Gear Up­date

Our round-up of the lat­est dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy must-haves

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A myr­iad of new Canon based kit to tempt you away from your money

Benro GD3WH Geared Head 01 More con­trol­lable tri­pod shoot­ing £200/$279 www.ben­roeu.com

Benro’s new GD3WH of­fers +90/-30 de­grees of hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal tilt, and its gear­ing can be dis­en­gaged for a faster setup. A trio of bub­ble lev­els help en­sure your Canon stays level, and these are po­si­tioned around an Arca-style quick re­lease plate for max­i­mum compatibility with other heads. Mag­ne­sium al­loy con­struc­tion keeps weight down to 870g, but is tough enough to sup­port up to 6kg.

Billing­ham Hadley Small Pro 02 Good things can come in small pack­ages £200/$279 www.billing­ham.co.uk

The hadley Small Pro shoul­der bag fills the gap between the Hadley Small and Hadley Pro. Its in­te­rior di­men­sions of 260x 80x190mm are iden­ti­cal to the Hadley Small, but it packs ad­di­tional fea­tures to bet­ter cater for pro users. A top-mounted, leather-clad carry han­dle im­proves er­gonomics. As with other Hadley bags, you get a cus­tom­iz­a­ble padded in­te­rior.

Häh­nel Pro Cube II 03 Häh­nel re­fines its ver­sa­tile bat­tery charger £70/$99 www.hah­nel.ie

Procube can charge two Canon DSLR bat­ter­ies, or four AAS. This sec­ond it­er­a­tion charges 17% faster thanks to a pow­er­ful AC/DC adap­tor that’s also 20% lighter. It now in­cludes a mah read­ing that tells you how much ca­pac­ity has been added dur­ing charg­ing. The Canon edi­tion is com­pat­i­ble with LP-E6, LP-E8, and LP-E17 bat­ter­ies, which plug into a swap­pable charg­ing plate. This now at­taches to the charger body with a more con­ve­nient ca­ble-less de­sign, mak­ing it eas­ier to swap to the AA charg­ing plate.

Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X 04

Ul­tra Macro Mega mag­ni­fi­ca­tion for full-frame Canons £287/ $399 www.venuslens.net

la­woa’s lat­est macro of­fer­ing boasts up to 5x (or a 5:1) mag­ni­fi­ca­tion ra­tio. This re­quires you to be a close 17.3cm from your sub­ject, but Laowa prom­ises out­stand­ing sharp­ness and min­i­mal fring­ing from the 8-el­e­ment op­ti­cal stack. Fo­cussing is man­ual only, but this does suit pre­cise macro con­trol.

Lou­pedeck 05 An er­gonomic boost for your photo edit­ing £249, $259 www.lou­pedeck.com

even if you’re a Light­room pro and have mem­o­rized its key­board short­cuts, us­ing a mouse to ad­just set­tings and slid­ers can be fid­dly and time con­sum­ing. Lou­pedeck is a con­sole of short­cut but­tons, wheels and di­als that give you con­trol of Light­room’s most used set­tings. 12 di­als let you ad­just es­sen­tial op­tions like con­trast, ex­po­sure and white bal­ance, and these are flanked by but­tons for other com­mon tasks. Lou­pedeck is com­pat­i­ble with Light­room 6 and newer, on Win­dows and Mac.

06 Man­frotto Lu­mimuse 8

Blue­tooth These dar­ling lights just got more love­able £130, $180 www.man­frotto.co.uk

lu­mimuse lights pro­vide con­tin­u­ous light­ing in a highly por­ta­ble pack­age. The Lu­mimuse 8 is a pow­er­ful model, with a max out­put of 550 Lux and four ex­pan­sive dim­ming op­tions, yet even with an alu­minium body it weighs a feath­er­lite 140g. This lat­est ver­sion of the Lu­mimuse 8 adds Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity so you can re­motely con­trol its light out­put, along with 12 ad­di­tional pan­els, from an Ap­ple IOS smart de­vice.

Think Tank Sto­ry­teller bags 07 Bud­get bags that don’t com­pro­mise From £60/$65 www.think­tankphoto.com

Think Tank’s new trio of Sto­ry­teller shoul­der bags will keep your Canon pro­tected with­out break­ing the bank. Even the largest 30.5x26x16cm Sto­ry­teller 10 costs a rea­son­able £80/$85 and will hold a Canon EOS 5DS body, two to four stan­dard tele­photo lenses and a 10in tablet. The Sto­ry­teller 8 is 5cm shorter and is de­signed for a slightly smaller DSLR kit, while the small­est Sto­ry­teller 5 com­ple­ments an EOS M CSC setup.

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