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Essential Accessories

Filters, power charges, memory cards and other extras can go long way in improving your shooting experience

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PHOTTIX  
For Canon EOS 5D Mark III shooters, the Phottix BP-5DIII Multi Function Battery Grip holds one or two LP-E6 or six AA batteries and features AF/On, AE lock/FE lock and AF point selection controls, a vertical shutter button, a command dial and a power switch. Designed to provide a comfortable vertical shooting position, the grip has an additional shutter release and scroll wheel for accessing camera functions when shooting vertically. The grip also has a tripod socket. List Price: $129.
REALLY RIGHT STUFF  
When shooting on a tripod, the Really Right Stuff L-Plate bracket makes it easy to change your DSLR's positioning from horizontal to vertical without having to move the ballhead and affect its stability. Along with the Arca-style mounting plate on the bottom, there's an extension arm for mounting the camera in a vertical position. With the camera still mounted on the tripod, you just reattach the quick-release plate in the vertical position on the bracket. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $120.
UPSTRAP  
Keep your camera from sliding or needing to be constantly readjusted using the XX Pad from UPstrap. Designed to prevent the camera strap from sliding down your shoulder, the XX Pad allows you to carry a range of cameras that vary in weight. UPstrap offers nylon or Kevlar webbing, and a heavy-duty quick-release system is available for the large and medium pads. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $33.
WACOM  
Pan, zoom and rotate images with one hand while using the other to sketch or paint using the Wacom Cintiq 24 HD touch. The tablet's multi-touch functionality and gesture-support technology allow for a more natural workflow experience. The counterweighted stand can be adjusted to a position that you're comfortable working in, with the display capable of reaching over the edge of the desk so that it rests in your lap, if desired. List Price: $3,699.
POWER

 
BRUNTON  
The Impel2 is the largest solar-power storage battery in Brunton's extensive lineup. It charges nearly any electronic device through the built-in USB, 12v, 16v and 19v outputs, with similar power and capability of other solar chargers, but with half the size and weight, so you can connect it directly to your iPhone, iPad, GPS device and more. The water-resistant, durable housing can handle tough conditions. List Price: $349.
GOAL ZERO  
The Goal Zero Sherpa 50 portable recharger weighs just 14 ounces, half of its predecessor, yet is able to output the same 50-watt-hour power capacity. It measures less than five inches on each side and is only 1.5 inches thick so it fits easily into your bag. The Sherpa 50 charges fully via solar panel in five to 10 hours or within two to three hours using a wall outlet. List Price: TBA.

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