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Catcha bullet Vela’s new speedlight blows all others out of the water

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handsome-looking camera with a fine wooden or carbon-fibre grip as well as a 20.2-megapixel sensor, Wi- Fi connectivity and a multifunctional hotshoe. It comes in four different grip finishes: olive wood, walnut, padouk and carbon fibre. We don’t yet know when you can buy it – so time to save up?

We’ve come to expect nothing but the best from Hasselblad, and the firm hasn’t let its standards slip with the release of its latest compact camera, the Stellar II. Similarly, we’ve also come to expect a hefty price tag and at €1650 it isn’t the kind of camera you’d buy on a whim. For all that dosh, you’ll get an undeniably

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Conventional speedlights when working at their fastest have a duration of about 1/20,000 second, which sounds impressive. The Vela One flash however is 100 times faster, reaching speeds starting at 1/2,000,000sec. That’s quick enough to capture a bullet on camera. Vela One is billed as a cheaper, safer alternative to expensive or homemade flashes whilst still able to work at exceptionally high speeds. It features nine ultra-bright LEDs boosted 2000% and has a quarter- inch thread for mounting onto a tripod. It runs on four AA batteries, making it truly portable. To support production of this one-of-a-kind product and to get your hands on one yourself, head to the Kickstarter page where pledges are starting at £495.

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π To find out more about the Vela One, go to www.vela.io.

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Cover up

The rave-reviewed Lensbaby Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 lens is now available in a range of new mounts. Owners of Sony A and E, Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, Pentax K, Canon EF and Nikon cameras can now all take stunning 185° view shots. Extreme close focusing together with a 5.8mm focal length delivers otherworldly distortion with exceptional sharpness throughout and it’s yours for £229. Newmounts for fisheye

Our sister magazine, Advanced Photographer , recently hosted a reader shoot to produce its latest cover. With NX1s and lenses loaned from Samsung, the shoot took place at Wrest Park, an English Heritage site near Luton. Six readers, with the help of the mag’s team, broncolor lighting, two models and a make-up artist, had the task of shooting an image for the front cover. More than 1000 images were shot and if you want to read about the experience, pick up Issue 52, on sale 18 December. S ix luckywinners get the chance to shoot a cover image

π To find out more, go to www.lensbaby.com.

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