Sun Sniper Pro Camera Strap review

Any decent photographer will tell you they have a photographic award just waiting to be won. After all, if you can frame a shot perfectly in your head, own a decent DSLR camera, and get out enough, the opportunities will be there.

My problem is I miss a lot of those perfect snaps because I spend far too long digging my camera out of its case, wrapping the strap over my head, taking the lens cap off and focussing. So by the time I’m ready, that glorious moment is a thing of the past.

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With the Sun Sniper Pro however, you can forget lens caps, straps and cases, because this is camera strap heaven; a perfect and secure solution to having a DSLR camera ready to roll at a moments notice.

The Sun Sniper Pro is effectively a camera strap that sits diagonally like a sling across your shoulders, the camera hanging down at arms length within instant reach to be brought up for a shot and then just left to hang back again. Gunslinger style. Actually, guns, or more particularly rifles, were the inspiration behind this genius product.

Made from durable ballistic nylon, with an embedded cut-proof steel cable, the Sun Sniper strap screws into the DSLR via its tripod mount interface using a stainless steel bearing, fitting snugly into the base. The weight is distributed evenly across the shoulders and the added insulation of a shock absorber pad makes wearing the strap almost effortless and weight free. Sun-Sniper is so confident the steel enhanced strap will survive a knife cut attempt from a would be thief, it offers free insurance protection just in case this particular thief might be carrying a blow torch.

For me, the only concern was a worry the steel bearing might loosen its grip on my camera letting it plummet south towards concrete. Thankfully, so far it hasn’t budged an inch.

Designed by German photographer Wolfgang-Peter Geller who was inspired by the US Calvary carbine 1885 sling, this is a must have strap if you’re a serious DSLR user who needs your camera ready in an instant and wants to wave good bye to that neck and shoulder ache lugging all that weight around your neck.

I definitely feel an award coming on.

www.sun-sniper.com

Canon EOS 5D makes its Mark (III)

Canon has just added a 22.3 megapixel camera to its famous EOS range. The EOS 5D Mark III has been some time in coming and rumours about what it would offer have been bandied about for a while.

The EOS 5D Mark III builds on the performance of the Mark II, with better speed, improved resolution, more creative options and more powerful processing – as well as the option to shoot Full HD movies. On the rear of the camera you’ll find a live view/movie switch that speeds up movie activation.

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The Mark III is powered by the latest DIGIC 5+ processing technology, and is targeted at those photographers who are just as interested in shooting video as they are in capturing still images. The top continuous shooting speed is 6fps – quite an improvement on its predecessor’s 3.9fps.

If you’ve been thinking about buying the EOS 1DX, you might want to take a look at the new arrival first before you make a decision. Mind you, if you’re contemplating buying one, you’ll need a smidge under three grand to take it home with you.

The autofocus system has a 61-point wide-area (like the EOS 1DX), which is far better than that on the Mark II, and the Mark III is also the first of Canon’s SLRs to offer in-camera HDR recording.

If you want to take your camera out and about (and if you’re spending £3,000 or so, you’ll be doing a lot with it, we imagine), the good news is that Canon has improved the weatherproofing on this new device. The 3in LCD is the same as that found on the 1DX – when Canon is going to see fit to add an articulating screen for video makers, we don’t know.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is definitely an improvement over the Mark II, even if there are not standout extra features that make you go wow!

Golla D-SLR and tablet bags review

You want to keep your gadgets safe… of course you do. But does everything protective have to look so drab. Golla think different and have launched a range of fun, colourful yet (importantly) functional bags and cases. As the label and beautiful models scream “Rule your world by colouring it.” Look at their website – seriously have you ever seen someone so happy about having a well protected laptop? I thought not.

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We had a look at their general range at CES here (and I love that picture so much I ran it twice) but we thought we’d take a closer look at two of their cases – their tablet protecting sleeve and their DSLR bag.

Eschewing bespoke tablet sizing, the tablet protecting sleeve is device agnostic and will happily house anything up to 10” in size. You could probably even slip a MacBook Air or any other ultraportable into the sleeve or even a *shudder* netbook. Other than that it’s pretty basic – just a protective wallet that should help you avoid unwanted scratches, dents or spillages. If I were throwing my tablet/ultraportable in a backpack I’d be glad of the protective sheath. And the pattern on the front is fun and distinctive, which is always a bonus.

The DSLR bag is well compartmentalised with two zippable front pockets with room for notes, SD cards, CF cards (damn you Canon), batteries, white balancing cards and all the other useful bumpf you need to take with you for a shoot. The inner compartments have Velcro separators so you can adjust to make adequate room for you lens and body set up. At the base of the bag are super cool rubber feet  (well strips really) that hold the bag in place and keep all your goodies safe.  And there are lovely big flowers on the front

Check out the range at www.Golla.com