The Phoblographer’s Father’s Day Gift Guide

Dad circa 1974
Dad circa 1974

Dad circa 1974

My dad has always been an avid photographer. Since its’ one of the things we have in common he always appreciates a gift that celebrates something we’re both passionate about.  But sometimes it’s hard to find gifts that are fun to give and receive. Here are some suggestions that just about every dad that likes photography will appreciate. Only one of our suggestions is over $100 so you don’t have to break the bank this year to find the perfect gift.

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Think Tank Photo Announces a New Addition to the Retrospective Series

If you’re a frequent follower of The Phoblographer, you’ll know that we recently gave away an AWESOME Think Tank Photo Retrospective 20 bag to one of our readers. The Retrospective series are a sleek, stylish and stealthy way to carry around your photography gear. Today, Think Tank Photo announced a new addition to their Retrospective lineup, the Retrospective 5.

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And the Winner of the Think Tank Retrospective 20 Camera Bag is…

The winner of contest to win a Think Tank Retrospective 20 camera bag is…

June, with her comment:

Congratulations to you: please email me at ChrisGampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com so that we can arrange for you to get your bag. If you do not claim your prize within 48 hours of this post, we will go with a runner-up.

A big congratulations to all of you for truly making deciding the winner of this contest to be something that was an extremely tough call to make.

Meanwhile, it seems like lots of you seem to <3 Think Tank Photo as stated in the comments. As a reminder, if you click the links in this story and make a purchase, you also get a free camera bag as a gift.

Let us know what Think Tank products you’d like to see reviewed here and we’d be happy to do so.

FYI: if you see no comments on said contest posting, it is because we’ve recently switched to the Disqus comment system and it is currently importing all of the previous comments.


Field Review: Pearstone Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Day 1)

Pearstone Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote (Nikon DC-2 Connection)

Whether shooting on my tripod or using the environment as a tripod, I use a wired shutter release remote. If I am shooting long nighttime exposures, landscape photography, or anytime when I need my camera to be completely still, it’s a needed item. The Pearstone Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote was brought to my attention and I had to try it out. Why? Because it’s wireless. There is no chance of shaking the camera, and I don’t have to wait for the camera’s timer.

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Win a Retrospective 20 from Think Tank Photo + The Phoblographer

Hey everyone, The Phoblographer is proud to be giving away a Think Tank Retrospective 20 camera bag. The contest launches today (4/2/2011) and ends in one week (4/9/2011). And it’s really easy to win. All you need to do is:

– Follow both The Phoblographer and Think Tank Photo on Facebook (according links have been placed)

– Comment on this blog post saying, “I <3 discreet camera bags” and give us a short explanation as to why.

We’ll choose the winning comment an announce the winner on 4/10/2011 NYC time. This contest is open internationally and there are no age limits.

At this time, we’d like to remind you that when you click our Think Tank Photo banner on the side and make a purchase that you also get a free camera bag with it. Pretty cool, huh?

We’re really stoked to be doing this with Think Tank and thank them endlessly. Now…give us some comments to read! 🙂

Review: Benro Travel Angel A-1691TB0

Let’s face it, nobody likes to lug around a tripod. Yes, they provide stable shooting platforms but they also add extra weight and take up valuable space that not all photographers are willing to spare. You can opt for a compact, ultralight carbon fiber tripod, but that usually results in an ultralight wallet. The other option is buying an affordable, “traditional sized” tripod but then you add at least 8 lbs. to your load. Not surprisingly, most people opt for the second option which is why tripods are often left at home. So what do you do? Enter the Benro Travel Angel.

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First Impressions: Vanguard Alta Pro

The innovative design lets you grip, position, release.

The tripod is the first accessory I suggest keen amateurs purchase after they buy a camera: before a flash, before extra lenses, before bags. They not only allow long exposures, they are a big aid to composition, so if you want to make nice images, use a tripod. Vanguard has sent The Phoblographer an Alta Pro 263 AGH kit comprising the GH-100 pistol grip head and 263AT legs, and first impressions are great.

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Review: Eye-Fi Pro X2 SDHC Card

Announced almost a year ago, the super powerful Eye-Fi Pro X2 cards have recently been given a boost in the form of mobile sharing. While I haven’t demoed this feature yet, I have been using this card since Photo Plus of last year. It has been tested out in a variety of cameras with different results depending on the manufacturer and build of the camera. For the sake of timeliness, this review should have been completed a while ago but was delayed over and over again to ensure that we tested it correctly. In conclusion, depending on where your brand loyalty lies, you may want to snag one of these highly recommended items.

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Field Review: Cotton CarryLite (Day 2)

Press shot of photographer with Carry-Lite and dual holsters.

Quick access to your gear without weight on your shoulders is something of a holy grail for many working – or walking – photographers, and the Cotton CarryLite certainly addresses those issues for many shooters. For day two of my test of the Cotton Carrylite, I took the integrated belt, shoulder strap, holsters and tethers out to shoot a couple of motorcycles for the bike magazine I work for.

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Field Review: Cotton Carry-Lite (Day 1)

The camera strap has been with us a long, long time, but carrying heavy cameras on it is a relatively new phenomenon. Back in the day heavy cameras were invariably used on tripods, and only lightweight cameras used hand-held. These days we seem to carry a ton of gear: Cotton Carrier is building camera carrying systems to take away that strain, and also provide better security for your gear against inadvertent drops and slips.

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Review: The Apple Magic Trackpad For Photographers

With the Apple Magic Trackpad, finger painting comes to Adobe Photoshop. The Apple Magic Trackpad is an interesting new Apple product that arrived recently with relatively little fanfare. Compared to more press grabbing new toys like the snazzy new iPod Nano or the fascinating iPad, the trackpad flew in under the radar, and it’s too bad, because it’s an innovative and interesting tool for digital photographers, and an affordable one at that. I’ve had one on my desk for a couple weeks and have grown to love it. Continue reading…

Review: Black Rapid RS-7 Strap

To be honest, I had immense reservations when it came to any strap from Black Rapid. The way their strap connects, with their ConnectR-2 (CR-2), to a camera was daunting. The camera hanging upside down at my hip made me nervous. I first tested a Black Rapid strap with a friend’s camera. However, I was not completely convinced. When I found out it existed, I contacted Black Rapid via their twitter account (@BlackRapid) and I challenged their representative to persuade me into getting the strap while at Photo plus Expo 2010. You know what? I was won over.

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The Bokeh Master's Kit is Now Available at B&H

We did a full review on the Bokeh Master’s Kit which many of you seemed to love. Great news: it’s now available for purchase at B&H. At the moment of writing this, you’ll be able to purchase the full master’s kit which includes loads of bokeh shaping disks, holder that goes over the lens, and blank disks for you to make your own.

If anything will make an excellent holiday gift, it will be this.

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Landscape Photography Gift Guide 2010

For the new landscape photographer who already has a good camera body and lenses, this holiday season is a great time to help them further their endeavors. With a few gifts that will make things more fun, you can help them improve the quality of their landscape camera work. These gifts are things they may not have thought of. From tripods to levels, many tools out there make great gifts for landscape photographers

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A Prime Lens Gift Guide for the Nikon DSLR owner

Nikon’s sample image AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G EDfor Shutter speed 1/45 second Aperture f/1.4 Focal length 24mm

So last year someone may have received a new Nikon DSLR or could of have had one for a long time and have not updated his or her gear in a long time. This holiday season is a great time to get them something special, help the Nikon take some fabulous pictures in the New Year. A prime lens amongst other things can be a gift that brings a tear to their eye and probably get you a nice portrait afterward. Also be sure to check out our listing of the best budget lenses.

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The Complete Bokeh Masters Kit Review

Camera Nikon D90 Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80) Aperture f/1.8 Focal Length 50 mm ISO Speed 320

Early on in my photography days, when I wanted bokeh in my shots all I had was simple circles. I am not complaining. I love the aesthetic quality of the blur in images. The discovery of shaping that blur with the Bokeh Masters Kit was such a pleasant surprise. It is far above and beyond what I was expecting. It was fun to learn, and even more fun to push the boundaries of my own photography skills with it. Shooting with the Bokeh Masters kit gave me a better understanding of light and the ability to take some trippy images and video.

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Field Review: Bokeh Masters Kit (Day 3)

Camera Nikon D90 Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60) Aperture f/1.8 Focal Length 50 mm ISO Speed 800

If you have seen the movie Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, you may remember the scene on the bus where heart shape bokeh appeared in the background. Well, beyond helping you to create great images, the Bokeh Master’s Kit can help to shape the video output of an HDSLR and therefore allows for a great deal of creativity. For further reading take a look at Day 1 and Day 2 of the review.

Editor’s Note: You can purchase the unit at B&H.

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