2015 Editors’ Choice Awards

CREATIVE CLOUD FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

At $49.99 a month, the full Adobe Creative Cloud Complete subscription includes everything you could ever need for media enhancement, but as a photographer, Photoshop and Lightroom may be all you need. That’s why I was happy when Adobe announced a dedicated (and discounted) Creative Cloud Photography subscription this summer providing just those two programs. Additional programs can be leased for single-time use at $19.99 a month each, if needed. List Price: $9.99 a month; $119.88 a year. Contact: Adobe, creative.adobe.com. —DW

PRO-OPTIC LENS WRAP

Sometimes, it’s the simple things. Lenses, flash units and other photo gear—even cameras—can get scratched and dinged when you’re traveling with them or carrying them in the field. Pro-Optic Lens Wraps cost little and provide good protection against such damage. They’re available in 15- and 19-inch squares. Estimated Street Price: $9.95 (15-inch); $11.50 (19-inch). Contact: Adorama, www.adorama.com. —MS

PROGRAMMABLE MOTION

Adding camera motion to your video or time-lapse projects adds a professional quality that makes the whole thing stand out. Sliders and jibs are excellent accessories, but they’re also bulky. The CamRanger PT Hub and MP-360 tripod head package gives you unlimited panning, 15º up-and-down tilt, as well as diagonal motion and speed control. That’s all great, but the best part of this package is that it’s controlled from the CamRanger app on your tablet or smartphone. The programmability is almost infinite with a hardware package that’s only slightly larger than a full-sized ballhead. Estimated Street Price: $229. Contact: CamRanger, camranger.com. —CR

SIRUI TABLETOP TRIPOD

The aircraft-grade aluminum-alloy Sirui 3T-35 series Table-Top Tripod Kit by Argraph is ultraportable at only 9.5 inches when folded down. The two-section center column extends to 13.5 inches. When using the Tripod Kit as a mobile support, fold the legs down for added reach or up toward the center column for use of the grip feature under the tripod legs. The Kit comes with a ballhead that includes an Arca-compatible quick-release plate, which can be used on the center column or directly on the tripod feet. The tripod supports up to 8.8 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $85. Contact: Argraph, www.argraph.com. —AMT

THE CHRONICLE BAG

The Chronicle from Domke‘s Next Generation line incorporates pro photographers’ feedback for a more durable and protective camera bag. The main body uses the GearProtex customizable insert system, allowing you to shape and bend the self-adhering dividers to secure your DSLR, lenses and flash. The PocketFlex system allows the addition of self-adhesive pockets, patches and pouches for personalized accessory storage. The 15.75x7x10-inch bag also provides two expandable zippered side pockets, two
expandable front pockets and a padded, zippered tablet sleeve. Side rain hoods, a quiet system Velcro® silencer, grab strap and Gripper shoulder strap add to its versatility. Available in waxed canvas and Cordura. List Price: $459. Contact: Tiffen, www.tiffen.com. —AMT

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