of your website with features at your fingertips, too. 

There are also fully customisable templates, helping your site to stand out from the crowd. Take a look at the Foliopic website today to find out more. 

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