BAGS, CASES & STRAPS
Crafted from Stormblocker dual laminate waterproof canvas with a solid brass clog bolt and harness locking system, the Billingham L2 Bag holds a small SLR with an attached lens, two additional lenses, flash and accessories. The quick-fold top allows for access to your gear while still attached to your shoulder. High-density, closed-cell foam interior and side weather flaps keep your gear safe. Estimated Street Price: $219.
The Crumpler Cobram Outpost Bag utilizes the rucksack design with water-resistant 600D Field Twill on the outer shell and durable, anti-abrasive materials throughout. With seven adjustable dividers, the bag holds a pro camera set, tripod and accessories, with a separate pocket for a 15-inch Macbook. Estimated Street Price: $200.
With a retro and low-key style, the classic Domke F-2 is made of durable cotton canvas with a nonslip Gripper Strap, YKK zippers and steel snap hooks. Twelve compartments and pockets with a removable padded stiffener hold two pro DSLRs, four to six lenses, a pro flash and additional accessories. Removable hand-carrying strap included. Machine washable. List Price: $214.
For the travel photographer with a lot of equipment, Gura Gear makes the water-resistant Bataflae 26L Bag with removable seam-sealed rain fly. Weighing in at just 4.9 pounds, the Bataflae 26L is still strong and durable enough to hold a pro DSLR with attached 400mm lens, additional lenses and accessories. The bag opens like a traditional backpack and also has the option to open one side at a time. Estimated Street Price: $399.
The Rotation 180-degree Professional by Mindshift Gear keeps your camera and accessories easy to reach with a rotating belt pack that moves seamlessly from its rear backpack position to the front of your body with one simple strap movement. Mesh side pockets, removable tripod sling and waist belt rail for modular components keep your additional tools accessible. List Price: $389.
For hauling a lot of gear with tough protection, the iSeries 1914 Pro DSLR Case from SKB Cases has a waterproof impact-resistant exterior combined with a lightweight foam interior. The case accommodates two DSLR bodies and provides a removable foam insert, tailoring the space to your specific body size. The case is equipped with TSA lockable trigger-release latches. Estimated Street Price: $279.
Designed to hold a compact DSLR with an attached lens, additional small lens, flash and accessories, you carry the Tamrac Velocity 6z Compact Sling Pack like a backpack, then slide it to the front of your body to easily access your gear. The padded strap distributes weight evenly, and the zippered Quick Flip Top opens away from the body. Estimated Street Price: $70.
The Yeti by Black Rapid is designed to alleviate strain and increase mobility for the dual-camera shooter with a single shoulder pad and two camera straps. One strap moves straight down your side; the other strap fits across your chest and includes a cross-body stabilizer to hold the system snuggly in place. Estimated Street Price: $100.
Cotton Carrier’s Camera Vest aims to keep you active by stopping your camera from swinging by attaching it safely to your body when it’s not in use. A camera hub connects to the tripod hole at the base of the camera and locks into the vest system. Turn the camera 45 degrees to release when you’re ready to shoot. Estimated Street Price: $149.
Ergonomically designed to distribute weight evenly through the widening shoulder pads, the Quick Release Dual Shoulder Camera-Neck Strap from XIT Group uses Velcro® and metal lock fasteners for quick adjustment of strap length. Included are two quick-release plates with ¼-inch threads for connecting the camera to a device with a ¼-inch screw. Estimated Street Price: $29.
Adding additional battery life and shooting flexibility, Pixel Vertax Battery Grips from Argraph are available for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. The grips provide a vertical-format shutter release, control dial and exposure lock buttons. With dust and moisture sealing and a rubberized surface for slip-free handling, they accept camera batteries or AA batteries. Estimated Street Price: From $79.
Take full control of your camera from up to a 150-foot distance with the CamRanger wireless tethering system. CamRanger connects to your camera via USB and turns your iOS device into a live control pad using its own Wi-Fi connection. From your mobile device, control basic settings, set up your intervalometer and HDR, or record movies with live touch focus. Save your assets to the camera’s internal memory card as well as your iOS device. List Price: $299.
Great for people with eyeglasses or who want a magnified view, the Flashpoint Swivi HD DSLR LCD Universal Foldable Viewfinder Version II with 3.0x magnification helps obtain clear focus and accurate exposure on an LCD screen, even on a bright day. The viewfinder loupe attaches to the camera with a mounting plate and fits on most DSLRs with a three-inch LCD. The rubber eyecup may be rotated for either right- or left eye-dominate shooting. List Price: $120.
Perfect for time-lapse photography, Hahnel’s Giga T Pro II transmitter and wireless timer remote system enables you to trigger single shots or program continuous shooting and timed loops. T
he system has through-wall transmission with a 100-meter range for use anywhere. The LCD display has backlighting for easy viewing. Estimated Street Price: $99.
Lenspen has now bundled three of their cleaners together—the Original Lenspen for lenses, the FilterKleaner for filters and the MicroPro for eyepieces—for the ultimate on-the-go Lenspen DSLR Pro Kit. Each pen has one end with a retractable natural brush for removing loose dust and the opposite cleaning pad end for removing fingerprints. Estimated Street Price: $34.
The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution lets you transfer photo and video assets from up to four memory cards at once with only one 3.0 USB port. The four-bay hub lets you mix and match readers to configure your own personalized Workflow Reader from formats such as XQD, UDMA 7, CF, SDXC UHS-I and SDHC UHS-I. Estimated Street Price: $79 (Hub), $29 to $44 (readers).
Reflectors are one of the most cost-effective lighting solutions you can have, require no power and collapse for easy portability. The Photoflex MultiDisc 7-in-1 reflector is hugely versatile, with seven different panels including standards like white and gold, and a new SunLite color that’s slightly less reflective than Soft Gold to prevent "blinding" your subject. Available in 22-, 32- and 42-inch diameters. Estimated Street Price: $85.
SanDisk’s Connect Wireless Media Drive provides a pocket-sized storage device with a wireless connection for transferring and viewing newly captured images on your computer, tablet and smartphone with the use of the free SanDisk App. The Wireless Media Drive creates its own wireless connection, no external internet connection needed. Available in 32GB and 64GB capacities. Estimated Street Price: $79 (32GB), $99 (64GB).
The Wacom Cintiq 13HD gives you personalized control with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt recognition of the Pro Pen integrated with the 1920×1080 resolution HD LED touch-sensitive dis-play. The Pro Pen, 13-inch HD screen, and adjustable stand are compatible with both Mac OS and Windows, and the HD screen stand can be used in a flat position, or set at 22, 35, or 50 degrees for optimal comfort. List Price: $999.
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