Gear:30 – Ameristep Gunner Blind Realtree AP HD

April 19th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Good morning and happy Friday! Today on Gear:30, the Ameristep Gunner Blind Realtree AP HD. Get up close and personal with wildlife without the need for a long telephoto lens, this durable shield conceals you and your gear for that perfect shot.



Today on Gear 30, we’re looking at the Ameristep Gunner Blind; a method to get up close and personal with wildlife without the need for an expensive telephoto lens. Made of durable polyester fabric, coming in at 4.5 pounds, the blind features a durable, lightweight spring steel frame that will setup and collapse with ease. The stakes and high-wind tie-downs help ensure the reliability in adverse conditions, and it can be transported with ease in the backpack carrying case that’s included.


Gear:30 – HOYA NXT Low Profile Circular Polarizer Camera Lens Filter

April 18th, 2013 by Clay Cook

This afternoon on Gear:30, the HOYA NXT Low Profile Circular Polarizer Camera Lens Filter . This polarizer allows the photographer to remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water, glass, etc. Polarizers enable colors to become more saturated and appear clearer, with better contrast.


Today on Gear 30, it’s the HOYA NXT Low Profile Circular Polarizer Lens Filter.

Polarizers can increase contrast and saturation without affecting the overall color balance of a shot. This professional-quality filter can remove any unwanted reflections from nonmetallic surfaces and clears up haze in landscapes and skies. The low-profile aluminum frame helps avoid vignetteing, and the glass is polished for perfect  optical results.


The Power Of Place – Kickstarter Campaign

April 18th, 2013 by Clay Cook

The Power Of Place

Cinematographer and friend, Jerry Monkman has started a film project that will compel decision makers to conserve iconic New Hampshire landscapes at risk due to an electricity transmission project.

Check out Jerry’s Kickstarter campaign below and the blog that follows. Become a backer and support this inspiring project.

Gear:30 – Sirui TY-350 Telephoto Lens Support Plate

April 17th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Today on Gear:30, it’s the Sirui TY-350 Telephoto Lens Support Plate. A pretty nifty tool used to support the camera body while using a long telephoto lens. The dual contact point design of the TY-350 prevents flex and gives you peace of mind, knowing your camera is solidly supported, rather than having your camera body hanging by the lens socket. The result: sharper images!


Gear 30 today, the Sirui Telephoto Lens Support Plate. For those long-lens users, this plate relieves stress on your DSLR body, and also provides rock-solid support. The dual contact design prevents flex, which also results in not only heavy-duty support but also sharper images. It’s Arca-Swiss compatible and adjustable for any lens with a standard foot.


Gear:30 – Kwik Camo Photography Blind

April 16th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Gear:30 today… The Kwik Camo Photography Blind. The blind covers you, your camera gear, and your tripod. A mesh camo window allows you to view wildlife while still being concealed.


Today on Gear 30, it’s the Kwik Camo Photography Blind; a full-size max-4 camouflage poncho designed to conseal you and your equipment when shooting wildlife. A mesh camo window allows you to view clearly without revealing your eyes, and can be unzipped for an unobstructed view. There’s also a slot on the top with a blind for external flash. It’s made out of lightweight material that can pack down and travel around your waist with this carry pouch and belt.


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.