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If you do a lot of landscape, wildlife or other outdoors photography, depending on where you're shooting you’re likely to find yourself out in the cold and wet on occasion. This means you need clothing that will keep you warm and dry, and ultimately comfortable enough to shoot – and with hands being both prone to cold and essential for camera control, keeping them warm is a priority.

When choosing photography gloves there are a few factors to consider. Wind-proofing, water-resistance and good grip are all desirable features, while it's also important that gloves enable tactile control of camera dials and buttons.

It’s safe to say that there are gloves available for every type of weather and preference

Finding the ideal pair can be tricky, but we've found five great photography gloves will keep your hands warm and dry in the wind, rain and cold. No two pairs are alike, so you’ll need to assess which pair, or indeed pairs, will suit your particular needs.

If you need a pair of gloves that will keep your hands super-warm in even the coldest conditions, you'll want The Heat Company Heat 3 Layer System. Comprising three liner options, two outer mitten options and a polar hood for extremely cold conditions, these gloves allow you to select the best combination for the environments you're shooting in.

The options we tested were the Tactility Liner and Shell-Smart mitten, designed for use during winter in northern Europe. The back of the Shell-Smart is made from Elastic microfiber, while the palm is goat leather with Primaloft Gold insulation inside. The mitten and thumb fold back to reveal your fingers and thumb, in the touchscreen-compatible liner, which can be held back in position with strong magnets.

The Heat Company Heat 3 Layer System are perfect for winter shooting –pockets for holding disposable hand-warmers are another great touch. However, while these gloves are super-warm and enable good control of your camera, they may be too warm for some people in milder conditions.

Working in wet conditions is all part of the job for outdoor photographer, and the SealSkinz Ultra Grip Gloves have a trump card: they’re 100% waterproof. With these breathable gloves on there’s no way water will penetrate, and you can confidently submerge your hands in water if necessary without fear of them becoming cold and wet.

They're close-fitting, and made of a stretch knit material that allows you to move your fingers freely, while the merino wool lining is soft and comfortable. The rubber grip on the fingers and palms works well, and it’s easy enough to change settings on DSLRs and CSCs while wearing the gloves. The forefinger tips and thumbs are also touchscreen-compatible.

The SealSkinz are fairly plain-looking – you’d never guess they were 100% waterproof and also windproof. In terms of warmth they’re useable up to late autumn/early winter in the northern hemisphere, and then from early spring onwards. Unfortunately they’re not quite warm enough for use in freezing conditions – you'll need to keep your hands in your pockets between shots.

As a glove designed specifically for photographers, the Vallerret Photography Glove Markhof Pro Model is one of just a few options aimed directly at photographers. The gloves can be purchased on their own for milder cold weather, but the optional merino wool liner is essential for winter use.

The gloves are well made and comfortable to wear. The flip-back thumb and forefinger flaps, with magnets to hold them back, work reasonably well, and allow full control of your camera. They're made of a water-resistant Softshell material that provides effective wind protection, and the fingers and palm have excellent grip. There’s a zip pocket on the back for small items such a lens cloth.

On their own the Vallerret gloves are ideal for milder conditions, but if you want to use them in very cold weather the merino liners are essential. One thing to note is that the fitting instructions suggest a close fit that will loosen over time, which won't be a problem if you use just the gloves, but if you want to use the wool liner too you may need a larger size, so check before ordering.

MacWet gloves are designed with manual dexterity and grip in mind, which makes them an obvious choice for photographers. These MacWet Climatec long cuff sports gloves are designed for cool but not very cold weather, and are windproof and water-resistant.

The backs of the gloves are made of elasticated man-made material backed with fleece for warmth, while the palm is made of MacWet’s Aquatech material, which looks and feels like soft suede; this material offers excellent grip even when it’s wet, making the gloves ideal for outdoor photographers.

The Climatec Sports Gloves are comfortable to wear, while their thin design enables you to adjust controls on DSLRs and CSCs with ease, although they’re not touchscreen-compatible.

If you’re looking for gloves that will keep your hands warm when the temperature drops, these Under Armour UA ColdGear Infrared Softshell Gloves may be just the ticket. The windproof and water-resistant gloves perform well in all but sub-zero conditions where your hands are exposed for long periods. 

The backs of the gloves are made of elasticated man-made material, while the fronts are made of suede, with a silicone grip on the palm area – this would have been helpful on the fingertips too, although the suede does a decent job of maintaining grip. On the inside there’s a thermo-conductive coating that's designed to absorb and retain body heat.

They resemble skiing gloves, with plenty of padding for warmth and boxy fingertips, but what’s surprising about them is that despite the design they're compatible with touchscreens. They're warm and comfortable, although you will need to remove them to change camera settings via dials or buttons. A good choice for photographers on a budget.

Posted: December 14, 2017, 11:33 am

It is not uncommon for an aspiring photographer, when browsing Amazon or the websites of photography retailers, to click on a favorite brand and then refine the search results by price descending.

An assortment of daydream items are added to an imaginary basket before economic reality sets in, resulting in a painful thump back down to planet Earth.

But what if you won the lottery overnight, or suddenly found yourself with a healthy six-figure Christmas bonus? 

Keep reading, because we've already spent the money for you with this ultimate list of fantasy kit, which ranges from a Hasselblad that costs as much as a new Porsche to a drone that wouldn't look out of place on a Hollywood set.

So feast your eyes – and then silently weep with the realization that most of this stuff is way out of your reach…

The 100MP CMOS sensor in this photographic goliath offers, quite simply, the highest-quality output of any digital camera on sale today.

Reserved for the pixel-peeping perfectionist, the H6D features 16-bit color definition, an unparalleled dynamic range of 15 stops and that ludicrous 100MP sensor, which is claimed to capture detail like no other.

Dual card slots means it's CFast compatible, which is good because the high-speed data transfer rates required when shooting in UHD or continuous high-def stills certainly require it.

For those who simply have to shoot at ISO speeds of up to 12,800 it's a must-have, but just remember that the cheapest lenses tickle the £4k/$4k mark, so make sure there's some change left in the piggybank. 

Much like a high-end supercar, this glitzy Gitzo is limited to just 1,917 units, marking the year of Gitzo's foundation and cementing the fact that this is no ordinary tripod.

The heady asking price gets you a new magnesium spider, which is finished with black and titanium coloring, and carbon 'eXact' tubing for strength and weight reduction, as well as a new center ball head, which is lifted from the equally brilliant Series 1 Traveler tripod.

If you demand a little extra exclusivity for your money, the limited-edition tripod also features a strap fashioned of genuine Italian leather, its own branded chest, a certificate of authenticity signed by Gitzo’s CEO, and includes a hang tag with the name of the craftsman who created each separate piece. 

There are certainly more expensive digital cameras on the market, but you have to hand it to Leica for coming up with a compact that costs almost as much as the flagship DSLRs from the big Japanese manufacturers.

However, the sumptuous Leica Q is more than just a fashion statement, as it features a full-frame, 24MP CMOS sensor that has been precisely calibrated for its lens, which happens to be the equally brilliant Leica Summilux 28mm f/1.7.

The angle of view results in perfectly natural-looking shots with visually pleasing perspective and proportions, as well as a level of detail that most other compact cameras would struggle to achieve.

Furthermore, it can shoot at sensitivities up to ISO50,000, and its autofocus game is strong. Couple this with the recently updated Leica Maestro II image processor, which delivers up to 10 frames per second at full resolution, and you have the ultimate travel companion – just make sure you have the ultimate travel insurance.

Many shopping experts have dubbed this year 'the year of the drone', as both amateur filmmakers and hobbyists rush to stick these footage-snapping copters on their Christmas list.

But very few of the hundreds of drones out there come close to the DJI Inspire 2 when it comes to professional-quality features. This dual-battery craft is capable of speeds of up to 58mph, and can fly for up to 27 minutes. It also boasts a wealth of infrared sensors and terrain detection technology to ensure that your shoots aren't interrupted by accidents.

The Professional Combo package also includes a Zenmuse X5S camera, which has an upgraded M4/3 sensor that shoots up to 20.8MP photos and Apple ProRes video at up to 5.2K.

With numerous intelligent flight modes, a comprehensive object-tracking mode and a smart return-to-home functionality, there's not much this drone can't do.

The fact that Zeiss says its Otus 1.4/55 is the best 'standard lens' it produces should give you some indication of just how good this optic is.

There are no chromatic or spherical aberrations, and no distortion, just an optical design that aims to bring the performance and quality of a medium format camera to more affordable Canon and Nikon DSLRs – although we can't help but think that pairing it with a suitably extravagant full-frame body would be the way forward. 

So what makes it so darn expensive? Well, a super-fast f/1.4 maximum aperture means your bokeh shots will look better than ever, while stopped down it offers amazing levels of detail and depth of field, thanks to some top-quality craftsmanship.

However, there's no image stabilization or autofocus here – baffling to us, but if you need such features it may be best to spend your money elsewhere.

Have you been enjoying the glorious visuals of Blue Planet 2 recently? Well, many of those buttery-smooth high-definition sequences were likely recorded on a Red camera – and the Weapon 8K is the king of them all.

The option of a new Monstro 8K VV sensor means this beast is capable of shooting motion and stills in 8K 2.4:1 at up to 75fps, or 8K Full Format at 60fps. In short, we're talking cinematic image quality that goes some way to justifying the professional price tag. 

Just take a look at the stats for this thing: a super-fast 300 MB/s data rate, 8K resolution 35.4MP motion and stills, and 17+ stops of dynamic range. 

So, you've been splurging on all this high-end kit, and now you need something to safely – and stylishly – transport it in. Of course, you could plump for the tried and tested Peli case, but they're a little gauche.

The stunning bull leather Compagnon Weekender, on the other hand, is not. The hide is naturally tanned in Germany, all metal parts feature a chrome finish, and the detachable shoulder strap is sewn twice for longevity and durability.

Inside, there's padded space for two or three full-frame DSLR bodies and two to four additional lenses, depending on their size.

Alternatively, it's been also designed to hold the more expensive kit, such as the Red Dragon, Sony FS-700 and Canon C500. Plus, there's still room for a 15-inch laptop and a multitude of inner pockets for leads, batteries and other accouterments.

A common complaint leveled at today's amateur photographers regards the reams of imagery they have stored on SD cards and external hard drives, and the relative lack of imagery physically hanging on walls. 

So why not skip the standard 6 x 4 or 10 x 8-inch prints that are available from stores and online services, and jump straight into the world of ultra-fine A2 prints that will grace any living space?

Canon's 12-color pigment system creates stunning reproductions that are superb for fine art projects, poster-making and proofing, while a plug-in for Photoshop allows users to export 16-bit RGB images directly to the printer.

Just don't ask how much a replacement ink cartridge costs.

Forget flashguns – the Anova PRO 2 from Rotolight is a revolutionary LED studio and location light that also incorporates HSS flash.

Insanely powerful, it kicks out an incredible 10,700 lux output at three feet while consuming just 72W of power, making it a great option on location. 

It's not just about power, though, as the Anova Pro 2 offers outstanding color reproduction, with a gorgeous soft light quality and Rotolight’s signature catch-light effect. 

As well as featuring the ‘shoot what you see’ benefits of continuous lighting, the Anova Pro 2 also offers the flexibility of High-Speed Sync (HSS) flash, enabling you to shoot at up to 1/8000 sec with no recycle time. Try doing that with your regular flashgun.

Posted: December 12, 2017, 11:54 am

Once upon a time, keen photographers bought a DSLR – it was the established order of things. But the mirror mechanism of a DSLR is complex and noisy and adds to the weight of the camera, and that's where the mirrorless camera, or compact system camera comes in. They keep the big sensors and interchangeable lenses of DSLR cameras but ditch the mirror to produce a smaller, lighter and simpler camera.

In fact, there are still pros and cons to both designs. If you want to find out more, read this: Mirrorless vs DSLR cameras: 10 key differences.

Some mirrorless cameras have a compact, rectangular body, some are styled like DSLRs with a 'pentaprism' on the top – though this houses an electronic viewfinder rather than the optical viewfinder you get with a DSLR.

Be aware, too, that cheaper mirrorless cameras don't come with viewfinders at all – instead, you compose the photo on the rear screen, just as you do with a compact camera or a smartphone. (If you're still not sure what kind of camera you need, read our easy to follow guide: What camera should I buy?)

No two photographers are exactly the same – we're all looking for slightly different things, so we've ranked the 10 best compact system cameras you can buy right now based not just on specs, handling and performance, but size, simplicity and value for money too.

With the Alpha A7R III, Sony has taken one of our favorite mirrorless cameras and bolstered the performance to make it one of the most complete and versatile cameras available today. With a brilliant full-frame 42.2MP sensor that's supported by and advanced AF system and 10fps burst shooting, you no longer have to sacrifice performance for resolution or vice versa. This is a camera that would be equally at home perched on a mountain as in a studio or on the sidelines of a football match.

Read our in-depth Sony Alpha A7R III review

Fuji X-T2

Fujifilm's update to the X-T1 may look similar at first glance, but there have been some big improvements and perhaps the biggest of all is the autofocus system. It's a huge leap forward compared with the system found in the X-T1, with AF tracking of moving subjects now much more precise and swift, while the level of sophistication and customisation is impressive too. Add in 8 frames per second burst shooting, a clever double-hinged rear display, bright EVF, Fuji's excellent 24.3MP X Trans III CMOS sensor and plenty of body mounted controls that's all wrapped-up in a tactile body, and you're left with a brilliant camera.

Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T2 review

Sony Alpha 7R II

The Alpha A9 doesn't fail to impress. The AF system Sony has blessed its flagship camera with is not only incredibly quick, the tracking performance needs to be seen to be believed. Partner that with incredibly fast 20fps burst shooting, and a large and bright EVF that doesn't blackout when you're shooting, and you've got a camera that can mix it with the best that Canon and Nikon have to offer when it comes to shooting action.

Read our in-depth Sony Alpha A9 review

Olympus E-M10 II

The OM-D E-M10 Mark III might not be a massive leap forward over the Mark II, with much of the camera's specification remaining the same. However, Olympus has refined and tweaked one of our favorite mirrorless cameras to make it an even more tempting proposition for new users and enthusiasts alike. Some will criticise the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor format (roughly half the area of APS-C) but the effect on image quality is minor and it means that the lenses are as compact and lightweight as the camera itself. Sporting a 5-axis image stabilization system, decent electronic viewfinder, an impressive 8.6fps burst shooting speed and 4K video, it's no toy – the E-M10 Mark III is a properly powerful camera.

Read our in-depth Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III review

Fuji X-t10

Like the look of the X-T2 at the top of our list, but don't quite want to shell out that much for it? Fuji has the answer in the shape of the X-T20, which manages to distill many of the key features of the X-T2 including the excellent 24.3MP sensor and advanced AF system, but into a slightly more compact and affordable camera. The X-T20 feels very similar to its bigger brother in terms of build quality, while the tactile controls and polished handling make it a very satisfying camera to shoot with. The X-T20 will certainly hit the sweet spot for many photographers. If you like the look of the X-T20, but want something a little more compact, take a look at the X-E3. Sharing virtually the same specification, it has a more compact design. 

Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T20 review

While not quite perfect, the G80’s (G85 in the US) feature set and performance make it one of the most compelling mid-range mirrorless propositions around. Autofocus is very good, whether you’re using it for static or moving subjects, and processing speeds are fast, while the image stabilisation system is very effective whether you’re recording stills or movies. Image quality is generally very good, with the removal of the low-pass filter making a positive difference overall, and this is matched by strong 4K video quality, with plenty of video-related options. Together with a great EVF and LCD partnership, plenty of options over customisation and a broad range of compatible lenses, the G80 is a smash on a number of levels.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85 review

The Lumix GH5 is the latest in the line of Panasonic's top-of-the-range GH series of mirrorless cameras, which over the years have carved out a niche for themselves among videographers thanks to their breadth of movie-making features. It's certainly one of the best 4K camera solutions out there, if not the best, before you start considering dedicated professional video cameras, and that video capability is backed up by a great set of features for the stills photographer.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix GH5 review

Sony A6300

You don't have to go full-frame to get the benefit of Sony's great camera technology and this APS-C format model makes a great choice for enthusiasts looking for an alternative to big, heavy DSLR. One of the challenges for CSC manufacturers has been to make their autofocus systems as good as the ones in DSLRs. The A6500's comes very close, especially in bright light; it's able to track moving subjects around the frame and as they move towards or away from the camera. There's also an excellent electronic viewfinder that makes it easy to see when the subject is sharp and correctly exposed. Image quality is very high and there's built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity to allow to share images via a connected smartphone.

Read our in-depth Sony Alpha A6500 review

Pen

While the design follows that of the original film Pen-F camera from the 1960s, that's pretty much where any similarities stop, with this modern-day Pen-F featuring Olympus's latest 20MP Micro Four Thirds sensor. Unlike previous Pen models we've seen which rely solely on the rear screen for composition unless you want to invest in an optional attachable electronic viewfinder, the Pen-F incorporates a high-quality OLED EVF integrated into the body with with a resolution of 2.36m dots. There's also an advanced 5-axis image stabilisation system built in to combat camera shake, while no Olympus CSC could be complete without a selection of Art Filters - the Pen-F has 28 to choose from. Offering plenty of customisation and a host of clever features, there's also built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to boot.

Read our in-depth Olympus Pen-F review

GX80

With the GX80 (known at the GX85 in the US), Panasonic's taken the well-liked GX8 and streamlined some of the features to end-up with an appealing alternative that's more competitively priced. Despite sacrificing the clever tilting EVF, resolution is actually improved on the fixed EVF on the GX80, and while it also forgoes the 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds sensor and replaced by the older 16MP chip, the AA filter has been removed for sharper images. The GX80 also comes with 4K video capture, with the ability to capture 8MP stills from recorded footage - it's like a ultra-fast 30fps burst mode). Handling could be a bit more polished, but AF is fast and accurate, compact body and lens combination, very effective in-body anti-shake control and 4K video make this a very well-rounded camera.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix GX80 review / Lumix GX85 review

Posted: December 11, 2017, 4:06 pm

The Boxing Day sales are a great opportunity to grab a bargain deal before the year's out. This might be for something you've been waiting for a stunning price on for months, or maybe something you'd been keeping your fingers crossed you'd be getting for Christmas.

And hey, just because you didn't find the right price on Black Friday, doesn't mean you won't have better luck this time. As for the 'January sales', we're seeing fewer ace deals in those each year nowadays as retailers focus on November and December for their best deals. So, if you see a bargain that looks right for you, it might be time to treat yourself while you still have a chance.

When do the Boxing Day sales start?

Not a silly question at all. We actually see loads of retailers push the button (probably with gravy on their fingers) at some point on Christmas Day. We'll be watching all of the usual suspects like a hawk throughout the Christmas break and will bring you the deals when they go live, even if they go live sooner than expected.

We're expecting retailers to really get going with the deals by early evening on Christmas Day. So you might want to delay that post-dinner snooze until you've taken a peek. We're even hearing whispers that some super eager online stores will even unleash a few deals on Christmas Eve. We'll let you know as soon as they do. Not that we're trying to put Santa out of a job.

Who's having a Boxing Day sale?

If last year was anything to go by, all the big stores will be getting stuck in. With so many keen shoppers going online over the Christmas period in recent years, it's just too good a chance for them to finish 2017 off with some extra money in the bank. Let's take a look at the big hitters below and at what to expect.

What Boxing Day deals were there last year?

If you want an idea of what potential discounts might be waiting just around the corner we can always take a look at some of the more popular offers we saw last Boxing Day. So let's hop into the Deals Time Machine and see...

iPhone 7 | Vodafone | 5GB data | Unlimited calls/texts | £34 per month (+half price for 6 months)
This was the strongest iPhone 7 deal out there for Boxing Day last year. The upfront fee was just £65 and it was only £17 per month for the first 6 months, then £34 for the remaining 18. Expect similar prices, if not lower, on the new iPhone 8. The total cost over 24 months was £779 was at Mobiles.co.uk. If you'd like to take a look at the latest prices, and there are some great ones today, we've rounded up the latest iPhone 8 deals and iPhone X deals. You can certainly make an even bigger saving by taking a look at the older iPhone 7 deals too, as the phone is very similar to the iPhone 8 if we're honest.

Samsung Galaxy S7 | Vodafone | 3GB data | Unlimited calls/texts | £28 per month (+half price for 6 months)
The upfront  cost was only £15 and then just £14 per month for the first six months of your deal before the price reverted to the usual £28 for the rest of the contract. That was the best Samsung Galaxy S7 deal out there and even matched last year's best Black Friday deal on the phone. This previous deal was only £603 over 24 months at Mobiles.co.uk. This year, we're expecting some super cheap offers on newer models. Actually, prices are pretty good right now. Take a look at our up-to-date guides for the best Samsung Galaxy S8 deals and Note 8 deals.

4K TV: This 43-inch LG 4K TV with 4K and HDR Pro screen was originally £599 and it went down to £399 at Amazon.You could also get the 55-inch version for just £550 too. 4K prices have really come down across the board this year, so you'll be able to go bigger and better for less than this!

Coffee machine: The De'Longhi Dedica coffee machine with 15 bar espresso pump went down from £199 to just £147.99 at Amazon.

Smartwatch: You could get the Huawei W1 stainless steel smartwatch at a discounted £199 at Amazon. If you're itching for an offer today, check out our selection of the best smartwatch deals.

Surface Pro 4: The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet/laptop replacement with the keyboard attachment, 128GB storage and 4GB RAM was down to £699 at Argos. There's a new version out now. Be sure to take a look at the latest Surface Pro deals.

Acer Aspire ES: This 15.6-inch Windows 10 laptop with 1TB HDD and 4GB RAM - was one of Argos' headline deals and it's down to £199.99.

Lenovo Yoga 510: The super versatile Yoga with Core i3 CPU, 128GB SSD, Windows 10 and 4GB RAM was a big hit too for just £349 at Currys.

Sonos: These speakers are one of the fastest-growing brands in home audio and you could save at least £20 on all Sonos gear at Amazon.co.uk.

Mobile phones: Save £10 on the upfront cost of any phone with the voucher code 10OFF at Mobiles.co.uk. Amazingly, this deal is still going and can be used right now on any mobile phone with the one exception of the iPhone X.

Apple iPad: At Currys you could save £20 on the marked price of any iPad when you using the old IPAD20 discount code at the checkout! 

GoPro: The GoPro Hero+, which can record 1080p video at up to 60fps and stay waterproof down to 131 feet was going for a mere for £99.97 at Currys. Looking for a discount now though? We've listed all the latest GoPro deals in our guide.

PS4: Game was running a whole range of PS4 bundles starting at £199.99.

Xbox One S: You could Get the new Xbox One S with a copy of Minecraft and a £15 Now TV voucher - all for £219.99 at Game. We'd expect to see similar bundles for arguably under £200 this year.

Samsung tab: The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7-inch Android tablet was only £89 at Currys.

TV and DVD combi: This cheap JVC 32-inch TV with a built-in DVD player for the spare room was a hot deal at just £199.99 at Currys.

Soundbar: TV owners looking for an audio boost saved an extra £20 on this Samsung soundbar with subwoofer for £89 at ao.com.

Washing machine: Currys had the Beko WM74165W washing machine reduced from £299 to just £169.

Chromebook: This 11.6-inch Acer Chromebook laptop which was reduced at Amazon to just £149.99.

Gaming keyboard: Laptops Direct shaved 28% from the cost of Razer's DeathStalker Chroma keyboard, which you could buy for just £64.97.

Canon Powershot G5X: You could have saved £100 on the Canon Powershot G5X Premium Compact Camera at Argos, where it was down from £599.99 to £499.99.

Canon Powershot G9X: Also at Argos, a saving of £50 on the retro-styled Canon Powershot G9X Premium Compact Camera in Silver – it was reduced from £399.99 to £349.99.

Sony Cybershot W830: Lots of people bought the compact Sony Cybershot W830 20MP 8x Zoom digital camera in silver, pink, purple or black for just £69.99 at Argos, down from £89.99.

Nikon D3400 DSLR camera: There was a saving of £100 on the Nikon D3400 with 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens at Currys, where it was just £369.

Posted: December 8, 2017, 4:37 pm

Buying gifts for the lens-lover in your life can be a daunting (and often expensive) task. With so many variants of just about every photographic accessory you can think of on the market, choosing the best one to suit the recipient's needs - and your budget - can be a bit of a minefield.

With this in mind, we've done the hard work for you, cherry-picking a selection of the best photographic products and accessories around, with a range of options to suit just about anyone.

So, whether you're after a few extra photo-themed stocking fillers or a slightly pricier sleigh-stuffer for your loved one (or just a little treat for yourself) you should find plenty of inspiration here.

If you or some one you know is a dab-hand at image editing and uses Adobe Lightroom, then this photo-editing console is a great pick. Called the Loupedeck, it's been custom-designed from the ground up to ‘super-charge’ the experience of using Lightroom, making the whole process of selecting and editing shots quicker and more intuitive. 

With dedicated controls for Lightroom's core settings laid out clearly on the Loupedeck, your workflow can be sped-up immensely. 

ONA Bags' The Bowery is a gorgeous compact messenger bag that's aimed at those who want to travel light and carry only essential kit – perfect for wondering round the city or a short break. 

The stylish retro design of The Bowery certainly looks the part and is beautifully crafted from a premium leather (water-resistant waxed canvas and nylon versions are also available), and finished off with a leather trim and a tuck-clasp closure on the front. If you want something a little bit special then The Bowery, even allowing for its premium price, won't disappoint.  

Mini tripods are great take-anywhere options, and perfect for those times when you don’t think you’ll need a tripod, but want to bring one just in case. Some can be pretty flimsy though, but the Pixi Evo offers a decent payload support and good flexibility. It comes with a handy ball head and extending legs - not really to extend the height, but to use on uneven surfaces. The limited working height does mean you'll have to position it on a wall or table, but take advantage of the low angle to get some interesting viewpoints.

The camera strap you get with your camera's fine, but if you want something to spread the weight of your camera kit, then BlackRapid's Curve Breath strap is a great choice. 

With a shoulder pad made from nylon mesh, curved TPE foam and poly air mesh, it's incredibly comfortable. It's clever design means your camera kit sits next to your right, allowing you to quickly and easily raise the camera to your eye.

If you or you know someone who's into landscape photography, you'll know it often means early starts to capture the best light, and that means bitingly cold conditions if its in winter.

So you're not stood there shivering in the cold and regretting that early start, wrap yourself up in a Tephra Stretch down insulated jacket from Berghaus. Available in both men and women fits, it features super insulated Hydrodown filling that's made up of a special down that repels up to 75% of water and dries 50% faster than ordinary down. It’s also been treated with Nikwax that keeps the down dry for up to 16 hours

Adobe’s latest Creative Cloud Photography plan which includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC is perfect for those wanting a host of high-end features, but the monthly subscription payment model isn't for everyone. 

That's where Photoshop Elements 2018 comes in. Incorporating many of the advanced features found in the high-end version of the software, including a host of raw conversion controls, Elements 2018 still packs a punch and is perfect for the enthusiast photographer looking for a versatile photo editing program.

The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3 lets you bring your smartphone images to life.  This great little printer lets you transfer images wirelessly from your phone to the Instax Share SP-3, which will produce square format instant prints (the image is printed 62 x 62mm, with a total size of 86 x 72mm) for you. There’s a handy reprint button, allowing you to share the same print with friends multiple times, while your pics on Facebook and Instagram can also be transferred to the SP-3. 

A naked flashgun can deliver some pretty unflattering light, so this mini flat-pack softbox from Lastolite fits neatly on the front of your flashgun to soften the light nicely. It's relatively compact size means it's only really suitable for head and shoulder shots (larger versions are available), but it does mean it easily collapses down to pack away into your camera bag without taking up too much space.

While it's possible to shoot off-camera flash images but triggering the remote flashgun via the camera's built-in pop-up flash, it's not the best way to work. It needs a direct line-of-sight for a start, while compatibility can an issue. Especially if you don't have a pop-up flash on your camera. The Cactus V6 is a transceiver, and in order to use your flashgun off-camera, you will need to mount one on the camera and one on each flash. 

While there are a host of transceivers out there, what makes the Cactus V6 special is that you can trigger pretty much any brand of flash from any brand of camera. While the build quality could be better, the flexibility and performance is excellent, while for the price it's hard to beat. 

When most people think of drones they usually imagine a big, scary, four-armed miniature helicopter. The Mavic Pro is DJI’s smallest, smartest and most approachable drone yet. With the ability to fold up into a water bottle-sized package, it has a 12MP camera and can shoot 4K video. Controls are easy to get to grips with, while there’s a brilliant homing instruction to boot.

If you’re going to be using Photoshop regularly, making tricky selections and modifying parts of your images - dodging and burning for instance, or some precise retouching, then a graphics tablet can transform the way you work. While using a mouse or a trackpad does the job, a graphics tablet like this one from Wacom delivers much more precision and control.

As well as being able to use the supplied pen to make control the cursor, the tablet also supports multi-touch gestures. This allows you to use the Wacom like a smartphone or tablet, with pinch and zoom control and multi finger gestures.

Posted: December 8, 2017, 11:50 am

So you’ve been bitten by the photography bug and are looking for the best DSLR cameras under Rs. 50,000 in India? Fret not, companies like Canon, Nikon etc are offering some very good DSLR cameras under Rs. 50,000, with some good bundled kit lens to get you started with.

At some point, many of us wish we could take a decent quality picture, with the perfect framing and focus. To get started with photography, some of us start clicking photos with phones, and honestly, the rate at which smartphone cameras have improved is quite interesting. However, nothing beats a dedicated camera when it comes to photography, not even the latest iPhone or Galaxy.

Decent quality DSLR cameras start at around Rs. 25,000 mark from companies like Canon and Nikon. For a photography beginner, these entry level cameras are good to start testing waters. However, once you move into the enthusiast category, these entry level DSLRs may not suffice your requirements, so you may want to look for some higher end options.

You can get several great DSLR cameras under Rs. 50,000 in India these days – often, you can score a great deal after discounts and cashbacks. Let’s take a look at some of these options to help you decide.

Arguably the best DSLR camera under Rs. 50,000, the Nikon D5600 offers great bang for your buck under Rs. 50,000. Launched in November last year, the D5600 features a 24.2MP CMOS sensor and the latest EXPEED 4 processor. Featuring 3D subject tracking, the Nikon D5600 is a mid-range DX format camera that offers an ISO range of 100-25600 along with 5 frames per second burst shooting. Nikon has also thrown in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC support for quick and effortless connectivity.

Read the full review: Nikon D5600

Another mid-range DX format option from Nikon, the D5500 was launched in 2015 but continues to offer good value for money. Featuring a 24MP CMOS sensor and support for ISO up to 25600, the D5500 can also shoot subjects in 3D. This camera offers a shutter speed of up to 1/4000 sec, and comes with a 3.2-inch display.

Read the full review: Nikon D5500

The top-end offering from Canon in the compact DSLR segment, the EOS 800D was launched earlier this year with a 24.2MP CMOS sensor with dual pixel autofocus and Digic 7 processor. With 45 focus points and a 1.6x focal length multiplier, the Canon EOS 800D can focus in as little as 0.03 seconds. This compact DSLR from Canon supports 6 frames per second shooting and comes with a 3-inch display. Canon has included support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity options.

Read the full review: Canon EOS 800D

Offering a slightly better feature set, the Sony Alpha A68 was announced earlier this year with a 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor. The Alpha A68 comes with a BIONZ X processor that processes at three times the speed compared to its predecessor. Additionally, it also has another trick up its sleeve – while the other cameras in the list offer 3D subject tracking, the Alpha A68 supports 2D, 3D and 4D. It also offers up to 8 frames per second shooting with autofocus tracking, 79-point phase detection autofocus and an Indian colour profile, optimized for the local environment.

Read the full review: Sony Alpha A68

Moving on to some older models from Nikon, the D5300 is still a very good option if you’re looking for a compact DSLR under Rs. 50,000. It comes with a 24MP CMOS sensor with Expeed 4 processor and supports 5 frames per second burst shooting. In terms of the sensitivity range, the D5300 offers ISO 100-12800 at normal setting and up to 25600 for extreme low light conditions.

Read the full review: Nikon D5300

Another slightly old option but this time from Canon, the EOS 700D comes with an 18MP CMOS sensor with Digic 5 image processor. It offers ISO 100-12800 at normal settings which can be boosted up to 25800 at max. It offers 9 focus points with up to 1.6x focal length multiplier and 5 frames per second shooting.

Read the full review: Canon EOS 700D

The Canon EOS 750D features a 24.2MP CMOS sensor along with DIGIC 6 image processor that promises to deliver high quality images as compared to other entry-level DSLRs. It has 19-point all cross type AF system and Hybrid CMOS III AF system which offers rapid auto focusing in Live View. The camera also comes with in-built Wi-Fi and NFC support that allows users to connect the camera to their smartphone or tablet. 

Read the full review: Canon EOS 750D

The Canon EOS 200D comes with a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Digic 7 image processing engine which delivers good quality images to the user. The dual pixel CMOS AF allows users to achieve fast autofocus with the continuous shooting speed of 3.5fps during Live View and video. Further, it can deliver impressive movies in full HD quality at 60fps. In addition to this, you now get crisp images in low lighting conditions as the camera offers an ISO speed of 25600.

The camera also sports a 3-inch touchscreen LCD monitor and has a user-friendly interface which comes handy for first time users. At the price of Rs. 47,495, you will get the camera body with an EF-S18-55 IS STM kit lens. For the double zoom kit having an EF-S55-250 IS STM lens you have to spend an extra Rs 13,000.

Read the full review: Canon EOS 200D

Posted: December 7, 2017, 11:26 am
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