Pelican's new Air gear cases claim to provide all the toughness the brand is known for without all of the weight. We took the rolling 1535 model freshly outfitted with TrekPak dividers for a test run. Read more
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accessory reviewMay 1, 2016 at 12:00
Peak Design takes a fresh approach to the camera strap with its Slide Sling. Well-considered details and a comfortable strap help justify its steep price, but there's a potentially deal-breaking flaw in the strap's design. Read more
accessory reviewApr 16, 2016 at 13:00
Peak Design's 're-think the basics' approach is evident in its Everyday Messenger bag, in obvious and more subtle ways. Propelled into existence by an enormously successful crowdfunding campaign, is the Everyday Messenger the one bag to rule them all? Read more
Over the past few years, Tenba has gained a reputation for its solid line of messenger-style shoulder bags. The Cooper line, introduced in late 2015, promises the same reliability with luxury materials like full grain leather accents. Suitable for mirrorless and DSLR kits, we took a look at the Cooper 13 Slim and Cooper 15. Read more
Domke has a long history of making bags that to serve the needs of working photographers. Designed for accessibility, durability and style that intentionally avoids attracting attention, they've enjoyed popularity with generations of pro photographers. A few years ago Domke introduced the Next Generation line, bringing modern updates to its classic bag. Find out what a longtime Domke user thinks of the next-gen Chronicle bag. Read more
accessory reviewOct 29, 2015 at 12:01
Manfrotto's Digital Director, introduced in April, is a departure from its usual array of tripods and tripod heads. It's a device designed to hold an iPad Air tethered to a DSLR, providing a large live view screen, access to camera controls and wireless sharing options. Shooting with a large screen can be a revelation compared to using a 3" LCD, but the Digital Director is pretty pricey. Is it worth the cost? Read more
As capable cameras get smaller, photographers and camera bags have adapted to hold these systems. Camera supports have evolved as well - enter the mini tripod, a class of legs and head that can hold up tiny cameras and flashes, but is also strong enough to support full-sized gear. In this group test we look at five such tripods. Which one should you take on your next hike? Read more
While plenty of DSLRs also have a built-in flash, the feature has been out of favor with mirrorless manufacturers, prioritizing miniaturization. This is where the Metz mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital steps in. Small compared to standard hotshoe flash units, it's still a good deal larger than those that come in the box with most mirrorless cameras. Read review
accessory reviewApr 20, 2015 at 15:00
Western Digital's Wi-Fi enabled My Passport Wireless is a hard drive that features a built-in SD card reader. Alongside the drive, it offers a My Cloud app, allowing photo, video and audio files on the drive to be viewed wirelessly from a phone or tablet. With Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities it could be a very tempting device for roaming photographers who want photo backup without the burden of a laptop. Is it a travel photographer's new best friend? Read review
accessory reviewApr 7, 2015 at 18:30
One of the most important parts of a tripod is the head that connects the camera to the legs. Continuing where our previous ball head roundup left off, we've collected six ball-type heads for review that are in the medium-to-large size class. These heads are suitable for most large cameras and lenses, with only the truly gigantic or heavy devices requiring something larger. Find out which ones earn our recommendation. Read more
ONA is known for high-end camera bags and accessories that go big on style - and price. The Capri leather tote is no exception - it's an attractive bag with padded storage for photo gear that could easily double as a high-end purse. Can it replace a camera bag and a purse, and is it worth the price? Read our review
Earlier this year, storage manufacturer LaCie launched an upgraded version of its Rugged hard drive that features improved damage resistance and a built-in Thunderbolt cable. The new Rugged Thunderbolt drive is available with either a hard disk or an SSD, and also has a USB 3.0 port for universal connectivity. Is it a good storage option for photographers who need something that can handle the bumps in the road? Read more
The Drobo Mini is a portable RAID storage solution with four HD bays, speedy Thunderbolt connectivity, and desktop-based monitoring software. Ideal for photography and videography, the Drobo Mini has many features that might make it attractive to enthusiast and professional photographers and videographers. See how the Drobo Mini fared in our review.
What makes a tripod a good travel companion? We test out five carbon fiber 'travel' tripods that while compact and light, are also comfortably tall and capable of supporting a reasonable amount of gear. This review covers five models, examining their features, functions and ergonomics in use both in the studio and out in the field. Click through to read the roundup.
What makes a compact tripod a good traveling companion? We've collected 5 aluminum 'travel' tripod and head combinations that are compact, but are also comfortably tall and hold up a reasonable amount of gear. In this roundup we cover their features, functions and finish quality, and we put them to work in the studio and in the field. Read more
The simple idea that tripods are inconvenient to carry for extended periods has given birth to a host of attempts to find an easier way to steady a camera during a long exposure. A new device that joins this list is That Steady Thing - a metal boss that sits between a monopod's leg and its head, into which a pair of steadying legs screw. See if it lives up to its name. Read more
Offered in 160W ($70) or 300W ($100) power intensities, Adorama's Budget Studio Monolights are geared toward studio photographers who are just starting out and are constrained by modest budgets. At a fraction of the price of professional heads, can the Flashpoint Budget Studio lights do the job? Find out in our review
A good photography backpack is capable of stowing essential elements like a full-size camera body, small family of lenses, laptop, tripod, and all necessary accessories. A truly great backpack can carry all of that while being carry-on friendly and providing a high level of comfort and adjustability. The minds at ThinkTank strove to bring that full package with the StreetWalker HardDrive photo backpack. But does it provide enough bang to justify its $229.75 price tag? Find out in our review
accessory reviewApr 7, 2014 at 19:00
The Phottix Mitros flash is a high-end TTL flash designed to compete with Canon's 580EX II at well over half the price. The Mitros for Canon shares many features with the 580EX II, including high-speed sync and built-in IR triggering with Master and Slave modes. But is the Mitros mighty enough to match one of Canon's most beloved flash models? Find out in our review
As more and more video production companies and independent videographers rely on DSLRs to shoot a majority of their work, finding more compact equipment is becoming easier. A decent fully-loaded DSLR jib setup can cost anywhere between $500 and $3,000, and the ProAm Orion DVC210 resides at the lower end of the spectrum. Can the Orion DVC210 take your DSLR video to the next level? Find out in our review
Remote camera control and wi-fi image transfer are now available to Pentax K-3 users in the form of the O-FC1 FluCard. We take a look at what this customized, Wi-Fi SD card does, how it works, and how it compares to other solutions.
Panning, tilting and sliding are essential actions in both photography and video. To elevate the quality of camera movement, particularly in video, you need professional-grade equipment, and it's usually very expensive. But the folks at Cinetics aim to bridge the gap with the Axis360, an affordable, motorized tripod head and slider to help photographers create dynamic video and time-lapse photography. Read our review
GoPro's latest fleet of little action bricks are fortified with several advanced features that cannot be found elsewhere in the market. The GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition ($399.99) is the newest flagship model, replacing the GoPro Hero 3 by adding some key upgrades. Having owned the first HD Hero and Hero2, our writer Mike Perlman wanted to know if the Black Edition was worth the extra cash. Read our review
accessory reviewFeb 18, 2014 at 16:38
The Miggo straps and grips bring a lot of innovation to the way we tote and transport our beloved investments. Their versatile multi-use designs combine a high quality camera wrap, a method of securing the camera to your person and lens cap pocket all in one. Are the days of traditional camera toting coming to an end? Find out in our review
accessory reviewSep 30, 2013 at 17:18
An almost-in-depth review of a more than just affordable alternative to established brands of underwater housings. Read this multi-page Meikon-42 underwater housing review and find out how it compares to competition.
Your camera doesn't have to have Wi-Fi built-in to benefit from the advantages of connectivity. Wi-Fi capable SD memory cards have been around for a number of years, and here we're testing the Eye-Fi 16GB Pro X2 SDHC against Transcend's cheaper 32GB Wi-Fi SDHC card.
reviewMay 24, 2013 at 19:51
The Phottix BG-5DIII battery grip doubles the battery life of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and mirrors the functionality of Canon's BG-E11 battery grip. Does it perform on par with its more expensive competitor? Read on to find out.
If you're a videographer on a budget, you should take a close look at the Cine System. On of our favorite kickstarter-funded projects it allows you to achieve smooth panning and zooming, as well as car or window-mounted shots with minimal fuss.
The Kata Digital Rucksack 467-DL is an everyday photo bag that packs in a lot of features at a reasonable price. If you're in the market for a backpack that will get you through most shoots without breaking the bank, then the 467-DL might be for you.
Kata has designed the first photo backpack to feature a revolving lens chamber for quick access to your glass collection. Will the rest of the Kata Revolver-8 succeed in spinning our gears? Read our full review to find out.
accessory reviewNov 2, 2012 at 17:25
Carbon fiber has made its way into the tripod market, and Manfrotto's 290 Series is aimed at photographers on a budget. Will the Manfrotto 294 CF match competing models? Find out in our review.
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