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PhotoShelter Annual Pro Plan – $549.99
It’s a steal compared to the following gifts! And what would you do with a fancy new camera or lens if you didn’t have a professional website where you could actually display and sell your images? We also have two other plans, Basic ($109/year) and Standard ($329/year), or pay monthly – the choice is yours. Head over to our new tour page to learn more about what PhotoShelter can do for your business.
FujiFilm FinePix X10 Digital Camera – $599.95
This digital point-and-shoot is the latest addition to the enthusiast photographer’s camera options. Its specifications follow in the footsteps on the beloved FinePix X100 released last spring, with a newly developed F2.0 wide-angle and F2.8 telephoto, a bright optical viewfinder with a manual barrel zoom lens, and large 2/3″ 12 megapixel EXR CMOS censor to provide sharp images in all shooting conditions. Plus, it’s all nicely packaged in strong but lightweight magnesium alloy (so stylish!).
SeaLife DC1200 Elite Underwater Camera – $739.95
Sooner or late, underwater photographers reach a level in their photography where an external flash becomes necessary to produce the best photos. For that there’s SeaLife’s DC1200 Elite Underwater Camera, which includes the camera itself, as well as a wide angle lens and Digital Pro Flash. The result is brighter, sharper, and better colored images.
64 GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G – $828.95
We’re not going to get into a discussion here about whether an iPad is worth the investment for photographers (though we will share this with you), but it’s certainly an option for displaying your portfolio and website during in-person meetings. There are also some nifty things you can do, like connect your digital camera or SD card adapter via the USB adapter for when you’re on the road.
If you’re someone who takes initial setup into serious consideration, then this slider could be a lot of fun for your next photo project. Sure, you can lay it horizontally on a flat surface and use the smooth ball bearing system for angled shots. Or…you could take advantage of the pulley system: position the slider vertically, attach it to your tripod for added elevation, and then slide your camera up and down for some really creative shots.
Sony NEX-7 – $1,199.99
The Sony NEX-7 is making all other DSLRs envious. This camera exceeds expectations – it is one of only a few mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sized sensor and features up to 10fps continuous shooting at an astonishing 24.3 MP resolution. Add on amazing HD movies in super-smooth 60p, interchangeable lenses, a 2359K dot Tru-Finder OLED electronic viewfinder, and a Sweep Panorama Mode, and we’re close to saying that this baby has it all. Did we mention it’s also small enough to fit into your pocket? Commence drooling now.
Believe it or not, this lens is a good deal. It produces sharp images with great color, saturation, and contrast. We’d recommend that you use it with a sturdy tripod or monopod for best results.
Nikon 200-400mm f/4G ED BR II Lens – $6,999
This is a fantastic super-telephoto zoom lens – particularly great for wildlife and sports photography. Its powerful 200-400mm zoom offers photographers superior compositional control at a variety of distances, while the lens design provides superior sharpness with minimal chromatic aberration even at wide aperture settings. It’s also much more compact and light-weight than competing f/2.8 primes.
Broncolor Para 330 FB, 130″ Parabolic Umbrella – $10,732.53
Nothing says happy holidays like a light big enough to cover a Christmas tree. The Para 330 FB, Broncolor’s flagship modifier, provides photographers with a highly efficient, directional light that maintains a beautiful soft edge.
One of the most sophisticated pieces of lighting equipment money can buy, Profoto’s Pro-8A 2400 Air Power Pack delivers 2400Ws with blindly fast recycle times of 0.05-0.9 second, flash duration as short as 1/12000 second and the ability to shoot up to 20 frames/second.
Canon Cinema EOS C300 – $20,000
If you’re serious about cinematography, check out the specs on this baby: Super 35mm-equivalent approx. 8.29-megapixel CMOS sensor, EF lens mount supported by a wide array of high-performance EF lenses, MPEG-2 Full HD compression, compact body design, and more. The EF mount will be available in January and PL mount in March.
Hasselblad H4D-60 Digital SLR Camera – $39,995 (Body Only)
Hey, we said no limits, right? 60 Megapixels, 40.2 x 53.7 mm CCD image sensor with 16-bit color, ultra-fast focusing, flash sync speeds up to 1/800th of a second, 3″ double-res TFT 24-bit color display. ‘Nuff said.