Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Boost the sharpness of your photographs by stabilizing your camera on the sturdy, aluminum Espod Plus tripod from Vanguard. Four models are available, with load capacities of 4.4 pounds and 6.6 pounds, and weights between just under a pound and 2.87 pounds. Maximum extended height for all is 57.3 inches, with folded height ranging from 20.5 inches to 22.7 inches. The ergonomic leg-angle release button makes it easy to set up and take down. Other features include a three-way pan head, 25°, 50° and 80° leg angles, and quick-flip leg locks. Estimated Street Price: $79 to $109. Contact: Vanguard, (800) 875-3322, www.vanguardworld.com.
Travel with the Domke Photo Courier, a camera bag that, with the look of a traditional bike messenger bag, doesn’t call attention to itself. The Photo Courier comes in three sizes. The medium and large versions have a sleeve in front of the bag, under the front flap, for sliding in a laptop. Full-length Velcro® panels ensure that the bag stays closed. Inserts and adjustable dividers hold your camera, lenses and accessories in place. The bag is available in high-quality cotton black canvas or brown Rugged Wear waxed canvas. Estimated Street Price: $139 to $254. Contact: Domke (Tiffen), (800) 645-2522, www.tiffen.com.
Go from true wide-angle to super-telephoto range without switching lenses using the Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC. With an excellent 15:1 zoom ratio, the lens covers an angle of view equivalent to that of 28-419mm in 35mm format. Vibration Compensation technology allows you to use all those focal lengths when shooting handheld, providing up to a four-stop advantage when shooting at slower shutter speeds. Since the stabilizer is in the lens, the viewfinder image is steadied as well. The lens focuses down to 19.3 inches across all focal lengths. It’s available for Canon and Nikon with a built-in AF motor. Estimated Street Price: $629. Contact: Tamron USA, (631) 858-8400, www.tamron.com.
Editor’s Note: In our May/June issue, we mistakenly reported that the Tamron AF18-270mm includes a detachable Filter Effect Control ring. The FEC is included with the Tamron SP AF200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD.
HARD DRIVE APP
Log onto your Western Digital My Book World Edition Drive and view your entire image library using the WD Photos photo viewer, an app for the iPhone or iPod touch. The app is also compatible with WD’s ShareSpace Network Drive, running directly on either drive and automatically resizing photos ahead of time for faster viewing on an iPhone or iPod touch without having to wait for them to load. The original files stay safe and in full resolution on the drive. Features include access to all photos copied into the Shared Pictures folder of either drive and smart filtering for viewing photos by album or searching by date or file name. Estimated Street Price: Free. Contact: Western Digital, (877) 934-6972, www.westerndigital.com.
Capture large image files quickly by recording them to Lexar’s Professional 600x and 300x CompactFlash memory cards. They feature guaranteed minimum sustained write speeds of 90 MB/s and 45 MB/s, respectively, when paired with a UDMA 6-enabled card reader. The 600x cards are available in capacities of 8 GB to 32 GB, while the 300x cards come in 4 GB to 32 GB sizes. Both include downloadable Image Rescue 4 software for recovering lost or deleted photo and video files. Also available is the portable Professional ExpressCard CF Reader, which is compatible with all UDMA and non-UDMA CF cards, and supports speeds of up to 133 MB/s. Estimated Street Price: $499 (32 GB 600x); $44 (reader). Contact: Lexar, (800) 789-9418, www.lexar.com.
Keep your camera protected when shooting in wet or humid environments with the ewa-marine U-BF100 waterproof weather housing. Made of flexible, double-laminated PVC, the fit is designed so that you can use a Nikon D3, Canon EOS-1D model or other pro-level DSLRs with full functionality. The built-in finger control allows you to depress the camera’s shutter release. A full-sized glove is built into it for zooming the lens, as well as manually controlling functions that require more than touchpad operation. The housing makes shooting possible in depths down to 33 feet. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: R.T.S. Inc., (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.
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