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Lightscoop Deluxe for DSLR cameras review

on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, Reviews

Cameras, 35mm film or digital, can be very expensive investments.  Then you have to start buying other equipment, like lenses and filters, that add to the price.  Since most cameras built in the recent past have built-in flashes, it seems that adding a speedlight to your setup is often something that can wait until you’veRead More…

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OP/TECH USA Utility Sling Strap review

on Monday, May 13th, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, Reviews

If you think all camera straps are the same, then think again. Did you think about it? Well, then you know that the camera strap is basically connected to the camera and hangs around your neck. Pretty simple, right?  Well, it can get a little more complicated than you think. When you consider the comfort, theRead More…

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The Fusion Plate – two camera accessories in one package

on Saturday, April 27th, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

Do you own a camera? Do you use a sling-style shoulder strap to carry that camera instead of an old-fashioned neck strap? Are you tired of screwing on and off the attachment loop to mount your camera to a tripod? The Fusion Plate camera accessory Kickstarter project may just be your solution. It’s a dual-purpose cameraRead More…

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Use the iUSBportCAMERA and your mobile device or computer to control your DSLR

on Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Earlier this year, we told you about an accessory that allows you to use your iOS device as a trigger/timer/intervalometer for your DSLR camera.  The iUSBportCAMERA accessory from HyperShop is a similar product with more features.  First of all, you can use this device with iOS and Android mobile devices or your Mac or Windows computer.Read More…

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The Satechi Bluetooth Smart Trigger and an iOS app gives you expanded control over your DSLR camera

on Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Bluetooth Smart Trigger from Satechi slides onto the hot shoe of your Canon, Nikon, or Pentax DSLR camera and adds new dimensions to how you can use the camera.  The Smart Trigger uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology to pair with your iPhone (4S or 5) or iPad (3 or mini); an iOS app then turnsRead More…

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Y didn’t I think of that – Giotto’s YTL Series Premium Tripod

on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

If you love your photography then you’ll know that sometimes a tripod is a must have.  But they’re such a pain to carry around and often too bulky to conveniently take with you just in case you need it.  Well Giottos has just released their YTL Premium Series of tripods. By using a Y-shaped centreRead More…

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Carry Speed DS-SLIM Camera Sling Strap review

on Saturday, December 29th, 2012
Posted in: Camera Gear, Reviews

For photographers, one of the most important yet oft-overlooked accessories may be the humble camera strap.  It must be seamlessly functional,  comfortable, easily adjustable, and quickly attached to your camera.  Tall order!  Does Carry Speed fit its billing as “The Most Advanced Camera Strap System?”

Birders’ paradise – Remotely capture beautiful photos of birds with your iPhone or GoPro camera

on Friday, November 30th, 2012

This bird feeder station from Kickstarter hides a camera inside so you can see and capture images and video of the birds that visit it.  The Bird Photo Booth is just an enclosure with macro and polarizing lenses included (others are planned for future release);  you have to put your iPhone, iPod touch, or GoProRead More…

VectorMount for GoPro – Centrifugal fun

on Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Point of view (POV) cameras are all the rage now, and it seems that new models from manufacturers are popping up all over the place.  Being able to take POV footage is great, but sometimes the footage from a static mounting position can get a bit boring. How do you make your footage stand outRead More…

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Sun Sniper “The Strap Surfer” review

on Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Sun Sniper is a company out of Germany that specializes in innovative camera holders and straps. Their Strap Surfer is designed to integrate  with your messenger-style camera bag to give you a quick and secure solution for safely storing your camera while keeping it quickly ready for use.  How well does it work ?  Read on.

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ReadyCap Camera Lens Cap Holder review

on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
Posted in: Camera Gear, Reviews

After many years as an über-amateur photographer, this past spring I finally took the plunge into the SLR world, upgrading my trusty point-and-shoot to a Nikon D5100.  I quite like this camera, and I haven’t even scratched the surface of its features, much less really learned anything about stuff like composition and lighting all that. Read More…

SOLOSHOT – Get yourself in the action

on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Can’t find a camera person willing to film all your heroic exploits?  SOLOSHOT has you covered. The SOLOSHOT sits between your camera and tripod (included) and uses a wireless waterproof armband to track its subject.  It’s capable of rotating 360 degrees with a maximum pan speed of 40 degrees per second. Range is up toRead More…

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GoPro App available (finally)

on Saturday, October 13th, 2012

After a long wait, GoPro has finally released their app for controlling your GoPro via your smartphone or tablet with their WiFi BacPac. The current version of the app gives you full control of your camera settings and live previews. However, it’s still not all picture perfect.   The additional functions – like being able to shareRead More…

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Rigu: Colourful Camera Straps and Accessories

on Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

You have a new camera, and you need a strap for it – it didn’t come with one or it came with a boring, uncomfortable strap.  Rigu has a selection of more than 80 camera straps to choose from, including some with neoprene backing for extra comfort.  They may have a black strap or two,Read More…

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Be a Photographic Gunslinger with the Quikdraw Holster

on Friday, August 24th, 2012
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

This is a Kickstarter project.  If you like to change lenses frequently while you’re taking photos, you’ll have to drag a bag around with you to hold the extra lenses.  You’ll waste valuable time looking for the right lens, then taking off the back end cap, then stopping to put away the replaced lens.  WithRead More…

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Booq Python Photo Sling Review

on Friday, August 24th, 2012
Posted in: Bags, Camera Gear, Reviews

Photographers are the original Gadgeteers. Meters, lenses, filters, and esoteric little bits and bobs that assist in your camera’s performance are just what the Gadget Doctor ordered! Carrying those things around, however, has always been an issue. Booq, a stylish, cutting edge creator of interesting and useful bags for portable tech, has a line of bags with the express purpose of transporting dSLRs and laptops. The Python Sling is advertised to hold a dSLR, 4 lenses, a tripod, and an iPad or MacBook (11″/13″ screens). We gave it a field test, and here’s the report.

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ReadyCap Keeps Your Camera Lens Cap Handy

on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

The lowly lens cap a has a big job: protect your camera’s expensive lens from dust, dirt, smudges, rain, beer and so forth and so on.  You diligently keep it attached until you are ready to start snapping the big shots, but then what do you do with it? Stuff it into your pocket, tossRead More…

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OUTRIDE Turns Your iPhone into a Sports Action Camera

on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

With the OUTRIDE case and app from mophie, you can turn your iPhone 4/4S into a sports action camera.  The OUTRIDE case is waterproof and impact-resistant, and it comes with a variety of modular quick-release mounts so you can use it for capturing a variety of sports.  The case has an integrated 170-degree wide-angle lensRead More…

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The First Wide-Angle iPhone and iPod Touch Action Sports Case is Now Available from Optrix

on Thursday, July 19th, 2012

With this case from Optrix, you can change your iPhone or iPod touch into a rugged sports action camera.  The Optrix XD encases your iPhone 4/4S or iPod touch (with an optional adapter) in a protective case that conforms to MIL-STD-810F (meaning it meets requirements for drop-, particle-, and water-resistance).  It has a 0.5mm-thick touchscreenRead More…

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Joby Gorillapod Hybrid Review

on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Posted in: Camera Gear, Reviews

I love taking night or long exposure photos; however, keeping your camera still is always the issue. There are tips and tricks to hand-hold and steady your camera, but often with long exposures, they’re still not good enough. Yes, if you’re planning your photo session, you could carry a full size tripod with you.  However,Read More…

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Toma Sony NEX-5n Half Case and Wrist Strap Review

on Saturday, June 30th, 2012
Posted in: Camera Gear, Gear, Reviews

In response to my Gariz Sony NEX-5n Half-Case Review, the folks at LoveCases, a British tech-accessory website, offered to send me the Toma half-case and matching wrist strap to review. Like the Gariz case, the Toma half-case is a form fitted leather case that adds a bit of protection to the base and sides ofRead More…

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Add Filters to Canon, Fuji, or Olympus Cameras with a Lensmate Adapter

on Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

  In 2002 I purchased a Canon G2, considered at the time to be one of the best prosumer cameras around. At the time the camera cost me around $1200AU, and as an optional extra, Canon offered a lens surround which would allow you to run filters on it.  Not only was it expensive, butRead More…

Add a Polarizing Filter to Your iPhone 4/4S with the Trygger Camera Case

on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

This is another Kickstarter project, and this one has exceeded funding goals before the end of the funding period.  The Trygger Camera Case is a bumper-style case that includes a felt-lined sliding panel on the back of the phone.  Slide the panel up to move the polarizing filter (a color-neutral polarizing film layered between twoRead More…

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iSteady Shot Pro-Holder – Keep your GoPro steady

on Monday, June 18th, 2012

Sick of all your GoPro videos being all shaky and unsteady? Even worse, sick of watching someone else’s shaky videos? The iSteady Pro-holder is a lightweight  aircraft-grade aluminum camera mount for the GoPro camera series (see related links) currently up on Kickstarter.  It mounts using your standard GoPro mounting system with an aluminum easy-detach clip. With threeRead More…

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Satechi WTR-A Wireless Timer Remote Control Shutter for Canon Cameras

on Sunday, June 17th, 2012
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

The WTR-A Wireless Timer Remote Control Shutter from Satechi is designed for compatible EOS Canon cameras.  This shutter-release tool lets you set a timer to delay shooting a photo, managing exposure time, setting a shooting interval and organizing a number of shots from up to 50 feet away.  It has a beeping alert to indicateRead More…