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Kickstarter: Life Lite - Your Everyday Light for any Lifestyle



One year ago, Lume Cube launched their first campaign on Kickstarter. It gave them the boost they needed to launch a light that soon became the preferred lighting solution for professionals, consumers, and content creators alike. They’ve sold millions of dollars worth of Lume Cubes, developed 20+ lifestyle accessories and created some of the most incredible content with the world’s top photographers, videographers and athletes.


Backers have asked for a lighting solution geared towards mobile content creators. Lume Cube has developed a product that will change the future of mobile content creation forever. With the Life Lite you can have pro-quality lighting wherever you and your phone may go. And what better way to launch the Life Lite than by returning to the Kickstarter platform and paying tribute to our humble beginnings?

No matter what camera you use or lifestyle you lead, the Life Lite enables you to keep the fun going and capture every moment along the way. It’s the smart, social, portable light that can go virtually anywhere you go. It truly is your everyday light.

Features :
  • 0-1000 lumens of fully adjustable, studio quality light
  • Manually control or connect via bluetooth to control multiple Life Lites from a single device
  • Multiple levels of strobe mode for creative video and lighting effects
  • Waterproof down to 10 meters (30 feet)
  • Half the size of a Lume Cube, weighing ~2 oz
Specs :
  • Size: 1.5" x 1"
  • Weight: 2.5 oz, 50 g
  • LUX: 350 @ 1M
  • LED Temp: 5600K
  • CRI: 80
  • Waterproof: 10M / 30Ft
  • Battery: Internal Non-Replaceable Li-Ion Polymer
  • Charge: Micro USB
  • Run Time: 30 Min @ 100%, 60 Min 50%
  • Mounting: Encased Earth Magnet, Standard Tripod Mount (¼-20)
  • Control: Bluetooth and Single Button Manual Operation
  • Manual Settings: 10 Manual Brightness Adjustments
  • Modes: Photo / Video / Strobe
  • Devices: iPhone, Android, Digital Cameras, Video Cameras, GoPro

Pledge starts at $39 for a single Life Lite. Twin pack is $74. You're also able to get a bundle with bike mount, smartphone clip, mounting bar, etc.

Review: Peak Design The Everyday Sling Bag


Peak Design Coupon Code

[success headline="DISCOUNT"]As a follower of 1KIND Photography, you are eligible for a special discount. Details are at the end of this review![/success]
Overview : The ultimate low-profile, quick-access day bag for light carry and gear minimalists, The Everyday Sling is a redefinition of what a single-shoulder sling bag can be. As a part of the award winning Everyday bag line, The Everyday Sling features unrivaled accessibility to your gear, expandability to match your carry needs, and organization of your gear, no matter what you’re hauling. An uber-clean “no slop” design conceals a multitude of unique features, from lightning-fast strap adjusters, to a side-loading main compartment with origami-inspired FlexFold dividers, to a highly expandable outer pocket and external carry system. Plus, the sling packs flat so you can stuff it inside a larger bag when traveling. Ideal bag for beginning photographers, or pros who want to just carry their essential camera gear.


Features :
  • Streamlined carry
  • Perfect urban companion
  • Flexfold Dividers: configurable, adaptable, removable
  • Perfect for mirrorless
  • Theft-deterrent zipper pulls
  • On-body access
  • Briefcase-style carry
  • Compresses down
  • Dedicated Capture attachment point

Review: Pakpod Adventure Compact Travel Tripod



Overview : The Adventure Tripod from Pakpod is a compact, lightweight, travel-friendly tripod designed to accompany you on any outdoor adventure. The key to the Pakpod's utility is it's ABS and stainless steel construction which keep the frame lightweight at just 15.5 oz but makes it sturdy enough to support up to 11 lb. The chosen materials allow the tripod legs to bend under light pressure rather than break and make the tripod completely waterproof and rust-resistant.

With a maximum height of 17.75" and a minimum working height of 1.5" the Pakpod is fairly versatile in height. Adding to its versatility are three retractable stainless steel spikes - one at the bottom of each leg - which can be used to anchor the tripod in dirt, sand, or snow. The tripod also includes a set of built-in mini tools for maintenance and adjustment in the field.

Features :
  • Lightweight: 15.5 ounces
  • Length when folded: 12.75"
  • Waterproof and freeze-proof
  • Patented, one-twist locking system
  • Easily stashable in a small bag, pack or suitcase
  • Legs rapidly extend and retract with the push of a button
  • Legs move independently through a 180 degree range of motion
  • Constructed from high-impact ABS plastic and stainless steel
  • Rotating feet stake into grass, dirt, sand and snow
  • Unparalleled level of versatility
  • 36 tie-down points

Contest: Peak Design Everyday Tote (Ash)



[success headline="CONGRATS!"]The winner of Peak Design's Everyday Tote is Jack N. We will be contacting the winner shortly. Thank you to all who have entered. We hope to bring you more contests but please follow and subscribe for the latest news, reviews and deals.[/success]
It's been a while since we offered something for our readers. Our latest giveaway offers you a chance of winning one of Peak Design’s award winning Kickstarter bags: the Everyday Tote!

With the success of the Everyday Messenger bag, Peak Design has expanded their bags line known as the Everyday Bag Line "designed around the workflows of photographers, creatives, travelers, and commuters". The latest Kickstarter campaign has just over 26,000 backers, making it the "most funded bag ever". The new series brings us various styles of the Everyday bag including a backpack, tote, and sling.


Now is your chance to own the Everyday Tote before anyone else. Don't forget to check out our full review.

Quick Overview: SpiderLight Holster and Plate


During our visit to PhotoPlus Expo, we stopped by Spider Holsters booth to get a first hand look at their new SpiderLight from their newest Kickstarter campaign that we posted a few days ago.

From what we saw, it looks exactly like the SpiderPro version but smaller but a step above the Black Widow. To our surprise, we were handed a package and guess what was inside...SpiderLight Holster and Plate!

For that, we bring you a quick overview of the SpiderLight Holster and Plate as well as a quick comparison to the SpiderPro and Black Widow.


We'll have a full review of the SpiderLight soon and hopefully along with the backpack adapter and pad.

Quick Overview: Peak Design Everyday Sling


A few weeks back, we posted a quick overview of the Peak Design Everyday Tote Bag (review). Today, we have a quick overview of the Peak Design Everyday Sling. Be sure to follow us as we'll have a full review of the Everyday Sling soon.



We stopped by Peak Design's booth at PhotoPlus Expo 2016 and got our one-on-one hands on with the Ash version:

Deal: Datacolor Spyder5PRO for $129



B&H Photo has Datacolor Spyder5PRO Display Calibration System (S5P100) on sale for $129.95 with free shipping using coupon code PPEBH16. Limited time offer. This device allows you to calibrate your monitor to an industry color reference standard and ensure on-screen colors are accurate.

Specs:
  • Calibrate Laptops, Desktop Monitors
  • Includes Color Probe
  • 16 Calibration Choices
  • 3 Ambient Light Settings
  • Before and After Evaluation
  • Basic Display Analysis
  • Comes in a Reusable Box / Case
You can read our review:

Press Release: Nikon Announces AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR and PC Nikkor 19mm F4E ED Tilt-Shift Lens



Nikon has announced the latest iteration of its 70-200mm F2.8 lens. The AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR, has a new optical design, improved Vibration Reduction as well as an electromagnetic diaphragm.

The lens has a total of 22 elements, with 6 ED, 1 fluorite and 1 high refractive index element. A Nano Crystal Coat reduces flare and ghosting while fluorine coatings on the front and rear class helps prevent smudging. Vibration Reduction has been improved, now reducing shake by 4 stops (vs 3.5). The electromagnetic diaphragm allows for responsive adjustment and the ability to adjust the aperture in live view and movie mode on all camera bodies.


The second lens Nikon has also announced is the new PC Nikkor 19mm F4E ED tilt-shift lens. This ultra-wide lens offers 97° of coverage and can shift ±12mm and tilt ±7.5°. Unlike the existing PC-E designs, the mechanism for tilt can be rotated independently from the mechanism for shift, allowing the tilt to be set either parallel or perpendicular to the shift. The lens has three ED and two aspherical elements as well as Nano Crystal Coating.



Both the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR and PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED will be available starting in November 2016 for suggested retail prices (SRP) of $2,799.95 and $3,399.95, respectively.

You can preorder from the following sites:

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Kickstarter: SpiderLight Holster & Plate, Single Camera System & Backpack Adapter



Our good friends over at Spider Holster has just announced their Kickstarter campaign for the new SpiderLight line of products. To add to the successful SpiderLight Hand Strap that also launched on Kickstarter, they are releasing the SpiderLight Holster and Plate (Single Camera System) and Backpack Adapter.


We'll have a full review of it. Be sure to follow us.

Press Release: MindShift Gear Releases SidePath and TrailScape Outdoor Photo Backpacks



Our friends at MindShift Gear have just released two new backpacks for outdoor photography. The SidePath, which weighs in at 1.6 lbs (0.7 kg), holds one large Mirrorless body and one to two standard zoom lenses or primes, or a compact DSLR and one to two lenses, or a DSLR (5DMIII or D750) with one standard zoom or two primes. It’s a great “grab and go” bag.


The TrailScape provides all-day comfort while carrying up to a 300mm f/2.8.

Don’t forget that you receive free shipping from MindShift.

Review: Peak Design The Everyday Tote Bag


Peak Design Coupon Code

[success headline="DISCOUNT"]As a follower of 1KIND Photography, you are eligible for a special discount. Details are at the end of this review![/success]
Overview : The classic tote, completely reimagined to protect, organize, and provide lighting-fast access to your photography and everyday gear. Made from a beautiful weatherproof Kodra, The Everyday Tote is lined with a high-density foam-padded cotton twill and accented with leather details. Removable FlexFold dividers let you organize the inside of the tote however you like, ideal for carrying essential photography, work, baby, or day-to-day gear. Easy-open side panels let you quickly access your gear without having to take the bag off your shoulder. Features a 15” laptop sleeve, luggage strap, magnetic closure points, external carry for tripods and other items, and seatbelt-style straps for hand, shoulder, or even backpack style carry.


Features :
  • Go anywhere, hold anything
  • Magnetic top closure
  • Massive external carry: tripods, yoga mats, blankets, towels, etc.
  • Dual side access
  • Flexfold Dividers: configurable, adaptable, removable
  • Cross-body carry or Backpack-style carry
  • Internal organization
  • Weatherproof

Press Release: Sony Announces a6500 Flagship APS-C Mirrorless Camera



Sony announced the 24MP a6500 mirrorless camera. The a6500 is now the company's top-end APS-C camera, sitting above the a6300. The flagship APS-C camera gains five-axis image stabilization and touchscreen operation. A larger buffer and more processing power also help set it apart from the existing a6300 as well as the price now costs around $1400.

The a6500 makes use of the same copper-wired 24MP sensor with 425 on-sensor PDAF points but gains a faster (LSI) processor to allow high speed operation. Sony also promises improved processing at high ISO settings, thanks to this new LSI.

The buffer has been significantly increased to shoot at 11 frames per second for around 300 JPEGs or 100 Raw+JPEG frames.

Battery life is rated at 350 shots per charge when using the rear screen and 310 shots per charge when using the EVF.
  • 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • XGA Tru-Finder 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 3.0" 921.6k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log3 Gamma
  • S&Q Motion in Full HD from 1-120 fps
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • 4D FOCUS with 425 Phase-Detect Points
  • Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 51200

The Sony a6500 interchangeable lens camera will ship this November for about $1,400 US and $1,750 CA. It will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.

There is also a new genuine leather body case (model LCS-EBG) that will ship in November and a new eyepiece cup (model FDA-EP17) that will be launched at a later date.

You can preorder at Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Press Release: Sony Announces Cyber-shot RX100 V



Sony announced the latest version of its RX100 series: the Mark V. It maintains a 20MP sensor and 24-70mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens, but adds phase-detection AF to achieve focus speeds as fast as 0.05 sec.

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V offers what Sony calls 'professional level AF performance' in the form of a new sensor with 315 phase-detection AF points over 65% of the frame, claiming the world's fastest AF speed at 0.05 seconds. It offers 24 fps shooting at full 20.1MP resolution with autofocus and auto exposure for up to 150 frames for JPEG + Raw.

The Mark V's video is also improved. It creates UHD 4K from a 5028 x 2828 pixel region. This means it oversamples by 1.3x in each dimension (1.7x overall), to give highly detailed 4K footage. The camera maintains the ability to use its phase detection AF during video shooting.

The camera's 3" 1229k-dot LCD tilts a full 180 degrees upward and 45 degrees downward. It retains a pop-up viewfinder, with a 2.4M-dot OLED panel. A new underwater case is available, compatible with the entire RX100 series and making it possible to use the camera up to 40m underwater.
  • 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-70mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Points
  • HFR Mode for Full HD Video up to 960 fps
  • 0.39" 2.36m-Dot OLED Pop-Up EVF
  • 3.0" 1.23m-Dot 180° Tilting LCD
  • ISO 12800 and 24 fps Continuous Shooting

The new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V (model DSC-RX100M5) compact camera will ship this month for about $1,000 US and $1,250 CA. The new underwater housing (model MPK-URX100A) will ship in November for about $350 US and $450 CA. Both products will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.

You can preorder at Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Deal: Pelican 1610 Case With Foam Set



As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Pelican 1610 Case with Foam Set in Black, model no. 1610-020-110, for $169.95 with free shipping. Amazon charges the same. This watertight, dustproof case features copolymer construction, automatic pressure equalization valve, double throw latches, over-molded haul handles, retractable handle, and built-in wheels. Deal ends today.

If you want to make the Pelican 1610 even better, take a look at the TrekPak Divider System. No more velcro or plucking foam. Everything is organized neatly and customizable.


Kickstarter: Cloop Magnetic Cable Keeper



We're always looking for new items and even though it's not directly related to photography, it can be. But most importantly, it can be around the house as well. The latest product we found is the Cloop on Kickstarter. Hate having to wrap Velcro around too many times? With Cloop you only have to tie it around once and hear that snap!

Cloop is an elegant magnetic cable keeper, which serves as a cable management solution for people on-the-go. The Cloop is specifically designed to help you keep your cables neat and tangle free. It uses neodymium magnets for a strong closure and lets you stay organized so you can quickly retrieve the cable you need. We all have busy lives so don't waste it untangling..


Whether you're at home, in the office or in the studio, this is perfect for your laptop chargers, cellphone chargers, extension cords, ethernet cables, appliances, hair dryers, vacuums, HDMI and anything that has long cables.

Cloop keeps your cables quickly organized and ready to go!
  • Keep your cables tidy to easily access them
  • Always have your cables ready to use
  • Simply snap to keep your cables untangled and organized
  • No more untangling knots
  • No more messy cables
  • No more cables going to that dark place behind your desk
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