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Who Are ShutterBands? Camera Gear Review 2020

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Camera gear isn’t all about straps, devices, and tripods. We often get caught up looking at the bigger items and overlook the smaller, just as important pieces.

ShutterBands is a company that helps you solve the smaller problems. Where to keep your batteries and cards, and how you can protect your lenses more while they’re in your camera bag. They have the answers.

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Who Are ShutterBands?

ShutterBands is a recently started company created by Del Simcox. Like most problems, the inspiration came from a gap in the market. He needed an accessory that didn’t exist, so he made one.

These are unique products, and a budget solution to photographers everywhere. We are sure you’ll find them useful.

If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, they offer an unconditional guarantee. That’s a service you can’t turn your nose up at.

NB: Right now, they have a discount on shipping for all International orders.

What Products Do They Have?

Batteries + Card Case

Are you the kind of photographer who needs multiple batteries? Landscape, time-lapse, Milky way and adventure photographers all need extra juice. Even street, event and travel photographers benefit from extra batteries to ensure smooth shoots.

But where do these batteries go? I used to let them float around my camera bag. Either tucked away in a small pocket or loose with the battery guards still attached. It doesn’t have to be like this.

We are all used to memory card holders, but what about battery holders? They make sense. They not only keep your batteries safe, but they keep them organized and exactly where you need them.

With the Batteries + Card Case from ShutterBands, you’ll get an organizer for both batteries and memory cards. The cases are all the same size, but depending on the size of your battery, they will hold either two or three of them.

The idea is that stored with the electrical contacts facing down, they are charged. When the power is spent, you should turn them the other way. this allows you to remember which are good to go, and which need recharging.

There is a little webbed-pocket for your memory cards at the top. Here, they fit all sizes but float around without any tight-fitting area. In the same pocket is a writeable card, so you can place your details there in case you misplace the case.

ShutterBands has cases for all major camera brands. Below you’ll see the battery names and a few of the cameras they are associated with.

a shutterbands camera batteries holder

ButtonBumps

Everything is getting smaller. With the constant advancement of technology, we start big and get smaller. For convenience’s sake. But, having something very small might not be great for everything.

The buttons on your digital camera get smaller with your camera. This makes sense, as cameras shrink, and the number of buttons grows. This might be OK for the majority of photographers, but there will be those that find them finicky to find and use.

This is where ButtonBumps comes in. These colored, sticky bumps sit on your camera buttons making them easier to find and press. This is a huge benefit for fast-paced action photographers who don’t want to take their eyes off their subjects or environment.

a product shot of shutterbands button bumps

CardTabs

Have you found it difficult to remove your memory card from your digital camera? If so, you’re not alone. Each card is ejected with the push of a button inside the card area.

These buttons can be small and difficult to press, wasting precious time card changing.

They are especially difficult for smaller, compact cameras where SD or even MicroSD cards are used. These are difficult to grip to remove.

Luckily, ShutterBands have developed CardTabs specifically for this reason. The idea is that they attach to your card, giving you an easy and convenient handle to pull your memory card out of your camera.

Currently, there are only CardTabs for Sony cameras, but they can be used for many camera brands as they aren’t specific to Sony.

  • for Sony (a6000, a6300, a6500, RX10, and NEX series)

a product shot of Shutterbands card tabs

DisplayLifter

The DisplayLifter from ShutterBands is a product that helps you pull out your LCD screen from its static position. Then you can position it as you see fit.

LCD screens on cameras don’t always come with a tab making it easy to flip out. This ribbon tab makes it easier to pull out without getting in the way.

a product shot of Shutterbands Display lifter

Enhancement Kit

If you are looking for more than just ButtonBumps and a DisplayLifter, there are packs that include everything you need.

The enhancement packs have all ShutterBands products in one package, specifically for your camera brand. The one thing they don’t include is the Batteries + Cards case.

What you will find are the ButtonBumps, CapTrap, ShutterBand, CardTabs, and DisplayLifter. The one thing we didn’t cover here is the CapTrap. This is a handy tool for storing the hot shoe cover from your camera via sticky velcro tabs.

a product shot of Shutterbands enhancement kit

LensJammies

If you use a few different lenses in your backpack when you shoot, you might find having them sitting there doesn’t offer enough protection. This is especially the case in very dirty or dusty conditions, such as photographers in the Safari.

You might be at the beach, or even just hiking somewhere closer to home. The problem is, every time you open your bag, you encounter particles that require lens cleaning before you use them.

A solution is to use LensJammies. These are microfibre drawstring bags for your lenses. You pop your lens in, pull the string to close it and then place it all in your bag.

This gives you peace of mind when you open your camera bag. You know they are safe and clean, stowed away. There are different sizes, depending on the size of your lenses.

There is even a variety pack for those who have a range of differently sized glass.

shutterbands lens jammies

ShutterBands

ShutterBands are where it all started, the first innovation in this company’s line of products. These soft silicone rings effortlessly slide over the lens and fit snuggly where the lens meets your camera body.

This area is particularly prone to picking up dirt and dust, which is free to move around when you disconnect your lenses. I don’t need to tell you what this means for image quality and time spent cleaning.

The silicone attracts these particles and keeps them close, meaning you waste less time. This pack gives you six rings, which are more than enough for all situations.

shutterbands product shot

Reviews

Batteries + Card Case

This little case is a godsend. As a photographer who uses a range of different devices that require multiple batteries, this is necessary. Not only do they stop my batteries from aimlessly hanging around in my bag, but they also provide protection.

Usually, a mesh pocket holds my batteries. all my batteries, from multiple camera bodies across different platforms. It can take a minute or two to figure out if the batteries I blindly reached into getting belong to my Canon 5D Mark IV or Lumix GH5. They look very similar.

The only difference between my third-party EP-E6N and DMW-BLF19 batteries is the small text on the back. This isn’t helpful when stressed or in a rush.

This Battery case keeps them clean, but also allows organization. This is what I lack sometimes, slowing down my photography process. If they are charged and ready to go, they sit face up in the foam seat. If they are spent, I turn them over.

For a photographer, this is a huge benefit. When I get home, I then know which ones need charging, instead of going through 8+ batteries and seeing if the light flashes or not.

Above the batteries sits the mesh pocket that holds the memory cards and ID strip. The mesh pocket, sitting on the inside of the top area holds multiple memory cards of different sizes. The idea here is that the ones at the front are ready to go. Place the used ones behind to keep it all organized.

Having both memory cards and batteries in the same place means I only need to remember one case. I can also separate the cards used by each camera in the respective battery case. Less time wasted, meaning more time shooting.

Shutterbands batteries and cards case

ButtonBumps

The ButtonBumps were an excellent idea and one I hadn’t thought of before. The idea is that they make the buttons on your digital camera more accessible. The two different colors help separate them in any way you see fit. For example, copper for back-focus and clear for other settings.

They attach easily and really help make the buttons larger. They stick well for when you use your camera in normal wear-and-tear situations. Placing your camera in tight bags would knock a few off easily, which is what I found. Thankfully you get a few bumps for this reason.

One of the other problems is when the button doesn’t sit 100% on the button you want to enhance. This might mean pressing the ButtonBump, and not getting the feedback or setting you need. They won’t work for those buttons that aren’t circular, as they could sit over the button area.

From research, ShutterBands is a very proactive company, as they send out replacements for products in the past without heed or further payments. They understand that a good relationship comes from not only good products but a strong sense of customer service.

Some people found that the buttons came loose and ended up sticking to their finger. They might not work in all situations, especially if you’re a little rough with your camera. But, you don’t need to have them on each button – just the ones you’re having trouble with.

I like them and think they are a great idea, especially with those who are having trouble. This might mean enough to them to get them shooting more and more. This is what it’s all about.

Shutterbands button bumps

LensJammies

LensJammies shows that not all camera manufacturers have to be serious. ShutterBands has a playful side, making them more accessible for us photographers.

I found these lens protectors to be particularly useful. They help protect my lenses, even when sitting in my bag and I think nothing can go wrong.

They won’t protect them from weather conditions, but if they are sitting in your bag, hopefully, you don’t need to worry about that.

Where you’ll find the biggest benefit from these lens bags are in dirty and dusty climates. Safari, adventure and landscape photographers will get a kick out of them as they keep all those particles off your lenses.

The idea is that it ensures long life and less time spent cleaning them.

I like the idea of using microfibre material, as you will find no damage in using them without a lens cap. I wouldn’t recommend it, as you never know what will happen. But for fast even photographers, changing your lens without the cap saves time.

What I especially liked were the tags for each bag. This lets you know which lens is sitting inside each jammie. That is if you place them where they need to be.

You’ll find four bags with each size, and one of each in the variety pack. I have also seen other uses for these, such as dusting off your lens with the bags and even using the XL versions to cover a tripod-mounted camera and lens when the conditions aren’t perfect.

Shutterbands lens jammies

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