Tool Kit: Photography

Straps, software, body-worn cameras, lenses ... Check out these products for your photography tool kit!

Camera Strap from BlackRapid
Be comfortable out in the field with the ergonomical shape of BlackRapid’s Sport Breathe strap. Redesigned with the professional in mind, the wider pad evenly distributes weight while comfortably cupping the shoulder. The connection point from camera to strap is quieter when in use, and reinforced to give you a sense of security. Made with lighter and more breathable materials, the Sport Breathe reduces fatigue and keeps you comfortable no matter your shooting conditions. Visit for more information or to find an authorized dealer near you.
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Recordable Discs from MAM-A
Make sure evidence photos and videos remain intact for future retrieval. Protect valuable digital images on 24 kt. Gold Archive DVD recordable discs. Gold is a non-corrosive metal that extends the longevity of DVDs to 80+ years. Ideal for evidence integrity and security, because images are permanently stored on a physical disc that cannot be erased or altered once written. Maintain copies of important digital evidence on site at your location, instead of relying only on remote cloud storage. Archive grade recordable Blu-ray discs are also available in 25 GB, 50 GB, and 100 GB per disc for large files.
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Video Management from PRO-VISION
SecuraMax by PRO-VISION is designed to answer video management challenges with a secure, automated, turn-key digital management solution that will handle the influx of video evidence and bypass the growing pains of integrating new technology. With SecuraMax, you can easily upload, manage, protect, and share your video with the most reliable, simple, and secure CJIS-compliant evidence management solution. Offering standard and unlimited cloud-based plans, in addition to a self-hosted option, SecuraMax provides ultimate data management flexibility for organizations of any size.
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IR Camera from MOHOC
Built for Elite Ops, the NEW MOHOC IR Camera incorporates the revolutionary snag-free form factor, durability, and user interface features of the standard MOHOC Camera, with a new IR lens and IR-optimized software for night operation. It captures full HD, black and white (B&W), 1080p video and 12MP photos in total darkness when used with infrared illumination. MOHOC IR also records B&W images in daylight, low light, and white light conditions…one camera for the entire visible and infrared light spectrum from 420nm to 950nm wavelengths.
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LED Panels from Manfrotto
The LYKOS daylight LED light gives you incredible light output from a very compact size, making it the perfect portable solution. The LED panels incorporate the latest LED innovation: Surface Mounted Technology (SMT) which guarantees perfect color rendition and no color cast. The innovative lenses are specially designed to achieve improved optical efficiency. A color LCD display on the back gives you easy monitoring of dimming levels, color temperature, battery status and wireless functions – and there is an optional Bluetooth dongle available for wireless control. The LYKOS LED can be powered by L-Type Lithium-ion batteries or by mains using the AC adapter included.
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Body-Worn Camera from PatrolEyes
The PatrolEyes SC-DV10 Wi-Fi body camera is the lightest, most durable body-worn camera built specifically for law enforcement. The PatrolEyes SC-DV10 features true HD recording and automatically switches from day to night vision. With its 140-degree wide angle lens and large storage capacity, it can capture 8.5 hours of HD footage on a single charge. The SC-DV10 has built in Wi-Fi that allows you to change settings and review footage, directly from your smart phone’s app. The lightweight housing is completely waterproof and its built in watermarks are embedded with each file and cannot be tampered with.
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Prime Lens from Tamron
Tamron’s SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD (model F012) is a versatile prime lens perfect for documenting scenes and evidence. Its advanced optical design performs with the highest resolution cameras to ensure details are sharply captured. Tamron’s proprietary VC image stabilization lets you photograph hand-held without blur. The lens yields excellent edge-to-edge sharpness even at f/1.8 for bright, detailed images even under low light conditions. And it provides tremendous versatility by allowing you to document overall scenes as well as shoot close-up images with its 1:2.5 macro/7.9” MOD. Designed for full-frame or crop-sensor Canon and Nikon DSLRs.
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Copy Stands from Quadrapod
The Quadrapod Elite and Quadrapod Classic Copy Stands are a rugged and stable imaging platform that will support a variety of cameras and optical equipment. The Quadrapod Elite Copy Stand features three-section telescoping tube legs and an adjustable “footprint.” The quick-release head allows the camera to be removed easily for storage. The Quadrapod family of copy stands were originally designed for document collection, but quickly found a niche in many law enforcement labs and fly-a-way kits. Weighing in at 6 pounds, the Quadrapod Elite is another tool used to enhance evidence collection. The Quadrapod Elite can be customized with a variety of uniquely designed accessories for special uses.
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