Dig This Gig(tube)…

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Nikon D90 shooters have reason to celebrate the New Year thanks to the Aputure Gigtube. The what?? Yeah, it’s a weird name for a product, but it just might become a household name among photographers looking to fire their cameras from a distance while checking the unit’s 2.5-inch LCD screen (230,000 pixels, 16M colors definition). Not only does this “DSLR Digital ViewFinder” let you focus and fire, but you can check Live View off-camera, which makes it a breeze to take shots from unusually high (or low) angles. You don’t have to sprawl on the ground or climb a stepladder. Just check the screen, half-depress the big red button on Gigtube to lock in the focus, then press down to capture. Once you’ve nailed the shot, the unit’s LCD flashes a quick “Wait For Image” message (as shown below) while the image is sent to the camera’s memory card. Of course you can also preview your captured shot.

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Best of all, the Gigtube’s  “any angle viewer” swivels counter-clockwise 180°, clockwise 90° to accommodate odd angles. You can either attach the unit to the camera’s hot  shoe, or use it as a handheld remote control. Its compact, clam-shell design can be tucked away easily in a pouch in your gear bag.

The device is powered by a rechargeable LIP battery, 1000mAh (3 hours of run time), and comes with a 2m extension cable. And, hey, it’s not just for Nikon DSLRs, either.

If you don’t find this cool tool in your stocking, we suggest you give yourself a gift and grab it from photoXgearwww.photoxgear.com

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