LED light fixtures that attach to your HD-DSLR’s hot shoe
and offer soft, continuous light for shooting videos or stills
have been around for a few years now but the Croma from
Litepanels is the first one we’ve tried that also offers color
That’s a plus if, like most photographers who also shoot
video, you’re moving from one lighting environment to
another and don’t have the time to change your set-up or
add gels. Changing the color temperature on the Croma
is a simple process: Just turn one of the light’s two dials.
The larger, lower dial is the dimmer control, letting you
change the intensity of the light from zero to 100 percent.
The smaller dial controls color temperature giving you
light output ranging from daylight (5600°K) to tungsten
(3200°K). Pretty neat.
The Croma is powered by either six AA batteries for up to
1. 5 hours of battery life or an AC adapter. Some LED fixtures
in the past have felt flimsy but we liked the soft-touch rubber
coating on the housing of the 12-ounce Croma, making it feel
sturdier yet not heavy. And even after using the Croma for an
hour, it was still cool to the touch.
It has happened to all of us: Your precious
smartphone, iPod or pocket camera has accidentally
gotten soaked with water—or dropped in the toilet
bowl!—and you’re pretty sure it’s toast. Have no fear,
Bheestie is here.
A 6 x 9-inch zip-sealed bag filled with special
beads that are designed to pull water out, the
Bheestie is handy in a pinch. Just place your wet
electronic “Object of Desire” into the breathable
inner pouch of the Bheestie for 24 to 72 hours, and
those surrounding magic beads should draw the
water out and bring your gadget back to life.
According to the makers of Bheestie, it works
faster than silica gel and is “up to 700 percent” more
effective than the classic home remedy of putting your
wet phone in a bowl of uncooked rice.
The Bheestie bag is also reusable and can remain
effective for up to a year. Those special blue beads
inside turn gray when it’s time to replace them.
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