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Deal: Get up to $40 Visa Prepaid Card When You Purchase a Manfrotto Head, Tripod or Both *EXTENDED*



If you're in the market for a Manfrotto Head or Tripod, Manfrotto has a great rebate deal going on:
From August 1st now extended through September 30th, 2011 January 15th, 2012, purchase any qualified Manfrotto item* and receive a Visa® Prepaid Card up to $30!

Items included in this program are:
  • Purchase any Manfrotto Head (Photo or Video) and get a $10 Visa Rebate Card (excludes 234, 234RC & 492 heads)
  • Purchase any Manfrotto Aluminum Tripod priced at $100 or more and get a $25 Visa Prepaid Card
  • Purchase any Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Tripod priced at $250 or more & get a $40 Visa Prepaid Card
To receive this offer, you must complete the rebate form.
Rebates apply to both Manfrotto Photo & Manfrotto Video SKUs sold either as separate heads an legs or as kits.

*Please see rebate form for full details and restrictions.
This offer is valid for US residents only and can not be combined with any other promotional offers (i.e. Student Discount Program, Cashback Program). This offer is valid only on items purchased through Authorized Dealers, and not on imports or grey market items and is void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Manfrotto Distribution is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. Please keep copies of all documents pertaining to this offer. Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery.

Rebates are paid with a Manfrotto Distribution Visa Prepaid Card. Visa Prepaid Cards are issued by Citibank, N.A. pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and managed by Citi Prepaid Services. Cards will not have cash access and can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. Card will expire 12 months from the issuance date. Manfrotto Distribution reserves the right in its sole discretion to refuse any claim.
If you purchase a Manfrotto Head and a Tripod and you should be eligible to get a $35 Visa Prepaid card ([$10] Head + [$25] Aluminum Tripod) or $50 Visa Prepaid card ([$10] Head + [$40] Carbon Fiber Tripod).

Rebate applies to all authorized resellers such as Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo.

*UPDATE* 9/30/2011 - Manfrotto has extended the rebate until January 15th, 2012!

Review: Pelican 1500D Peli Desiccant Hydrosorbent Silica Gel Case


Review: Pelican 1500D Peli Desiccant Hydrosorbent Silica Gel Case
Image is for illustrative purposes.

Overview : The Pelican 1500D Peli Desiccant Silica Gel drinks dampness and prevents condensation from trapped air when cases are opened in high humidity climates. These re-usable canisters are perfect for extracting harmful moisture within small spaces, boxes and containers. Protects up to three cubic feet of sealed space per canisters. Simply include one of these canisters with your documents or artifacts and water vapor is contained within the desiccant canister to maintain a safe relative humidity.

Features :
  • Stops mildew before it starts
  • Reusable by oven drying yearly
  • Fits inside any case
  • Size: 2" x 4"

PhotoPlus Expo and WPPI NYC 2011



Anyone else attending the PDN Photo Expo in New York City at the Javits Convention Center? We're pretty pumped to be attending. We signed up and got our confirmation. We'll be there checking out new gear and products.

If you're in the area and haven't signed up yet, our friends over at BlackRapid has a special offer:
We want YOU to join us at PPE this year and we’re setting you up with a VIP promo code for FREE ADMISSION to both expo halls: PhotoPlus Expo open October 27 – 29 and WPPI NYC open October 27 – 28.

How to get your FREE pass to PPE and WPPI NYC compliments of your favorite camera sling strap company, BlackRapid:

Register today through our special BlackRapid PPE WPPI NYC 2011 link HERE.
Register as many team members as you like using this link above.
BUT DON’T DELAY! Register no later than October 10, 2011 in order to receive your badges in the mail before the event.

For more information, please visit www.photoplusexpo.com. We look forward to seeing you in New York!

BlackRapid Booth: #345
Free Expo Pass Code: RSTRAP1
Free Expo Pass Link: https://www.xpressreg.net/register/phot101/start.asp?sc=RSTRAP1

Deal: AmazonBasics 16GB Class 10 SDHC Secure Digital Card for $18.99


Amazon offers its AmazonBasics 16GB Class 10 SDHC Secure Digital Card, model no. ABSD007, for $18.99 with free shipping. (Non-members can spend $25 or more to get free shipping; otherwise, shipping costs $8.02.) That's $1.19/GB. Deal ends September 28 at 3 am ET.

Review: LensPen Lens Cleaning with Retractable Soft Brush Pen


Review: LensPen Lens Cleaning with Retractable Soft Brush Pen

Overview : A superb new tool in optical lens cleaning technology.

Perfect for cleaning camera lenses, binocular lenses, small aperture spotting scopes and telescopes, eyepieces, and other optical items. Comes with a handy retractable dust removal brush and a special non-liquid cleaning element, designed to never dry out. Safe and very easy to use.

Features :
  • Will not scratch or damage lenses
  • Outperforms all other lens cleaning devices
  • Unique LENS PEN tip is self replenishing
  • Patented dry carbon compound
  • Patented Carbon formula effectively cleans amino acids from fingertips and other sources from optics and screens without damaging the surface.
  • Cleaning compound will not spill or dry
  • Brush on opposite side of cleaning tip for removing surface dust
  • Safe for all optical lenses including multicoated surfaces
  • Designed for cleaning camera and camcorder lenses, binoculars, scopes, night vision goggles and other sport optical devices.
  • Quickly cleans fingerprints, smudges, grease marks and dust off lens surface
  • Environmentlly Friendly
  • Non-Toxic

Review: Hufa Holder The Original Lens Cap Clip


Review: Hufa Holder The Original Lens Cap Clip

Overview : Camera owners sometimes lose their lens caps or don't have the pocket to store their lens cap. Hufa solves this problem by keeping the lens cap close to the SLR Camera Lens and user at all times.

The Hufa Holder is the perfect camera accessory for all of you SLR Camera needs. It fits all kinds of SLR lens cap including Nikon Lens, Canon Lens, Sigma Lens and Tamron Lens caps.

Gone are the days of forgetting your lens cap at the beach, on a park bench, at the birthday party or the big game. Keep your lens cap free of dust, sand, dirt, and water by securing it safely out of harm's way. Keeps your lens cap out of your dog's mouth, out from under car tires, and out of the sand box.

Features :
  • Holds different sized lens cap
  • Keep your lens cap clean and safe
  • Fits all types of SLR neck straps
  • Fits most camera bags and lens bags
  • Made of durable plastic
  • Never lose a lens cap again!

Deal: Refurbished Canon DSLR Cameras on Sale + $16 s&h; 60D, 7D, EOS Rebel and more



Canon has several of its factory-refurbished Canon EOS digital SLR cameras on sale with shipping starting at $15.99. Sales tax is added where applicable. All refurbished cameras are backed by a 90-day Canon warranty.

Deal: PQI 16GB 150x Class 10 SDHC Secure Digital Card for $20 + free shipping



Meritline offers the PQI 16GB 150x Class 10 SDHC Secure Digital High-Capacity Card, model no. PQI-FSC-SDHC1016GB, for $21.45. Coupon code "MLCK9BV19NL1" cuts it to $19.95 with free shipping, that's $1.25/GB.

Don't forget, if you're purchasing from Meritline, make sure to use Mr. Rebates Cashback and get 3% cashback!

Deal: Photographer's Pro Bundle w/ Tenba Bag & Tripod Kit for $92 + free shipping


Amazon offers the Photographer's Pro Bundle, which includes the Tenba LE 15" Messenger Bag in Black and the Benro Tripod Kit with BH0 Ball Head for $91.65 with free shipping. The bag features a padded photo insert that holds a camera with two to three lenses and a padded sleeve that holds a laptop up to 15". The tripod features aluminum twist lock legs, head mounting setscrews, and a snap-in style quick release plate system.

UPDATE (9/21/11): Price dropped to $88.84

Deal: Lowepro Fastpack 200 Digital SLR Backpack for $44 + free shipping


Amazon offers the Lowepro Fastpack 200 Digital SLR Backpack in Black for an in-cart price of $44.32 with free shipping. It features a side-entry compartment, 180-degree access panel, adjustable dividers, outer accessory pockets, and more.

How to Recover Lost Images on Corrupt Memory Cards



We've all lost images on our memory cards at some point in time whether it be from corrupt memory cards, accidental formatting or deleting. Usually we end up with our heads down in sadness, disappointment or just mad. But what if there is a way to recover those priceless images?

Here are a list of FREE (some paid) programs for Windows, MAC and some even for Linux...

Deal: PQI 32GB Class 10 SDHC Secure Digital Card for $34 + free shipping


Meritline offers the PQI 32GB Class 10 SDHC Secure Digital High-Capacity Card, model no. 6AEH-032GPR35B-32 for $34.95. Coupon code "MLC9MF15N" drops it to $33.95 with free shipping, that's $1.06/GB. It features read speeds up to 24MB/s and write speeds up to 19.5MB/s.

Don't forget, if you're purchasing from Meritline, make sure to use Mr. Rebates Cashback and get 3% cashback!

Deal: Kingston Ultimate X 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card for $21 + free shipping


Meritline offers the Kingston Ultimate X 16GB SDHC Class 10 Secure Digital High-Capacity Card, model no. SD10G2/16GB, for $25.99. Coupon code "MLCK916PKNL1" drops it to $20.99 with free shipping, that's $1.31/GB.

Don't forget, if you're purchasing from Meritline, make sure to use Mr. Rebates Cashback and get 3% cashback!

Deal: DroboStore 50% off sitewide



DroboStore cuts 50% off sitewide, with no minimum purchase required, via coupon code "PTA". A best bet is the Drobo 4-Bay FireWire 800 / USB 2.0 Robotic Hard Drive Storage Array, model no. DR04DD10, for $199.50 via the above coupon plus $21.65 for shipping.

Don't forget, if you're purchasing from Drobo, make sure to use Mr. Rebates Cashback and get 2% cashback!

UPDATE: That was quick. Deal is dead. But I found another coupon code for $25-$150 off selected models using coupon code DROBOCHAMP.

Deal: 20% OFF BLOW-OUT SALE on ThinkTank Modular Component System



ThinkTank Photo is having a 20% OFF BLOW-OUT sale on their Modular Component System! Modular components allow you to protect and organize your camera gear with SLR camera bags and lens covers. Includes bags made specifically for SLR lenses, SLR camera bodies, SLR flashes, teleconverters, cell phones, water bottle, and miscellaneous camera gear.

And, ThinkTank Photo has added to the free items when you’re checking out using our link. In addition to the Pixel Pocket Rocket, Cable Management 10, and Security tag, you can now also select a LARGE Lens Drop In, RU Thirsty, Whip it Out, Skin 50, Skin 75 Pop Down, Skin Double Wide, Skin Strobe, or a Skin Chimp Cage.

Just remember to purchase your ThinkTank products using this LINK to be eligible for the free items.

Deal: La Crosse Technology Alpha Power Battery Charger for $27 + free shipping


Amazon offers the La Crosse Technology Alpha Power Battery Charger, model no. BC700, for $27.49 with free shipping. This charger supports NiCad and NiMH AA and AAA rechargeable batteries and features four modes: charge, discharge, recharge, and test.

Deal: 2 SanDisk Extreme HD Video 16GB Class 10 SDHC Cards for $57 + free shipping



Adorama and B&H Photo offers the SanDisk Extreme HD Video 16GB SDHC Class 10 Secure Digital High-Capacity Card 2-Pack for $56.98 with free shipping. Each card features 30MB/sec sequential read and write speeds.

Don't forget, if you're purchasing from Adorama, make sure to use Mr. Rebates Cashback and get 3% cashback!

Deal: Sanyo Eneloop 8 Pack AA Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries for $19.25


I put nothing but Sanyo Eneloops into my Nikon SB-600. These batteries have low-discharge rate and the batteries last a long time. I also use these batteries for my LED flashlights, keyboard/mouse and other products. Amazon offers its Amazon Prime members the Eneloop 1500 Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable AA Battery 8-Pack, model no. SEC-HR3U8BPN, for $19.25 with free shipping. (Non-members can spend over $25 to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping adds $5.58.) These 2,000 mAH AA batteries are precharged and can be recharged up to 1,500 times.

UPDATE: Price is now $19.10.

Review: BlackRapid RS-Sport Camera Strap with FastenR-3 and ConnectR-2


Review: BlackRapid RS-Sport Camera Strap with FastenR-3 and ConnectR-2

Overview : Can't stay still? The RS-Sport will keep your gear safe and steady in even the most strenuous situations. Slide the camera up the strap to grab that perfect shot. With its sturdy design and under-arm safety tether, the RS-Sport isn't going anywhere, even if you are.

The BlackRapid RS-Sport Extreme Sport Strap is designed to hold and keep an SLR camera and lens steady in even the most strenuous shooting situations. Slide the camera up the strap to grab that perfect shot. The strap has an under arm safety tether that keeps the camera secure. It includes a CR-2 connector-2, FR-3 fastener-3 and a BRAD MOD that secures the camera to the strap.

Features :
  • Holds SLR camera with lens attached
  • Under arm safety tether
  • FR-3 fastener couples to connector-2
  • CR-2 connector-2 a smooth swivel with a positive lock to ensure the safety of the camera and lens
  • BRAD MOD secures the strap during action shots

DIY: Nikon/Canon DSLR Camera DK-17M Magnifying Eyecup/Eyepiece Mod



I've been looking for a viewfinder for my Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera (body only and body and kit lens - see all Digital SLRs) that sticks out further, something similar to what is available for the Nikon D700. I wear glasses and my face tends to touch the LCD screen leaving smudges. So I've been googling and there hasn't been much information.

Nikon has magnifying viewfinders for the D7000 such as the Nikon DG-2 2x Eyepiece Magnifier and Nikon DK-21M Magnifying Eyepiece (see all Camera Power Adapters) but it's either too big or too small. There is also the Tenpa 1.22x or 1.33x magnification but would you really trust ordering something overseas that costs approximately $50 and end up not liking it? I've also read that magnifiers are usually used for those who use manual focus lenses. So I thought I would make mine a little different and unique from the rest of the Nikon D7000's and be able to use OEM Nikon products. By purchasing from reputable stores such as Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama, if I didn't like it or decided not to go through with the mod, I return them for a refund. If I had already started to mod the DK-22, I wouldn't be able to return and just each the cost of it.

I'm going to be showing 2 options using all original OEM Nikon products. Both options work on Nikon DSLR's such as D70, D70s, D300, D300s, D90 and on some Canon DSLR's such as Canon EOS 5D, Pentax, Olympus and Sony (you may need to do some additional research).

Compatible With Nikon: Nikon D40 / D40X · Nikon D50 · Nikon D60 · Nikon D70 / D70s · Nikon D80 · Nikon D90 · Nikon D100 · Nikon D200 · Nikon D300 / D300s · Nikon D600 · Nikon D3000 · Nikon D3100 · Nikon D3200 · Nikon D5000 · Nikon D5100 · Nikon D7000 · Nikon F80 / N80 · Nikon U2 / F75 / N75 · Nikon F70 / F70D / N70 / N70D · Nikon U / F65 / N65 · Nikon F60 / F60D / N60 / N60D · Nikon Us / F55 / N55 · Nikon F50 / F50D / N50 / N50D · Nikon F601 / N6006 · Nikon F501 / N2020 · Nikon F401 / N4004 · Nikon F401X / N5005 · Nikon F401S / N4004S · Nikon F301 / N2000 · Nikon Pronea 600i · Nikon Pronea S · Nikon EM · Nikon FE10 · Nikon FG · Nikon FG-2 · Nikon FM10

Compatible with Canon: Canon EOS 450D / Rebel Digital XSi / Kiss Digital X2 · Canon EOS 400D / Rebel Digital XTi / Kiss Digital X · Canon EOS 350D / Rebel Digital XT / Kiss Digital N · Canon EOS 500D / Rebel Digital T1i / Kiss Digital X3 · Canon EOS 550D / Rebel Digital T2i / Kiss Digital X4 · Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel Digital T3 / Kiss Digital X50 · Canon EOS 600D / Rebel Digital T3i / Kiss Digital X5 · Canon EOS 650D / Rebel Digital T4i / Kiss Digital X6i · Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel Digital XS / Kiss Digital F · Canon EOS 20D / 30D / 40D / 50D / 60D · Canon EOS 5D

[update headline="UPDATE"]Timeline of updates.[/update]
  • [10/1/12] DK-22 compatibility with Nikon D600; added Canon EP-EX15/EX15II to list
  • [7/15/13] Found a compatible eyepiece extender for Canon EOS 7D/Mark II, 5D Mark III/IV, 5DS/R, 1D C, 1D Mark III/IV, 1D X/Mark II and 1Ds Mark III — Full review
  • [1/14/14] Added Hoodman HoodEye eyecup for Canon 7D/Mark II, 5D Mark III/IV, 5DS/R, 1D C, 1D Mark III/IV, 1D X/Mark II and 1Ds Mark III.
  • [4/21/15] Added Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia EP-20 Eyepiece for Canon 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 5DS, 5DS R, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1D X, 1D X Mark II, 1D C, 7D, 7D Mark II, Olympus E3 and E30.
  • [4/11/16] Added Canon MG-Eb and MG-Ef 1.2x magnifying viewfinder.
  • [1/24/17] Our 3D Printed Canon Eyecup Eg Eyepiece Extender for 7D/Mark II, 5D Mark III/IV, 5DS/R, 1D C, 1D Mark III/IV, 1D X/Mark II and 1Ds Mark III is now available for purchase — CLICK HERE

CANON EYECUP EYEPIECE NIKON OPTION #1 (NON-MAGNIFICATION) NIKON OPTION #2 (DK-17M MOD)

Review: BlackRapid RS-7 Camera Strap with FastenR-3 and ConnectR-2


Review: BlackRapid RS-7 Camera Strap with FastenR-3 and ConnectR-2

Overview : The BlackRapid RS-7 Camera Strap is a lightweight strap with attachment points to customize the strap with a choice of storage and other features. It is designed to work with Black Rapid's MODS system. The locking FastenR3 connects the strap to the tripod socket located on either the camera body or the lens. Once connected, the camera hangs upside down, resting securely at the side or in the small of the back, with the lens pointing behind. The strap has a curved pad with a mesh underside for comfort and breathability. The weight is evenly distributed for comfort.

Features :
  • Ripstop nylon
  • Bomb-proof webbing
  • Works with BRAD (Black Rapid Arm Defense) part of the Black Rapid's MODS system
  • Strap is designed to carry a camera or lens vertically
  • RS-7 strap is shaped to fit perfectly around the shoulder
  • Attachment points can customize the strap with a choice of storage and other features
  • Curved shoulder pad has a mesh underside for comfort and breathability
  • Locking FastenR3 connects the strap to the tripod socket located on either the camera body or the lens. Once connected, the camera hangs upside down, resting securely at the side or in the small of the back, with the lens pointing behind
  • CR-2 connector-2 a smooth swivel with a positive lock to ensure the safety of the camera and lens

Review: BlackRapid SnapR 20 Point and Shoot Camera Bag Strap


Review: BlackRapid SnapR 20 Point and Shoot Camera Bag Strap

Overview : The BlackRapid SnapR 20 Point and Shoot Bag combines the features of BlackRapid's revolutionary sling strap concept with a durable, padded camera bag. It is designed to carry a point and shoot camera up to 5.25" x 3.25" x 2". The bag is made from heavy-duty ballistic nylon with an interior lining. The strap has Duraflex acetal hardware and 3/4" nylon webbing with an anti-slip strap pad.

The camera is carried either in the bag or attached to the tripod socket. Use the bag, strap, or hand strap independently or together. Your camera rests upside down, attached to the strap, ready to slide into shooting position. Grab, Glide, Click.

Features :
  • Camera glides from bag to shooting position
  • No worry of dropping or forgetting camera
  • 3-in-1: BAG + SLING STRAP + HAND STRAP
  • Use all 3 together or independently
  • Pocket on each side for phone, accessories, etc.
  • Heavy-duty ballistic nylon interior padding
  • No-scratch nylon lining
  • Duraflex acetal hardware
  • Fits cameras up to 5.25" x 3.25" x 2"
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