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Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Gadget Bag: 20 Great Gadgets


Exceptional tools for the outdoor enthusiast


Sekonic L-558R DualMaster Light Meter
Accurately spot-meter specific areas of your overall image with the new Sekonic L-558R DualMaster light meter. The meter has the first built-in radio transmitter module, compatible with all PocketWizard digital radios, providing wireless triggering and measuring of flash units. Weighing only 9.5 ounces, the meter is compact, with a rugged, all-weather housing, making it a useful outdoor shooting tool. Estimated Street Price: $500.

Lensbaby 2.0
The Lensbaby offers a unique way of creatively playing with focus. By bending the bellows of the lens, you can change what parts of your image are sharp and blurred. The second version of the unique original now has a larger aperture range of ƒ/2.0 to ƒ/8.0. The inexpensive lens is a great gadget for creative inspiration and can be mounted on many types of cameras. Estimated Street Price: $150.

Swarovski 8x20 Pocket Binoculars

Small and lightweight, the Swarovski 8x20 Pocket Binoculars are watertight and submersible. Their minimal size makes carrying them in a jacket pocket easy, and the lens coating ensures sharp, brilliant viewing. The binoculars sport an 8x magnification and a full 345-foot field of view at 1,000 yards. Optional clip-on polarizing filters are available to further enhance the performance of the optics and cut down on reflected light. List Price: $520.

Singh-Ray Vari-ND Filter
As versatile as a full set of standard neutral-density filters, the Singh-Ray Vari-ND filter is smaller, lighter and easier to carry than multiple filters, and can limit light from two to eight stops. Simply rotate the outer rings to change density, and the filter allows long exposures for achieving blurred motion while still preserving color and sharpness. Estimated Street Price: $340.

Canon 10x30 IS Binoculars
Canon has incorporated its Image Stabilizer technology into sturdy, light and compact water-resistant binoculars. The 10x30 IS Binoculars have a magnification of 10x and steady your viewing while scanning the landscape. Canon spectra multi-coating on the lens gives images more contrast, and the rubber outer coating makes it easy to hold while protecting the optics. Estimated Street Price: $429.

Manfrotto Telephoto Lens Support (cat no. 3420)
Manfrotto has an adjustable lens support for medium telephoto lenses and zooms that don't have tripod mounts. Larger lenses tend to pull the camera forward without something to hold it in place. This support's bracket can adapt different length and diameter sizes by adjusting the Tilt Head (#3229), which is included. List Price: $86.

Novoflex Castel-Cross MCFocusing Rack
Great for close-ups, the Novoflex Castel-Cross MC Focusing Rack allows highly sensitive and smooth adjustments to your camera in the X and Y positions; it ensures spot-on positioning, stability and accuracy for all camera types. Weighing only two pounds, the rack is lightweight and easy to pack. It's to be used with the Novoflex MiniConnect quick-release adapter. List Price: $587; optional single-focusing Castel XL Rack—$397.

Brunton SolarPort 4.4
Recharge your camera batteries, GPS system, cell phone and more with the environmentally friendly Brunton Solarport 4.4. The polycrystalline solar panels harness the power of the sun immediately when exposed to sunlight, allowing you to plug in your device for direct charging. The unit comes with a battery charger and will power up to four AA or AAA batteries as fast as a wall outlet. Capable of USB connectivity, the SolarPort has a vehicle DC outlet built into the hinge. List Price: $119.

Resources
Apple
(800) MY-APPLE
www.apple.com
B+W (Schneider Optics)
(631) 761-5000
www.schneideroptics.com
Brunton
(800) 443-4871
www.brunton.com
Bushnell
(800) 423-3537
www.bushnell.com
Canon
(800) OK-CANON
www.usa.canon.com
Epson
(800) GO-EPSON
www.epson.com
Lensbabies
(503) 453-4451
www.lensbaby.com
Magellan
(800) 707-9971
www.magellangps.com
Manfrotto (Bogen Imaging)
(201) 818-9500
www.bogenimaging.us
Metz (BogenImaging)
(201) 818-9500
www.bogenimaging.us
Novoflex (HP Marketing Corp.)
(800) 735-4373
www.hpmarketingcorp.com
PocketWizard (MAC Group)
(914) 347-3300
www.pocketwizard.com
Samsung
(800) SAMSUNG
www.samsungusa.com
Seagate
(800) SEAGATE
www.seagate.com
SeaLife
(800) 257-7742
www.sealife-cameras.com
Sekonic (MAC Group)
(914) 347-3300
www.sekonic.com
Singh-Ray
(800) 486-5501
www.singh-ray.com
Suunto
(800) 891-8490
www.suuntowatches.com
Swarovski Optik
(800) 426-3089
www.swarovskioptik.com
   


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