Some cool gadgets from the recent PMA photo show in Las Vegas that caught my attention:
The HoodLoupe 3.0 from www.hoodmanusa.com has multi-element optics and fits over any camera screen up to 3-inches in diameter. It’s great for viewing the LCD screen on your camera before or after you have taken a photo, especially on bright sunny days. It magnifies the image for closer inspection and is available online for $79.99 US You can also get a special Cinema Strap for 19.99 US for attaching it to your camera. It’s rugged and its diopter covers a wide range of viewers who don’t want to use glasses when viewing their screens. A great idea and even better investment for any camera you own.
The Jackar Optical Universal Adapter and Fisheye Lens and Macro lens is expected to be available in North America soon. It will sell for about $80 US and consists of a quality-made adjustable bracket, a long-threaded mount to accommodate most point and shoot digital cameras with either flush lenses or ones that extend out. The lens is coated and gives you a 180 degree fisheye effect for some dramatic pictures and videos. The sharpness falls off on the edges but about have the center image is still reasonably sharp. Keep on checking the company site for North America at www.hkdcplus.com I am sure there will be a distributor from the PMA show willing to carry this innovative product. These folks carry a huge selection of lens converters for DSLRs as well as small device underwater bags and other accessories shown last year at PMA.