The Crumpler 4 Million Dollar Home camera bag is right in the middle of a seven bag “million dollar” line. The line starts with the One Million Dollar Home and ends with the Seven Million Dollar Home, with One Million Dollar as the smallest and Seven Million Dollar as the largest. According to Crumpler, the 4 Million Dollar Home can hold a compact digital SLR with two lens kit; a digital SLR with one lens and flash; or a DV camera and accessories.
With apologies to Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean: "dead cameras take no pictures". Nothing can stop an aquatic photo opportunity quicker than an ill-timed intrusion of water or spray into your camera’s innards. For years, photographers have used plastic bags, underwater housings and purpose-built underwater cameras to permit them to shoot in, around and under the water. To the list of purpose-built cameras comes the Pentax Optio W30, a waterproof point and shoot that could have its owners singing "Yo-ho, Yo-ho, digital water shots for me".
A quick summary of the first day of the PMA trade show. Sony officially announced their Cyber-shot DSC-G1 and plans for upcoming digital SLRs. I got to see some great bags from Lowepro and Crumpler. Fujifilm's IR Simple transfer capability is very cool. Other stops were at Panasonic, Nikon, Samsung and HP.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G1 is Sony's first foray into wireless-enabled digital cameras and they're going big. The G1 can transfer images to any Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) device wirelessly, has a 3.5 inch LCD, 2GB of internal memory and can take 6 megapixel images. All this camera comes at a cost though, with the G1 retailing for $600, starting in April.
I recently received a sample of the newly introduced, patent pending, Dust-Aid sensor cleaning system. The creator of Dust-Aid, Ross Wordhouse, wanted a cleaning system that was easy to toss in bag and wouldn't cause any delays at security checkpoints. Read on for our full review.
Last fall, at the Photoplus Expo in New York, I came across the Tenba Shootout line of camera bags. Since I go pretty much everywhere with a computer and camera (often several cameras), the Shootout caught my eye. It had some impressive specs, including weatherproof features, and according to the specs, had room to fit a laptop with a 12-13 inch screen (my Dell XPS m1210 has a 12 inch screen). Here is our full review.
The Joby Gorillapod SLR is a fun, flexible-jointed miniature tripod that can handle a camera up to 1.75 pounds. It is ideal as a travel tripod or for people who don't need a "more serious" tripod. A Gorillapod may also make a nice, affordable gift for the shutterbug in your family. Read on for our full review.
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