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= 12.5mm wide angle

Screw on to the filter thread to obtain 12.5mm wide angle

= 12.5mm wide angle

Screw on to the filter thread to obtain 12.5mm wide angle

• Multi coated Japanese glass • Supplied in protective pouch

• An Inexpensive solution • Less dust in your camera

• Compact and Lightweight • Endless creative possibilities

• Durable metal construction • Manufacturers full Warranty

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No loss of resolution, colour, exposure, zoom or autofocus. Great quality at a fraction ol the price , of a leading manufacturers 12-18mm zoom.

No loss of resolution, colour, exposure, zoom or autofocus. Great quality at a fraction ol the price , of a leading manufacturers 12-18mm zoom.

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Forthcoming tests

In the next few months AP hopes to run the following equipment through the most rigorous testing procedures in the industry...

Canon EOS 500D vs

Nikon D5000 Jun

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Jun

Sony Alpha 380 Jun

Canon EOS 50D vs

Olympus E-30 Jun

Welcome to our test, reviews and advice section. Over the next few pages we will present this week's equipment tests, reader questions and technique pointers

Our guarantee to you

All our tests are conducted by people who understand the product area, as well as photography. We aim to discover any shortcomings, as well as finding those aspects that deserve praise. All our tests are thorough, honest and independent

Kata E-705 Elements Cover £64.95

WOULDN'T it be great if we could rely on the British summer to be three long months of blazing sunshine? Sadly, it doesn't always work out that way, which is why a rain cover such as the Kata E-705 Elements Cover is a good thing to carry in your bag all year round.

The E-705 cover is the largest in Kata's range of Elements Covers. What makes it different from other covers is that its transparent plastic window is large enough for a flashgun to be used on the camera's hotshoe.

Fitting the cover is straightforward, with pull cords used to create a seal around the photographer's arms and the lens. A sturdy plastic lens hood on the cover can be adjusted using Velcro to fit most lenses.

I found the cover easy to use with a Nikon D300 and 17-55mm f/2.8 ED DX lens, but I did encounter problems when I changed to the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 DX lens. The mechanics of the lens mean that the barrel length nearly doubles in size. This makes it awkward when zooming back and forth as it can be difficult to reach the zoom control, and vignetting can be introduced if the lens slips from the hood. The cover is clearly not designed for use with zoom lenses where the length of the barrel varies this much.

For landscape, wildlife or sports photographers, the E-705 Elements Cover is a great accessory that should help keep valuable cameras, lenses, flashguns and tripod heads safe even in the most unexpected downpour this summer. Richard Sibley

• For more information visit www.bogenimaging.co.uk

FreeLoader Pro Solar and Cam Caddy £69.99

THE FreeLoader Pro solar-powered battery charger consists of two solar panels which, when folded for storage, are around the size of an Apple iPod. When unfolded these cells convert sunlight into electricity, which is then stored in the internal 3.7V, 1600mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery. This power can then be used to charge the batteries of mobile phones, MP3 players and other electronic devices using the included adapters.

For photographers, the addition of the CamCaddy charging plate means that most popular compact and DSLR camera batteries can be fully charged. However, batteries with a larger capacity than 1600mAh will only be charged to 1600mAh on a single charge.

The manufacturer, Solar Pro International, claims that in direct, bright sunlight it takes nine hours to fully charge the battery. In overcast conditions or when light is filtered through a glass window, it can take considerably longer I found the FreeLoader could charge even through a train carriage window on an overcast day, albeit at just half its potenUal. The device can also be charged via a USB socket and an LED indicator tells you the current charging state.

Once charged, the FreeLoader Pro has enough power to charge your chosen battery for between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the device. While it is not going to replace a conventional charger or a spare battery, it is perfect for keeping in your car or camera bag. Richard Sibley

• For more information visitwww.solartechnology.co.uk or call 01684 774 000

Three scenes, three shots

AP's technical team of Angela Nicholson, Barney Britton and Richard Sibley tackle three different scenes, aiming to get one great image that stands out from the norm

This is the west elevation of St Paul's Cathedral. The shot shows the building's impressive size, but lacks atmosphere

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