Handy Camera Plate and Smartphone Adapter

September 2020 issue Tech

Why switch out the quick-release plate when you change capture methods? Mount almost any camera or smartphone to any Arca Swiss-compatible tripod head with Benro’s ArcaSmart 70. The plate switches from a camera mount to a spring-loaded mobile device holder with a simple flip.© Courtesy BenroThe ArcaSmart 70 fits most smart devices from 55mm to 85mm in width (including the phone case if you’re using one). It’s compatible with most Arca-Swiss style ballheads, three-way heads, and... Continue Reading >

Invest in durability and stability

February 2018 issue Tech

Even in these days of image stabilization and vibration reduction built into cameras, using a tripod liberates your body, freeing up energy that can be better spent paying attention to your subject, to the light, to framing and composition, and to all the small details that make or break a photo. Tripods can be heavy and bulky, but they don’t need to be. Though expensive, a good tripod is a long-term investment that pays for itself many times over years of use and abuse.Qualities to look... Continue Reading >

Balance and fluidity: Gitzo Fluid Gimbal Head

January 2018 issue Tech

The groundbreaking Fluid Gimbal Head from Gitzo not only celebrates the company’s centenary, it makes every movement of the camera precise and uninhibited. The balance is extraordinary, even with heavy equipment, so it’s an excellent partner for wildlife photography.The GHFG1 gimbal head employs fluid cartridge technology from the video industry, absorbing vibrations and ensuring smooth movement. The cartridge’s Whip-Pan feature allows for outstanding device control in high-speed... Continue Reading >

Product review: Edelkrone Flextilt II

January 2018 issue Tech

Sometimes I come across a product that looks like a solution in search of a problem. That was my impression when I first encountered ads for the Edelkrone FlexTilt II. What could possibly be useful enough in a single-direction tilt head to justify a $149.99 price tag? But the more I thought about, I realized I spend a lot of time on location fashioning a custom mount so I can precisely place a camera or a light where it needs to be. Maybe this was something I should try out after... Continue Reading >