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How It’s Made: Watch a Manfrotto tripod being assembled

Manfrotto produces a wide array of aluminum tripods. In the video below from the Science Channel television series How It's Made, you can see workers assembling one of their tripods.

After the tubes are anodized and cut to their correct lengths, some of them are laser engraved with Manfrotto's name and the tripod's model information. Next two of a...

MeFOTO announces world’s first color-customizable tripod

MeFOTO, a compact tripod manufacturer, has launched the world’s first customized color-based tripod design, the BYOT (Build Your Own Tripod) service for its popular RoadTrip model.

MeFOTO’s new BYOT service allows photographers to choose between 12 different colors for the head, brackets and center column of its RoadTrip Travel Tripod. This...

Should you own a tripod?

 
Love them or hate them, you probably need one. The quest for the perfect tripod can last a lifetime.

Tripods are a pain and you should own one…maybe.

And if the answer is yes, the problem is which one. They come in a myriad of flavors—there are big ones, small ones, light ones, heavy ones—and they all do the same thing...

Edelkrone releases innovative Flex-Tilt Head for $100

 
 

Edelkrone has released an innovative new tripod head for photographers and videographers. It’s called the Flex-Tilt Head and it features an articulating design for mirrorless cameras and small DSLRs.

The Edelkrone Flex-Tilt Head weighs less than a pound and is no larger than the size of a couple coasters stacked on top...

Uniqball tripod head keeps all your shots on the level

 
 

I recently discovered a type of ballhead I had never seen before in the weekly newsletter from B&H. It's called Uniqball, and the maker claims it combines the features of a leveling base, a pan-tilt head, and a gimbal into one small, light head.

I got a test sample, and my first reaction on seeing it was "how pretty!"...

Pocket Tripod is a clever little iPhone stand that fits in your wallet


 
 

With the iPhone being one of the most popular picture-taking devices, we see a lot of accessories being made for it with the goal of boosting its usability. One such item is the Pocket Tripod, which is a foldable iPhone stand that actually fits in your wallet's credit card compartment.

Thanks to its clever...

Induro announces new PHD3 multi-axis panhead

 
 

The newly announced Induro PHD3 panhead combines the best of both pan and ballheads, giving you the same precise control of the former alongside the speed of the latter.

The PHD3 has a single locking knob, which controls the dual axis panhead movement. With that single lock, you can reposition the with a range of +90°...

Leica launches 45mm f/2.8 S-mount prime lens, lightweight carbon tripod and ball heads


 
 

Photographers shooting with the Leica S-system today have a new lens option to choose from, taking the total number of S-mount optics offered to eight. Like all but one of the existing Leica S lenses -- and in keeping with the medium format mount's focus on image quality -- the new lens is a prime.

The Leica...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon SL1 bundle $699, 20% off Panasonic compacts (Lumix LF1 $400), Canon EF-S 18-200mm lens $469 and more! (UPDATED)

 
 

It's a new day, and that means new deals on cameras, lenses and more! We've found a nice mixed selection of gear bargains today, with great discounts on Canon, Panasonic and GoPro cameras. In the lens department, we've uncovered bargains on Canon, Rokinon and Bower lenses for both DSLRs and Micro Four Thirds cameras....

The Camera Bag: Joby has new Gorillapods for your smartphone and point-and-shoot

 
 

Joby, makers of the ultra-popular Gorillapod flexible tripods, has announced two new small tripods, one each for compact cameras and smartphones,

The GPod Mini Magnetic is designed to take your favorite little point-and-shoot or GoPro and attach it to a metal surface courtesy of three magnetic legs. The mini-tripod has...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon T5i body-only $689, Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 $150, Woot Sony Camera Sale and more!


 
 

Happy Tuesday everyone! We've rounded up a nice little selection of camera and photo gear deals for you to peruse today. On the docket today are a couple deals on Canon cameras, savings on a refurb Samsung mirrorless camera, a big Woot sale on Sony digital cameras and a nice discount on a carbon fiber tripod. As...

Camera Deals of the Day: Olympus E-PL5 bundle for $501, Panasonic LX7 for $298, refurb Canon T3i 2-lens bundle for $496 and more!


 
 

Good morning everyone, and welcome to another roundup of the latest savings on cameras and accesories. On the docket today is a great deal on an Olympus E-PL5 bundle, a nice discount on the Panasonic LX7 and a refurb Canon Rebel T3i 2-lens bundle. (All three cameras are resounding Dave's Picks!) We also have new...

Manfrotto Befree travel tripod doesn’t break the bank or your back


Tired of lugging your big, bulky tripod everywhere you go, just in case a photo opportunity presents itself that demands a shutter speed beyond the realm of the hand-holdable? Monopod just doesn't provide the stability you need? Perhaps it's time for a new travel tripod: Italian camera support specialist Manfrotto just launched its latest...

GoPro goes places you’d never dared, with Redrock Micro’s rugged camera cage


Woodman Labs' tiny little GoProHero3 really is the limpet of the camera world: able to be attached to virtually anything, thanks to an array of available mounts. It's not just the ability to mount your GoPro anywhere that's important, though. Once mounted, it has to be stable enough to shoot usable video, and it doesn't hurt if you're at least...

The Camera Bag: Umbrella tripod mount helps you shoot in the rain

 
 

Most photographers know that shooting in rainy weather actually helps you get more luscious and verdant landscape photos. This summer, we offered these tips on how to improve your rainy day photos.

But the one main issue with shooting in inclement weather is that those pesky raindrops can short circuit your gear.
...

New Benro camera supports match your style and shooting pace


 
 

A new product line from Chinese camera support manufacturer Benro lets photographers match their tripod to their style, with a generous choice of colors. The Benro MeFoto Transfunctional tripods all share the same basic design, differing only in their color. The group all have a metallic finish, in either red,...

On the road or under the sea, Hama helps get the picture

Hama's Star Action Camera. Photo provided by Hama Technics Handels GmbH.In the runup to the IFA show in Berlin, which kicks off at the end of August, Germany's Hama GmbH & Co KG has taken the wraps off several new products. The company is debuting several action cameras, masks and goggles with built-in cameras, and a variety of mounting options that let you attach your camera to various objects including vehicles.

Starting with the action cameras,...

Trimmed-down tripods: Manfrotto launches 290 Carbon Fiber series

Manfrotto's 293 Carbon Fiber tripod. Photo provided by VitecGroup Italia Spa.Italian camera support manufacturer Manfrotto has introduced its new 290 Carbon Fiber series of tripods and monopods, offering near-identical specs to its existing 290 Aluminum series, but with a worthwhile weight savings. The decrease in weight obviously varies depending on the specific model, but taking the three-section 294 tripod as an example, the carbon fiber variant is...

The Care and Feeding of Your Tripod

Gitzo's Series 2 Quick-Release Vintage Kit with bag. Photo provided by Gitzo.Being a good photographer, you have a tripod. Maybe two tripods. Maybe even a big, heavy duty one for your big lenses, a standard one for everyday use, and one of those small, cool ones that folds up like a roadmap and you can carry it in your back pocket. Wait, I just realized 50% of the people reading this think a roadmap comes on Google or is inside their GPS and are...

Get a foot up on the world, with Induro’s hi-hat tripod set

Induro's LFB100S hi-hat tripod. Photo provided by MAC Group.At the NAB 2012 show last April, photo gear company Induro launched a new hi-hat tripod set designed for both still and video use, with an impressive weight limit of 220 pounds. The company had a pretty eyecatching--not to mention convincing--method of demonstrating the load-bearing capabilities of its new Induro LFB100S DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set: set it on the floor, and then stand...