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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Extras! Extras! Read All About 'Em!

Gear up with the latest and greatest in accessories for digital photography

Strapped And Ready To Roll
Don't let that expensive camera slip off your shoulder ever again! Make sure it stays put with an UPstrap SLR shoulder strap. The all-surface tread design, or little grippy things in layman's terms, translates into comfort and stability so you don't have to contort your body and hurt your neck and shoulders trying to keep your expensive gear from crashing to the floor. List Price: $29.95. Contact: UPstrap, (877) 755-1491, www.upstrap.com.

Why Carry A Heavy Tripod?
Save your back from your equipment. Having a tripod that travels well is a good first step. Slik's DV Travel Pro tripod is 26.6 inches when folded down, making it compact for packing. Weighing only 4.3 pounds, the tripod can fit in your suitcase without exceeding the luggage weight limit at the airport. With features like a heavier tripod, the Travel Pro can handle up to eight pounds, and its speed-release leg locks allow for easy setup. List Price: $299. Contact: Slik (THK Photo Products), (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.

Not Just Another Strap

You barely have to make any room for the Kirk Strap Pod in your camera bag and it works well as a steadying support when you don't have a tripod around. The thin, light nylon strap has a looped end that you step on and a quick-release mount end to attach your camera. Stick your foot in the loop, adjust the length of the strap and pull up slightly to create tension to steady your shot. List Price: $29.95. Contact: Kirk Enterprises, (800) 626-5074, www.kirkphoto.com.

Mood Lighting
When you're in the mood to take photos of still objects, portraits or even things you want to sell on eBay, use the Lowel Ego tabletop softlight to get soft, flattering light. It's quick and easy to set up and works perfectly with modern digital cameras. The fluorescent light uses two 27-watt lamps and comes with a bounce reflector card for smooth and even lighting that can be useful for a million and one things. List Price: $125. Contact: Lowel-Light, (800) 334-3426, www.lowel.com.




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