Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Get to your gear quickly with the redesigned version of Lowepro’s popular SlingShot AW series. One of the standout new features is the Hideaway Tripod Mount for attaching a compact tripod or monopod using a foldout holder, quick-release buckle and strap. There’s more space in the upper compartment for personal stuff, a zippered stash pocket for storing a filter or cell phone, and an updated divider system in the main compartment. In addition to its ergonomic and quick-rotating design, the bag features easy-glide zippers throughout its construction for smooth operation and fast access to all of the compartments. Three sizes are available. Estimated Street Price: $89 to $129. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
Show your DSLR some solid support using the Giottos Vitruvian VGR series of tripods. Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s famous “Vitruvian Man” drawing, the lightweight tripods are designed with “reverse technology” legs so that when collapsed they fold through 180 degrees to “surround” the tripod center column and head, folding down into a unit that measures about 16 inches. Aluminum and carbon models are available. Both have a maximum height of nearly 62 inches and a load capacity of nearly nine pounds. Removing and attaching the center column to one of the legs turns it into a full-sized monopod. The main tripod castings are made from a forged aluminum alloy for greater strength and durability but less weight. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Attach a filter to your Lensbaby Composer using the creative lens maker’s new Step-Up/Shade, a special 37mm to 52mm adapter ring that fits into the Composer while also serving as a lens shade that blocks flare and provides better light. It’s compatible with all Lensbaby lenses and optics except for the new Fisheye Optic. With 52mm threads on the front, the Step-Up/Shade allows you to use any 52mm filter. The small, lightweight ring measures 1.4 inches from the front edge of the hood to the surface of the optic, delivering protection from flare. Estimated Street Price: $25. Contact: Lensbaby, (877) 536-7222, www.lensbaby.com.
Steady your DSLR on the Sunpak 423PX2 carbon-fiber tripod with pistol grip ballhead. Constructed of seven-layer carbon-fiber leg tubes, the tripod is rigid with a load capacity of 5.3 pounds, a height ranging from 10.5 inches to 63 inches, and a second short, anti-rotation carbon-fiber center column for doing low-angle photography. Unlike conventional ballheads, pistol grip heads work using a simple squeeze and release instant-locking trigger action that allows for speedy camera setup. The quick-release platform delivers 360-degree rotation for easy panning or making small adjustments. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Sunpak (ToCAD), (973) 627-9600, www.tocad.com.
Transport your laptop or netbook safely, along with the rest of your equipment, using the Kata 3N1 series, which previously didn’t include space for computers. Designed with the comfort of a backpack and the quick camera access of a sling, the bags feature customizable main compartments with dividers that can be configured to fit your needs. The largest model holds a DSLR with battery grip and long zoom attached, as well as five to six additional lenses, up to a 15.4-inch laptop and accessories. The bags can be configured as slings for right- or left-handed use, or as a traditional backpack. Estimated Street Price: $100 to $145. Contact: Kata Bags, (201) 818-9500, www.kata-bags.us.
Go from wide-angle to supertele using the Fujifilm FinePix HS10, a nice alternative for taking high-quality images when you don’t want to deal with the bulk of a DSLR. The Fujinon 30x lens has a 35mm-equivalent focal-length range of 24-720mm, and the twist-barrel manual zoom control allows you to make precise adjustments. The camera uses triple image-stabilization technology combining a mechanically stabilized CMOS sensor with high ISO sensitivities and advanced multiframe digital stabilization. There’s also a full HD 1080p movie mode. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Fujifilm, (800) 800-FUJI, www.fujifilmusa.com.
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