Our 5 Favorite Photo Gadgets & Gizmos: Hot Bags, Straps & More

Manfrotto’s PIXIE EVO: Manfrotto recently introduced the new PIXI EVO, a mini tripod created for enthusiast and hobbyist photographers who need a lightweight/portable tripod. PIXI EVO provides flexibility of use, robustness and a variety of framing. PIXI EVO features two different leg angles with a sliding selector, enabling users to shoot ground level images. Another innovation is its two-section legs, adjustable in five different steps adapting to non-level surfaces. The PIXIE EVO allows the camera to tilt to 90 degrees to capture images, while ensuring stability and precision for accurate pictures. It supports a wide range of devices (up to 5.5 pounds) enabling photographers to easily use longer and larger lenses for their shoots. It remains extremely lightweight thanks to its Adapto and aluminum construction and can be easily carried anywhere. The PIXI EVO is available in three colors: black, white and red for a suggested retail price of $49.99 each.

More info on the PIXIE EVO here.

Square Print by Snapfish: We all have a wide variety of photos of our special moments (Weddings, birthdays, holidays, vacations and more) on social media but now you can take those precious images in a new direction with Square Prints. Square Prints can be placed in albums, hung on the wall or shared/displayed in various ways. Available in your choice of matte or glossy finish in 4x4 inch (20 cents each) or 8x8 inch ($2.99 each) sizes your images are printed on high quality Crystal Archive photo paper to resist fading for up to 70 years. The process is easy, simply visit the Snapfish website, sign in and get started. Then give the photos as gifts or display them at home.

More info on Square Prints here.

booq: Shadow: This uniquely shaped messenger bag features a padded dedicated compartment for a 15 inch laptop. The main compartment can be used to store your photo gear (or other personal items) and an interior zippered pocket offers two slip pockets pen slots to keep smaller accessories organized. Quick access side pocket keeps your iPad or notebook ready for use. The duarble nylon seatbelt shoulder strap allows for comfortable carrying, and a large back pocket for other items. The exterior material of the gray Shadow features a water resistant jute, while black version features a water resistant 1680D ballistic nylon material. The bag weighs 1.5 pounds and has a retail price of $130.

More info on the booq Shadow here.

Manfrotto’s Sliders: Made in Italy as part of the core pro video/photo line, these sliders are useful tools that enable pro image makers extra creative value to their work. The sliders are portable and quick and simple to set up for indoor (or outdoor) location shoots. The sliders (available in two versions) ensure a smooth and accurate sliding movement thanks to their eight high-precision steel ball bearings and quality machined surface. The coupling between the rails and the carriage can be adjusted, as well as the friction on the carriage itself. The sliders boast wheels made of a strong PSU (high performance polymer). The sliders are versatile, as its Friction System allows users to adjust the feel of the tracking shot and represent a sturdy and steady solution, thanks to their wide tracks. The sliders are available nationwide for $449.99 (MVS060A), in 24 inch, weighing 4.8 pounds and $499.99 (MVS100A) in 39 inch, weighing 6.17 pounds. Each slider has a 3/8 inch head with a maximum payload of 22 pounds. The following kits are also available: Slider 60 + 500 head $569.99 or Slider 100 + 502 head $679.99.

More info on Manfrotto’s Sliders here


Fotostrap’s Camera Straps: Crafted from 100 percent genuine leather and durable canvas fabric, this fashionable camera strap features an ergonomic shoulder pad with non-slip padding. The brass hardware can hold up to 40 pounds, the total adjustable length is 50-53 inches long and the width is 1.5 inches. The suggested retail price is $85 (add a monogram for $8) and there are 22 color choices available.

More info on Fotostrap here.