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Essential Landscape Accessories

Filters, tripods and other extras will help you find and capture the perfect landscape

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Packing the right photo equipment is just as important as finding the right place at the right time. With landscape photography, that isn’t always easy to do. When planning a photo expedition, whether it’s a day hike or an extended road trip, consider these essentials the next time you head out.

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Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer
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B+W Circular Polarize
If there’s one filter a landscape photographer needs, it’s a polarizer. It saturates color and contrast by reducing atmospheric haze and reflected sunlight. As a result, skies in landscapes become bluer and clouds and colors stand out more. B+W’s circular polarizing filters work with TTL exposure metering and autofocus lenses. Exposure reduction varies between 2.3 and 2.8 stops relative to positioning and the sun. This also makes it a good neutral-density filter. List Price: Starts at $77.

The Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer provides all of the advantages of a circular polarizer but with a warm tinge, adding the feel of sunlight to your images. The LB stands for “lighter, brighter” and there’s only a 11⁄3 ƒ-stop reduction for faster shutter speeds and larger depths of field. The lower density provides a brighter viewfinder image, improving image previews and placement of stacked graduated filters. List Price: $210 to $280.

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Brunton Eterna Binoculars
Seeing what’s ahead is helpful when you’re out on a long hike searching for the perfect view. Weighing less than two pounds, the Brunton Eterna Full Size binoculars provide high magnification in a body light enough to carry comfortably in your pack. Available in three strengths—8x, 11x and 15x—the magnified view is sharp, thanks to BaK-4 prism glass along with state-of-the-art phase, AL reflective and Emerald Fire coatings. The Eterna binoculars are waterproof and fog-proof and use a multistep eye-relief system that works with eyeglasses. List Price: Starts at $374.


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