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Tip of the Month

Hoodman CH32 Compact HoodLoupe

I've always been a fan of the Hoodman Loupes for checking histograms or compositions, but I must admit that I sometimes found the shape just a bit cumbersome when not in use. The newest Hoodman Loupe, the CH32 Compact, addresses this, in that this loupe collapses upon itself to become about 1/3rd smaller, making it easier to pack into a camera backpack or for just hanging around your neck.
I like to carry the Loupe in its carrying case, with the carrying strap sticking out one corner so that I can keep the loupe protected when not in use. Of course, if I'm using it constantly I'll simply pack the case in my pack, or pocket. Another nice addition is the quick release lanyard which allows you to remove the strap if it is in the way or otherwise not needed. I haven't had much call to do so, but it is a nice option should that be necessary.

The above images are screen shots from the Hoodman website. Normally I'll shoot my own product shots but due to time constraints, I didn't this time. If you don't own a Hoodman Loupe, this is the one to get, and I'd consider upgrading if you already have one, especially if you do video as this loupe has a 1/4 20 female mount that may accommodate your D SLR video rig.

Allen's Camera is an authorized dealer, or you can order direct from Hoodman.

Previous Tips, July 2009 onward


Thel Guide to Tropical Nature Photography
Essential Gear
for Safaris
Take our Digital Nature Photo Course FIRST!
GPS and Home Security

Range IR Camera Remote

Gitzo Monopod 5561T Monopod

Easy Macro with Extension Tubes and Zoom Lenses

FotoSharp Camou Rain Covers

Canon 17mm T/S Lens
Locking Button for the Canon 7D

NIK HDR Program

Silver Efex Pro for Black and White Images

Beware the DELL Software Solution Rip Off
How and What We Pack for Trips

Canon Digital Learning Center

The Movie Mode with the Canon Mark IV
Batch Renaming in Bridge and CS5
Alternate Uses of some Bogen Products

Hoodman Products

Using High ISO and Live View for Focusing in Dim Light

Art Print Scams for Hungry Photographers

Hungry Vultures ruin vehicles in the Everglades

Use a Short Lens for Depth of Field

Get Professional Help!

Mini-Molar Bag
Access America Trip Insurance
Bogen Base for Macro Work

Archived Tips of the Month
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