Camera gear

BT-X3-ND_filters-1

A while back, I reviewed the X1, X2 and X3 UV filters from Breakthrough Photography.  Their slimline cells with ridged edges that make them easier to mount and stack on your lenses have had a permanent place on my Canon 24-105 f/4L and Canon 16-35 f/4L lenses ever since.  They remain wonderful companions, not getting [...]

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nova-flash

Janet and I have both reported on the Nova Bluetooth LED flash for iPhone and iOS devices (see related links list below). Now version 1.2 of the app that controls the Nova flash has the capability to allow one iPhone to control up to ten Nova flash units. We wanted to put iPhone owners in the [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Camera Gear, iOS, News
Aperlite 09

Typically I like to shoot pictures with natural ambient light since the shadows and lighting are what catch my eye anyway. But there are times when I need to control the light or open up some shadows therefore, using a flash or speedlight is needed. So whether you are a professional or amateur photographer, chances [...]

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lumee-lighted-cell-phone-case

It's a shame you have to use the front-facing camera on your phone for selfies, because that camera doesn't have a flash.  When you aren't in well-lighted places, your selfies will be lacking in detail because of the poor lighting.  The LuMee Light Up Cell Phone Case with built-in lights that shine on your face [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Cases and Covers, iOS, News
super-charged-bag-divider

If you have one of those camera bags with the Velcroed-in dividers, you can replace one of the dividers with the Super Charged Bag Divider with the backup battery inside it.  You'll add power to your bag without needing to give up some storage space in your camera bag to hold the extra item.  The [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Camera Gear, News
smartphone-ring-light

Photojojo has a ring light flash unit for your smartphone.  The Smartphone Ring Light is constantly on for evenly-lit portraits, videos, and even macro shots.  It's available with a case for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, or you can buy just the ring light for use with other smartphones.  Even if you purchase it [...]

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lumu-light-meter

Carry this little lollipop-shaped device with you, and you'll always have the ability to turn your iPhone into a photographic light meter.  It has a CNC milled high-grade aluminum housing, so it will last for years.  Inside is a hemispherical diffuser, cardioid-type silicon photo diode light receptor element that measures the range of 0.15 – 250,000 lux [...]

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flash-and-fill-in-light-for-phone-cameras

Actually, the Smart 16-LED Warm White Light 3-Mode Fill Light for Mobile Phone works with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch, Android phones and tablets, and with Windows 8 devices.  You'll need a headphone jack to plug the unit in, and you'll need the iBlazr software to automatically fire the flash.  Apparently, you can also just turn the [...]

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Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, iOS, News, Windows Phone
nifti-iphone-6-selfie-case

The nifti iPhone 6 Selfie Case with Bluetooth Remote Shutter Button makes taking selfies easier.  With the camera remote, you don't have to worry jiggling the camera while you touch the on-screen shutter button after you get everything nicely framed.  Of course, since the remote will work from up to 30 feet away, you can [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Cases and Covers, iOS, News
3in1smartbox

The 3-in-1 Smart Box is a keychain attachable gadget that offers three different features in one tiny package. Just pair the 3-in-1 Smart Box with your Android device and install the free app to toggle the features on and off. Are you a forgetful person when it comes to your phone? You'll never walk off [...]

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Posted in: Android, Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Camera Gear, News
BreakthroughTechnology-XFilters-1

(Supermodel Priya poses behind the three filters being tested in this review) I love photography.  There isn't a day when I don't have my camera with me, ready to capture something beautiful.  I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III full-frame dSLR and my workhorse lens is the 24-105 f/4L.  A top-quality lens on a [...]

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Olloclip_2

As the iPhone and other smart phones become the primary method for taking photos, an accessory market has developed. Now you can buy tripods, specialty cases, lenses and countless apps that promise to customize and improve anyone’s smart phone snaps. Up until now, I had never used additional hardware for iPhone photos. I just stuck [...]

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peakdesign-slideclutchanchorlinks_00

Peak Design ha built a company by holding three successful crowd-funded Kickstarter campaigns for their innovative Capture and Capture V2 Camera Clip mounting systems and Leash & Cuff accessories. Having reviewed the Peak Design CapturePRO a while back, I found it to be well-engineered and well-built and I was impressed enough that I wanted to [...]

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wifi-inspection-camera-for-ios-and-android-2

If you've ever seen those big, gooseneck inspection cameras that plumbers use to inspect pipes, you may have wished you had access to one when you drop a ring up under the bed or the cat has dragged off your socks behind the fridge.  DinosaurLifeStyle (alas, Andrew Baker, it still suffers from a dearth of dinosaurs...) [...]

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Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, iOS, News
Elephant Steady

I find as I am getting a little older, my hands just aren't as steady as they use to be. Now for most things this is not an issue, but for shooting videos with my iPhone, this becomes a real problem. Elephant Steady, a Kickstarter project from ADPLUS Co., hopes to help the un-steady like [...]

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bottle-cap-tripod-2

You'll always have a tripod when you need it if you carry a Bottle Cap Tripod in your pocket.  The bottom is a stretchy, rubber socket that fits on the top of most any kind of water or soda bottle.  The top is a standard tripod mount that works with any camera with a tripod [...]

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Slide

So, you have that camera you always wanted and now you are looking for accessories to help make you a better shooter. Neck straps and hand straps are a couple of items that come to mind when I think of camera accessories and, the Clutch, Slide and Anchor Links Kickstarter project from Peter Dering and [...]

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brando-wifi-microsd-adapter

Tablets and smart phones are a great way to carry and share photos; they have replaced those little photo albums called "brag books" that people used to carry in their purses or gear bags.  Many of these mobile devices have cameras to take photos with, but let's face it, the quality of those photos aren't [...]

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Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, iOS, News, Wireless
triggertrap-for-smartphones

I've purchased remote shutter releases for all of the Nikon DSLRs that I own.  Some are wireless, some are wired, but they all require me to push a button to get a photo - and that's all it can do.  With the Triggertrap cable and an app for your smart phone (most versions of iPhone [...]

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onslot-1

When I first saw the OnSlot On-Hot Shoe Cleaner I was confused because I didn't know there was such a huge problem with dirty hot shoes on our cameras. But then I read the product description and learned that the hot shoe is just a place to store the OnSlot when you're not using it. [...]

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brando-quick-selfie-pole

When using your cell phone to take selfies, you are limited by the length of your arm.  That limits the number of people you're able to include in a photo, and you may find it hard to trigger the camera when you've got your arm stretched out to the limit.  With Brando's Quick Selfie Pole [...]

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Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, iOS, News
nova-external-flash-2

iPhones have decent cameras, and you can snap even better photos with the built-in flash.  That flash does have its problems, though, because it's fired directly at the subject.  Photos can look harsh if you were too close to the subject, or they can be dark if you were too far away.  The Nova external [...]

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snapgrip-2

It can be hard to hold the iPhone steady while you reach for the virtual button on the screen or find a volume button to trigger the camera to snap a picture.  If you like taking pictures with your iPhone but you'd like controls that are easier to find and use, consider the Snappgrip iPhone [...]

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ef16_35_4lisu_586x186_hero

Canon's EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II is a very popular lens, particularly for landscape and architectural photography.  It has remained out of the reach of many enthusiast photographers due to its very high price  ($1700, but at the time of this writing there is a $200 mail-in rebate).  The lens is also not image stabilized, [...]

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lomography-smartphone-scanner

With the iPhone and Android Film Scanner, you'll be able to scan your own 35mm photo negatives directly into your smartphone, as easily as snapping a photo.  And you'll be able to color correct or even stitch together images before you save them.  You'll need to use the LomoScanner app from Lomography on your Apple [...]

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