Polaroid Panorama Pan Head – Review

On June 17, 2016, in iPhone, Photography, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Remote Controlled Panorama Pan Head
Manufacturer: Polaroid
MSRP: $50

This cute pan head allows you to pan 360º continuously in either direction, sweep a 75º pan left and right, or take photos in 5º increments every 10 seconds. It can be mounted on a tripod or its three legs fold outward like the wings of a beetle so it will stand on its own. The unit is about the diameter of a billiard ball. Polaroid’s engineers and designers had fun with this. Not only does it look great, it performs well too.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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BackLight 26L Photo Backpack
MindShift Gear
$250 U.S. Available in gray or green. More photos are on the company’s site for this product.

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The $250 MindShift BackLight 26L (the 26L stands for 26 liters of internal volume) is a medium-sized backpack designed for the outdoors photographer but can be very much at home with anyone who wants to carry a lot of photo gear on their back in a handsomely designed bag. It comes in both green and graphite colors; I chose to review the graphite colored one. The first thing I noticed is how light the MindShift BackLight 26L feels (just around 4lbs/1.8kg). I don’t like heavy camera bags for comfort reasons, and this case does not add much more weight to my already heavy camera kit.

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About Antonio Rosario

I'm a pro photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. My work includes both commercial and fine art photography. Co-owner of the Switch to Manual educational network (SwitchtoManual.com) and co-host of the photography podcast "Street Shots." Along with being a commercial shooter, I'm also a digital imaging and workflow consultant. I train photographers, both advanced amateurs and pros, in the use of Adobe Lightroom, Aperture, and Photoshop as well as various Mac-related software and hardware. Contact me to inquire about my photography training and tutorial programs. I'm also a film maker and video editor.

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ThinkTank Photo Trifecta 10 DSLR Backpack
Think Tank Photo
Price: $159 U. S.

WITH TRIPOD

Every ThinkTank Photo pack I’ve looked at in the past has been remarkable for attention to design, function and workmanship. The Trifecta 10 is no exception. This backpack is designed with serious amateur photographers and professionals in mind. It’s sleek and it’s sturdy. I make no apologies for my loyalty to the ThinkTank brand. They make good stuff.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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Joby GripTight Micro Stand Review

On October 25, 2012, in Adapter, Bits and Pieces, Camera, iPhone, Photography, Stand, by Curt Blanchard

Joby GripTight Micro Stand
Manufacturer: Joby
MSRP: $29.95 (GripTight Mount is also available separately: $19.95)
GripTight Micro Stand

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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