Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Buyer's Guide 2009: Must-Have Accessories
Essential gear to make your photography more efficient, fun and creative
These cool gadgets make photography easier and more efficient, and sometimes offer modern solutions to old challenges. They also can expand your creativity and add new dimensions to your photography.
Geotagging is a way of recording the exact time and location of your photos. Carry this handy accessory with you when you shoot, then insert your memory card into the ATP GPS PhotoFinder, and it writes GPS coordinates into each image's metadata based on the file's time stamp. Estimated Street Price: $90.
The Data Robotics Drobo is an external storage drive that connects to your computer through FireWire (400 or 800) or USB 2.0. The device automatically backs up your files and features RAID-like data-redundancy protection on multiple drives. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $499.
The ClearWhite white-balance filter from Digital Photography Kits gives you clean, color-balanced images using 4x4-inch square filters that are held in front of the lens and pointed at the main light source when setting your camera's custom white balance. Estimated Street Price: $49.
Designed for use with the Canon Speedlite 580EX (I & II) and Nikon SB-800 Speedlight, the ExpoImaging Ray Flash turns your flash into a ring light, but costs far less than a dedicated ring-flash unit. It's fully TTL-compatible, too. Estimated Street Price: $299.
The Manfrotto Modo Pocket is a miniature tripod ideal for those situations when you need to get a stable shot but can't carry a full-sized tripod. About the size of a thick credit card, this adjustable unit is capable of getting you a blur-free shot practically anywhere. Estimated Street Price: $29.
The UPstrap SLR-Classic makes carrying a D-SLR easy and safe. The strap keeps the camera securely on your shoulder so that even the heaviest camera won't slip off. Estimated Street Price: $34.
For more intuitive, pressure-sensitive control with Photoshop enhancements, the Wacom Cintiq 12WX Interactive Pen Display merges the power of pen and tablet with a screen, allowing pixel-precise edits. The 12.1-inch LCD features WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution, 24-bit color depth and 170-degree viewing. Estimated Street Price: $999.
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