Manfrotto just announced a new compact tripod aimed at photographers on the go, called the ‘BeFree’. What makes this tripod ideal for photographers that travel a lot is its compact size and low weight. The aluminum-made BeFree weighs only 3 lbs (1.36 kg) and folds to a size of less than 16″ (40 cm). In addition, it comes with its own dedicated bag for extra protection, which you can also carry over your shoulder.
The BeFree is available now for a retail price of US $199.89.
For the people that love their roller bags, Think Tank’s new Logistics Manager 30 is designed with what they’re called, “endless interior layout options.” Its dimensions are 13.75”W x 27.5”H x 8.25 – 10”D: which means that there is really a heck of a lot of space in there. The bag is being billed to not only hold a camera and lenses, but also lighting and accessories. This is one of the first bags where we’ve heard that lighting can be inserted with no issues. Speedlites we can understand, but monolights? From the looks of it, it seems like the Logistics Manager 30 might be the big bag that could.
Despite the bags enormous size, it still remains to be TSA-approved for travel. It includes a roller hangle, side pockets, organizer pockets, a tripod cup, rain cover, front organizer pocket, and accessory bags built in.
And the price? You’ll be losing a cool $499 for all this storage space. The bag is available now at Amazon.
Are you looking to buy a new Canon lens for the holidays? There are some great deals out there but I won’t be touching on those in this post. Instead I want to lay out some options depending on which type of camera you already have and what you want to shoot.
This post will first highlight great lenses for cropped sensor cameras, like the T4i, 60D and 7D. Then we’ll step up to some lens options for the full frame shooters out there; 5D and 1D series cameras. I will also make a note for lenses I have personally tested, which will be the majority of my recommendations. Also, the images you see on the right side were all taken with the lens mentioned in the caption.
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The name is kinda campy and my love for travel tripods is low. I carry heavy gear and demand a solid base. This usually does not describe an average travel tripod. But I realize not everyone is me and that maybe, just maybe, there is a travel tripod that not only packs small and light, but doesn’t fall over when I sneeze.
I took my sexy blue Benro MeFoto Transfunctional Travel Tripod Kit to Utah for five days of shooting in National Parks last week and these are my first, hands-on impressions.
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The Picture Porter 35 by Digital Foci comes in two varieties (250GB and 500GB) with enough storage space to hold at least a couple weeks of photos shot while out exploring the world away from a beloved home computer. The device is designed to accept a number of memory card types and is equipped with an operating system to copy and verify files without the need for a laptop. Its market is that of the lightweight backpacker or even serious photographer who wishes to leave the weight of computers behind and take to the road, camera in hand, while ensuring their precious photographic memories are safely stored. [click to continue…]
The Gitzo Traveler
Cheap tripods litter the marketplace and most sub-$200 models won’t support a descent SLR and a 200mm lens. But if you want to make one investment in a tripod and never need to replace it, Gitzo is a great choice. This is the Gitzo Traveler GT1542T and is the perfect choice for assignments since it fits easily in most carry-on luggage and is light enough to hardly notice when you’re on the go.
How many years should go by before you wear one out? That’s hard to know since this reviewer has had the same Gitzo tripod since 1988. Amazingly, the newest version is even better than mine. If there were an odometer on my tripod it would probably read over 150,000 miles. How many products in general have you kept that long and still use?
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