Christmas Photo Gift Guide: Under £200
- Tue, 6 Dec 2011
The average photographer will have to think fast when the opportunity to show off some images arises, so the iPod Touch is a perfect assistant. With an impressive LCD display and a whole host of apps this little device can quickly become a portable portfolio.
The 9000F can archive film or slides and thanks to the 9600 x 9600 dpi resolution can produce high-res examples of both. With a rapid scan speed and shortcut buttons the path from print to screen is both quick and simple.
When dealing with larger files you need both space to save them and the speed to transfer rapidly. Lexar's 400x CF card can read and write at 60 MB/s, making it a must-have for sports snappers.
The perfect accompaniment to a new DSLR standard zoom kit is this longer, all-encompassing zoom lens. Going from a wideangle up to an advanced telephoto the Tamron 18-200mm covers a wide focal length and weighs impressively little for the focal range covered.
A ring flash offers shadow-free illumination, spreading light from the lens rather than an elevated position, making it perfect for portrait photographers. This Marumi unit is available for most of the major brands, and comes with a host of adaptor rings.
When taking that step up into longer focal lengths Sigma has presented an affordable option with the 70-300mm APO DG lens. With a number of popular fittings available and macro close focusing this lens covers all bases.
A teleconverter multiplies the focal length of a lens, giving anything attached extra magnification. In this case this means multiplying by 1.4x, turning a 70-200mm lens into a 98-280mm without the loss of functionality.
For those starting out in portraiture, to whom a 100mm lens might be a stretch too far, this Nikon 50mm F1.8 lens is an affordable alternative. With excellent Nikon optics and a lightweight build there's little reason for a Nikon user to look elsewhere.
The benefits of carbon fibre are straightforward enough; light weight with incredible strength. This makes the Giottos MTL 8361 tripod legs light enough to carry around on a long walk, but sturdy enough to take a DSLR and long lens without bowing under the pressure. www.giottos.com
This aluminium set of legs adheres to the basics of good tripod design by being strong, sturdy and able to extend to an impressively high level. Manfrotto's 055X Pro legs require a head to be attached, but these legs provide an excellent foundation for a pro-level tripod.
For a rapid-to-use support the Manfrotto 685B is something of a marvel; allowing the user to lower the legs without ever needing to put the camera down.
For a day's hiking you want to be comfortable while on the go, so a decent backpack is a must. The National Geographic Explorer is large enough to hold all your gear, with extra pockets for food, drink and other non-photographic items.
Getting your images printed into a hardcover book is a superb gift, or an excellent archive to show off to potential clients. Further options are available from Blurb, such as a wraparound hardcover and linen options, for a touch more cash as well as cheaper options.
Not only can this printer scan, take images from a memory card and a USB device, but thanks to the wi-fi connectivity it can also be accessed by portable devices such as a smartphone.
With the ability to scan images in seconds thanks to a unique, camera-style method the S815 is a handy rapid archiving device that also turns out decent prints.
A stunning collection of images depicting one of the greatest boxers, and personalities, of modern times. With interviews and descriptions this is perfect for any Ali fan.
A portable lighting kit may sound like a contradiction in terms, but the Interfit EZ-Flo offers exactly that. With two heads able to hold eight 28w bulbs this easy-to-build kit can be quickly erected and collapsed for minimum fuss.
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