Here's links to some of our favorite gear from the pages of the FotoFriday Newsletter!
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Clicking on the links listed below will take you directly to the appropriate amazon.com page - enjoy!
Wingspan 12x50 Monocular
This is the first monocular we have brought into the house and we were blown away by both the quality and price. This is ideal for bird watching or wildlife or for any time you want a closer look. We also purchased a generic iPhone holder to be able to take pictures with it.
I wasn't;t expecting much based on the price, but the sharpness, brightness and quality along with the ease of use of the single-hand focusing makes this a fun bit of gear!
Foldable & Adjustable Tablet Stand
A great companion for the folding keyboards, or actually for anyone who likes to watch their phone or tablet when traveling, is this nicely done folding support. It's easy to position for FaceTime and Zoom calls, is heavy enough (machined aluminum base) to allow you to touch the screen without having it move, and small enough folded so that it travels well.
You can adjust both the angle and the height and the bottom support hooks don't block any of the screen. At this price, this one is a no-brainer.
Umbrella Clamp for Tripods
As someone who is not averse to shooting in a bit of rain, I am always looking for an easier way to keep my camera and lens dry. Last time out, I had to resort to my raincoat while holding my umbrella over the tripod, or even worse, while shooting with one hand. I had ordered two solutions, but they arrived the day after I left. As they have finally arrived, I tried them out on my tripod and both solutions are really cool!
The first is simply a two-sided clamp. One side attaches to the tripod column, the other holds onto an umbrella. I used a medium-sized inexpensive umbrella from Ikea and it was the perfect weight and size. Both sides of the clamp held tight and the middle adjustment knob allows you to rotate the umbrella angle separately from the tripod.
Sport Umbrella for Tripods
At first, the umbrella seems oddly shaped, but when mounted, it perfectly covers everything you need. I could see using this at the beach by simply clamping the umbrella to the handle of a rolling cooler. The support arm of the umbrella allows you to adjust the angle both at the bottom and mid-way up the shaft so you can angle the umbrella for the setting sun - or rain coming down at an angle.
Both of these accessories are great for keeping your gear dry in light rain or for shielding it from direct sunlight - both great times to put them to use.
Samsung T5 Portable SSD Drives
I've talked about these drives before, but the prices are coming down and if you don't have one yet, it might just be time! These tiny drives are solid state with no moving parts, so that means they can both take a beating and they are incredibly fast when writing and reading date. 1 TB drives are now only $119 and 500GB versions are just $89.
If you get one, be sure to get a case for it as it can get lost in your bag. I've included my favorite case below - enjoy!
Andoer Tripod Leveling Base
The perfect add-on for anyone using either a Gimbal Head or Panoramic Head on a standard tripod. No more adjusting legs to get everything level! Just add this piece in between your tripod column top and your tripod head and a single lever allows you to level in most any direction. Make the necessary movement until your tripod head shows level, tighten it up and you're ready to shoot!
Power Strip 6" Extension Cords
You've got all these device with power blocks and just a couple take up all the space on your power strip. I've already bought a second package as my wife ran into the same problem with all of her power adapters taking up the outlet strip and blocking half of the outlets. Add this pack of extensions and get back all of your outlets! They are three-prong and well made.
Joe's Favorite Folding Travel Bag
I've used this bag for over a year now and it still looks brand new! It folds down to a tiny size for on the way to a trip, and opens up to carry all the extra stuff I bought while traveling - an awesome travel accessory!
TENS & EMS Stimulator
What a great device for sore feet, legs & back! The 12 modes and 20 Intensity levels penetrate your muscles and tissue, relieving pain and soreness and release tension!
After just a 20-minute session with the Massage Therapy Concepts TENS & EMS Unit, you’ll feel results almost instantly! Add the slippers for a great electronic foot massage.
Our favorite new way to pack for our hotel stays! Diane and I each have our own colors (they are available in around 6 different choices) and we pack a night or two of clothes is one bag along with some basic toiletries. It makes finding what you plan on wearing so much easier. These bags come in sets of four but you can get all one size or combinations of small, medium and large. We've found the medium bags to be the most useful.
I've traveled all over with this device over the past few months and find it so valuable in helping me get to sleep. Be it masking street noise or adding some gentle noise to an otherwise completely quiet room, it keeps going all night - in fact I've run it for two nights in a row without recharging.
I've always searched for slippers that were both comfortable and utilitarian. I wanted something that was easy to slip on, was cushioned and warm (but not too warm!) and yet something that had soles suitable for running out to fill the bird feeders or get something from the car.
Once I found these RockDove Slippers, my search was over! They fit well, have a gel-cushioned base, have fun colors and have a sole that does double duty by letting you run around outside with them - I'm sold!
My wife tried mine on to get something from the backyard and now she wants a pair - guess that's another order. Here's the links: