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(301) 515-3688
Shoppes at Towne Center 19823 Century Boulevard
Germantown, MD
 
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(703) 278-9030
Fair Lakes Promenade 12225 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive
Fairfax, VA
 
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(703) 893-7570
Tysons Corner Center 7935L Tyson's Corner Center
McLean, VA
 
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(540) 786-1833
Central Park 1674 Carl D. Silver Pkwy
Fredericksburg, VA
 
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(757) 463-1768
Lynnhaven Mall 701 Lynnhaven Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA
 
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(301) 694-3282
Francis Scott Key Mall 5500 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD
 
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(757) 422-2750
Hilltop North Shopping Center 722 Hilltop North Shopping Center
Virginia Beach, VA
 
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(804) 364-5700
Short Pump Shopping Center 11634 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA
 
Ritz Camera
(703) 278-9030
Fair Lakes Promenade 12225 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive
Fairfax, VA
 
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(434) 237-6300
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Lynchburg, VA
 

Buyer's Guide 2007: Digital Camera Accessories Matter!

Buyer's Guide 2007: Digital Camera Accessories Matter!

The right selection of gear will make shooting easier and more successful

Buyer's Guide 2007: Digital Camera Accessories Matter

Many accessories can help make your shooting life easier and your photos better. From camera bags, photo backpacks and cases to tripods, batteries and more, here are a few important ones.

Carrying Your Gear
It's great to have a lot of photo gear, but it brings up the question of how to take the items you need to where you need them.

Camera bags are the most common method of transport. Bags let you keep your gear together and carry it easily. Things to look for are protection for the gear (closed-cell foam, ballistic nylon and waterproof fabric are pluses), ease of carrying (how it feels with the strap slung across your shoulder, how easy it is to lift out of the car trunk), and how well the interior can be configured for your equipment. Some photographers have two bags: a larger one to transport everything and a smaller one to carry just the items they need when traveling light.

Photo backpacks offer the advantages of carrying more gear more easily and leaving both arms free. Some photo backpacks have a compartment for a laptop computer, which is handy for the ever-growing number of digital photographers who like to take a computer everywhere they go. The main drawback of photo backpacks is that with most, you have to remove the pack to get at your gear. One exception is Tenba's Shootout series, with its QuickAccess pockets.

Photo vests are convenient for smaller items, such as memory cards, film, filters, compact lenses and "pocket" cameras. Vests are great if you have a lot of these items to carry, but you'll still need a bag if you intend to carry large lenses or an additional camera body.

Waist packs, hip packs and belt packs provide easy access to gear, but be sure to balance the gear around your body-packing a waist pack so most of the weight is on one hip can result in leg or back strain.

Hard cases provide good impact protection, and larger ones will hold a lot of gear. Cases are great for shipping gear to locations, but not as convenient as bags once in the field. If you do a lot of traveling, hard cases with wheels are a lot easier to move around smooth surfaces like airport parking lots.


Slik Tripod Support In the Field
If you want the sharpest possible photos, you need a good tripod. Besides holding the camera rock-steady so that camera shake doesn't affect image sharpness, a tripod will lock in your composition so you can carefully examine it and so you won't accidentally change it as you capture the shot. That's three great benefits in one device.

A tripod must be sturdy, or it's useless. A good test is to extend the legs full length, then press down on the tripod head. If the tripod sags or collapses, you don't want it.

But if a tripod is too heavy or unwieldy, you'll probably wind up leaving it at home. Fortunately, there are tripods that...

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