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.
Wireless image transfer has been gaining interest and popularity by leaps and bounds in the past year. At CES earlier this month, we reported on several manufacturers who are looking to get in to the built-in wireless transfer game, allowing users to send photos straight from their cameras to their computers or web-based photo sharing services. In the aftermarket, however, the Eye-Fi Wireless SD Card promises similar functionality for any camera that shoots JPEGs and supports SD memory - allowing shooters to transfer their images instantaneously from camera to computer or web over their home Wi-Fi network.
From an ergonomics standpoint, the most important aspect of any camera kit in my view is often the most overlooked - the strap. In the world of aftermarket camera straps, the Lowepro Voyager C is about as luxurious as it gets: a 3-inch rubberized neoprene pad, quick-release buckles, reinforced connections, and an included memory wallet give it the potential to be the ultimate travel photography accessory.
In a press release yesterday, memory maker Lexar announced that production of an 8GB SDHC memory card in three different transfer speeds is well underway.
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