Travelling this summer?
To be ready to capture the moment, the memory, and the shot no matter where you are in the world, be sure to pack the following compact, performance enhancing gear from brands like Sigma, OPTEX, Manfrotto, BlackRapid, Kata and National Geographic:
SIGMA 18-250mm OS HSM DC MACRO Lens(Available for Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts)
($649.95, London Drugs, Henry’s)
Designed exclusively for Digital SLR cameras, this all-in-one zoom lens has a high zoom ratio that’s ideal for close-up photography. And with Sigma’s unique Optical Stabilizer Technology, photographers have the option of using shutter speeds up to four stops slower, ideal for handheld photos from macro to telephoto lengths or in low-light environments.
OPTEX High Speed All-in-One Reader
($29.95, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sony Store, Best Buy)
Compact, portable and easy-to-use, the OPTEX High Speed All-in-One reader connects directly into a USB equipped Mac or PC to transfer data at 15MB per second. Compatible with several different types of memory cards, the device transfer files easily from many different sources.
Manfrotto 293 Compact Aluminum Tripod
(Available with Ball Head or 3-Way foldable head)
($189.95/$239.95, Henry’s, Vistek, The Camera Store)
The best solution for compact and speedy set up, this tripod is ideal for the spontaneous photo opportunity. With an anti-shock collar that protects your camera from accidental impact and locking legs for rock-solid support, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is catching that sunrise.
BlackRapid SNAPR 20 Point and Shoot Camera Bag and Strap System ($59.95, Henry’s, London Drugs, Fotosource)
Grab, glide and click! BlackRapid’s revolutionary SNAPR 3-in-1 system combines an innovative strap design with a shoulder sling and padded camera bag and hand strap to make carrying and using your compact camera or digital video recorder easier. The strap system keeps those with butterfingers from dropping their cameras and snap covers provide added security against snatch and grab theft.
Kata D-Light Series Laptop Backpack
($149.95, Henry’s, Vistek)
Designed to protect everything from laptops to DSLRs, this backpack is the ultimate carry-on for the tech-savvy photographer. With extra padding for your devices, this lightweight bag keeps your belongings safe from the drops and bumps of travel no matter where you are.
National Geographic Africa Series Rucksack
($249.95, Vistek, Downtown Camera)
Stay organized with individual compartments designed to hold all of your gear. Removable dividers keep your accessories from getting tangled and the side pouch doubles as a tripod/water bottle compartment. The bonus is the padded, breathable fabric on the back, which will keep you cool and comfortable if you’re travelling through warm to hot climates.