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Deal: Tamrac Camera Bags at Adorama



Adorama discounts a selection of Tamrac camera bags, as listed below. Each receives free shipping.

Deal: Vanguard Alta Pro Aluminum Alloy Tripod



Adorama offers the Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB-100 4-Section Aluminum Alloy Tripod with QR Ballhead, model no. ALTA PRO 264AB 100, for $129.99 with free shipping. It features a 64" maximum height, 360° fluid-like ballhead, central column that moves from 0° to 180°, and legs that adjust to 25°, 50°, and 80° angles.

Deal: Clik Elite Impulse Sling Camera Backpack



B&H Photo Video offers the Clik Elite Impulse Sling Camera Backpack in Black, model no. CE503BK, for $49.50 with free shipping. It features room for a DSLR and lens, padded camera bay, 7-liter top compartment, and tuck-away tripod attachment.

Features:
  • Fits Pro D-SLR Camera 1 Lens Kit
  • 1680D Ballistic Nylon Exterior
  • Fully Lined with Finished Seams
  • Padded Camera Bay
  • 7.0 Liter Top Compartment
  • Tuck-away Tripod Attachment
  • Attached Shoulder Strap with Pad

Deal: AmazonBasics Large DSLR Gadget Bag



Amazon offers Prime members the AmazonBasics Large DSLR Gadget Bag in Black/Orange, model no. SM1302091B, for $22.49 with free shipping. (Non-members can spend $49 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping costs $6.78.) It measures 13" x 7" x 9" and features a padded tablet slot, movable dividers, adjustable exterior tripod straps, and storage for one DSLR body and up to three lenses.

Press Release: Canon Officially Announces The Speedlite 600EX II-RT & EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM



Canon announced their new Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash and the first macro lens for the EOS M system, the Canon EF-M 28MM f/3.5 MACRO IS STM with built-in LEDs. The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT electronic flash unit is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2016 for an estimated retail price of $579.991. Canon’s EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June for an estimated retail price of $299.99.

You can place your preorder at the following sites:

Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon SBA-E3 Bounce Adapter for 600EX II-RT: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon SCF-E3 Color Filter for 600EX II-RT: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon CP-E4N Compact Battery Pack: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Continue reading for full press release.

Accessorize This Spring With The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash And Canon EF-M 28MM f/3.5 MACRO IS STM Lens With Built-In Macro Lites And Image Stabilizer

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2016 – Spring is all about having the right look and Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is giving photographers of all levels two new options that can improve their creativity and versatility; the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash and the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens.

Photographers looking to take rapid-fire flash images will appreciate the improved recycling time in the new Canon Speedlite-600EX II-RT flash. Those looking to explore the world of macro photography will appreciate the stylish compact look of the new Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens, the first EF-M Macro Lens for the Canon EOS M Camera System, which features Image Stabilization and a pair of built-in miniature Macro Lites to enhance image quality during close-up photography.


The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash Offers Improved Recycling Time and More

The Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash is compatible with most EOS cameras. It replaces Canon’s top-of-the-line Speedlite 600EX-RT, and improves recycling time by approximately 1.1 to 1.5 times* during continuous flash shooting when using AA batteries and up to 2 times* when adding the new optional Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N.

Additional Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash features include:
  • Zoom flash head covers wide focal length range of 20–200mm; maximum guide number is 197 ft./60m at ISO 100, making Speedlite 600EX II-RT flash the most powerful flash unit in the EOS system.
  • Wireless flash shooting support is available for both radio and optical transmission with compatible Canon Speedlites, offering users greater functional range when using flash.
  • Multiple flash system support allows control of up to five groups of compatible Canon Speedlites.
  • Dust- and water-resistant body for reliable operation in harsh environments.
  • Flash-readiness indicator on the display panel, simplified button and dial operation and variable manual flash output.
  • New, specially designed accessories supplied include a built-in bounce adapter, plus SCF-E3 hard-type color filter sets, and a soft case. The new Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N is available as an optional accessory for faster recycling time and more flashes per charge.
  • Illuminated dot matrix LCD panel for enhanced display information, including flash mode and usable distance ranges plus C.Fn (Custom Function) and P.Fn (Personal Function) settings.


First Macro Lens in the Canon EF-M lens series

Photographers looking for a compact, lightweight macro lens should look no further than the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens, the first Canon Macro Lens specifically designed for the EOS M Camera System.

The new lens features a pair of built-in miniature Macro Lite electronic flash units that illuminate close-up subjects as needed, helping to freeze movement, enhance color accuracy and provide a better sense of depth and dimension. Two curved flash units surround the front element of the lens, with the ability to illuminate both simultaneously, or one at a time. Users are also able to adjust the brightness of the Macro Lites between “bright” and “dim” settings.

The standard focusing range of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens extends from infinity to life-size (1 time). Additionally, a Super Macro Mode allows shooting at even higher magnifications up to 1.2 times. This feature allows you to capture smaller details that really make your subjects stand out against the background.

Additional features of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens include:
  • Hybrid IS, the same feature as found on Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens, helps reduce camera shake for enjoyable handheld photography.
  • Stepping motor (lead screw-type STM) helps provide smooth and quiet focusing operation when taking photos, and near-silence when shooting videos.
  • One UD lens and two aspherical lenses** help deliver outstanding image quality at all distance settings by reducing chromatic and spherical aberrations.
  • Angle of view similar to a 45mm standard lens (35mm equivalent) provides flexible image capture of various subjects and scenes at macro distances and beyond.
  • Tapered lens top shape makes it easy to capture high-quality images at close range without casting shadows.
The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT electronic flash unit is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2016 for an estimated retail price of $579.991. Canon’s EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June for an estimated retail price of $299.99.

Kickstarter: Black Ember Modular Backpacks GEN03



We were informed of a new Kickstarter campaign by Black Ember. They are launching their Gen03 Collection of Modular-Packs. The Gen03 Collection utilizes new ultra-light-weight, and low profile Mod-Clasp hardware, featuring Acetal & laser-cut Hypalon components.

In their most minimal form Black Ember Gen03 packs are designed to give you the right amount of space & the key features to get you through the next 24 to 48 hours of your life. They strive to deliver this within a sleek + minimal package.

Black Ember backpacks are durable, highly functional, weatherproof, packs designed to house and protect your critical gear. Each material has been carefully chosen for its particular performance characteristics and aesthetic quality. The backpacks are designed and crafted in obsessive functional and aesthetic detail. We design, develop and manufacture our own cast aluminum hardware and we also partner with Fidlock, the innovative German manufacturer of magnetic, mechanical locking hardware.

Their bag line-up ranges from a 7 liter DSLR fanny pack (DSLR Case), 25 liter backpack (Citadel) to a 30 liter messenger bag (Holdall Msngr) and backpack (TL3).

If pledge goal of $100,000 is successful, packs should begin shipping Fall 2016.



Continue reading for more information.

The Black Ember design process is directly informed by their teams experience with Outdoor performance design & built for everyday carry in urban environments. Our ergonomic, form fitted 3D shoulder straps support the pack’s load comfortably & each pack features an airflow back-panel to reduce heat and perspiration on your back.


Black Ember packs are modular, so you get to build your own your kit, specify it just the way you want it, and even change your set-up over time. Your Black Ember pack is good to go as-is. If you need more space & want to customize your pack, add Mods (modular accessories) to get the custom build you're looking for. Mods can be attached inside and outside of Black Ember packs such as a camera dedicated pouch, a media pouch, or a passport travel ready pouch.

Their Gen03 Mods connect via new ultra-light-weight, and low profile Mod-Clasp hardware, featuring Acetal & Laser-cut Hypalon components. Once installed they can not be removed by force and conform tightly to the pack surface.


The DSLR CASE is a 7 liter fanny-pack that is designed to carry and protect DSLR/SLR camera equipment. The DSLR CASE includes four positionable protective foam dividers that allow you to customize the interior of your DSLR CASE to best protect your gear. The DSLR also includes a padded, removable waist strap. Mods can be connected to the waist strap on both sides. Typical equipment that can fit in this pack includes: DSLR/SLR Body, 2 Lenses (not oversize telephoto) and a flash. The DSLR is also specially designed to work in tandem with the Citadel Pack. The DSLR can be attached to the top of the Citadel Pack like the hood of a back country pack, or to the base of the Citadel.


The 25 liter Citadel Pack features a primary zipper that runs nearly the full length of the pack. The Citadel is compatible with all Gen03 Mods. Mods can be attached both inside and outside of the Citadel. The Citadel is also designed to work in tandem with the Black Ember DSLR CASE. The DSLR CASE can be attached to the top or base of the Citadel Pack.


The 30 liter Holdall Msngr is a hybrid messenger pack featuring an innovative top zipper and a leather wrap handle integrated seamlessly into the form of the pack. The Holdall Msngr features an ergonomic shoulder strap with quick-release cast-aluminum hardware and can be set-up for either right or left handed use. Two vertical laser-cut, bonded, and bar-tacked zipper pockets, featuring Cam-lock zipper heads, run vertically on either side of the pack. The Holdall Msngr is compatible with all Gen03 Mods. The Holdall also features an external access laptop sleeve.


The 30 liter TL3 pack is a top loader featuring an innovative top access with the weatherproof qualities of a roll-top backpack and the convenience of a zipper access pack. The TL3 pack also features a mag-lock buckle connected top handle integrated seamlessly into the form of the pack. Two large vertical laser-cut, bonded, and bar-tacked zipper pockets, featuring Cam-lock zipper heads, run vertically on either side of the pack. The TL3 is compatible with all Gen03 Mods. Mods can be attached both inside and outside of the TL3.

Review: Custom SLR Slim Strap for Mirrorless, Compact Cameras



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Overview : Slim Strap is a minimalist sling strap made for mirrorless, micro four thirds, and compact cameras (also works great for DSLRs). Premium leather, low-profile black, and a unique quick-adjust slider make this a classy strap you'll be proud to wear.

Features :
  • Genuine top grain leather on the shoulder pad, strap connectors and thumb loop.
  • Quick-adjust slider: Camera stays cinched securely at your side; to quickly snap a photo, just pull and slide.
  • Lightweight and compact design: Its slim design makes it perfect for photographers needing a lightweight yet comfortable strap solution.
  • Great for mirrorless, micro four thirds and compact cameras, and compatible with all cameras including DSLRs.

Quality/Usability : Custom SLR is no stranger to camera straps as they have released a bunch of sling straps such as the Air Strap, Glide Strap (Single / Dual) and Split Strap. However, one thing they haven't released is a slimmed down strap for smaller cameras.

On November 2015, Custom SLR launched their first slim sling strap on Kickstarter for smaller cameras such as mirrorless, micro four thirds and compact cameras. Within two weeks, the campaign was fully funded.


The Slim Strap comes in a very small box. Nothing is included other than the Slim Strap. You can attach it to any camera plate or attach it to Custom SLR's C-Loop Mini for an additional cost ($24.95). More detailed information below.


The strap measures 39" at its shortest to 57" at its longest (99-144.8 cm). It features genuine top grain leather parts: On the shoulder pad, strap connectors and thumb loop. Per Custom SLR, as time passes, the leather will conform more to the contours of your shoulder. The older it gets, the better it gets.

The leather shoulder pad never leaves your shoulder. The strap is so lightweight that it feels like the strap leaves your shoulder but when you go and touch your shoulder, the strap is still resting there.


One of the nice things about the Slim Strap is the nice pull tab (thumb loop). It's an actual leather pull tab with a Custom SLR label sewed to it.

The Slim Strap keeps your camera cinched securely at your side; when you need to take a photo, just pull the leather loop and slide to quickly bring your camera up for the shot. When the strap is un-cinched you can glide the camera for that perfect shot at any time. To cinch the camera back at your side simply pull the leather loop while holding the camera. The slide of the cinch is very smooth.


As stated above, the strap connector is also made from leather. The stitching is nicely done and clean. The clips allow you to remove the strap from the camera easily but also connect it quickly.

The clip is a basic buckle clip but would prefer to see Custom SLR upgrade to a more better clip that offers additional security. Someone can easily unclip the strap from behind either causing your camera to drop or steal from you.


The Slim Strap can be attached to the bottom of the camera, to a quick release plate or even at the strap mounts on the sides of the camera. We highly recommend getting the C-Loop Mini because not only is it small but it allows your camera to rotate freely without twisting the camera strap.


Installation of the strap connectors to the C-Loop Mini or any strap loop is fairly easy.
  1. Thread the strap connector through the loop
  2. Insert clip portion through the loop of the string
  3. Pull to secure strap connector to the C-Loop Mini

The above image shows the strap connectors attached to the C-Loop Mini which is attached to my Canon Powershot G5 X.


Here is the strap attached to the strap connectors.

Conclusion : Overall, the Custom SLR Slim Strap for Mirrorless, Compact Cameras is very lightweight and perfect for small camera bodies. I'm a big fan of pull tabs because it makes cinching and un-cinching of the strap very easy. The leather shoulder pad is of nice quality but because of it being lightweight, it felt like it would slide off my shoulder when I slide the camera up.

The Slim Strap works with DSLR's as well but I wouldn't want to use it on gripped or heavier cameras (will be fine with Canon Rebels or similar sizes). The width of the strap and weight of the camera isn't a good combination. This goes for any type of strap. If you're looking for a strap for DSLR's, definitely look at the wider straps such as the Air Strap, Glide Strap (Single / Dual) or Split Strap.




Manufacturer: Custom SLR
Site: Buy from Custom SLR / Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo


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Deal: Pelican Sport Elite Laptop & Camera Backpack



Adorama offers the Pelican S115 Sport Elite Laptop & Camera Backpack, model no. 0S1150-0003-110, for $169.95 with free shipping. It's watertight to three feet for up to 30 min and can accommodate a DSLR, five lenses, two flashes, and a laptop with a max screen size of 17".

Peak Design Announces The Everyday Messenger 13 Bag



Peak Design just launched a compact version of their Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag. The new compact bag is called The Everyday Messenger 13 and is for smaller body types, will hold 13" laptops and mirrorless kits. It expands from 4L to 14L. The Everyday Messenger 13 comes in the same colors: Heritage Tan and Charcoal and and two FlexFold dividers.


The Everyday Messenger Bag that we reviewed will now be called the Everyday Messenger 15 (because it holds 15" laptops). The price is still $249.95.


The new smaller bag will retail for $219.95 and will begin shipping in 2-6 weeks.

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Press Release: MindShift Gear Announces Multi-Mount Holster and Card-Again CF SD Memory Card Wallet



Our friends at MindShift Gear have just released two new product lines. If you are seeking one bag to carry a single DSLR camera on everything from a quick outing to a multi-night trek, the new Multi-Mount Holsters offer five key mounting configurations: shoulder, pack/front harness, chest, storage, and belt. In a first for the photo industry, the Multi-Mount Holsters feature a unique backpack mount for multi-day comfort. The holsters feature an innovative “Stabilizer Strap System” that secures the bag in your desired position, distributes weight effectively, and is quickly adjustable.

MindShift’s new Card-Again wallets fit easily in your pockets, feature clear windows to identify used versus full CF or SD cards and cutouts for easy access, and an attachment point to tether to a bag or clothing.

Continue reading for full press release.


Carry Your Camera Outdoors Five Ways with MindShift Gear’s Multi-Mount Holster

SANTA ROSA, CALIF – For outdoor photographers seeking one bag to carry a single DSLR camera on everything from a quick outing to a multi-night trek, MindShift Gear introduces four highly versatile Multi-Mount Holsters. Sized to fit a range of cameras and lenses, each holster offers five key mounting configurations: shoulder, pack/front harness, chest, storage, and belt. In a first for the photo industry, the Multi-Mount Holsters feature a unique backpack mount for multi-day comfort. The holsters feature an innovative “Stabilizer Strap System” that secures the bag in your desired position, distributes weight effectively, and is quickly adjustable.

In keeping with MindShift’s design emphasis on providing protection from stormy weather, wind, snow and dust, the new holsters feature a weather-blocking elements barrier under the zippered lid and a seam-sealed rain cover. The Multi-Mount Holster 30 and 50 sizes feature an expandable front pocket for quick access to photography essentials, such as a Speedlight flash or tabletop tripod.

“The Multi-Mount Holsters include all the accessories needed to personalize your camera carrying method,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer. “With just a few adjustments, you can quickly switch from carrying it on your waist, back, chest or shoulder.”

FEATURES AND BENEFITS
  • Designed for today’s DSLRs with attached quick release or L-bracket
  • Integrated multi-mount adjustable strap system tucks away into three dedicated pockets
  • Weight bearing shoulder strap features stretch-free neoprene comfort, slip-resistant shoulder pad, lightweight clips, and two-sided length adjustment including one ladderlock
  • Front harness weight-bearing pack mount straps feature quick-release SR buckles for instant removal and pivoting lightweight clips that attach to any pack’s shoulder harness with daisy chain webbing
  • Lightweight and compact stabilizer waist belt is designed to easily pivot the shoulder bag configuration around over the webbing
  • Stabilizer straps, stored in tuck-away pockets, quickly wrap around any backpack shoulder strap and create triangulated stabilization from low and high points on the front end of the bag
  • New YKK zippers are coated with an anti-corrosion substrate, providing enamel-finish durability. These zippers are less prone to freezing and much lighter than standard slides. They also pass YKK’s industry-renowned production fastening standard with a static pull test at three angles result in smoother zipping in all conditions.
  • Exterior shell is constructed with 420D nylon with Durable Water Resistance finish for long lasting durability and strength
  • Front expandable pocket includes organizer pocket, two separate loops for memory card holder and keys, and double sliders
  • Domed top creates room for attached camera strap storage
  • Comfortable air mesh back panel includes stabilizer waist belt pass-through
  • Internal zippered lid pocket for added protection from the elements
  • Removable LCD screen protector and adjustable divider(s) for different lens configurations
  • Main compartment security loop secures camera to lanyard in exposed environments
  • Top grab handle
  • Ergonomic zipper pulls are easily gripped with gloves
  • Shoulder strap loops double as clip-in point for water bottles, etc.
GEAR CAPACITY
Multi-Mount Holster 10
  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and one standard zoom lens or prime
  • Holds one compact DSLR (Rebel, 3300 or 5300 series) and one lens
  • Compatible Lenses: Prime lens; Kit Lens; 16-85mm (Canon or Nikon) with hood REVERSED; 16-35mm f/2.8 (Sony)
Multi-Mount Holster 20
  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and one standard zoom lens or two primes
  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and one standard zoom lens or two primes
  • 16-35mm f/2.8 with hood EXTENDED (Canon); 16-35mm f/4 VR with hood EXTENDED (Nikon); 24-70mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 17-55mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon)
Multi-Mount Holster 30
  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and one standard zoom lens
  • Holds one gripped DSLRs (1Dx or D4s) and one standard zoom lens
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 with hood EXTENDED (Canon or Nikon); 70-200mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 300mm f/4 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 80-400mm f/4 AF-S/G with hood REVERSED (Nikon)
  • Front pocket holds SB-910 (Nikon Speedlight); 600 RT (Canon Speedlite)
Multi-Mount Holster 50
  • Holds one gripped Pro DSLR (Nikon D3/D4 series or Canon 1D/1Ds/1DX series) and one standard zoom lens
  • Holds one standard DSLRs with L-bracket (Nikon D800/D700) and one standard zoom lens
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 with hood EXTENDED (Canon or Nikon); 70-200mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 300mm f/4 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 80-400mm f/4 AF-S/G with hood REVERSED (Nikon)
  • Front pocket holds SB-910 (Nikon Speedlight); 600 RT (Canon Speedlite)
MATERIALS
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The holsters also feature high-quality YKK® zippers, 420D high-density nylon, 420D velocity nylon, 320G, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: 200D poly, velex, high-density closed-cell foam, belly-o mesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

SPECIFICATIONS
Multi-Mount Holster 10
External Dimensions: 8.5” H x 7.25” W x 6.25” D
Camera Compartment: 6.75” H x 6” W x 3.75” D
Weight: 10 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 2.125 oz.)

Multi-Mount Holster 20
External Dimensions: 9.5” H x 8.25” W x 6.5” D
Camera Compartment: 7.5” H x 7.25” W x 4.5” D
Weight: 11.625 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 3.5 oz.)

Multi-Mount Holster 30
External Dimensions: 13.25” H x 8.5” W x 6.5” D
Camera Compartment: 11.25” H x 7.25” W x 4.5” D
Weight: 12.875 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 5.25 oz.)

Multi-Mount Holster 50
External Dimensions: 13.25” H x 8.5” W x 8.75” D
Camera Compartment: 11.25” H x 7.25” W x 6.5” D
Weight: 14.875 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 7.625 oz.)

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MindShift Gear Releases Card-Again CF and SD Holders for Outdoor Photography

SANTA ROSA, CALIF – For outdoor photographers who need quick access to their CF and SD memory cards, MindShift Gear has released the Card-Again wallets. These two simple, lightweight memory card wallets fit easily in your pockets, feature clear windows to identify used versus full cards and cutouts for easy access, and an attachment point to tether to a bag or clothing. The CF Card-Again holds four CF cards. The SD Card-Again holds six SD cards.

MATERIALS
Exterior: The wallets are constructed using 420 high-density nylon, 210D nylon, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread. For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.

SPECIFICATIONS
CF Card-Again
External Dimensions: 4.3” x 2.5” x 0.5” (11 x 6.3 x 1.3 cm)
 (W x H x D)
Weight: 1.0 oz. (28 g)

SD Card-Again
External Dimensions: 4.3” x 2.4” x 0.5” (11 x 6 x 1.2 cm)
 (W x H x D)
Weight: 0.9 oz. (25 g)
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