Tools and extras for a better photo experience
Cleaning your lenses should be part of your usual routine to keep your optics performing their best and to minimize spot cleanup in Photoshop. Made from a special carbon compound, the LensPen’s cleaning element is safe for all lenses. The PhotoPro kit includes one original size and one MiniPro II LensPen, plus a MicroKlear cloth. List Price: $30.
You’ve heard about the iPad, but maybe not about Apple’s iPad Connection Kit. The kit includes two adapters—one for your camera’s USB cable and one that can read directly from SD cards—allowing you to download photos and video from your camera to the iPad. You’ll not only have a fast backup of your shots, but you’ll be able to view and share them right away. List Price: $29.
Considering how much time you spend with your mouse, we think it’s worth spending a little extra for comfort and features. The Logitech Performance Mouse MX has one of our favorite features: a scroll wheel with “hyper-fast scrolling” that lets you fly through long documents quickly. The ergonomic design with programmable buttons is totally wireless, and a USB receiver is included. List Price: $99.
Control multiple off-camera flash units with the PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter and FlexTT5 Transceiver. The radios interpret exposure data sent via the camera’s hot shoe and digitally transmit it through a radio signal. This allows you to place TTL or manual flash units anywhere you need to. Remote E-TTL flash units are connected to dedicated FlexTT5 Transceivers for wireless TTL operation. Currently available for Canon DSLRs, a Nikon version is coming. Estimated Street Price: $199 (MiniTT1); $229 (FlexTT5).
It’s always smart to have a multitool on hand for in-the-field fixes like tripod quick-release plates that won’t budge. The Gerber Grappler has a built-in, adjustable compression vice grip, plus Phillips and flathead screwdrivers and several other tools you’d expect from a multitool. Estimated Street Price: $69.
Even with the high-tech sensor dust-removal systems in most DSLRs, you may need to do a manual cleaning now and then. The Arctic Butterfly 724 Sensor Brush is equipped with two LEDs to clearly illuminate the sensor. Powered by two AAA batteries, the brush engine, which spins to both clear and prepare the bristles for cleaning, has been upgraded to better maintain a constant speed. Estimated Street Price: $110.
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