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Press Release: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Announced



New Stepping Motor Lens is the Perfect Companion for the EOS 70D, EOS Rebel SL1, and EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Cameras

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 22, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens. Created to be the perfect companion lens for the EOS 70D, EOS Rebel SL1 and EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR cameras, the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens expands Canon’s line of Stepping Motor (STM) lenses to six models – the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 22mm f/2.0 and the new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. Canon’s Stepping Motor lenses allow for the capture of high-quality still and video images and reduce motor noise from the lens so cameras, such as the new EOS 70D, will capture the sound of the video scene being recorded without the interruption of noise by the focusing motors.

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens offers high magnification in a compact and lightweight EF-S telephoto zoom lens with an Optical Image Stabilizer for up to 3.5* equivalent stops for shake correction. The lens’ stepping motor and newly-designed focus mechanism support Canon EOS Movie Servo AF (available on select EOS cameras) to provide smooth and quiet continuous autofocusing during video shooting, as well as when shooting photos.

“The addition of the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens to the STM family of lenses strengthens Canon’s support for the growing number of photographers and video enthusiasts utilizing DSLRs to not only shoot high-quality still images but video too,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Noise reduction in movie mode is essential and video aficionados will particularly find the silent and smooth auto-focus capabilities of this new lens outstanding.”

The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens features one UD lens element, reducing chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range for excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. It features enhanced lens coatings to help ensure superb color balance while minimizing ghosting and flare and a 7-blade circular aperture creates beautiful, soft backgrounds. For outstanding performance, a new compact six-group zoom system provides a maximum magnification of 0.29x at the telephoto end. Full-time manual focus is available in AF mode. The front element does not rotate during focus, which is beneficial when using polarizing filters. Minimum focusing distance is 2.79 ft./0.85m. The lens’ rear focusing system, high-speed CPU and improved AF algorithm allow for high-speed autofocusing.

Availability
The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens is scheduled to be available in late September for an estimated retail price of $349.99. For more information about the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens, visit www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup.

You can purchase the lens and lens hood from the following links below:

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens - $349
B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM Lens Hood ET-63 - $29
B&H Photo | Adorama

* Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using EOS 7D at focal length of 250mm (400mm in 35mm equivalence).

Press Release: Canon Announces PowerShot G16, S120, SX510 HS and SX170 IS


New Advanced Point-and-Shoot Lineup Includes the PowerShot G16, S120 and SX510 HS with Built-In Wi-Fi® and the New PowerShot SX170 IS Offers a Long Zoom in a Compact Camera Body

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 22, 2013 - Adding to its trademark line of esteemed digital cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the release of four new feature-packed PowerShot digital cameras: the PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120, PowerShot SX510 HS and PowerShot SX170 IS. Designed to help photo enthusiasts create high-quality images and videos, these cameras feature advanced DIGIC imaging technology to deliver superb image quality in portable, compact digital camera bodies. In addition, all four models have the ability to achieve faster autofocusing speeds than was possible with previous PowerShot models. The PowerShot G16 and S120 also feature the new Star mode to help users capture the brilliance of a starry night sky, while the new Background Defocus mode allows users to soften the background of their images for a portraiture look.

For the connected photographer, the PowerShot G16, S120 and SX510 HS digital cameras come with built-in Wi-Fi® technology that allows for outstanding quality images and video files to be wirelessly transferred from the camera to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#, to a PC, or users can upload images to virtually anywhere on their compatible iOS® or Android™ device* with the download of the free Canon CameraWindow app**. The Wi-Fi® setup process has been improved by Canon, making it easier than ever for users to initially setup these cameras. Software no longer needs to be installed onto a user’s computer, so all initial setup can be accomplished from the user’s smart device or computer, allowing for easy photo sharing on-the-go. Images can also be printed wirelessly using Wireless PictBridgei on select printers, including the Canon PIXMA MG7120 or PIXMA MG5520 Wireless Photo All-In-One printers, so special moments can be preserved and cherished for years to come.

“At Canon we are continually inspired to introduce the latest technological advancements to the PowerShot line of digital cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Although smartphone camera popularity is continually increasing, the PowerShot line of cameras offers features such as advanced image sensors, high-quality optics, low-light capabilities and extremely fast autofocusing speeds that, when combined, are unrivaled by smartphone technology.”

Continue reading for more information about each PowerShot camera.



PowerShot G16 Digital Camera - B&H Photo | Adorama


The PowerShot G16 digital camera builds upon the success of the PowerShot G15 by utilizing some of Canon’s most innovative technologies. The first PowerShot in the G-series to come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® technology, the G16 has the ability to share images and video to social networking sites such as Facebook®, Twitter®, YouTube®, and Flickr® or via email through the use of CANON iMAGE GATEWAY. Users can also upload images from almost anywhere via their compatible iOS® or Android™ device with the download of the free Canon CameraWindow app.

The PowerShot G16 features a 28-140mm wide-angle lens with an aperture range of f/1.8 – f/2.8, which helps while shooting in low-light conditions or for users who want to create a dramatic shallow depth-of-field with soft backgrounds. The G16 is equipped with Canon’s HS System, which combines a DIGIC 6 image processor and a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor, allowing for enhanced low-light image quality.

With improved AF times and reduced shooting lag over previous G-series models, the advancements to Canon’s AF system help ensure users never miss a shot. Continuous shooting speeds of up to 9.3 frames-per-second are possible with the PowerShot G16, allowing users to capture images in full resolution as they happen***. The G16 also captures 1080p/60p Full HD video, and includes a built-in stereo microphone and an HDMI output so users have the ability to view videos on their HDTV.

The PowerShot G16 also features new shooting modes to capture breathtaking images day or night. The new Star mode gives users the ability to capture the brilliance and wonder of the night sky through the use of three scene modes. “Star Nightscape” lets users shoot the radiance of stars in a landscape image, while the “Star Trails” mode captures trails of stars to turn them into a luminous still image. “Star Time Lapse Movie” captures continuous still images of the stars and then combines each to create a stunning video replicating the motion of the stars in the night sky.

In addition, the camera’s creative handheld HDR Scene mode automatically combines multiple shots of a scene to help create an image with a greater dynamic range without the necessity for a tripod. HDR Scene mode includes Natural, Art Bold, Art Embossed, Art Standard and Art Vivid options.

For photographers who want the convenience and ease-of-use of a compact camera with the feel of a DSLR, the PowerShot G16 features dials and controls similar to those on Canon’s EOS Digital SLR cameras. It is also compatible with Canon Speedlite flashes and select accessories.

The PowerShot G16 is scheduled to be available in October 2013 for an estimated retail price of $549.99.

PowerShot S120 Digital Camera - B&H Photo | Adorama


Succeeding the PowerShot S110, the pocket-sized PowerShot S120 digital camera continues the tradition of built-in Wi-Fi® technology that allows for images and video to be shared to social networking sites or via email through the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY. Users can also download the free Canon CameraWindow app to their compatible iOS® or Android™ device and upload images from virtually anywhere.

The PowerShot S120 features a sharp 24-120mm extra-wide angle lens with an aperture range of f/1.8-f/5.7. It is equipped with Canon’s HS System, which combines a DIGIC 6 image processor and a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor allowing for enhanced low-light image quality. The advancements to Canon’s AF system allow users to achieve significantly faster autofocusing speeds. The S120 allows for continuous capture of up to 12.1 frames per secondii at 12.1-megapixels. The camera also records 1080p/60p Full HD video and includes a built-in stereo microphone and convenient playback via HDMI output.

Multiple creative shot modes such as the new Star mode, Background Defocus mode, and handheld HDR Scene mode give users the ability to create images they will be proud to share. Smart AUTO technology selects 58 different pre-defined scenes without the need to switch modes, making it possible to take beautiful images in a variety of situations.

The PowerShot S120 is scheduled be available in October 2013 for an estimated retail price of $449.99.

PowerShot SX510 HS Digital Camera - B&H Photo | Adorama


The compact PowerShot SX510 HSiii digital camera incorporates a 30x optical zoom 24mm wide-angle lens, Intelligent IS technology for sharp, vivid images, a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor that allows users to capture high-quality images. The camera also records 1080p Full HD video. The SX510 HS is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® technology so that images and videos can be shared with friends and family wirelessly on social networking sites or via email through the use of CANON iMAGE GATEWAY. Users can also upload images from almost anywhere via their compatible iOS® or Android™ device with the download of the free Canon CameraWindow app.

The camera’s Zoom Framing Assist feature automatically maintains the correct distance from the subject using a face recognition sensor to track and capture subjects for sharp still and video images. Upgraded from previous PowerShot models, the AF speed helps dramatically reduce lag time so that perfect shot will be captured with ease.

The PowerShot SX510 HS is scheduled to be available in September 2013 for an estimated retail price of $249.99.

PowerShot SX170 IS Digital Camera - B&H Photo | Adorama


The PowerShot SX170 IS digital camera offers a long zoom in a compact camera body at an affordable price. The camera’s 16x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle lens and Optical Image Stabilization captures clear, vivid images whether a subject is up close or far away. Featuring High-Speed AF and Intelligent IS system that provides smooth video and sharp images via six stabilization modes, the SX170 IS operates with a DIGIC 4 Image Processor and a 16.0-megapixel sensor to create high-quality images. With 720p HD video capability, users can shoot still and video images and view both via an HDTV using an HDMI connector.

Complete with Smart AUTO technology, the PowerShot SX170 IS automatically selects the optimal settings from 32 predefined shooting situations, which helps the user to capture the best image possible. Powered by a new lithium-ion battery that provides efficient battery life, the SX170 IS has a 3.0-inch LCD screen and an ergonomic body allowing users to comfortably hold the camera.

The PowerShot SX170 IS digital camera is scheduled be available in September 2013 for an estimated retail price of $179.99.


For more information about the PowerShot G16, S120, SX510 HS, and SX170 IS digital camera models please visit: www.usa.canon.com/powershot.

#One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
*Compatible with iOS version 6.0/6.1 or later and Android devices version 2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2 or later. Data charges may apply.
**This software enables you to upload images to social networking sites. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images.
***The first six shots are shot at a rate of up to 12.2 fps. From the sixth shot onward, it becomes approximately 9.3 fps. The PowerShot G16 can continuously shoot up to 522 shots at approximately 9.3 fps when using an SDHC/SDXC UHS-I memory card based on Canon’s standard test method.
i PictBridge (Wireless LAN) certified printer is required.
ii The first six shots are at a rate of up to 12.1 fps. From the sixth shot onward, it becomes approximately 9.4 fps. The PowerShot S120 can continuously shoot up to 635 shots at approximately 9.4 fps when using SDHC/SDXC UHS-I memory card based on Canon’s standard test method.

Press Release: Canon Announces New PowerShot N Facebook Ready Camera



With Built-In Wi-Fi® Technology and a Dedicated Facebook Connect Button, the PowerShot N Facebook ready Digital Camera Lets Users Create and Share High-Quality Images and Video with the Press of a Button

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 22, 2013 – To address the popular trend of instantly sharing photos and videos with family and friends, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new version of its uniquely designed PowerShot N digital camera – the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera. A Canon Direct exclusive, the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera features a convenient Facebook Connect Button that supports instant sharing of crisp, clear images and videos to users’ Facebook accounts.

Helping people’s creativity shine through, the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera’s Creative Shot mode automatically creates a series of five artistic photos along with the original for an array of options that are ready to impress. With the convenient Facebook Connect Button and Wi-Fi® technology, the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera connects the camera directly to users’ Facebook accounts, so they can upload, comment and share their most creative, detailed images while on-the-go.

In addition to offering powerful artistic and connectivity functions, the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera features a 2.8-inch capacitive, tilt-touch panel LCD, allowing users to capture creative images at unique angles. With a shutter and zoom ring, both located around the lens, images can be snapped easily from the top or bottom of the ring so the perfect shot is always within reach.

The PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera offers an 8x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle lens, packaged with a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor. Users can also record high-quality 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button. With Hybrid Auto users can automatically create a composite video of brief clips that are recorded while taking photos to give a creative overview of a day’s activities. The PowerShot N Facebook ready’s Face ID system allows for the camera to automatically recognize and focus on familiar faces. In addition, Canon’s Intelligent IS System allows the camera to automatically select the optimal image stabilization settings according to the shooting conditions, taking the guesswork out of identifying the ideal setting for each unique shot.

“At Canon, we are continually working to improve the way users share their photos and videos,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The new PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera, with the Facebook Connect Button, opens up a new dimension of photographic sharing and expression to help people showcase their personal style and creative flair with powerful innovative Canon technologies.”

Convenient Sharing with the Facebook Connect Button


To make sure users can instantly share photos and videos with family and friends, the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera now features a convenient Facebook Connect Button. After an initial one-time set-up, pressing the new Facebook Connect Button links the camera to the users’ Facebook account for quick and easy sharing. Users can also control the destination of their Facebook uploads by choosing to share content with everyone, or to select Facebook groups.

Wi-Fi Connectivity for Easy Sharing
The PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera is also equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® technology, so high-quality images can be shared with friends and family even while on-the-go. Users now have the ability to comment on their uploaded photos directly from the camera – so starting a conversation on social networking sites is easy and convenient. Users can also instantly upload images wirelessly from the camera to CANON iMAGE GATEWAYi, and upload them to a computer remotely. Photos can also be printed wirelessly using Wireless PictBridgeii on select printers, including the Canon PIXMA MG7120 or PIXMA MG5520 Wireless Photo All-In-One printers.

The Ultimate Tool to Capture Creativity
Creative Shot, available on the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera, is an easy, yet powerful tool to add artistic effects to photos. In Creative Shot mode, users compose their shot and let the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera automatically create a series of five artistic photos along with the original to deliver creative new perspectives using different color modes, crops and styles. In addition, the new PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera offers 58 scenes of Smart AUTO and provides an 8x optical zoom to help users capture the ultimate creative shot.

A first-ever for the PowerShot line-up, the camera’s zoom lens and shutter are both operated on the camera’s dual-ring lens. By moving the dual-ring left or right users can control the camera’s zoom, and by pressing on the other ring users control the shutter, which can be released from the top or bottom of the ring, so managing the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera is easy and effortless.

The PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera features a touch shutter, enabling users to start tracking a subject simply by pressing the intuitive touch panel LCD, and then capture the image by lifting their finger off the screen. For added flexibility, the image on the screen rotates with the camera – so people can capture even the most unique shot.

Sleek, Small and Designed for Portability
With a sleek and unique design, the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera is ideal for quick on-the-go shooting. This camera features a 2.8-inch capacitive, tilt touch panel LCD, which offers 90 degrees of tilt, encouraging users to capture images from a wide array of angles and positions effectively in virtually any location. The top-mounted hinge keeps the PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera compact for convenient on-the-go shooting and easy, one-handed operation. The PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera uses a Micro SD card to store images, and the camera can be easily charged with a USB cable while on-the-go, ensuring the creative process is never interrupted. In addition, the USB cable provides a quick and easy way to download videos as an alternative to the innovative Wi-Fi® options.

Pricing and Availability
The PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera will be available in white in September 2013 on the Canon Direct online store (shop.usa.canon.com) for $299.99. For more information, and a full list of product specifications, visit www.usa.canon.com/powershot.

i One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
ii PictBridge (Wireless LAN) certified printer is required.

Press Release: ThinkTank Introduces TurnStyle Sling Bag



Santa Rosa, Calif. - Think Tank Photo announces the release of a new sling camera bag collection, the TurnStyle™. Lightweight with easy access, the three TurnStyle™ models are ideal for DSLRs and mirrorless systems. Their soft, body-conforming shape means all-day comfort and their tough water-resistant fabrics offer lasting protection. Easy rotation gives photographers fast access to their gear, including a zippered tablet pocket on all three sizes. These hybrid bags can we be worn as a shoulder sling bag or as a belt pack for increased versatility and comfort.

The fully customizable interior can be arranged for a DSLR with a 70-200 2.8 or a small mirrorless system. They hold real appeal for urban photographers who are upgrading their systems and need a bag to carry an extra lens or two. Women will love their being lightweight and yet having large carrying capacity in even the small and medium sizes. Delivering the perfect balance of form and function, TurnStyle bags have it all: comfort, versatility, style and rapid access.

Product Description

TurnStyle™ 5: Fits a mirrorless system with two to four lenses plus a small tablet. The front organizer pocket holds memory cards and other small accessories. Examples: Fuji X-Pro1 with 50mm f/1.4 attached + 38mm f/2.0 + 60mm f/2.8 with hoods reversed OR Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm attached + 17mm f/2.8 + 40-150mm f/4-5.6 + VF-2 viewfinder + FL-14 flash.

TurnStyle™ 10: Fits a standard size DSLR with one to three lenses plus a small tablet. The front organizer pocket holds memory cards and other small accessories. Examples: Nikon D800 with 24-70 f/2.8 attached + 50mm f/1.4 hoods reversed or Canon 5DMIII with 50mm f/1.2 attached + 16-35mm f2.8 hoods reversed.

TurnStyle™ 20: Fits a standard size DSLR with one to four lenses plus a large tablet. The front organizer pocket holds memory cards and other small accessories. Examples: Nikon D800 with 70-200 f/2.8 attached + 50 f/1.4 (or flash) hoods reversed or Canon 5DMIII.

Series Features
  • High quality RC-Fuse YKK zippers plus metal clips and hardware
  • Lightweight Poly Ballistic fabrics for durability and water resistance
  • Breathable air-mesh back panel keeps the back cool during long days
  • Slim design and easy access
  • Fully-customizable interior dividers
  • Wide shoulder strap with quick-release buckle
  • Front organizer pocket for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Hook/loop on shoulder strap keeps loose webbing secure and out of the way
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included in bottom pocket
  • Main compartment opens wide providing quick access to your gear
  • No Rhetoric warranty on all manufacturing defects
Materials

Exterior
  • All fabric exterior treated with a durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance
  • YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers
  • 420D velocity nylon, 250D shadow rip-stop nylon, 3D air mesh
  • Y-Buckle, double gate keeper, nylon webbing
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread
Interior
  • Removable high density closed cell foam dividers
  • 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane backed velex liner
  • Phthalate-free PVC (meets REACH standard) clear mesh pockets
  • 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover
  • Nylon binding tape
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread
TurnStyle Specifications

TurnStyle 5
  • Internal Dimensions: 6.3” W x 11” H x 3.5” D (16 x 28 x 9 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 7.1” W x 13.8” H x 3.9” D (18 x 35 x 10 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 0.8lb (0.3kg)
TurnStyle 10
  • Internal Dimensions: 7.1” W x 12.6” H x 4.8” D (18 x 32 x 12.2 cm)\External Dimensions: 8.3” W x 15.4” H x 5.2” D (21 x 39 x 13.2 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.0lbs (0.4kg)
TurnStyle 20
  • Internal Dimensions: 8.3” W x 15” H x 4.8” D (21 x 38 x 12.2 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 9.3” W x 17.3” H x 5.4” D (23.5 x 44 x 13.7 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 8.1” x 10.2” x 0.6” (20.5 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.2lb (0.5kg)

Press Release: JOBY Introduces GPod Mini Magnetic and MPod Mini Stand Flexible Tripods



NEW Tripods Designed for Point-and-Shoots, Action Video Cameras & Smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO – JOBY launches two adaptable mini tripods to empower the consumer to do more with his or her compact digital gear: the JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic ™ and JOBY MPod Mini Stand™.

"Our mini accessories were designed for the convenience and creativity of today’s spontaneous point-and-shoot and action video camera users, as well as smartphone users who use their devices to shoot images and enjoy media," said Michael Jue, director of product design and management. "The new tripod stands support consumers as they use their technical tools to get creative with their photos and videos," he added.

Introducing the JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic


Inspired by the original GorillaPod™ tripod, the JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic is a fun and friendly mini-tripod with magnetic feet – the perfect, portable stand that secures to all types of metal objects. Designed for point-and-shoot and action video cameras (such as GoPro cameras), the mini-tripod provides steady and crisp images from all angles. An adjustable neck allows users to change the position of their camera angle for more creative possibilities and the flexible, wrappable leg joints adapt to uneven surfaces.

Introducing the JOBY MPod Mini Stand


Also mini in size but mighty in practicality, the JOBY MPod Mini Stand features a universal design that fits most smartphones, with or without their protective cases (accommodating sizes up to a Samsung Galaxy Note). The mini tripod is built with flexible leg joints that adapt to all types of surfaces. Its expandable head mount clamps a smart phone in place, making it easy to set up a steady shot and enjoy media.

Each mini-tripod weighs less than two ounces, making it truly portable and an ideal lightweight accessory for totes, backpacks, pockets or travel cases.

Review: Hejnar Photo Arca-Swiss Quick Release Clamp - Sling Strap



Overview : Quick Release Clamp to be used with sling straps, tripods or monopods.

Features :
  • Center socket is countersunk on top but also threaded 3/8-16.
  • Knob is captive. Knob stops at maximum opening - cannot be lost in the field
  • Back side has groove to match some ball heads connection and preventing it from twisting.
  • Length 1.50 (38.1mm)
  • Weight 3.6oz (103g)
  • Precision C.N.C. machined from 6061-T6 Aluminium
  • Compatible with Kirk, R.R.S., Arca-Swiss, and many other Arca-Swiss style Quick release plates.
  • Stainless steel hardware.
  • Made in USA
  • Black Hard Coat Anodized Surface

Quality/Usability : Before I got the Custom SLR M-Plate Pro which offsets the placement of where the strap is mounted, I had the Manfrotto RC2 with BlackRapid FastenR-T1. If I needed to mount the camera to the tripod, I would just detach the carabiner and place the camera into the ball head. Now that I switched over to an Arca-Swiss setup, I wouldn't have that luxury if I was using a basic Arca-Swiss quick release plate.


To help those who is using Arca-Swiss compatible ball head and want to use a sling strap setup, Hejnar Photo makes a Arca-Swiss quick release clamp that can help solve this problem. Included with the quick release clamp is a screw (if attaching to a ball head) and a hex tool.


The clamp reviewed is 1.5 inches wide. Hejnar Photo also sells clamps that is as thin as 1.0 inch wide, 2.375 inch and up to 3.25 inch. If using the clamp for a sling strap setup, the 1.5 inch or 2.375 inch setup would be fine. You don't want anything too small or too big where it gets in your way.

The front has ruler markings if you need to have precise measurements if needed and the middle has a 3/8-16 threaded countersunk hole. The back also has a groove that fits some ball heads to prevent it from twisting.

The black knob short and close to the clamp so it doesn't get in the way.


You will need to purchase a stainless steel reducer bushing (B&H Photo / Adorama) with flange. This bushing reduces a 3/8-16 thread size to a 1/4-20 thread size. This is required for the sling strap setup.


Place the bushing and screw it into the countersunk hole. Since its countersunk, the bushing would be flushing with the clamp. You'll need a screwdriver to help tighten the bushing in place.


Once the bushing is securely in place, you'll take your BlackRapid FastenR, Custom SLR C-Loop, pin (above pin is used for Carry Speed straps and Spider Holster) or any other mounting solution and screw it from the back of the plate. If there is a rubber washer, it will need to be removed since this won't allow the threading on the screw to reach the bushing.


The picture on the left shows the pin attached to the clamp and dangling from the sling strap. The image on the right shows a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with BG-E11 grip and Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II attached to the clamp. So when I need to mount my camera onto a tripod, I just loosen the knob a few turns and the camera will come loose. This allows for quick release and quick mounting to the ball head.


The above images are a close-up of the clamp attached to a Arca-Swiss plate.

Conclusion : Overall, the Hejnar Photo Arca-Swiss Quick Release Clamp - Sling Strap is the best solution available if you're an Arca-Swiss user looking for a sling strap solution. The clamp comes in multiple sizes as small as 1.0 inch wide up to 3.25 inches wide. The 1.5 inches is ideal to be used with the sling as its not too big and not too small. The 2.375 inches is also suitable.

If your sling strap mount has a rubber washer, it will need to be removed in order for it to be able to screw into the bushing.




Manufacturer: Hejnar Photo
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Deal: Refurbished Nikon D600 with 24-85mm Lens for $1,599.99 at Adorama (eBay)



A refurbished Nikon D600 kit with the Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G lens is now listed for $1,599.99 with free shipping by Adorama on eBay (the same kit is priced at $1,859 on their website). The Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens alone costs $596.95 (new), a refurbished D600 body only is listed for only $10 less ($1,589).

Check also the one day sell on SanDisk memory cards at Amazon and B&H.

Fotopro Introduces a New Line of Professional and Travel Tripods to America



Fotopro and Custom SLR have partnered to bring a new line of professional and travel tripods to the United States. Designed for professional and amateur photographers alike, the line includes the C5i tripod, which converts to a monopod and the TT-1 travel tripod kit, which includes a versatile camera sling bag.

San Francisco, CA - 09/15/2013, Fotopro, manufacturer of professional tripods, monopods and accessories, and Custom SLR, manufacturer of camera straps and innovative camera gear, have partnered to bring a new line of professional and travel ready tripods to the USA.

With over a decade of experience and distributors across the globe, Fotopro tripods are finally arriving to America, adding a new, competitive, and quality line to photographers in the states.

"The Fotopro line complements our growing line of performance camera gear and accessories," said Ivan Wong, Chief Operating Officer at Custom SLR. "Our M-Plate tripod plates work in conjunction with FotoPro ball heads and we are excited to offer a comprehensive range of products for photographers and videographers”. Custom SLR will feature a full line of Fotopro tripods and monopod support systems including the C5i series and TT-1 travel tripod kits on CustomSLR.com.

The C5i tripod series comes in a lightweight, 3.6lb. package with reversible legs for compact stowing. The kit is equipped with an Arca-Swiss 3D ball head with single-action locking and can be converted into a monopod. The C5i will be available in five stylish colors - blue, green, red, orange and titanium, and includes a portable carrying case. Suggested retail price for the C5i is $189.95.

The TT-1 tripod kit is ideal for travelers and those looking for an ultra portable support system. It is bundled with a lightweight X4i reversed-leg, five-section aluminum tripod and Arca-Swiss 3D ball head. TT-1 tripod kit includes a versatile travel sling bag (with waist belt) for a D-SLR, lens and flash. The bag also features two zippered pouches, water bottle holder, and cell pouch, plus rain poncho. Weighs 2.6 lbs with a 11 lbs load capacity and has a max height of 57.5 inches. Suggested retail price for the TT-1 is $199.95.

The new line of tripods and monopods are available now and prices start at $89.95.

For more information visit: http://www.customslr.com/collections/fotopro-tripod-and-accessories.

Press Release: Tamron Announces New 3-Day Turn Around on Lens Repairs



August 14, 2013, Commack, N.Y. - Tamron USA announced that the company now offers 3-business day repair service turnaround for photographic lenses. This achievement works to alleviate customer concerns that when they send in a product for repair service, they may be left without that product for some time. Now, all lenses received in our system by noon EST are estimated the same day and moved onto the next stage. Lenses under warranty (Tamron USA offers a 6-year limited warranty on its photographic lenses) are repaired and shipped back to the customer within three business days. Out of warranty lenses are repaired and shipped back within three business days of the customer’s approval of the repair estimate.

“We are thrilled here at Tamron USA to supply our customers with a 3-business day turnaround time,” stated Pat Simonetti, Director Technical & Customer Service/Distribution. “With the support of our parent company, we were able to take the necessary action to build upon our staff and make this dream a reality. This accomplishment was and continues to be a real team endeavor. I truly appreciate the efforts from all of those involved in this project,” said Simonetti.

The Background
Customers may anguish about sending a lens in for repair, expecting that they could be without their favorite or workhorse lens for some time. Tamron Co., Ltd. recognized this and challenged its subsidiaries to reach a standard 3-business day turnaround service to make customers feel more confident that, in the unlikely event their lens requires service, they would not be long without it. “By speeding up the repair turnaround time, we can alleviate our customers’ anxiety about repairs and thereby increase their satisfaction of and confidence in Tamron products,” stated Tak Inoue, President and CEO of Tamron USA. Tamron USA took dramatic steps over the past year to increase the number of repair technicians that work on photographic lenses as well as customer service staff. Internal systems were changed to accommodate the inspection of lenses received by noon of each day and route the lenses to the proper technician for expert repair. Repaired lenses are then given top priority in the distribution center to ensure the product is on its way back to the customer within the established guidelines.

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Review: Hejnar Photo Manfrotto 494/496/498 RC2 to Arca-Swiss Conversion Set



Overview : Hejnar Photo conversion set for Manfrotto M494RC2, M496RC2, M498RC2, 055 Mag Ball Head. This combination of plate and standard arca swiss clamp will let you use any arca type equipment with this ball head. Clamp can disconnected from plate and use independent on other equipment if needed. It is the best quick release system for tripods and monopods when combined with Arca style ball head and quick release clamps.

All the corners and edges are rounded for the safety to prevent from accidental injuries or damages to the other equipments.

Features :
  • 2.375 inch long
  • Weight 3.6oz (103g)
  • Center socket is countersunk on top but also threaded 3⁄8”-16.
  • Two outside holes are taped 1/4-20 and 30mm apart from each other.
  • 2.6mm deep relief grooves guarantee compatibility with most plates/rails.
  • Relief groove prevents free fall when the clamp is not fully closed and your plate has safety stops.
  • Knob is captive. Knob stops at maximum opening - cannot be lost in the field.
  • Knob is made from one part aluminum. No room for dust or sand.
  • Back side has grove to match some ball heads connection and preventing it from twisting.
  • Precision C.N.C. machined from 6061-T6 Aluminium.
  • Compatible with Kirk, R.R.S., Arca-Swiss, and many other Arca-Swiss style Quick release plates.
  • Stainless steel hardware.
  • Black hard coat anodized surface.
  • Made in USA.

Quality/Usability : I've been using Manfrotto RC2 ball head for quite some time. As of late, majority of the camera plates I've seen or reviewed is Arca-Swiss compatible. Unfortunately, I don't own a Arca-Swiss compatible ball head so at times, I can't review that feature.

That was until I found Hejnar Photo. It is a small company based in the U.S.A. that makes their own plates and clamps. They have a slew of variety and choices ranging from L-brackets, clamps, rails, conversions and camera/lens plates. What caught my eye was their 494/496/498 RC2 conversion set. Their conversion set lets me convert Manfrotto's popular RC2 into a Arca-Swiss ball head in a matter of minutes.


Included with the conversion set is the following:
  • One adapter plate.
  • One F62 Clamp
  • Two 10-32 screws for clamp mount.
  • Hex key for ¼-20 screw and 10-32 screws.

The top of the Arca clamp has ruler markings and there's nothing much on the bottom of the clamp. The knob is also made of aluminum and is very easy to turn.


The adapter base plate is basic as well. One main screw hole in the middle that attaches to the ball head and two smaller screw holes on both sides allows you to attach the Arca clamp. The bottom of the base plate has a groove that fits right into the ball head and keeps it from twisting.


Here, you can see the comparison between the Manfrotto RC2 and the Hejnar Photo Arca-Swiss conversion clamp. *NOTE: We have a full video tutorial on how to swap out the plates below.


Once the RC2 base plate is removed, you can see that the Manfrotto RC2 ball head has a groove where the base plate sits on and prevents it from shifting when turned. Becareful of the ball head screw when removed as it has grease on it. You'll also be reusing it.


Simply place the Hejnar Photo conversion base plate in place of the original Manfrotto RC2 and tighten the screw with the included hex tool. Once the screw is tightened, you're ready to add the clamp to it.


Place the clamp on top of the base plate and take the two screws that was included with the conversion set and place it through the holes. Use the smaller hex tool and tighten the screws. Once it's securely tightened, you're done and its ready to be used.

I have a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, with a BG-E11 grip and a Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II and the new clamp is able to hold my camera with no problem. If you're new to Arca-Swiss, it doesn't take much to remove or secure your camera. A couple of turns of the knob, loosens the clamp and you can simply slide your camera out. If you want to lift it out, you'll just have to turn a few more times so that the clamp clears the plate. Just remember to hold the camera when removing from clamp since it's front heavy and it will tilt forward. It gave me a scare a few times.

See our video below on how to install the conversion set onto your Manfrotto RC2.


Conclusion : Overall, the Hejnar Photo Manfrotto 494/496/498 RC2 to Arca-Swiss Conversion Set is a must if you're looking to switch over to Arca-Swiss but don't want to buy a new ball head. The quality of their products are top notch. For a small company, the prices are fairly reasonable as well.

Hejnar Photo also sells the clamp that attaches directly to the ball head without the need of the adapter base plate. This plate runs for $70.00 and comes in two sizes: 2.375 inch or 3.25 inch (long).




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