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Review: Peak Design Anchor Links Camera Neck Strap


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Overview : Got a camera neck strap that you absolutely love? Anchor Links will make it even better. Anchor Links are quick connectors that can be placed on the ends of any standard camera neck strap, giving it super-fast, uber secure quick-connection capability.

Features :
  • Super strong. Each Vectran®-corded Anchor can withstand over 200 lbs. of force, strong enough for any pro rig. Each package includes 4 Anchors and 2 Links.
  • Low-profile, lightweight and unobtrusive. Plus, the Delrin® Anchor disks will never scratch your camera body.
  • Adaptable to any standard camera strap, from your brand new OEM strap to your Dad's vintage leather strap he used in college. Works with straps up to 12mm wide, which is a nearly-universal pro camera strap standard.
  • The same connection system used on all Peak Design straps.

Quality/Usability : Ever wanted to remove your camera neck strap whether it be the one that came with the camera, Crumpler Industry Disgrace neck strap or other brands, but hate having to remove it and having to re-loop the straps when you want to put it back on? One of Peak Design's newest Kickstarter products is the Anchor Links. Anchor Links is a quick disconnector that can be placed on the ends of a standard camera neck strap and makes for super quick disconnection.


Not much is included with the Anchor Links. Included is a quick setup guide, two anchor links and four anchor disks; two will be used and the other two is incase the first two get frayed, you can change them out.

The anchors is pretty much a standard piece for all Peak Design products that require quick disconnecting. They were first introduced with the Cuff Wrist Strap and Leash Camera Strap.


The anchor links are made of durable hard plastic. It works with straps up to 12mm wide and will pretty much work with all camera straps.


Each Anchor is made from braided Kevlar® cord overmolded with Delrin® thermoplastic. An individual Anchor can withstand over 100 lbs. of force and is designed to be safely used with cameras and lenses of any size and weight.


To attach the anchor points:
A. Insert the anchor cord through the the loop at the bottom of your camera (grip) or quick release plate that is used for straps.
B. Create a loop with the anchor cord and bring the anchor disc through it.
C. Pull the anchor disc tight. The knot you created is called a cow hitch.
D. Attach the Clutch to the anchor by sliding the anchor disc into the housing in the direction shown.
E. When fully inserted, you’ll hear a “click.” The anchor is now locked in. To disconnect, press down on the anchor disc with your thumb and push the anchor out in the direction of the arrow.


To install the Anchor Links to your camera:
1. Take the end of your camera strap and loop it through the slot on the anchor link from behind and pull it through.
2. Put the end of the strap through the bottom of the buckle and pull it through.
3. Put the strap over and through the other end of the buckle and pull the strap through.
4. This completes the install and repeat steps 1-3 for the other side.


Once installed, you can place the anchor disks anywhere you want and attach your camera strap to the anchor disks. Either on each side for the conventional placements or one on the side and the other at the bottom of the camera as shown above.

Conclusion : Overall, the Peak Design Anchor Links Camera Neck Strap does a great job at giving you the ability to add a quick disconnect to your beloved neck strap. Installation is simple and the product is durable. If you're looking for a sling strap, read our review on the Slide Strap. And if you're looking for a hand strap, read our review on the Clutch.




Manufacturer: Peak Design
Site: Buy from Peak Design / Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo / Buy from Adorama
Price: $19.95


Peak Design Coupon Code Amazon TrekPak Custom SLR

Yongnuo Announces Cloned Canon 50mm f1.4






If you're a photographer, I'm sure you've heard of Yongnuo. They are a Chinese company that’s known for making cheaper third-party alternatives to pricier camera gear. They're more known for their lighting equipment and various accessories but the company is now branching into a different market that is completely new to them, lenses.


The company has announced their first ever lens, a 50mm f/1.4. Yes, it does look almost identical to the Canon 50mm f/1.4.

According to Yongnuo, this would be the first large aperture autofocus lens made in China. The new lens, while looking almost identical to the Canon, does have one significant difference: an old DC AF motor, while the Canon has the newer ultrasonic silent AF motor technology. Another noteable difference, the Yongnuo appears to have a plastic lens mount, where the Canon’s is metal.

Yongnuo 50mm F/1.4 Lens Specs
  • Lens Focal Length: 50mm
  • Lens Construction: 6 Group 7
  • Aperture blades: 8
  • Minimum aperture: 22
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.45 m
  • Maximum magnification: 0.15 times
  • Drive System: DC motors
  • Filter diameter: 58mm
  • Maximum diameter and length: about Φ75 × 58mm
  • Weight: 239g
Features:
  • The first China-made auto-focus lens;
  • f/1.4 large aperture, can be the subject looks delicate and soft, and easily bokeh make photography even more fun;
  • Supports auto focus and manual focus modes;
  • Equipped with full-time manual focus function, auto focus can easily fix the focus position;
  • Support M / AV / TV / P and other camera shooting mode, the aperture can be displayed in the EXIF ​​data information;
  • Support for full-frame and APS-C format camera;
  • Using two high refractive lenses, effectively reduce and prevent dispersion.

PreOrder: Spider Holster - The SpiderPro Hand Strap



Crowdfunding and hand straps seem to be a hot commodity in the photography world these days. All these great products are launching on Kickstarter or IndieGogo with the help of crowdfunding and everyone is looking for new hand straps that are comfortable. Our good friends over at Spider Holster has just started their own crowdfunding (via tilt) for their new SpiderPro Hand Strap.

We reviewed the Custom SLR Hand Strap and it was comfortable and was our favorite. We also just reviewed the Peak Design Clutch Hand Strap which is also our favorite and took top honors but can the SpiderPro Hand Strap really be better than any other strap (as the claim)? Hopefully, we'll be able to get one and do a full review on the SpiderPro Hand Strap to see if it is any better.

Price for the strap is $55. For a colored strap, it would be $65. Estimated delivery is December 2014. In addition to the hand strap, there are bundles that also includes the BlackWidow, SpiderPro Holster. Both with or without the Spider Monkey. Bundle prices range between $100-200.


You can place your preorder HERE or continue reading for more information.

Spider Holster is a small group of extremely passionate professional photographers that have made it our mission to provide you with well-designed, professional solutions for carrying cameras. Our revolutionary SpiderPro system has become the trusted carrying tool for photographers world over, and we've been developing our Spider Holster accessory line ever since, solving real-life problems for pro shooters and anyone that has a passion for taking pictures.

In a world of camera hand straps that simply do not work, the SpiderPro Hand Strap is set far above the rest - from its groundbreaking concepts and features, functionality and beautiful design, it marks a paradigm shift in how a hand strap should look, work and function.

What's wrong with existing hand straps?

Regular hand straps suffer from simple, flimsy webbing connections that prevent your hand from easily sliding into and out of the strap. They also require the support of your other hand just to slide your shooting hand into position. They employ a "straight line" design that does not allow your fingers to reach the trigger easily, and do not go over the knuckles to provide real weight support. Regular hand straps also typically come with a big plastic connector (covering your tripod socket!) or require a proprietary plate, forcing you to buy more gear that may not work with your tripod setup.

5 reasons why our Hand Strap is better than any other strap:


1. The SpiderPro Hand Strap is truly universal: thin but extremely durable material slides IN BETWEEN the camera body and the tripod plate -  ANY plate - so you don't have to buy/replace your own.


2. The camera slot connection is carefully designed and crafted from proprietary materials that allow BOTH a sound connection to the camera body (so you can slide your hand in/out) and flexibility so you can reach your camera's back controls.


3. The SpiderPro Hand Strap's unqiue "S" is the only strap designed to allow clear access to the battery door and memory card slots.


4. The SpiderPro Hand Strap's combination of design and materials provides real weight support in the correct place on your hand: over and above your knuckles, close to your wrist. The curved shape also positions your hand in a perfect shooting position (45 degrees to the camera body) allowing you to reach the trigger and all other controls.


5. Our proprietary hand strap materials, including genuine leather, "remembers" and curves to the shape of your hand, providing a high degree of functionality - especially important for users with camera bodies without a vertical grip. High-quality memory foam on the inner side of the strap provides greater comfort over longer periods of time.


We've been developing the SpiderPro Hand Strap over the last two years, and we can't imagine anything better than being able to deliver this brand new solution to you and your fellow photographers as soon as possible.

Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling Strap


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Overview : Slide™ is the most versatile professional camera sling strap in the world. Wearable as a sling, neck or shoulder strap, Slide™ is made of 45mm tubular seatbelt-style webbing with internal padding. Slide™ has aluminum quick-adjusters and our patent-pending Anchor Link™ quick-connectors. Comes with 4 Anchors and 1 Standard Plate for attachment.

Features :
  • Wearable as a sling strap, shoulder strap or neck strap.
  • Quick connecting with one hand, using our patent-pending Anchor Link™ connection system.
  • Smooth on one side and grippy on the other, and instantly reversible depending on your preference.
  • Comfortable even with the heaviest of pro cameras.
  • Made of tubular seatbelt-style webbing with padding on the inside for less bulk and a clean, classic look.
  • Compatible with ARCA-type tripod heads, so you can place your camera in the tripod without unscrewing anything.
  • Quickly customizable and adjustable. It can attach to multiple places on your camera and quickly cinch to fit your body type or activity.
  • More than strong enough to hold any pro camera/lens/accessory combo.

Quality/Usability : When Peak Design released the Leash, it was their first strap that offered multiple uses such as a camera tether, security strap, neck strap and even a sling strap. Even though it worked well, it wasn't a true sling strap that photographers had wanted. It didn't offer some features that a sling strap would have nor the full support and comfort. Peak Design went to Kickstarter to offer the Slide Strap along with the Clutch Camera Hand Strap to backers.


The unit I received is a pre-production model but is near the final retail product. Included is the Slide strap, standard plate, hex tool, two anchor disks, two additional spare anchor disks in case the first two start to fray, a pouch and quick start guide.


At first glance, the Slide looks like a seat belt from a race car or the strap/harness when you're skydiving. Both sides of the strap looks identical, so there is no wrong way of putting it on. The bottom of the strap is seamless and stitchless.


Typically, majority of the straps I reviewed has the webbing and a separate padded area. One of the unique features that makes the Slide different from other straps is the tubular seatbelt-style webbing. This allows for padding to be inserted into the tubular webbing but still give it that look that it looks like a complete strap.


With other sling straps, it can be used on one side only. With the Peak Design Slide Strap, it utilizes both sides of the camera strap. Smooth on one side and grippy on the other. So depending on your preference, you can choose which one will suit your needs and shooting situation.


One feature that is becoming a standard with sling straps is the ability to cinch the strap, For the Slide strap, it's part of the buckle along with a nifty lever handle. When I first saw the lever handle, I thought it also acted as a clamp to prevent the buckle from sliding but it wasn't. It was just a handle. It would be nice if they incorporated a clamp to help lock the buckle in place.

To cinch, simply pull the lever handle up and pull the entire buckle down to cinch the camera up and push the lever handle back down so that it doesn't get in the way. You can also just push the entire black buckle down from the top of it as well. To loosen the strap, simply pull the lever handle up and pull the buckle up and push the lever handle back down. It's that simple. And yes, it works on both sides of the strap. The gliding motion is smooth as it can be.

When I flipped the strap to the grippy side, the front of the buckle is now facing and resting against my body which felt a little weird. To some, it may feel a little uncomfortable.


The anchor link and anchor disks are pretty much a standard piece for all Peak Design products. They were first introduced with the Cuff Wrist Strap and Leash Camera Strap.


To attach the anchor points:
A. Insert the anchor cord through the the loop at the bottom of your camera (grip) or quick release plate that is used for straps.
B. Create a loop with the anchor cord and bring the anchor disc through it.
C. Pull the anchor disc tight. The knot you created is called a cow hitch.
D. Attach the Clutch to the anchor by sliding the anchor disc into the housing in the direction shown.
E. When fully inserted, you’ll hear a “click.” The anchor is now locked in. To disconnect, press down on the anchor disc with your thumb and push the anchor out in the direction of the arrow.


The standard plate is the quick-release plate that comes with the standard Capture® Camera Clip. It's compatible with most ARCA-type tripods and fits in Capture® in 4 directions. It is made of die-cast/powdercoated construction. Using the standard plate is optional but it's nice that they included it.


You can hold your camera multiple ways depending how you want to carry it.

The Summit Edition is the same as the original black but in two new colors, Tallac (navy and heritage tan) and Lassen (red and heritage tan) and costs an additional $5 more.


Conclusion : Overall, the Peak Design Slide Camera Sling Strap takes a sling strap to the next level not only in functionality but design as well. Peak Design has done a great job at designing this strap. Not only is it sleek looking but it's also comfortable.




Manufacturer: Peak Design
Site: Buy from Peak Design / Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo / Buy from Adorama
Price: $59.95


Peak Design Coupon Code Amazon TrekPak Custom SLR

Official: Canon 24mm f2.8 Pancake, EF 24-105 f3.5-5.6, EF 400mm f4 Lenses



In addition to officially announced Canon 7D Mark II and Canon PowerShot G7 X, Canon has also announced new lenses and some PowerShots.

Lenses: (Expected availability: November 2014)
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM - $149: B&H PhotoAdorama | Amazon
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM - $599: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM - $6,899: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

PowerShots:
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS - $549: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
Canon PowerShot N2 Black - $299: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
Canon PowerShot N2 White - $299: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Continue reading for more information.



Incredibly lightweight, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a fast and versatile lens with advanced AF and superior optics. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 38mm, it’s appropriate for a variety of purposes. The lens features optimized lens element placement and includes an aspheric element for high image quality from the center of the composition to the corners, and has specialized coatings on the lens elements to reduce ghosting and flare. To ensure excellent color balance, a 7-blade circular aperture provides superb out-of-focus detail. The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM excels during movie shooting thanks to its STM motor that enables silent and smooth focus tracking (on EOS cameras with Movie Servo AF), plus a micro stepping drive that keeps aperture changes quiet. The lens also offers full-time manual focus, manual AF adjustment (one-shot AF), and can focus down to a minimum distance of 0.5 ft. (0.16m). Delivering optical brilliance in a lightweight and unobtrusive construction, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a great fixed-optical length lens for photographers looking to add a travel-friendly option to their collection.

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 IS STM Specifications
  • Wide-angle lens for Canon APS-C cameras (equivalent to 38mm on a full-frame camera) offers an ultra-slim and lightweight design.
  • Slimmest and lightest lens of the EF-S series (approx. lens width is 0.9 in, or slightly wider than a U.S. nickel).
  • A stepping motor (STM) supports the Canon EOS Movie Servo AF function to provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when shooting photos.
  • Delivers outstanding image quality and excellent low-light performance.
  • Aspheric lens element helps you achieve a high level of image quality from the center to the periphery.
  • Optimized lens arrangement and coating helps minimize ghosting and flare.
  • Circular aperture (7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Aperture mechanism uses micro-stepping drive control for quieter drive.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in One Shot AF Mode.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.5 ft./0.16 m; maximum magnification of x0.27.




The EF 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM lens is the first Canon EF standard zoom lens for full-frame sensor cameras to include a lead screw-type stepping motor (STM) for smooth and quiet AF and tracking while shooting movies or still images. It offers top-notch image quality thanks to two aspheric lenses and a UD lens for sharpness and clarity; optimized lens placement and advanced coatings that reduce ghosting and flare while delivering remarkable color balance; and a 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm that creates gorgeous, soft backgrounds. The lens is compact, has an advanced image stabilization system for up to four stops of compensation, and offers full time manual focus. With full-frame compatibility, outstanding STM AF performance, and covering a popular zoom range, the EF 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM is an excellent choice.

Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Specifications
  • The first standard zoom EF lens for full frame sensor cameras to include a lead screw-type stepping motor (STM).
  • The focusing mechanism employs an inner focus lens, a stepping motor and lead screw to support the Canon EOS Movie Servo AF function and provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when shooting photos.
  • Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed stops of correction*.
  • New 7-group zoom optics allows for a conveniently compact design and outstanding optical performance.
  • Two aspheric lenses plus a UD lens combine to provide high-quality results for both still images and movies.
  • Circular aperture (7 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Optimized lenscement and coatings deliver exceptional color balance, while minimizing ghosting and flare.
  • Inner focusing system, high-speed CPU and improved AF algorithm allow high-speed autofocus.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.




The Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens delivers brilliant high-speed performance for professionals with minimal glare and superb image quality. Taking advantage of the best in lens technology, it features gapless dual-layer diffractive optical elements for improved diffraction efficiency with reduced flare. These elements are arranged with a large-diameter ground aspheric lens and a UD lens for a new level of sharpness and clarity. New coatings help to reduce ghosting, ensure excellent color balance and reduce fingerprints on the front and rear of the lens.

Professional L-series dust- and water-resistant construction is complemented by impressive performance: a 3 mode Image Stabilization system offers up to four stops of compensation and can even prevent operational errors when the camera is mounted on a tripod. AF stop buttons placed on the front of the lens can automatically stop focusing at any time; full time manual focus ensures complete control no matter the AF mode, and a Power Focus (PF) mode makes for smooth focus transitions when shooting movies. The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM focuses down to 10.8 ft. (3.3 meters), has a 9-blade aperture for pleasing, soft, out-of-focus areas, and is constructed with environmentally friendly lead-free
glass.

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II Specifications
  • Compact, lightweight super telephoto lens that is ideal for sports and wildlife photography.
  • Newly-developed gapless dual-layer diffractive optical elements deliver improved image quality with reduced flare.
  • Large diameter ground aspherical lens and UD lens for even greater optical performance.
  • Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed stops of correction*.
  • Three image stabilization modes (standard, panning, and during exposure only) provide exceptional results for a wide range of shooting situations.
  • For greater convenience, Image Stabilizer does not have to be disabled when shooting with a tripod.
  • AF stop buttons on the front of the lens allow you to stop autofocusing at any point.
  • Optimized lens placement and coatings deliver exceptional color balance, while minimizing ghosting and flare.
  • Highly resistant to dust and water, enabling shooting even in harsh conditions.
  • Circular aperture (9 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.
  • Power Focus mode enables smooth focus shifts essential for filmmaking.
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces reduces smears and fingerprints.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 10.8 ft./3.3 m.

Official: Canon PowerShot G7 X



Canon has officially announced the Canon G7 X with information and specs.


Canon PowerShot G7 X $699: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Continue reading for more information.

The PowerShot G7 X is a premium high-performance camera that puts exciting and impressive capabilities in a sophisticated, compact package. It starts with the sensor: a large and light-grabbing 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor powered by Canon’s latest generation DIGIC 6 Image Processor for beautifully rendered low-light photography up to ISO 12800. The IS lens is a f/1.8 (W)–f/2.8 (T) that puts more in your frame while staying bright to the maximum 4.2x Optical Zoom (24mm–100mm), with a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm for artistic background blur, and a minimum focus range of just 5cm for precise macro shooting. Wi-Fi®**- and NFC-enabled***, the PowerShot G7 X is selfie-ready with a high-resolution multi-angle capacitive 3.0-inch touch panel LCD. Shooting is a joy with High-Speed AF (0.14 sec.), 31 AF points, full-resolution continuous shooting up to 6.5 fps and 1080p/60p HD video. Designed to provide stellar images, the PowerShot G7 X is a compact digital camera powered to inspire your most impressive photography. And it delivers.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Features
  • New 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with Canon’s powerful DIGIC 6 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM for outstanding low-light performance up to ISO 12800, enhanced image quality, and fast operation.
  • A bright f/1.8 (W) – f/2.8 (T), 4.2x Optical Zoom (24mm–100mm), 9-blade iris diaphragm and IS equipped lens enables you to capture more in your frame, and is ideal for low-light conditions or using shallow depth-of-field for dramatic, soft backgrounds. Focus range starts at 2.0 in. for Macro and 1.3 ft. for Tele.
  • Selfie-ready multi-angle capacitive 3.0″ touch panel LCD with a screen resolution of 1,040K dots for a sharp, clear display and easy operation and sharing.
  • High-Speed AF (0.14 sec.) greatly improves focus speed. 31 AF points provide an expanded and more accurate focus area. Paired with continuous shooting speeds of up to 6.5 fps and the removal of buffer time, you can get your best shot in full resolution.
  • For easy Wi-Fi® connectivity**, built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) allows quick and simple pairing to a compatible Android™ device***.
  • Capture stunning 1080p/60p Full HD video for lifelike images and convenient playback on an HDTV via the HDMI output. Record at up to 60 frames per second for even more detailed, superb results in MP4 format.
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from eight different modes to optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of conditions.
  • Convenient control ring, exposure dial, and mode dial provide intuitive manual adjustment.
  • Shoot breathtaking images and video of the stars with Star Mode designed to better capture the brilliance and wonder of the night sky.
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