Now that winter is coming on, keep your lens warm with a LensCoat Lens Cover. Made of closed-cell neoprene and a camouflage design to hide from critters, they come in a variety of styles and sizes. Each cover is waterproof and has a clear UV-PVC window over the controls and distance-scale window. Our fave has to be the Hoody, priced from $12.99 to $24.99. LensCoat also makes them for tripods and will customize covers for your equipment.
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Joby has debuted their new Gorillapod. The Focus bendable tripod was made for SLR cams that have larger lenses or digital camcorders and can support up to 11 lbs. This is Joby’s fifth product in the line, and the Focus is made with an anodized gunmetal finish and aluminum sockets for durability. Wrap the tripod around trees, railing, or stand it up and use for regular shots, time-lapse, long exposure, or night shooting. You can pre-order the Focus, which has a $149.95 price.
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Siddharth Kambe designed the aerial camera Skyros because, after all, doesn’t everyone want a bird’s eye view of their neighborhood? Launch up to 120 feet and prescreen photos with its inbuilt sensor. The protective rings open and become a tripod for use as a regular cam. The prototype is made with a biopolymar that contains a pneumatic cylinder, carbon-dioxide canister, RF transmitter/receiver, microprocessor, battery and an LCD screen.
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For those who don’t do tripods or want something a little handier, Etsumi has developed a Digital Camera Pouch with built-in stand. The device is available in dark grey or pink, and comes in two models, the S-sized 60 x 25 x 90mm and the M-sized 60 x 32 x 93mm. Pre-order for $31.26 for a September 1 release date. We like that the case is tiny enough that we can sneak it into places that keep discouraging us from taking “unauthorized” pictures, namely aging rock stars who don’t want to be seen on YouTube or Flickr.
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For wannabe spies and nosy neighbors, Sima has introduced an IR video light for shooting at dusk and in darkness. With 36 infrared LEDs, the Night Vision Video Light features a lifespan of over 50,000 hours, is shoe-mount compatible with most video camcorders, works with both standard and HD formats, and charge status. With a range of up to 75 feet, it comes with a video bracket, tripod mounts, and Li-Ion battery and charger. Check with Sima for price.
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We love it when today’s gadgets go “old school” on us…case in point the Retro Webcam. It’s a fully functioning webcam with microphone, perfect for video chats and stills, in 24bit RGB color. The cool thing is that it’s modeled after those Hollywood movie cameras of yesteryear, complete with tripod! So whether you place it atop your computer or keep it on the tripod, the Retro Webcam is destined to add Tinseltown glamour to your workspace…and an outlet for your Norma Desmond impressions. Available for $45 USD.
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We just received an XShot, the cool little extension device that you attach to your still or video cam that allows you long and/or panoramic shots without the aid of an extra person. Its stainless steel shaft is indeed lightweight and extends 37-inches. The screw is a standard one used on tripods and it has the tilt capability of 180º. The company claims that it will fit in your pocket when closed (9-inches,) but those would have to be some pretty big jeans to accommodate it. It does, however, have a nice lanyard for carrying and a very comfortable rubber grip. Full review and demo after the jump.
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All eBay fanatics will be pleased to know that now there is a Photo Studio for showcasing your wares. Made of nylon, polyester, and plastic, the 20 x 20 x 20-inch device comes with an integrated diffuser screen, a camera tripod, and light and dark backdrops. When you are done using it, just fold it up into its carrying case. The deluxe model comes equipped with two high-output lights on adjustable legs. If the $29.98 or $59.98 price is too much, you can DIY, like this one from freshfodder made out of an empty Corona carton.
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Frustrated on a trip to Paris when he wanted to take pictures with his family, Michael Daoud couldn’t get a decent background. Lo and behold, the XShot was born. The telescopic rod attaches to most compact digital single-shot and video cams with a built-in thumb screw. Adjust the angle, set the timer, extend the device, and shoot away. Daoud claims that it has a reach of over 3 feet and can handle up to a 5 person shot. The XShot weighs only 3.9 oz. and will fit in your pocket when not in use. We think, aside from the ingenuity, the best part is the affordable $24.95 price tag.
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