Sunday, June 1, 2008
Traveling Into The Backcountry
Prepare for any expedition by equipping your vehicle with the photographic essentials
By using multilayer carbon-fiber material to enhance rigidity, the Slik PRO 713 CF-II tripod can support four times its three-pound weight. Three leg sections fold down to a manageable 22 inches. When fully extended, it reaches a height of 65 inches. Multiangle locks allow you to individually position each leg. The center column consists of two threaded pieces that unscrew to convert the top piece into a short column. Combined with the multiangle locks, this allows the tripod to lower to less than eight inches from the ground for low-angle or macro photography. Estimated Street Price: $270.
Once you’ve reached the end of the road, you need a comfortable, spacious bag that protects your equipment from the elements. The Lowepro DryZone 200 backpack is waterproof, and even when fully loaded, it’s buoyant enough to float. The inner “drypod” with a waterproof TIZIP zipper provides watertight protection with leakproof sealing. The padded interior can be customized in several ways to fit a large D-SLR, four to five lenses (up to a 300mm ƒ/2.8), flash and accessories. The bag features ergonomic lumbar support and fully adjustable shoulder straps for added comfort. There’s also a tuck-away tripod holder. List Price: $364.
In the Tamrac Expedition 8x backpack, a Dual Hinge Divider system adjusts to allow two digital or film SLRs to be carried with lenses attached. The foam-padded main compartment houses additional lenses, flash units and accessories. The QuickClip on the outside safely secures a tripod. A foam-padded front pocket with water-resistant zipper protects laptops with up to 17-inch screens. The plastic, foam-padded platform at the bottom provides shock protection, while a LockDown rain flap protects the zipper from the elements. Estimated Street Price: $230.
Don’t get caught without juice when your equipment runs out of power. Whether it’s batteries or AC adapters, you need power for all of your high-tech devices. The Brunton SolarPort 4.4 is a portable, solar-powered device that charges your cell, GPS unit and camera via USB. It allows you to link up to three devices at once and charge them simultaneously. Estimated Street Price: $160.
Also from Brunton is the Solo 7.5 rechargeable power storage device for laptops, cell phones and camera chargers. It’s a nice fit for your car with a vehicle DC outlet. Estimated Street Price: $255.
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