Photo Accessory Reviews

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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 31, 2021  |  0 comments

Lucky Camera Straps are handmade in Australia to fit you and the individual way you carry your camera. The new Quick Release System is the fastest we’ve seen yet, and is reinforced with cut and abrasion-resistant Dyneema webbing.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 17, 2021  |  0 comments

Need a portable drive for those massive files you’re making as a content creator? Or perhaps a reliable backup drive to sidestep disaster when your computer melts like a Marshmallow Peep in a 1500W microwave? Two or three big names dominate the external hard drive offerings at online retailers, and it’s tempting to just pick one with the size and price that appeals the most. Here’s a better plan: the Mercury Elite Pro Mini Portable Drive from OWC, a company that’s been providing computer gear for professionals for 33 years.

Staff  |  Nov 26, 2021  |  0 comments

Datacolor is famous for helping photographers and other creatives achieve the most accurate colors possible. And right now they’re providing an opportunity to save up to $80 on the Datacolor Spyder and ColorReader range. But don’t wait around! These special offers only last until December 3 or while stocks last

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 26, 2021  |  0 comments

Time to hit the Reset Button and put your notions of Image Quality on Pause. In our everyday lives as photographers we prize sharpness, saturation, acutance and absence of aberration when we idealize the images we want to capture. Now it’s time to recognize that images that are blurred, smeared, warped and otherwise traumatized can be beautiful.

Lensbaby lenses produce images that are intentionally unsharp, because optical aberrations can be beautiful. In a word, a Lensbaby turns blur into bliss.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 01, 2021  |  1 comments

Binoculars have only one purpose: they make distant objects appear closer. They all look pretty much alike, too.  But don’t be fooled into thinking that they’re all the same. Here’s a straightforward, plain-talk guide to buying the binoculars best for you.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 30, 2021  |  0 comments

We put three brands of UV filters through a very basic, real-world test. The brands we tested are K&F Concept, Urth and Okko. Never heard of them? Us neither, before this. Here is our report.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 17, 2021  |  0 comments

Here are 7 photo accessories that offer high value and very attractive prices. All have been selected from Amazon’s stable of private label products, Amazon Basics. And all cost less than $30.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 08, 2021  |  0 comments

If you’re like us you’re always on the lookout for a photo accessory that can make picture taking better, easier or more fun. Here’s a roundup of 10 items we’ve recently spotted.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 15, 2021  |  0 comments

It’s easy to make a pinhole camera. Making a good pinhole camera, on the other hand, is damn hard. And it’s even harder to make a pinhole lens for a digital camera. But wouldn’t it be fun to create the intriguing effects only a pinhole aperture can produce?

Lensbaby, legendary manufacturer of creative effects lenses, has invented the Lensbaby Obscura, a digital camera lens that accurately and precisely produces the same amazing results of not one but three different pinhole mechanisms.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jul 08, 2021  |  0 comments

It’s Friday and I just ordered a set of 9 color graduated filters from Amazon for $26.59 in 67mm. Cheap, no? Amazingly, the 52mm set is $4 cheaper. Part of me says, “What can you expect from a $3 filter?” But the optimistic little devil sitting on my other shoulder whispers, “How bad can they be?”

Read on to learn whether this buy turned out to be a bargain or a bagel.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 01, 2021  |  0 comments

It’s not often we come across a useful accessory that’s unfamiliar to many of our readers. But this wearable umbrella from Canope is an extremely interesting and unique product for outdoor photographers shooting in bad weather.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 23, 2021  |  0 comments

The monitor you look at every day when you edit video and digital images should be as good as your camera, otherwise you may not truly be producing the output you envision. Calibration is a must, but a reliable, high performance display is indispensible.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Mar 28, 2021  |  0 comments

Introducing the Gitzo Légende tripod and camera backpack, two milestone products from the camera accessory manufacturer known for a century of greatness. Backed by an unlimited lifetime warranty, user-replaceable parts and build quality in a class by itself, Gitzo Légende is certain to be the centerpiece in your arsenal of photo gear for many years to come.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 12, 2021  |  0 comments

A spring shower can interrupt power. A lightning strike can fry your electronics with 300 million volts. And a sudden, severe drop in voltage can burn an electric motor crisper than a bug in a hot skillet. These very real potential disasters can cost you money, time and possibly your precious digital images. Here’s a list of seven devices that might save your bacon.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Feb 05, 2021  |  0 comments

Traveling by car, camper, camel caravan or even backpacking it on foot – you need these five important accessories. (And if you’re just hanging around the house like I am, put these accessories on the must-have list right up there with the automatic wine bottle opener and TV remote.)

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