2014 Camera Gear
Every year the photography industry comes out with better and better equipment, and every year we photographers have to figure out the best place to spend our hard-earned cash. And while many of us have already settled on our favorite brand(s) of camera, there’s a lot of other fantastic gear out there that’s worth a look.
Camera Gear Picks
Below are some of my favorite “Best of 2014” gear picks:
The world of 4k video is here and with it comes the need for fast, portable storage devices. With data speeds of up to 1375 MB/s you can edit 4k and 3D video not just at home, but also in the field, too. It’s compact so it’s easy to pack along and it’s super quiet. The only down side is that it needs wall plug for power. Still, if you need ultra-fast transfer speeds and/or want to edit in the field, this may be the disk for you.
- Up to 1375 MB/s speeds for 4K video editing
- Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining
- Compact size for field-based creative workflows
- Whisper-quiet dual cooling
Not everybody is into fisheye photography, but for those that are this 5.8mm f/3.5 Lensbaby Circular Fisheye lens will blow you away. It has a 185-degree field of view and actually seems to pull in light from behind you. It also produces a beautiful halo of flare around the edge of the image circle.
If you’re looking for an excellent travel tripod, but don’t have the money to fork out for Three Legged Thing’s amazing “Brian” tripod (hailed by many as the best in the industry), you’ll be happy to know that 3LT just released its new low-cost range of tripods: the Punks Series.
The 3LT RICK is a compact, lightweight carbon fiber tripod that boasts a kit weight of just 1.2kg with a load capacity of a whopping 10kg. (The 3LT VYV is a carbon copy of “Rick,” but made with the less expensive aircraft grade Magnesium Alloy for those on a budget.) Like all 3LT tripods, the Punks come with a detachable monopod leg and a removable center column (for seriously low shooting heights!).
If you’re someone who likes to be inconspicuous while toting your gear, the Thule Covert Backpack might be a great choice. Quiet and unassuming, the Covert features a roomy top compartment. Beneath that there’s a padded camera compartment big enough to hold a DSL with a lens attached, 2 other lens and a flash (it’s customizable). There’s even room for a 15″ laptop and a tablet. The camera pod is removable if, for some strange reason, you want to leave your camera at home.
Well, this isn’t exactly “gear,” but for all you Lightroom users who travel and don’t want to lug a laptop around with you,the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom mobile App will make your life a lot easier. Usuing the app is virtually the same as using Lightroom, except you’re working on smaller versions of the files. Once you return to Lightroom on your computer, all your changes are synced with your original files. And, if you’re already using Adobe CC, you’re in luck – the app is included with the Creative Cloud membership.
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