TRIPOD OR CAMERA STAND
IT’S A TIE!
ProMaster SystemPro Clamper
Billed as the “Swiss Army knife of tripods,” the ProMaster SystemPro Clamper captured a share of the spoils in the Tripod or Camera Stand category because of its ability to clamp onto just about anything. The SystemPro Clamper has two versatile clamp legs that will attach to most solid surfaces.
Price: $70. www.promaster.com
 
Manfrotto 190CXPRO4
Manfrotto landed the other portion of the honors in this category, earning kudos for its 190 CF 4 Section Tripod- Q90° with Horizontal Center Column. The four-section 190CXPRO4 tripod combines compact design, rigidity and extendibility in a lightweight body. The patented Q90° center column allows quick vertical-horizontal orientation swaps, and the integrated leveling bubble on the magnesium top plate helps you compose shots with level perspective. The tripod is made of 100-percent carbon fiber tubes and magnesium die castings.
Price: $325. www.bogenimaging.us
 
BACKGROUND
Denny Manufacturing CP6428 Jaffe by Dave Junion
The new CP6428 Jaffe by Dave Junion is a gorgeous impressionist-style background for photographers who want a durable, versatile cloth backdrop. Made from Wrinkle-Resistant Freedom Cloth, the canvas-like material holds up to the wear-and-tear of a busy studio. Available in a variety of sizes.
Price: varies with size; $799 for 10x20-foot. www.dennymfg.com
 
CAMERA BAG
Lowepro CompuPrimus AW
The CompuPrimus AW dual-compartment camera backpack is made of rugged, 100-percent post-consumer recycled Cyclepet, a material with high water and abrasion resistance. The bag’s ergonomic eight-point adjustable harness system distributes weight evenly, while allowing air flow to the wearer. The lower compartment has adjustable padded dividers for pro-size camera gear. The upper compartment includes organization pockets and space for additional accessories. There’s also an outside hatch pocket and a removable notebook sleeve. The CompuPrimus AW comes with an all-weather-cover, hideaway tripod mount, side access panel and memory card pockets.
Price: $349.99. www.lowepro.com
 
LENS AND ACCESSORY BAG
Shootsac
Shootsac by Jessica Claire is an innovative lens bag that also makes a fashion statement for on-the-go photographers. Hanging comfortably at your side while you shoot, the Shootsac will hold a variety of lenses, batteries, flash cards and other accessories. The Shootsac offers interchangeable covers to reflect your changing style.
Price: $179. www.shootsac.com
 
COLOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
X-Rite i1 Xtreme
The judges loved the new X-Rite i1 Xtreme, which follows the original i1XT but at a much lower price. This is a professional color management system offering the highest quality profiles in a single, all-inclusive package. The i1 Xtreme provides a complete color management solution for LCD and CRT displays, RGB and CMYK printers, and digital projectors. The package includes an i1Pro spectrophotometer, ambient light measurement head, i1 Reflective Scan Target, i1Match and i1Share software, Mini ColorChecker, and a new ruler and backup board. An optional ColorChecker SG Target helps you perform digital camera profiling.
Price: $1,495. www.xritephoto.com
 
POSING TOOL
Denny Manufacturing Stone Foot Bridge
Capturing the Posing Tool category is the Denny Stone Foot Bridge, a dual-purpose posing prop. One side has a classic brown brick finish and the other is a large grey stone finish. Measuring 51x16x12 inches, it serves as a bridge prop or posing wall. Made of durable, lightweight materials, the Stone Foot Bridge gives that rustic feeling that so many portrait photographers are looking for.
Price: $339. www.dennymfg.com