Camera bags and more: Gura Gear acquires Tamrac

tamrac-logoUtah-based Gura Gear acquired camera bag maker Tamrac, which had been under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since January.

GuraGear announced last week it “agreed to acquire the brand and assets of Tamrac,” and noted that company’s “37 year history of developing affordable carrying solutions for photographers.”

Gura Gear says it will now “build upon a brand with a legacy of designing solutions for photographers and a dedicated customer following while leveraging worldwide distribution.”

Gura Gear began in 2008; Tamrac in 1977.

By the way, the company has very interesting articles and photos on its blog here.


ExpoImaging snap-on boosts flash


expoimaging rouge flash

We don’t cover a lot of accessories here (let us know if you want to see more coverage of them!) but when we do it’s because something seems markedly different or innovative:

Can a quick snap-on attachment expand the reach a SLR’s the notoriously weak pop-up flash? ExpoImaging says it can, and calls its new gadget for SLR users the “Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster.”

Designed for telephoto shooting, the module concentrate the light from the flash to give a claimed 8x boost — an improvement of up to 3 f/stops. “With the added power from the Rogue Safari, photographers that rely on their pop-up flash will have enough on-board lighting power to freeze action,” the company says, “and get crisp colorful images even at the outer reaches of their 100mm+ telezoom lenses. The extra light can make the difference between a sharp image with good color, and a dark, underexposed missed opportunity.”

The $35 Rogue Safari weighs two ounces and doesn’t require batteries.


Triggertrap wirelessy controls cameras from phones

It’s a rare accessory or app that I can see myself using someday soon: this is one. Triggertrap says its Mobile app and dongle combine the capabilities of several expensive camera accessories into a single, cost-effective application. It offers multiple time lapse modes that “will replace expensive intervalometers,” long-exposure HDR modes, and can trigger the shutter based on sound, motion, facial recognition, electromagnetic pulse, and other variables. Another feature billed as a a new way to shoot: using the phone’s GPS, it will fire the shutter over pre-determined distances. “This camera accessory is likely the most feature-expanding $35 a photographer could spend,” the company says.

Now, Triggertrap Mobile for iOS and Android devices will now allow wireless triggering functionality via WiFi network: one device is connected to the camera with the dongle; the other controls it via WiFi. The new wireless functionality is a free upgrade for existing Triggertrap Mobile users. “With our new WiFi triggering mode, we’re now able to provide a remote triggering capability that is fast, long range, and inexpensive,” he developers say.

The app is $5; the dongle is $35, and is compatible with more than 280 cameras.

Triggertrap is Kickstarter-funded company based in Bristol, UK.


Two ways to keep kids looking at the camera

We all know it can be hard to get distracted children to look at the camera for a portrait. Two accessories offers a solution.

The Look Lock system from Tether Tools “is an ideal companion for any photographer who frequently works with children,” the company says, as the visual aid keeps them engaged in the photo shoot. “Gone are the days of parents precariously dangling toys over you and your equipment to grab their attention.  Say goodbye to making monkey calls to get a brief glance at the camera. The Look Lock is a simple and effective tool to keep your subjects interested.”

Photographers and parents know it is not always easy to keep the attention of the little ones or pets during a shoot, Tether Tools adds.  “The Look Lock System is designed to keep kids and animals looking at the camera’s lens and allowing you to focus on what you do best – create great images.”

The $75 Look Lock positions into any hot shoe or extension rail. The SmartClip universal mount holds any smartphone,  from which you the child’s favorite media.

More information is here.

For a bit more low-tech solution: the Shutter Hugger is a stuffed toy that wraps around the camera. They come as dogs, dinosaurs, elephants , and more, for $20.

The Texas company also now offers a $16 “Mommy” model for smaller cameras.










Hoocap combines lens hood and cap

Tired of losing lens caps or attaching hoods? Why carry both? The Hoocap melds the two and protects against both scratches and lens flares.

You can see images and an explanatory video here.

The device is $49, reports Popular Photography, which has more information here.