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Review: FLM SRB-60 Quick Release Clamp



Overview : The FLM SRB-60 60mm Clamp Style Quick Release Base can be attached to a 3/8" screw using threadlock adhesive. It has a small stud which prevents the plate from sliding when partially unlocked. This base is suitable for FLM and other Arca-compatible camera plates.

Features :
  • Arca-Style Compatible
  • Safety Pin
  • Bubble Level
Technical Specifications Base:
  • Bottom thread (inch): 3/8 = 0.95cm
  • Dimensions (mm): 60 diameter x 15 height
  • Weight (g): 93
  • Max. load (kg): 45

Quality/Usability : Sometimes the quick release plate that comes with your ball head isn't good enough or you want something that is quicker and easier. The SRB-60 came with the review sample of the CB-48FTR that I received and wanted to give its own separate review.


SRB-60 FLM Simple Release Base is the easiest solution for locking camera plates securely in place with the proven clamp technology to lock camera plates.

A locking pin ensures that when used with the FLM QRP camera plate, it cannot easily slip out of the base when opening. Although this is a great safety feature, to me it was a pain. Not only is the locking pin preventing me from sliding the camera out, I had to turn the knob enough where I can actually lift the camera out.

The SRB-60 is equipped with an integrated bubble level to make the horizontal alignment of the camera easier and in addition to this it is fitted with a 3/8” bottom thread for attaching to the tripod centreball head.

With the UniQ/C standardization incorporated in the SRB Base, this allows for compatibility of the base camera plates by other manufacturers.

When the SRB is used in conjuction with the QRP-50 (Quick Release Plate), the plate can be displaced by 25mm on the base and with the QRP-70 by 40mm, if you choose.


Attaching Plate to Base :
  1. Attach the camera with the QRP-50 or 70 Plate to the rear guide.
  2. One 'click' downward and the camera is secured, but may still be displaced.
  3. So, by briefly turning the locking lever, the plate (with camera attached) is immobilized in the desired position.
Our SRB-60 was attached to the FLM CB-48FTR Professional Ball Head.

Conclusion : Overall, the FLM SRB-60 Quick Release Clamp worked great and supported a gripped Canon 5D Mark III and EF 24-70mm f2.8L II. When used with the QRP-70 plate, if you loosened the clamp enough, it allows you to slide your camera but prevented your camera from falling off. But it required a lot of loosening of the knob in order to release your camera from the clamp. I can maybe understand its a safety feature but you can't slide your camera off because it's being blocked and you'll have to turn the knob more just to release your camera. To some users, they may prefer this but this is something I'm not use to with other plates and clamps.




Manufacturer: FLM
Site: Buy from B&H Photo/ Buy from Adorama
Price: $96.00

Deal: Popular Photography Magazine 1-Year Subscription (12 issues) for $5



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Deal: Free 15" Laptop Case with Purchase of Think Tank Roller



FREE 15” LAPTOP CASE WITH PURCHASE OF THINK TANK ROLLER

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have announced a special offer that runs through March 31, 2015. Purchase any new rolling camera bag directly from Think Tank Photo, mail in the rebate form downloadable from their website, and they will send you a 15" laptop case for free! Think Tank’s rolling camera bags are renowned for being designed for airline travel, enhanced security and durability, while being backed by the best customer service in the industry. As my friend, in addition to receiving the free laptop, when you check out of their shopping cart you will be asked what other Think Tank item you would like to receive for free with your order. Enjoy!

Be sure to use this LINK.

Review: FLM CB-48FTR Professional FT Series Ball Head



Overview : The FLM CB-48 FTR 1.8" Ball Head with Friction / Tilt has 3/8" bottom thread to attach to tripods or monopods and 1/4" & 3/8" connection thread for camera attachment or other specialist accessory. The FT (Friction / Tilt) series is based on the characteristics of the F series. The additional patented 'Neigen / Tilt' knob function isolates the Center ball so it can only be used in one vertical plane perpendicular to the Tilt knob.

The FTR is also fitted with the Rast-System PRS Pan click-lock knob for panorama shots. This allows you to obtain a perceptible and audible click-lock positioning every 15deg. in a horizontal plane for the shots being taken. It can be used with the FLM CP30 series tripods.

Features :
  • Maximum Load Capacity: 99.2 lb
  • Adjustable Friction
  • 360° Panning
  • Patented Tilt Function
  • PRS System for Panoramas
  • Made in Germany
Technical Specifications :
  • Type: Centerball
  • Ball diameter (mm): 48
  • Camera socket (inch): 1/4 = 0.64cm
  • Bottom thread (inch): 3/8 = 0.95cm
  • Dimensions (mm): 65 diameter x 99 height
  • Weight (g): 593
  • Max. Load (kg): 45

Quality/Usability : Finding a decent ball head can get overwhelming because there are just so many on the market. Sometimes, the ball heads that come with a tripod are OK but they can be better or if you buy a tripod that doesn't have a ball head, you'll want to pair it up with something that will do the job.

My old Manfrotto 494RC did its job but now that I've upgraded my gear, it can no longer support my gear. Having owned a friction ball head for quite sometime, I've become in love with them. Not only can it support my gear but the flexibility and control that it has is what I love about them.

When I saw FLM at PhotoPlus Expo, I saw their line of ball heads, I was intrigued and thought I would give it a try.


CB-48 FTR FLM Ball Head is a is a professional tripod head with adjustable friction lock, patented tilt function, panoramic base and PRS system for panoramic shots. It has 3/8“ bottom thread to attach to tripods or monopods and on the reverse side of the screw is a 1/4” connection thread for camera attachment or other specialist accessory.


The FTR is based on the characteristics of the F series with the Friction locking knob. In addition to this, the patented ‘Neigen / Tilt’ knob function isolates the Centerball so it can only be used in varying vertical planes as a 2-way tilt unit only. If this function is disabled, the ball can once again be adjusted in all directions.

The FTR is also fitted with the 'Pan Rast-System' - PRS knob - This Pan click-lock knob is ideal for panorama shots as it allows you to obtain a perceptible and audible click-lock positioning every 15° in a horizontal plane for the shots being taken.

If you are looking for a ball head with more features, such as: no friction lock, no panoramic base, tilt lock and panoramic audible click-lock positioning, then also available in the 24mm to 58mm ball diameter size:

E = non-friction lock (CB-38 E model)
F = Friction lock (CB-38 F model)
FT = Friction & Tilt lock (CB-38 FT model)


The SRB-60 quick release clamp shown above is sold separately but can be purchased with the clamp. This was already attached on our review unit.

For panorama shots, if you want a perceptible and audible click-lock positioning every 15° in a horizontal plane for the shots being taken, then the FTR ball head will be better suited for you as it is fitted with the 'Pan Rast-System' - PRS knob to facilitate this.


With all the knobs on the CB-48FT series, hopefully this video will help you understand the ball head and the functions of each knob even more.

The camera was attached to a FLM QRP-70 Quick Release Plate, mounted onto a FLM CP30-M4S Carbon Fiber Tripod.


Conclusion : Overall, the FLM CB-48FTR Professional FT Series Ball Head is a heavy durable ball head. Yes, there are so many knobs but each have a purpose and they do it well. I love friction lock ball heads. They're flexible in a way that you can adjust the how much to turn to tighten and how loose you want the ball head to move around. The panning is fluid and smooth. It's also very durable at holding a heavy gear in portrait mode (vertical). The price can be a bit pricey but I feel its worth every penny if you can afford it.




Manufacturer: FLM
Site: Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo / Buy from Adorama
Price: $471.00 / $591.00 (with SRB-60 Quick Release Clamp) / $606.00 (with QRP-70 Quick Release Plate)

Peak Design Slide Peaks Edition Sling Strap Color Vote


Our good friends over at Peak Design is taking votes on color variations for their Slide Sling Strap. It currently comes in black but with your help, there will be two (2) new colors to it. What colors would you want to see be made available? I'm leaning towards Ralston and Lassen. You can place your votes HERE.

Vote for your favorite Slide color combo. We'll make the top two choices. If you really want your choice to win, share it with your friends so they can vote too. You get one vote per day, so feel free to come back and vote up your top choices. 
Voting will go until at least Tuesday, 3/17, possibly longer.
VOTE HERE

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

Indiegogo: FlashQ Q20 A Handy Flash Reinvented



We first mentioned about FlashQ a year ago about their crowdfunding project on Indiegogo, the FlashQ Wireless Flash Trigger. You can read our review on the wireless trigger.

FlashQ is back with a new product on Indiegogo (http://igg.me/at/q20), the FlashQ Q20. It is a flash with radio control, LED lighting, tilting flash head and built-in gel holder.

The flash unit starts at $50 for early birds and $65 for the complete kit which includes the transmitter. The Indiegogo campaign ends April 17th and if it meets its goal of $60,000, the Q20 should be delivered sometime November 2015.

Continue reading for more information.

A full featured GN20 flash with radio control, LED lighting, flash head tilting, built-in gel holder


Meet our newest family member!
Following the successfully launched FlashQ wireless flash trigger in 2014. We’re going to take it to the next level, a complete wireless flash unit, called FlashQ System. We hereby introduce our first flash project, FlashQ Q20.

We were inspired by a variety of classic flashes and extracted those essential elements that are desired by the photographers. Combined with the 90° adjustable tilting flash head, built-in gel holder, LED video/modeling light, and engineered with our wireless technology for off-camera flash control, Q20 will give you the most convenient experience in a flash unit. Furthermore we crafted it to be a beautiful piece with compact size, makes it a must-have accessory for every Prosumer or Compact System Cameras.

Off-camera Flash Any Time
Our first idea was something similar to the renowned Metz SCA System; flash main body can be detached from the hot shoe adapter. So, we made FlashQ transmitter function like an adapter! Q20 is just like a typical external flash while being plugged on FlashQ transmitter, and it goes into wireless mode while being detached from the transmitter. There will be more creative possibilities in shooting when off-camera flash gives easy and total control in lighting.


Remote Control Flash Power Ratio
FlashQ transmitter can adjust the flash power ratio on Q20 main body, also wirelessly. A Single-click of the Power button makes one step increment, while a Double-click makes one step decrement. This feature is already coded in every shipped FlashQ transmitter.


Manual Flash Power Control
Q20 puts control back into the photographer, as it allows you set the flash output at each stop from 1/128 (minimum output) to 1/1 (maximum output). 7 steps of flash power ratios can be adjusted by two buttons.


Tiltable Flash Head
For ease of setup bouncing light effects, Q20 flash head can tilt up to 90°, with click-stops at 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°.


Built-in Color Gel / Filter Holder
Q20 flash head has a built-in gel holder for more versatile shooting options. It facilitates quick installation and removal of colored gels, so you change the light color at any time you want.


LED Video / Modeling Light
LED lighting plays an emerging role in digital photography for close-ups, modeling light or filming. Q20 features an LED light suited for these tasks with 7 output levels, makes it perfect for still or video shootings.

 

Rectangular Shaped, Able to Stand
Q20 has a rectangular outline with flat sides, which makes it easy to stand or position itself in any orientation. It is especially useful in setting up off-camera lighting.


With Tripod Mount
Furthermore, a built-in female 1/4” receptacle is included, which allows it to be attached on a tripod.


Multiple Flashes Support
Q20 equips with the same FlashQ radio, which features Automatic Clear Channel Selection and Simple Pair-up.

FlashQ System can support up to 8 flashes (Q20 main bodies) simultaneously, provided that those flashes had been paired up with the FlashQ transmitter. This gives the scalability of multiple wireless flashes and makes your photography more creative.

Q20 Technical Specifications:
  • Guide Number 20 (at ISO 100)
  • Focal length coverage: 32mm (on 35mm format)
  • Manual flash power ratio control (7 steps adjustable, 1/128 to 1/1)
  • LED video light (7 steps adjustable, Max. 60 lux output at 1m)
  • 2.4GHz low-power digital radio (FlashQ receiver) inside Q20 main body
  • 10 meters wireless operating range
  • Tilt-capable flash head, up to 90° and with click-stops at 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°
  • Other functions: S1 / S2 optical slave, modeling light (LED)
  • Two AA-size alkaline / Ni-MH batteries power source
  • Recycling time (1/1 full power output) : 7 sec. by fresh alkaline batteries /
  • 6 sec. by Ni-MH batteries
  • Number of flashes : 100 - 2000 flashes by fresh alkaline batteries
  • LED lighting time: approx. 3 hours (at full power LED output and by Ni-MH batteries)
  • Flash color temperature : 5600K±200K (same as daylight)
  • LED color temperature : 5500K±300K
  • Dedicated socket for FlashQ transmitter attachment
  • Dimensions : 59(W) x 92(H) x 29(D) mm (with FlashQ transmitter attached)
  • Weight : 115g (without battery)

Press Release: SanDisk Unveils the World’s Highest Capacity microSD Card



This morning, SanDisk announced a new 200GB microSD card that arrives in Q2. It will retail for $399.99.

Just one year after introducing their 128GB card, SanDisk found a way to increase storage capacity in a micro SD card by 56%. It’s kind of insane to think that something this small can hold 200GB of storage. The card is capable of transferring up to 1,200 photos in a minute thanks to 90MB/s speeds, hold 20 hours of Full HD video, is rated Class 10 for fast video recording and playback, and is water, temperature, shock, x-ray, and magnet proof.

Continue reading for full press release.

For the first time ever consumers can hold an unprecedented 20 hours of Full HD video on a fingernail-sized memory card

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA, March 1, 2015 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today introduced the 200GB* SanDisk Ultra® microSDXC™ UHS-I card, Premium Edition, the world’s highest capacity microSD card for use in mobile devices. In just one year after introducing its record-breaking 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card, SanDisk has increased storage capacity by 56% within the same fingernail-sized form factor. Keeping up with the demands of today’s mobile users, the new card provides the freedom to capture, save and share photos, videos and other files without worrying about storage limitations.

“Mobile devices are completely changing the game. Seven out of 10 images captured by consumers are now from smartphones and tablets. Consumers view mobile-first devices as their primary means for image capture and sharing, and by 2019 smartphones and tablets will account for nine out of 10 images captured,” said Christopher Chute, Vice President, Worldwide Digital Imaging Practice, IDC. “As the needs of mobile users continue to change, SanDisk is on the forefront of delivering solutions for these demands as is clearly illustrated through their growing portfolio of innovative products, including the new 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card.”

SanDisk achieved this capacity breakthrough by leveraging the proprietary technology developed last year for the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card, and creating a new design and production process that allows for more bits per die.

“We continue to push technology boundaries to deliver record-breaking solutions that transform the way consumers use their mobile devices,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “By focusing on achieving new capacity and speed milestones, we are able to deliver trusted mobile memory solutions that give consumers the freedom to never stop capturing, saving, or sharing – with the benefit of fast speeds to transfer it all quickly.”

Ideal for Android™ smartphone and tablet users, this Premium Edition microSD card combines the world’s highest capacity and blazingly fast transfer speed of up to 90MB/s to deliver premium performance. At this transfer speed, consumers can expect to move up to 1,200 photos per minute.

Through SanDisk’s updated Memory Zone app users will have even greater control over their mobile device's memory storage. In the Memory Zone app, users can engage the OptiMem™ app feature which monitors the phone’s memory levels to inform users whenever the internal memory falls below a user-defined threshold. Once this threshold is reached, the OptiMem app feature will automatically transfer some of their old photos and videos to their microSD card, leaving them with more internal memory to continue making memories. The app, available for free download from the Google Play™ store, is compatible with most Android-powered devices and allows users to easily locate, organize, transfer and back up data.

Pricing and Availability
The 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, features a ten-year limited warranty and will be available worldwide in Q2 at an MSRP of $399.99.

Source: SanDisk

Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery Software for Windows and MAC


Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery Software for Windows and MAC

Overview : Photos are your memories; they remind you of the past, that was captured to be preserved, but when those photographs are lost or deleted it leaves you in a helpless situation. Stellar, helps you in such a scenario.

The new Stellar Phoenix Recovery is an interactive software that recovers and restores lost and deleted photos, videos & music files from corrupt, damaged, deleted or formatted Windows & MAC volumes. Stellar Phoenix Photo Recover scans the inaccessible storage media i.e. memory cards, phones, hard drives, USB drives, etc. for any type of multimedia files. Once scanning is completed, it displays all recoverable photos, music and videos in a Windows Explorer like tree view after which you can recover all photos or select specific files that you need and restore them to a destination drive or folder. The software is compatible with both, MAC and Windows Operating Systems. Additionally it supports more than 50 file types & scanning of up to 2TB of storage space.

Features :
  • It's a simple do-it-yourself recovery tool
  • Support for more than 50 multimedia file types
  • Supports scanning of up to 2TB of storage space
  • Recover all lost & deleted photos, videos, music files
  • Recover from all cameras, memory cards, hard drives, phones, etc.
  • Recover HD video & RAW images from SLR cameras
  • Recovers all known and unknown multimedia files from chosen media
  • Smartly & Efficiently recovers all HD MOV files
  • Preview & Save deleted photo distinctively with their original file names
  • Preview deleted photos, videos and music files before recovery
  • Facilitates option to add new file headers for recovery

Quality/Usability : We have all experienced it some point in time where we either accidentally deleted images or videos from our computer or memory card or just had a corrupted memory card which caused us to lose our priceless images. Either we chalked it as a loss or used a program that lets us retrieve those files that we thought we can't get back.

Stellar Phoenix Recovery an inexpensive software that promises to find and recover images, videos and audio from a camera, hard drive, memory cards, removable media and digital media. I had cleaned out an SDHC card that I had used for work and deleted the files since I thought I no longer needed them and low and behold, my job wanted to see the files.

Our Test Setup
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 8GB ADATA SDHC Memory Card
  • IOGEAR USB Memory Card Reader via USB 2.0
  • Camera files from Canon 5D Mark III, Canon PowerShot S100 and Nikon D7000
Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 Software for Windows and MAC
Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 Software for Windows and MAC Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 Software for Windows and MAC

The user interface (UI) is as simple as it can get. There's only three buttons for you to choose from; Recover Photo, Audio & Video, Create Image and Resume Recovery. Of course, the main button is always the biggest. Create Image takes sector by sector image of the selected region. It is useful in case your media has developed bad sectors and the image can be used later to recover data. Resume Recovery is exactly as it says. It lets you resume data recovery process. It only works if you had previously saved scan information or image of the storage device.

But once you click on Recover Photo, Audio & Video, if you have a removable drive or media inserted, it will automatically pop up asking if you want to scan. If there is no removable drive or media, it will list all the drives on your computer.

Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 Software for Windows and MAC

If you click on advanced recovery options, you can define which type of files types to scan for, each being segregated into its corresponding media type. Once the scan completes, all the recoverable media is grouped by type and can be individually selected for saving.

File System Supported:
  • Camera Formats: Nikon (NEF, NRW), Canon (CR2, CRW), Olympus (ORF), Sony (SR2, ARW, SRF), Kodak (K25, KDC, DCR), Fuji (RAF), Minolta (MRW), Pentax (PEF), Sigma (X3f), Epson (ERF), DNG, Panasonic (RAW), Mamiya (MEF, MOS)
  • Video Formats: AVI, WMV & ASF, MP4, M4V, 3GP, MOV, MPEG, DV, 3G2, M4B
  • Newly Supported Video File Formats: AVCHD Video File (MTS), Divx Encoded Movie File (DIVX), Matroska Video File (MKV), MOI Video File, OGG Media Player (OGM), Video Object File (VOB), 3G2, ASX
  • Audio Formats: WAV, MP3, AIFF, RPS, MIDI, M4A, M4P, AU, OGG, WMA, RM, Real Audio (RA)
  • Image Formats: JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, BMP, JP2, INDD, PSD
  • Newly Supported Image Formats: Paint Shop Pro Image File (PSP), Mamiya (MOS), Picture File (PCT)
Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 Software for Windows and MAC Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 Software for Windows and MAC Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 Software for Windows and MAC

Once we started to perform our recovery, it started to list any files that use to be on the memory card. It first scanned for photos, followed by video and than audio. In all, it took about 15-20 minutes for the entire scan to be completed because it scans every sector on the media. Almost half way through the process, it said it wasn't responding (Not Responding) and I couldn't do anything with the program. I decided to wait it out and the program went back to normal. So if you happen to experience this problem, don't freak out and do a force quit immediately. Just wait it out but if you're waiting 30 minutes or more, that shouldn't be normal.

Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 Software for Windows and MAC

Once the scan is complete, you would be presented with the a pop-up saying "Scan Completed!" with an OK button to confirm. The pop-up window also "Select file (s) / folder(s) from the list & click Recover button". Don't know why it would say this when all the files and folders are already selected for you. Not a big issue but just something to point out for the developer.

Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 Software for Windows and MAC Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 Software for Windows and MAC

Once you click on the OK button on the pop-up, you'll now be able to view all the files that were recovered (shown in List View). As you can see, the original file names are no longer there whether it be "DSC_####", "IMG_####" or however the naming convention was originally. The recovery gave each file it's own unique name. You're able to preview which pictures you want to recover but when it came to videos, you were not able to see a preview of it. A few images didn't show a preview either but was recoverable. It would have been nice if I was able to preview the videos. What if I was a videographer and only shot videos? How would I know which one I would need unless I restore all of them and delete the ones I don't want.

All the files are already selected for you. So if there was a file you didn't want to recover, you can unselect it. There is also no "Unselect All" button. At first, I thought it would be nice if they included a button but as I thought about it more, the file name is not the same anymore and you would still have to scroll through the list to see what you want. While you're looking through the  preview, that's when you would pick and unselect the files you didn't want to recover.

Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 Software for Windows and MAC Review: Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 Software for Windows and MAC

Besides the List View (as seen above), there are two other different viewing screens you can choose from; Thumbnails View (left) and Coverflows View (right).

After you have decided which files you want to recover, click on "Recover" and a window pops up asking you where you want to save it to whether it be another storage media or desktop. That would make sense. You wouldn't want to save it back on to your storage media if it was corrupted and it's the reason why you're recovering the files. All the files that you recovered would be placed in a folder called "Root".

Here are some things we noticed when files were trying to be recovered. If the files were simply deleted, 100% of the files were recovered. If you reformatted the card through your camera, you were able to recover images. But if you reformatted the card through the computer, you're out of luck. If you deleted files and wrote new data to the card, some information was lost completely and wasn't recoverable. I was able to recover majority of audio files. Some didn't show up at all and was lost. Videos showed up as well but when I went to play them back, some files stuttered and rendered the file useless.

Conclusion : Overall, the Stella Phoenix Photo Recovery Software for Windows and MAC works great and does what it said it would do. No program will recover all files but it does a decent job of recovering majority of them. The user interface is very simple, clean and straight forward.

[update headline="UPDATED - 3.3.2015"]Review has been recently updated. See below for updated review on new software and features.[/update]
My job needed to find some files on an Seagate external harddrive. However the harddrive started to give us problems. When we plugged the harddrive into a PC or MAC, it asked use to reformat it. Obviously, we didn't want to do that because that would mean we would lose everything that is on there. So I decided to give Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 6 a try to see if it can see the harddrive as well as recover the files. Low and behold, it was able to see the harddrive and all the contents.

The contents within the harddrive was 241GB and it took over a day to recover to my desktop. I was able to recover all 3,300+ files and folders (pictures, videos and audio) and all the file names were intact. Yes, the previous version didn't keep the previous file names intact where as version 6 did. This is definitely a lifesaver. Once everything was recovered to my desktop, I was able to transfer the recovered files to a different external harddrive.

Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 6 is said to be 30% faster, better and smoother. It now allows the ability to preview and recover HD MOV files and provide the option to add new file headers to the list of existing audio, video, or photo file category. This is helpful for those users who use new, unique multimedia file types (which is not there in the default file list) to recover the corresponding file types without any hassle. This option is very easy and you can add file headers just by 'Drag & Drop' operation.

Some of the new files that Stellar Phoenix Photo Recover 6 now supports are:
  • Image: DJVU, TGA, TGA, PGM, PBM
  • Audio: ACD, AMR, AT3, CAFF, DSS, IFF, NRA, SND
  • Video: AJP, F4V, MQV, SVI, VID, M4R & HDMOV, TOD
Due to the fact that I was able to recover files from a harddrive that was asking me to reformat before I can use it and for keeping the original file names, I bumped our star rating from 4 stars to 5 stars.




Manufacturer: Stellar
Site: Free Download* / Buy from Stellar Photo Recovery
Price: $39.00

* Disclaimer - Free Download offers free evaluation of the software & preview all the lost files and folder that can be recovered by the software. To recover files, you must purchase the program.

Deal: Canon USA Price Drops on EOS 5D Mark III & EOS 6D


Canon USA significantly lowered their MAP (minimum advertised price) prices on the EOS 5D Mark III & EOS 6D. Both of those cameras have dropped a lot in price probably due to currency fluctuations. Beyond the price drops, Canon has also switched the mail-in rebate to an instant rebate and added the EOS 7D Mark II to that.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2499 ($300 drop/$300 instant rebate): B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon
Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $3099 ($300 drop/$300 instant rebate): B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon
Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-70 f/4L IS $3249 ($300 drop/$300 instant rebate): B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon

Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 6D Body $1399 ($100 drop/$300 instant rebate): B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon
Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM $1799 ($100 drop/$300 instant rebate): B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon
Canon EOS 6D w/24-105 f/4L IS $1999 ($100 drop/$300 instant rebate): B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Body $1699 ($100 instant rebate): B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon
Canon EOS 7D Mark II w/18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM $2049 ($100 instant rebate): B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon

Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 70D Body $999 ($200 instant rebate): B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon
Canon EOS 70D w/18-135 IS STM $1349 ($200 instant rebate): B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon

Canon EOS Rebel SL1
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body $399 ($150 instant rebate): B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 w/18-55 IS STM $499 ($200 instant rebate): B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon
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