Roundup: Covering The Photo Beat: Camera, Lens, Light & Bag
Nikon COOLPIX L830
The COOLPIX L830 is an ergonomically designed high-ratio zoom camera with a 3” high-resolution tilt LCD monitor. It features a 34x optical zoom range plus a 68x Dynamic Fine Zoom (an enhanced type of digital zoom) range and a 16MP backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor. It records Full HD (1080p) video, even in low light, and reduces the danger of camera shake with the aid of the Lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR) system. The L830 model’s intelligent features include Easy Auto mode and Smart Portrait System as well as 18 Scene modes and a selection of special effects. The model is available in black and red and has a retail price of $299.95.
Tokina AT-X 11-16mm F/2.8 Type-II Lens
The award-winning Tokina AT-X 11-16mm F/2.8 type-II lens for APS-C format D-SLRs is now available in the Sony alpha mount. This durable, ultra-wide-anglezoom offers a bright f/2.8 aperture, two super-low dispersion glass elements, two aspheric elements, and nine diaphragm blades. The coatings on the optical elements have been improved for greater performance and the lens also features Tokina’s One-Touch Focus Clutch mechanism that allows you to easily switch between AF and MF by snapping the focus ring forward (for AF) or backward (for MF). Weighing just 19.12 oz and measuring 3.31x3.85”, the lens accepts 77mm filters. The lens is also available for Canon EOS and Nikon D cameras.
Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolights & Lighting Kits
The Flashpoint Budget Studio family of monolights are constructed of durable, lightweight aluminum. All of these affordable monolights include a sync cord, an AC power cord, an instruction manual, and a one-year warranty. Kits come with a monolight (with watt seconds of your choice), a 40” white/black umbrella (with a removable black layer from Glow by Flashpoint), and a 6-foot Flashpoint three-section light stand. The Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Flash 120, for example, is ideal for intimate portraits or scenes and offers 120 ws with a modeling lamp, a four-stop output range, a fast recycle time, and a Guide Number (GN) of 125. Individually it sells for $49.95; $89.95 for the full kit. The Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Flash 300 is ideal for portraits, products, and location shooting. It includes a power-linked modeling lamp, a four-stop output range, a fast recycle time, and a GN of 190. It sells for $99.95 individually; $139.95 for the full kit.
Strobies Pro-Flash One Eighty
The Strobies Pro-Flash One Eighty is a powerful, versatile 180 ws bare-bulb portable flash unit. Features include a seven-stop range, high-speed sync, focus assist, daylight balance, and a Guide Number of 196. The 1/3-stop adjustable unit provides 700 full power flashes and takes a wide range of light modifiers. The unit can be used either on or off camera and is powered by an external 11.1v/4500 mAh lithium-ion battery pack. The Strobies unit with a battery pack has a retail price of $594.99; a second flash head is available for $405.99; and a flash battery pack can be purchased for $209.99.
Rock Solid Aero Double Arm
The Rock Solid Aero Double Arm is versatile, durable, and compact. Weighing less than 1.7 lbs, it has a non-reflective black finish, extends up to 24”, and folds for easy storage or transport. It has a maximum capacity of 11 lbs and the quick-locking TruVu system eliminates movement or sagging. The arm is fitted with 5/8” baby studs on each end for integration with standard grip gear and it easily attaches any Tether Table Aero workstation, Wallee Connect iPad mount, Local Vu Monitor mount or strobe at almost any angle. The Rock Solid Aero Double Arm has a lifetime warranty and a retail price of $89.95.
The Andy Mann Camera Bag Collection
Created with the aid of National Geographic photographer Andy Mann, these bags are ideal for the serious outdoor photographer. The line includes the Parallax backpack ($269.95) that features access to your gear from the back, side, or top panels. It has a padded compartment with internal dividers, two front organization pockets, a padded laptop sleeve (for 17” computers), a tablet sleeve, a side panel pocket with a zip-out bottom for a tripod or a light stand, a padded waist belt with a zippered pocket, side compression straps, dual density shoulder straps, a lens case attachment point, and a removable rain cover. Another in the line is the Spectrum ($119.95), created for ease of use via cover flap access to the main compartment, side access to the back panel laptop compartment, side panel access to the lower camera compartment, a mesh side pocket, an air mesh back panel, contoured shoulder straps, an interior organization panel, a front accessory pocket with a key clip, a removable waist belt, and a removable rain cover.
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