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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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Giottos Rocket Air Blower

Dust on a lens or a sensor means more time on the computer later fixing image blotches. The Giottos Rocket Air Blower is an inexpensive way to prevent this problem. Made from nontoxic, environmentally friendly materials, the Rocket Air Blower is tear-proof and resistant to high or low temperatures. It also works well on computer keyboards and other gadgets. The design features a powerful air nozzle and includes an intake valve that prevents dust from going back into the blower. Estimated Street Price: $11.

Memory Cards

Fortunately for landscape photographers, the capacities and write speeds of memory cards are ever increasing. The bigger the capacity, the longer you can stay in the field shooting. And prices continue to come down. ATP, Kingston, Lexar, PNY and SanDisk produce a variety of sizes, with the most popular in the 4 GB to 16 GB range.

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Lexar Professional 8 GB CF ; Kingston 16 GB CF ;
SanDisk Extreme III 12 GB CF
PNY Optima Pro 16 GB CF

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Western Digital My Passport
Remote locations mean better landscapes, but less accessibility to desktops. About the size of a paperback, the Western Digital My Passport Studio offers storage capacities of 160 GB, 250 GB and 320 GB—lots of portable storage space for downloading images while out in the field. My Passport Studio is equipped with FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 interfaces for fast and easy data transfers between computers. It’s compatible with Macs. List Price: $129 (160 GB); $159 (250 GB); $219 (320 GB).


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