Aaduki Newsletter, 1st April 2017



Welcome! We are happy to present you with the sixth Aaduki monthly Newsletter. We hope you enjoy it and if you have any

content you would like us to feature in next months issue, please contact us!  Happy reading from all the team here at Aaduki.

Please find our contact details and Social Media platforms at the bottom of this email.

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PermaJet’s new release…

PermaJet’s brand new FB Mono Gloss Baryta is a true baryta paper with an appealing glazed gloss surface on a fine art heavyweight base of 320gsm.

This inkjet paper has been specifically developed with a natural white base tint to emulate the surface finish, texture and coating of traditional darkroom baryta/fibre based papers, making it the perfect choice for the serious monochrome worker.

Superb detail and definition can be achieved with its extended tonal range and excellent archival properties.
The surface exhibits a high degree of glossiness, density and vibrancy. An astounding DMAX reading of 2.38 makes this the perfect media for outstanding black and white reproductions – and even if you only print colour, its unique appearance opens up a whole new way of presenting the qualities of your printed image.

Try this amazing new media today!


Benbo Tripods.Trekker at low level

There are no ifs or buts with Benbo tripods, you either love them or hate them but for versatility they simply cannot be beaten.

They are nowhere near as heavy as they used to be which used to be their main drawback for many photographers. The tubular aluminium construction of the legs offers the best possible combination of weight and rigidity.

A bent cylindrical bolt passes through the central pillar that allows locking of the three legs and extendable camera arm in virtually any combination of angles making it streets ahead of other tripods when working in rocky or extremely uneven ground.

There’s also a Trekker tripod model which is light and ideal for landscape photographers who need to walk deep into areas to get the shots and a Mini Trekker which is spot on for plant and fungi photography.

You have a wide range of accessories including quick release systems and different ball and socket heads, designed for DLSRs and medium format cameras.

There’s now a two-section monopod utilising the 180° tilting camera mount from the Trekker tripod, so you can use in both landscape and portrait modes  making it one of the most versatile monopods around.

Introducing the, Metz mecablitz M400.

Metz 400The Metz mecablitz M400 is especially suited to mirrorless system cameras and is available in variants for Sony, Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Pentax and Olympus, Panasonic and Leica cameras.

It’s quite a bit smaller than many traditional flash units but is still powerful and offers Auto TTL mode (digital only). If you’re new to Flash this enables the camera to fully automatically control the flash unit (turning on and flashing) and ensures the subject of your picture is put in the best light possible.

With a  maximum guide number of 40 (ISO 100)  there’s also a built in adjustable LED video light and nice 24-105mm motor zoom function to alter the angle of view to match your focal length.

You also get a 12mm integrated wide-angle diffuser and a completely pivoting reflector including a removable reflector card. The flash also includes an integrated OLED display with what Metz say is a simplified user interface for viewing and adjusting settings.

Power comes from 4x AA alkaline-magnesium or lithium batteries  or 4 × AA NiMH rechargeable batteries. A bag and a slave stand are included as standard and it can always be kept up-to-date via the USB interface for receiving firmware updates.

The Societies of Photographers Announce 2017 Photographic Roadshows

The Societies of Photographers are pleased to announce the 2017 line-up of photographic roadshows.

The all-welcome events are the perfect opportunity to catch up with the latest products and services from the trade and gain education from a series of talks. A range of photographic lecturers has been lined up to teach budding photographers a range of photographic topics from lighting to business.

The Trade Shows will feature leading photographic companies where attendees can get information on the latest equipment and services.

Free entry – open to member and non-members alike.

16 May – Dunadry, County Antrim

18 May – Glasgow, Glasgow

21 June – Widnes, Cheshire

4 October – Gravesend, Kent

5 October – Coventry, West Midlands

For more information on The Societies of Photographers Roadshows and to register for your free tickets please see: http://thesocieties.net/roadshows/


Bessels FN600


If you’re working in Portraiture then looking at the Bessels FN600 Portable High Speed Studio (600W/s) might be a good idea. Bessels have an excellent reputation for service and delivery with a very good customer support team.

The FN600 has a Guide Number o 78 at ISO 100 and comes with an easy to change 12500mAh Lithium Ion battery giving you upto 600 shots between charges. The LCD Digital control panel situated on the rear of the lamp makes control easy and accurate.
Colour temperature comes in at 5600K with fine power control from 1/128 to 1/1 and IGBT technology allows the lamp to have very fast recycle times from 0.01s to 3.5s.

This lamp is compatible with Bessels WT4i high speed trigger system.  Canon and Nikon versions are available for around £60 and the sender unit fits to the hot shoe of your camera and can trigger the lamps at upto 1/8000s in high speed mode.  The kit includes one remote sender unit and a USB receiver.

The FN600’s strobe function allows up to 20 flashes with selectable frequency of 1 to 99Hz ( the power setting determines maximum number of flashes and frequency).
You also get for your money a fitted flash tube, reflector, Power Cable & Charger and a 5m sync lead.

The company also sell a large range of soft boxes, reflectors, backgrounds, stands and supports, basically everything you’ll need for studio lighting.



Thank you for reading our newsletter and we hope to see you back again on the 1st of every month!

Best wishes from the Aaduki team

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