Cameras accessories

Solar camera strap concept ideal for sunshine shutterbugs

Solar camera strap concept ideal for sunshine shutterbugs

As concepts go, here's one we wouldn't be surprised to see sprout into a commercial release in the very near future.  Weng Jie's solar camera strap is designed to not only let photographers eke out a few more shots, but to do so making use of the sun's energy rather than bulky external power packs.

Rather sensibly, the strap basically replaces the neck cord most DSLR users wear to keep their cameras readily to hand with a solar-cell encrusted version.  Clipping on to the camera's mounting points as normal, it would also have a DC plug to gradually top-up the DSLR's battery during use.  Of course you'd need sufficient sun to make it worthwhile, so indoor photographers probably shouldn't bother, but anyone out and about should be able to hammer through a few more frames at least.

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Brando Red Dot Sight for your Camera Means the Next Perfect Shot

Brando Red Dot Sight for your Camera Means the Next Perfect Shot

The accessories for our favorite gadgets are probably just as exciting as our favorite gadgets, and when something like this breaks cover, we can't help but get a little giddy. After all, it's a red dot sight for a camera. Sure, it might be a little unorthodox, and people may stare at you if you were to actually put this up on your camera, but at least you know you'll be the coolest photo taker out there, right?

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Lomo LC-A Instant Back+ adds instant gratification

Lomo LC-A Instant Back+ adds instant gratification

Lomo have carved a niche for themselves by purposefully introducing some unpredictability to the images their cameras take, and now they're catering to our collective need for instant gratification.  The Lomo LC-A Instant Back+ is a Polaroid-style attachment that fixes to the back of a regular Lomo LC-A camera and spits out instant prints on Fuji Instax film.

Video demo after the cut

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PMA 2009 – Meika Digital Affordable Battery Grip for Canon 5D Mark II Hands-on

PMA 2009 – Meika Digital Affordable Battery Grip for Canon 5D Mark II Hands-on

Canon 5D mark II might have won award for its 21MP brilliant image quality at $2,699, but there are not many accessories yet worth any award. The BG-E6-battery grip is not as nice as many has expected, retailed at $380 ($275 street), it features the same old design with no significant improvement but the higher price. If you’re in market for one, hold on your horses, 3rd party battery grip for 5D mark II is coming at half the cost.

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Jobo’s PhotoGPS Geo-tagging for DSLR is now Mac-friendly

Jobo’s PhotoGPS Geo-tagging for DSLR is now Mac-friendly

The compact and lightweight Jobo’s PhotoGPS grabs GPS data such as country, city, street and point of interest, whenever your digital camera takes a picture. It unique design fits directly on your camera’s flash mount, and the physical locations of the shots taken are determined later with bundle software. The application used to work for Windows XP and Vista only, but now the company has made it available for Mac users.

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DIY ring-flash for your DSLR

DIY ring-flash for your DSLR

In the right hands, a ring-flash can produce some great shots with a DSLR; problem is, that "right hand" also likely needs to have a deep pocket to dip into, as DSLR accessories don't tend to be cheap.  So how about a DIY ring flash, made from fiber-optic toys, a tube of toothpaste and a load of zip ties? 

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