The Gura Gear line of camera backpacks has generated quite a fan-base since their initial Kiboko and follow-up Bataflae bags. They weren’t the first on the scene, but what they came up with was a reasonably sized backpack that could haul far more than its size would have you believe. The Uinta is the latest in their line of Adventure packs (Uinta, if you’re wondering, is the name of a mountain range in Utah, a state which also happens to be Gura Gear’s Home-Base) and it is designed to be lightweight and very nimble for quick day-hikes or outdoor shoots. The focus behind the design is a modular system, and Gura Gear was pretty excited to share this new bag with us. I’ve had a chance to spend some quality time with the Uinta Adventure Pack, and I’m here to share my thoughts. Head on past the break for our full review.
Everyone once in a while photographers need a bigger bag. The need to carry more stuff safely is a simple truth. Multiple bags can be cumbersome. This is where the Think Tank Airport Accelerator Camera Backpack comes in. If you start to have jobs that take you away from home, you begin to look at things that can carry all the gear you think you will need. I have worked, traveled and lived with the Think Tank Airport Accelerator Camera Backpack for some time now.
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Lowepro’s latest line of shoulder bags are geared towards street photography but that doesn’t mean it’s only made for that purpose; what they (they of course being the designers at Lowepro) wanted to create a series of bags that were low-profile, comfortable, and able to carry all the gear one would need for journalism photography. Available in three distinct sizes (150/250/350), the Urban Reporter should appeal to multiple types of photographers; is it a bag for you? Read on to hear our thoughts about this bag.
If ordinary suspenders won’t cut it for you because honestly, they were only just a hipster fad, here’s a new style to try: why not carry your tripod on suspenders? No, really. That’s what MindShift Gear want you to do. Because it’s the new hip thing. Or rather, because they assume that it will be more comfortable than carrying it by hand, which apparently a lot of MindShift Gear customers do. So they made the Tripod Suspension Kit, for those who think it’s fun having a tripod hanging from your neck, dangling just above your waistline and poking you in the side with every step you make.
On the other hand, you’ll have your tripod easily accessible. Which might not be such a bad idea after all, if you’re roaming the countryside taking pictures all the time. Still, we believe a tripod is best stored in a backpack. But who are we to tell you what to do with your tripod … Head over to MindShift Gear’s website for more info. And if you’re into that neck-hanging-waistline-dangling-side-poking thing, the MindShift Gear Tripod Suspension Kit can be yours for US-$ 47.50.
Sometimes manufacturers come out with random announcements–and this one from Leica is no different. The company that has traditionally made lenses, cameras, and binocs is today announcing a carbon tripod and two ball heads. According to the press release, the tripod is, “2.64 pounds and compact…the mounted ball head actually disappears inside the collapsed tripod…an outdoor carrying case made of Cordura with a strap and shoulder pad is available as an optional accessory.”
Then there are two ball heads: the 24 and the 38. The differences are that is sports, “a range of additional functions, including a tilt button. When the tilt function is activated, the ball is locked for motion only in the vertical plane and is prevented from moving in any other plane. The 360° panorama function (15° STOP button) allows the capture of multiple precisely aligned landscape, architecture and object shots from different positions that can be merged in post-processing to create impressive panoramic images. This function is aided by a selectable click-detent option that locks the rotation of the ball in 15° steps. The click informs the user each time the ball head has been rotated by a further 15°.”
The items will be available in November of this year.
Joby has released two new adaptable mini tripods for your compact camera and phone. They are small, light, and fit in your pocket. The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic, which obviously was inspired by the Gorillapod tripod, has magnetic feet and can be secured to most metal objects. It was created to steady cameras like the Pentax WG3 or GoPros. The Joby MPod Mini Stand was created for practicality. It was designed to fit most smartphones, in or out of cases. With adjustable legs it makes it easy to get steady shots anywhere. Each mini-tripod weighs less than two ounces, making it truly portable and an ideal lightweight accessory for totes, backpacks, pockets or travel cases. Both the Joby GPod Mini Magnetic and the Joby MPod Mini Stand are now available for pre-order on JOBY.com