Photography News issue 20



Get travel ready withManfrotto Whatever the British weather throws at us this summer, you’ll be sure of a fun photographic adventure with Manfrotto’s specially designed range of accessories

Sometimes the most rewarding pictures are the most challenging, and there’s no better place to put your photography skills to the test than the great outdoors. Without the luxury of having full access to all your kit though, you want to make sure the gear you do take is absolutely up to the job. Steady as a rock Travelling for a day, a week or longer, you’ll want your kit to be as high performing as possible, but not only that you’ll want it to be lightweight enough to comfortably carry. In terms of accessories, one of the most essential pieces of kit to consider is your tripod. Manfrotto’s Off Road Tripod (SRP £119.95) is designed to do exactly what it says on the tin. Engineered by Manfrotto in collaboration with outdoor sports pole experts Fizan, the design is exceptionally portable. In fact, it’s the lightest tripod in the Manfrotto range. It doesn’t take up much room either with a tiny diameter of 5cm. There’s no faffing around when it comes to setting up the Off Road Tripod; a universal quarter-inch camera attachment combined with a quick wheel makes it really easy and fast to attach and detach your camera. To give a steady base on difficult ground, the feet have spiked bases but there are rubber covers too so you’re sorted whatever the terrain. It doesn’t get much more compact than a monopod and the Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fibre monopod (SRP £74.99), which features a four-section carbon composite leg, is as lightweight and portable as you like. It’ll last trip after trip too, with hard-wearing tension-adjustable leg locks, keeping you adventuring even longer. Out of the dark One of the trickier aspects to nail outdoors is lighting. With unpredictable weather and shadowy environments it isn’t always easy to get it right in-camera. You don’t have to spend ages tweaking in post-production and you certainly don’t need to cart cumbersome lighting gear around, all you need is a LUMIE LED light or two. Palm-sized but high performing, the LUMIE LEDs (SRP from £44.95) are the ideal travel companion. Aside from size, the other most important credential is battery life and the LUMIEs can keep on going for an impressive length of time. They have excellent colour accuracy (<94 CRI) too and there are a range of colour filters and mounting options so you can mix it up and achieve more precise results.

Carry on capturing You’ve decided which kit you’ll be taking with you, now what to carry it in? It has to keep your gear safer than safe – the Manfrotto Travel Backpack (SRP £109.95) is the one for the job. It comes with a rain protector and is made from water- repellent material to save your gear from any inclement weather, and there are dividers and compartments to cushion and protect. The Travel Backpack has plenty of room, fitting in a camera with lens attached, plus two extra lenses, a flash and accessories all in the main compartment, which also gives you quick access to the bulk of your gear via a side zip. There’s space to strap your tripod on too and for extra items, there’s an expandable padded side pocket. If you like to edit on the go, there’s room for a 13in laptop in the dedicated back compartment and if you want to make the most of the bag when you aren’t photographing, the dividers can be removed and you’ll have an everyday backpack to use. Venturing further afield? The Manfrotto Travel Backpack meets most cabin luggage restrictions. Get travel ready this summer by choosing from Manfrotto’s specially designed range of accessories.

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