DPP Home Gear In Focus November 2007

Monday, October 8, 2007

November 2007

New Tools Of The Trade


Chest Pod
Use your chest to help hold your SLR steady with the Ergorest MultiTripod stand. Simply mount your equipment to the stand and use the built-in finger grooves to hold it firmly in place. The stand is made of stainless steel and covered with 3mm of rubber for comfortable gripping and handling in any climate. A large knurled knob attaches the dual 3⁄8 and 1⁄4 camera screw to the camera. An adjustable lever sets the stand's position. The unit folds flat for easy transport. Estimated Street Price: $100. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

Web Host
Host your images online for current and potential clients to view and order prints using Miller's Professional Imaging Web Hosting for Wedding and General Portraiture. Full-sized images can be uploaded directly from your studio using Miller's Mac- and PC-compatible Java-based Web application or using Miller's Remote Studio software, a free PC-based application suite with several programs, including Digital Proofing. Images are stored for 60 days, and Miller can optionally adjust the color and density of your images as needed for online preview. Client orders are shipped directly to them or you, and a flat-rate shipping fee is assessed. Miller keeps 10 percent of each sale. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Miller's Professional Imaging, (800) 835-0603, www.millerslab.com.

Photo Vest
Keep your gear close when wearing the Billingham PhotoVest. Manufactured from Cordura 500 multifilament material, the vest feels like brushed cotton and is designed to provide years of rugged use. The PhotoVest features four exterior 7x9-inch equipment pockets (two on either side) with zip pulls, two 10-inch interior horizontal pockets, two concealed nine-inch horizontal compartments, a small front-flap pocket and four open pockets on the bottom interior that are ideal for carrying small accessories. A heavy-duty zipper closes the vest. It's available in four sizes in a light khaki. Estimated Street Price: $398. Contact: R.T.S. Inc., (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.

Sturdy Support
Tough enough to support a professional SLR with a medium-sized telephoto lens, the lightweight Really Right Stuff BH-40 is a high-performance ballhead well-suited for the busy pro photographer. It's three inches high, weighs just over a pound and has an easy-to-use lever release clamp for quickly locking the camera into place. For added convenience, the main locking lever can be repositioned in 60-degree increments and the dragging and panning base knobs are each uniquely shaped so you can tell which is which while looking through the finder. All components are made of anodized aluminum or stainless steel to withstand the toughest conditions. List Price: $375. Contact: Really Right Stuff, (888) 777-5557, www.reallyrightstuff.com.


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