When I received a few Golla "Music" pouches for review, I quickly figured out that they're versatile little bags with lots of possible uses beyond their stated purpose as MP3 player or cell-phone holders: among other things, they're the perfect size to hold an ultracompact digital camera. The question is whether these stylish, affordable bags from this up and coming accessory maker are a practical alternative for casual photographers looking for a fun way to tote a tiny camera.
The Passport has been Western Digital's most successful line of portable external hard drives for several years. The sleek casing, solid build quality, reasonable speed, and tons of storage space continue to keep these USB-powered 2.5-inch, 5400RPM portable hard drives popular. The all new Passport Elite series offers even greater capacities, improved indicator lights, simple port protection, and some nice software to keep your portable storage organized. With the ability to store nearly 100,000 high resolution JPEGs, is this drive the next must-have accessory for digital photographers on the move?
Few bag manufacturers do a better job at creating innovative bags (and bag names) than Crumpler. The same company that brought you the popular "Brazillion Dollar Home" camera bag and "The Bucket for Soupansalad" is no stranger to exceptional camera bags with outrageous names. Crumpler's latest camera and notebook bag is called the "The Whickey and Cox" (no joke!), and despite the strange name it's one amazing bag.
I was pretty excited when I found out I would be reviewing the Casio Exilim S10, "the world's smallest and thinnest 10.1 megapixel camera." Encased in stainless steel and decked out in four color choices, it looks and feels like a great accessory. Of course, it's not all about looks, as any fool knows, and with tiny cameras, compromises often have to be made somewhere. Want to know if this book lived up to its cover? Read on...
It seems that the bags we've been getting in for review around here lately have been getting bigger and bigger. With the recent arrival of Mountainsmith's Capture AT, we're wondering if we've reached the practical limit. A considerable bag in every sense, the highly functional, well-speced Capture takes a slightly different approach to configuration and design than many of the pro bags on the market. While it's certainly not right for every shooter, or even every shooter with a large lens collection, the Mountainsmith's ability to handle larger lenses, especially, potentially makes this gear hauler an excellent choice for a certain group of photographers.
With the CompuDaypack line of SLR and laptop bags from a few years back, Lowepro pioneered the first designs for a backpack that can transport both camera equipment and a notebook computer. While the CompuDaypack was original, it was heavily criticized for its lower camera compartment that wasn't easy to access. Photographers require quick retrieval of their equipment whenever a photo opportunity arrives. Learning from this first attempt, Lowepro's newest offerings - the Fastpack series - moves the access point to the side of the bag alloying you to quickly grab your gear and go.
True confessions time: I'm a soft target for camera accessory advertisements. It doesn't take much more than a few flashy product shots to convince me that the $30 gizmo of the week is going to change my photographic life, and over the years I've been especially drawn to accessories promising better flash pictures. With the help of NotebookReview.com editor and flash photography guru Jerry Jackson, we've done some side-by-side testing on a few of the more popular and heavily hyped accessory light modifiers on the market to see whether these add-ons really do as much as they promise to improve flash photos.
With its SlingShot line of side-entry SLR shoulder bags from a few years back, Lowepro showed the camera world a different approach to quickly getting at your gear while carrying it on your back. Taking this different way of thinking from single-shoulder bags to traditional, two-strap backpacks, Lowepro's new Flipside series moves the access point to the back of the bag - the part that rests against your back. While the look and feel are unconventional, some time with the Flipside suggests that there's a lot to be said for this unique approach to the traditional photo backpack.
Hand straps provide a unique solution to keeping your camera secure while shooting without the use of a cumbersome neck strap, but finding one that works with your equipment is often slightly more involved than a trip to the neighborhood camera store. Camdapter is a small company that focuses almost exclusively on making hand straps for cameras, offering lots of options and personal service for shooters looking for a custom-fit product. As an added bonus, the company's strap mounting adapters also function as tripod quick-release plates, coming in several common sizes.
We had barely finished reporting on the follow-up news from CES when the pre-PMA camera and accessory announcements began to roll in, and after only a few weeks back to shift gears, it's time to hit Las Vegas again for the 2008 PMA show. As with CES, DigitalCameraReview.com will be here all week providing condensed, concise coverage of the most significant developments from the show floor in our daily wrap-up, with lots of photos and video of what we find as well as editorial commentary on what all of this new tech means for you, the camera buying public.
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