Covering The Photo Beat; A Speedlight, An Eagle Eye, And A Camera Duck

Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens
Designed for use with AF 35mm, full-frame sensor, and APS-C sensor D-SLR cameras, the SP 70-300mm lens features vibration compensation and a silent ultrasonic autofocus drive. It has an extra low dispersion lens element made from high-grade glass. The angle of view (diagonal) is 34? 21’-8? 15’; the maximum focus distance is 59.1”; and the maximum magnification ratio is 1:4. The lens measures 5.6” long and weighs 27 oz. The lens is compatible with Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts.

Contact: Tamron USA Inc., 10 Austin Blvd., Commack, NY 11725; (800) 827-8880;

Nikon SB-700 Speedlight
The Nikon SB-700 Speedlight is an easy-to-use, high-performance flash unit that offers many new and redesigned features. It features a Quick Wireless mode with A:B light ratios for easy set up of multiple flash units. The MSRP is $329.95.

Contact: Nikon Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, NY 11747; (800) 645-6689;

LumiQuest UltraStrap
The UltraStrap is a secure, non-adhesive flash accessory mounting strap. It combines non-skid beaded neoprene with hook-and-loop fasteners. The unique design ensures that the durable UltraStrap will not slip, providing a secure attachment point for your LumiQuest accessories. The retail price is $8.95.

Contact: LumiQuest, 28540 Durango Dr., New Braunfels, TX 78132; (830) 438-4646;

The Eagle Eye
The Eagle Eye is a uniquely designed color calibration and exposure reading device. Designed to complement modern lenses and digital camera sensors, the 360? dome reads light falling on the subject to provide a neutral white balance to ensure accurate colors and incidental light exposure readings. Crafted and quality tested in the U.S.A., the device fits lenses up to 77mm.

Contact: Soma Pro Photo/Status Image, 2724 Danville Rd. SW, Decatur, AL 35603; (256) 560-7828;

Photo StudioCruzer PSC100
CaseCruzer’s PSC100 is a hard-shell, ATA-approved, professional-quality gear bag with snug padded dividers and a sleeve that accommodates a 13 to 17” laptop computer. The divider system features hook-and-loop subdividers that make it easy to create up to 11 compartments and the durable waterproof outer shell is made of polypropylene copolymer resin. The case measures 21.75x13.75x8.99”, weighs 12.5 lbs, and has two padlock holes for added security. The suggested retail price is $225.

Contact: CaseCruzer, 4665 State St., Montclair, CA 91763; (800) 440-9925;