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Monday, September 1, 2014

Permanent Price Drops On Many Canon Lenses

Canon has dropped the price on various L lenses today. The price drop seems to be permanent as there are no rebate program. The big whites had as much as $1,000 price reduction and some lenses like the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS are now $500 cheaper.

Here is the complete list of lenses with the new reduced prices:

Prime lenses
Zoom lenses
Special lenses and accessories

Friday, August 29, 2014

Shuttercount Now Available for Windows

ShutterCount displays the number of shutter actuations (the shutter count) of your Canon EOS digital camera. The shutter count is read directly from a USB-connected camera, and thus provides accurate numbers that are not attainable with simple EXIF-based methods.

With ShutterCount you can easily check whether a newly purchased camera is really new, or check how heavily used a pre-owned item is. And you can save a trip to a Canon Service Center by doing the reading for yourself.

The app provides unlimited readings for an unlimited number of cameras, so you can freely track actual camera usage. Even if you work for a rental house or just lend a camera to a friend.

ShutterCount only displays the shutter count for still photos - video clips recorded are not included in the number. For a separate mirror movement reading (that includes videos) you should consult an authorized Canon Service Center.

History logging allows you to track camera usage. Logs are stored in CSV format that can be imported into Apple's Numbers or Microsoft Excel for further processing. History logging is not available on Windows.

Note: for the best compatibility with your camera it is recommended to upgrade the camera's firmware to the latest available version.

WiFi on the EOS 6D and 70D must be turned off as it blocks the USB port when turned on!

Supported cameras:
  • Canon EOS-1D C (requires firmware 1.1.3 or later for correct serial number display)
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS-1D X
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III (requires firmware 1.2.1 or later for correct serial number display)
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon EOS 50D
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7
  • Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i / Kiss X3
  • Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4
  • Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5
  • Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i
  • Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / Kiss X7i
  • Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS / Kiss F
  • Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Kiss X50
  • Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / Kiss X70
ShutterCount is certified to work with all of the cameras listed above, using their latest firmware revision.

Please quit all applications that might connect to your camera (e.g. Canon EOS Utility, Capture One, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom) before launching ShutterCount.

Questions? Problems? Check out the ShutterCount FAQ or contact our support!


Mac OS X ($2.99) – Current version is 1.2, Requires OS X 10.6.8 or later, 64-bit processor
Windows ($2.99) – Current version is 1.0, Requires Windows 7 SP1 or later, 32-bit or 64-bit processor

Source: DIRE Studio

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rumor: Nikon D750 Specs Leaked

For quite some time, there's been talk of a Nikon full frame camera in the works but no information about the rumored specs or information was available...until now.

According to the screenshot, the D750 will sport 51 AF points, a frame-rate of 8fps, and will feature TTL exposure metering through the use of a 91k pixel RGB sensor (the same present in the D800 lineup). Nikon Rumors does note that this screenshot was acquired online and could very well be wrong. But with the rumored specs, it seems on par in regards to the rumored action/sports-focused camera.

With Photokina just around the corner, leaks and information will be available just in time for the show.
  • 51 AF points
  • 8fps
  • TTL exposure metering using a 91k pixels RGB sensor (same as in the D800/D800E/D810)
Source: Nikon Rumors

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kickstarter: CAMS Pro Sling Strap, Camera Plate, & Lens Plate

If you haven't noticed by now, we love to help and support Kickstarter programs. We personally love to see new innovative products. We were just informed of a new Kickstarter program called CAMS Pro Sling Strap, Camera Plate and Lens Plate. Yes, there is plenty of sling straps out already out there but CAMS Pro aims to revolutionize the way you carry, shoot and mount your pro bodied or gripped camera (yes, it still works for non-gripped bodies as well) by making it more comfortable when you have a strap attached to your camera.

For more information about the CAMS Pro Sling Strap, Camera Plate and Lens Plate, or to place your pledge, visit their Kickstarter page.

We're hoping to review the CAMS Pro and be able to share it with our readers.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Contest: Enter to Win a Expert Shield Screen Protector for Your Camera, Smartphone or Tablet

We have teamed up with the good folks at Expert Shield, offering you a chance to win a screen protector of your choice! You can choose any screen protector whether it's for your camera, smartphone or tablet. There will be FIVE (5) winners!

You can read our full review on Expert Shield Screen Protector by clicking on the image below.

The contest is fairly easy – jump into the Rafflecopter widget below and complete as many of the tasks as you like. You don’t have to do everything to enter – you can pick and choose, do one, do two, or do all. The more you complete, the better your chances are, though. This is eligible to everyone around the world.

If you missed out on this contest, don't worry because you can also purchase Expert Shield Screen Protectors from Amazon.

Ready to win? Good luck!


Prizes: Five (5) Expert Shield Screen Protector (winners gets to choose ONE screen protector of their choice).

How to Enter :

Sponsor: We would like to thank, Expert Shield, for sponsoring and supplying screen protectors for the contest. You can read our full review on the Expert Shield Screen Protectors at Review: Expert Shield Camera Smartphone Tablet Screen Protector.

Contest rules and contest end date may change without notice. All prizes are shipped by Expert Shield. 1KIND Photography is not responsible for the fulfillment of all prizes. Any questions about the Expert Shield or shipping, contact the manufacturer at

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Review: Expert Shield Camera Smartphone Tablet Screen Protector

Overview : But what makes Expert Shield so unbelievably amazing? Basically it’s the meticulous combination of 3 key elements – a process which is inherently difficult to achieve. There’s our special silicone gel layer, this is what lets you apply your crisp, smooth protector with such relative ease – it simply clings to your device screen securely, without ever leaving a residue. At the heart of this technological marvel is the ultra hard mask, it’ll stop the deeper scratches dead in their tracks – the ones that would otherwise make a real mess of your screen had the Expert Shield not been there. Finally there’s the top layer which uses a durable plastic that absorbs the scratches and keeps your Expert Shield looking perfect for longer.

Features :
  • Lasts longer than any other screen protector - Guaranteed!
  • Shields your screen from scratches
  • Pre-cut to the exact dimensions of your screen
  • No Air Bubbles
  • No messy glue, no nasty residue
  • Straightforward installation
  • Works perfectly with touch screens
  • Includes finest lint-free cleaning cloth
  • Completely washable and reusable

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: Camtrol TROL 4.2 Inch Camera Articulating Arm with Miniclamp

Overview : Camtrol allows versatility with the addition of TROL: a 4.2” camera articulating arm with miniclamp. Easylink connectors for attaching: monitors, remotes, lights, clamps and accessories.

Features :
  • Connect monitors, remotes, lights and other accessories

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kickstarter: BounceLite - The Revolutionary Flash Diffuser

We typically get pitches about new products and to help promote it. Some catch our attention and some are eh. But for those that do catch our attention, we post. One Kickstarter campaign that caught our attention is a new flash diffuser called BounceLite from Fotocapio. This looks promising and looks to combine both a flash card, gel filter kit and softbox in one.

Take a look at the video below:

Prices are in British Pounds but Early Bird offer starts at £80 which is approximately $136 USD. If you miss out on it, it jumps to £88 ($149 USD). There's a £12 ($20 USD) shipping for outside the UK unless you get in on the Early Bird which offers FREE shipping.

For more information about the BounceLite, continue reading or go to the Kickstarter campaign. We'll have a full review of the BounceLite when we get our review units in the mail.

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