If you're really going to treat someone, take a look at these luxury Christmas gift ideas for photography enthusiasts...
With a stunning ultra-thin design just 5mm thick at the edge, the latest iMac is an incredibly powerful piece of kit that’s perfect for image editing thanks to the latest 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processors, 1TB storage and widescreen 21.5in or 27in displays.
Price: from £1149
Available from: www.apple.com/uk
Wacom Cintiq 13HD
If you’re doing a lot of post-capture editing, then a graphics tablet’s a great tool and the Cintiq 13HD is one of the best. With a 13.3in screen and Pro Pen, you can hook this up to your Mac or PC and edit directly onto the display with 2048 levels of pressure for complete control.
Available from: www.wacom.com
Reference 271 from NEC is a large 27in Professional Colour Display with an impressive spec. The wide gamut 10-bit P-IPS LCD monitor is perfect for critical applications such as image editing and comes with its own Profiler software to calibrate the display.
Available from: uk.nec.com
Epson Stylus Pro 3880
There’ll be times when A3 prints just aren’t large enough. The Stylus Pro 3880 can produce borderless prints from 4in up to 17in wide and any length you define, all to a gallery quality standard.
Available from: www.epson.co.uk
This carbon fibre Traveler System tripod kit (GK1580TQR5) is perfect for those after a quality, strong tripod that folds down to be very portable. Featuring a quick-release ball head, it’ll happily take the weight of a full frame DSLR and lens, providing a stable platform.
Available from: www.gitzo.co.uk
Epson Photo R3000
High-quality A3+ photo printer with a front-loading tray for fine art paper. Features Epson’s high-capacity UltraChrome K3 ink with vivid magenta and three densities of black ink for truly stunning mono prints, while colour prints have plenty of punch.
Available from: www.epson.co.uk
If you want to get an unusual angle or want to get a bird’s-eye-view, then the Phantom is the business. With a ready to fly design, it delivers a stable yet agile performance. It won’t get lost either with an auto go-home and landing mode. Sold with a GoPro Hero 3 HD camera.
Available from: www.dji.com
Quantum Qflash Trio Basic
A hike in performance from most flashguns, this powerful piece of kit is designed to deliver studio quality light thanks to the parabolic reflectors. Requires a dedicated battery pack (sold separately), but recycle times are excellent and it won’t overheat.
Available from: www.qtm.com
Lenovo Flex 20
This sleek all-in-one 27in desktop PC transitions into an interactive, multi-user table tablet. You can touch, type and create, while the portable design means it’s not restricted to one room. Running on Windows 8, it has a 1.8GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM.
Available from: www.lenovo.com
Bowens Gemini 400Rx
This great entry-level studio flash lighting kit from Bowens features a tough metal body construction combined with a built-in Pulsar Radio Trigger receiver. With five stops of power, simple, intuitive controls and a powerful 250W modelling lamp, it’s a great kit to get started with.
Available from: www.bowens.co.uk