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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.

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

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.

Tamron Lenses - AmazonB&H Photo | Adorama

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.

Review: Think Thank Photo Sling-O-Matic 20 Sling Camera Backpack Bag


Review: ThinkTank Sling-O-Matic 20 Sling Camera Backpack Bag

Overview : Think Tank Photo introduces the Sling-O-Matic, the photo industry’s first sling camera bag that can be easily switched back and forth to either shoulder. The Sling-O-Matic’s adjustable, fully padded shoulder strap “automatically” slides along a set of rails to change which shoulder the bag can be worn on. This is the innovative solution to the problem inherent with other sling bags: only being designed to wear the sling bag over the same shoulder. With one smooth motion, the Sling-O-Matic can be quickly switched to the opposite shoulder without losing the characteristics that have made sling bags popular among photographers. The Sling-O-Matic series offers three unique bags to choose from, depending on the set of photo gear a photographer needs to carry.

Features :
  • Sling-O-Matic can switch back and forth “automatically” to carry over either shoulder
  • Gear access always stays on top when Sling-O-Matic is in front
  • Carries a DSLR and a 70-200 f2.8 attached, with the lens hood in position
  • Carries a regular size DSLR and a 70-200 f2.8 attached with lens hood in position, plus 3-5 additional lenses
  • Can accommodate some pro size DSLRs and a 70-200 f2.8 attached with lens hood in position, plus 3-5 additional lenses
  • Not compatible with all Nikon Pro DSLR cameras
Technical Specifications :
  • ID: 10.25” W x 15.5” H x 5.5” D* ((27.5 x 39 x 14 x cm*)
    ED: 11” W x 16.5” H 6” D (28 x 42 x 15 cm)
  • bag flexibility allows expansion to carry some pro size DSLR bodies with a lens attached inside the main compartment.
  • WEIGHT: 2.5–3.4 (1.1–1.5 kg)
  • No Rhetoric Warranty Policy
  • Exterior - All fabric exterior treated with DWR while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, 1680D ballistic nylon, 420D velocity nylon, YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, antique nickel plated metal hardware, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
  • Interior - 210D silver-toned nylon, high-density extruded nylon, removable 210D silver-toned nylon & velex dividers, PU backed velex liner, clear PU mesh pocket (non-PVC), 2x PU coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, high-density open & closed cell foam, 3-ply bonded nylon thread

Kickstarter: Peak Design's Capture Camera Clip v2 Surpasses $500,000



We first mentioned about Peak Design's new Kickstarter campaign back in July. If you haven't heard of Peak Design, they created the original Capture Clip that impressed many photographers around the world. It was such a success that they came back to Kickstarter to help them launch the new Capture Clip v2.

We were one of the very few to receive samples before it was officially available (as shown above) let alone. In the short amount of time, Peak Design has raised over $500,000 considering their original goal was only $100,000. This is a huge milestone as there is still over 20 days left (as of this posting) before the funding period ends. So if you're interested, be sure to pre-order (pledge) one before it ends. Typically with Kickstarter and its projects, the purchase price of the product is cheaper than the retail price once its officially available.

For $50, you can get the Capture v2 with standard plate and $65 gets you the CapturePRO. You can even pre-order the POV kit that works with GoPro or the PROpad. It provides additional support for those with heavier gear or gripped cameras.


If you're still on the fence if this is for you, we also posted our full review of the CapturePRO. This way, you can decide whether or not this is for you. The original Capture Clip is still available on Peak Design's website, along with the Leash, Cuff and other products. There's also a discount for anything you purchase on their website (below).

Discount: As a follower of 1KIND Photography, you are eligible for a special 10% discount on Peak Design products.

Peak Design Coupon Code Amazon TrekPak Custom SLR

Press Release: Sigma Announces Mount Conversion Service and Extended Warranty



Manufacturer announces first-ever mount change option, as well as universal, four-year warranty for all products

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., – Aug. 1, 2013 - Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced a revolutionary new, fee-based service that will enable the company’s Global Vision lens owners to change their lens mounts for use on different camera systems.

Starting Sept. 2, Global Vision lens owners can request the Mount Conversion Service to convert their current Sport, Contemporary or Art DSLR lenses to their choice of a Sigma, Sony, Pentax, Nikon or Canon mount. Global Vision category lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) can be updated to either a micro four thirds (MFT) or Sony E- mount.

In addition to the announcement of the industry’s first Mount Conversion Service, Sigma is also extending the warranty on all of its products – including cameras, lenses and flashes purchased on or after July 1, 2013 – to four years. Previously, warranties varied by product. This enhanced product protection provides Sigma’s customers with more consistency and improved service.

“Professionals and amateurs alike are taking advantage of the many affordable camera options in today’s market; they’re updating their camera bags and exploring new systems and brands,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “When photographers purchase a lens, it’s often a significant, financial and artistic commitment – and we believe that investment should last a lifetime. Our new Mount Conversion Service and extended warranty are intended to help Sigma users get more enjoyment from our products, regardless of how their approach to photography changes overtime.”

The Mount Conversion Service is limited to all of Sigma’s Global Vision lenses. Current, applicable full-frame lenses include the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS Sport and 35mm F1.4 DG Art; APS-C crop sensor lenses include the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Art, 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC OS Macro Contemporary and 18-35mm F1.8 DC Art; and MILC lenses include the 19mm F2.8 DN Art, 30mm F2.8 DN Art and 60mm F2.8 DN Art. Lenses can be converted to any mount of a photographer’s choosing, as long as Sigma has released that product in the requested mount.

Cost of the conversion will range between $80 to $250, plus shipping costs, depending on the focal length of the lens. All lenses will be shipped to Sigma’s US subsidiary in New York, and updated, calibrated and optimized for the new camera system at Sigma’s factory in Aizu, Japan. All lenses that undergo the Mount Conversion Service will be covered under warranty for six months following the update. Teleconverters, USB Docks and other accessories are not eligible for the service.

To request the Mount Conversion Service, please visit your local Sigma subsidiary. Customers in the United States should visit www.sigmaphoto.com.
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