Gear:30 – Op/Tech RainSleeve-Flash

April 15th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Today on Gear:30, the Op/Tech RainSleeve-Flash. The Op/Tech RainSleeve-Flash offers an economical, lightweight way to stay prepared–keep your camera protected from nature’s elements.


Today’s gear is the RainSleeve Flash, from OpTech. With spring weather comes spring showers. You’ll need something to cover your equipment at a moment’s notice. This lightweight cover provides an economical system to keep your camera and flash covered from all of nature’s elements. There’s a drawstring lens opening for a snug fit and an eyepiece window which adapts to your viewfinder. It also would shield a shoe-mounted flash.


Gear:30 – Airhed 2 From 3 Legged Thing

April 12th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Today on Gear:30; the Airhed2 from 3 Legged Thing. The Airhed2 a small, light ball head with fantastic detailing and a load capacity of 88 lbs.

It’s available in blue or black.



Today’s gear is the AirHead, from 3-Legged Thing. It’s a ball head which comes in 2 different colors; blue and a black. It’s compact and lightweight; weighs less than a pound, with load capacity of 88 pounds. The oversized camera plate is [inaudible: 00:19] compatible with a º-inch mounting screw. It has a separate ball and pan lock, along with a triple-bubble level.


Gear:30 – The Original Bug Shirt

April 11th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Gear:30 today; the Original Bug Shirt Elite Edition. The Original Bug Shirt is designed to protect against the biting insects common to North America, the Tropics, and most of the rest of the world. 

The loose fitting design and specialized material used in the construction the Original Bug Shirt prevents mosquito bites and protects the wearer from black flies, no-see-ums, deer flies, horse flies and ticks.


Here on Gear30, we have the original Bug Shirt; a lightweight shirt that you could wear to protect from mosquitoes and other common insects. It reduces the risk of contracting Lyme disease, West Nile, and malaria. Both sides have a breathable microfiber fabric that provides for good ventilation. It also has a hood that one can wear to protect their face. It comes in 3 different colors: This sandstone, the camo, and a cotton white.


Hyperlapse Video With Google Street View

April 11th, 2013 by Michael Zhang

Hyperlapse photography involves shooting a series of photographs over large distances and then stringing the photos together into a time-lapse video that zooms the viewer through the locations. Creating a real hyperlapse involves quite a bit of work, so the folks over at Teehan+Lax Labs decided to go virtual by turning to Google Street View to source the necessary photos.

Gear:30 – Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni Bounce

April 10th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Today on Gear:30; the Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni Bounce. The Sto-Fen OM-SB5 Omni Bounce gives you a quick and easy way to soften and diffuse the light from your speedlight.


Today on Gear 30, we’ll look at the Omni-Bounce, from Sto-Fen.

This is the SP-5, which fits on the Nikon SP-50DX, 80DX, and 800. It’s a quick and easy way to soften and diffuse light. The translucent diffuser quickly slips onto your flash for a softer, even light. The Omni-Bounce is designed to be compatible with many Cannon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus speed lights.


Gear:30 – CamRanger Wireless DSLR Remote Control Tether for iPad and iPhone

April 9th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Today on Gear:30; the CamRanger Wireless DSLR Remote Control Tether for iPad and iPhone. CamRanger allows wireless control of your Canon or Nikon DSLR directly from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. 


Today’s gear is the CamRanger. It’s a new device that is great for the studio, on location, and macrophotography. It’s a wireless tethering device that allows you to control all your camera settings from a free app that you download on your iPhone or iPad. You can set focus, you can record movies, you can experiment with HDR, and even do time lapse. It has a rechargeable battery that lasts 3 to 4 hours and it’s compatible with all Cannon or Nikon DSLRs.


Gear:30 – Phottix Mitros TTL Flash For Canon

April 8th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Today on Gear:30; the Phottix Mitros TTL Flash For Canon. An affordable alternative to brand speedlights.


Hear on Gear 30, we’ll look at the new TTL speed light, from Phottix; the Mirtos.

The Mistos is an affordable alternative to brand speed lights. It has built-in IR triggering with master and slave modes, AF assist lighting, and auto and manual zooming flash head; all with fast recycle times. The Mitros is made for Cannon DSLRs; however, Phottix is working hard to release both a Sony and Nikon version.


Gear: 30, Everyday!

April 5th, 2013 by Clay Cook

A project we have finally kicked into “gear”. Everyday, we will be posting a 30 second video on all the latest and greatest products available here, at Outdoor Photo Gear.

This is Gear: 30!


Today’s gear is a Westcott Rapid Box. This is a 20-inch octa-mini soft box that’s durable and compact, and it’s easy to setup and breakdown. It comes with a 1-stop diffuser that’s obviously removable. You can also install a deflector plate that turns into a beauty dish. A shoe mount and a solar bracket is included, along with a carrying case. This product comes in this 20 inch, a 26 inch and also a stripped soft box.


The Photographers Guide to Copyright

April 1st, 2013 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.


Copyright issues are very important for all photographer’s these days, and it seems there are more misconceptions than fact when you look for information or ask others about these complicated laws. I myself have read books, magazine articles, and spoken to many on this subject in order to protect myself from blatant violations.

Notice I used the word “blatant”, which to me means a case where someone else is obviously benefiting from my creative work and has not tried to compensate me in any way. My whole philosophy on image “stealing” is that if you do not want to ever have anyone “borrow” one of your images, then don’t put it online. Once you put something out into cyberspace, you can’t stop anyone from decided they want to use it without your permission.

3 Legged Thing – What’s With The Blue?

March 28th, 2013 by Clay Cook

We get a lot of questions about the colors used on 3 Legged Thing tripods. What ‘s with the blue ball head and bronze frame?

Danny Darkside explains it all with a some help from Keith and Troy The Turkey. 


Hi. I’m Danny, from 3-Legged Thing. People often ask us, “What’s with the color scheme?” Allow me to explain, with a little help from my mate, Keith. Did you know black is the only color that doesn’t occur in nature? With the exception of pandas, penguins, and ninjas, all of which are entirely fictional. Why is it that the one color that doesn’t occur in nature is the one color that consistently appears on tripods? How does that make any sense?

In one of our early reviews, the reviewer, a wildlife photographer, whilst highly-acclaiming the product, suggested that he could never use one of our tripods because the ball heads were blue; yeah, because wildlife is afraid of blue. Birds, frightened of blue. Fish, terrified of blue.

We collected 10,000 images of the planet; landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, seascapes, wildlife shots, and then went through a painstaking process to ascertain which colors occurred most often through those images. Number 1 was this blue. Number 2, the bronze. 2/3 of our planet is this color. Isn’t it time your tripod made more sense?

Why, thank you, mythical beast.