Oben CC-2491 Tripod Kit Review

While I do a fair amount of still photography, the majority of my client work is shooting video with my DSLR and mirrorless cameras. When buying tripods and heads I need to consider their functionality from both perspectives. As I recently added a camera jib to my video equipment arsenal, I started seriously considering a heavier capacity tripod and head. My current tripods, which are capacity rated to 17.6 lbs. (8.8 Kg), were falling a bit short in terms of providing the degree of stability that I need when shooting video. And, my existing fluid video head wasn’t quite able to provide the stability I needed when using my slider kit loaded with my D800 and a heavy FX lens. I also felt that a taller tripod would allow me to get the most out of my camera jib by capturing higher, more dramatic video scenes.

Oben CC-2491 Tripod

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Sensor Gel Stick Maintenance

The best part about the Sensor Gel Stick, is that it can be re-used over and over again and with normal use can last for a long time. But what happens if the gel tip gets less sticky overtime or potentially even completely lose the stickiness property? Some of our customers apparently use the product heavily (even some gear rentals companies use the Sensor Gel Stick) and one of our customers reached out to us asking what to do in such situations. I forwarded the email to our German manufacturer and the response I received was quite simple – just wash it! Apparently, you can safely wash the Sensor Gel Stick with just tap water, let it air dry and it will be as good as new again. I had a hard time believing this, so I decided to test it out on my stick and then use it on my camera to make sure that it actually works. To my surprise, it worked perfectly fine and better yet, it became even more effective than before!

Sensor Gel Stick

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Pearstone PSL-3S 3-Step Photographer’s Ladder Review

As my photography and video business has grown, so too has the amount of gear that I bring to client shoots. This is especially true when doing video work. Since I am a ‘solo-shooter’ and never work with a crew, I was finding it more and more cumbersome to load, unload and transfer my gear. I began looking for a cost-effective, flexible solution. When I discovered the Pearstone PSL-3S 3-Step Photographer’s Ladder with Wheels, I knew it was the ideal tool for the job.

Pearstone PSL 3S Ladder

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Oben TT-300 Table Top Tripod Review

There are times when virtually every photographer or videographer could make use of a small, lightweight, easy-to-use table top tripod. Like that time you were on holidays and missed that spectacular sunset in fading light. Or, that unique angle shot that would have added a lot of production value to a client video, but your regular gear was too big and bulky to get into the tight spot needed to capture it.

Oben TT-300 Table Top Tripod

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Retro Canvas DSLR Camera Bag Review

As smaller, lighter gear grows ever more popular – some mirrorless systems, while capable of delivering brilliant results in knowing hands, weigh half as much as DSLR systems – it is only natural for smaller bags to get more popular as well. Already you can see retailers and online stores offering a wide array of “for mirrorless cameras” bags and the selection will only grow wider. Even though I haven’t bought into a mirrorless system (yet), I, too, was on a lookout for a small, unassuming bag. The main requirements were simple: it had to look like anything but a camera bag and thus also work as a simple shoulder bag when needed; it had to be small, yet big enough to fit a mirrorless body with a couple of small lenses and, until such a time arrives, big enough to fit a D700 camera with a 50mm lens attached; and, if at all possible, accommodate my Mamiya RZ67 – not a small camera, mind you – and a roll of film for those quiet evening walks in the old city.

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Ruggard Triumph 45 Sling Bag Review

I’ve always wanted a small camera backpack that gave me easy, quick access to my camera gear. I’ve owned camera backpacks in the past, but they were bigger (and heavier) and I had to take them off of my back in order to get my gear out. When I got a chance to review the Ruggard Triumph 45 Sling Bag, I took it, hoping I could find a nice bag that I could carry around town with me for more casual photography.

Ruggard Triumph Sling Bag

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Sensor Gel Stick Back in Stock!

It has been tough to keep continuous stock for the Sensor Gel Stick, but from now on, the manufacturer promised to deliver within 2 weeks, so we are hoping to be able to have continuous supply of the the product for our readers and customers. We have fulfilled all the pre-orders and if you still have not received any information from us on completing your order, it probably means that your mail server is blocking our emails or perhaps putting them into the spam folder. Since we have plenty of stock now (around 430 units), it might be easier to set up a new order instead. The Sticky Paper is also in stock and we have plenty of it (over 1000 units). The Sony version might have to be pushed back a few weeks per manufacturer, but we will keep our readers posted when we know for sure.

Sensor Gel Stick

The current version of the stick that we are selling now has gone through several revisions and we are happy to say that it should work with all cameras except for the new Sony mirrorless cameras (which have a different type of coating on their anti-aliasing filters). We have tested it with a number of Nikon, Canon and Fuji cameras (including the Fuji X-T1) and found no issues. Although the Sensor Gel Stick might appear less sticky than before due to the above-mentioned change, it is still very effective to clean all that dust and debris that ends up on your camera sensor!

To order the Sensor Gel Stick and / or the Sticky Paper, please see our Photography Life Shop. All orders are shipping within 24 hours!

Impact Crushed Muslin Background (Grey Mist) Review

About a year ago, I reviewed an Impact background (Impact reversible muslin background). Out of curiosity, I decided to grab another one. This time instead of one that was reversible, I chose the Impact Crushed Muslin Background in Grey Mist. What’s the difference you might ask? Let’s just see…

Impact Crushed Muslin Background

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Ruggard Navigator 65 DSLR Shoulder Bag Review

Sometimes when I travel or just have a portrait session in town, I don’t want to bring all of my camera gear with me. At times like this, I’ve always thought it would be really nice to have a smaller bag I could bring along and leave my big bag at home. Enter this shoulder bag from Ruggard… big enough to hold a body and a few lenses but not so big that it becomes just as heavy as my normal camera bag.

Ruggard Navigtor DSLR Shoulder Bag

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Vello Auto Extension Tube Set for Nikon Review

Many years ago I bought a Nikon 55mm macro lens. This was an older, manual focus lens. It came with an older extension tube that did not communicate with the camera, meaning that any lens that was attached to it lost all communication with the camera, meaning it also became a manual focus lens. Worse yet, newer Nikon AF-S lenses that do not have an aperture ring weren’t usable at any aperture besides completely stopped down.

I really liked the idea of having an extension tube for more regular use, so I was always interested in trying extension tubes that would communicate with my camera and that I could use with all of my lenses. When I came across this set, they seemed like exactly what I was looking for. Will they find a permanent home in my camera bag or will they have a place in storage gathering dust next to my old extension tube?

Vello Auto Extension Tube for Nikon

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