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Review: Joby GorillaPod Focus Flexible Tripod

Review: Joby GorillaPod Focus Flexible Tripod

Overview : The Joby Gorillapod Focus is an ultra-versatile mini-tripod (or grip) that was designed for use with large pro SLR cameras with large zoom lens attached, or with prosumer level camcorders (max. load capacity of 11 lbs/5kg). The Gorillapod Focus allows you to achieve the stability of a standard tripod, but at a fraction of the size and weight. The three multi-segmented flexible legs can be formed to grip almost any protrusion, be it a branch, doorknob, rock, or uneven surface.

Its sockets are machined from sturdy aluminum, with anodized gunmetal finish. Each of the joints can bend and rotate 360°, to wrap around objects. The bottom rubber segment on the legs is larger to allow it to be used in the traditional way.

Features :
  • Sturdier aluminum-reinforced sockets support professional equipment and help you get a steady shot in virtually any environment.
  • Flexible joints bend and rotate 360° to form the perfect shape. High-quality, injection-molded plastic ensures snug joints that stay firm.
  • Rubberized ring & foot grips provide extra gripping power to grapple wherever you want to go.
  • Bigger and better means you can shoot with heavier cameras, lenses and video camcorders up to 11 pounds.
  • Adapter screw allows you to mount both the standard 1/4-inch cameras and other 3/8-inch professional cameras, tripod heads and video cameras.

Press Release: Custom SLR Announces the Return of the Black C-Loop Camera Strap Mount

Custom SLR Announces the Return of the Black C-Loop Camera Strap Mount

Crowd-funded Custom SLR answers the call from photographers with the return of the highly popular black C-Loop, color-matched to blend sleekly with camera gear

SAN JOSE, CA, August 23, 2012Custom SLR, a design company creating performance products that improve the shooting experience for photographers, today announced the return availability of the black C-Loop Camera Strap Mount Solution, a mounting solution that allows a DSLR camera to hang safely and comfortably from virtually any strap or sling. Currently available only in its silver finish, this anodized black version of the C-Loop blends easily with the black form factor of most DSLRs. The black version was quickly sold out after its initial launch on crowd-funding site Kickstarter, and is now being made available once again in response to continued demand. Through a partnership with photography daily deal site, the black C-Loop will be available exclusively on the site until September 6, 2012 for $35.00, after which it will be sold through the Custom SLR website or its distribution partners for $39.95.

Produced in the United States and made of aerospace-grade aluminum, the C-Loop effectively eliminates the tangling of camera straps and enables the camera to hang safely and comfortably at a photographer’s side. Turning any strap into a comfy sling, the C-Loop, which integrates the C-handle for easy hand tightening of the unit, swivels 360 degrees for smooth panning while still allowing quick access to the camera and full compatibility with most camera straps including the Custom SLR Split Strap and Glide Strap.

The C-Loop was the first project Custom SLR backed through the crowd-sourced funding site Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Since this early success, Custom SLR has expanded its product line-up of highly-sought after photographic accessories to include the ergonomic Camera Split Strap and Glide Strap, as well as the multi-purpose M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System. With each subsequent project, Custom SLR returned to its humble beginnings on Kickstarter, and has now become one of the first teams to deliver three projects to its loyal backers.

“We greatly appreciate all of our Kickstarter backers who have not only helped fund the development of our products, but have continually returned to support our future endeavors,” said Ivan Wong, Chief Operations Officer for Custom SLR. “In our efforts to make products that help and inspire photographers, we maintain close ties to our supporters and have been bombarded by their growing wish for a return of the black C-Loop as a sleek, low-profile accessory for cameras. So, after a brief hiatus, the black C-Loop is coming back indefinitely.”

The black C-Loop Camera Strap Mount is available for purchase only at, for $35.00 until September 6, 2012, and will then be sold direct through the Custom SLR website as well as its worldwide distribution partners for $39.95. To take advantage of the introductory pricing, please visit

About Custom SLR
Custom SLR was started by a passionate group of photographers, Anne, Ben and Ivan, who like to design useful and innovative products. The company launched in 2010 with its first product, the C-Loop camera strap mount backed by funding provided via Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. The ergonomic camera straps, Split Strap and Glide Strap, followed in 2011. With a constant focus on research and development, Anne, Ben and Ivan are always working on finding new solutions to improve the shooting experience for photographers. Custom SLR is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area and for more information, visit

Press Release: Canon Celebrates the Production of 80 Million EF Lenses

Canon produces 10 million EF lenses in 10 months

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 21, 2012 – Canon Inc. today announced the achievement of a new EF lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the company’s 80-millionth EF lens on August 3, 2012. Production of EF lenses surpassed the 10-million mark in 1995, doubling to 20 million units in 2001. After reaching the 30 million unit milestone in 2006, Canon celebrated the production of its 40-millionth lens in 2008. Owing to the rapid spread of the EOS Digital series of SLR cameras, production for Canon’s EF lenses then gained momentum to reach the 50 million unit milestone in 2009, followed by the 60 million mark in January 2011 and the 70 million mark in October of the same year. Now, just over nine months later, the EF lens series has reached the 80 million mark on August 3, 2012, adding a distinguished achievement to the 25th anniversary of the launch of Canon’s EOS system.

Press Release: Nikon Coolpix P7700, S800c and S01 Cameras Announced

Today, Nikon announced three new Coolpix cameras: P7700 ($499), S800c ($349) and S01 ($180).

Sample images:
Here are some specs and pictures:

Nikon Coolpix P7700 specs - B&H Photo
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Back-illuminated CMOS sensor 1/1.7 inches 12 million pixels
  • Bright, large-diameter zoom 28mm-200mm F2-4 in 35mm
  • Full HD, video stereo audio
  • Custom video mode that can be set in manual or shutter aperture, ISO sensitivity during recording
  • 920,000 3 inches dots, vari-angle LCD monitor, a wide viewing angle
  • (VR) lens-shift correction effect, about four stages of camera shake compensation equivalent shutter
  • Advanced Wireless Lighting master and remote control separately in a multi-flash photography
  • Adjustable Picture Control Manual adjustment, quick adjustment and take pictures
  • 8 fps / continuous shooting (up to 6 frames max)
  • Second high-speed continuous shooting 120 frames s (up to 60 frames) 1280 x 960 (1M).
  • Available for sale in late September

Nikon Coolpix S800c specs - B&H Photo
  • Sensor is a back-illuminated CMOS sensor 16 million pixels
  • NIKKOR lens 10x optical zoom
  • Equipped with Android 2.3
  • You can upload pictures and movies, such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Keyboard for text input
  • Equipped with Wi-Fi, support WPS2.0
  • (VR) The lens-shift + electronic camera shake compensation
  • Monitor - 3.5-inch organic EL 850,000 dot, electrostatic touch panel
  • Available for sale in late September

Nikon Coolpix S01 specs - B&H Photo
  • 10.1MP Resolution 1/2.9" CCD Sensor
  • 3x Optical, 4x Digital Zoom
  • 29-87mm Equivalent NIKKOR VR Lens
  • 2.5" Rear Touch Screen LCD
  • EXPEED C2 Image-Processing Engine
  • One Touch 720p HD Movie Recording
  • 7.3GB Internal Memory
  • Built-In Battery & Flash
  • Automatic Scene Detection
  • Special Effects and Creative Modes
  • Available for sale in late September
Continue reading for full press releases for each camera from Nikon.

Kickstarter: Quikdraw - An Innovative Lens Holster

The Quikdraw - Enabling photographers to fulfill their creative vision

The Quikdraw is an innovative lens holster for photographers on the go. The same twist-and-lock motion as your Canon EOS camera is used to securely store your lenses at the hip so they are instantly accessible.

The Quikdraw conveniently fits onto any standard-sized belt and securely holds any Canon EOS or Nikon F mount lens. Developed with serious photographers in mind but you don't need to be a pro to use it. If you have ever attached a lens to a camera you can use Quikdraw.

Stop fumbling with your gear and effortlessly transition between your glass to capture the perfect photo every time. Hang on to your camera and change glass with one hand!

With Quikdraw, your glass is at your fingertips.

Things you should know - also known as - Specifications:
  • The Quikdraw can be equipped with any Canon EOS or Nikon F mount lens. Be sure to choose the correct reward!
  • Made from aircraft aluminum and high strength precision molded plastic.
  • The production version will have alignment marks so you know what state your Quikdraw is in.
  • Each Quikdraw will be hard anodized for durability.. - Your Quikdraw will be all black.
  • Can be used with any belt with a thickness between .75" and 1.75".

Continue reading for a video and for more information about the Quikdraw.

Deal: Case Logic SLR Camera / 15.4" Notebook Backpack for $50 + free shipping

Amazon offers the Case Logic SLR Camera / 15.4" Laptop Backpack in Black, model no. SLRC-206, for $49.99 with free shipping. This case features a separate SLR suspension hammock, multiple zippered accessory pockets, and fits most PC laptops with screens up to 16" or a 17" MacBook Pro.
  • Fits Laptops dimensions: 15.4-Inch x 10.4-Inch x 1-Inch
  • Backpack holds SLR camera body with attached zoom lens, laptop and additional accessories
  • Patent pending hammock system suspends your SLR above the bottom of case, providing superior impact protection
  • Water-proof EVA base withstands the elements and allows the backpack to stand up on its own
  • Memory foam on interior of backpack lid helps protect your delicate LCD screen

Review: The Spider Holster Black Widow Thin Tripod Adapter Plate

Review: The Spider Holster Black Widow Thin Tripod Adapter Plate

Overview : An optional accessory for the Spider Holster Black Widow Camera Holster, the stainless steel Black Widow Thin Plate allows for the easy attachment of a tripod quick release plate and helps distribute the camera's weight for the ideal carrying position (lens pointed backwards rather than at the ground).

The Black Widow Thin Plate is recommended for use with heavier mid-level cameras that do not exceed 3.0 lbs. For cameras that exceed this limit, users should consider purchasing the SpiderPro Plate that accompanies the Spider Holster Pro Camera System.

Features :
  • Stainless Steel Construction
  • Works on Most Tripod Quick-Release Heads

Deal: Sale on High End Lexar CF and SD Cards

B&H Photo is having a big sale on all their higher end Lexar CompactFlash Professional 400x UDMA, CompactFlash Professional 1000x UDMA 7, and SD Class 10 UCH-1 Cards. Sale ends on August 31, 2012.

Here are some of the best deals:

Lexar 16GB CompactFlash Memory Card Professional 1000x UDMA – 2-Pack
Original price $243.95
Discount -$102.99
Sale price $141.66

Lexar 16GB CompactFlash Memory Card Professional 1000x UDMA
Original price $134.95
Discount -$56.83
Sale price $78.12

Lexar 16GB CompactFlash Memory Card Professional 400x UDMA – 2 Pack
Original price $123.68
Discount -$27.18
Sale price $96.50

Lexar 32GB CompactFlash Memory Card Professional 400x UDMA
Original price $122.95
Discount -$38.35
Sale price $84.60

Lexar 16GB SDHC Memory Card Professional Class 10 UHS-I – 2-Pack
Original price $49.95
Discount -$13.23
Sale price $36.72

More deals on:
Lexar CompactFlash Memory Card Professional 1000x UDMA
Lexar CompactFlash Memory Card Professional 400x UDMA
Lexar SDXC and SDHC Memory Card Professional Class 10 UHS-I
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