Jun 24

Wrap it up! with Domke Equipment wraps

There are times when you just can’t take a camera bag with you, but you don’t want to leave your camera at home. I’ve heard all types of advice for carrying a camera in a non-padded camera case: “wrap it in a t-shirt” or “wrap it in a towel”…or worse…”just put it in the top of you backpack and hope for the best”. No. Thank. You.

The nice folks at Domke have created a solution to this problem. Wraps. Square, padded, Velcro closing wraps that cradle your sensitive camera gear simply and safely when it’s inside your backpack, purse or suitcase.  The come in a variety of sizes for different equipment and a variety of colors so you can know what’s inside without unwrapping your gear. At about 20 bucks each, this is an affordable and practical way to protect your gear in any kind of carrying situation. where to buy

Jun 02

“Selfie” shooters…your wish for “longer arms” has come true! Meet the X-Shot!

So small it fits in your pocket or purse and attaches to any compact digital camera or GoPro type camera. Allows you to photograph and video yourself with a nice background Great for travel, social networking, blogging, hiking and sporting events 

  • Eliminate awkward photos taken at arms length
  • Capture full background and scenery
  • Take a picture anywhere without asking a stranger
  • Take pictures from unique angles
  • With the XShot it looks like someone else took the picture
  • Easy film making for online videos and journals
  • Fun and easy to usewhere to buy
May 28

Introducing FlashQ: The Worlds Smallest Wireless Flash Trigger

Once again crowd sourcing has fueled a new photography product aimed at the mirrorless camera user. The FlashQ is a 2.4ghz wireless transmitter and receiver that not only allows you to use off-camera speed lights but does it in a very stylish manner.

LightPix Labs – FlashQ Wireless Flash Trigger

With a bulk of channels for selection, system can choose a clean channel smartly. At the same time, we can avoid collision with other wireless system in the same frequency band.

FlashQ system can support up to 8 receivers simultaneously, provided that those receivers had been paired up with the transmitter. This gives the scalability of multiple wireless flashes and makes your photography more creative. FlashQ receiver has a sync cord output via function. Port (micro-USB form factor). The sync cord allows connection to the sync port of studio strobes or external flashes. FlashQ supports remote triggering flashes at sync speeds up to 1/250 sec*. The trigger signal is barely on the central contact of standard ISO hot shoe. No TTL information is transmitted by FlashQ. This makes FlashQ compatible with most camera and Flash brands. According to LightPixel Labs the FlashQ is compatible with a wide range of camera systems. But don’t get too excited because as a crowd sourcing product it is not yet available till October 2014 and retail price has not been determined. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  •  Size: 25 x 25 x 15 mm
  • 2.4GHz low-power digital radio
  • 160 radio channels
  • 20M operating range
  • No TTL, up to 1/250 sync speed*
  • Max. 900us X-sync latency (by FlashQ system)
  • Tolerate Max. 300V port sync voltage (on FlashQ receiver)
  • 3V voltage present on male hot shoe centre pin (on FlashQ transmitter)
  • PC Sync cable (via Func. port) for studio strobes
  • More than 100K fires for a battery life
  • 6 months battery standby time
  • LED indication: Green – operating; Red – triggering; Blue – pairing
  • On compatible cameras and flashes

Check out the LightPix’s web site for more information.

May 28

Charge your batteries in the field with a Goal Zero Solar system

We’ve all been there…wondering how in the heck we’re going to keep up power for our cameras, phones and notebooks while on assignment ( or vacation) in remote areas. Thanks to Goal Zero, battery life won’t be a problem with the Nomad 13 Solar Panel. Keep phones, cameras, even tablets charged with the power of the sun. Use with a Goal Zero Portable Power Pack to charge your gear day or night.

Designed to power all the gear in your kit, the Sherpa 100’s versatile array of ports include two ultra-fast, smart USBs for phones and tablets, a 12V port for lights, an innovative port specifically for laptops, and a detachable AC inverter for DSLR cameras. The Sherpa 100 recharges from the wall, car, or from the sun with the included Goal Zero’s Nomad 20 solar panel.

You’ll collect the most power from the sun on bright, clear days. That being said, solar panels utilize IR, UV, and visible rays from the sun that can penetrate through clouds. Although the efficiency of the solar panel will decrease in cloudy conditions, you’ll still be collecting valuable power from the sun. Also, keeping your solar panel angled toward the sun can dramatically increase efficiency. Set it up and let Mother Nature do the rest.

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May 26

Rid your camera and lenses of dust before it gets on your sensor with the Giottos Rocket Air Blaster

The Giottos Rocket Air Blaster is simply the safest and best way to blow clean, dust-free air to clean lenses, cameras, filters, keyboards or any of the other places where dust resides! Available in four sizes from the large 7.5″ long large rocket with a 2.4″ diameter for a large volume of air to the convenient small Rocket with it’s 2.1″ air bulb. Made from the best quality silicon rubber for long life and instant rebound the blaster will deliver a near continuous stream of clean air! Each rocket has a long thin tip with a uniquely designed opening to eliminate whistling. A one-way valve on the bottom brings in clean air and does not re-distribute the dust! The large Rocket is available in either black or red. where to buy

May 23

Three legged thing reaches new heights with the “Brian” tripod.

The Evolution 2 Brian is the world’s most versatile travel tripod system. Built to withstand loads up 8KG, Brian is powerful beyond his size. With the lowest shooting capability of any travel tripod in the world, Brian extends from just 125mm all the way to 2.04m Brian’s patented multi-functional use makes him the most capable and user-friendly travel tripod ever created. With our new Stealth Carbon Fiber ™, Brian is as tough as he is stylish, as functional as he is capable. The NEW AirHed 1 has had a complete redesign. Now smaller, lighter, fantastic detailing and a load capacity of 35KG. WINNER OF THE INNOVATIVE IMAGING PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2013

 

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May 21

Create smooth videos with your GoPro and the Stedicam Curve

Small, pocketable, and lightweight, the Steadicam® Curve™ offers complete versatility when your out in the bowl, grinding rails or about to shred some powder down the Alps! The Steadicam® Curve™ gives users of the GoPro® Hero® cameras the opportunity to create very smooth short clips of friends performing their favourite stunts on their skateboard or BMX. If you use your GoPro® camera for lifestyle activities like filming your child at a football game, taking their 1st ride on a bike or taking part in the school sport day. The Steadicam® Curve™ is as versatile as your GoPro® camera and better yet you can slip it back into your jacket pocket when finished with it. 

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May 14

Manfrotto reinvents the Lightstand-Flash/ Umbrella Holder.

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The Manfrotto Snap Tilthead is a versatile tilt head with hot shoe attachment compatible with all branded flashguns, it also incorporates an umbrella socket. A smart counterbalance mechanism prevents the flashgun from dropping along the stand, thus assuring maximum safety to the photographer’s equipment. 
This tilt head introduces an innovative locking system which facilitates the set up to be completed in a matter of seconds. Insert Manfrotto Snap Tilthead on the lighting stand and thanks to the innovative locking mechanism, the safety lock is automatically activated. Next, fix the tilt head by tightening the locking lever. Fixing the flashgun to Manfrotto Snap Tilthead is straightforward and quick, thanks to the smart locking ring. Open the shoes by unscrewing the ring and insert the hot shoe attachment of the flashgun. Lastly, secure the flash by screwing the locking ring.

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