Accessories, Darkroom, And Bags
Items That Make Your Photo Life Better And More Interesting
My first PMA trade show was 39 years ago, and then it was dominantly photo products of all formats and sizes plus accessories, film, paper, darkroom equipment, and some mass photofinishing equipment. Although films and equipment needed for exposing and processing film were on display this year, practically everywhere we saw digital this and digital that. My assignment was to cover new and interesting accessories, darkroom products, and equipment bags. Nearly every booth contained some product of interest, but the show was so huge that it would be difficult to mention everything we saw. With that in mind here are some of the highlights.
A slave flash can improve images
from many compact digital cameras by providing more light. Many cameras
use a weak pre-flash to assist autofocusing, but this also will fire the
slave prematurely before it's actually needed, thus not providing
the extra light when it is wanted. The Morris digital slave (DS-1) attaches
to a hot shoe and takes a shoe-mount slave flash head without wires or
contacts. But it has a switch to change the sensitivity to fire either
with the first flash or when the second picture-taking flash goes off.
In The Darkroom
Bags And Cases
The new line of Delsey bags
(exclusively at Bogen Photo) are made in France where this firm has made
luggage for 50 years, but is new to photo applications. Two different
lines are offered, Gopix models in a variety of colors and more moderate
in price and the large PRO Collection with excellent detail and functionality.
A wide variety of bags, from small models for point-and-shoot cameras,
up to the multi-purpose and backpack styles, were on display. In addition
they now offer the Amabilia brand (made in Italy) of hard-shell cases
offered in three styles and many colors.
Tamrac showed me a new larger
Velocity 9 Sling Pack bag that makes a lot of sense. Instead of the conventional
double-shoulder strap typically used for a backpack, there is just one
carrying strap. When the photographer wants to gain access to the contents,
they just slide the bag around while still carrying it. You don't
have to remove it and find a place on the ground to set it. New on many
other bags for digital products are pullout Slide Pockets packs for easier
access to small items stored inside. They have a red flag system to identify
fresh memory cards and batteries from ones that have been used.
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