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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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Canon Speedlite 580 ll
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Nikon SB 800 Speedlight
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Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1
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Lowepro Super Trekker AW ll
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National Geographic 5159
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Tamrac Expedition 8x Model 5588
It’s essential to find a comfortable way to carry all of your gear. Lowepro, National Geographic and Tamrac offer backpacks with enough space for multiple D-SLR bodies, lenses, flash units, tripods and other accessories. Some even have room for a medium- or large-format field camera with film holders and lenses. Foam-padded dividers allow you to customize each bag’s fit, and advanced weight-adjustment systems help ease those long-distance hikes.

Landscapes with gloriously lit skies often come with underexposed foregrounds. A flash is an obvious solution to this problem. But when shooting directly from the hot-shoe, the light can come off as flat or too strong. By shooting with the flash from off-camera, you give your foregrounds more depth.

For use with Canon Speedlite flashes and most Canon EOS cameras, the Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord extends up to two feet while retaining all on-camera flash functions, including E-TTL II automatic exposures. The Nikon SC-29 provides full TTL control for Nikon Speedlights when used with Nikon cameras that have a TTL hot flash shoe. The SC-29 is three feet long, and the included AF Illuminator gives AF assistance to cameras in low-light conditions. The Sunpak PF20XD works with digital and film cameras with or without a hot-shoe. The Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1 is a compact wireless flash unit with a USB interface. Estimated Street Price: $60 (Sunpak); $74 (Canon, Nikon); $300 (Metz).


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