VANGUARD ABEO PRO
Tired of not having the stability in your life that you need? The
Vanguard ABEO Pro 283CGH tripod/head combo combines
Vanguard’s GH-300T pistol-grip ballhead with a five-pound carbon
fiber legset. Despite its total weight of 6. 7 pounds, the 283CGH
has a 16.7-pound maximum capacity, so this isn’t some spindly
thing. Its maximum extension is 67.5 inches, and it measures just
over 30 inches long collapsed. The legs have quick-flip locks and
are individually adjustable to 25-, 50-or 80-degree angles for use
on uneven terrain, as well as the ability to spread out flat for low-angle photography. Three-in-one all-terrain feet (angled rubber,
spikes and a set of snow/sand shoes) allow for a solid grip on a
variety of surfaces.
The two most interesting features of the ABEO Pro 283CGH
have to be the GH-300T’s built-in shutter release and the legset’s
Multi-Angle Central Column system. The GH-300T has a shutter
release built into its pistol grip that connects to your camera with
an included cable and a jack for the release cable at the bottom
of the grip. The Multi-Angle Central Column system allows you
to move the central column from zero to 180 degrees in variable
vertical and horizontal positions. This opens up a wide range of
nontraditional but still quite stable camera placement options. It
may not be able to find you a job or a rent-controlled apartment,
but the ABEO Pro 283CGH will give you the stability you desire, at
least where photography is concerned.
NIKON COOLPIX A
We all love the quality that our DSLRs provide, but it isn’t always
practical to carry them with us. Thus, large-sensor compact
cameras have become something of an obsession for serious
photographers. Their continued evolution now allows for the
best of both worlds—a compact camera that can easily fit in a
pocket or purse yet is packed with a large sensor, RAW support
and other features we’ve come to demand from a DSLR.
The Nikon COOLPIX A is Nikon’s entry into the large-sensor
compact camera market. Aimed squarely at the advanced
photographer, the COOLPIX A has a 16.2-megapixel DX-format
sensor, the same size found in most of Nikon’s DSLRs, and is
paired with a fixed 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) f/2.8 prime lens.
It has an ISO range of 100 to 6400 (expandable to 25,600),
a 3.0-inch 920k dot LCD, up to 4fps continuous shooting and
14-bit uncompressed NEF RAW file format support. Additionally, the COOLPIX A offers 1080p movies at 24, 25 or 30fps.
Unlike many compact cameras out there, where external flash
seems to be an afterthought, the COOLPIX A has a full-size
hotshoe and offers i TTL compatibility with Nikon’s Speedlights.
If you’re looking for a camera that’s easy to take to the
beach or on vacation and still delivers the high-quality results
you’ve come to expect from a DSLR, take a look at the Nikon