Walk down the street with a Westlake Laptop Bag and only a person who is very observant—or one who works as a bike repair technician—would notice what’s unusual about it: The exterior of the bag is made from used bicycle tire tubes!
One feature common to nearly all camera bags: You have to take your camera out of the bag to use it. Not so with the Cloak Camera Bag. It has an bottom that unzips and rolls up. At the top there’s a slit that opens for a camera shutter button. In combination, those features let you shoot photos through the bag. Excellent for photographers who want to take photos especially quickly or discretely. Or for those who are simply lazy. $50.
Update: Sadly, Cloak is currently sold out of their bags. Happily, they are coming out with a newer version. In the meantime, check out these 8 cool under $50 gifts for photographers.
While mobile devices and laptops compete on the tech catwalk, most power sources have yet to evolve beyond a nasty mess of plugs and cords. While club gear has long left our closet, Vondrous Gal has to admit to being taken by Diffus Design’s disco-esque Solar Handbag: large enough for our “every emergency covered” stash, sleek enough for the hip bar downtown and smart enough to charge the phone. …
There aren’t many camera tripods that will let you affix an SLR camera to a vertical wall and that will fit inside a shirt pocket. The Monster Pod Tripod Stand is one of them. This wondrous camera stand was included by Spot Cool Stuff in their review of the best gifts for photographers under $50. That’s because the Monster Pod can stick to virtually any surface, from objects with rough inconsistent textures (such as tree bark) to things smooth and round (like a flag pole). Despite that grippy-ness, the Monster Pod easily peels off when pulled from its edges. $29
Most bicycle baskets look powerfully uncool. One vondrous exception: the Bent Basket.
The simple yet ingenious design uses a strong piece of wood topped by nylon straps. The straps are plentiful enough to keep books, folders or other thin objects from sliding out. They are also flexible enough to hold a variety of items in place, including loose vegetables (photo to right) or 6-pack of beer (photo below). Another bonus: the Bent Basket can fit either on the front or back of a bike.