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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Accessories That Matter

Tripods, filters and other handy extras for enhancing your photography

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Cotton Carrier
Cotton Carrier

Adorama Slinger Lens Case
Hold HoldSLR

If you have more than just a camera and lens, you’ll need some way of carrying it all into the field with you. The traditional method is the time-tested camera bag. For field use, you’ll want a rugged bag, either weatherproof or with a weatherproof cover. Bags come in various sizes, so consider getting two—one to hold the stuff you usually take and the other for the rest.

Pelican 1730
Hardigg Hardigg Storm Case iM3075
Photo vests provide lots of pockets in which to carry your stuff, yet leave your hands free, and they can’t slip off your shoulder. The main limitation is space. Photo backpacks provide the space along with the hands-free, no-slip advantages, but can get you off-balance if you overload them. Waist packs also are great for outdoor photographers, but be sure to “spread the load” around evenly to avoid a sore back or hip. Hard cases provide more protection during transport in vehicles.

To hold your camera securely while you’re climbing rough terrain, holsters such as the Camera Holster (www.cameraholster.com), Cotton Carrier (www.cottoncarrier.com) and HoldSLR (www.holdslr.com) are very handy. Individual lens pouches such as the Slingers from Adorama (www.adorama.com) are practical for carrying and protecting lenses.

Tenba Convertible Photo Sling
Lowepro Flipside 400 AW

Tamrac Tamrac Aero Speed 85
Kata Kata 3N1 Sling

Clik Clik Elite

Popular camera bag and case manufacturers include Billingham (www.rtsphoto.com), Clik Elite (www.clikelite.com), Crumpler (www.crumplerbags.com), Domke (www.tiffen.com), Hardigg (www.stormcase.com), Kata (www.bogenimaging.us), Lowepro (www.lowepro.com), M-Rock (www.m-rock.com), Mountainsmith (www.mountainsmith.com), Pelican (www.pelicancase.com), Porter Case (www.portercase.com), Rimowa (www.hpmarketingcorp.com), Tamrac (www.tamrac.com), Tenba (www.tenba.com) and Think Tank Photo (www.thinktankphoto.com).


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