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Think Tank Improves on a Nearly Perfect Belt System–Skin Set Review Updated

Skin-Set-3When I first reviewed Think Tank Photo’s Skin Set belt system I was really excited to find it was the first useable belt system for my work. With locking yet modular pouches it is almost infinitely flexible. The only drawback was the fixed length of the belt. Besides being a problem for those like me whose waist size fluctuates (I know I’m not the only one!) I found myself wanting to adjust it depending on the clothing I was wearing (to put it outside a jacket in cold weather for example) and wasn’t able to. I’m happy to report I just received one of their new “2.0” belts with a very simple and useable adjustment mechanism. Now the system is just about perfect. With the Skin 75 pop-down I can stash an entire 70-200mm f/2.8 with or without hood in one of the pockets and my Infrared converted D70 in another while a strobe or water bottle can live in a third. The smaller “front” pouches are perfect for filters or other small items and the optional quiet flaps are helpful for indoor events. Whether or not you’ve got the original system I highly recommend at least upgrading to the new belt. Use our Affiliate Link to Think Tank and get a free bag with your order! Read more »

David & Lorrie’s Travel Clothing and Accessories

These are items that we either rely on personally in my travels or have been picked out for our clients by the experienced travel pros at Edward’s Luggage, a local family owned chain of four travel and luggage stores here in the Bay Area. It is by no means complete but I’ll be adding to it and expanding it as new products come to my attention:


For trips involving small planes it is essential to use duffel type bags.

Think Tank now allows zooming into product images on their site

Zoom FunctionThink Tank Photo has implemented a long overdue feature for photo equipment sites—especially camera bag sites. You can now zoom in on the images on their site to give you a closer look at their bags. I can’t count how many times I’ve squinted at an image of a bag to try to figure out if it had the layout or feature I wanted. For popular bags (or those living near B&H which stocks nearly everything) you can of course go check them out in person, but for niche offerings sometimes that isn’t an option. Now you can see for yourself online! To access this function, go to any product on and scroll your mouse cursor over the main product image.  A close-up view will automatically appear to the right of the main image.  You'll also be able to select a few additional images to zoom into.

DPS 7-04: Hot Deal on Nikon D700, Sigma 120-400mm Lens Field Test, Camera Straps, SpyderCube, Lensbaby Composer and more...

Welcome to DPS 7-04--the newsletter.We've got some great new product announcements and updates as well as the results of our Sigma Lens field test for you in this issue, plus an upgrade to our November Botswana Safari and an announcement of our Texas Bird Photo Safari for next April. Mixed in you'll find some useful photo tips we picked up in Texas this April.

Datacolor Introduces Revoluationary new SpyderCube

DataColor officially announces the SpyderCube--the one tool every D-SLR owner needs to get their images right in the camera.

This inexpensive ($59) device lets you capture the key elements of your scene (primary & secondary lighting, neutral, specular highlight level, etc) w