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Deal: Case Logic Backpack for DSLR Cameras



Adorama offers the Case Logic Backpack for DSLR Cameras in Gray, model no. CPL-108, for $24.95 with free shipping. It features a padded iPad compartment, space for three additional lenses and a flash, weather hood, front zippered pocket, top compartment, internal memory card slip pocket, adjustable dividers, side straps, sternum strap, and waist belt.

Note that this item is currently on backorder, however it can still be ordered at this price.

Deal: BorrowLenses Free Bonus Rental Day for 4th of July Weekend


Online Camera Gear Rental

BorrowLenses is offering a FREE Rental Day for July 4th weekend! Offer is valid 06/24/2016 to 07/30/2016.

Deal: Dolica 67" Lightweight Monopod for $9



Amazon offers Prime members the Dolica 67" Lightweight Monopod, model no. WT-1003, for $8.99 with free shipping. Non-members can spend $49 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping costs $5.87. This aluminum monopod can support up to 6.7 lbs.
  • Ultra-light weight aluminum alloy construction, able to support up to 6.7 lbs.
  • Four leg sections with non-skid rubber foot.
  • Ideal for both indoor and outdoor surfaces.
  • Built-in adjustable wrist strap.
  • Includes carrying bag.
Note that although it's temporarily out of stock, it can still be ordered at this price for delivery when available.

Press Release: Hasselblad Unveils X1D-50c: Medium-Format Mirrorless



Hasselblad introduced the X1D, a medium-format mirrorless camera with a 50MP CMOS sensor. With dust and weather-sealing the X1D isn't afraid to step outside of the studio, and offers a 100-25600 ISO range and is capable of 1080/30p HD video. Its hot shoe is compatible with Nikon Speedlights and the camera can sync with flashes at its maximum shutter speed: 1/2000 sec.

The X1D uses a new lens mount, accepting XCD lenses. Two have been announced: a 45mm f3.5 and a 90mm f3.2, with more to follow 'shortly' including a 30mm around Photokina. An H lens adapter will also be offered to extend support to Hasselblad's existing H lens system.

The X1D offers a 3" 920k-dot touch screen and a built-in XGA electronic viewfinder. Wi-Fi and GPS are built-in, and the camera includes dual SD card slots. The X1D and its battery weigh in at 725g, which Hasselblad points out is half the weight of your typical medium-format camera.


The X1D is priced at $8,995 and can be purchased at B&H Photo and Adorama. A kit with 45mm f3.5 lens will cost $11,290, and bundled with both lenses the X1D will cost $13,985. The XCD 45mm f3.5 (B&H Photo | Adorama) will cost $2,295 separately; the XCD 90mm f3.2 (B&H Photo | Adorama) will cost $2,695. Hasselblad plans to offer demos of the system at the end of July/beginning August, with delivery to customers at the end of August/beginning September.

Continue for full press release.

Hasselblad announces groundbreaking X1D
The world’s first compact mirrorless digital medium format camera

Hasselblad is proud to introduce the groundbreaking X1D – weighing less than half that of a conventional digital medium format camera, the mirrorless 50MP camera is a game changer in the world of photography.

Inspired by the brand’s iconic design heritage, the camera is ergonomic and compact, offering a handling experience unlike any other. Handmade in Sweden, the X1D combines Scandinavian sensibility with beautiful performance.

Like the iconic V System, the X1D seamlessly combines portability with excellent optical quality for which the brand is renowned. Hasselblad has ingeniously introduced mirrorless technology to digital medium format for the first time ever, creating a precision performance camera that can sit in the palm of your hand. The 50MP CMOS sensor captures the finest details with true natural colours.

Commenting on the announcement Perry Oosting, Hasselblad CEO noted: “The X1D marks a pivotal point in Hasselblad’s rich 75-year history. This camera makes medium format photography available to a new generation of Hasselblad users, while pushing the existing limits of photography to new heights.”

A completely new family of dedicated autofocus lenses has been developed to support optical quality and portability, offering a wide range of shutter speeds and full flash synchronisation up to 1/2000th second.

Weighing just 725g and including HD video, Wi-Fi and built-in GPS, the X1D is a trusted partner and ideal travel companion. The robust exterior is dust and weather proof, providing durability to take with you wherever you go.

The X1D has been created with passionate photographers in mind, opening up Hasselblad to a new generation of creatives. Ideal for those who want to create the highest quality medium format images with a straightforward and easy to use camera that can fit in the palm of your hand.

Key features:
  • Compact, lightweight (725g), highly portable and user-friendly medium format technology
  • Large 50MP CMOS medium format sensor delivering up to 14 stops of dynamic range
  • New line of XCD lenses with integral central shutter; 45mm and 90mm available at launch
  • Compatible with all 12 lenses and lens accessories from the Hasselblad professional H System (adapter required)
  • Multiple image format options
  • High quality XGA electronic viewfinder or high resolution rear display with touch functionality
  • Wide range of shutter speeds: 60 minutes to 1/2000th sec. with full flash synchronisation throughout the range
  • An ISO range from 100 to 25,600
  • Dual SD card slots, GPS and Wi-Fi
  • USB 3.0 Type-C connector, Mini HDMI, Audio In/Out
  • Weather and dust sealings
  • HD video
  • Phocus 3.1 for simple and quick raw image processing. Adobe Photoshop® and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® compatible.
  • For additional information, please see the datasheet.
The X1D is priced at 7,900 EUR / 8,995 USD / 5,990 GBP. All prices stated are exclusive of VAT.

Deal: PNY Elite Flash Memory Cards at Amazon


Amazon discounts a selection of PNY Elite flash memory cards, as listed below. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping. (Non-members can spend $49 to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping costs around $9.) The deals:

Review: Maha PowerEx MH-C800S Eight Cell Smart Charger for AA/AAA Batteries



Overview : The Powerex MH-C800S 8-Cell Smart Charger for AA / AAA NiMH / NiCD Batteries charges up to 8 AA or AAA nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) or nickel-cadmium (NiCD) batteries in approximately 1-2 hr. Charge your batteries anywhere around the world via the included 100-240V, 50/60Hz universal AC adapter. This power supply features a rugged DIN connector to ensure reliable contact.

The charger has 8 independent charging circuits capable of charging 1-8 batteries in any combination. A large LCD screen shows the charging status of each battery. You have a choice of rapid and soft charge modes. Rapid charge enables 8 batteries to be fully charged to their maximum capacities in 1-2 hr. Soft charge takes about 3-4 hr but provides greater battery life, as well as compatibility with older, lower-capacity batteries.

An integrated deep conditioning system charges, deep-discharges and then recharges batteries automatically, in order to offer maximum rejuvenation. The charger's 8th generation MH-NM7008 Powerex Precision Microprocessor ensures batteries are charged to their maximum capacities without being over- or undercharged. It affords maximum battery longevity, delivering just the right amount of charge every time.

Features :
  • Charges up to 8 AA or AAA nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) or nickel-cadmium (NiCD) batteries in approximately 1-2 hr
  • Charge your batteries anywhere around the world via the included 100-240V, 50/60Hz universal AC adapter. This power supply features a rugged DIN connector to ensure reliable contact
  • 8 independent charging circuits capable of charging 1-8 batteries in any combination
  • A large LCD screen shows the charging status of each battery
  • You have a choice of rapid and soft charge modes. Rapid charge enables 8 batteries to be fully charged to their maximum capacities in 1-2 hr. Soft charge takes about 3-4 hr but provides greater battery life, as well as compatibility with older, lower-capacity batteries
  • An integrated deep conditioning system charges, deep-discharges and then recharges batteries automatically, in order to offer maximum rejuvenation
  • 8th generation MH-NM7008 Powerex Precision Microprocessor ensures batteries are charged to their maximum capacities without being over- or undercharged. It affords maximum battery longevity, delivering just the right amount of charge every time

Quality/Usability : I use rechargeable batteries for my flash, computer mouse, flashlights, remotes and anything else that uses AA or AAA batteries. I charge them all with a Sanyo Eneloop 4 battery charger or a Maha MH-C204FA Intelligent Rapid Charger. The chargers work great and charge batteries as they should but that is all they do. I have some rechargeable batteries that won't hold a charge or I just haven't used them in a while.

I've read of people using chargers that lets you recondition batteries but I never bought one because honestly, it was a bit pricey for a charger. But I decided to purchase a Maha PowerEx MH-C800S and it was the best decision I've made. Not only can it charge up to 8 batteries but I can recondition batteries. It also lets you charge 1 battery if needed. No more having to insert a pair of batteries in order to charge.


Included with the Maha PowerEx MH-C800S is a charger base, wall adapter and some paperwork. Compared to my other smaller chargers, I sacrificed on size but this will be left at home to charge my batteries. The other chargers, I can bring on the road with me because they are small and portable.


The MH-C800S can charge up to 1-8 AA or 1-8 AAA batteries. The only types of batteries that can be used with the MH-C800S are NiMH or NiCD. On the front, you have your LCD display in the center, Conditioning button on the left of the display and a Fast/Soft button to the right.

The back of the charger has a DIN power input to plug the adapter into.

RAPID CHARGE MODE (DEFAULT):


The MH-C800S is capable of either charging 1 battery, in pairs or up to eight batteries at one time. By just placing the batteries into the charger, this is the Rapid Charge Mode. This is default and offers the shortest recharging time (approximately 1 to 2 hours).

SOFT CHARGING MODE:


Soft Charging Mode maximizes battery life and performance. Recharging time takes approximately two to four hours.

To soft charge:
  1. Remove all batteries from charger, if any.
  2. Insert one battery in any slot.
  3. Within five seconds, press and hold the "SOFT" button until "Soft Charging" symbol is displayed on the LCD screen.
  4. Insert remaining batteries.
  5. Soft Charging mode will remain activated as long as there are batteries in the charger (even if charging is completed). The charger will reset to Rapid Charge mode (Soft Charging symbols disappears) when all batteries are removed.
CONDITIONING MODE:


Conditioning Mode is a special mode which rejuvenates and cycles batteries. It applies a special initial charge, discharge and recharge cycle which can restore battery performance. It requires up to 16 hours to complete. Conditioning cycle can be used to rescue degraded batteries and exercise infrequently-used batteries. The manual states that it is recommended once every ten normal charges for NiMH batteries to ensure good performance.

To condition batteries:
  1. Remove all batteries from charger, if any.
  2. Insert one battery in any slot.
  3. Within five seconds, press and hold the "CONDITION" button until "Condition" symbol is displayed on the LCD screen.
  4. Insert the remaining batteries.
  5. The condition cycle will first apply an initial charge, discharge then recharge the batteries.
It is normal for all symbols to disappear from one or more slots toward the end of discharge. This indicates that discharging is nearly completed and recharging will commence soon.

During discharging, batteries that finish before others will show "CHARGE" symbols. However, actual charging will not commence until all batteries have finished discharging.

Conclusion : Overall, the Maha PowerEx MH-C800S Eight Cell Smart Charger for AA/AAA Batteries is a must have accessory whether its photography related or just for home use. Not only can you charge 1 battery if needed, but you can charge up to 8 batteries at one time. I love the fact that I am able to condition batteries. I have batteries that I haven't used in over a year and after conditioning them, I was able to bring it back to life. Depending on the battery, it may require multiple reconditioning and some are just completely dead where it won't hold a charge or last long. Obviously, this is no fault of the charger.

If you're looking for something that offers even faster charging, Maha Energy also makes the MH-C801D ($62.95 - Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama). The only difference between the MH-C801D and the MH-C800S other than price is that the C801D takes 1 hour to charge instead of the 1-2 hours that it takes the C800S. The C801D also has a bigger power supply.

If you're looking for something that also charges C and D batteries in addition to the AA and AAA batteries, take a look at the Maha MH-C808M ($89.95 - AmazonB&H Photo / Adorama).




Manufacturer: Maha Energy
Site: Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo / Buy from Adorama

Deal: Vello Nikon F Lens to Sony E-Mount AF Lens Adapter



If you own a Sony E-Mount camera and Nikon F-mount lenses, B&H Photo has the Vello Nikon F lens to Sony E-Mount camera AF lens adapter in stock. It sells for $399.

Breathe new life into your Nikon F-mount lenses with this Vello Auto Lens Adapter that enables you to mount Nikon glass to a full-frame or APS-C Sony E-mount mirrorless camera body and retain full automatic functionality. When using most G-type and E-type lenses from Nikon, users will have auto exposure as well as the ability to control the aperture from the camera body. Autofocus can be utilized as well and is fastest and most accurate when used with Sony cameras that use focal-plane phase-detect AF systems. Image stabilization is also supported and will work in tandem with most in-body stabilization systems. Users of most D-type lenses will have access to auto exposure capabilities and all Nikon lenses will be able to communicate Exif data through the adapter to the camera.

Specs:
  • Nikon F Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera
  • Works with Full-Frame & APS-C Formats
  • Supports Most G-Type & E-Type Lenses
  • Enables Autofocus and Auto Exposure
  • Retains Image Stabilization Functions
  • Control Aperture from Camera Body
  • Auto Exposure with Most D-Type Lenses
  • Transfers Exif Data to Camera
  • Fixed Tripod Foot with 1/4"-20 Socket
  • Matte Black Interior; Metal Construction

Deal: Elvid OptiView 50 3.2" LCD Viewfinder



B&H Photo Video offers the Elvid OptiView 50 3.2" LCD Viewfinder for $29.99 with free shipping. It fits most 3" or 3.2" LCD screens, is compatible with 3:2 and 4:3 aspect ratios, magnifies the display by 300%, and will fit either eye. Deal ends June 13.

Press Release: Think Tank Photo Releases Helipak for DJI Inspire Drone Backpack



Getting unique video from your drone means you have to get to a unique location – which can be a bit off the beaten path. Think Tank Photo’s new Helipak backpack for DJI Inspire backpack offers a contoured tuck-away harness with lumbar support, cut-away air channel and lumbar support enable you to go farther into the field to get “the shot.” A customizable divider set, designed for the DJI Inspire, protects your quadcopter and allows plenty of space for essential accessories. ABS Twinwall reinforcement provides a rigid shell protecting your sensitive gear from impacts, bumps and scrapes. And don’t forget, you receive free gear and free shipping with your orders of $50 or more from Think Tank!

Continue reading for full press release.

Think Tank Photo’s Helipak™ for DJI Inspire Backpack Offers Superior Organization, Comfort, and Travel Portability

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA –Think Tank Photo has released the most well thought-out, comfortable, and protective backpack for users of DJI Inspire or other similarly sized quadcopters. The Helipak for DJI Inspire easily holds a DJI Inspire (parked with gimbal and rotors detached), Zenmuse gimbal with 3 lenses, 6x batteries, 2x controllers, 2 x 8” tablets, lots of extra propellers, and a 17” laptop and charger.

Movable dividers allow users to customize the fit of their gear in this fully featured backpack. The contoured tuck-away harness with lumbar support, cut-away air-channel, the adjustable sternum strap, and the removable padded waistbelt allow for extreme comfort while trekking into remote areas or simply pulling it from the car.

“The backpack’s ABS twinwall reinforcement provides a rigid shell that protects sensitive gear from impacts, bumps and scrapes,” said Think Tank Photo’s president and lead designer, Doug Murdoch. “It also features YKK™ RC Fuse zippers, 1680D Ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware, and nylon webbing that are the most durable, longest lasting materials on the market. The last thing drone users want to worry about is if their backpack will hold up in rigorous outdoor conditions.”

ADDITIONAL KEY FEATURES
  • Large front pocket fits auxiliary items for the day’s outing: light jacket, 17” laptop pocket or a large tablet
  • Lockable zippers
  • Internal see-through mesh pockets for small accessories: propellers, screwdriver, cables, etc.
  • Deluxe organizer for smart phone, wallet, pens, keys, business cards, etc.
  • Water bottle pocket on side
  • Height adjustable sternum strap
  • Elastic pockets on shoulder straps for phone, energy bar, etc.
  • Robust handles on three sides ensure rapid and easy retrieval from airline overhead bins, car trunks, etc.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover helps to protect gear and stows away inside backpack when not in use
MATERIALS

Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel, 600D polyester, 420D velocity nylon, 3D air mesh, ultra-stretch pockets, Y-buckles, antique finish metal hardware, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 6mm ABS twinwall, removable closed cell foam dividers with PE board reinforcement, 200D polyester, polyurethane-backed 3-layer velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, Belly-O mesh pockets, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Exterior Dimensions: 19.3” W x 24” H x 9.4” D (49 × 61 × 24cm)
Interior Dimensions: 17.3” W x 21.7” H x 7.9” D (44 × 55 × 20cm)
Laptop Compartment: 12.6” W x 16.9” H x 1.2” D (32 × 43 × 3cm)
Weight (with all accessories): 8.5 lbs. (3.9 kg)

Deal: Sunpak Pro Carbon Fiber Tripod



Adorama offers the Sunpak Pro 523PX2 Carbon Fiber Tripod, model no. 620523CFTPX2, for $74.95 with free shipping. It features a pistol grip QR ball head and has a maximum height of 64.25" and maximum weight capacity of 6.1 lbs.

Nikon Offers Free Exchange of Older EN-EL15 Batteries for D500 Owners



If you own the D500 camera, Nikon is now offering a free exchange of older EN-EL15 Li-ion01 batteries with the new EN-EL15 Li-ion20 version (retails for $48 - Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama). Nikon will replace it with an EN-EL15 Li-ion20 battery.

The older model can show a wrong number of shots remaining on the D500 camera.

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Review: Spider Holster SpiderLight Hand Strap



Overview : The SpiderLight Hand Strap is an intelligent solution for the challenges posed by carrying today's smaller cameras. It’s unique shape and ingenious construction make it the first of it's kind. From the way that it feels in your hand, to the way that it makes you feel when you shoot with it... all the details have been designed make your experience empowering. Now you can take your camera anywhere, from the trail - to the street - to the studio, with a confident, secure, and comfortable grip.

Features :
  • Hand in and out easily and quickly
  • Works with any tripod
  • S-curve shape puts your hand in a perfect shooting position
  • Easy access to your camera controls
  • Super quick to get on and off your camera
  • Nice and sturdy
  • Includes adapters for compatibility with all leading mirrorless cameras
  • Feels great and looks beautiful

Quality/Usability : There are not many mirrorless hand straps, if any that I can think of. The hand straps that are out on the market are geared towards DSLR's and if there is anything for smaller cameras, its usually wrist straps. Spider Holster aims to solve that fear of dropping your camera by releasing the SpiderLight Hand Strap that was launched on Kickstarter, which takes after its big brother, the SpiderPro Hand Strap.

So what are the differences between the new SpiderLight Hand Strap and the SpiderPro Hand Strap?
The Pro hand strap is designed for large, heavy camera bodies with big lenses and flashes. The new Light hand strap is specifically designed for smaller camera bodies like Fuji X-T1, Sony a7’s/7II’s, Olympus OM-D to name a few. As good as they are, these cameras DO NOT have enough room for your hand (and certainly not enough room for a comfortable hand strap!).


The unit I received is the final production but without the actual packaging. Included is the hand strap, camera smart adapters, screws, wrenches, washers and instructions. My review unit came with one adapter screw but the final retail version will come with an extra replacement adapter screw.

Even though the SpiderLight Hand Strap will work with DSLR cameras, the purpose is to be used with mirrorless and compact cameras. If you own a DSLR, I highly suggest getting the SpiderPro Hand Strap.


The SpiderLight Hand Strap will have different trim colors available: Red, Copper, Light Blue, Lilac, Deep Blue, and Black.


The outside is crafted from a proprietary material that is extremely strong and flexible, allowing it to “remember” the shape of your hand. The inside is lined with a soft quality foam, covered with a velvet skin, making the hand strap super-comfortable while resisting excessive sweating.


The new Spider hand strap adapts to smaller/mirrorless camera bodies with a genius solution never conceived before – “smart” adapters that will allow your hand to comfortably hold and securely handle your camera.
  • Adapter "A" works with the Fuji X-T1, Olympus OM-D E-M1 and E-M5
  • Adapter "B" works with Sony a7, a7 II, Sony a6xxx and Fuji X Pro 1 & 2
  • Adapter "C" works with small DSLR bodies. It is compatible with most Canon and Nikon DSLR bodies with a slide slot connection
  • Adapter "D" works with the Panasonic Lumix GH4, GX8 and select Nikon DSLR's
Note: These adapters will not work with all cameras. The adapters were specifically designed to be compatible with the camera bodies listed, although they will work with most similar cameras.

I tried to connect this to the Canon G5 X but because of the strap connections, it would not fit.


You can use your own quick release plates but if you don't have any, you can use the included hardware. The SpiderLight Hand Strap comes with a rubber washer, metal washer and tripod screw. Further in the review, I'll show you how to use this.


For this review, I am using the Canon G1 X Mark II. I used smart adapter "C". Here is how it was setup:
  1. Insert extended tab of adapter into the camera slot
  2. Fold the adapter tab over
  3. Insert adapter screw and tighten with included wrench
  4. Insert the SpiderLight Hand Strap into the appropriate slot for your camera
  5. Fold the strap over and snap in the locking features

To finish up the install, all that is left is installing it to the bottom of the camera:
  1. Place the rubber washer over the tripod screw of your camera
  2. Place the hand strap on top of the rubber washer. This prevents the hand strap from moving.
  3. Next goes the metal washer
  4. Insert the tripod socket screw and tighten with the allen wrench
You don't have to use the included hardware. You can use a quick release plate or if you are also using a sling strap, you can use the strap connector. You should remove the rubber washer that is on the strap connector.


Although the G1 X Mark II isn't a mirrorless camera, the adapter works and so does the strap. Since the camera is smaller, it takes some getting use to to reach the buttons. Depending on your camera and placement of battery compartment, the strap will cover the battery door if it is on the right side of the camera similar to the G1 X Mark II. The Fuji X-T1 would have this problem. However, the Sony a7 and a6xxx series will not since the battery is under the grip area.

Here are pictures of the SpiderLight on a Fuji XPRO2. The strap also covers the battery door so you will have to shift the strap in order to be able to access the battery.


Also note that since the camera uses a rigid plastic, the strap will not flatten. The strap does stick out. So if you are putting it in your camera bag, it will have to be vertical.


Conclusion : Overall, the Spider Holster SpiderLight Hand Strap is a very comfortable strap. If you own a mirrorless or compact camera and have been looking for a hand strap...not a wrist strap, this is the one! Depending on your camera, the strap may cover your battery cover which will require you to remove or loosen the strap in order to open the battery door.

For the most part, the SpiderLight adapters work on all the major/popular mirrorless and compact cameras. Hopefully, the smart adapters will continue to work with future cameras and camera manufacturers don't change the design of how straps are attached.




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