Yes, it’s happened to all of us. In the heat of the
moment, you’ve reached into your camera bag to
make a quick change on the fly and you’ve grabbed
the wrong lens. Sounds like a small thing but pick the
wrong piece of glass at the wrong time and it could
mean the difference between getting that crucial
shot and missing it.
Well, the folks at BlackRapid have come up with
a good solution for that: the LensBling cap system,
which features easy-to-see graphics and labels giving
you the focal length of the lens on the rear lens cap.
You may know the Seattle-based BlackRapid
from the company’s popular, side-swinging camera
sling strap. Its LensBling cap system is another smart
answer to a common problem for photographers.
The caps come in a variety of focal lengths
including 24mm, 24-70mm, 50mm, 85mm and 70-
200mm for Canon users; and 24mm, 50mm, 85mm,
70-200mm and 105mm for Nikon shooters. Other
focal length caps are in the works and will come out
later this year, according to BlackRapid.
At $8.50 each, the LensBling caps are not a huge
investment. Sure beats using a piece of tape and a
Locked and Loaded for Adventure.
Ilott Vintage Limited Edition Rangefinder Cameras
For anyone who gets the least bit excited at the sight of beautifully restored classic cameras, Ilott Vintage’s online
product gallery is almost like pornography.
Run by Andrew Bellamy, a transplanted Brit who now resides in Miami, Ilott Vintage features a variety of limited-edition rangefinder cameras that have been refurbished, meticulously modified and posted for resale.
Ilott Vintage’s special touch is adding gorgeous wood veneers to the exteriors of the old cameras to replace the
worn leather and give these mechanical marvels a unique look. The classic rangefinder models available include
wood-paneled versions of the Canon Canonet and Canonet QL17; Konica Auto S2; Minolta Hi-Matic 9 and Hi-Matic
7/7s; and the Argus C3.
According to Ilott Vintage’s Web site, to create these custom-modified cameras, Bellamy “uses premium quality
real wood veneer sealed with Danish oil, cut
and tailored specifically to each camera to give
it an exclusive, elegant appearance and a new
lease on life. The veneer is durable and makes
each camera totally unique.”
This level of craftsmanship doesn’t come
cheap, though. Prices for Ilott Vintage’s
cameras range from $1,850 to $2,250,
depending on the model. And no, they don’t
ANCHOR YOUR VISION
IntroducIng the redged tSc-424
Non-Rotation and Ring-Locking systems allow
simultaneous leg extension for rapid fire setup
and prevent dust and sand from interfering with
smooth operation. Don’t let your adventures
be inhibited by your equipment.
Available in Aluminum, Titanium, & Carbon Fiber.
-top macro tripod
PRICE: Starting at $1,850
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