Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Gear On A Budget
Affordable accessories to enhance your photography without breaking the bank
Modify light quickly and easily with the Flashpoint 42-inch 5-in-1 Collapsible Disc Reflector kit. It includes translucent, white, black, silver and soft gold reflectors for reducing contrast, eliminating harsh shadows or simply softening the light. The reflectors are easy to break down and transport. Estimated Street Price: $39. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
Gary Fong Flip Cage
The Flip Cage from Gary Fong is a multipurpose support solution for a compact camera. Acting as a lightweight and much more portable tabletop tripod, the Flip Cage can be “flipped” for horizontal or vertical compositions that are modifiable, thanks to available tilt adjustments. The camera screw firmly attaches to the camera, allowing the versatile Flip Cage to be used for shooting upside down. Estimated Street Price: $39. Contact: Gary Fong, (800) 906-6447, www.garyfonginc.com.
Gepe Card Safe Extreme
Protect your memory cards against dust, humidity, shock and more using Gepe’s Card Safe Extreme. Four compartments hold a variety of card types, including CompactFlash, Memory Stick and SD cards. Antistatic material inside safeguards the cards from damage or accidental erasure. Estimated Street Price: $18. Contact: Gepe (HP Marketing Corp.), (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Honl Photo Speed System
The Honl Photo Speed System consists of a versatile collection of sturdy, lightweight light modifiers that are designed to fit all shoe-mount flashes via the non-slip Velcro® Speed Strap, which wraps around the flash head. The lineup includes a mix of grids, snoots, reflectors, gobos and gels. Estimated Street Price: $9 to $29. Contact: Honl Photo (ExpoImaging), (800) 446-5086, www.expoimaging.net.
Kaiser Duplex Spirit Level
Framing readjustment is always a time-consuming task, especially because it has to be done image by image. To avoid this process, it’s important to shoot correctly from the start, and the Kaiser Duplex Spirit Level provides pinpoint accuracy for even framing and taking level images right from the start. The unit mounts in the flash-shoe of your D-SLR and can be used with or without a tripod. Estimated Street Price: $31. Contact: Kaiser (HP Marketing Corp.), (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0
The Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0 offers a simple solution for eliminating glare and brightness when trying to review images on the LCD. It fits over 3-inch or smaller screens and has a +/-3 diopter to check the focus, composition and histogram. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Hoodman, (800) 818-3946, www.hoodmanusa.com
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