Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Prepare for wet weather by throwing the Rainsleeve-Flash into your camera bag. The plastic weather cover can fit over your camera with a shoe-mounted flash and telephoto lens. The eyepiece opening adapts to most viewfinders, allowing you to compose shots through the camera’s lens, not through the plastic. It can be used either handheld or on a tripod, and fits any lens up to seven inches in diameter and up to 14 inches long. Rainsleeve-Flash is sold in sets of two. Estimated Street Price: $9. Contact: OP/TECH USA, (800) 251-7815, www.optechusa.com.
Protect your SLR and long telephoto lens in Petrol Bags’ PDRB-1. Although designed for professional video use, the semi-hard equipment bag has a spacious central compartment that works well for still cameras and long lenses. Detachable padded dividers can be custom-configured into pockets for accessories. Cushioned fabric cradles your equipment on all sides, while upper panels constructed of shockproof cold-molded laminate provide extra protection. Other features include an exterior side pocket for more storage and an adjustable ergonomic padded shoulder strap. Estimated Street Price: $109. Contact: Camera Dynamics Inc., (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.
Block side glare and reflections from your laptop screen with the Seaport Digital i-Visor Pro LS laptop case. In addition to transporting your computer safely from place to place, the case doubles as a visor hood that allows you to view the screen better, even under bright lighting. The latest model features an added back compartment, waterproof zippers and extra pouches for hard-drive backups and cables. The case fits laptops with up to 17-inch screens. Estimated Street Price: $149. Contact: Calumet Photographic, (800) CALUMET, www.calumetphoto.com.
Take steady shots in almost any environment with the Davis & Sanford ATPX10. The heavy-duty, all-terrain tripod features weather-resistant aluminum and stainless-steel construction with a black anodized finish. Height ranges from 23 to 61 inches, and it weighs seven pounds with a 35-pound load capacity. The removable three-way head with quick release works for taking still photography or video. Estimated Street Price: $189. Contact: Tiffen, (800) 645-2522, www.tiffen.com.
PHOTO SUPER HERO
Create cartoon-like images of your stills using Digital Anarchy’s ToonIt! Photo 2.0 for Photoshop. After analyzing an image, the program detects where the important edges are to shape and control areas of color. A variety of styles, such as Flat Cartoon, Graphic Novel, Comic and Pen & Ink, create effects that simulate drawings, etchings and brush painting. You also can create your own customized looks. List Price: $159. Contact: Digital Anarchy, (415) 586-8434, www.digitalanarchy.com.
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