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Deal: Manfrotto PIXI Mini Table Top Tripod



As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod in White, model no. MTPIXI-WH, for $11.88 with free shipping. It's designed for digital devices including the iPhone (with KLYP), compact cameras, CSC's, and entry level DSLRs. Deal ends today.

For expected delivery by Christmas, choose UPS Ground shipping for $8.77 and place your order today by 2 pm ET.

COMING SOON: 3D Printed Canon Eg Eyepiece Extender EC-6 for 7D Mark II 5D Mark III IV 1D X



[update headline="LATEST UPDATE (1.24.17):"]NOW AVAILABLE HERE.[/update]
One of the most popular/visited reviews on our site is the JJC EC-6 Eyecup Eg Extender. We have been getting emails on where this item can be purchased from. If you're not familiar with the eyepiece extender, it extends the eyepiece 5/8" (15mm) from the camera body. This is useful for eyeglass wearers and others to keep the tip of the nose from touching the camera screen. It comes with a small lens for magnification but we removed it because it distorted the viewing of the viewfinder.

I contacted the manufacturer and was informed that the item has been discontinued. Goja, another 3rd party manufacturer that offered the extender, is no longer selling the extender as well. Considering that there are new Canon cameras being released that uses the Eg eyepiece, I do not know why they would stop producing them. That leaves Canon users looking for alternative options and currently, there are none...


I am looking into creating a 3D printed version of this for those who are interested in purchasing. The above images you see are the CAD drawing. This is not the final product but still a working piece. The 3D printed version will come close to the JJC version but with some slight modifications such as:
  • OLD: JJC/Goja came with its own eyecup with a flat back which is slightly different from the Eg eyecup that comes with your camera.
  • NEW: In the 3D printed extender, a groove is cut out so that you can use the OEM Eg eyecup that came with the camera (Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama).
  • OLD: The 3rd party extender came with a cheap plastic lens to help magnify the image.
  • NEW: There will be no magnifying plastic lens. Sole purpose of this is to extend the viewfinder so that your face is not touching the screen.
  • OLD: The back of the extender was flat. It didn't leave much room for your finger to adjust the dioptric adjustment knob.
  • POTENTIAL: A curved indent may be implemented that allows you to easily access the dioptric adjustment knob (excluding 1D series).
One thing that will still be the same is that some of the corners may be cut off when looking through the viewfinder because you're now further away. So this will require you to make slight adjustments to the positioning of your head when looking through the viewfinder.

The 3D version will still fit the same cameras as the 3rd party counterparts such as the following Canon EOS cameras that uses Eg eyecups:
We are currently working on fine tuning the CAD file and will be test printing to ensure fitment is secure (we highly suggest using a strip of black gaffers tape to help secure the bottom of the eyecup to the extender as well). 3D printing of just one extender can take 1-2 hours.

It will be available only in black. Price and availability to be determined.

Review: MindShift Gear UltraLight Dual 25L 36L Sprint 16L Photo Daypack Backpack



Overview : MindShift introduces UltraLight, the lightest photo daypack series ever. Designed for convenient access to gear and spacious capacity for personal items, all accessible without removing the pack. The UltraLight™ Dual 25L and 36L feature a removable insert, which can be worn as a shoulder bag or beltpack. Inside the backpack, you can drop a trap door that converts the bag to a single-compartment daypack. The UltraLight™ Sprint, with 16L capacity, easily converts from a photo pack to a daypack.

Features (Dual 25L 36L):
  • Holds DSLR, up to 3 Lenses & Accessories
  • Stores 15" Laptop or 3L Hydration
  • Removable Camera Compartment
  • Trap Door for Full Daypack Conversion
  • Variety of Storage Pockets
  • Front Tripod/Monopod Mounting System
  • Breathable Padded Airflow Harness
  • Compression and Sternum Straps
  • Daisy Chain Attachment Points
  • Seam-Sealed Rain Cover Included
Features (Spring 16L):
  • Holds Compact DSLR, Mirrorless & Lenses
  • Stores 10" Tablet or 1.5L Hydration
  • Trap Door for Full Daypack Conversion
  • Variety of Storage Pockets
  • Front Tripod/Monopod Mounting System
  • Breathable Padded Airflow Harness
  • Compression and Sternum Straps
  • Daisy Chain Attachment Points
  • Made of Lightweight Nylon Materials
  • Seam-Sealed Rain Cover Included

Quality/Usability : In the market for a camera bag but feeling overwhelmed? Well here is one more bag to choose from. If you're a photographer who is an avid hiker or just loves the outdoor, I'm sure you're always looking for a backpack to hold your gear.


So today, we have the MindShift Gear UltraLight 25L. It is the middle child of the family. The UltraLight also comes in a 36L (big brother) and a smaller Spring 16L (little brother).


The UltraLight/Sprint is great for anyone who are hikers/adventurers. There are plenty of straps to help secure items to the backpack. Without anything loaded, the backpack is very very light weight.

The shoulder straps are comfy but not as padded as I hope they would be. There is also a sternum strap as well as molle straps to attach additional gear or packs.


There is a waterproof zipper at the top. This allows you to put your keys, wallets, loose change, and smaller items that you need quick access to. Don't forget that this is on the top flap, so you don't want anything too bulky.


Opening the top flap reveals a drawstring that gives you access to the top compartment. This allows you to carry snacks, clothes, equipments and other various items. There is also a mesh pocket to store loose change, tools, wallet, etc.


On the other side of the mesh pocket is a laptop/tablet compartment. The smaller pocket can hold a tablet and in the bigger pocket, I can easily fit my 15" Macbook Pro Retina into it. If you're not carrying a laptop, you can actually hold a hydration bladder pack.


At the top and bottom of the bag are pockets that conveniently hides some external straps. These straps help secure your tripod to your backpack.


Any hiking bag usually comes with a waist belt. This helps relieve some of the weight on your shoulders if your backpack is heavy. On one of the waist straps, there is a small pocket. This is great for your camera batteries, smartphone, keys, small flashlights or tools that you need to easily access.


The bottom compartment houses where you would put your camera and gear. Upon opening up the zipper, you're presented with a handle and two zipper pulls. Even with the zipper pulls, it can be a slight hassle trying to zip and unzip the cover.

But once it is open, the cover houses a mesh zippered pocket and the main compartment has a flap that provides protection. You can remove this if you don't want it as its held in place with velcro. Inside the main compartment are additional dividers that lets you separate your gear.

If you don't want to open two flaps, you're actually able to tuck the flap into the outer pocket as shown below.


I was able to hold my Canon 5D Mark III with EF 70-200mm f2.8L II as well as my Peak Design Slide Strap and SpiderHolster Hand Strap. Depending on the gear you have, you may be able to fit a prime or small zoom lens. This is not meant to carry everything and the kitchen sink. This is more for just for the day type situations.


If all you want to carry is just your camera gear, you're able to remove the inner pouch and carry that separately. But how do you carry it separately you ask...


MindShift Gear includes a shoulder strap. The strap is your basic nylon strap with a slightly padded support. There's a rubber texture to the underside to provide some grip and prevent it from sliding.


With all MindShift Gear packs, a rain cover is included that covers the entire backpack.

Conclusion : Overall, the MindShift Gear UltraLight Dual 25L 36L Sprint 16L Photo Daypack Backpack holds a decent amount of stuff but when it comes to carrying camera gear, its very very limited. I was able to fit a full frame camera and one lens attached. I couldn't really fit another lens depending on what it was. If you're carrying mirrorless gear, this would be great. This is not meant to carry everything but just for the day.

I love that the UltraLight is very lightweight. It is perfect for hiking.




Manufacturer: MindShift Gear
Site: Buy from MindShift Gear / Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo
Price: $119.99 (16L) / $169.99 (25L) / $199.99 (36L)

Deal: Timbuk2 Snoop Small Camera Messenger Bag



Adorama offers the Timbuk2 Snoop Small Camera Messenger Bag in Cordura Black, model no. 144-2-2154, for $79 with free shipping. It features a padded, modular interior, adjustable shoulder strap, grab handle, and waterproof liner.

Deal: MeFoto RoadTrip Aluminum Travel Tripod



Adorama offers the MeFoto RoadTrip Aluminum Travel Tripod in Gold, model no. A1350Q1A, or Chocolate, model no. A1350Q1E, for $99 with free shipping. It extends to 61.6", folds down to 15.4", converts to a monopod, and supports up to 17.6 lbs. Features include a ballhead with separate head and pan locks, 360-degree pan index, integral bubble level, 2-position leg angle stops, five leg sections with rubberized locking grips, spring-loaded hook to hang weights, and carry case with shoulder strap.

Think Tank Photo Launches Outlet Center for Discounted Goods



Think Tank Photo has launched a new online Outlet Center offering discounted camera bags. The items in the Outlet Center are new products and may not have their original packing material and/or their sales tag. The Outlet Center has many Think Tank carrying solutions at marked down prices. The Outlet Center currently lists 16 bags. Do note that the number will fluctuate based on inventory. Price reductions are steep, and include the Shape Shifter bag, originally priced at $264.75, for $149.75.

This is a great deal considering the bags are new and you'll be ripping off or throwing away the packing materials and tags.

Through December 31st, whenever you buy a Think Tank rolling camera bag you will receive Road Warrior Kit for free. The Road Warrior Kit features 10 Red Whips cable ties, a Cable Management 10 pouch, an AA Battery Holder and a Travel Pouch. That’s $54.50 worth of accessories FREE!

Really Right Stuff Photography Accessories Now Available at B&H Photo



Really Right Stuff is a highly regarded camera accessories manufacturer and the only way to buy their products was directly through them from their own website. Besides tripods, RRS makes a variety of camera support products such as quick-release plates, ballheads, flash brackets, L-plates, clamps, straps, sliders, and much more. Now, you can purchase RRS products from B&H Photo, one of the largest photo retailers in the USA.

This now gives customers another place to purchase Really Right Stuff product and if you live in the United States, you will not be charged sales tax outside of New York. If you're in or visiting NY, you can actually stop by B&H Photo's store in NYC and actually be able to touch and see the products in person.
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