You’ve organized your gear—packed cameras, lenses and tripod—and planned your photo adventure. Here are a few items to consider that might make returning with the images you want a much easier proposition, and help you display them once you’re home.
The miggo Grip&Wrap DSLR and Grip&Wrap CSC (Mirrorless) are camera straps made from Neoprene and Lycra that morph into protective cases. Wear the Grip&Wrap around your wrist to prevent your camera from dropping, then wrap it around your camera when done shooting to protect it from scratches and impact. The straps accommodate the majority of small to medium DSLR cameras and mirrorless cameras equipped with short to medium (kit) lenses. List Price: $39 (each).
The SpiderPro Hand Strap is adjustable to any size wrist and compatible with extended battery packs/vertical grips. Its “S” design allows clear access to the battery door and memory card slots. With high-quality memory foam on the inner side of the strap, you’ll have greater comfort over longer periods of time. The hand strap comes with an optional leather wrist strap that snaps on for extra support and security. List Price: $65-$75.
The Loop 3 by Luma Labs has an all-new, solid CNC-machined aluminum loop, trademark Lumalon and leather shoulder pad, and quick-adjust carbon sliders. It allows your camera to rest securely at your hip, and the large knob is there for easy attachment and removal of your camera. Strap length can be adjusted easily, and strap slides can be flipped not to move. This sling strap is perfect for big and small cameras alike. List Price: $99.
The HoldFast Camera Leash | Leather Wrist Strap is a great multi-tool for on-the-go photographers. It can be used to tether your camera to your wrist, as an add-on to the Money Maker Harness by linking two Camera Leashes to it to comfortably carry a third camera, to steady your gear as you traverse rough terrain, to secure your keys to a belt-loop or to strap a water bottle to your backpack. List Price: From $45.
Cotton Carrier‘s Endeavor Belt makes it convenient to carry your DSLR or mirrorless camera comfortably and hands-free. It holds the camera securely while providing easy access. Made of durable 1680 denier polypropylene and fitted with a Lexan camera receptacle, the device includes a shoulder strap with sliding safety tether and a small pocket for a wallet, cell phone or extra lens. Estimated Street Price: $89.
OP/TECH‘s Rainsleeve protective plastic covers for cameras are an easy-to-carry, easy-to-use way to protect gear from rain, sand and snow. The newest size, the Rainsleeve–Small, can fit a camera with a lens up to 4.5 inches in diameter and eight inches long, yet fits easily in a pocket or camera bag. A unique viewfinder eyepiece opening adapts to most camera viewfinders, allowing you to compose through the lens, not the plastic. Estimated Street Price: $8.95 (two per package).
Trigger your camera’s shutter from your iOS or Android device with Triggertrap Mobile. Find the Mobile Dongle Kit that fits your camera, download the free app to your iPhone, Android phone, iPad or iPod touch, and take control of your camera in creative ways. Multiple modes include standard trigger, motion trigger, sound trigger, time-lapse, distance-lapse, face detection trigger, customizable HDR and more. List Price: From $46.
The camalapse 4 can help create panning time-lapse videos or steady panoramic images with most digital cameras (up to five pounds), action-sports cameras and smartphones. Simply attach your compact camera or camera phone (with camalapse 4 Mobile, which includes a smartphone clamp tripod mount), and then point your lens where you want it to end up, twist and start your camera. It rotates 90° in 15 minutes, for a full 360° in an hour, with no batteries required. List Price: $30 (camalapse 4); $40 (camalapse 4 Mobile).
Take your iPhone photography to the next level with the olloclip Active Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The pocket-sized Active Lens combines an Ultra-Wide and a 2x Telephoto lens, and lets you switch between lenses in seconds. It works on front- and rear-facing cameras, and easily clips on and off the iPhone. The Active Lens can be paired with the olloCase, a slim, protective case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. List Price: $99 (Active Lens); $29 (olloCase).
Lexar‘s series of Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards offers up to a 300 MB/s read transfer speed and up to a 260 MB/s write speed. Professional 2000x cards come with a USB 3.0 SD UHS-II card reader to continue an expeditious workflow through postprocessing. Lexar also has a more affordable line of Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards. With a wide capacity range of 16 GB to 256 GB, the cards have a transfer speed of up to 150 MB/s and a write speed of up to 95 MB/s. List Price: $82-$136 (2000x); $23-$205 (1000x).
When the need arises to carry multiple memory cards, a card wallet will make it easier to keep track of which cards are full and which are ready to go. Think Tank Photo‘s Pixel Pocket Rocket is available in several sizes and versions to carry CF, XQD or SD cards. List Price: $16-$22.
Hoya‘s EVO ANTISTATIC series of professional filters, Protector, UV and Circular Polarizer, are available in common sizes ranging from 37mm to 82mm. They require less frequent cleaning than traditional filters thanks to the hardened, antistatic top layer that’s water repellent, and stain and scratch resistant. The Improved 18-layer Super Multi-coating formula reduces or eliminates reflections on the surface of the glass and yields a 99.8% light transmission rate, so there’s virtually no effect on the final i
mage’s clarity, contrast or color balance. The lightweight, one-piece, low-profile aluminum frame eliminates vignetting when used on ultra-wide-angle lenses. Estimated Street Price: Starting at $81 (Circular Polarizer); $48 (UV).
Don’t get caught with a dead camera battery in the field. The Venture 30 Solar Recharging Kit by Goal Zero features a built-in charging tip and is ideal for cameras, phones, tablets and more. This rugged, durable, weatherproof recharger allows you to charge up from a USB in about five hours or via the included Nomad 7 solar panel in about nine hours. List Price: $169.
In addition to its camera lens cleaner, LensPen now offers an Action Camera Lens Cleaner that’s smaller than the original, and is designed to remove dust and fingerprints from GoPro, Sony and other action camera optics. Simply remove the camera from the housing and use the retractable natural brush to remove any loose dust or dirt from the lens. Then, twist the cap off the other end and use the cleaning tip to remove any dirt, grease or fingerprints from the lens. List Price: $9.95.
To ensure the colors in your print are the same as what you viewed on your monitor while processing your image, it’s important to calibrate your monitor. Datacolor’s redesigned portable Spyder5 calibration system features a seven-detector optical engine for increased tonal response, accurate shadow detail and smooth gradients. The Spyder5EXPRESS uses an interactive four-step guide to walk you through calibration, with a before-and-after feature. The Spyder5PRO includes an advanced ambient light sensor to compensate for room light, additional calibration settings and display analysis. The Spyder5ELITE includes a tripod mount for projector display calibration, unlimited calibration settings, monitor matching and optimized gray balance routines. List Price: $129 (Spyder5EXPRESS); $189 (Spyder5PRO); $279 (Spyder5ELITE).
PixelPerfectFrames by Vista-Labs do one thing: display digital photos, without remote controls or complicated menus. The real wood picture frames come in different styles, colors and finishes to complement your style. Each frame is about 12×10 inches, depending on frame style, and has a high-resolution, 9.7-inch display. The frames detect motion in the room and go to sleep if no one is there. Supported image formats include JPEG and PNG, and you can load your favorite images via an SD memory card (not included). List Price: $399 and up.
Frame Destination‘s Gallery Pouch offers custom protection for your fine art and photography. Instead of wrapping delicately framed pieces in multiple layers of bubble wrap, the Gallery Pouch is a custom-fit pouch that matches the exact measurements of your photograph or painting. List Price: Varies.