Photography News issue 72

Gift guide

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Datacolor SpyderX Pro

Benro BK10 Mini Tripod Sure, you’ve got your main tripod covered, but a mini set of legs is a valuable addition to any kit. The Benro BK10 is a great example, with a maximum load of 1kg and a weight of 300g. So if you’re using a lightweight DSLR and lens, you can use it for quick shots where a large tripod would be unsuitable, or for mounting other gear like small lights. But the BK10 also comes with a smartphone

mount and an extending centre column that can reach a maximum of 41.3cm, serving as an impromptu selfie stick with a removable Bluetooth remote.

Make sure you get your 2020 new year photo resolutions off to a good start by calibrating your monitor more often. It’s a breeze with Datacolor’s new SpyderX Pro, and with the process completed in just a couple of minutes, you can easily make it part of your imaging routine. The SpyderX Pro offers improved colour accuracy, white-balance and shadow detail. It makes working with multiple monitors easier, and can gauge room lighting as it changes for the best possible output.

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Nanguang Venus V29C ring light If you want to expand your lighting options, a ring light is an exciting option. Creating almost shadowless light, they’re

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Alpine Spudz lens cloth

RodeWireless GO Many cameras come with great video features these days, but if you want to embrace moviemaking you need some non-traditional photo equipment, like microphones. Get the Rode Wireless GO mic on your Christmas list and you’ll be well on the way to success, though. The set includes a lightweight wireless mic transmitter and receiver to put on your camera and, as the units come pre-synced, they’re easy to set up and use, and they run off lithium batteries with a life of up to seven hours.

ideal for portraits, pets or still life and product photography. The Nanguang Venus V29C can be run from the mains or using Sony NP-F batteries, and has an output of 29W. Brightness can be adjusted from 0 to 100%, and colour between 3200-5600K. The light weighs 0.9kg, and is 30.5cm wide internally, allowing you to easily mount it and shoot through the middle.

PRICE: £1699



Make the switch to Fujifilm’s award-winning X Series this Christmas with the wonderful X-Pro3. The original X-Pro was a revelation back in 2012, and the latest model takes its retro rangefinder styling and adds cutting-edge technology, including a 26-megapixel X-Trans 4 sensor, powerful X-Processor 4 image processor, 160- 12,800 ISO range, full weatherproofing, a touchscreen LCD, an upgraded electronic viewfinder. And, in addition to the X Series’ superb manual handling, there’s a new hidden LCD screen for the purists.

Scientists have long known you need at least one lens cloth per camera bag and jacket you own. Plus a few more to be on the safe side. There’s none better than an Alpine Spudz cloth, which are made from high-quality microfibre cloth, and which come attached to their very own neoprene pouch. There are a variety of colours and styles available, but a 6x6in cloth will only set you back £9.99. You can even have your own custom design or logo printed on them to order!

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