Best in Gear: Highlights of the WPPI 2014 Show Floor

May 15, 2014

By John Rettie

Navigating the show floor often means finding new cameras, printers and lighting equipment, but you might have completely overlooked some interesting yet less visible products, including everything from a $1,499 camera stabilizer system to a $7.95 camera button upgrade. Here’s a small sampling of what you might have missed on your first show floor walk-through.

All photos © John Rettie

If you want to shoot cinematic-style video, you really need an image stabilizer rig such as the Comodo Orbit ($1,499).

MagMod is a brand new product funded through Kickstarter. The flash modifier ($89) uses a silicone rubber adaptor with accessories held in place by magnets.

CamRanger introduced a new motorized tripod head ($229.99) to further enhance remote capture capabilities.

Fotodiox Pro sells lighting equipment and numerous adaptors, including this GoTough case, tripod mount and WonderPana adaptor for using larger filters on a GoPro camera (basic kit costs $34.95).

Third-party lenses are gaining popularity, but so are on-camera flashguns. Nissin Digital showed off its newest model, the i40 ($250 approx.), which goes on sale in June.

Lenz-A-Hand is a handy grip ($39.99) for holding a long lens more steadily. It is held on by Velcro and can also be used to adjust zoom or focus.

ProDot is a shutter button upgrade ($7.95 for two) that must be one of the smallest-ever accessories. Custom SLR claims it reduces fatigue, improves grip and lessens vibrations.

JOBY makes far more than small tripods. Two of its newest products are the UltraFit hand strap with a universal base plate for DSLRs ($49.95) and a minimal, auto-cinching wrist strap ($14.95).