FLAAR has tested all the following photography and computer equipment under extreme conditions. Much of this equipment has survived archaeological expeditions into remote jungle areas of Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. The digital equipment was subjected to intense tropical heat and humidity at Copan, Honduras, survived pot-holed roads and long stretches of unpaved roads getting to the Maya ruins. Thus we can recommend the following cameras, accessories, computer hardware and software with confidence.






EFI Rastek


Grapo Technologies

WP Digital


Yuhan Kimberly





Apple Computer

American Power Conversion uninterruptable power supplies

Kaidan (virtual reality)

Encad (wide format color printers)

EFI (Electronics for Imaging) hardware RIP

Lexmark International (color laser, B+W laser printers)

QMS laser printers | recommended laser paper (Weyerhaeuser)




Agfa Germany (70 mm film for rollout cameras)

BulbMan (lamps for studio photography)


Munsell Color

Rosco (color filters)

American Ink Jet Corporation (paper and related materials)


Camera Equipment


Better Light (two digital camera backs)

Dicomed (digital cameras)

Wisner Classic Manufacturing (large format cameras)

Ries Industries (Ries Camera Co., tripods)

Kart-a Bag (essential carts and tables)

Leica lenses

Rodenstock (lenses for large format cameras)





Caldera RIP

Apple Computer

Autodesk (AutoCad)

Kinetix (3DStudio Max)

Caligari (TrueSpace3)

SuperBase (SuperBase 95)

Roundabout Logic (Widgetizer and Nodester)

FWB HardDisk Tool Kit


Photo Studio Lighting Sponsors


Lowel-light Manufacturing (Lowel lights)


Smith Victor light stands

Dedo-Weigert (Munich, Germany, Dedo lights)

Sola hevi-duty constant voltage equipment


Companies in Guatemala who have provided lodging


Hotel Cortijo Reforma (Guatemala City)

Posada de la Selva (Tikal National Park)

Hotel de la Isla (Flores, Peten)

Hotel Santo Tomas (Chichicastenango)

El Sombrero (Lake Yaxha, Peten)


Sponsors in Honduras

Tunkul Restaurant (Copan Ruinas, Honduras)

Ixchel Spanish School (Copan Ruinas, Honduras)



Most recently updated July 28, 2009.
New page format posted July 8, 2009
updated March 3, 1999