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Last minute Christmas gift ideas and advice

Last minute Christmas gift ideas and advice - A gift is not just for Christmas it's for life! So here on ePHOTOzine we thought that not only can we give you ideas for gifts for Christmas but also offers that carry on into the next decade!

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Pentax Cashback offerSave up to £250 with Pentax!
Pentax are offering up to £250 Cashback on simultaneous purchases of any Pentax products; DSLR, compact, bridge camera, lens, flash, grip, accessory or binoculars (appearing on the same receipt or invoice) between 2 November and 15 January 2010*.

*Please register your details online by 21 January 2010.
  • £50 cashback on purchases of £650
  • £100 cashback on purchases of £1,000
  • £150 cashback on purchases of £1,500
  • £250 cashback on purchases of £2,000
To download the claim form and view the full promotion terms and conditions, visit the Pentax Cashback website.

Nikon D3000Nikon D3000 Cashback Offer!
The Nikon D3000 is the simplest, most accessible DSLR to date. The new model has been packed with user-friendly, intuitive features, designed to guide you towards capturing professional looking images at the click of a button.

The new intelligent Guide Mode helps you to get the most from your images by recommending the appropriate settings for your subject or scene. Visual demonstrations help you to pre-visualise the end result and teach you how to improve your photography skills by identifying the settings used to achieve the image.

With the 10.2 megapixel sensor, powerful EXPEED processing system and brilliant NIKKOR lenses, the D3000 helps you to achieve excellent pictures wherever you are, whatever you or your subject is doing.

Nikon Christmas Cashback
Nikon are offering £30 Cashback when you buy a new Nikon D3000 digital SLR camera and £50 on a new Nikon D5000. The offer is available on all kits purchased between 5 November - 10 January 2010 (inclusive)*.

Simply visit www.nikon.co.uk for more details and click here to find out how to claim.

*All claims must arrive by 15 February 2010 in order to qualify. Terms and conditions apply.

Park CamerasThis Christmas, think Park Cameras
December sees the launch of Park Cameras’ all-new 2009 Christmas Catalogue. Literally bursting at the seams with fantastic Christmas gift ideas, this year we are providing forty pages of unrepeatable promotional offers, many of which won’t even be found on our website! The Canon EOS 5D MK II (body only) at £1,699.99 and the Nikon D300s at only £1,179.00 are two examples of the amazing prices that we are able to offer.

If you find yourself stuck for photographic inspiration this Christmas, then why not refer to our Christmas Gift Guides for Him and Her?! With a wide range of ideas to choose from, suiting every need and budget, we feel confident that this year's Christmas Catalogue will be the best yet.

You can get your hands on your very own copy by purchasing the latest copy of Amateur Photographer or by simply giving us a call on 01444 237070 where a member of the team will gladly send you a FREE complimentary copy!
In addition to offering photo enthusiasts over 1,000 products in our Christmas Catalogue don’t miss out on the Park Cameras Christmas and New Year sale, starting at 10.30am on Monday 27th December where there will be the chance to pick up a bargain across hundreds of sale and clearance items.
For more information, including details on our Festive Season opening hours, please visit Park Cameras.

GE waterproof camerasBuy the new G3WP for your friends, family or a loved-one.
A new waterproof digital camera has been added to the GE camera range, which gives clear, crisp images both in and out of the water.

The G3WP is a 12 megapixel digital camera with a 4x optical zoom and 4.5x digital zoom. The camera boasts advanced features as standard including face, blink and smile detection, as well as the new Auto Scene Detection and Pan Capture Panoramic features.

The most exciting function is the underwater photography and movie capability. The G3WP is waterproof down to a depth of 3 metres, making it a great camera for those with an active lifestyle who enjoy underwater sports as well as land activities.

To make the camera easy to use in water, there is a 2.7" LCD screen for clear viewing of subjects, which automatically adjusts its brightness for accurate images, as well as a wrist strap to secure the camera when in water.

The G3WP also has a lightweight, slimline body and comes in three new colours; ocean blue, graphite grey and raspberry red. The digital camera retails at approximately £140.

For more information on the GE camera range visit GE Digital Cameras.

Dream Bag ChallengeWhy buy presents when you can win some? Thanks to Bogen Imaging UK.
You can win $22,00 worth of photography gear thanks to Bogen Imaging UK.

Can't find your perfect photo bag? Then how about designing your own?

Join Kata's Dream Bag Challenge - share your best ideas for your dream photo bag and you could win amazing prizes: $22,000 worth of pro photo equipment is waiting for the winners!

  • 1st Prize: The best design will be selected as the winner, hand built exclusively for the designer and packed full of high-end photo equipment worth $5,000 in total!
  • 2nd Prize: $4,000 worth of photo gear
  • 3rd Prize: $3,000 worth of photo gear

You don’t have to be a great designer to participate, all you need is a good idea!

Visit Bogen Imaging UK for full details on how to enter!

Olympus Pen cameraDoes someone in your life need a Pen?
We're not talking about one you write with, we mean the first ground-breaking Olympus Micro Four Thirds model that comes at a time when mirrors are no longer a necessary component for digital cameras with interchangeable lenses.

Incredibly small size, retro style, and ease of use are a nod to the Pen’s past. However, DSLR quality and a host of new features place the E-P1 at the leading edge as Olympus' innovative technologies re-imagine the future. Now everyone can have the best of both worlds: high-end design and DSLR performance.

Don't be a tourist! For more information visit Olympus.

Intro 2020 Tamron offerClaim a FREE Slik Tripod worth £34.99 when you purchase a new Tamron 18-270mm VC Lens!
The Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO (Model B003) is the first digital SLR lens in the world that delivers a remarkable zoom ratio of 15X (28-419mm equivalent) and is equipped with a highly effective Vibration Compensation (VC) mechanism. Designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized image sensors, the new lens delivers outstanding image quality over its entire zoom range and its exclusive VC anti-shake system facilitates sharp handheld photography even at the longest telephoto settings.

If you purchase a new Tamron 18-270mm VC lens between 13 November 2009 and 31 January 2010* claim a FREE Slik tripod worth £34.99. Closing date for receipt of claims is 15 February 2010.

For more information visit Intro 2020.

VanguardOffer a friend some support this Christmas and give them an Award-winning Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT tripod.

Check out the award-winning fabulous new Vanguard 'Alta Pro 263AT' tripod, complete with Vanguard's 'SBH-100 Ball Head'. The Vanguard Alta Pro range of tripods has two special features that make it a cut above its competition. First is the MACC system – a real innovation in modern tripod design. MACC stands for 'Multi-Angle Central Column' – a feature that allows you to manoeuvre the tripod's central column between 0-130° – covering a full range of horizontal and vertical positions, and 40° more flexibility than any of its rivals. This means it's ideal for tricky subjects such as macro and still-life that are sometimes awkward to photograph. Then there’s the ISSL system: Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock. This allows users to securely and quickly reposition the central column at the flick of a bright orange switch. No more fumbling around trying to tighten lots of different levers and risking missing the shot. Non-slip, all weather foam grips on the legs and an anti-shock ring prevent camera vibration damage. Levered leg locks on the aluminium alloy Alta Pro 263 AT (aluminum version) + SBH 100 tripods tighten and loosen legs as desired, with a reassuringly firm action.

For more information visit Vanguard.

Albelli calendarThere's 40% off all Albelli photo books and calendars for ePHOTOzine members.
Special year-end offer for ePHOTOzine members:

40% discount on Albelli photo products!

This means you can now create an XL square photo book (hard cover, 30cm x 30cm, 24 pages) for only £20.97 (excl p&p) or a small landscape photo book (hard cover, 13cm x 10cm, 24 pages) for as little as £5.97 (excl p&p). Or create beautiful Year or Birthday Calendars for £10.77 (excl p&p).
How does it work?
  1. Visit Albelli, where you can install the Albelli photo book creation software, with the latest features and products
  2. Use your promotion code at check-out to obtain your discount
Your personal promotion code is: EPZ40ALB. Please note this offer expires on 31 January, 2010.

Epson Stylus Photo R2880Buy the award-winning Epson Stylus Photo R2880.

Make sure yours go the distance with the award-winning Epson Stylus Photo R2880.

Epson’s innovative A3+ printer delivers true-to-life colours that will last for decades, thanks to the exclusive Epson UltraChrome™ K3 with Vivid Magenta ink. This ink set enables superb grey balance and precise colour without any colour cast. You can achieve Hi-Definition, edge-to-edge prints on a variety of media up to 1.3mm thick, including fine art paper, roll and sheet cut and thick rigid media such as board and poly-board.

Get professional results with Epson’s advanced technology, including improved Micro Piezo™ print head, Variable-sized Droplet Technology™ and Epson’s new LUT technology for super smooth gradations and improved tonal reproduction.

Take your photography to another level with prints you’ll be proud to display for years to come.

Find out more about Epson’s A3+ printer range

Extreme Photographic SuitFor the landscape photographer in your life, why not treat them to an Extreme Photographic Suit.
Stealth Gear have developed the world's first full-feature photography suit. The Stealth Gear Extreme Photographer's suit comes in four parts including jacket, vest, fleece and trousers; all four items for only £329.99. Visit Stealth Gear for more information and to read our reviews from well-known photographers. Stealth gear also offer a wide range of photography hides, making a great affordable Christmas present for photographers. Check out our range of accessories like gaiters, poncho and waterproof suits, which make great stocking fillers.

Stealth Gear have many new, exciting products in production which will be very unique to market and all available early 2010. Watch this space!

Visit Stealth Gear for more information.

Creative Motion DesignePz members save 35% on Elite websites and 10% on regular priced sites.
Stunning Flash websites for professional photographers! Free trial, iphone friendly, proofing, SEO tools!

We’ve recently reduced our prices across the board to make our websites even more accessible to our audience!

We already design some of the coolest websites on the Internet and with our new pricing structure you won’t find better value. Don't miss our newest release Anton - it's our sexiest design ever!

If you haven’t visited our site in a while then take a look at our new designs and new prices! Visit Creative Motion Design where you can see for yourself and sign up for a FREE TRIAL!

Save 35% on our most popular Elite websites and 10% on regular priced sites when you use the ephotozinediscount promo code at the time of purchase!

Welshot imagingTreat the photographer in your life to a Welshot Imaging Photography Workshop in Hong Kong.
Visit Hong Kong With Will Cheung & Welshot Imaging Photography Workshop, 19 April to 26 April 2010.

Hosted by Will Cheung FRPS, he'll share with you invaluable experience, guidance and local knowledge, with many hours of one-to-one tuition.

Spend 5 nights and 6 days discovering Hong Kong with Will Cheung FRPS and Welshot Imaging. From visiting the district of Wanchai to Lantau Island to discovering Hong Kong Island at night. Exploring the Wong tai sin temple to capturing the modern architecture, to shooting sunsets at Kowloon harbour to visiting Aberdeen fishing harbour; the photographic opportunities will be endless. In a safe and relaxed environment with other like-minded enthusiast photographers, Welshot Imaging will relieve all the pressure by organising the details and will be on hand to make sure all you have to worry about is capturing the beauty, atmosphere and life of this vibrant city that is Hong Kong.

For more information and a booking form, on what is promised to be an action-packed, photography filled, unique learning experience, please contact Lee from Welshot Imaging on (+44) 01248 670 693 or visit Welshot Imaging.

Cewe color photobookSave your memories as a book with CeWe colour.
'CEWE PHOTOBOOKS' are great for recording memories of everything from holidays and weddings to baby’s first year and parties. Why not treat a loved one this Christmas by making them a keepsake of special memories that they can treasure forever?

For more information, or to download the free software, visit Cewe Color.

Photo Value Super HeroVote for a Superhero costume and get someone or yourself £100 of vouchers to spend at Photovalue.
Photoman is a superhero who has joined the team at Photovalue.com. His new job is to keep you updated with NEWS, VIEWS and Sales & Marketing tips on my new blog which he will launch in early December.

He has designed 5 possible superhero outfits but cannot make up his mind which to wear... Will you help him out?

Everyone who votes for their favourite choice of outfit gets entered in a FREE draw for one of three £100/€100 photovalue.com vouchers. Click here to enter and register your vote.

ACDsee Pro 3Help a photographer with their workflow and buy them ACDSee Pro Photo Manager 3.

Accelerate your workflow with ACDSee Pro Photo Manager 3; the best value in digital asset management software. A fast, efficient workflow platform, ACDSee Pro 3 is designed for and tested by professional photographers, delivering a pro experience at tremendous value. Manage, view, process and publish images with speed and ease.

"I've been a longtime ACDSee Pro user. This latest version is top notch image workflow software. I've tried them all and this is my favorite." - Peter Pereira, Photojournalist & 4SEE Photo Agency Photographer, New Bedford, MA.

As a photographer, you have thousands of photos and generate more every day. With the flexibility offered by ACDSee Pro, you can customize your digital asset management because ACDSee Pro 3 is the photography software with the flexibility to adapt to your workflow. Save time and stay organised every step of the way with ACDSee Pro 3.

For more information visit ACDSee.

Elemental lighting kitIf you know a photographer who needs a new lighting kit pay Elemental a visit now!
Elemental provide quality studio lighting equipment at fantastic prices. We have won awards for some of our products and have 5 Star reviews across our huge range of products. You will not find better value for money on studio lighting equipment anywhere in the United Kingdom - Guaranteed!

We specialise in one thing, and one thing only - Studio Lighting Equipment. Our range of lighting extends from the B Series for enthusiasts, G Series for entry level professional lighting to our coveted 5 Star M Series and our brand new Visico Digital Wireless Studio System. We have individual components and studio accessories including all of our Flash Heads, Softboxes, Beauty Dishes, Barn Doors, Umbrellas, Bags & Cases, Background Support Systems, Wireless Trigger Systems and Lighting Stands.

For more information visit Elemental.

Memory Card ZooYou'll find plenty of Memory and other gifts at the Memory Card Zoo.

Memory Card Zoo is one of Britain's most reliable and comprehensive web-based stores for supplying Memory Cards. We pride ourselves on providing a straight-forward, no fuss buying experience. Our team really know their stuff and will be happy to provide you with any help that you may need, whether it be advice on selecting the right memory card for your mobile phone or recommending the best USB drive to suit your needs. Our diverse range of memory cards include Compact Flash (CF), Secure Digital (SD), Mini SD, Micro SD, Memory Stick Pro Duo (MS Pro Duo), Memory Stick Micro M2, XD cards, USB Sticks and more.

Visit Memory Card Zoo to get some great gift ideas for the photographer who has everything!

Annabel Williams studioWhy not buy the photographer in your life a course at the Annabel Williams studio.
Find out what’s in store at Annabel Williams Contemporary Photographic Training (CPT) in 2010...
We’ve introduced a new schedule of seminars that will reinvigorate your photography and give you and your business a boost!

From one-day workshops through to the comprehensive four-day "A to Z of Photography and Business" there is something for everyone including; Lifestyle and Portrait Photography, Wedding Photography, Lighting Techniques, Digital Post Production, Sales, Marketing and much more.

The diverse range of courses available will both inspire and motivate you, giving you the skills to push your boundaries and reach even higher levels of success! Whether you are a complete novice, an established professional, or anywhere in between, there’s so much to discover at Annabel Williams CPT.

"Thank you all so much for such a fantastic course, it was so, so useful and has really inspired me to go for it! I handed my notice in today to commit to photography full-time and the course played a huge part in giving me the confidence to do this." Anna Hardy – discovery graduate 2009.

See Annabel Williams Contemporary Photographic Training (CPT) for more details.

Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2Buy a photographer you know Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo X2 Ultimate!
Whether you're capturing photos of wintery landscapes or get-togethers with family and friends, Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo X2 Ultimate is the must-have photo editing package that combines ease-of-use with full professional power. Fix brightness, colour and photo imperfections in a few clicks, or use precision editing controls to create the picture you want. Give photos a unique look using hundreds of special effects, and turn your favourite shots into fun projects for sharing! The Express Lab lets you view and fix photos quickly and easily. And the built-in Learning Center takes you step-by-step through common editing tasks. Plus, the Ultimate edition is packed with extras like media recovery software, bonus creative content and a 2 GB USB flash drive.

See here for more details.

X-Rite ColorChecker PassportsThe ColorChecker Passport is a must-have for any serious photographer

The ColorChecker Passport is the first standalone camera DNG profiling and RAW workflow solution for use within any RAW file editor.

ColorChecker Passport consists of three photographic targets in one pocket-sized protective case and camera calibration software on DVD, making it ideal for all types of work, providing effortless colour control and creative versatility.
  • Creative Enhancement Target - Get creative with your images in a single click. This target allows evaluation of highlight and shadow detail, in addition to warming and cooling white balance patches
  • Classic Target - Industry standard 24 patch classic colour reference target for creating camera profiles and evaluating specific colours
  • White Balance Target - New white balance target for more accurate control
  • The ColorChecker Passport is a must for any serious photographer.
For more information visit Colour Confidence.

MAGIX Extreme Photo & Graphic Designer 5Purchase the MAGIX Extreme Photo & Graphic Designer 5
MAGIX Xtreme Photo & Graphic Designer 5 is, without equal, the most creative and time-saving solution for your images: Quick optimization, high-performance image editing, intelligent graphic design and comfortable layout functions in a single completely intuitive program. Get more out of your photos and profit from numerous unique design options and high-quality templates. Get excited about outstanding results; it's perfect for preparing gifts and presentations.

New for this version is Intelligent Scaling:

Alter the vertical or horizontal format of your images in realtime, just as you please! Sometimes a photo is missing that certain something. More sky or less beach, and a nice picture would be a perfect photo. Now, intelligent scaling lets you edit the image motif without cumbersome retouching.

See MAGIX for more details.

Lexar memoryLexar's Memory cards make perfect stocking fillers.
Lexar offers a comprehensive line of award-winning memory cards in various speeds, formats and capacities, which include innovative features and valuable free software.

The Lexar Professional UDMA CF card offers the ultimate performance available when used with a UDMA-enabled device. The card delivers incredibly fast download speeds (45MB/sec) to satisfy the demand for faster transfer rates from card to computer, drastically reducing post-production time. The card also includes Lexar Image Rescue™ 3 software, which reliably recovers most photo, video, and audio files.

The Lexar Professional SD card is ideal for advanced photo enthusiasts and professional photographers who demand optimal performance from both the memory card and DSLR camera they use. The card is capable of minimum sustained write speeds of 20MB per second, so you can keep shooting - whether it's photos or full-motion video. The incredibly fast read/write speeds of the Lexar Professional SD card fully leverage your camera's high-speed processor and accelerate image download times, making it a top choice among professional photographers.

See Lexar for more details.

Photo ArtistryPhotoArtistry have just launched a new site for you to buy your gifts from.
PhotoArtistry uses the latest in digital print technology to bring you a large format digital printing and mounting service. We provide a giclee fine art printing service for self-publishing artists, photographers, interior designers, architects and other creative people throughout the UK. Working from your photos or artwork, we offer a bespoke canvas printing service, canvas stretching and mounting, block mounting onto acrylic Perspex, Dibond aluminium, and medium density fibreboard (MDF).

Our policy at PhotoArtistry is to pay special attention to your specific and individual requirements to ensure a good quality product over and over again. Our canvas prints, acrylic Perspex, aluminium and MDF block mounts are made to measure and hand-finished to perfection.

PhotoArtistry is proud to be ePHOTOzine's sponsor of The Photo Of The Week for 5 consecutive years.

For more information visit PhotoArtistry.

Verbatim logoVerbatim have all your data storage needs sorted.
Verbatim has been at the forefront of the evolution in data storage technology and remains one of the most recognisable names in the data storage industry.

Along with its technological innovations, Verbatim has always been recognised universally for its superior manufacturing practices. Currently, Verbatim offers a broad range of Hard Drives, Flash Media, SSD and Printer Consumables that meets the needs of consumers, professionals and corporations with capacities ranging from 1GB to 32GB.

See Verbatim for more details.

Think Tank products Think Tank Photo have a bag for every type of photographer!

Think Tank Photo design bags which help photographers be ready 'before the moment' and they aim to design products that help photographers travel easier, take images faster and organise their gear better.

From rolling cases to camera belts, Think Tank Photo have all the bags you could ever need and their website is the perfect place for you to find that perfect bag for a photographer this Christmas.

See Think Tank Photo for more details.

Spyder3All photographers need a calibrated screen so buy them a DataColor, Spyder Pro 3.

Serious photographers and creative pros require a high degree of colour accuracy; from capturing images, to digital editing and printing, Spyder3Pro™ delivers. This third generation colorimeter comes equipped with new state-of-the-art optical design and photo-centric user interface providing accurate, reliable and consistent colour. Spyder3PRO™ gives you more precise control over white point and gamma, new ReCAL option cuts re-calibration time in half and SpyderProof™ function brings you a new level of colour control to help you save time, money and achieve colour excellence.

Serious and professional photographers, or anyone whose display is the heart of their digital workflow, will benefit from Spyder Pro 3 monitor calibration.

See DataColor for more details.

Picstop logoBrowse Picstop's new website for the perfect gifts.

There have been a few changes at PicStop; we've got a brand new website! Click here to have a look and let us know what you think. Lots more new products, all at competitive prices as usual, but now easier to find using our new search options, such as choosing memory cards by speed rating.

If you're getting a nice new DSLR at Christmas then you'll need a few bits and pieces to complete your Kit. As PicStop specialise in digital camera accessories it will be no surprise to know that we have everything you need.

Starting with Bags, we have a huge range of SLR cases, Pro kit bags and backpacks for those of you with serious amounts of kit. Brands include Tamrac, National Geographic and Hama. We have a range of Tripods and monopods, from brands such as Manfrotto and Velbon, to name but two. Just in stock is the new Tamrac Zipshot, an ultra lightweight quick set up tripod. Don't forget batteries and memory! We also stock just about every battery or memory card for just about any digital camera out there, plus those other little accessories like filters, remote cables, cleaning kits and the like.

Best of all, if you're not sure which accessory you need or which one is compatible, you can use our "Product Finder" to help you find the right one.

Looking for some ideas on what to buy as Christmas presents? Visit our Christmas Gifts Section on the website. Suggestions include: Digital Photo Frames, MP3 Players, Tripods, Filter Kits, Camera Bags, Storage Devices, Photo Viewers, Scanners, Binoculars, Spotting Scopes, Astro scopes & Battery Chargers.

Next day delivery is an option on most items right up until Wednesday 23 December, ensuring delivery in time for Christmas. Have a great Christmas and New Year from the team at PicStop.

Visit Picstop now.
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