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Happy Holidays to Our Readers and Affiliates!



We at 1KIND Photography, would like to wish all our affiliates, our readers and their families a very Happy Holidays. May you spend time with your friends and family and enjoy the moment. Be safe, healthy and happy. Lets all end 2011 and bring in 2012 together with a BANG!

Deal: Outdoor Photographer 1-Year Subscription for $4



DiscountMags offers an Outdoor Photographer 1-Year Subscription for $10.99. Coupon code "DEALNEWS" drops it to $3.99. It includes 12 issues, and you can purchase up to a 3-year subscription at this per-year price.

Don't forget to check out some other magazine offers.

Deal: It's Not over Yet! Great Prices for Final Holiday Gifts at B&H Photo


B&H Photo has some final end of the year sales. Everything in the links are in stock and has free shipping. So why not end 2011 or start your 2012 with a BANG!?


Save up to $150 Plus free Shipping: On 50 of the most popular and in demand SLR LENSES

Save up to $300 &Free Shipping: On 58 Popular DSLR Cameras from Canon/Nikon/Pentax/Sony and more

Save up $100 plus free Shipping: Prices from $84 to $400 something everyone! Over 80 Point & Shoot Cameras

SAVINGS Up to $230 - LENS & SPEEDLITE INSTANT REBATES Offer expires Jan 7, 2012

Luma Labs is Back with a New Shoulder Sling Strap - Cinch



Back in November, we posted that Luma Labs posted an open letter on their website that they were halting all sales of their Loop and LoopIt straps due to a company having the rights to a "camera sling strap".

But Luma Labs wasn't down and out. They had been working on a new camera strap concept the past 6 months at the time and with the patent issue, this was perfect timing. Their newest strap to hit the market is the Cinch. Here is what is stated on their site:
The Big Idea
Every camera strap and sling on the market comes with tradeoffs. Regular neck straps are convenient and secure, but aren’t comfortable all day. Slings are comfortable and fast, but sacrifice stability which can result in your camera bouncing about. As we watched photographers use straps and slings—including our own—we wondered if we could reset the balance of stability and comfort by introducing flexibility and versatility into the equation.


We went to the drawing board with one goal: Make a camera strap that lets you easily change how you carry your camera on-the-fly. Make one that allows you to snug your camera against your back so that you can move actively without it bouncing about, then easily transition to letting it comfortably rest at your side, ready to slide up to your eye in an instant. A strap that you can hang around your neck for a couple of minutes while you change lenses and which can hug your camera to your chest while sitting down. And to do all that while using proven connections that are compatible with tripod quick release plates.

The result is Cinch. It’s like no other strap out there.


Comfort
Cinch features is a soft, stretchy and strong neoprene shoulder pad. Our unique CZZ (Center ZigZag) construction allows Cinch to conform to any curve and distribute weight. Other shoulder pads attain comfort by being curved around a specific portion of your body; Cinch’s pad is comfortable at any position and with no need to center it on your neck or shoulder. It’s rolled edges make it comfortable against your neck. It’s comfortable on bare skin. You’ve got to feel it to be believe it.

Stability
Cinch carries your camera in a different way than traditional straps or slings. It attaches to a top bracket—left or right, Cinch is ambidextrous—and the tripod socket. The result is that your camera in a “down and in” position that hugs your body and keeps your camera stable. It uses the same proven and reliable 10mm webbing connections you’re used to using from other straps and the low-profile CinchMount socket adapter (one is included with every Cinch) fastens securely and won’t twist loose. No fiddly carabiners or fussy connectors.

Have a tripod quick-release plate? Many have strap mount points that Cinch can connect to directly. If you have a plate that doesn’t have a strap mount point, such as Manfrotto plates, we’ll have you covered with a solution in a few weeks.

Flexibility and Versatility
The breakthrough in Cinch’s design is its friction-based pull-tab adjuster on the front. It’s so important we laser engrave our name on it. You can grab the tab and instantly tighten and loosen Cinch on-the-fly. Want your camera close while you walk through a crowd? Grab the tab and tighten it a bit. Need to be ready for a quick shot? Loosen Cinch and it's as quick as a sling. Going out for a hike? Pull the tab and rotate the camera to your back where it will stay glued to you while scrambling over rocks. Want to tighten Cinch down to provide stability for long shots? You can do that too, as we found out from watching our testers.

Easy Sizing and Fit

We know that photographers come in all shapes and sizes. So we make Cinch in three sizes. If you wear an adult M, L, or XL shirt, you should get our regular Cinch. If you’re on the petite side, you should get a Small Cinch. If you wear XL or larger shirts, then get a Big Cinch. But don’t stress out too much about your choice. Thanks to its flexible nature and the fact that we’ve given the sizes a considerable amount of overlap in adjustment, you’ll certainly make the right choice right off the bat.

Once you have it in hand, fitting Cinch is easy. Just put your Cinch over your shoulder, loosen the pull tab adjuster and the use the rear metal adjuster until your camera is positioned just right. If needed, you can also tighten or loosen the 10mm webbing that connects to your camera to adjust things to perfection. Once set up, the front pull tab adjuster gives you just the right amount of on-the-fly adjustments to keep up with any day of photography.

Quality

Cinch is like no other camera strap available today and we've never built any of our products like anyone else. Cinch's shoulder pad is reenforced with mil-spec mechanical stretch webbing and easily holds over 250lbs. Edges are all finished with die-cut, full grain American leather. The polymer camera connectors and webbing are all the same kind that NASA specifies and flies. Our metal hardware is all CNC machined aerospace grade aluminum. For the geeks out there, it’s 6061-T6 that’s been Type II anodized. CinchMount is black-oxide finished ordinance steel.

We don’t skimp on anything. It’s simply not in our nature. Even the smallest of details has been lovingly designed for maximum utility and enjoyment.

One more thing we should mention: Each and every Cinch is crafted in our hometown of Portland, Oregon USA.
If you're interested in more information or want to purchase the Cinch, visit Luma Labs website. Do note that although they are accepting orders, they won't ship until late January 2012.

Deal: $15 off Capture from Peak Design - today only!



$15 off Capture on Boxing Day! (Dec. 26th)

Redeeming the offer is simple - go to peakdesign.com (or visit B&H Photo, Adorama or Amazon) and purchase Capture between 12:01am and 11:59pm GMT, this Monday, December 26th. When you check out, a $15 discount will be added to any purchase of $79.99 or more. No special codes or passwords necessary - anybody who places a qualifying order from their site will receive the offer.

As always, feel free to share this offer with anybody you know who is ready to say goodbye to their neck strap. Remember - the offer is good for Boxing Day only!

You can read our full review at:


Offer Restrictions:
- Offer applies to 1 Capture unit per customer. Additional units purchased will be full-price.
- Offer good only on purchases made on December 26th, 2011, between 12:01am GMT and 11:59pm GMT
- Offer applies only to purchases made from peakdesign.com, or participating dealers. Not all dealers will necessarily participate, so be sure to check with them directly.
- Want to buy off Amazon? Go for it! Offer will also apply to Amazon.com purchases from Peak Design.

Deal: $10 off Purchases 100+ & $10 off Future Purchase $50+ at Amazon



Today only. Amazon is offering $10 off purchases of $100 or more when you use any MasterCard credit card with code 3TLRXE3N. Plus, receive an additional $10 credit to use on future purchases of $50 or more from Amazon.com.

Deal: BorrowLenses Holiday Special! Rent for 10 Days, get an Extra Seven Days FREE!



BorrowLenses is delivering holiday cheer this year by offering an extra seven days of rental fun for FREE to anyone who rents for a minimum of 10 days! Here is how it works:
  1. Go to our website and select a rental that is at least 10 days and will ship by December 23rd! 
  2. At checkout, type "freeweek" (w/o quotes) into the Promotional Codes box.
  3. Enjoy an extra FREE 7 days on your rental!
Fine Print
*"freeweek" cannot be combined with other coupons or offers.
**If you already have a 3-7 day reservation and want to upgrade to get the free week, simply email help@borrowlenses.com or call 650-508-3370 with your order number and we'll be happy to apply the extension.

Deal: Case Logic High Zoom Camera Case for $12 + free shipping via Prime



Amazon offers its Amazon Prime members the Case Logic High Zoom Camera Case for $12.35 with free shipping. (Non-members can spend $25 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping adds $5.58.) It features side zippered accessory pockets, an internal zippered memory card pocket, belt loop, detachable lanyard, and more.

Orders placed by December 21 at 11 pm ET using Amazon Prime are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. (Non-members need to order by December 19.)

Deal: Canon EOS Rebel T3i w/ 4 lenses, more for $1,233 after rebate + free shipping



Amazon offers the Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera bundled with the Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens, model no. 5169B005, the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Lens, model no. 6473A003, the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens, model no. 0345B002, the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Lens, model no. 2044B002, the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer, model no. 3295B002, and the Tiffen 58mm UV Protection Filter for $1,633.30. (Add each item to your cart and proceed to final checkout to see this price.) Redeem this $400 mail-in rebate for a final price of $1,233.30 with free shipping.

The camera features a 3" vari-angle LCD, HD video recording, 3 fps continuous shooting, SD/SDHC card slot, USB connectivity, and more. The printer features an 8-color ink system, up to 4800x2400 resolution, up to 13x19" borderless prints, image correction, USB connectivity, PictBridge, and more. Deal ends December 31.

Orders placed by December 21 at 11 pm ET using Amazon Prime are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. (Non-members need to order by December 19.)

UNDFIND's ONE Laptop and Camera Bag System


UNDFIND'S ONE LAPTOP AND CAMERA BAG SYSTEM IS FUNDED AS OF 12/16/11!
YOU CAN STILL PLACE YOUR PLEDGE BY 1/7/12. BAGS DON'T SHIP UNTIL FEBRUARY 2012


We try to bring you the latest news, reviews, deals and occasionally new products that you may find interesting. At the same time, we try and help companies get their name and products out. As we were browsing the internet, we found a company called UNDFIND (pronounced "undefined") on Kickstarter, and noticed that they make gear for us photographers. We're all for new start-up companies and releasing new and exciting products for photographers. The more the merrier!

If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, its a place for entrepreneurs to kick start their business. Those interested in a product can "pledge" money to help fund their project. If the companies/persons pledged goal is met, it goes into production and you get your product. If it does not, you don't pay anything and the company won't be able to make the product. Companies like Peak Design's Capture Clip System and Custom SLR's Split Strap and Glide Strap all started on Kickstarter.

Like Peak Design and Custom SLR, UNDFIND is looking to make a splash in the market with their ONE bag. As of this post, they have $6,565 out of their $10,000 goal. Project will be funded if they reach their goal by January 7, 2012.
  • If you pledge $15 or more, you get two (2) designer FISHBOMBS for filters and accessories (retails $30).
  • If you pledge $39 or more, you get THE WAIST SHOOTER SET with designer cover and strap for quick lens changing (retails for $69).
  • If you pledge $65 or more, you get THE ONE BAG LAPTOP SET with NO photo insert, designer cover and strap (retails for $89).
  • If you pledge $79 or more, you get THE ONE BAG CAMERA & LAPTOP SET with photo insert, designer cover and strap (retails $129).
  • If you pledge $109 or more, you get THE ONE SYSTEM which consists of THE WAIST SHOOTER SET and THE ONE BAG CAMERA & LAPTOP SET (retails $189).

For more information or if you want to pledge towards their goal, visit UNDFIND's Kickstarter. Hopefully, we'll be able to review UNDFIND's products in the near future.

Below is some information about the products offered...

Holiday Wish List?



With the holiday season only a few weeks away, what is on top of your wish list? For me, it would have to be the new ASUS Transformer Prime Tablet. Being able to browse the web, check emails without being near my computer or turning it on, watching 1080p movies, taking pictures with the nice 8MP rear camera and be able to show pictures to friends, families and clients.

Deal: Digital Photo Magazine 1-Year Subscription for $4.44 - up to 3 years.



Discount Mags has Digital Photo Magazine for $4.44/yr (62% off). You can purchase up to 3 years at the per year price ($8.88 for 2 years; $13.32 for 3 years). During checkout, you'll need to enter coupon code "8584". Coupon expires on 12/12/11.

Don't forget to check out our Magazine Deals section for more magazines and deals.

And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for any updates to new magazine deals.

Deal: Amazon Gold Box Lightning Deals - Photography Items



Today only, Amazon has some nice photography items listed on their Gold Box Lightning Deals. Some notable items that may catch your eyes are the PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter, FlexTT5 Transceiver, Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB, CaseLogic SLR Sling Bag and Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Tripod + BH1 Ball Head.

Like all Amazon Gold Box Lightning Deals, you will get the discount and be able to see the current deal price when item has gone live. Deal ends when time limit expires or when item has been 100% claimed. Discount is applied at checkout.

Review: CPTech B-Grip EVO Camera Belt Clip Holder


Review: CPTech B-Grip EVO Camera Belt Clip Holder

Overview : B-grip EVO by CPTech is the innovative system for carrying a DSLR Camera on your hip. A universal carrying system in which your DSLR does not depend on laces, neck straps or a bag. Made with the highest quality materials EVO guarantees comfort, safety and on the fly availability of your DSLR. This translates into a purely pleasurable photographic experience in every condition of use. The camera is directly connected to the body allowing a freedom of movement and availability which has never been achieved before.

The camera does not swing continuously into the body when you are moving around. Its small form factor makes b-grip EVO unobtrusive and always available for a an unsurpassed ease of use. EVO will accommodate most configurations including flash, Zoom lens and a battery grip. EVO supports a weight up to 17.64 lbs and adapts to the needs of professional and recreational photographers alike.

The b-grip EVO development has been made with several tests and ergonomic studies. The high quality standard is guaranteed by the experience of CPTech, a leading company in the production of plastic injection.

Features :
  • The b-grip EVO has an assortment of new features that make it more convenient and safe than ever before
  • EVO has the addition of extra loops that offer even more stability; an additional belt can be used to secure the bottom of the base to your leg with "Han-Solo" like ease, keeping your camera firmly secured to your body
  • The addition of a removable rubber stopper around thumb screw on the base plate assures that your camera will not come loose from heavy movement and strenuous activity. In addition to rubber stopper EVO offer an additional easy to use safety thumb lock that prevents an accidental base plate release
  • The b-grip's WDS, Weight Discharge System is now further reinforced with a fiberglass loaded techno-polymer for light weight and ultra solid feel of support

Deal: One-Year Subscription to Outdoor Photographer $3.75 at Best Deal Magazines



Best Deal Magazines has a one-year subscription to Outdoor Photographer Magazine for $4.69 - 20% off with coupon code WKLYSPEC = $3.75. Use code PXSS1211 [Exp 12/11] to take an additional 15% off.

You can also purchase Digital Photo and Digital Photo Pro for $5.95 and $17.95, respectively.

How to Perform a Stress Test on Your Memory Cards



In our previous post, we gave a list of programs that can help recover lost, deleted or corrupt memory cards. All storage devices have a potential of failing and being corrupt. They can fail on you at any time especially on the crucial moments or they won't. It would be hear wrenching to take your pictures of your family or for a client and all of a sudden, you lost them all due to a memory card failure.

But what if there was a way to lower the chances and try to prevent any corrupt data or faulty memory cards before you start taking your pictures or at a big event. Granted, the recovering of images can bring it back but it may not bring back everything or anything at all. At the same time, why give yourself a heart attack or stress?
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