Photography / Hands-on Review

Camera-Bag Stuffers

         

Your photo bag can hold an assortment of fun and useful treasures. It’s full of pockets, compartments, nooks and crannies for a reason, and a wide variety of compact camera gear and accessories is available to help you realize its full storage potential.

These wide angle-to-telephoto SLR zoom lenses from Tamron and Sigma are great finds at any time—but especially now that they’re being offered at such satisfying discounts. Covering broad focal-length ranges of 18-200, 250, or 270mm (approximate 35mm equivalent: 27-300, 375, or 405mm), each of these lenses gives you a huge selection of perspectives in one compact, lightweight body that’s easily stowed in virtually any bag. Your photos will benefit from features such as image stabilization to counteract the effects of camera shake, special lens elements that correct for chromatic and spherical aberrations, and high-speed, quiet autofocus systems that are ideal for video recording. The lenses are available for Canon EF-S, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony A, and Sigma SA DSLR cameras with APS-C-sized sensors.

The Lens Band fits around your lens to help stop “lens creep,” the extension of a lens barrel due to its own weight when pointed up or down. This strong, silicone rubber band stretches to wrap around your lens’s 67-110mm zoom ring, holding it firmly in place. The one-size-fits-all solution doubles as a tool for removing or loosening filters that have become stuck, without damaging the filter or the front element of your lens. Available in a wide variety of colors, the Lens Band also makes a great fashion accessory.

To help you identify lenses quickly and easily in your gear bag, BlackRapid offers the LensBling Labeled Rear Lens Caps. Featuring bright, bold, raised numerals denoting the focal length of each of your lenses, these handy accessories are especially useful when working in dimly lit environments. They’ll help you locate and change lenses without missing a beat—which could mean the difference between getting the shot or watching it pass you by. BlackRapid’s selection covers a broad range of focal lengths, from 24mm to 70-200mm, and there are even a couple of caps with a skull design for lenses that don’t have a dedicated, numbered cap. They are available for both Canon EF and Nikon F mount lenses.

Add a small, lightweight Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight Shoe-Mount Flash to your DSLR or compact camera featuring i-TTL metering support. The flash has a guide number of 59' at ISO 100 and covers full-frame focal lengths from 27-200mm. When used with cameras that support Nikon's Creative Lighting System, the SB-300 provides access to advanced controls like rear-curtain sync and fill flash. A 120° tilting head enables you to bounce light off a ceiling or wall for soft, even illumination. Another nice feature is the foot lock lever, which allows for secure mounting on the camera. The flash conveniently runs on two easily replaceable AAA batteries.

Build your own camera with the Lomography Konstruktor Do-It-Yourself 35mm Film SLR Camera Kit. It contains everything you need, plus various stickers to give your creation a unique look. Once complete, the Konstruktor features a 50mm f/10 lens, waist-level reflex viewfinder with flip-up magnifier, manual exposure control, and multiple-exposure capability. Grab a roll of your favorite film and get shooting.

Stabilize your point-and-shoot or HD Flip camera for clear, blur-free, handheld video with the Zacuto Point and Shoot Pro. Mount the camera on top, then grab the ergonomic handgrip and you’re ready to go. If you still need some extra stability, the bottom of the grip features a 1/4"-20 mount for attaching to a tripod or monopod.

Lethal Protection’s versatile Life-Phorm All-in-One Positioning Device supports most compact cameras, smartphones, and tablets on virtually any surface, due to its unique insect-like leg design. Each of its six legs has three joints and hooked feet for perching, hanging, clamping, or tilting into a multitude of positions. The Life-Phorm is just as comfortable wrapping around a tree as it is sitting on a table top.

Captivate children and keep them focused on your camera for better pictures with Camera Creatures and Shutter Huggers posing props. These plush stuffed animals fit around most camera lenses, and the Camera Creatures even have built-in squeakers. Choose from a variety of fun animal friends, including an owl, ladybug, dog, monkey, elephant, and panda.

Shield your iPhone 5 from scratches, dings, and dust with the iLuv Camera Case. It’s made of premium synthetic leather with topstitching for a vintage look and feel, and features a soft, micro-suede lining. Plus, it contains a handy storage compartment for your earphones or a charging cable.

Organize, store, and protect your memory cards in a convenient way with the Ruggard Memory Card Case, available for up to 8 SD, 4 CF or 2 SxS cards, or combinations of 2 CF, 2 SD and 4 microSD or 1 SxS and 4 SD cards. The exterior is constructed from polycarbonate resin, while the interior lining is made of molded rubber. The durable case also features a snap-on locking system and weather-resistant seal for added protection. It’s compact enough to slide comfortably into any gear bag—or even your back pocket.

For your ever-important spare camera batteries, check out the Think Tank Photo DSLR Battery Holder, which can accommodate 2 or 4 standard lithium-ion batteries, or 2 pro-size ones, in individual compartments. These storage accessories are compact and easily stowed virtually anywhere in your bag. They are made from rugged rip-stop nylon, and have fold-over flaps and touch-fastened closures. The pro battery holder folds in half for even easier packing.

The 16 or 32GB SanDisk Cruzer Orbit USB 2.0 Flash Drive is small enough to fit easily on your keychain or a lanyard—and features a built-in ring just for that. Providing 128-bit AES data encryption via SanDisk SecureAccess software, it also includes software to enable cloud-based online storage and backup capabilities.

Whatever it is you want to stuff into your camera bag, B&H has you covered.

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