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Make your Fujifilm kit more versatile with one of two (or both) X-mount macro extension tubes. The MCEX-11 and the MCEX-16 have electronic connections to enable you to still use autofocus and aperture overrides whilst the tubes are in place. They’re available to buy now for a pocket-friendly £69.99 each, just a pinch of the price of a dedicated macro lens. Fujifilm has also launched HS-V5 for Windows Ver 1.0 software so you can shoot tethered using the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition. Use Camera Mode to adjust settings and shoot from the camera itself with the images then transferred to your PC, or in PC Mode you take full control from your laptop or computer. You’ll have to wait until January to get your hands on this software; pricing will be announced in the new year too. Firmware updates for the XE-1, XE-2, X-Pro1 and X-T1 have also been released. Macromagic

Pentax’s new zoom

NEWS INBRIEF A GRAND DAY OUT Got your 2015 diary? Great, then you can put The Photography Show dates in it and book your tickets with our discount code to guarantee a phototastic day out. The Photography Show runs from 21 until 24 March 2015 at Birmingham’s NEC; it’s the perfect opportunity to discover the latest kit, see pro shooters in action and maybe even pick up the next bit of gear on your wish list. To get your ticket for just £10.95 instead of the usual £18, head to the website before 16 March, click on ‘book tickets’ and when prompted enter the code PHNWSTPS15 .

Pentax has added a 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom to its lens line-up which will get you closer to the action and will render your images sharper and clearer thanks to its Pentax- exclusive HD coating. Chromatic and spherical aberrations are minimised and colour bleeding is suppressed thanks to its ED element and three high-grade aspherical elements. It’s designed for K-mount Pentax DSLRs and its weather-resistant construction prevents water from getting in, keeping you shooting even when the weather takes a turn for the worse. The new 16-85mm can be yours for £599.99.

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Packyour paddle A take-anywhere reflector is the latest offering from Honl’s exclusive UK distributors, Flaghead Photographic. The Honl Light Paddle 3 in 1 can be mounted onto any shoe-mount flash unit using either Velcro or the Speed Strap. There are three surfaces to choose from: gold/silver for warm light, a neutral contrast grey, and white for soft, even light. It weighs just 111g and retails at £47.40.

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