Review: Cokin RIVIERA Classic Tripod

One of the biggest problems the photography industry has faced is selling tripods. In fact, it seems that with both lens and sensor based image stabilization seeming to work together, some may argue that you may not need a tripod. And indeed, for many photographers out there, you probably don’t need a tripod for your work. Landscape photographers and long exposure shooters will more than likely always need it. But the rest…

Maybe that’s why Cokin developed the Cokin RIVIERA Classic. You see, this isn’t a standard run of the mill tripod. Indeed, it isn’t a tripod you need per se, but it surely is a tripod you’ll want.

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The Cokin RIVIERA Classic Emulates the Look and Feel of Vintage Tripods

It’s been years and years since we’ve seen any true major innovation in tripods. But Cokin is doing it: the Cokin Riviera is a tripod designed to look, feel and function like vintage tripods. We’re not talking 1970s: but try 1800s. With that said, it incorporates wood and leather into the design.

True to the classic vintage design, Cokin is incorporating wooden knobs, metal dials, and is overall meant to work in conjunction with lots of the vintage/retro designed cameras of today. The wood is Ikoro and the handle (which is made from said wood) is crafted in France. The wood joins knurled aluminum and brushed aluminum for the design and leather to create the tripod. All of these go into the head, which Cokin describes as multi-action with a 360° plate

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New MeFOTO Air Series of Tripods and Monopods are Lighter, Faster and Easier-to-Use

MeFOTO has just launched the MeFOTO Air, a new series of colorful and compact tripods and monopods aimed at photographers on the go. MeFOTO Air offers exceptional value and performance for photographers seeking a lightweight and ultra-portable camera support solution.

MeFOTO Air features HyperLock, MeFOTO’s new leg lock system. Typically, a tripod or monopod features a locking mechanism for each leg section, forcing users to adjust each individually in order to ensure stability. With HyperLock, users need to only interact with one locking mechanism per leg. One small turn unlocks and extends the entire leg, and with a simple reverse twist, the legs lock back into place. This results in dramatically reduced set up and breakdown time, and once folded up the ultra-compact and lightweight tripods and monopods fit easily inside small and medium sized bags. Continue reading…

Review: Manfrotto Advanced Compact With Ballhead Tripod

If you’ve ever used a tripod, then chances are that you’ve most likely looked at what Manfrotto has to offer. The Italian company was, for a while, held in high regard. Then they weren’t held in such high regard (especially with their bags) and very recently they’ve started to step their game up more. The Manfrotto Advanced Compact with Ballhead Tripod is one of the examples of how the company is trying to set standards again for those moments when you need a tripod. While the need for having one seems to be diminishing in the photo market, this tripod will surely serve you during those times when you truly need one–and fit a variety of applications while they’re at it.

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How to Get Better Photos of Fireworks

Lead photo by Michal Ziembicki.

If you’re in the Western Hemisphere, you’re probably celebrating your nation’s Independence Day very soon. Naturally, you’re going to want to take photos and share them on the web for all your friends to like, comment, heart, etc. It’s often a joyous time for all of us; and it should surely be one for you too.

Here are a few tips on how to take better images of fireworks.

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Five Lightweight Tripods That Won’t Feel Like You’re Carrying Extra

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One of the biggest problems with carrying a tripod around is that it can sometimes feel like you’re carrying around way more than just your camera and lenses. Whether you’re traveling or just not in the mood to lug around something massive, you’ll want something that can slip into your camera bag and get the job done. Fortunately, there are lots of great options for photographers out there that need a tripod in instances like these.

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15 Gifts Under $100 for the Photographer

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It’s no secret that photography gear is very expensive and that the hobby is general isn’t a cheap one. But there are gifts that you can snag for the photographer in your life (or yourself) that won’t break the bank too much or even at all. We’ve spent a week perusing deals and thinking of ideas for really affordable but solid gifts for the photographer under $100.

Here’s our roundup of gifts under $100.

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The Steadsnap Helps You Go Between Your Tripod and Sling Strap

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Photographers (namely sports shooters) looking for a way to go between their monopods/tripods and their sling straps may want to check out the brand new Steadsnap. It’s a low profile adapter that mounts onto the bottom of your camera and lets you connect both a tripod mounting plate and a sling strap connector.

Created by photographers Yuri and Dmitri in Canada, the Steadsnap was inspired by the daily rigors that a medical photographer at a hospital has to go through (as Yuri is one.) He needs to shoot both photos and video, and needed a more seamless transition. As the video after the jump shows, you can consider the Steadsnap almost like a hub for all your mounting accessories providing that your tripod and monopod use the same type of heads and threads.

According to the company’s blog, the prototypes were made from a single piece of aluminum until they decided to change to steel, but more on par with the same materials that aircraft machinery is made from. You can pick yours up for $34.99.

Their demo video is after the jump.

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