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As the world changes so does photography. It is important for photographers to try new photography gear and technology, so they can become familiar with ways to improve their photography. A great way to get your hand on all the new photography gear without spending a ton of money on something you don’t know for sure will work for you is to rent it. Talk to manufactures and photography stores to find out more about renting photography equipment.
Below are just a few of the awesome new toys coming this May/June 2015 for photographers. For a full list of new camera gear and technology visit http://www.dpmag.com/gear/next/new-gear-may-june-2015.
VIDEO TRAVEL TRIPOD
The Aero Travel Tripod Kit for Video by Benro is a versatile and compact option for shooters who are constantly on the go. The S2 version supports up to 5.5 pounds and folds to a compact 18.3 inches, while the S4 version supports up to 8.8 pounds and folds to 21.7 inches. The tripods utilize a reversible folding leg design to maximize a mobile travel profile. When extended, the legs have three locked leg positions. The removable leg and center column can be combined to create a monopod, when needed. The removable fluid head provides 360° panning and smooth tilting, and a bubble level. The quick-release plate uses a safety lock. The S4 version also features a removable handle for mounting on either side of the fluid head. The Aero Travel Tripods include quick-flip leg locks, a weight hook and carrying case. List Price: $199 (Aero S2); $259 (Aero S4). Contact: Benro, www.benrousa.com.
The SpiderPro Camera Holster system has been developed to provide comfort and safety for photographers who tote pro DSLRs for full days of shooting. The patented ball-joint system keeps your camera secure at your side while still allowing for movement. The lens points back while the flash runs parallel to your hip so you can stand, squat and move freely without worrying about damaging equipment. Available in a single-camera or dual-camera system. List Price: $135 (single-camera system); $235 (dual-camera system). Contact: Shai Gear LLC, spiderholster.com.
Expanding the successful Glow HexaPop portable strobe line, Flashpoint has developed a softbox and umbrella modifier blend with the Glow ParaPop 28. The 12-sided, parabolic-shaped softbox has a 28-inch diameter and 19.5-inch depth, providing a 105° light spread with graduated subtle shadows. Made from heat-resistant UV-A and UV-R diffuser material with internal silver reflector fabric, it’s lightweight with reinforced support rod pockets, seams and Velcro® closures. The speedring assembly is compatible with most brands of flash heads, monolights and speedlights. The ParaPop 28 comes with removable inner and outer diffusers, a removable cold-shoe, angle-adjustable shoe bracket and protective case. List Price: $229. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), www.adorama.com.
Urban photographers will gravitate toward the clean look and versatility of the Lowepro ProTactic backpack series. For quick access to your gear, the ProTactic provides four access points: the turret-loading top, quick-grab pockets on each side and a back entry for full access to your kit. The ProTactic 350 AW holds up to two pro DSLR cameras with one 24-70mm lens attached and up to six additional lenses/speedlights. The slightly larger ProTactic 450 AW holds up to two pro DSLR cameras with grips attached and one 70-200mm lens attached, and up to eight additional lenses/speedlights. The MaxFit padded dividers are adjustable for your camera kit, and the CradleFit system suspends and protects your laptop within the bag. ActivZone System technology supports shoulder blades and the lower back, and the removable waist belt provides two zippered hip pockets. Multiple additional interior and exterior pockets keep you organized, while the optional SlipLock strap system offers modular components, including accessory cases and a water bottle pouch. A tripod cinch strap, tripod cup and All Weather rain cover are included. List Price: $199 (350 AW); $249 (450 AW). Contact: Lowepro, www.lowepro.com.