04/01/2018 Issue: 15
Welcome, We hope you had a merry Christmas and wish you all a happy 2018! We are pleased to present you with this months 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.
The Societies of Photographers 2018 Convention:
Put the dates in your diary now!
Full Convention: Wednesday 10th – Sunday 14th January 2018
Trade Show Dates: Friday 12th – Sunday 14th January 2018
Venue: Hilton London Metropole, Edgware Road, London, W2 1JU
If you are an aspiring professional this Convention and Trade Show is a must!
The Societies’ members and non-members are welcome.
The 2018 Convention is a veritable feast of education, with five days of action packed programmes designed to help you put your imagery ahead of the game. The three day Trade Show spanning the Friday to Sunday is a gathering of the who’s who in the photographic industry, with the ‘big guns’ present and eager to show you the latest in technology and design.
The F/2.8 DGOS HSM1 ART
For many of us a 24-70mm lens is the most versatile of all lenses.
Sigma have now come up with their newest version the F/2.8 DGOS HSM1 ART. At 1Kg it’s heavier than its main rivals but this is an excellent lens giving great value and its OS inbuilt image stabilisation with a switch on the lens barrel gives it a huge advantage in low-light action.
You also get the new up to date Hyper Sonic Motor giving fast and accurate autofocus with very little “hunting” even in low light conditions plus full-time manual focus override is also available at any time simply by turning the focus ring. It’s quiet too.
A clear distance scale in both feet and metres runs from the closest focusing distance of 37cm / 1.5in. to infinity and a wide maximum aperture.
The lens comes bundled with a good quality soft case and a plastic petal-shaped lens hood and if you want to use filters it accepts 82mm versions.
It has excellent build quality and chromatic aberration is virtually absent but it does suffer a bit from slight barrel and pin cushioned distortion but it’s slightly cheaper than its main rivals and this lens really does offer superb value.
The Olympus TG-4
Many of us have moments when we are working when a full frame DSLR, mirror camera or a high end compact/bridge camera simply isn’t right.
If you want to take pictures when you’re hiking out in the pouring rain or snorkelling, then it’s time to check out more outdoor-friendly cameras and this is where Olympus’ TG-4 comes in.
This camera is made to withstand water depths of up to 50 feet and drops from up to 7 feet high. And with a 16-megapixel sensor that’s made for both land and sea, it can easily keep up with an active assignment while taking sharp and detailed images.
You also have an entire system of accessories available ready to make your outside work even better. Underwater housing, LED Light Guide, Fisheye or Tele Converter lenses, various carrying cases, Underwater Wide Converter and Flashes.
At its 25mm wide end, the maximum aperture is F2.0, which makes it great for low light and underwater photography. A sensor-shift image stabilization system helps reduce the effects of camera shake. There’s even a microscope mode which lets you get close to tiny subjects.
You can take it out in cold conditions down to -10°C and it’s 16 MP BSI CMOS Sensor offers you RAW capability.
This camera could well be a good idea for those who put their cameras through demanding conditions and underwater use but don’t want the bulk and expense of larger systems.
Vanguard’s Alta Pro
For those of us who prefer a lightweight tripod Vanguard’s Alta Pro 263AP Aluminium Tripod with Multi-Angle Column and PH-32 Pan Head is well worth a closer look.
This tripod has a lot of features to make shooting opportunities faster and easier. With a 3-way fluid pan head, quick-flip leg locks, and multiple bubble levels, the model is the result of Vanguard combining their Alta Pro tripod with the PH photo pan head.
Made of aluminium the weight comes in at 2.6kg and it will take a load of up to 5kg. It has 3 leg sections that are easily locked by a quick Flip Lock system plus it has 4 angle options of 20, 40, 60 and 80 degrees and rubber feet enhance stability on a wide variety of surfaces.
The hexagonal central column mechanism gives you effortless smooth operation and a very quick set up plus superb rigidity, and stability. You also get a 3/8 thread bonus connection for accessories such as reflectors, flexible or articulated arms and so much more to get your creativity going.
The PH-32 3-Way Pan Head can be rotated 360° and tilted -30° backwards or +90° forward and you can tilt it for portrait style shooting. The head has an Arca-compatible quick release but do make sure your camera will fit before you buy.
Billingham Rucksack 25
Billingham have a reputation for excellence in bags that is justly deserved. You know if you buy one of their bags it will last for decades and will look smart for just as long.
However not everyone likes a shoulder bag as they can get very heavy with all your kit and drag you down. Enter then Billingham’s back pack Rucksack 25. The larger of the two in the range it comes with brass feet to stand on and is made from the same quality weatherproof material.
The large main compartment is accessed from the front by a double zip around the top and sides. You get also a separate zipped pocket on the front. Inside the thick Velcro attached dividers are spot on and can be adjusted to take a DSLR and up to five lenses, up to the size of a 70-200mm.
Outside the shoulder straps are quite lightly padded, and lined with a mesh material for breathable. There’s a large zippered pocket in the front, (There’s a slim one inside the bag, for papers, maps and documents). You can even attach standalone AVEA pockets to the side of the bag.
The whole bag is protected by 2.5cm thick foam padding which completely protects all your gear and is available in a range of colours.
Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4/4 Softbox To Go Kit
If you’re looking for a complete all in one studio set up then the Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4/4 Softbox To Go Kit is ideal for small businesses, portraiture and indeed for anyone interested in the art and creativity of lighting. It’s also spot on if you’re working from home in a room that cannot be left as a permanent studio.
The kit comes with two heads, two stands plus a 66cm square and a 56cm octagonal soft box. You also get a Translucent Deflector, Skyport Plus Transmitter as well as leads, lamps, sync cable and carry bags. For some reason you don’t get a refelector but any item from the Elinchrom range can be connected, so you have access to a whole range of reflectors, barn doors, grids, snoots, brollies and spots.
The RX includes an in-built Skyport transceiver radio remote, control of flash power settings and an App control for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
This is a portable system that could be used for portraits at a client’s home. The two softboxes have their own pouches to store the rods, softbox and diffuser panel, and the flash stands have an internal pouch to keep them secure. Each case has a shoulder strap too.
Thank you for reading our newsletter and we hope to see you back again next month!
Best wishes from the Aaduki team