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What Camera Equipment to Pack for Holiday Travel

12/11/2013 — 

The holidays are quickly approaching, and being the designated photographer among your family and friends, everyone is probably counting on you to capture all the Holiday memories.  If you are traveling though, packing all the equipment you need can be a challenge, especially if you are flying.  Luckily, Manfrotto offers a wide variety of products that can give you professional quality along with supreme portability. Here’s the gear you should be packing for this year’s holiday travels:

Pocket DSLR Support

This always-on support is the perfect way to get a great, stable shot on the fly. If you’ve ever tried to use a tabletop to stabilize your photos, you probably found that your shots captured more torsos than faces. This pocket support’s independently adjustable legs with no-slip rubber feet let you achieve the specific angle you need to get the right shot with the convenience of the tabletop, fireplace mantle, or whatever surface is handy. The folding legs allow you to store the camera in its pouch with the support still attached. Available in a variety of colors.

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PIXI Mini Tripod

The PIXI is an innovative mini tripod for compact system cameras. Perfect for traveling, the PIXI’s closed length is just over 7”. Despite its small size, the PIXI can accommodate loads of up to 2.2 lbs. Its impressive weight capacity for its size paired with its universal ¼” screw thread mean that this tripod can be used with nearly any compact camera, CSC, iPhone with a KLYP case, or even entry-level DSLR’s. With its legs closed, the PIXI doubles as an ergonomic handle for photos and videos, letting you get great shots even in the most crowded holiday party. Available in black, pink, red, and white. 

PIXI mini tripod

KLYP Case for iPhone 5 with Connectors

If you do any of your shooting with a smartphone, the KLYP case can help you take your photos to the next level. Not only does the rigid polycarbonate case protect the phone from impact, but its felt interior lining ensures the KLYP doesn’t scratch your phone, while its soft-touch exterior coating makes for a comfortable, secure grip. The features that make the KLYP case truly remarkable, though, are its clip-on support and light adapters. Each of the 2 adapters can be connected at 4 different points around the case, allowing you to orient the phone however you like. The support adapter gives you iPhone a standard ¼” thread, so you can attach it to nearly any tripod, monopod, or other support, while the light adapter adds a standard flash shoe, ideal for Manfrotto’s LED lights. Also available for the iPhone 4/4s.

Manfrotto’s KLYP case

190 Series Compact Tripod

Always a fan favorite, Manfrotto has just released its new 190 series tripods.  The 190 model is aimed at photographers that need a compact and portable tripod that features a variety of versatile settings that allow photographers to release their imagination and creativity.  Available in aluminum and carbon construction, the 190 model now offers a more compact closed dimension which allows for easier portability to travel and transportation.  Closed down, the 190 model easily fits into any suitcase or easily straps to your gear bag.  But don’t let the compactness of the tripod fool you, the 190 model is able to accommodate additional accessories for both photo and video applications such as arms, brackets and LED lighting.  With all these features, the 190 series tripod is like carrying your own mobile studio in your bag without sacrificing space, perfect for that Holiday traveler.

190 Series Compact Tripod

Professional Backpack 50


Manfrotto’s Professional Series backpacks are designed to be your own portable workstation wherever you’re shooting. The Backpack 50 is the most spacious of Manfrotto’s Professional Series, providing enough space to accommodate a professional DSLR with battery grip and 70-200 F/2.8 lens attached, 1 additional camera body, 5 alternate lenses, flash, iPad or other tablet, a 15” laptop, tripod, and other various accessories of your choice. Its interchangeable dividers allow you to configure the bag’s compartments for your specific needs, while its Exo-Tough construction, special Camera Protection System, water-repellant coating, and fold-out rain protector ensure the utmost safety for your gear. The cherry on top: This bag fits the standards to be used as carry-on luggage on most major airlines.

Professional Backpack 50

Compact Series Monopod


Sometimes there just isn’t enough space to safely set up a tripod. For situations with severely limited floor space, a monopod can help to stabilize your images without tripping up your family and putting your precious gear in danger. Monopods are also great for handheld video, as they lower the camera’s center of gravity, smoothing what would otherwise be distracting, shaky pans and movement shots. Its 3.31 lb” load capacity and universal tripod adapter mean that this monopod is compatible with nearly any camera, while its closed length of just over 15” and weight of under a pound ensure that you can comfortably tote it by the attached wrist strap.

Compact Series Monopod

 

Midi-36 Hybrid+ LED Light


This LED light is perfect for both video and photo applications using compact cameras or entry-level DSLR’s. Extremely versatile, it can be mounted on a flash shoe vertically or horizontally due to its 2 separate shoe attachments, or can be used off-camera as a light for macro photography. Its 36 LED’s can be set to provide continuous light, or can be set to flash, allowing you to emit a pulse 4 times brighter than the highest continuous light setting by triggering its sync cable. This light is the perfect tool to help you capture crisp, clear video of the kids tearing open their presents, even if the room is dimly lit. The Hybrid+ includes a diffuser and 2 gels, as well as a “ball head to hotshoe system,” allowing the light to be pivoted, angled, and turned as you need.

Midi-36 Hybrid+ LED Light

 

Advanced Holster Small

If you tend to pack light, this holster is perfect for you. It holds the bare necessities: a small DSLR body with standard kit lens attached in the main compartment, memory cards or batteries in its Modular Media Pouch, and a few small accessories in its 2 side pockets. The top opening gives you quick, easy access to your camera when you need it, while its handle, detachable shoulder strap, or belt connection loops let you carry it however you like. This holster will keep your gear safe and dry with its water-repellant coating and fold-out rain protector. The Advanced Holster Small is the minimalist photographer’s best friend.

So whether you’re a pro or a hobbyist, driving or flying, shooting photo, video, or both, Manfrotto’s got you covered with high-quality photo equipment that doesn’t sacrifice roadworthiness for portability. To check out Manfrotto’s entire selection of lights, supports, bags, and other equipment, visit us at www.manfrotto.us.

Advanced Holster Small

 

Whether you are looking for gifts for a recreational photographer or a professional photographer, Manfrotto has the perfect gifts for you!
For a limited time during the Holidays, get 10% off + free shipping on all orders.  Use the promo code HOLIDAYS13 to claim your discount at checkout.

 

Manfrotto Gift Cards

Are you still not sure what gift to buy?  Manfrotto also provides gift cards that will take the   guessing out of buying the perfect gift.  Gift card values range from $15 to $1,000 and can be the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the Holidays.

Click here to purchase a gift card today!