Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Going On A Photo Road Trip
Be ready for anything by packing for a journey with the essentials
The Kirk Enterprises BH-3 panning ballhead is a rugged, compact precision unit that weighs just 19 ounces, yet it can handle up to 15 pounds. A single knob releases and locks the ball, while additional knobs adjust friction and control the 360-degree panning base. The BH-3 features a new quick-release platform with built-in spirit level that accepts Arca-style plates, and durable aluminum, brass and stainless-steel construction assures ruggedness. Estimated Street Price: $265.
Thanks to new manufacturing processes and materials, tripods are lighter than ever before, so there's no excuse to leave yours at home. Perfect exposures require perfect sharpness, and you just can't get sharpness without a good tripod.
Manfrotto’s CX series of tripods is easy to transport out in the field, thanks to 100-percent carbon-fiber tubing, magnesium and aluminum die castings, and construction that minimizes the weight of the tripod while maintaining a maximum level of sturdiness. The ergonomic leg-angle selectors of the CX range are more precise and also more comfortable to handle. Estimated Street Price: $349 (055CX3).
Sunpak’s PRO 724M carbon-fiber monopod features four carbon-fiber leg sections with twist locks and extends from 19 inches to 63 inches. The carbon fiber is light, absorbs vibrations and provides the strength to support up to 11 pounds—a pro D-SLR with long lens—yet the unit weighs just a tenth of that. A neoprene grip offers comfortable handling in any climate, and a retractable spiked rubber foot provides a good grip on any surface. Estimated Street Price: $74.
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