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February 2010
In This Issue
2010 Spring Photo Contest
Photo Feature: Tide Pools at Palisades Bluff
Article: A Focus on Macro
Featured Product: B150-B Macro Focusing Rail
Happy Groundhog Day

Phil Sees His Shadow
Phil, the groundhog, saw his shadow in Punxsutawney, PA, predicting six more weeks of winter for 2010.

February 2 marks Groundhog Day, a tradition celebrated by the US and Canada, that reveres the hope for warmth and spring's arrival. It is believed that on this day, the groundhog (named Phil) comes out of his hole after a winter hibernation to look for his shadow. If he sees his shadow, Phil will retreat to his burrow, foretelling six more weeks of bad weather and a lingering winter. But if he fails to see his shadow, he will leave his burrow and spring is said to arrive early.
Learn about the history of Groundhog Day...

Time to Spring for Macro Gear!

You have probably spent these cold winter days, longing for the opportunity to get outside and snap some pictures with your Really Right Stuff gear again. With the arrival of spring in six weeks, it is time to prepare for the best time of year for macro photography. The changing seasons brings us photographers the gift of blossoming flowers and rich colors. Really Right Stuff appreciates the beauty of macro photography and wants to help you capture the splendor of nature in its detailed perfection. When developing our line of equipment, we strive to match the precision and beauty of the nature you photograph.
Spring Photo Contest

Participate in the 2010 RRS Spring Photo Contest!

Spring is almost here, and what better way to celebrate its arrival than a Photo Contest! In the spirit of our featured B150-B, we strongly encouraging you to experiment with macro photography.

Spring 2010 Photo Contest Rules

Email us your best spring shots.

NEW! RRS Website Offers 360° Interactive Viewing

Really Right Stuff believes that our customers deserve nothing but the best. That is why we manufacture the highest quality products and offer expert customer support. We know that selecting the perfect photo gear is a huge investment and can be daunting especially without the ability to hold and inspect the product you are looking into.

Because a static product photo can only show so much, our website is now offering an interactive 360° view for many of our popular products. This means you can zoom-in and rotate our B150-B to your heart's content by simply clicking and dragging your cursor. This is just another way Really Right Stuff can show appreciation for our customers.
2010 Catalog
2010 Really Right Stuff Catalog

Websites are nice, but nothing beats a paper catalog full of our gear. Call or email us today; we'd love to send you a copy of our 20th Anniversary, 72-page full color print catalog.

Our catalog is also available as a downloadable PDF. Click here
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MH01Featured Photo:

B150-B at Spyglass Point

"Tide Pools at Palisades Bluff"
by Joe Johnson, Image © 2009 Joe Johnson
Location: Shell Beach, California,
23 July 2009, 7:23 PM
Equipment Used:
Canon 1D Mark III; EF 24-105mm f/4L lens with circular polarizer @ 24mm; ISO 100; Multiple exposures processed as single HDR image using Photomatix; Flash: MT-24EX

Equipment Shown:
TP-243 tripod, BH-55 LR ballhead, B150-B Ultimate Package, MPR-1 Rail fitted to Canon 180mm/f3.5 macro lens, B87-B flash bracket with dual flash mount and dual FA-EX1 flash extenders. Canon MT-24EX macro twin lite

Joe's Soap Box
soapboxA Focus on Macro

We've had quite a lot of feedback on this image that also appears on page 62 of our catalog so we decided to give a bit more information about it in this month's newsletter. I made this image under a bit of time pressure for a "product in action" shot to introduce the macro photography gear section in our 2010 catalog. I thought a good macro-pano shot of some fascinating tide pool subject would be the perfect solution. On a Saturday afternoon at low tide, I took the family out to Cayucos, one of many neat little coastal towns nearby. We wandered about the tide pools, but the light and subject matter just didn't cooperate and I ran out of sunlight. We had fun, but the photo results were uninspiring. Even though we needed to get the catalog shipped before Thanksgiving and I only had a couple more low tides before the deadline, I decided to give it another try.

Find out what worked...

MH01Featured Product:
B150-B Macro Focusing Rail

Remember that as you focus a true macro lens, magnification changes. To maintain your desired magnification, you need to move the camera to obtain the correct focus point. This is an exercise in frustration without a macro focusing rail.

The B150-B is our premium linear motion lead screw focusing stage and rail. Camera-to-subject distance can be adjusted in minute increments for super-fine focus; lead screw delivers 1.25mm of travel per full revolution. The B150-B mates seamlessly with our quick-release system in a compact package. The bottom rail comprises a RRS-compatible dovetail that mates with your ballhead clamp. The stage integrates our patented lever clamp that connects directly to your RRS camera plate.

B150-B Macro set up

Key Features
  • Really Right Stuff compatible dovetail extends the full length of the rail. Rail can also be mounted using industry standard ¼"-20 tripod socket. Integral lever-release clamp offers optimum quick release convenience with an ultra-low profile.
  • Gross adjustment is made by shifting either the stage or the rail, or both. Fine adjustment is made with the lead screw focusing stage, which provides additional 103mm of movement. Total adjustment range is 231mm (9").
  • Laser-engraved index marks on clamp assist lateral positioning; one on center, two 24mm apart on center, and two 36mm apart on center. Rail is laser engraved on both sides in 1mm increments.
  • Also makes a great nodal point rail for shooting panoramas
  • Comes packed in a lightweight, snug fitting, neoprene Op/Tech USA Soft Pouch™ protective case with built-in locking belt-clip.

Happy shooting!

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