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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.

Quality/Usability : I already own a standard 62" tripod but sometimes, its too big and bulky to lug around with me. I've contemplated on purchasing the Joby GorillaPod Focus for a couple of months for my gripped Nikon D7000 but I finally pulled the trigger.

The GorillaPod Focus is a relatively short flexible tripod that stands roughly 1.5 feet high. It's articulating ball joints is capable of wrapping its octopus-esque legs around just about everything ranging from poles, tree branches, chairs, doors and many more. It allows you to take pictures from any position, any position and keep your camera steady.

Review: Joby GorillaPod Focus Flexible Tripod

Joby offers the Ballhead X with its Arca-Swiss compatible quick release plate but I did not purchase this as I already own a ball head with quick release plate. Mounting a ball head is optional but it gives you more freedom to move your camera around to the angle you want without adjusting the tripod. This requires installing the 3/8-inch screw. You can also mount your camera or camcorder directly to the Focus' 1/4-inch screw without the need of a ball head.

Review: Joby GorillaPod Focus Flexible Tripod

To mount a ball head, camera or camcorder, simply screw in the Focus to the tripod socket of your camera. Once mounted, position the legs to whatever position according to the environment.

The Focus is able to hold cameras up to 11lbs! That's a lot of weight. This was one of the main reasons I wanted to get a GorillaPod Focus. My Nikon D7000, MB-D11 Grip and Nikon 24-70mm f2.8G is fairly heavy when all mounted (approximately 5lbs). Mounting a 70-200mm VRII would be even heavier but unfortunately, I don't own one (yet). Trying to get that shot in an awkward position wouldn't be comfortable or possible. Or even the slightest movement would cause your image to blur.

Review: Joby GorillaPod Focus Flexible Tripod Review: Joby GorillaPod Focus Flexible Tripod
Review: Joby GorillaPod Focus Flexible Tripod Review: Joby GorillaPod Focus Flexible Tripod

The tripod legs are machined of sturdy aluminum. Each joint can be rotated and be bent in 360° allowing the legs to wrap around objects. The foot of the tripod is rubberized to provide stability on rough terrain and smooth surfaces. However, on my marble counter with my gripped Nikon D7000 with Nikon 24-70mm lens attached, the rubber feet started to slide thus causing the Focus to buckle when the camera was in portrait mode when used with my Manfrotto ball head. On a rough terrain such as concrete or branch, it held up fine.

Review: Joby GorillaPod Focus Flexible Tripod

Conclusion : Overall, the Joby GorillaPod Focus Flexible Tripod is a must own in any camera gear. Its versatility to adapt to the environment such as uneven surfaces is an awesome feature. Even though the tripod is able to hold up to 11 pounds and meant for pro-sumer and professional camera gear, you can use this on point and shoot cameras as well.

Does it replace a standard full-size tripod? No. But if you're at a spot that doesn't have the room for your standard tripod or the terrain isn't level, the Focus would be your go-to tripod.




Manufacturer: Joby
GorillaPod Focus Only
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Ballhead X Only
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GorillaPod Focus & Ballhead X Bundle
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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 PhotoWhoa.com, 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 PhotoWhoa.com, 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 http://www.photowhoa.com/cloop.

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 http://www.customslr.com.

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.

Canon’s EF lens series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system in March 1987, and over the years has led the industry through the incorporation of a number of innovative technologies, including a number of world’s first such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for use in lenses, Image Stabilizer (IS), a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. Also, since last year, the EF series newly added the EF Cinema Lens series for digital cinematography and the EF-M series for interchangeable lens cameras. As a result, Canon’s current EF lens lineup is comprised of 76 modelsii. In 1987, production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began at the company’s Utsunomiya Plant. Since then, it has expanded to a total of four production facilities including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in Japan.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies. The Company strives to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers-from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals-while also contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

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


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

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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.


Nikon's Compact COOLPIX P7700 Combines First-Class Image Quality, Top-Tier Optics and Unparalleled Creative Control

Nikon's New Flagship COOLPIX Camera Sets the Standard for Performance, Versatility and Functionality for Those Who Expect the Best and Need the Convenience of a Compact

MELVILLE, N.Y. – For the compact camera user only satisfied with the very best, today Nikon Inc. introduced its new flagship COOLPIX camera, the P7700. This powerful and versatile point-and-shoot camera features a sharp 7.1x zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens with a maximum aperture of f/2 and a 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. Conveniently compact and loaded with innovative features and manual controls, the COOLPIX P7700 will capture still images and Full HD 1080p video with stunning sharpness and vivid color, whether used as the ultimate go-to travel camera or D-SLR companion.

The COOLPIX P7700 is ideal for those looking for a compact camera with high performance and a complete feature set which will allow them to capture high quality still photos and Full HD video. For photographers looking to step up from traditional point-and-shoot cameras to professionals who crave complete creative control, the P7700 offers one of the most comprehensive feature sets available in its class. Featuring a new 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, a high-performance NIKKOR lens and full manual control settings, Nikon’s new flagship COOLPIX camera can unleash a photographer’s inner creativity and inspire truly magnificent images.

“Nikon’s new COOLPIX P7700 pushes the boundaries of traditional point-and-shoot cameras, offering stunning image quality and fast performance along with the freedom to customize every shot,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Nikon’s flagship COOLPIX P7700 is a powerful and versatile companion that consistently delivers incredible results in various shooting scenarios.”

Exceptional Clarity, Powerful Performance
The COOLPIX P7700 sports a large 1/1.7-in 12.2-megapixel backside illumination (BSI) CMOS sensor that offers excellent tonal range and vivid color reproduction. Additionally, high-speed image processing helps achieve fast continuous shooting at approximately eight frames-per-second (up to six continuous shots) affording the ability to freeze a fleeting moment with exacting precision. The P7700 delivers extremely rapid performance from a quick startup time to lightning-fast autofocus recognition to help ensure the moment is captured.

The P7700’s high-performance 7.1x zoom f/2 NIKKOR glass lens is equally as essential in providing the very best clarity and sharpness that professional photographers have come to expect from Nikon. With a large maximum aperture of f/2, the optics cover an equivalent range from 28 to 200mm, allowing for tack-sharp images and HD video throughout the entire focal range. An evolved Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) function minimizes camera shake for shooting blur-free photos while handheld or in challenging light. Combined with the COOLPIX P7700’s powerful CMOS sensor, this bright, large-aperture NIKKOR lens provides reduced noise, beautiful background blurring, fast performance and high image quality whether shooting stills or Full HD video.

Uncompromising Creative Control
Every photo and HD video is truly in the hands of the photographer, as the P7700 offers unprecedented creative control for its class, from easy automatic options to full manual controls. For even more control in users’ images, the COOLPIX P7700 supports RAW shooting, providing the ability to capture and edit uncompressed images without losing image quality. Customizing every shot has never been easier as Nikon’s flagship COOLPIX camera features full manual control (PSAM) and 19 unique and versatile Scene Modes and Scene Auto Selector, ready for any shooting scenario. In-camera special effects and filter effects such as Nostalgic Sepia, Vivid and Painting help satisfy amateurs and enthusiasts alike. With the P7700, features like a noise reduction filter, tone level information, COOLPIX Picture Control and versatile bracketing functions open the door for even more creative control and freedom when capturing still images. To capture the most amount of available light, users can also activate consecutive shot combining technology, or use the HDR effect for a wide dynamic range image.

Full HD Video Unleashed
Creativity continues beyond still images with stunning Full HD 1080p video capability combined with unprecedented movie customization options for its class. Capture HD video using Auto, Manual, Aperture-priority or Custom Movie Mode and enjoy several creative options also available for still shooting, including COOLPIX Picture Control and noise reduction while flexibly adjusting ISO sensitivity, shutter speed and white balance.

Taking HD video to the next level, the COOLPIX P7700 is capable of intelligent autofocus while recording in any mode as well as optical zoom when shooting in Auto mode. For pristine stereo sound, the P7700 incorporates a built-in stereo microphone, an external microphone input, a HDMI mini connector and HDMI-CEC support.

Intuitive Operability
The P7700’s 3-inch vari-angle LCD monitor, with a wide-viewing-angle and 921,000-dot resolution, offers comfortable shooting from any angle, giving the freedom and flexibility needed to capture every spontaneous moment. Whether shooting videos overhead at a concert or inverting the screen to capture a creative self-portrait, the vari-angle LCD of the P7700 provides users the ability to rotate the screen to adapt to any shooting scenario. The LCD screen can also be flipped closed for protection when not in use.

Furthermore, the COOLPIX P7700’s intuitive ergonomics and control system allows the user to easily access menus and manual controls, ensuring fluid operation. This lightweight point-and-shoot features quick menu, mode, exposure compensation and sub-command dials, all arranged to achieve natural and smooth shooting adjustments on the go. Additionally, the COOLPIX P7700 has a camera body composed of durable yet lightweight magnesium alloy.

Optional Accessories Expand Creative Control The COOLPIX P7700 offers compatibility with several optional Nikon accessories for enthusiasts who demand versatility and first-class performance. Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) supports advanced wireless lighting and creative flash shooting by controlling flash output independently for a master unit and a remote unit group. The P7700’s hot shoe allows for compatibility with Nikon Speedlights (SB-910 and SB-700) as well as the GP-1 GPS unit and ME-1 external stereo microphone.

Price and Availability
The COOLPIX P7700 will be available in September 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $499.95*. For more information about this COOLPIX camera and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.


Great Images Are Now Trending: With Wi-Fi® Connectivity and a Powerful Android™ Platform, the New Nikon COOLPIX S800c is the Easy Way to Instantly Capture, Create and Share

The New COOLPIX S800c Enhances the User’s Connected Life, Letting Them Instantly Share Great Images From a Device That Includes Features Only a Camera Can Provide with the Ease and Versatility of a Smartphone or Tablet

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the innovative COOLPIX S800c, Nikon’s first Wi-Fi compact digital camera to incorporate Nikon’s powerful camera imaging technologies and the boundless capabilities of an Android Operating System (OS). Designed for the always connected individual, the S800c delivers the high picture quality and superior performance expected from a Nikon camera coupled with communication functions and app-based versatility of a smartphone or tablet.

The new S800c answers the call for users who need the ability to capture photos and HD video with amazing clarity and color, yet offers a familiar portal to connect to social networks and popular imaging applications through an Android Operating System. With the introduction of the S800c, beautiful images can now be confidently and quickly shared with friends and family.

“With the new COOLPIX S800c, Nikon designed a camera for users looking to capture stunning images and videos with a compact digital camera but also want to share their content with their friends and family in a familiar way,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Now users can connect easily and instantly with their social networks through the wireless connection, and take advantage of the vast possibilities of the Android Operating System. The new S800c is truly the easiest way to share amazing images on the spot.”

Powerful Images Are What Connects Us
What sets the S800c apart from connected devices is the focus on the quality of images that people can share. Features such as the spectacular 10x NIKKOR zoom lens and the 16-megapixel CMOS sensor affords the ability to create photos and HD video with unrivaled sharpness and clarity, whether up-close or at a distance, even in challenging lighting conditions. The S800c helps users to create images they will be proud to share, while offering connectivity and additional benefits to users, including:

Optical 10x Zoom NIKKOR Lens: covering from wide-angle 25-250mm, so either the largest group or action from afar is captured with clarity that can only be accomplished with a quality lens. Additionally, the lens is bolstered with Nikon’s VR optical image stabilization for blur-free photos and stable HD video, even while handheld.
16 Megapixel Backside Illuminated (BSI) CMOS Sensor: Much larger than the CCD sensor traditionally found in smartphones or tablets, this BSI CMOS sensor excels in challenging lighting conditions, and provides images with vivid colors, low noise and exceptional contrast and sharpness.
Powered by Android: The camera’s connection features allow users to seamlessly connect, browse and upload to their social networks, including Google+™, Facebook and Twitter. Users can also take advantage of the full functionality of Android technology to surf the web or even download applications and games onto their S800c. Just like a smartphone or tablet device, the camera has the opportunity to run camera-specific photo and video applications, yet enables the various benefits of shooting with a real camera.
Google Play™: The S800c provides access to a vast world of applications for games, productivity and personal communication/ email, including Nikon’s photo storage and sharing site, my Picturetown®. Users are also able to watch video downloaded from Google Play right on their camera.
The Benefits of COOLPIX Camera Technology: With the EXPEED C2 processing engine, users will enjoy rapid response and speedy performance from their device. Additional benefits include the ability to use a camera flash to illuminate subjects, while continuous drive mode captures up to approximately 8 frames-per-second (up to three shots) to help ensure no moment will be missed. What’s more, a variety of scene modes and creative filters keep it fresh and let the user easily create stunning images.
Full HD Video: The S800c makes it easy to capture Full HD 1080p HD video with amazing fidelity and sharpness, with full stereo sound. Video clips can be instantly uploaded to popular video sites such as YouTube™ and Vimeo®.
Built in GPS: Ever wanted to track a weekend excursion or geo-tag a hard to find shooting spot? The GPS function enables recording of shooting location information on stills and movies.

Easy Settings, Easy Connection, Instant Gratification
Smartphone and tablet users will feel at home with the S800c’s familiar controls and operation, and will be able to easily navigate using the wide and bright 3.5-inch touchscreen OLED monitor. The camera will connect to the internet via granted access to any Wi-Fi network. Upon connection, the user will be prompted through an easy-to-understand set-up process, similar to that of other Android devices. The COOLPIX S800c also has the ability to connect through WPS for a fast and secure push-button connection. Additionally, when a Wi-Fi connection is not open or available, the camera can transmit images and videos wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet, allowing the user to share better images through a mobile network.

COOLPIX core technologies also make it easy for users to create share-worthy images. Various camera modes help the user achieve the greatest shot, whether it’s a macro shot of tonight’s cuisine or a scenic HDR shot of downtown, the image is instantly ready to share. For maximum creativity, the S800c has 18 filter effects, including the new Toy Camera effect, Pop and Super Vivid color filters, as well as Cross Process and Peripheral Darkening filters.

Price and Availability
The S800c will be available in September 2012 in both White and Black for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $349.95*. For more information about this COOLPIX camera, or other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.


Nikon's New Ultra-Mini Camera is Small on Size and Huge on Style to Give Gorgeous Images While On-the-Go

The New COOLPIX S01 Complements the Modern User's Smart, Stylish and Trendy Personality

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new COOLPIX S01, an ultra-compact camera that combines Nikon imaging technology, style and affordability into an ultra-mini camera body that’s easy to use. Its compact size makes the camera small enough to fit into a user’s pocket, so they can take it with them anywhere, whether spending a day on-the-go or a night out on the town.

The new COOLPIX S01’s attractive, beautiful styling screams to be seen and encourages users to carry it everywhere because of its small size. The S01 features a simple home screen and user interface with shortcut menus for quick operation to make it easy to capture incredible images and flattering portraits.

“The new COOLPIX S01 combines a stylish design and legendary Nikon image quality into a compact camera body for those users who love to easily capture stunning images,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Incredibly compact, the stylish COOLPIX S01 allows owners to always have a Nikon camera on hand while capturing their memorable moments.”

The COOLPIX S01 packs great image quality into an ultra-compact and stylish camera body, allowing users to be ready for fun and spontaneous shooting. Weighing approximately 3.4 ounces with an extremely small form factor (3.1 x 2.1 x 0.7 in.), the S01 is a versatile point-and-shoot that easily slips right into any user’s pocket. Stainless construction and processing prevents the glossy exterior from being scratched, while individual colors, such as Red, White, Silver and Pink, accent the fun and social personality of the user.

The COOLPIX S01 also features an easy-to-use touch-screen operation system. The new graphic user interface (GUI) offers an easy-to-tap four-segment home screen that streamlines operation. Even for first-time point-and-shoot users, various functions can be comfortably accessed through touch operation. By tapping a subject, the shutter is automatically released when focus and exposure are fixed while various image effects set prior to shooting can be applied to pictures. Additionally, simple in-camera retouching of photos can help the user relive their perfect memory.

Easy Auto Mode helps users to reliably capture beautiful pictures with the COOLPIX S01. By simply framing the subject, the optimal scene mode and exposure are automatically selected according to the unique shooting situation. The user can rely on the camera’s auto operation even for night portraits or backlit subjects to enable smooth shooting in any scenario. Six applicable scene modes such as portrait, landscape, night portrait, night landscape, close-up and backlighting help the user flatter subjects in nearly any light.

Despite its tiny size, the camera benefits from quality NIKKOR optics, sporting a 3X wide-angle zoom NIKKOR lens (29 to 87mm, 35mm equivalent). A high-speed and accurate EXPEED C2 image-processing allows for fast use, but also yields vibrant colors and even skin tones in images. Additionally, a built-in Xenon flash ensures balanced exposures in low light conditions.

Price and Availability
The COOLPIX S01 will be available in September 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $179.95* in a variety of colors including Red, White, Silver and Pink. For more information about this COOLPIX camera and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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.


Is the Quikdraw easy to use?

Yup, it's super easy! The Quikdraw uses that same mechanical connection that your camera uses. If you have ever attached a lens to a camera you are ready to use the Quikdraw.
  • Step one - Get your glass out of your bag and get it ready for action!
  • Step two - Strap on your Quikdraw belt and load your glass. To load your lenses first make sure your Quikdraw is in the upright locked position (the new alignment marks will help with this). Once the lens is in the bayonet mount and you need is a simple twist of the wrist
  • Step three - Go rock your shoot with all your glass around your waist.

Use the Quikdraw Rather than digging through bags - With the Quikdraw all of your glass is ready to be deployed.
  • The Quikdraw is fool proof. Once you insert a lens and rotate it more that 5 degrees it's secure. It's impossible for the lens to become disengaged in the down position.
  • The Quikdraw keeps your lenses in the ready state - Lens cap and back cap off with the light hood attached.
  • With the Quikdraw your next lens change is within arms reach. Just reach down and grab the lens you want.
  • Change glass within 5 seconds and unleash your creativity.
  • Leave your backup camera in your bag and retain all your camera settings.
  • Keep the back element of your lenses clean and dust free.
  • Show your glass off! Camera envy now gives way to lens envy.
UPDATE 8/25/12:
The inventor, Riley Kimball has released a video answering peoples concerns about the risk of dropping the lens. He goes into more detail about the locking feature


UPDATE 8/27/12:
Another video update from Riley. He talks more about the locking feature and even a cute girl in a bikini jumps on a trampoline to show how secure the Quikdraw is.


If you're interested in the Quikdraw, be sure to put your pledge in - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1022605159/quikdraw-an-innovative-lens-holster#

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

Quality/Usability : If you own The Spider Holster Black Widow Kit (review), you should definitely look into purchasing the Black Widow Thin Tripod Plate. This not only allows you to continue to use the Black Widow holster, but lets you mount your camera to your tripod without having to constantly attaching and detaching the quick release plate. The thin plate will also work with lightweight DSLR, Micro 4/3rds, Mirrorless camera, compact video camera or point and shoot camera.

Review: The Spider Holster Black Widow Thin Tripod Adapter Plate Review: The Spider Holster Black Widow Thin Tripod Adapter Plate

The Black Widow Thin Tripod Plate comes in a nice plastic packaging. It includes everything you'll need; plate, washer and nut. Of course, the camera, tripod quick release plate and pin is not included.

Review: The Spider Holster Black Widow Thin Tripod Adapter Plate Review: The Spider Holster Black Widow Thin Tripod Adapter Plate
Review: The Spider Holster Black Widow Thin Tripod Adapter Plate Review: The Spider Holster Black Widow Thin Tripod Adapter Plate

To fasten the thin plate to your camera, you'll need to use your quick release plate and mount it to your camera like you normally would but with the thin plate in between the camera and quick release plate. Once its quick release plate and thin plate is securely in place, put the pin through the plate hole that is protruding out. Next, place the washer through the pin and use the included washer to tighten the pin to the plate. To securely fasten the washer to the pin, please use a wrench or pliers.

Review: The Spider Holster Black Widow Thin Tripod Adapter Plate Review: The Spider Holster Black Widow Thin Tripod Adapter Plate

Once everything is securely in place, you can place the camera on your tripod. The pin does not get in the way and once you're done, you can place the camera back onto your Black Widow holster.

Conclusion : Overall, the The Spider Holster Black Widow Thin Tripod Adapter Plate is a must if you use tripods with your camera. You don't have to deal with the hassle of having to constantly removing your tripod quick release plate or pin. You can leave it on and use it whenever you need to.




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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