Tuesday, February 17, 2009
New Tools Of The Trade
The Davis & Sanford ATPX10 All Terrain Pod offers heavy-duty support no matter what kind of ground you’re standing on. The versatile tripod features weather-resistant aluminum and stainless-steel construction with a black anodized finish. Height ranges from 23 to 61 inches, and it weighs seven pounds with a 35-pound load capacity. The removable three-way head with quick release works for shooting still photography or video. Estimated Street Price: $189. Contact: Tiffen, (800) 645-2522, www.tiffen.com.
The Bowler from Acme Made isn’t your typical camera bag. The stylish red tote is made with high-quality synthetic leather, tricot and YKK zippers. The white trim and handles create a nice-looking contrast and are dual-tapered to rest comfortably in your hand. Hidden side accessory pockets hold memory cards, cleaning cloths and other necessities, while hidden loops can attach a shoulder strap, giving you a couple of carrying options. Quilted tricot lining on the inside helps protect your equipment, and a padded adjustable divider can be moved around or removed entirely to accommodate your gear. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: Acme Made, (888) 486-3191, www.acmemade.com.
Make it simple for clients to purchase your images online using ExposureManager’s BuyThisImage!, a free, easy-to-use widget that can be incorporated into personal blogs or websites in just a few steps. Visitors to your website simply click on the BuyThisImage! link to select prints in sizes ranging from 5x7 to 40x60 inches or as specialty items such as mugs or T-shirts. Prices are preloaded, but you can make adjustments. From the initial order to printing, shipping and handling, the web service handles the entire purchase from behind the scenes. When a customer buys an image, you’re notified to upload a high-resolution file to your account. The site deducts a nominal transaction fee from each sale. Contact: ExposureManager, www.buythisimage.com.
Western Digital Hard Drives
For Mac users, Western Digital continues to expand its external hard drive lineup to fit your system. The My Passport and My Book drives come preformatted for Macs with an easy-to-use USB interface. Both are designed to work seamlessly with Apple’s Time Machine backup utility and feature shock-resistant enclosures to provide maximum protection for guarding your valuable files. My Passport is available in capacities of 320 GB and 500 GB, while My Book comes in 1 TB and preserves power by turning itself on and off with your computer. Estimated Street Price: $129, $179 (320 GB, 500 GB My Passport); $179 (My Book). Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.westerndigital.com.
When you’re doing handheld shooting, get a better handle on your camera with the Action Grip from Kirk Enterprises. The handle works with nearly any D-SLR and is particularly well suited for the latest Canon and Nikon cameras that have HD video capability. The durable, lightweight grip is made from aluminum and stainless steel. Any camera with an Arca-style camera plate mounts rapidly to the quick-release clamp. The grip also mounts directly to any tripod that has an Arca-style system. The handle is cushioned for added comfort. Estimated Street Price: $149. Contact: Kirk Enterprises, (800) 626-5074, www.kirkphoto.com.
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