Tools and extras for a better photo experience
For just such a mount, the Kaiser Accessory Shoe with Tripod Mount retails for about $13.
Taming cords is a part of modern life, especially for the battery-powered. Keep your camera bag organized and your workspace streamlined with BongoTies cable straps. The smart design (of natural rubber and wood) makes it fast to both bind and loosen, and is an excellent elastic solution for heavier cords that can be tougher to wrangle with typical twist ties. Estimated Street Price: $5 (packs of 10).
Photography is all about being prepared, so when the unexpected happens, you’re ready. That’s true not just for photo opportunities, but for the surprise shower or windstorm. The Rainsleeve takes up minimal space in your camera bag—keep one handy to shield your equipment from sudden weather changes. An eyepiece opening lets you compose through the viewfinder unobstructed. List Price: $7 (2-pack).
Improve the video clips captured on your HD-capable DSLR with the Hoodman Cinema Kit Pro. Especially useful for reducing outdoor glare and for those who wear glasses, the kit includes a smart hot-shoe mount called the HoodCrane for the HoodLoupe 3.0. The HoodCrane swings up and pivots out for shared LCD viewing or still shooting. Also in the kit is the HoodMAG, a new magnifying video eyecup for the HoodLoupe, which has a +/-3 diopter and fits up to three-inch LCD screens. Estimated Street Price: $209.
When you’re ready to get serious about HD video with your DSLR, the Intuitfocus HF-IF1 Follow Focus acts as a focus-pulling assistant with a unique belt system that interacts with a precise thumbwheel for keeping your hands and images steady. It can be used with DSLRs and lenses ranging from 14mm to 600mm with included belts. This also is a good solution for those who do a lot of macro work for fine focus adjustments. List Price: $3,900.
You’ll get truer color with JPEGs, or spend less time processing RAW files, when you set a custom white balance for the scene instead of relying on your camera’s auto white-balance detection. Simply hold the ClearWhite filter in front of your lens while setting your custom white balance. The filter helps eliminate reflected and stray light so that the custom setting is accurate. Neutral gray cards are included with the system. List Price: $60.
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