The Rock Tripod Series From Carson Optical
The new "Rock" series of tripods includes four models: The Rock
Professional, which can be adjusted from 26" to 65"; The Rock Deluxe,
from 25" to 61"; The Rock Original, from 21" to 54";
and The Rock Junior, from 11" to 181¼2". The Rock Professional
and Deluxe models feature nonslip, retractable spiked feet while the Original
and Rock Junior offer nonslip feet. They all offer durable, three-section aluminum
legs with quick-release locks, a three-part center brace, a quick-release shoe,
a bubble level, and a hook to hang your camera bag or other steadying object.
Contact: Carson Optical, 35 Gilpin Ave., Hauppauge, NY 11788; (800) 967-8427;
The Moon Unit Accessory From AlienBees
The Moon Unit was made for use with the ABR800 Studio Ringflash to produce an
evenly illuminated circle of light. It features an octagonal-shaped reversible
gold/silver reflector with a removable front diffusion panel and a hole in the
center to accommodate the ABR800. When the black fabric mask is removed the
Moon Unit transforms into a 31" octabox and when the diffuser is removed
it becomes a silver or gold umbrella. The MSRP is $59.95. Contact: AlienBees,
a Division of Paul C. Buff, Inc., 2723 Bransford Ave., Nashville, TN 37204;
(877) 714-3381; www.alienbees.com.
Cullmann's Magnesit Three-Way Tilt Heads
These tilt heads are created for use with video, portrait, and nature photography.
The Cullmann Magnesit 40300 offers stability and precise control. It features
ergonomically-designed, nonslip handles for the swivel levers so they can be
positioned for 360Þ panorama and +90Þ/-30Þ forward, backward,
and side tilt. All of the heads are equipped with a reversible 1¼4"
or 3¼8" mounting stud and a round mounting platform. Quick-release
platforms are available for all models. The Magnesit 40300 has an MSRP of $199,
and the 40290 three-way photo video head has an MSRP of $99. Contact: R.T.S.
Inc., 40-11 Burt Dr., Deer Park, NY 11729; (631) 242-6801; www.rtsphoto.com.
Faux Brick Pedestals
Backyard Pool Products.com has unveiled a new line of faux brick pedestals and
columns in white and sandstone. They are available in five different sizes:
27, 34, 41, and 48" tall pedestals as well as an 8-foot column. Crafted
from lightweight and durable polyethylene, they are weatherproof, easy to clean,
and scratch-resistant. Pricing starts at $135.50 plus shipping. Contact: Backyard
Pool Products.com, 236 Turkey Hill Rd., Bloomsbury, NJ 08804; (440) 998-5635;