Photography News Issue 61

Photography News | Issue 61 | photographynews.co.uk

42 Christmas gifts

All I want for Christmas is… If you want to give your photography a treat this festive season, you are probably perplexed by the plethora of choice out there. Let us give you a helping hand with our pick of what’s worth putting in your stocking this year Buyers’ guide

BenQ SW240 Pro 24in IPS LCDMonitor Designed for photographers and supported by BenQ’s AQCOLOR technology, BenQ’s latest 24in monitor covers 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space and can be hardware calibrated to ensure accurate colour for photographers. The SW240 can display two A4 pages plus tool palettes on its 24in screen at a Full HD resolution of 1920x1200, to provide you with ample space to work. Its swivel mount means you can use the screen in landscape or portrait orientation and it comes with Palette Master Elements software. There are two USB 3.0 ports and a built-in SD card reader while for inputs there is DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort. As the frontrunner of the professional monitor industry, BenQ has never slowed down but sought out further improvement, especially in the respect of the quality of colour reproduction, viewing comfort and user convenience; which is evident in the SW240which sells for £399. colorconfidence.com

PermaJet SnapShut One the joys of home printing is the huge potential for producing unique ways of presenting your work in terms of paper finishes, weights and method. Take a look at PermaJet’s extensive collection of printing products which includes art papers, baryta options, canvas finishes and neat presentationmethods. Give a gift that keeps on giving with the SnapShut, a glue-free folio where the pages can be effortlessly removed and added to over time. Whether it’s for aportfolio, aphotobookor a familyalbum, theSnapShut coupledwith a choice of PermaJet’sDouble Sidedpapers, which includes Oyster 285, Matt 250 and Portfolio, will make the perfect keepsake for your closest friends and family. The SnapShut is available inA5, A4, A3, A3+ and square formats, 8in, 10in and 12in andwith 15mm(for up to 20prints) and 25mm(for around 35 prints) spines. The rectangular formats are available in portrait and landscape and you have the option of creamor black leather effect finish. AnA4 portrait SnapShut (15mmor 25mmspine) costs £26.95. permajet.com

Vanguard Alta Sky 51D Vanguard’s prodigious collectionof accessories includes a broadselectionofgear-carryingsolutions.Oneofthemost versatile is the award-winning Alta Sky 51D, a backpack capable of accommodating one or two full-frame DSLRs, a selection of lenses and a 15in laptop and tablet with high levels of protection. The main compartment can be divided, the lower third being accessed from the bottom front while getting to the contents from the larger section can be done from the side, rear or above. The brightly coloured, high-visibility interior is also a great help for seeing what you have in the bag; no longer do you have to fumble around trying to find something by touch. Carrying comfort rates highly with uniquely designed shoulder straps, a waist belt, breathable back support and sternum strap, plus there are two large water bottle side pockets. Buy an Alta Sky 51D before 31 December 2018 and you get £50 cashback – its guide price is £249.99. See the Vanguard website for details. vanguardworld.co.uk

Octopus Minipod GP-03ST It is a fact of photographic life that most people who carry a camera do not carry a tripod. That is because they are usually considered to be bulky, awkward to store and generally in the way when not in use. However, it’s accepted wisdom that using a tripod really does enhance the quality of your photographs. Now here’s a first-class solution to the problem: the Octopus Minipod. Firstly, it is small enough to tuck into your pocket, yet stable with flexible legs that allow it to be wrapped round a branch of a small tree, bicycle tubing, chair backs and legs etc. Its ball & socket head has 360° rotation and it can be used with virtually any camera and the professional Go-Pro, plus it comes with an adapter for mobile phones. It supports weight up to 3kg. At £12.99 the Octopus Minipod is an ideal Christmas stocking filler. kauserinternational.com

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