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Rumor: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS



We had just reported a rumor of a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L IS not too long ago. A prototype form does exist but a Canon 24-70mm f/4 is what will be coming to market. Is this a smart move? Canon already sells and includes a 24-105mm f/4 with camera bodies but do we need one that is practically the same but shorter focal length? The optics may be better on the new 24-70 but is it worth losing the extra focal length?

No word on pricing or release date but we'll keep you posted when we hear something.

Source: Canon Rumors

Rumor: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS



When rumors of Canon's latest 24-70 f/2.8 started to slowly leak, people wondered if it would have IS (Image Stabilization). Priced at over two thousand dollars, most people just assumed that this was it. When it was officially announced and released, the new $2,300 24-70 f/2.8 L II [Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama] did not have IS built-in and many Canon users were disappointed. Even if Canon had considered developing a stabilized 24-70, how much would it cost? The Tamron 24-70 2.8 which has their own VC (Vibration Control) [Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama] is just $1300. Some are saying that it is roughly as sharp as the Canon mkII. I don't own the mkII but did purchase the Tamron 24-70 and received an unsharp copy. I've also read people returning/exchanging 2-3 copies before getting a sharp copy. I ended up purchasing a used sharp copy of Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 mkI (discontinued).

Word on the street is that a stabilized 24-70 mkII in prototype form is floating around on the streets. You would think it would be dead with the release of the none IS version but I guess not. So would Canon release a mkII IS? If Canon does produce one, it should cost no more than $2,500 or it would just be ridiculous. The non-IS mkII would also need to drop in price to around $1,700. This would definitely anger those who purchased the 24-70 f/2.8 mkII.

But keep in mind, Canon has a similar lens marketing strategy with the 70-200's. There are both stabilized and non-stabilized versions, both f/2.8 and f/4. So there is definitely room for the 24-70's to adopt this lens lineup. But remember, this is all a rumor...for now.

Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery


Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery

Overview : SterlingTek's Canon LP-E6 Battery is specifically designed to work for your compatible Canon EOS cameras such as the Canon 7D, 60D, 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III. SterlingTek's Canon LP-E6 Battery (POWWER Brand) is made to exceed the OEM charging capacity. 1 Year Full Warranty: SterlingTek will replace this or any other item that you purchase from them for 1 year from the date your order is processed if it fails under normal wear or is defective.

Features :
  • SterlingTek's Canon LP-E6 Battery (POWWER Brand)
  • 100% OEM Compatible - Meets or Exceeds OEM Canon LP-E6 Battery specifications
  • Guaranteed to work with your camera
  • CE Safety Certification
  • SterlingTek batteries are guaranteed for 1 FULL Year

Quality/Usability : The genuine OEM Canon LP-E6 battery can be a bit pricey ($60-100) and since we were impressed with SterlingTek's POWWER NB-5L battery for the Canon Powershot S100, we decided to get one for our Canon 5D Mark III (5D3) and try it out. Some people will question why spend a couple hundred or thousand dollars on a camera but go cheap on the battery. I also know some people who will only get OEM batteries for warranty purposes? Manufacturer's won't know what battery you had in there unless you told them that you had aftermarket. I just don't think it's worth spending 3x-4x more just for brand name. But it's all personal preference. As a reminder, if you want genuine OEM batteries, avoid eBay and any sellers based in Asia. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.

Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery
Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery

There's really nothing fancy about the packaging. It comes in a cardboard box with a safety precaution paper and a cover for the battery. The LP-E6 battery is compatible with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 60D and 7D cameras. I love the fact that the battery is used by other camera models. If you ever decided to go from a cropped sensor 60D or 7D to full frame like the 5D3 or vice versa, you don't have to go and buy new batteries.

Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery
Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery

The size of the SterlingTek's battery is identical to the Canon brand, so there won't be any fitment issues. The SterlingTek battery fits perfectly, both in the camera and in the battery tray for the BG-E11 battery grip. The genuine Canon LP-E6 is rated at 1800 mAh while the SterlingTek is rated for 2600 mAh.

Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery
SterlingTek battery in camera body (left); Sterlingtek and OEM Canon battery in grip (right)

Review: SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D 7D 60D Battery

The camera is also able to report the battery status as well as shutter counts associated with the battery. I've read that some aftermarket batteries doesn't display this info or gives an error even though it powers the camera. In order to display the battery information to display, there is a special chip built into the battery. The SterlingTek battery has no problem displaying the info and has it's own serial number. I didn't purchase another SterlingTek battery so I can't confirm if the serial number is the same for all SterlingTek LP-E6 batteries. But from what I have read from other buyers is that the serial numbers are the same but the camera is able to remember shutter counts separately. So as long it works, that is all that matters.

The genuine Canon LP-E6 on a 5D Mark III can provide about 1,000 shots before you have to charge the battery. With the SterlingTek having slightly more power, I was able to get a few hundred more shots before I had to change out batteries. Of course, the number of shots you are able to take depends on how often you look at the image preview and whether or not you have lens IS (Image Stabilization) turned on.

Conclusion : Overall, the SterlingTek POWWER LP-E6 Replacement Canon EOS 5D Mark III Battery. I'm not a fan of 3rd party batteries because of the quality of the battery but Canon U.S.A. charges $100 for the genuine LP-E6 battery and authorized dealers such as B&H Photo and Adorama charges $60. At those price points, I'm willing to sacrifice and get 3rd party. Even if the SterlingTek battery failed on me after the 1 year warranty expired, it would still cost less than an OEM if I was to go out and buy another replacement. There are other 3rd party batteries but they cost slightly more than what SterlingTek is charging but have lesser mAh.

SterlingTek's own website sells the battery for $22.99 plus $7.99 shipping. But SterlingTek sells the same battery on Amazon for $25.00 with FREE shipping. Items ordered from SterlingTek may be subject to tax in certain states, based on the state to which the order is shipped. They also have listings at the $22.99 price with shipping. I think it's a no brainer as to where and why I added the Amazon link (I also added a link for OEM Canon battery if you insist on getting OEM).


*UPDATE* - 07/22/2013
I went to turn on my camera and it gave me a low battery indicator on my Canon 5D Mark III. On the LCD screen of the camera, it gave me an error message saying that there was an issue with the battery and did I want to continue using it. I said "YES" and under the battery info, it said "UNKNOWN" instead of "LP-E6".

I called SterlingTek in regards to the battery issue. They asked where I got it from and told them Amazon order number. They confirmed my mailing address and said the battery will be shipped out that day and will arrive the following day. Low and behold, I had a package waiting for me via FedEx Standard Overnight. GREAT customer service!

This is not to say that their product quality is horrible. Nothing is perfect and even OEM products will fail. I have another SterlingTek battery that is still kicking and going strong. This update is to show their loyalty to customer and their customer service. I will be purchasing more batteries from them for any new electronic I purchase.



Manufacturer: SterlingTek
Site: Buy from Amazon

Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body Only for $2994



Not only has the retail price for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III dropped but deals have been steadily popping up. B&H Photo has dropped the price of the camera to $2994.00. We've seen deals cheaper on eBay but they sometimes come from unauthorized dealers. If you're looking to get the Canon 5D3 from an authorized dealer, this is definitely a great price.
  • 22.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • 3.2" Clear View High Resolution LCD
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 61-Point High Density AF
  • Full HD 1080/30p and 720/60p Formats
  • Built-In HDR and Multiple Exposure Modes
  • Extended ISO Range (50-102400)
  • Up to 6.0 FPS Continuous Mode
  • Dual CF and SD Memory Card Slots
  • Durable Magnesium-Alloy Construction
*UPDATE*
Amazon has jumped in on the price dropping deal.

Review: GGS III DSLR Glass LCD Screen Protector


Review: GGS III DSLR Glass LCD Screen Protector

Overview : Do you worry about your camera screen being susceptible to significant scratches or breakage? The best way to shield your camera screen from scratches and breakage is to get a screen protector. Specially designed for your camera, this GGS DSLR LCD Screen Protector gives your device maximum protection and makes your camera screen clear and pristine after continuous use. It is anti-glare and anti-dust, and anti-scratch. The feel of the screen with the protector on it, is as good as the raw screen without affecting the sensitivity of your camera screen.

Features :
  • It uses a 0.5mm ultrathin optical glass with at least 90% transmittance. The image is displayed in focus when applied
  • With special treatment, its hardness and durability is close to or as high as mohs scale 8H, preventing the LCD screen from being rubbed and scraped
  • With the explosion-proof film, it will not damage the LCD screen from being impacted
  • Except the round framing eyepiece, we have added anti-fog eyepiece so that it can combine the function with anti-fog and anti-dust
  • The frame design of black ABS can match well with the camera
  • With the connection of push-pull type or bayonet fixing, it is easy to install and remove
  • It can avoid the erosion of the sweat, oil, acid and alkali element to lengthen the life of your LCD screen
  • Easy to use
  • Anti-scratch, anti-dust, anti-collision, moisture-proof, UV protection

Quality/Usability : I'm always cautious and always "baby" my gear. Some people aren't and some people are. I actually purchased a GGS III LCD Screen Protector for my Nikon D7000 but never had a chance to review it because I ended up selling my D7000 with the GGS included. But now that I went and purchased a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, I also went and got a GGS screen protector for my new toy.

Why would I buy the GGS when Nikon cameras usually come with its own screen protector? Although those screen protectors protect the screen, its not scratch resistant. After awhile, it becomes filled with scratches and its hard to see the display. With other cameras, some may not include a screen protector such as Canon. Granted, the screen may be made of some type of scratch resistant glass but you can never be too cautious. Better to be safe than sorry. It also helps with resale value. Buyers love mint condition items. It shows how careful you are with your gear and how well you maintain them.

Review: GGS III DSLR Glass LCD Screen Protector

The cheaper version of the GGS is just a piece of glass that is applied to the top of the screen with sticky residue. It also includes a screen protector for the top LCD display. The new GGS is an all-in-one piece and slides over the viewfinder and covers the LCD display. Unfortunately, it does not come with a screen protector for the top LCD. It would be nice to include one for those who would like to apply one.

Review: GGS III DSLR Glass LCD Screen Protector Review: GGS III DSLR Glass LCD Screen Protector Review: GGS III DSLR Glass LCD Screen Protector

Both the LCD and viewfinder screen are crystal clear. Since its crystal clear, it can give off a bit of a glare but not to the point where you're unable to view the screen. Underneath the screen is felt lining to prevent any dust or particles getting underneath the GGS protector. But once in a while, you'll get a few sneaky ones getting underneath. If you do get some, just lift up the protector, blow/wipe off the particles and reinsert the protector. The felt lining also prevents scratches to the screen.

Review: GGS III DSLR Glass LCD Screen Protector

Instructions on how to install GGS III LCD Screen Protector:
  1. Slide off the rubber eyepiece from the camera.
  2. Slide the GGS Screen Protector onto the viewfinder grooves.
  3. Refit the rubber eyepiece onto the GGS Screen Protector.
  4. Done.
Once the screen protector is placed on, this is how it will look:

Review: GGS III DSLR Glass LCD Screen Protector

For the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, the GGS screen protector covers part of the blue printer icon at the top left and a little bit of the Canon logo at the bottom. So as long it does not get in the way of me pressing buttons, that is fine with me. There was also no wiggling once it's placed on. If there is any, it's minimal.

Conclusion : Overall, the GGS III DSLR Glass LCD Screen Protector is a great affordable accessory. Some will hate it, some will love it. But if you treasure your gear and resale value, you may want to look into this. Fitment is great, covers the screen perfectly and blends in well with the camera. It doesn't get in the way of any of the buttons or dials on the back of the camera.

B&H Photo and Adorama carries the same type of product but its under the Vello and Flash Point brand, respectively.




Deal: Canon Rebel T3i 18MP DSLR, lenses, more for $599 after rebate + free shipping



B&H Photo-Video offers the Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, model no. 5169B003, bundled with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS Telephoto Lens, model no. 2044B002, Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Photo Inkjet Printer, model no. 3295B002, Canon Photo Paper Plus 13" x 19" Semi-Gloss, SanDisk 16GB Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 SDHC Card, model no. SDSDRX3-016G-A21, and Lowepro Rezo 170 AW Shoulder Bag for $999. This $400 mail-in rebate drops the price to $599 with free shipping.

The Rebel T3i features include a 3" vari-angle LCD, 1080p video recording, 3.7 fps continuous shooting, mini HDMI output, SD/SDHC/MMC card slot, USB connectivity, and more. The printer supports photo papers up to 13"x19", and features 4800x2400 resolution, PictBridge4, USB 2.0 connectivity, and more. Rebate ends December 31.

Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap


Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap

Overview : The new Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap features an all grip, non-slip, and detachable neoprene shoulder pad which is a stretchy material that absorbs the weight of the camera. The DS-2 has a front slider quick adjustment and 3-button snap buckle. The strap also comes with a D-1 wide platform ballhead locknut which will not scratch any camera surface it screws onto. The ballhead is super universal and fits all cameras with standard tripod mount.

Features :
  • All grip, non-slip ULTRA WIDE neoprene shoulder pad
  • Stretchy material, absorb the weight of camera
  • Wide platform ballhead connection
  • Scratch proof, CAN NOT scratch the camera
  • Super Universal, fits all camera with standard tripod mount
  • Front metal slider quick adjustment
  • Detachable shoulder pad
  • 3-Button snap buckle
Package Includes:
  • DS-2 Strap (Include the Connector) x 1
  • Wide Platform Ball Head Locknut x 1

Quality/Usability : The Carry Speed DS-2 is part of the DS Series but what makes it different from the DS-Slim or the DS-PRO that we reviewed? Let's find out.

Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap

Carry Speed sling straps primarily consist of 4 parts: neoprene shoulder padding, nylon webbing strap with buckles and connector, ballhead locknut and allen key.

Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap

Carry Speed neoprene straps have been the same design but with the DS-2, it's still a neoprene strap but the design is different. The strap is lightweight and flexible. You barely notice it on your shoulder. Unlike the original straps, there is only one size and its about the same width as the slim. Since it's a neoprene strap, it has the ability to stretch to accommodate the varying weights of cameras. Typically wide (PRO) straps are for those with big shoulders or bigger upper body. If you have a small shoulder or a female, SLIM would be perfect match. If you're of average build, either will work fine but its personal preference. However, with the DS-2 redesign, its perfect for all sizes.

Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap

Unlike the other Carry Speed straps, the neoprene strap is attached in the back but the front has a buckle. So it's not two separate straps. I have a feeling this may allow for mods like pouches in the near future. Main adjustments to adjust the length are made in the back. Before the CS series, if you weren't going to use your camera anymore and you needed for it to be stable without it flopping around, you would slide the bumper stopper that was close to your chest and down to the camera. Now, the bumper stopper is gone. The bumper that is in the back that prevents the camera from going behind you is still included. The front quick adjustment is a pull strap that is located on the front of your strap. The DS-2's front quick adjustment is slightly different. There's no metal buckle. To tighten, lift the loop buckle and pull on the plastic D-ring. This will shorten the length of your strap which makes the camera come closer to your body. To loosen, just pull up on the loop buckle and pull the main nylon strap down towards the camera. Video demonstration can be seen below.

Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap

Typical buckles require you to squeeze the buckle with two fingers and it releases. A thief or prankster can easily use their two fingers to release your strap and cause your gear to drop to the ground or even steal it. Even if you accidentally forget to fully push the buckle in, it can unclip and fall to the ground. One of the unique features that is different from other sling straps is the three (3) button quick release. With Carry Speed's 3 buckle quick release system, it now requires you to use two hands. You still use your two fingers to release the buckle but now you need to press a third button to release the third locking mechanism. This provides added security. Would-be thiefs won't know what hit them when they try to release the clips. They'll also have to work harder for it too.

Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap
New ballhead locknut (left); Old ballhead locknut (right)

To install the ballhead locknut, simply hand-screw it into the tripod socket. Once its hand tightened, you can either use an allen key (not included) to tighten the locknut. But what's different about the new ballhead over the old ballhead is that it has a wider base at the bottom but you can now also use a coin to tighten the ballhead if you lost or don't have the allen key with you. If you're using the allen key, there is no place to store it. You'll have to throw it into your camera bag or a pouch and pray it does not get lost. But even if it does, any allen key will work fine and can be purchased from a hardware store for cheap or as mentioned, you now have an option of using a coin.

What's great about the ballhead locknut is that it works with the Spider Holster. So if you own a Spider Holster or plan on purchasing on, this will work.

Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap Review: Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Strap

Typical sling straps use a carabiner to attach to fastener on the bottom of your camera. But with the Carry Speed series, it uses its unique locking system. Inside the connector is a hollowed out center that houses the ballhead. To keep the ball from coming out, you simply screw the connector all the way down. The connector itself is totally unique as I have not seen anything like it and is patent pending. Once the locknut and connector has been installed and closed, the connector does not come near the body of your camera. This will not damage or scuff your camera.

Here is a promotional video for Carry Speed:


Conclusion : Overall, the Carry Speed DS-2 Camera Sling Sling Strap is essentially the same as the DS-Slim. Nylon webbing strap, ballhead locknut are all the same. Only difference is the neoprene strap and the front quick adjustment. The front quick adjustment isn't hassle free as the DS-Slim/PRO but it also doesn't loosen easily either.

With the front buckle being in the front and the way the neoprene strap is designed, I have a feeling that Carry Speed will be releasing mod attachments such as pouches or something you'll be able to add to the strap.




Manufacturer: Carry Speed
Site: Buy from Carry Speed

DS-Slim: Buy from Carry Speed

DS-PRO: Buy from Carry Speed

Press Release: GoPro Launches New HD HERO3 Camera Line Featuring Smallest 4K Camera



GoPro known for its use in action sports, has refreshed its entire range, including the addition of the 4k-capable HERO3 Black Edition. The existing HD HERO and HERO2 models have essentially been re-housed in smaller cases with updated user interfaces and will sit alongside the Black Edition as the White and Silver Editions, respectively. The Wi-Fi enabled HERO3 Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro, ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter & 2X more powerful than previous models. New resolutions and frame-rates include 4Kp 15, 2.7kp 30, 1080p 60, 1440p 48, 960p 100, 720p 120 and 12MP burst photo capture at 30 fps. It also features a Protune mode that offers higher bit-rates and a neutral color profile better suited to post-processing.

The HERO3 Silver edition, is essentially a HERO2 in the latest smaller body, also gains Protune mode for its HD output - a feature added via firmware to existing HERO2 models. The latest models also gain Wi-Fi control to allow remote control via the recently-announced App, while the Black Edition includes a waterproof Wi-Fi controller.

As mentioned, there is a White, Silver and Black edition. The MSRP are $199.99, $299.99 and $399.99 respectively. You can purchase the new HERO3 from B&H Photo.

For a limited time, B&H Photo is having a sale on GoPro HERO2 for $199. So if you don't need all that new fancy features, the GoPro HERO2 is still a great choice.

Continue reading for full press release.

Smaller, Lighter, More Powerful with Built-in Wi-Fi Camera Available in Three Editions

San Mateo, California (October 17, 2012)
- GoPro, maker of the world’s most versatile and durable cameras and producer of today’s most engaging content announces the release of its new HD HERO3 camera line up in White, Silver and Black editions. Each new addition retains the iconic look of the previous award winning HD HERO cameras, but comes in about half the size of its predecessors and has built-in Wi-Fi technology. At the top of the new product line up, the HD HERO3 Black Edition is one of the most powerful camera systems available, delivering astounding 4K and 2.7K video resolutions all in the size of a small box of matches, making it easier to share your world. The White, Silver and Black editions are available for pre-order at GoPro.com and are shipping to specialty retailers around the world for MSRP $199.99, $299.99 and $399.99 respectively.

Camera Tips: Camera and Lens Warranty Information



As I browse various photography forums and look at marketplaces whether its looking for deals or selling my own gear, potential buyers usually ask for a copy of sales receipt for warranty purposes (if there is any time remaining). There's also been online deals and people question the manufacturer warranty from a non-authorized dealer.

Some people say that warranty is not transferable, whether or not a manufacturer will repair under warranty or some just don't know if the product they purchased or about to purchase is eligible for warranty. This article will help you get a general idea and a better understanding of each manufacturer's stance on warranty and what to look for if you want full manufacturer warranty.

If you don't have any warranty and feel you can make the minor repairs, I've also included information on how and where to purchase replacement parts.

*NOTE: I am not customer support or representative for any of the manufacturers mentioned in this article. Any information in regards to warranty is information gathered from online forums, information provided on the manufacturers website or warranty cards that come with products and/or personal experience.

If you have comments, want to share your experience or have additional information that you would like to contribute, let us know and we'll update this article. I will be updating this article as more information become available.

Continue reading for detailed information from each manufacturer.

What is "Gray/Grey Market"?
Generally, a manufacturer works with a single importer who can sell and support their products in a given region. The importer usually has local dealers and distributors who resell the imported products; this is called a "distribution channel". Gray Market refers to merchandise that is imported and sold by methods other than these normal channels.

For local safety regulations and certifications (FCC, CE, UL, etc.) and government requirements a manufacturer provides special packaging (manuals in the appropriate language, power cables designed for the local receptacle, etc.) and product engineering designed to meet local codes. Manufacturers also have service and support agreements with the authorized importer.

Gray Market items are not designed to be sold in a particular market and cannot be supported by the authorized importer because they may not meet mandatory safety and certification codes. Because these items are not designed for a particular market they may not function properly, or the authorized importer may not be equipped to provide service, support or software.

With the opening of international borders and the use of the Internet to sell goods, Gray Market equipment has become extremely common in the photographic and consumer electronics markets. Many different types of equipment are brought into North America for sale without the proper documentation and US consumers do not always know what they are purchasing.

Because the resellers' cost is less they can sell Gray Market items for less. Unfortunately this price savings is only on the initial purchase; because service and support is more difficult to obtain it may end up costing the consumer more in the long run.

General Rule of Thumb:
1. Always buy from authorized dealers such as Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama, if you want warranty. Camera manufacturers usually will not accept warranty repairs unless it's purchased from an authorized dealer.

If the deal was just too good to be true, it probably was. One of the first indicators that a piece of merchandise might be Gray Market is if the price is considerably less than most other resellers.

Camera manufacturers also will not repair gray market items. If you have a problem with a gray market item, you'll have to send it back the reseller or importer for warranty claims. Doing this will cost a lot and longer wait time due to shipping overseas.

2. If buying from Amazon, item must be "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com" (as shown below) in order to have valid warranty.


Amazon's marketplace (3rd party sellers) tend to be non-authorized dealers or an independent seller. If you're unsure if the 3rd party sellers are authorized dealers, take a look at the list of authorized dealers in the PDF provided by manufacturer (below).

3. If buying an item from an eBay, the seller must be an authorized reseller (as shown below). If you're buying an item from a seller who's a normal eBay seller or an online store that is not an authorized reseller, there is no valid manufacturer warranty. Be aware that some sellers will claim there is US Warranty but read the description and fine prints carefully in the auction before purchasing. The warranty may be from a 3rd party (at additional cost) or sellers store warranty and not from the manufacturer.

Example of Authorized Dealer/Reseller:

If you purchased on eBay from an authorized dealer such as Adorama, you still qualify for any rebates (if available) and manufacturer warranty because they will provide you with a store receipt/invoice to be used as proof of purchase.

Example of Non-Authorized Dealer/Reseller:

Non-authorized dealers may provide you with receipt/invoice for warranty but manufacturers may not accept them since they are not authorized dealers. Some may just give you PayPal invoices, which are not valid proof of purchases.

4. The following is basic warranty information. It's generally the same across the board with most manufacturers but it may vary slightly:
  • The limited warranty is only effective upon presentation of your Bill of Sale or other proof of purchase. The Equipment is warranted under normal, non-commercial, personal use, against defective materials or workmanship as follows: Parts: Defective parts will be exchanged for new, remanufactured, repaired and/or recycled parts for a period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase. Labor: For a period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase, labor will be provided free of charge by our factory service centers or designated service facilities located in the United States. When returning Equipment under this warranty, you must pre-pay the shipping charges, and you must enclose the Bill of Sale or other proof of purchase with a complete explanation of the problem. During the ONE-YEAR warranty period, repairs will be made and the Equipment will be return-shipped to you free of charge. For repairs after the warranty period is over, you will be given an estimate of the cost of repair and an opportunity to approve or disapprove of the repair expense before it is incurred. If you approve, repairs will be made and the Equipment will be return-shipped to you (shipping charges apply). If you disapprove, we will return-ship the equipment at no charge to you.
  • Warranty does not cover loss of or damage to the Product due to abuse, mishandling, improper packaging by you, alteration, accident, electrical current fluctuations, failure to follow operating, maintenance or services performed by someone other than manufacturer, or an authorized service provider for the Product. Without limiting the foregoing, water damage, sand/corrosion damage, battery leakage, dropping the Product, scratches, abrasions or damage to the body, lenses or LCD display.
  • Warranty does not cover use of parts or supplies (other than those sold by the manufacturer) that cause damage to the Product or cause abnormally frequent service calls or service problems.
  • Warranty is not valid if the Product has had its serial number or dating altered or removed.
  • Warranty usually does not cover any included accessories.
  • Warranty exchange or replacement does not extend the original warranty period of the Product.
5. If you're handy and looking for replacements parts to replace yourself, you can order parts from the following places:
  • USCamera [Canon | Nikon]
  • Canon Parts Center (Jamesburg, NJ - part number may be needed) - (732) 521-7230
  • Nikon does not sell genuine parts to customers




Complete list of Canon Authorized Dealers

You may obtain technical support for your Product as follows:
  1. E‐mail support via our Web site at https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/
  2. Telephone assistance from a Canon U.S.A. Customer Care representative free of charge during regular business hours at 1‐800‐OK‐CANON (1‐800‐652‐2666)
  3. Online Repair Product Selection
Canon includes warranty cards/slips with their products.

All Canon professional products are manufactured to the highest quality standards that businesses and working professionals require. And Canon's product warranty and industry leading service and support ensure both peace of mind and years of maximum value for your business.

All professional products sold via Canon USA authorized resellers are covered by a comprehensive product warranty. These warranties provide support should an unexpected problem occur due to a manufacturer's defect. To review the terms of individual product warranties, please click on the links below for details on the coverage provided for each product.
Are camera/lens warranty transferable?
In pretty much all of the PDFs, the second or last page (depending on PDF warranty), right above Canon U.S.A. states the following:
"THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL NOT EXTEND TO ANYONE OTHER THAN THE ORIGINAL PURCHASER OF THE PRODUCT, OR THE PERSON FOR WHOM IT WAS PURCHASED AS A GIFT, AND STATES YOUR EXCLUSIVE REMEDY."
This states that the warranty is valid to the original purchaser. This we all know. However, it also says that the warranty is valid for the person who is receiving the product as a gift as well. For example, if I bought something for a friend and it's a surprise gift, the receipt will have my name and address. Since it's a gift, the warranty will be valid for my friend who's receiving the product in the event it needs to be sent in for repair under warranty. So as long you have a copy of the receipt, it will be enough for warranty repairs. Essentially, this can also apply to used gear that you purchase from marketplaces. You may want to make a copy of the receipt and on the new photocopy, write down that it was a gift and use this receipt to submit with warranty claim. Canon basically wants to make sure that the product is purchased from an authorized dealer.

 What's the word around the internet about Canon?
From what I have read from various forums, Canon is a little more lenient when it comes to warranty claims. If the camera was not purchased from an authorized dealer, a blank US Warranty Card MUST be included with camera and matching serial number in order to qualify for warranty repairs. If you purchased from an authorized dealer, you can submit either a copy of receipt or US Warranty Card.

If you weren't the original purchaser (i.e. you purchased the camera used) and there is still warranty left, Canon will still accept the product for warranty repair so as long you have a copy of receipt from authorized retailer (as per "gift" as mentioned above) and camera has never been registered. If the product has already been registered online or has been serviced previously by the original owner, Canon will reject your warranty claim as you are not the original owner who submitted the first warranty claim.

I sent my PowerShot S100 in for repair due to lens error. The lens would be stuck in the extended position and would not retract. I sent it in and they fixed it and camera worked fine but no mention of replacing any parts. Few months later, issue happened again. Sent it back in and this time, they replaced some parts and the issue has not happened again.

I also purchased a refurbished EF 24-70mm f2.8 II lens. It had dust in the lens and since I was within the warranty period, I sent it back to have it cleaned. When the lens came back, it was cleaned and looked brand new.




Complete list of Nikon Authorized Dealers

You may obtain technical support for your Product as follows:
  • Click here to create an account to ask Nikon Technical Support a question.
  • If you have an account and are currently logged in, click here to Ask Nikon a question.
Nikon Technical Support
8AM - 12AM (Eastern)
7 days a week
1-800-Nikon-US
1-800-645-6687
Service and Repair Support
8AM - 12AM (Eastern)
7 days a week
1-800-Nikon-US
1-800-645-6687
Nikon Store Support
8AM - 12AM (Eastern)
7 days a week
1-800-Nikon-US
1-800-645-6687

When it comes to Nikon warranties, it's slightly different from Canon.

Digital SLR Camera Bodies and Coolpix Cameras: No registration or "warranty" card is included or needed with a Nikon D-SLR or Coolpix camera. Keep your original, dated proof of purchase from the Authorized Nikon Inc. dealer in case warranty service is ever needed. These products do include either a mail-in form or a paper with a web link to our registration page:
It's advised to register your product with Nikon so that they can send you information about future updates or service issues that may arise.

Nikkor Lenses: Nikkor lenses come with a standard one year warranty and Nikon Inc. lenses sold by authorized Nikon Inc. dealers will have a Nikon Inc. Five Year Extension*.

* To register for the five year extension, one copy of the included form must be mailed in as indicated. Keep the Customer copy of the form as well as the original proof of purchase (sales receipt).

Nikon 2 Year Extended Service Coverages
Nikon sells Two Year Extended Service Coverages for most Coolpix and D-SLR cameras. (Due to state law, Nikon ESCs are not sold in Florida, Virginia or Washington states.) These coverages extend your original Nikon warranty for two additional years. The ESC can be purchased any time within the original one (1) year Nikon Inc. warranty. Please contact your local Nikon dealer for more information.

It is always recommended that you retain your original sales receipt or copy of your credit card statement as proof of purchase.

Is the Nikon USA warranty valid outside the United States?
The Nikon USA warranty on film cameras, lenses, and speedlights will be honored by Nikon-authorized service centers outside the United States as long as you have the yellow copy of the Nikon USA warranty and your sales receipt from a dealer in the USA. The key to the validity of the warranty is a sales receipt from the country in which you purchased the equipment. If you purchase equipment in another country where the Nikon Worldwide Warranty applies, copies of the sales receipt and this warranty are necessary to obtain warranty service in the USA. Buying the equipment with a Nikon Worldwide Warranty in the United States is not recommended because that warranty is not valid in the USA without a sales receipt from an overseas dealer, and it is not valid outside the USA with a sales receipt from a dealer in the USA.

 What's the word around the internet about Nikon?
From what I have read on various forums, Nikon is a lot stricter when it comes to warranty claims. They will not accept warranty claims unless the product was purchased from an authorized dealer.

A family member sent their 85mm f1.8G to Melville, NY, to have it repaired under warranty because of an internal spring has popped out. Nikon returned the lens with scratches and dust on the rear glass and the spring issue was not repaired. He sent it back again and it was returned the same way it was sent...unrepaired. Sent it back for a third time and when it was returned, this time the spring was removed but rear glass still had scratches and dust galore. At this point, the lens is considered a "lemon" (according the the representative at Nikon). It took awhile and a lot of failed promises, but eventually he was given a brand new lens complete in box. Warranty of new lens continued from whatever the original lens had left. During the entire ordeal of sending the lens back and forth, he asked to speak to a manager. Either the manager was not available or there was no manager. How do you not have a supervisor on hand?

For me on the other hand was a different experience. I dropped off my Nikon D7000 in person to the Melville, NY office to clean my viewfinder as it had hair particles inside that I couldn't get out with a Giotto's Rocket Air Blower. They accepted my camera with receipt (they almost forgot to ask for the receipt until I asked if they needed it). They fixed and returned my camera with no issue.

SpinLight 360: A New Unique Speedlight Flash Modifier



There hasn't been many new flash accessory products as of late. Having great new ideas can be a daunting task and getting people to accept a new concept that is different from their norms. I'm an accessories freak and love to try out new stuff and hopefully be able to share with our readers. A new company, SpinLight 360, has released a new line of products for your flash.

The SpinLight 360 is a new flash light control system that allows photographers to create and control the quality and direction of light with the use of their existing on-camera flash units including Canon's Speedlite and Nikon's SB-series flash systems. The company claims that by using the SpinLight 360™, photographers can avoid harsh lighting on subjects and easily control the light's quality and direction in almost any shooting condition. This is done through the ability to rotate the bounce cards a full 360 degrees. Photographers can easily bounce, block and eliminate direct flash on subjects while having the flexibility to create a variety of lighting techniques without large and expensive lighting systems. In addition, by using the unique Gel System, photographers can produce dramatic lighting and still have the flexibility to use and change modifiers.


If you're interested in the SpinLight, you can purchase the SpinLight 360 EXTREME from AmazonB&H Photo and Adorama.

Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM For $3749



B&H Photo has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for $3749. This is a pretty good deal considering the kit usually goes for around $4100. Canon’s full frame, pro oriented EOS 5D Mark III has the following specs:
  • 22.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Includes Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L Lens
  • 3.2″ Clear View High Resolution LCD
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 61-Point High Density AF
  • Full HD 1080/30p and 720/60p Formats
  • Built-In HDR and Multiple Exposure Modes
  • Extended ISO Range (50-102400)
  • Dual CF and SD Memory Card Slots
  • Durable Magnesium-Alloy Construction

Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead


Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead

Overview : The new DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap features an all grip, non-slip, and detachable Ultra Wide neoprene shoulder pad which is a stretchy material that absorbs the weight of the camera. The DS-Pro has a front metal slider quick adjustment and 3-button snap buckle. The strap also comes with a D-1 wide platform ballhead locknut which will not scratch any camera surface it screws onto. The ballhead is super universal and fits all cameras with standard tripod mount.

Features :
  • All grip, non-slip ULTRA WIDE neoprene shoulder pad
  • Stretchy material, absorb the weight of camera
  • Wide platform ballhead connection
  • Scratch proof, CAN NOT scratch the camera
  • Super Universal, fits all camera with standard tripod mount
  • Front metal slider quick adjustment
  • Detachable shoulder pad
  • 3-Button snap buckle
Package Includes:
  • DS-PRO Strap (Include the Connector) x 1
  • Wide Platform Ball Head Locknut x 1

Quality/Usability : Carry Speed has released an update to their sling straps. Having reviewed the Carry Speed Slim CS-Slim Camera Sling Strap, there isn't much difference in the neoprene straps between the CS-Slim and DS-PRO or even the DS-Slim.

Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead

The DS-PRO and DS-Slim primarily consist of 4 parts: neoprene shoulder padding, nylon webbing strap with buckles and connector and ballhead locknut.

Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead

The DS-PRO neoprene strap is the same as the CS series and FS series. The strap is lightweight and flexible. You barely notice it on your shoulder. What's the difference between the wide and slim straps? Both neoprene straps stretch to accommodate the varying weights of cameras but to me, its mainly based on what your body build is. If you have a big shoulder, you should look into the wide (PRO) straps. If you have a small shoulder or a female, SLIM would be perfect match. If you're of average build, either will work fine but its personal preference. By far, I think neoprene straps are the most comfortable straps when it comes to sling straps. The stitching is nicely done and clean.

Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead
Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead

Main adjustments to adjust the length are made in the back. The model above is 5'11", wears a size L-XL shirt and the strap on the back extended near the bumper. I'm 5'9", size M shirt and when I have the strap, I get excess strap that needs to be folded. But a new feature to the strap (more so to the nylon webbing) is the front quick adjustment. Before the CS series, if you weren't going to use your camera anymore and you needed for it to be stable without it flopping around, you would slide the bumper stopper that was close to your chest and down to the camera. Now, the bumper stopper is gone. The bumper that is in the back that prevents the camera from going behind you is still included. The front quick adjustment is a pull strap that is located on the front of your strap. When pulled, it shortens the length of your strap which makes the camera come closer to your body. To loosen, just pull up. With the front quick adjustment feature working in conjunction with your body, your body is the front bumper stopper.

If you need to use the camera, simply pull on the plastic D-ring or pull your camera up and take a shot. The front quick adjustment will automatically loosen when you pull your camera up. This allows for a quick shoot.

Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead

Typical buckles require you to squeeze the buckle with two fingers and it releases. A thief or prankster can easily use their two fingers to release your strap and cause your gear to drop to the ground or even steal it. Even if you accidentally forget to fully push the buckle in, it can unclip and fall to the ground. One of the unique features that is different from other sling straps is the three (3) button quick release. With Carry Speed's 3 buckle quick release system, it now requires you to use two hands. You still use your two fingers to release the buckle but now you need to press a third button to release the third locking mechanism. This provides added security. Would-be thiefs won't know what hit them when they try to release the clips. They'll also have to work harder for it too.

Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead
New ballhead locknut (left); Old ballhead locknut (right)

To install the ballhead locknut, simply hand-screw it into the tripod socket. Once its hand tightened, you can either use an allen key (not included) to tighten the locknut. But what's different about the new ballhead over the old ballhead is that it has a wider base at the bottom but you can now also use a coin to tighten the ballhead if you lost or don't have the allen key with you. If you're using the allen key, there is no place to store it. You'll have to throw it into your camera bag or a pouch and pray it does not get lost. But even if it does, any allen key will work fine and can be purchased from a hardware store for cheap or as mentioned, you now have an option of using a coin.

What's great about the ballhead locknut is that it works with the Spider Holster. So if you own a Spider Holster or plan on purchasing on, this will work.

Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead Review: Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead

Typical sling straps use a carabiner to attach to fastener on the bottom of your camera. But with the Carry Speed series, it uses its unique locking system. Inside the connector is a hollowed out center that houses the ballhead. To keep the ball from coming out, you simply screw the connector all the way down. The connector itself is totally unique as I have not seen anything like it and is patent pending. Once the locknut and connector has been installed and closed, the connector does not come near the body of your camera. This will not damage or scuff your camera.

Here is a promotional video for Carry Speed:


Conclusion : Overall, the Carry Speed DS-PRO Camera Sling Strap with D-1 Wide Platform Ballhead is an update to the CS series. The neoprene strap is still the same design. Only difference now is that the ballhead has a wider base and gives you the option of tightening the ballhead with a coin in addition to an allen key and the addition of the front quick adjustment that allows you to tighten and loosen your strap quickly and conveniently. For me, the front quick adjustment can loosen your strap a little too easy so once in a while, you'll have to pull down on it to get it tight again.




Manufacturer: Carry Speed
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