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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Moto Foto


Trekking far from the pavement is in every nature photographer’s blood. Using a motorcycle to do it can be the perfect “viewfinder.”

This Article Features Photo Zoom


Slik PRO 814 CF
The Sigma 18-250mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 zoom provides a 13.9x zoom range (27-375mm 35mm camera equivalent). The OS part of the name stands for Optical Stabilizer: The lens compensates for camera shake, providing sharp, tripod-free images throughout its wide zoom range. Estimated Street Price: $525.


Lowepro Orion
The Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro is another choice. The 15x zoom range of this remarkably compact lens is the widest available in a current lens for a D-SLR. Designed specifically for APS-C-sensor D-SLRs, it provides 35mm camera-equivalent focal lengths of approximately 28-419mm. Built-in optical Vibration Compensation makes the lens hand-holdable. Estimated Street Price: $580.


Sony HX1
The Tokina AT-X PRO 50-135mm ƒ/2.8 zoom offers a fast, constant ƒ/2.8 aperture at all focal lengths for photographing in lower light at the beginning and end of the day, ideal for photographing those beautiful moments at first and last light. The 35mm camera-equivalent focal length is 80-210mm. Estimated Street Price: $530.


Novoflex Magicball
Carry It Safely
Many city riders prefer sling-style shoulder messenger bags. The Velocity series from Tamrac, Slingshot series from Lowepro and Shootout series from Tenba take that concept a step further with sling packs that are carried as a backpack. The packs swing to the front to access photo gear for stop-and-go shooting.


Stroboframe 300 QRC Camera Auto Quick Release
Another popular design is the combination backpack and camera bag. Examples of this are the Tamrac Aero Speed Pack 75 Dual Access Photo Backpack, Lowepro Orion and Tenba Mixx Photo Daypack. These are traditional photo bags on the bottom with a backpack compartment on top. So if you’re inclined to shoulder most of your load, this bag holds both photo and personal gear.


Really Right Stuff B350D
If your bike is equipped with hard cases or panniers, you may want to buy a slim-profile camera bag that carries a D-SLR with a lens attached, along with an additional lens or flash, and organizes all the little accessory pieces. The Tamrac Explorer series has a number of good examples. The Explorer 200 is built to be slim so it fits well in a pannier and can comfortably hold your D-SLR and a lens or two, along with some other accessories. Tamrac’s Dual Foam Technology with closed-cell foam for maximum shock protection combined with open-cell foam for vibration dampening makes this bag well suited to the task. The new Explorer 200 has a removable M.A.S. Rain Cover to protect your gear in inclement weather.

OP/TECH, LensCoat and Zing are three manufacturers that make a variety of camera and lens pouches from the do-it-all fabric
neoprene. These protection products let you turn any motorcycle bag into a camera bag. You can see the range of their offerings by going to their individual sites or see all the products together at www.adorama.com or www.bhphotovideo.com.

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