Monday, October 8, 2007
Buyer's Guide 2008: Digital Camera Accessories
Gear and gadgets to make your photography more productive, rewarding and creative
Labels: Batteries, Filters, Tripods and Supports, Buyers Guide, Memory Cards, Gear, Photography Gear
With its bright and sharp four-inch display, the 80 GB Epson P-5000 Photo Viewer is a great tool for both storing images and reviewing them in the field. Ensuring they're well-exposed is made easy with the histogram and highlight warning during playback. The P-5000 supports both RAW and JPEG files, and download time is sufficiently fast from either CompactFlash or SD cards. The menu screen and controls make navigating through the various features easy and intuitive. You can also download music, create slideshows and show them on a television without having to use a computer.
For trips into the wilderness lasting more than a few days, the Brunton SolarPort 4.4 is a must-have item. You can power a digital camera, a GPS, a cell phone and other electronic devices directly off of the Solar Port via the USB connection. Or you can use the included BattJack Rapid Charger to recharge AA and AAA batteries. To run your camera's battery pack charger off the SolarPort, all you need to get is a USB port AC Power Adapter from BiX Computers. Weighing in at 19 ounces, with dimensions of 9.3x6x1.5 inches, the SolarPort is highly portable and can easily be stored in a camera bag or backpack.
If you're looking for new photo ops under the water, Olympus has a line of PT Series Underwater Housings for its digital cameras. Each sturdy housing is custom-designed for a particular camera in the Olympus FE-Series, Stylus Series or the E-System Series. All of the housings are waterproof down to 40 meters with the exception of the PT-EO1 (for the E-300) and the PT-EO2 (for the E-310), which are good to a depth of 60 meters.
Remotely triggering your camera or wireless flash unit is another way to in-crease your shooting options and creativity. With the Tamrac MicroSync Digital wireless system, you can trigger your camera's shutter or flash unit from up to 100 feet away. It can be fired by itself or from the hot-shoe of most digital and film cameras. To trigger a flash, a receiver is required, but the flash-sync voltage can't be more than 60 volts, as this will destroy the receiver. The MicroSync features four channels with automatic synchronization, advanced radio frequency technology and a transmitter that will operate for three years on one battery.
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