September/October 2013

Maximized Monitor

Avoid costly reshoots and postprocessing by making sure your video is shot properly in the field. The 1280×800-pixel resolution Flashpoint 7″ LED Field Monitor increases the size of your typical 3-inch on-camera LCD screen by five times. The 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for shooting HD video and allows you to move between a black border and full screen modes. View the screen from a wide range of positions with the 178º horizontal and vertical viewing angle. The housing is constructed from metal to ensure durability and includes a clip-on sun hood, which also provides screen protection. Full HDMI input and output, headphone jack, mono speaker, three-way power switch and mini-ballhead shoe-mount bracket for adjusting position are included. Estimated Street Price: $400. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama),

It’s Handled

Keep a comfortable handle on your camera with the Hand Strap by Cotton Carrier. The Hand Strap is adjustable with heavy-duty Velcro®, so you can tighten and loosen your hand against the body of your camera, as needed. The strap attaches to the camera with a hard anodized aluminum Arca-Swiss-style plate that offers a ¼”x20 thread hole, which allows you to still attach the camera directly to a tripod or to
a tripod quick-release plate. This way, you can move from the tripod to handheld shooting with ease. Estimated Street Price: $19. Contact: Cotton Carrier,

Outpost Project

The new Outpost Project line of camera bags by Crumpler provides a versatile selection of six bags that take you from an urban commute to an outdoor adventure. Each bag utilizes the rucksack design with water-resistant 600D Field Twill on the outer shell, as well as ultra-durable, anti-abrasive materials throughout the bags. The line is comprised of the Cobram Messenger Bag, Kashgar Shoulder Bag, Sebang Sling Bag, Karachi Backpack, Aso Commuter Backpack and Tondo Casual Backpack, ensuring that you’ll find the size and style of bag to fit your gear and shooting style. All bags come with the Crumpler lifetime guarantee. Estimated Street Price: $95-$265. Contact: Crumpler,

Patron Umbrella System

Novoflex has created the all-weather, multifunctional Patron Umbrella System. The umbrella protects photographers from rain and harsh sun during location shoots, while also providing a 44.9-inch silver reflector. An accessory set of three reversible light panels is available for attachment to the inside or outside of the Patron for additional reflector options. When closed, the Patron’s telescoping shaft and ballhead mount may be used as a monopod or walking stick, or the umbrella may be fully flipped inside out for an eight-legged camera stand for mirrorless and compact cameras. An additional Novoflex tent add-on is available. Estimated Street Price: $169. Contact: Novoflex (HP Marketing Corp.),

Expert Review

Receiving a photo review from an industry expert just became a bit more convenient and affordable with The first web-based photo review service (no software needed), offers photo and website reviews, as well as career guidance from leading photographers, art buyers, picture editors and museum curators. You can choose a reviewer or be automatically matched based on your needs. Turnaround time once you’re paired with your reviewer averages 72 hours. Registration and image uploading are free, and you choose from a variety of review packages. Estimated Street Price: $100-$350. Contact: Eyeist,

Motion Control

When you’re working on a time-lapse project or shooting video, one of your most important tools is your tripod head. The monoball Z1g+ by ARCA-SWISS is now 30% smaller and lighter than its Z1g predecessor. With Motion Related Gravity Control (MRGC), it has variable and bidirectional drag, making it independently operative and stabilized in all directions. Horizontally, the level of friction remains constant, while vertically the level of friction increases progressively for optimal control. Additionally, the Z1g+ includes a panorama above the ball, allowing smooth horizontal panning regardless of the tripod placement. Estimated Street Price: $749. Contact: Arca-Swiss.

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