10 Photography Accessories for Under $250
4 10 accessories for under $250
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|The Kenko DG Auto Extension Tube Set is available for users of Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLRs|
Extension tubes force a lens to focus closer to the subject than would be otherwise possible, and with no optical elements in their construction they don’t degrade image quality in the same way as a close-up lens or teleconverter might. This, and their low asking price compared to dedicated macro optics explain their enduring popularity, and Kenko’s DG Auto Extension Tube Set is one of the most popular options.
The set comprises three separate tubes - 12mm, 20mm and 36mm - each of which may be used on its own or in combination with any of the others. Each tube is equipped with contacts to maintain autofocus and TTL metering communication between camera and lens, and each also sports a large release button to make dismounting the individual tubes from each other easy.
True, their design is a little dated, and those looking to get into macro photography on a budget should keep in mind that there are a handful of more affordable alternatives available, such as reversing and coupling rings, both of which can be picked up very cheaply. Still, these extension tubes are a more flexible option for photographers with only a few lenses, thanks to the combinations in which they may be used. The most recent Canon version of the tubes provides support for EF-S lenses and both Nikon and Sony-fit versions are also available.
|The 055PROBX weighs 5.3 pounds (2.4 kg) and its centre column can be lifted and swung around to face the ground making it ideal for low-level macro work.||The 498RC2 ballhead offers panoramic markings around its base, as well as a quick-release plate.|
Manfrotto’s aluminium 055XPROB has been around sufficiently long to have earned a favourable reputation among photographers, and with a 7kg load capacity it can comfortably support anything up to professional DSLR and lens combinations. Its main draw, however, is its centre column. This column can be lifted and swung into a horizontal orientation in seconds, making it ideal for low-level macro photography or copy work.
The 055XPROB's adjustable aluminium legs can be set to one of four angles, to allow the camera to be positioned as low as 10cm away from the ground. The legs themselves have three sections, and each can be adjusted with clasp locks to elevate your camera to a maximum operating height of 178.5cm when the centre column is fully extended.
The 498RC2 ball head, meanwhile, is finished and specified to a matching standard, sharing the tripod’s aluminium construction, and slightly exceeding its weight capacity. Its base is also encircled by degree markings for panoramic shooting, while three ergonomically designed knobs allow it to be quickly locked and released.
If you'd prefer something a little lighter, the Manfrotto 190XPROB3, which is also constructed from aluminium features the same headline specifications as the 055XPROB but weighs in at 4 pounds - 1.3 pounds lighter.
|Smartphone applications range from simple depth of field calculators and photo uploaders to more elaborate location and meteorology tools.|
You've probably heard it said that the best camera you own is the one you have on you, but even if you don't use your smartphone's camera all that much, it has the potential to be one of the most useful photographic accessories that you have at your disposal.
Weather information, including times of sunrises and sunsets, can be found within seconds while local transport service updates can help re-plan a route should there be any delays. Most smartphones are also equipped with a GPS system linked to a mapping software as standard, which is ideal if you’ve lost your way or you simply don’t know how to get to a particular location. More recent models may also be equipped with a compass, for when you really have no idea where you are.
As well as its built-in online and geolocation functionality, your smartphone can also host countless mobile applications, many of which have been developed specifically for photographic purposes. Apps are available that can help you to calculate depth of field or work out hyperfocal distance with your camera and lens combination, while others are designed to help you display and upload your images to the web. Still more are on hand to transform the images from your smartphone's camera into minor masterpieces via filter effects.
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LEE has released a new series of Reverse ND filters that are most opaque in the middle and become progressively clearer towards the top. This makes them ideal for capturing scenes where the sun is close to the horizon.
A former New York Times photographer is suing both the newspaper and its photography director Michele McNally for over $500,000 for age discrimination and unfair classification as a freelancer for nearly a decade.
"CPS Platinum members will now enjoy next-day service, with equipment serviced and shipped the business day after an estimate is approved. For repairs that will take longer, Canon will offer next-day loaner equipment."
Irix is introducing a new filter system called the Irix Edge 100. The ultra-light, ultra-thin system is build specifically for wide angle lenses like Irix's own 15mm F2.4.
After conducting a series of safety tests, the FAA is recommending that all airlines ban cameras and other electronics with Lithium Ion batteries from checked baggage. The agency believe the risk of a catastrophic fire and explosion is too great.
The Pixentu jackets keep you and your gear warm and dry, offering useful features like lens and tripod pockets, in addition to some quirky ones like an extended hood to protect your camera from the rain.
Adobe gave the audience at MAX a sneak peek at some exciting new technology its developing. It's called Adobe Cloak: a highly capable Content Aware Fill-like feature for video editors.
Earlier today, Flickr moved its photo book printing service over to a third party services, and stopped offering any wall art options entirely.
The patent details a flipping rear LCD screen so large, Canon has had to hide the rear dial and several buttons underneath.
We've added a selection of extra images to our Nikon D850 gallery. As part of the process of rounding off the review we made sure a number of us had shot the camera in a variety of situations, we've added those shots to the gallery to give a broad cross section of how the camera performs.
Wiral LITE is an affordable, easy-to-use cable cam system that can do things a portable slider simply can't do, and go places no slider would dare go.
Not happy with the recent demise of Lightroom as a stand-alone, subscription free service? Macphun's got your back... or they will in 2018.
Once connected to a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone, Pholio automatically searches through the device storage and backs up all images and videos—complete with auto-tagging and intelligent search capabilities.
The 360 Round uses eight horizontally positioned camera pairs and one upward-pointing single lens to capture and livestream panoramic 4K 3D content.
Introduced just three years ago, the Samsung NX1 was both a technological tour-de-force and a great camera to use, earning one of the highest scores we've ever awarded and winning our 2015 Innovation Award. But its short-lived run in the photo world leaves us wondering what could have been.
The Fujifilm X-E3 is styled like a classic rangefinder, but features a built-in touchscreen, AF joystick, and electronic viewfinder – truly an old school meets new type of camera. Lay some eyes on our sample gallery to see how it performs in the real world.
Like it or not, Adobe is embracing a cloud-centric, AI-rich future with the introduction of Lightroom CC. And that's a great thing, though you may not see it now, argues Rishi Sanyal.
The announcement of a more cloud-integrated Lightroom product sees the death of the company's standalone version. This need to make payments in perpetuity (whether you choose Lightroom Classic or CC), chips away at the idea that your Lightroom library is a long-term solution, argues Richard Butler.
The XPro-C 2.4GHz wireless flash trigger that Godox released for Canon users last month now has a Nikon equivalent—the aptly named XPro-N. Sony, Fujifilm and MFT versions are in the works.
In the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, camera and lens maker Sigma is extending its standard product warranty to cover damage caused by these three natural disasters.
The F4 Plus can can capture 360° stills, videos and broadcast livestream footage at 8K resolution... that's 7680 x 3840 pixels!
Lightroom is hogging the spotlight at Adobe MAX, but Photoshop CC got some substantial improvements as well. Find out what's new in the latest version of Photoshop CC.
The aptly-named 'Nude' app automatically detects NSFW images on your iPhone, moves them to a protected vault and deletes the original files in the camera roll and on iCloud.
The Zeiss Milvus family of manual-focus full-frame lenses just gained a new member. Meet the Zeiss Milvus 24mm F1.4: a fast, rugged new lens designed primarily for landscape and architecture photography.
Lightroom has built a brand new Lightroom CC from the ground up to be faster, easier to use, and cloud-based. The application formerly known as Lightroom CC will continue to exist, and will go by "Lightroom Classic CC."
Google Research did a deep dive on the Pixel 2 smartphone's background-blurring portrait mode that uses neural networking and dual-pixel technology instead of a dual-camera setup.
With the arrival of the PowerShot G1 X III, there are now seven Canon cameras built around the 24MP Dual Pixel sensor and Digic 7 processor. We take a look at the differences and what might prompt you to choose one over the others.
Meet the HP ZBook x2. The so-called 'world's most powerful and first detachable PC workstation,' it was built with creative professionals in mind, and is being debuted at Adobe MAX.
PDN sat down with Ahmed Fakhr, director of photography at RollingStone.com, to talk about how the famed publication is adapting to the changing photo and video needs of the modern era and how he 'evaluates the skills of potential contributors.'
Kudos to Canon. Earlier today, the camera giant announced that it had produced its 90 millionth EOS camera and 130 millionth EF-series lens.