Tripods with Personality

Tripod maker Benro calls them tripods with personality. The Benro MeFOTO Metallic Travel Tripod Kits feature an exceptional combination of materials, construction and features – plus a splash of color!

Only 12.6″ when folded yet 51.2″ extended, the Travel Tripod weighs 2.6lbs. and can support up to 8.8lbs. Aluminum alloy is utilized extensively to take advantage of cast, forged and CNC machining techniques, all accentuated by an elegant series of robust surface treatments and a choice of five metallic color accents.

These stylish compact tripods are in stock at Camera West. Come by and pick out your favorite color!


New WiFi Capable Camera From FujiFilm

Fujifilm has announced a new 16-megapixel raw capable 20x compact super zoom camera with built-in WiFi.

The Fujifilm F800EXR features a 0.5-inch 16MP sensor, 20x optical zoom (25 – 500mm at f3.5-5.3), RAW and JPEG image capture, up to 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second, an SD memory card slot supporting up to 64GB SDXC, mini HDMI out, one USB 2.0 port, and a 3-inch LCD. The F800EXR also has a high-speed movie option that can capture up to 320fps.

With the Wifi feature, you can now transfer photos wirelessly with Android and iOS devices via the free Fujifilm Photo Receiver app. The FinePix F800EXR also features Facebook and YouTube integration, and in a nod to the popularity of Instagram, you can also add six different photo filters to your photos before posting them online.

The FinePix F800EXR will be available in August 2012 for $349.95

New Backpacks From LowePro

The Flipside Sport AW Series

Check out Lowepro’s new lightweight, breathable and technical camera daypack. The Flipside Sport AW is built for photographers in pursuit of active adventures. Body-side access. Protective space for camera and personal gear. A lightweight and comfortable fit. It all adds up to an ideal mix for outdoor photographers.

The Flipside Sport AW series is available in two sizes (15L AW and 10L AW) and two colors: Lowepro Orange/Light Grey and Galaxy Blue/Light Grey.

In stock now at Camera West.

ASMP Releases Free Model & Property Release App

Managing model and property releases just got a whole lot easier with the American Society of Media Photographers’ (ASMP) new free Releases App.  The initial version will work on iPhones and iPads but versions for Android and other platforms are in the works.  Available for download through the App store, ASMP Releases is the “must-have” app for photographers working in all genres of the business.

Featuring ASMP’s standard Model & Property Releases for assignments, ASMP’s new Promo Only releases for photographers self-promotional use and Getty Images releases, the gold standard for stock licensing, the app offers photographers easy access to standard release language for still and motion projects.

Once you’ve entered your contact information, the app automatically populates it throughout your releases.  Each release also includes customizable fields for entering details about the model or property, client and witness as needed.

One of the most exciting features is the ability to photograph the model or property with your iPhone or iPad’s built in camera.  That photo becomes permanently embedded within the release so you’ll always be able to identify exactly who or what the release references.

Models and Witnesses can sign the release using a finger or stylus directly on the touch screen of your device.

Finally, the app allows you to email both the photo and a pdf of the signed release to yourself, the model, their agent and/or your client.

This nifty ASMP Releases App is provided for FREE by the ASMP.  Enjoy!