Photo by: Derek Doar
Nottingham and Notts Photographic Society

Recommended Photographic Equipment
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Quick Tide Charts


If you are planning a photographic trip to the coast, it makes sense to check the state of the tide.

There is nothing more frustrating than arriving at the coast to find the tide is in the wrong position for your image.


  • No calculations; no need to adjust for summer time; all times shown as AM or PM (not the 24-hour clock); Each chart covers two years – what could be simpler?

 

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Induro CLT203
Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod - 3 Sections
IN THE BOX

CLT203 tripod carbon fiber short column toolkit with spiked feet wrench and carrying case.


The Induro CLT203 is a 2 Series/3 Section carbon fiber tripod. This traditional style tripod features the new Stealth carbon fiber pattern which is a 9X weave.

The wide stance cross-braced magnesium alloy spider includes concave leg angle locks for greater surface area coverage providing maximum stability.

An oversized center column lock makes it easy to secure the grooved column in any vertical position. Includes interchangeable rubber feet and stainless steel spikes, a tool kit and deluxe carrying bag with shoulder strap.

Specifications
Folded Length 24.61 in (62.5 cm)
Weight 3.48 lb (1.58 kg)
Maximum Load 35.3 lb (16 kg)
Minimum Height 14.76 in (37.5 cm)
Max Height (24° Leg Angle) w/Column Retracted 52.76 in (134 cm)
Max Height 62.99 in (160 cm)

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Feisol Tripod
CT-3372 (Rapid Version)

Metal components are CNC machined from solid blocks of 6061 T6 Aluminium which together with high grade carbon fibre tubes provides an extremely light, rigid and strong tripod.

The CT-3372 has a maximum leg tube diameter of 37mm and is extremely stable. Load capacity is rated at 12kg and this will easily support a large video camera or dSLR with super telephoto lens attached.

An angle lock between tripod base and legs provides quick adjust of the leg angle from 25/75/90 degrees through lever operation.

This high quality and well engineered tripod is ideal for those looking for the ultimate affordable, sturdy and lightweight photographic platform.

The CT-3372 can be used in combination with various optional accessories e.g. a ball head, a leveling base, a centre column (for increasing height), a centre column adaptor and a choice of tripod spikes.

The CT-3372 includes a tailored tripod bag, foam leg covers and Allen key set as standard.

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Duracell 50 x AAA Industrial Alkaline Battery

 

  • Manufactured by Duracell
  • Size: AAA (MN2400).
  • Technology: Alkaline

 

Duracell 50 x AAA Industrial Alkaline Battery

 

  • Manufactured by Duracell
  • Size: AA (MN1500).
  • Technology: Alkaline
  • 1.5V - 2.7Ah
  • Dimensions: 50.5mm (H) - 14.5mm (O) - Weight: 0.03 KG
Sandisk Ultra
USB 3.0 Flash Drives
(Up to 100 MB/sec)


  • USB 3.0 enabled (USB 2.0 compatible) - upto 10x faster than standard USB 2.0

  • Transfer a full-length movie in less than 40 seconds

  • Password-protects and encrypts private files with SanDisk SecureAccess software

  • Available in 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB capacities
Canon Remote Control Cable TC-80N3


The TC-80N3 is the most advanced remote control available for any EOS camera. For remote photography it acts not only as a remote trigger to help avoid camera shake, but it can also be used to time accurately exposures from 1 second to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds.

Key features

  • 80cm cable
  • Long exposures
  • Self-timer
  • Interval timer

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Pixapro Glowpad 144SB
Bi-Colour LED Lightpad
(Hotshoe Mountable)
  • Slim Profile, Can be used horizontally or vertically

  • Bi-Colour (Can be adjusted between 3200K and 5600k)

  • Can be powered by a Sony NP-F Series battery

  • Suitable for Stills and Video

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Sandisk Extreme PRO SDHC
Memory Cards up to 280MB/s

Modern Cameras can write images extremely fast, so I needed a memory card that can quickly record images to avoid waiting between shots. (very important to me when I am taking a 7 image bracketed shot for HDR on a 50 megapixel camera)

At the time of buying my SDHC memory cards, Extreme Pro were the best available. These cards are capable of recording images almost as fast as my camera can write them.
Derek Doar


 
Sandisk Extreme Pro Compact Flash Card 160 MB/s
 
Daylight Balanced Modelling Light

Godox LED64 Continuous On Camera LED Panel light Portable Dimmable Camcorder for DSLR Canon Nikon etc

For most of my macro photography I used to find that reflectors were very useful fror reflecting light to illuminate the very dark areas, this was providing that you had light to reflect.

I now use this daylight balanced light (instead of a reflector) mounted on a Joby Gorillapod to illuminate where needed. It is compact, wirefree and is an ULTRA BRIGHT 64 x LED video and digital camera modelling light with a dimmer control.

If I need less illumination than the minimum setting, I move the light further away or cover with one or more layers of a white handkerchief

Derek Doar

Two or more of these light can be clipped together to make a larger light.

 
Ansman 4 x AA 2850mAh
Rechargable Battery NiMH Digital
  • 1.2 V rechargeable NiMH battery
  • 2 years warranty
  • Designed to supply higher current
  • Fast rechargeable
  • Ideal for all home, leisure and business applications
 

Ansmann Powerline 4 Pro Charger
for AA and AAA Rechargeable Batteries with USB Port


  • Easy-to use NiMH charger for AA and AAA rechargeable batteries - supplied with UK and EU changeable plugs
  • Charging current adjustable using buttons as high as 1800mA for charging 1 or 2 AA or AAA batteries
  • Intelligent LCD Display offers selectable charging programs per battery, the battery voltages and their charging status.
  • USB Socket with current of 1 Amp - to charge smartphones and mp3 players
  • Charger also includes a 12V DC Car Adaptor for charging your batteries "on the road"
 
 

B+W MRC Nano Coated Clear Glass Protection Filter
(XS PRO Mount)

This filter fulfils the desire of many photographers for pure lens protection without a filter effect. Its only function is to keep dirt, sand, or splashes away from the front lens. The extremely clear special glass with high transmission is MRC-finished.


Multi-Resistant Coating (MRC)
MRC by B+W is not only an extraordinarily effective multiple layer coating, it is also harder than glass, so that it protects filters from scratches (for instance when cleaning the filters), and it is also water and dirt repellent, thus facilitating filter maintenance.

XS-Pro Digital mount
The XS-Pro Digital mount is especially suited for DSLRs with wide angle and zoom lenses. It has a front thread for additional accessories such as lens caps or hoods. All XS-Pro Digital mounts are made of brass and are matte black to prevent reflections.

   
MRC Coatings
Articles on FILTER PROTECTION and B+W MRC Coatings
Here are Three articles:
1: A UV and Clear Protection Filter Review
by Brian Carnathan of The-Digital -Picture.com

2: Should you use a UV filter (or Clear Filter) on your lens
DP REVIEW

3: A B+W .pdf file on their MRC (Multi Resin Coated) and MRC-Nano coatings

UV filter or not?
AV and Clear Protection
Filters
 


Color Confidence GrafiLite

View prints and colour swatches in natural light, indoors, day or night, with the Color Confidence GrafiLite. Color appearance becomes distorted under standard home and office lighting and surrounding colours will bias your colour perception. The GrafiLite allows you to assess colour differences accurately and clearly.

The Color Confidence GrafiLite combines powerful, energy efficient simulated natural lighting with a space-saving lamp unit and mid-grey neutral viewing mat. Suitable for viewing proofs, prints or colour swatches, the GrafiLite is ideal for photographers, designers or anyone concerned with colour accuracy.

 
 

Datacolor SpyderLensCal - Autofocus calibration Chart
  • The smarter focus tool - a fast, reliable method of measuring the focus performance on your camera!
  • A fast, reliable method of measuring the focus performance on your camera!
  • SpyderLensCal allows photographers to easily calibrate their interchangeable lenses and recent DSLR bodies
  • SpyderLensCal provides a fast, reliable method of measuring the focus performance on your camera and lens combinations
  • It allows photographers to obtain razor-sharp focusing or check to see that their lenses are working at their peak performance
  • This device is compact, lightweight and durable, with integrated level and tri-pod mount.
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Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash

  • Two separate flash heads that can be removed from their holder and mounted off-camera
  • Flash heads can removed from their holder and mounted off-camera
  • The Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX is fully E-TTL compatible with all EOS bodies, including digital SLRs
  • It also provides easy ratio control of each flash head's output, over a six-stop range
  • Features include: AF illuminator, illuminated LCD display, flash +/- compensation and flash exposure bracketing

Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce OM-24XSET
(for the above Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash)

  • Create more flattering portraits and professional-looking group shots.
  • Beautifully diffused, soft bounce lighting reduces red-eye and harsh shadows.
  • Can be attached or removed in seconds.
  • Custom fit for Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash.
  • Made in USA.
 

BenQ SW2700PT 27 inch QHD (2560 x 1440)

Preserve the true colours you captured and make sure the moments are perfect. BenQ photographer monitor SW2700PT with excellent 99% Adobe RGB color space, it gives you a wide colour range and spectacular colours display. Keep the moment and never let it fade away. 

  • 27”W 2560x1440 QHD Resolution
  • 99% Adobe RGB with IPS technology
  • Hardware Calibration with accuracy color
  • Palette Master Element color calibration software
  • Black-and-White photo mode
  • Shading Hood / OSD controller
 
Logan 305-1 Compact Elite Matt Cutter

The 350-1 has a capacity of 810mm (32'') which is enough to cut the full width of a standard sized, double imperial, mount board.

A measuring bar, mounted at 90 degrees to the cutting rail, is used for sizing the outside of mounts. Production stops on the cutting rail and the squaring arm help to speed up the cutting operation especially when cutting several mounts of the same size.

Supplied with 90 degree cutting head, 45 degree cutting head, 5 blades, Instruction manual.

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Metric Safety Straight edge
(For trimming your mounted prints)


This safe to use Straight Edge, in silver anodised aluminium, is a superb straight edge for use in marking, or cutting.

The Straight Edge is fitted with two full-length grip strips to steady the straight edge and protect sensitive surfaces.
With safety in mind, the straight edge has an integral finger guard and a full-length stainless steel bead to resist wear to the edge and the tools.

 

Sandberg 10400 mAh Outdoor PowerBank


  • With the Outdoor Power Bank 10400 mAh in your luggage you won't run out of power on your phone or other portable devices when you're far away from a socket.
  • Backup power in the wilderness
  • Sturdy and rainproof

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LaCie d2 Quadra 2TB External Hard Drives.


 
CN 160 LED CN-160
Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel

Digital Camera / Camcorder Video Light, LED Light
for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Panasonic,SONY, Samsung and Olympus Digital SLR Cameras

 



This is the light used by Bob Brind-Surch
As shown at his lecture at
Nottingham and Notts Photographic Society.
 

 
2-Way Camera Bubble Level

The Ross Standard Camera Level slides into the accessory shoe of most major brand cameras. The precision glass vials are easy to see in most lighting conditions and make front to back and rotational leveling easy.

It is also perfect for leveling tripod heads and any application where fast accurate leveling is critical.

 
Hinged Bubble Level

Crafted to the same high quality standard all Ross Photographic Accessories, the hinged camera level adds a third dimension to accurate camera leveling.

The hinged bed facilitates vertical (portrait) leveling, ideal for maximizing image data for panoramas.

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Gepe Card Safe Extreme
The Gepe Card Safe Extreme protects memory cards against dust, humidity, shock and electrostatic charge. In addition, it is water and climate proof .The Extreme has a reinforced hinge and a reinforced lock with stainless steel pins and a connector to attach it at the belt or the camera bag.
Inside the Card Safe Extreme are four compartments for bigger-sized memory cards such as Compact Flash or Memory Stick as well as SM and SD cards. The Card Safe Extreme adapts to its surrounding in unobtrusive onyx or sticks out in blazing neon. Following current trends, it is now also available in ice blue and rosso.
I have been using these for many years now and I prefer the Blazing Neon colour as if it drops out of my bag it is easily spotted. It also floats, should you drop it in water
(providing it is closed) Derek Doar
 
 
TRIPOD HEADS and L-PLATES
Recommended by Derek Doar
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BH-55 LR: Full-sized ballhead
with Lever Release Clamp
 
BH-40 LR II: Mid-sized ballhead
with Lever Release Clamp
These are the two ball heads that I can recommend.
 



I prefer to use use "L" plates to connect my camera to my Really Right Stuff Ball Heads to ensure a sturdy connection particularly when using the camera in vertical orientation.
   
L-plate for Canon EOS-1D-Mark IV.  
Tutorial on how to use an L-Plate

I can highly recommend this set-up for taking panoramic images
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then then click on the 360° view tab to view it fixed to the BH 55 ball head
Really Right Stuff PG-02 Pro
Omni-Pivot Package.
  Really Right Stuff PG-02 Pro
Omni-Pivot Package
mounted on a BH-55 LR: Full-sized ballhead
with camera attached.
Click on thumbnail to see a larger panorama taken on the above set-up.
 


LEE BIG STOPPER

The Big Stopper is a high quality glass ten-stop long exposure filter. It reduces the amount of light entering your lens by ten-stops allowing you to use a much slower shutter speed or wider lens aperture.
By greatly extending exposure times the Big Stopper has the effect of allowing anything that is moving in your image to become blurred or ghost like, for example, clouds, waterfalls, rivers, and the sea. However the effect is not limited to landscapes, the filter can be used on cityscapes to blur people or roads and motorways to blur traffic.
The BIG Stopper fits in the standard Lee 100mm Filter Holder allowing it to be used on a number of different lenses as well as in conjunction with other filters such as neutral density graduated filters.

 
B+W 110 ND Filter

The B+W 110 ND cuts out an amazing 10 stops of light, far more than usual, meaning it can turn a 1/60sec shutter speed into 16secs!

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A Neutral Density (ND) filter like this B&W 110 ND is often needed if you want to experiment with long exposures, reducing the amount of light that passes through the lens to the sensor and allowing you to use slower shutter speeds in your shots. This slowing down of the shutter lets you capture the motion of flowing water, windswept grasses or clouds etc. as a blur, which can result in very creative images.
Using the B+W 110 N is quite an art – you have to compose and focus shots before adding the filter, as once it is on you can barely see anything through the viewfinder (With some cameras it can be left on if you use with Live View). If you fancy experimenting with really long exposures it's a fabulous tool, allowing you to use slow shutter speeds even in full daylight conditions. Very specific, but good fun!

Exposure Calculation Chart.
(for using the 10x or 6x Neutral Density Filter)
(Click on the PDF logo to get the Exposure Calculation chart as a .pdf file.)
B+W 106 ND Filter

The B+W 106 ND cuts out stops of light, meaning it can turn a 1/60sec shutter speed into a 1second exposure!

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A Neutral Density (ND) filter like this B&W 106 ND is often needed if you want to experiment with long exposures, reducing the amount of light that passes through the lens to the sensor and allowing you to use slower shutter speeds in your shots. This slowing down of the shutter lets you capture the motion of flowing water, windswept grasses or clouds etc. as a blur, which can result in very creative images.
Using the B+W 106 ND is quite an art – you have to compose and focus shots before adding the filter, as once it is on you can barely see anything through the viewfinder (With some cameras it can be left on if you use with Live View). If you fancy experimenting with long exposures it's a fabulous tool, allowing you to use slow shutter speeds even in full daylight conditions. Very specific, but good fun!

Exposure Calculation Chart.
(for using the 10x or 6x Neutral Density Filter)
(Click on the PDF logo to get the Exposure Calculation chart as a .pdf file.)
 

If you take your Laptop on holiday, here are some portable storage devices for use with your Laptop.

Lacie 9000448 Rugged 2000 GB External
The LaCie Rugged Triple Hard Disk provides universal connectivity: you've got the superior speeds of USB 3.0 and FireWire 800, and full backward compatibility with FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. You can transfer a 700MB video file in less than 7 seconds with USB 3.0, compared to 25 seconds with USB 2.0*** With the Rugged Triple's 7200rpm model, you can even achieve speeds up to 110MB/s. Whether your goal is super speed or complete compatibility, the Rugged Triple has everything you need.
 
Dragon Cases Ltd
Custom made flight cases.


We provide a wide variety of cases including road trunks, poly transit cases, padded bags and flight cases.


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SUN POSITION COMPASS
Helps you to predict and perfect your Sunrise and Sunset photography hours ahead of the event and make more accurate assessment of the suns position through the day to assist with architectural and landscape photography etc.




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Print Storage Boxes

STANDARD PHOTO BOX
(TO HOLD 20”x 16” PRINTS)

I use these boxes to protect my valuable prints at home and when I transport them
Derek Doar


Please note:
NOMAD Can make custom made boxes to your exact requirements.


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NEC SpectraView 242 LED Monitor.

The NEC SpectraView 242 is a high-end, 24" professional performance monitor using latest 10-bit AH-IPS with GB-R LED backlight for obtaining best picture quality and colour accuracy. 

True Colours with a wide colour gamut
(108.6% size / 99.3% coverage AdobeRGB)



X-Rite i1Display Pro
Professional standard display calibration for the most discerning colour professionals

The X-Rite i1Display Pro offers professional levels of display calibration for the most discerning photographers, designers and imaging professionals, looking for the highest standards of on-screen colour accuracy for displays, laptops and projectors.
 
GIOTTO ROCKET AIR BLOWER
This unusual looking Hand Air Blower is very powerful and is probably the best blower on the market for cleaning the sensor in your SLR Digital Camera.

ARCTIC BUTTERFLY 724
Self-cleaning and self-charging brush, designed for light cleaning of a digital SLR sensor

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Have you a blocked print head?
Due to the thin nature of the print nozzle, ink blockages can occur. The ink can build up which will eventually lead to hardening of the ink and in turn the ink will not travel correctly. Also, if the printer has not been used for some time, you may experience a blockage.

FOTOSPEED Blockbuster Print Head Cleaner is the answer.

Blockbuster Printer Head Cleaner comes complete with a syringe and tubing plus instructions on how to use the kit.

Instructions on how to use Blockbuster

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