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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.  With [...]

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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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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, toss [...]

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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 lens [...]

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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 touchscreen [...]

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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, [...]

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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 of [...]

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posted in Camera Gear, Gear, Reviews

  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, but [...]

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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 two [...]

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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 three [...]

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posted in Camera Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

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 indicate [...]

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In my review of the GoPro HD Hero2 (see related links), I mentioned that there was no viewfinder included with the the standard package.  Now while many people using this unit for extreme sports may not find that this is an issue, my usage means I want the ability to be frame my shots, whether [...]

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posted in Camera Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Have a Sony NEX-5/5N?  Don't you just wish it had an actual hotshoe instead of Sony's proprietary accessory port?  NEX Pro Shop just released an unofficial hotshoe adapter to fit in your Sony NEX-5/5N.  The Shadow allows you to connect an off camera flash and have it triggered by the NEX-5/5N.  It's priced at $79.99 [...]

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Throughout 2011 I pondered whether or not I should upgrade from my Nikon d90 dSLR behemoth to a MILC with better camera-tech stuffed into a much smaller, lighter form factor. The main reason I wanted to upgrade was portability.  Due to its weight and size, I never took my d90 anywhere. For my trip to [...]

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Smartphone cameras are becoming better and better, and more people are using them to take photos and video.  The smaller physical format of smartphones isn't overly conducive as a camera however, and a new Kickstarter project attempts to address this. The Slingshot from professional photographer and design engineer Charles Waugh is a flexible frame that [...]

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Scheduled for release later this  year, the Tamagoo 360-imager is capable of taking panoramas in sky/ground, horizontal or vertical panoramic planes.  With a 14MP sensor, 2" LCD touch screen and built-in WiFi, the unit is 92 x 55.8 x 61.1mm and weighs in at around 190g. Once processed, you can create fully-navigable panoramas and share them directly from [...]

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I have a couple of Nikon DSLR cameras that I use for personal and Gadgeteer photography.  Nikon cameras aren't cheap, but hey - not every camera is mentioned in song, either.  ;) Accessories, especially the Nikon-branded ones, aren't cheap, either.  I've been slowly collecting studio lights, flashes for the hot shoe, filters - you get [...]

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posted in Camera Gear, GPS, Reviews

This has to be the cutest USB drive I've seen, and it is a perfect gift for the photographers in your life.  This Camera USB Drive from Photojojo looks like a DSLR, available in your choice of Nikon or Canon camera style.  The lens removes to expose the 4GB USB stick.  It's 2" wide X [...]

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If you have a smartphone, you probably have or have seen additional photo apps to alter the state of your pictures.  With Lomo and vintage-style photos being such a craze, HolgaDirect has put out the SLFT-IP4 case and filter mount compatible with the iPhone 4 and 4S that will aid the amateur hipster photographer without [...]

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posted in Camera Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News

As an amateur photographer, I always like carrying around my DSLR camera everywhere I go.  At first I used the strap that came with the camera, but that wasn’t comfortable and the strap always got in the way when I lifted the camera up.  Then I changed to a sling type strap, but I didn’t like [...]

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