Friday, August 1, 2008
Essential Landscape Accessories
Filters, tripods and other extras will help you find and capture the perfect landscape
Great outdoor scenery doesn’t usually come with power outlets nearby, so well-charged batteries are a must. Compatible with popular battery models from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony and more, the Ansmann Digicharger Plus universal battery charger quickly charges rechargeable Li-Ion, Li-Polymer and NiMH cells, as well as AA and AAA rechargeable cells. The 3.6- and 7.2-volt charger features microcontroller charging with faulty cell detection and automatically adjusts to the battery’s voltage. Estimated Street Price: $59.
Tripods for landscape photography need to be light enough to carry easily, yet strong enough to support cameras solidly. Carbon-fiber tripods like the SLIK PRO 714 CF-II are sturdy enough to support cameras and lenses that weigh nearly three times their own weight. Legs that split into sections with multi-position, twistable locks allow you to set the legs at various angles. Many come with spiked feet for better stability on soft ground and foam grips for a more comfortable hold. Estimated Street Price: $245.
While not as stable as a tripod, a monopod is lighter to carry and faster to set up, plus it doubles as a walking stick. The P-Pod (MM5580) from Giottos has these advantages and offers tripod stabilization with three support legs that store within the monopod’s base. The legs screw into the base or the head, providing support for low-level shooting of flowers or foliage that you may come across. The P-Pod extends to a height of 72.6 inches and supports up to 33 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $99.
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