Covering The Photo Beat: Flash Diffusers And A Beauty Dish
CHIMERA Portable Beauty Dish
The Octa 2 Beauty Dish is a collapsible modifier that can be used on your studio strobes or with camera flash units. The body measures 24” and the support poles are on the outside of the body, which provides a smooth, uniform white interior for a great quality of light. A fabric bounce-back disc is suspended in the center to bounce back the light into the soft white interior of the beauty dish reflector. You can also convert the Octa 2 Beauty Dish into a 2-foot OctaPlus Lightbank by simply using the included front diffusion screen. The Octa 2 Beauty Dish weighs less than a pound and comes with the fabric body, support poles, bounce-back disc, and the OctaPlus front diffusion screen.
Graslon Prodigy And Insight Flash Diffusers
Made in the U.S.A., Graslon’s Prodigy and Insight flash diffusers were designed to provide softer shadows than traditional portable diffusers. Graslon diffusers feature an optical reflector system that redistributes the light before sending it through the lens. They also have a universal nonslip mounting system and a variety of interchangeable diffusion lenses, including flat, dome, and amber. The Prodigy line offers a large 8x5” diffusion surface, while the Insight line offers a smaller 6x4” diffusion surface.
Tamrac Zuma 7 Camera Backpack
Tamrac’s Zuma 7 backpack has enough room to easily accommodate a D-SLR camera, several lenses, a flash, an iPad (or a 10” netbook), and assorted accessories. The backpack’s Triple Access System provides right, left, and front access to your gear. A foam-padded pocket protects your iPad and the front accessory pocket includes windowpane-mesh pockets for adapters, memory cards, and extra batteries. A removable rain cover is included. The MSRP is $159.95.
Hoodman’s HoodEYE was designed for photographers who wear glasses. The device is easy to attach to your camera and features an oversized eyecup that is large enough to prevent light leaks. There are five models that fit all Canon and Nikon D-SLR cameras. The suggested retail price is $19.99.
Really Right Stuff Cable Relief Spacer
Crafted from anodized aluminum, the Cable Relief Spacer allows you to continue using all the functionality of the Really Right Stuff L-Bracket while tethered to another device, such as a laptop. It has a dovetail at one end and a clamp on the other. The cable locking bar secures input/output cables that are attached to the camera to prevent accidental disconnection or damage. This device can also be used as a general riser block for compatible gear. The Cable Relief Spacer weighs just 2.4 oz and sells for $66.
The b-grip EVO
The durable b-grip EVO allows you to mount your D-SLR camera in either the lens-up or lens-down position. It attaches to your chest or waist with the straps provided to comfortably distribute the weight of the camera across your body. The base attaches to your waist belt (or to the provided belt), while the quick-release plate easily attaches to your camera’s tripod socket. The quick-release mechanism offers instant access to the camera and the removable rubber stopper around the thumb screw on the base plate ensures that the camera will not come loose due to heavy movement or strenuous activity. The b-grip EVO comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Pelican 1075 HardBack Case
The Pelican 1075 HardBack was designed and created for use with today’s popular netbook and tablet computers. It is durable, watertight, and crush-resistant. The case sports a heat and chemically resistant composite shell that will stand up to the harshest of conditions. The 1075 HardBack also features a sturdy removable nylon shoulder strap, a strong easy-snap latch, and a shock-absorbing plush foam liner. The MSRP is $69.95.
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