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Jack Neubart  |  Jun 19, 2012  |  First Published: May 01, 2012  |  0 comments

The trend in tripods is toward more compact and lighter-weight tripods, with an increasing number of entries in carbon fiber. Is carbon fiber the ultimate lightweight tripod? The jury is still out, although everyone seems to want one. And along with tripods, various ball heads grabbed our attention. We even found a portable copy stand.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Aug 26, 2014  |  0 comments

Manfrotto is just added two new models to their popular tripod lineup: the 535 Single Leg tripod (MVT535AQ) and the Hi-Hat tripod (MVT535HH). The Hi-Hat tripod was designed for low-level or ground shooting, slider support and tabletop applications. Crafted from strong, durable aluminum, both models are easy to use and ideal for videographers. 

Cynthia Boylan  |  Dec 31, 2015  |  0 comments

KILLSPENCER’s Van Styles Special Edition Camera Straps: KILLSPENCER and Van Styles have teamed up to create two new special edition camera wrist straps. Skillfully handcrafted in KILLSPENCER’s Los Angeles workshop, the product merges functionality with the beauty of minimalist design. The KILLSPENCER x Van Styles Camera Wrist Strap is crafted from durable, stylish black leather and embossed with Van’s logo in two color options: Noir and Gilded. 

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 30, 2019  |  0 comments

Peak Design just launched a Kickstarter campaign for a travel tripod. Packed with innovative features, this extremely compact marvel is available in aluminum alloy or carbon fiber, supports a payload of up to 20 pounds and is not much bigger than a Philly cheese steak sandwich—or the footlong hot dog shown above—when folded up (3.1 x 15.5 inches). We had a chance to put an early sample through the paces; here’s our hands-on report.

George Schaub  |  Jan 24, 2018  |  0 comments

Shutterbug, a member of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), once again joined forces with 30 other member magazines from around the world to choose the winners of the annual TIPA Awards for the best photo/imaging products in 40 different categories. The award process began in early 2017 with an initial selection of a wide range of products conducted by TIPA’s Technical Committee, on which Shutterbug’s Editor-at-Large George Schaub serves. 

George Schaub  |  Jan 01, 2011  |  0 comments

Our show report this year is an amalgam of product news and trend spotting, which pretty much reflects what photokina has stood for in our minds. The sense of a United Nations of photography still prevails at this increasingly European-directed show, but the image and its uses is still the universal tie that binds.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 01, 2016  |  0 comments

In my review of the original Platypod Pro I suggested that it was “Quite possibly the coolest camera support around.” Well, here’s news: it just got bigger—and better. 

Jack Neubart  |  Jun 01, 2010  |  0 comments

While there are no revolutionary designs in tripods, monopods, and heads this year (unlike the introduction of the Novoflex four-legged tripod last year), manufacturers have not sat idly. They continue to address the needs of studio photographers but appear to be placing even greater emphasis on travel photography.

Notably, we’re beginning to see more subcompact tripods...

Joe Farace  |  May 31, 2018  |  0 comments

Tripods come in many sizes, from tabletop models to heavy-duty camera stands designed for studio use. Because of the variety of types, styles, and even colors, there’s rarely a one-size-fits-all tripod for most photographers. And, like eating potato chips, you can’t have just one.

Jay Miller  |  Apr 26, 2012  |  First Published: Mar 01, 2012  |  0 comments

It was with considerable dismay that I discovered, after my story on gimbal mounts appeared in a recent issue of Shutterbug, that Really Right Stuff (RRS) manufactures a gimbal mount as well; in fact, some might argue it is one of the best conventional gimbal mounts currently being offered among top-tier gimbal mount manufacturers.

 

Built primarily of CNC-machined black anodized aircraft-grade aluminum stock, RRS’s gimbal is one tough mount. And it’s also beautiful, to boot. Manufacturing quality is as good as it gets—and the postproduction finish and fit are impeccable. The custom knurled pitch lock knob for the articulated arm is solid aluminum. The custom pan knob is solid aluminum as well, but additionally has a rubber grip to facilitate rotation. Importantly, both knobs are located on the same side of the gimbal, thus facilitating access and allowing the user to release or tighten both with just one hand.

The Editors  |  Jul 17, 2018  |  0 comments

Amazon Prime members – and you know who you are – you have until Wednesday at 2:59 am ET (or 11:59pm Tuesday PT) to take advantage of all the great photography gear deals out there for Amazon Prime Day.

Sponsored  |  May 03, 2021  |  0 comments

How many times have you come across the perfect evening scene – camera in hand – only to be left watching instead of shooting because there was not enough light? Should have had a tripod!

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 14, 2020  |  0 comments

You need a Table Top Tripod to hold your GoPro, Litra Torch, Rode microphone, flash unit, Lume Cube, cellphone, slave strobe, cue cards, etc., etc., and—oh yes—your camera. Whether you’re a vlogger, photographer, Zoom-connected work-from-home-employee (Hommuter) or just somebody who likes to take pictures of their food, you need one of these guys. Maybe two. So here are five good choices to consider.

Jack Neubart  |  Feb 16, 2012  |  First Published: Jan 01, 2012  |  0 comments

My impression of a tabletop tripod was probably like yours—a squat, three-legged support that collapsed down to handily fit inside a camera bag. After unpacking the 17 camera supports that arrived, I had to modify my definition of the genre to include designs that mushroom to roughly 2 feet when fully open—and some with considerable girth and heft. That also meant extending my thinking to models with a center column and multiple leg sections, which might be more correctly termed “mini” tripods. Either way, in contrast to a standard tripod at its full height, the tripods under discussion, when fully open, have a small footprint and should effortlessly fit in tight spaces.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Mar 25, 2015  |  0 comments

You can now take underwater "selifes" thanks to the new AquaPod Mini from SeaLife. Designed to be an extendable underwater monopod (that can mount to any camera) that allows divers to get close to sea creatures from a safe distance, the AquaPod Mini can also be used as a fun “selfie stick."

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