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Contest: Enter to Win a Peak Design Slide Sling Strap, Clutch Hand Strap and Anchor Links





We have teamed up with the good folks at Peak Design, offering you a chance to win either a Peak Design Sling Strap, Clutch Hand Strap or Anchor Links!

You can read our full review on any of the Peak Design products by clicking on the image below.


The contest is fairly easy – jump to any of the Rafflecopter widget below and complete as many of the tasks as you like for each prize. You don’t have to do everything to enter – you can pick and choose, do one, do two, or do all. The more you complete, the better your chances are, though. Contest ends 12/20/14 at 12:00AM EST. US Shipping only.

If you missed out on this contest, don't worry because you can also purchase any Peak Design products from Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama.

Peak Design Coupon Code Amazon TrekPak Custom SLR

Ready to win? Good luck!

Contest

Prizes: (1) Peak Design Slide Sling Strap; (1) Peak Design Clutch Hand Strap; (1) Peak Design Anchor Links

HOW TO ENTER:

Peak Design Slide Sling Strap:

Peak Design Clutch Hand Strap:

Peak Design Anchor Links:

Sponsor: We would like to thank, peakdesign.com, for sponsoring and supplying the Slide, Clutch and Anchor Links for the contest.

Contest rules and contest end date may change without notice. Any questions about the Peak Design products, contact the manufacturer at peakdesign.com.

Review: Gary Fong Lightblade Diffuser



Overview : The Gary Fong Lightblade Diffuser is designed to accommodate nearly all speedlight flashes. The new Lightblade Diffuser softens harsh light emitted from power-packed speedlights, minimizes shadows and reduces glare while creating more accurate skin tones. The portability and compact size of this combined bounce and shoot-through diffuser make it a perfect solution for event photography, portraits, interiors and product shots.

The Lightblade Diffuser is an ideal tool for photographers of all skill levels looking to create soft lighting for more flattering images. Attached using the Gary Fong patented strap and band mounting system, the Lightblade Diffuser mounts directly onto the flash head and is then secured with the included Gary Fong Velcro Cinch Strap. This allows photographers using the Lightblade Diffuser to conveniently shift shooting between a horizontal and vertical orientation without changing the light angle or having to remove the diffuser.

As technology develops and speedlights become increasingly less intimidating touse, speedlight photography is becoming exponentially popular, from novices to pros, photographers expect more freedom to shape their light, and Gary Fong is committed to providing just that. The versatility of the Lightblade Diffuser is sure to fit the many needs of photographers' shooting styles and selected gear.

Features :
  • Softens harsh light, minimizing shadows and reducing glare, producing more accurate skin tones
  • Utilizes bounce and shoot-through light
  • Portable and compact size make it a perfect solution for event photography, portraits, interiors and product shots
  • Compatible with a HUGE range of flash units

Quality/Usability : There are many flash diffusers on the market such as the Lightsphere, but who better than Gary Fong to release a new diffuser. The Lightblade Diffuser is designed to soften harsh light emitting from speedlights which helps minimize shadows and reduces glare.


The Lightblade Diffuser includes the diffuser and velcro to help secure it to your flash head.


The front of the Lightblade Diffuser has little nubs while the back is smooth. There is a velcro strap attached to the diffuser that helps secure it to your flash head.


Pictured above is the Lightblade Diffuser attached to a Canon 600EX-RT. If it fits perfectly on a big flash head like the 600EX-RT, it will have no problem attaching to any other speedlight.

left: 600EX-RT pointed up with built-in bounce card; right: 600EX-RT pointed up with Lightblade Diffuser

The image on the left is with the flash pointed up towards the ceiling with the built-in bounce card extended out. Image on the right is with the Lightblade Diffuser. No editing was done other than the watermark. From the looks of the image, the Lightblade Diffuser directed more light at the object.


Conclusion : Overall, the Gary Fong Lightblade Diffuser is a portable device that does not take up a lot of space in your camera bag. From the sample picture above, the diffuser does direct slightly more light towards the subject than the bounce card that is on the camera.




Manufacturer: Gary Fong
Site: Buy from Gary Fong / Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo / Buy from Adorama
Price: $34.95

Review: LightPix Labs FlashQ - The Little Cube for Flash Photography



Overview : FlashQ is a 2.4GHz Wireless Flash Trigger. It is the smallest wireless flash trigger ever and the perfect companion to Mirrorless and Prosumer Cameras. It works well with big SLR camera. Make the off-camera flash lighting possible at any angles and unleash the creativity in photographers.

Features :
  • Size: 25 x 25 x 15 mm
  • 2.4GHz low-power digital radio
  • 160 radio channels
  • 20M operating range
  • No TTL, up to 1/250 sync speed*
  • Max. 900us X-sync latency (by FlashQ system)
  • Tolerate Max. 300V port sync voltage (on FlashQ receiver)
  • 3V voltage present on male hot shoe centre pin (on FlashQ transmitter)
  • PC Sync cable (via Func. port) for studio strobes
  • More than 100K fires for a battery life
  • 6 months battery standby time
  • LED indication: Green – operating; Red – triggering; Blue – pairing
  • * On compatible cameras and flashes

Quality/Usability : We had first posted about the FlashQ back in April when it was available on Indiegogo. For those who don't know, Indiegogo is another site similar to Kickstarter where startup look for people like you to help them launch their product.

FlashQ is a 2.4GHz Wireless Flash Trigger. It is the smallest wireless flash trigger ever and the perfect companion to Mirrorless and Prosumer Cameras. The idea is the same as the wireless transmitter that is released by OEM manufacturers or 3rd party such as YongNuo, Pixel, etc. The FlashQ makes the off-camera flash lighting possible at any angles and unleash the creativity in photographers.


Included with the FlashQ is a FlashQ transmitter, FlashQ receiver, 2 x CR2032 batteries, cold shoe adapter and sync cord (Male PC, 150mm length).


As you can see, the CR2032 watch battery is housed within the FlashQ and you can see the size comparison as to how small the FlashQ really is. Due to the ultra small size of the FlashQ there would be no choice but to use Lithium-Ion button cell batteries in both transmitter and receiver. It's slated to have 6 months of standby time (or 100,000 flash pops).

With the compartment so tight and compact, I needed help with any pointy tools to help me remove the battery.


There is an On and Off button, a Test Fire button, and 3 color LED on both transmitter and receiver. Auto channel selection helps to choose a clean channel, and up to 8 receivers can be paired to a transmitter unit.


The receiver looks identical to the transmitter except that the transmitter connects to a hotshoe and the receiver is a coldshoe and connects to the bottom of your flash unit.


The receiver comes with as adapter that lets you attach the FlashQ to a 1/4-20" thread or a hotshoe.


You can trigger up to 8 receivers with the one transmitter. Range is stated as 20 meters, which is shorter than many current 2.4GHz manual triggers. This is no surprise as it would be hard to fit any larger antenna inside such a small unit. Though 20 meters should be fine for most general use. The small form factor is best used on compact cameras with a hot shoe.


The images above is of the FlashQ attached to the flash without the adapter.


Conclusion : Overall, the FlashQ - The Little Cube for Flash Photography is relatively basic as it can get. The 20 meter range and maximum sync speed of 1/250s isn't anything to be excited about. It also doesn't offer TTL functionality. This works great if have a compact camera with a hot shoe like the Sony RX100 III or Canon G1X II, where adding a bulky flash trigger can increase the size of your shooting rig.




Manufacturer: LightPix Labs
Site: Buy from LightPix Labs
Price: $39.00

Review: HPRCLight Carry Case Organizer



Overview : All at your fingertips in a few seconds, thanks to the innovative organizer - made with a system of crossing elastic bands - which is the perfect solution to neatly arrange all the accessories that usually get lost inside the luggage.

All your devices at your fingertips in seconds! HPRCLight is the perfect solution when you travel with a hand luggage or a bag, and you need to reach all your accessories in one time. With HPRCLight your tablet, Kindle, earphones, cables, and battery charger will all be stored in one place!

When you are working outdoor and time is short, you need to access to your small items and accessories without having to look for them in your bags and cases: just arrange everything inside your HPRCLight.

Even if you are in your office, with HPRCLight you can avoid to forget your tablet, hard disk, business cards and more at home: all your small accessories and devices will be stored in one single place.

Enjoying your outdoor activities with all your electronic devices safely stored inside an HPRCLight case will leave you time to dedicate to your favorite sport. Place the case inside your backpack and concentrate on what you love to do.

Features :
  • A handy magnetic opening system, combined with an outer elastic band, ensures a quick opening and secure closing.
  • HPRCLight features an innovative organizer made with a system of crossing elastic bands: the perfect solution in order to neatly arrange all the accessories that usually get lost inside the luggage.
HPRCLight Medio (Medium)
  • External Dimensions - 270(mm) x 220(mm) x 80(mm)
  • Internal Dimensions - 230(mm) x 180(mm) x 60(mm)
HPRCLight Grande (Large)
  • External Dimensions - 370(mm) x 260(mm) x 80(mm)
  • Internal Dimensions - 335(mm) x 220(mm) x 62(mm)

Quality/Usability : Sometimes I travel for work and it's hard to find a case will hold your tablet and adapter or cables but still offer protection at the same time. The HPRCLight is a new innovative organizer that will help neatly arrange all the accessories.


HPRCLight cases are available in 2 sizes (Large and Medium) and in 3 versions: empty, with transparent removable pouches, or with customizable cubed foam. Because of the compact dimensions, both versions are easily transportable in bags, backpacks and hand-luggages. The bigger version can accommodate a large tablet.


The HPRCLight case is nicely designed. It features a hard clamshell that provides protection. The exterior also has an elastic band that helps keep the case closed.


In addition to the elastic band, the interior has magnets lined along the edges that also helps keep the case closed. These magnets are fairly strong.


With the magnets being so strong and keeping the lids closed tightly, you'll need a way to open. There is a red tab that helps you open the case. On the underside of the top cover, it is lined with elastic bands. This secures your tablet or any other items you may want to carry with you.

HPRCLight offers three versions. Empty where it's just the hard clamshell case. The second version includes transparent pouches.


If you get the medium size, it will only include one pouch. The large will include two pouches as shown. The pouch has a round soft velcro patch that attaches to the inside of the clamshell. This prevents the pouch from moving during transit. With the pouch, you can store cables, batteries, small devices and other small things where you're not concerned if it moves around.


The third version is with the cubed foam. If you're looking for something that offers more protection, the cubed foam will offer that. The cubed foam allows you to pluck the cubes so that you can customize the size that will make your device fit snuggly.

HPRCLight Medio (Medium)
The HPRCLight Medio is a semi-rigid clamshell designed to organize and protect your gear.

An easy magnetic opening system, combined with an elastic outer band, ensures a quick opening and secure closing. Thanks to the compact dimensions it is easily transportable in bags, backpacks and hand-luggages. Fits different on-the-go electronic devices and all action cameras.

(Custom fit cubed foam and devices not included, tablet maximum size 7.9")


HPRCLight Grande (Large)
The HPRCLight Grande is a semi-rigid clamshell designed to organize and protect your gear. An easy magnetic opening system, combined with an elastic outer band, ensures a quick opening and secure closing. Thanks to the compact dimensions it is easily transportable in bags, backpacks and hand luggages. Fits different on-the-go electronic devices and all action cameras.

(Custom fit cubed foam, devices not included, tablet maximum size 9.7")


HPRC says that the large size can accommodate a tablet up to 9.7". I own a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5" tablet and the large was able to hold it perfectly. Even if I'm not using it for my tablet, I'm able to hold many little things such as my LG G3 smartphone, portable harddrive, a pen and many other little things as well.



Conclusion : Overall, the HPRCLight Carry Case Organizer is a great clamshell case that offers protection and allows you to have all your items in one location. It's great for traveling or even going on location. Due to its size, it would be nice if they offered a handle to carry it like a briefcase or maybe even a shoulder strap.




Manufacturer: HPRC
Site: Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo
Price (Medio/Medium): 
$54.30 (Empty) / $59.50 (w/Cubed Foam) / $64.00 (w/Pouch)
Price: (Grande/Large): $60.40 (Empty) / $65.70 (w/Cubed Foam) / $70.00 (w/Pouches)
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