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Review: Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap (2017)

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Overview : Total peace of mind in a tiny, low-profile package. Cuff is the most elegant, unobtrusive way to protect your camera from accidental drops. Quickly and securely connects to any camera, binoculars, or other device using our unique Anchor Link system. Wrist loop magnetically locks in the open position (new!), or comfortably cinches down on your wrist for added security. New all-custom aluminum hardware. When not in use, Cuff stores as a bracelet for quick accessibility.

  • New all aluminum anodized hardware
  • New 1-handed adjusting design
  • Adjuster locks in open wrist loop position
  • Magnetic wrist lock for storing as bracelet
  • Anchor connectors revamped - more secure, fast, and lower profile than ever
    • New canted/angled Anchors for effortless 1-handed connection
    • New thin Anchor cords fit through more camera strap loops/eyelets
    • 25% slimmer Anchor housing hardware
    • Anchors still hold 200+ lbs (90+kg)
  • New ultra-smooth nylon webbing with tighter weave
  • Premium materials and refined aesthetics
  • Choose from new Black and Ash color-ways
Additional Features
  • Ultra-minimalist, ultra-strong camera drop protection
  • Works with all cameras, binoculars
  • Fits almost all hand and wrist sizes
  • Comfortably cinches on wrist for added security

Review: Peak Design Leash Camera Strap (2017)

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Overview : The most versatile and quick-connecting camera strap in the world, Leash packs thoughtful functionality and endless adaptability into a an ultra-portable package. Configurable as a sling strap, neck strap, safety tether, and more. Easily adjust length with dual aluminum and Hypalon quick-adjusters, designed to operated with just 1 finger. Connects and disconnects quickly using our unique Anchor Link system, and stows easily in your pocket or bag.

  • New all-aluminum anodized hardware
  • New low-profile dual aluminum/Hypalon quick-adjustment system
  • Anchor connectors revamped - more secure, fast, and lower profile than ever
    • New canted/angled Anchors for effortless 1-handed connection
    • New thin Anchor cords fit through more camera strap loops/eyelets
    • 25% slimmer Anchor housing hardware
    • Anchors still hold 200+ lbs (90+kg)
  • New low-profile Anchor Mount for varying your strap configuration
  • New ultra-smooth twist-resistant nylon webbing with tighter, more durable weave
  • Premium materials and refined aesthetics for touch/stress points
  • Choose from new Black and Ash color-ways
Additional Features
  • Ultralight, ultra-strong design fits in your pocket
  • Highly stable camera carry via 2 configurable points of connection
  • Quickly convert to 4+ strap configurations
  • Works with all cameras, binoculars
  • Huge range of length adjustment
  • Webbing glides over clothing for quick camera access
  • Connects to strap loops or camera tripod mount
  • Easily stores in a pocket or camera bag

Peak Design Relaunches Leash Ultralight Camera Strap and Cuff Wrist Strap

Our good friends over at Peak Design has just relaunched the Leash, Cuff and Anchor Links. The Leash and Cuff not only come in black but it now comes in Ash as well. They also look a lot more stylish and higher quality (slightly more thicker and tighter weave). The predecessors functioned well but didn't fit well with Peak Designs current product line.

The Leash has new hardware, Hypalon quick-adjuster and slides much smoother.

The Cuff also has new hardware, a magnetic clasp and adjuster system. There's three modes:
  1. Open Mode - the loop just stays open so you can easily slide your hand in and out quickly and easily.
  2. Cinched Mode - if you pull on the wrist strap, it will cinch and tighten around your wrist for added security.
  3. Bracelet Mode - there is a magnetic clasp that lets you wear the Cuff like a bracelet. There is a magnet inside the strap that you can slide and adjust accordingly.
New Anchor mounts are included with the Leash and Cuff. It screws directly to the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera but unlike the other Peak Design plates, you can not mount it onto a ball head. It's simply a discreet looking attachment point to attach the Anchor Links.

The new Anchor Links are just as strong as the predecessor but is half the thickness which can fit through the eyelets of smaller cameras. The "pucks" are also slightly more angled for easy connecting. But don't worry, these new Anchors are backwards compatible with all your current Peak Design straps.

The 2017 Leash, Cuff and Anchor Links are available for purchase starting August 15 from any of these retailers:

Leash ($34.95) - Peak Design | AmazonB&H Photo | Adorama
Cuff ($19.95) - Peak Design | Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Anchor Link ($19.95) - Peak Design | AmazonB&H Photo | Adorama

In the meantime, you can check out our full review on the new Leash [review] and Cuff [review].

Don't forget, if you purchase directly from Peak Design using our link, you're eligible to get a FREE gift with purchase of $65 or more.

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Deal: Joby Men's UltraFit Camera Sling Strap

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Joby Men's UltraFit Camera Sling Strap in Charcoal for $14.99 with free shipping. It's adjustable from M to XL, has a pivot ring, is fiber-glass reinforced, and lockable. Deal ends today.

Deal: Slik Lite Tripod with LED Flashlight

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Slik Lite Tripod with LED Center Column Flashlight for $199.95 with free shipping. It features a 6.6-lb. load capacity, maximum height of 70", and includes a case. Deal ends today.

Photobucket Image Hosting Alternatives

Unlimited Photo Storage

A few weeks ago, we posted that Photobucket is no longer allowing users to do 3rd party hosting and hotlinking unless the users purchased an outrageous $399.99/year package or $39.99/month — essentially holding everyones images as "ransom". This has caused an uproar on the internet because images will not be shown on forums and sites unless people paid the "ransom".

Photographers and just users in general have been looking for alternatives to Photobucket. Below, we'll list out a few options and routes you can go with.
  1. SmugMug (PAID) - We have an advertising relationship with SmugMug
    SmugMug is polished, clean, professional and has a modern looking interface. It is filled with photo uploading/sharing features and even supports video hosting. Tons of customization as well as organization options are equally present but they don’t come free.

    SmugMug requires you to purchase one of their monthly or yearly plans to be able to use their services.

    • Basic: $47.88/year ($3.99/month) or $5.99/month
    • Power: $71.88/month ($5.99/month) or $8.99/month
    • Portfolio: $150/month ($12.50/month) or $20/month
    • Business: $300/month ($25/month) or $35/month
  2. Flickr (FREE/PAID)
    To upload an image or a video, you must have an account. It offers three types of account: Free, Flickrpro and Flickrpro+. If you have a free-type account, you are able to get 1TB cloud storage for free, but each photo you upload is limited to 200 MB and each video up to 1GB and no longer than 3 minutes. The Flickrpro and Flickrpro+ account frees you from any ads. With Flickrpro+, instead of paying monthly you save some money by paying for the year upfront.

    • Flickrpro: $5.99/month
    • Flickrpro+: $49.99/year
  3. ImageShack (FREE)
    ImageShack is a platform dedicated for image hosting and sharing. There is a 30 day free trial and after that, you have to pay $2/month to continue using it. You can use it to upload your photos fast and effectively, send it to social networking sites, create direct links to embed images and send pictures via email. But just like Photobucket, it is filled with advertisements and the number of images you can upload per day is limited.
  4. Imgur (FREE)
    Whether you’ve logged in or not, you can always upload pictures as you like. It offers four ways to upload pictures: browse you computer, enter image URLs, drag and drop and paste from your clipboard. Once a picture is uploaded, you will get multiple links to it, which enable you to insert the picture to any forums and blogs.
  5. TinyPic (FREE)
    TinyPic is owned by Photobucket, but you will find it much better to use. You don’t need to have an account to access its uploading function. It provides three file type options for you: Image, Video and Url. But you are only allowed to upload one image or video at a time or in a batch of up to five (5). Image shall not be larger than 1600 pixels, and video not be longer than 15 minutes. Once uploaded, the link to the image will have its own unique link. So the filename is not preserved.
  6. UltraIMG (FREE)
    UltraIMG is a free image hosting platform. UltraIMG supports almost all image formats that are currently operation in the photography industry including JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG and much more. However, UltraIMG only supports of the uploading image of up to 2 MB only.
  7. Web hosting (PAID)
    If you are knowledgeable or prefer more freedom and customizability, web hosting (ie. GoDaddy, 1&1, etc.) is an option. Price depends on the package that you choose. You will also need to purchase a domain (ie. .com, .photography). Both web hosting and domain names are purchased per year. So purchasing both, it will more than likely cost more than all the other options listed but you have the ability to create your own website, sub-domains, your email address and not have to worry about transferring images if the free site stops 3rd party hosting or jacks up the price.
If there are any sites or services that you think can help other photographers, feel free to contact us or leave a comment.

Deal: Lowepro Echelon Attache

B&H Photo has the Lowepro Echelon Attache for $129.95. This bag retails for $329.95. A savings of $200!

The Echelon features a zippered main compartment and numerous dividers for organizing your pro DSLR camera and 2-3 lenses, flash unit, and other accessories. It will even accommodate a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens. Inside the Echelon is a slip-in pocket for storing up to a 13" laptop. An exterior, zippered, front pocket features an organizational panel with pockets for your passport, ID, pens, memory cards, and other small items.

  • Holds 1 Pro DSLR, 2-3 Lenses & More
  • Slip-In Pocket for up to a 13" Laptop
  • MaxFit Touch-Fastening Divider System
  • Organizational Panel with Pockets
  • Dual, Leather, Top Grab Handles
  • Removable Shoulder Strap with Pad
  • YKK Zippers with a TSA-Approved Lock
  • Trolley Handle Pass-Through
  • All-Weather Cover & Pouch Included

Deal: Benro Hybrid Carbon Fiber Tripod w/S2H Head

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Benro Hybrid Carbon Fiber Tripod with S2H Pan/Tilt Head for $159.95 with free shipping. It features a 5.5 lb load capacity, maximum height of 59.1", integrated leveling base, split centre column, and reverse folding legs. Deal ends today.

Press Release: TSA Requires You to Take Out Electronics from Your Carry-On Now

If you're traveling through United States airports, it will become more laborious because you will now have to remove any electronics that are larger than a smartphone from your carry-on bag. Previously, if you were carrying a laptop, you would need to put it on a bin and put it through the X-ray machines. You will now have to physically take out cameras, tablets and other larger electronics our of your bag and put it in a bin which will go through the same screening process.

It's bad enough you have to put your shoes and any items in your pockets into a bin, along with your laptop. Now, these electronics will need to be put into bins as well instead of just passing through the machine inside your carry-on bag.

But for those of you who are part of the TSA's Pre✓® (PreCheck) program, you won’t have to remove your electronics & cameras from carry-on.

Currently, only U.S. airports are already implementing these new screening procedures but more will be doing it soon.

Continue reading for full press release.

Deal: Steadicam Solo Stabilizer and Monopod

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Steadicam Solo Stabilizer and Monopod for $139.95 with free shipping. It converts between a steadicam and telescoping monopod and features a 3-axis gimbal, 10-lb. weight capacity, and standard 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera mounts. Deal ends today.

Deal: Macphun Luminar 72 Hour Flash Sale, Lowest Price Ever

Starting today, for 3 days only until July 27, Macphun is offering Luminar at the lowest price ever! Pricing as low as $39 for current Macphun users (instead of $59), $49 for all new users (instead of $69). The sale price is as follows:

$49 instead of $69 - for all first-time purchasers
$39 instead of $59 - for anyone who currently owns a Macphun product

You can also check out our full review. I also remind you that the free beta version of MacPhun Luminar for Windows is also available here.

Deal: Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW Backpack in Black for $79.95 with free shipping. The Photo Sport 200 AW Backpack from Lowepro is a lightweight pack designed for heavyweight outdoor action and manufactured to handle a rugged trail race, mountain bike outing or photo trek up a local peak. Deal ends today.
  • Holds Pro-DSLR with Kit Lens, Flash
  • Also Holds Clothes,Phone,Ski Poles, Food
  • Pack Swings to Front for Access to Gear
  • Reflective Piping for Night Hiking
  • Built-In All-Weather Cover
  • Front, Side, Lid Storage Pockets
  • Dedicated Hydration Pocket With Port
  • Straps / Waist Belt / Airflow Back Pad
  • Multiple Accessory Attachment Points
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Deal: Panasonic Lumix 16MP 4K Camera w/ Lens

Amazon offers the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 16-Megapixel 4K Camera bundled with the Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Mega OIS Lens for $297.99 with free shipping. The camera features a 3" touchscreen LCD, 4K video recording, and dual image stabilization.

Note: This item is currently backordered, but can be purchased at this price for delivery when available.

Deal: Axrtec LED On-Camera Light

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Axrtec LED On-Camera Light for $24.95 with free shipping. It features a 64-watt equivalent output. Deal ends today.

Press Release: Luminar Windows Open Beta: Now Live

Luminar is a powerful all-in-one photo editor with over 300 tools on hand designed to tackle anyone’s photography needs, from correcting challenging image problems to artful stylizing. Users can adapt their workspace to match their image processing experience, and move up to more advanced modes as they learn. Luminar works non-destructively and aims to take the “work” out of a photo editing “workflow” for photographers worldwide.

Don't forget to check out our full review on the Mac version.

Continue for full press release.

Review: Macphun Luminar Photo Editor Software for Mac

Overview : Meet the world’s first photo editor that adapts to your style & skill level. Luminar is the supercharged photo software that makes complex editing easy & enjoyable.

Landscape, portrait, wildlife, macro - you name it. Luminar brings filters, layers, masks, color controls, RAW converter and other features that are ready to give your photos the professional treatment they deserve.

3 Legged Thing Releases Lightweight Universal L-Bracket

UK tripod manufacturer, 3 Legged Thing has introduced a new, lightweight universal L-Bracket that offers full cable port access for a range of Canon and Nikon cameras. These new L-Brackets has a thread on it so users can attach accessories such as clamps, brackets and mics.

L-Brackets are designed to make switching from landscape orientation to portrait quick and easy when using a tripod. The QR11 is made from magnesium alloy, to be lightweight while still being able to hold your gear and protect the camera. It features a large cut-out area that allows you access to the microphone, headphone and USB/HDMI ports located on the camera’s end panel depending on the brand and model of camera.

There are mounting points for strap lugs and each base rail has a Arca Swiss dovetail. The two plates can be taken apart by using the supplied tool for easy storage and transportation.

Since this is a universal L-Bracket instead of the typical L-Brackets on the market that are camera specific, some cameras are fully compatible (access to all ports and battery door), some is partial where it requires some minor adjustments and there are some where it fits but blocks ports and battery door (see list below).

The 3 Legged Thing QR11-L comes in a choice of Orange (LC) or Gray (LG) colors and will cost £49.99/$49.99 when shipping begins on August 1st.

Continue reading for more information.

Photobucket Revises 3rd Party Hosting and Breaks Image Links Across the Internet

Embedding images on a website or forum is a very common practice especially when you can upload and link to them for free. Photobucket has been around since 2003 with over 100 million users and over 15 billion images. With Photobucket making changes to its subscription tiers, this means billions of images across the web that are linking to Photobucket will no longer load outside of Photobucket's site. It will now load a Photobucket 3rd party hosting broken image as shown above.

For those who want to continue using the 3rd Party Hosting feature then a Photobucket Plus 500 plan is required. It costs $39.99 per month or $399 per year. This is robbery or as some would call, "ransom", "ransomware", "extorsion", "blackmail" or whatever you feel fit.

Granted, the 3rd party hosting may not generate any revenue but do you really have to charge $39.99/month or $399 per year? Why not allow those who pay for plan be able to have 3rd party hosting? You're generating revenue already from those who purchase a plan.

So all images that are hosted on Photobucket whether it be a free account or a lower tier plan, will eventually begin to have the image show up due to removing 3rd Party Hosting feature. Some accounts will be fine until December 31, 2018, depending on their subscription.

What makes matters worse is that Photobucket users were apparently given no warning of the change. The subscription features simply changed, and images stopped loading without explanation. Users are furious and we hope this is a mistake, or that Photobucket's management will realize the scale of the problem that they have caused. But if Photobucket doesn't revise their TOS to be a little more lenient or reasonable, expect a lot of broken link images in the coming months.

Continue reading for full press release blog.

Press Release: MindShift Gear Releases New Adventure PhotoCross Sling Bags

Our good friends over at MindShift Gear has just informed us that they have released new Adventure Photo Sling Bags. The new sling bags allow photographers to carry a tripod, laptop, and have zipper pulls that can be easily opened while wearing gloves.
Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, the MindShift PhotoCross 10 sling bag will protect your gear from another punishing trip into the wild.

The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. This sling bag stays out of the way when you’re scrambling but offers quick access to your camera when you’re ready to take the shot.
The PhotoCross 10 retails for $114.99 and PhotoCross 13 retails for $129.99. Don’t forget that with our special partnership with MindShift Gear that you receive free gear and free shipping when you order using our special link.

Continue reading for full press release.

MindShift Gear’s New PhotoCross Adventure Photography Bags Offer Unprecedented Comfort and Protection from the Elements.

SANTA ROSA, CALIF – Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, MindShift Gear’s new PhotoCross sling bags protect a photographer’s gear from punishing trips into the wild. The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. These sling bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets.

The PhotoCross comes in two sizes and colors, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey. The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and one to two lenses, plus a 10” tablet, or a Mirrorless body and three to five lenses, plus a 10” tablet. The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR, two to four lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8, and some 13” laptops.

“The PhotoCross sling bags are significant because they meld two concepts that are often in conflict in outdoor gear design: protection and comfort. An example is how we’ve integrated the waterproof Tarpaulin bottom panel with a body-conforming design, wide shoulder strap, and stability wing for superior comfort,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer.

  • Dedicated, padded pocket fits a tablet or a laptop (10 = 10” tablet, 13 = some 13” laptops)
  • Easy rotation for rapid access to gear and accessories
  • 3-point harness for stabilization with tuck-away waist belt
  • Secure your bag by linking the zipper pulls together
  • Water bottle pocket locks in most 1 liter bottles
  • Breathable 320G air-mesh back panel keeps your back cool during long days
  • Internal zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Easily accessible front pocket for filters, snacks, or a light layer
  • T-pulls are easily gripped with or without gloves
  • Top and side carry handles
  • Fully customizable interior dividers for photo or personal gear
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included for downpour conditions

Exterior: All fabric exterior is treated with a durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, YKK® weather resistant zippers, 420D high-density nylon, heavy-duty nylon Tarpaulin, 350g air mesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, P210D liner, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding tape, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.


PhotoCross 10
  • Internal Dimensions: 7.1” W x 12.5” H x 4.8” D (18 x 31.8 x 12.2 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 11” W x 15.9” H x 6.3” D (28 x 40.5 x 16 cm)
  • Tablet compartment: 8.2” x 11” x 0.6” (20.8 x 27.9 x 1.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.1 lbs (1.0 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Waist belt length: up to 61” (155 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Volume: 7.5 liters
PhotoCross 13
  • Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 14.2” H x 5.5” D (24 x 36 x 14 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 12.6” W x 17.7” H x 7.1” D (32 x 45 x 18 cm)
  • Laptop compartment: 9.1” x 13” x 1” (23 x 33 x 2.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Waist belt length: up to 63.8” (162 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Volume: 11 liters

Canon to Release PC-E2 Protecting Cloth

Canon Rumors has it that Canon will be releasing the predecessor to the PC-E1, the PC-E2 this week alongside the rumored Canon EOS 6D Mark II and Canon EOS Rebel SL2. The PC-E2 will probably be the same with slight cosmetic look and possibly size?

The PC-E1 is a protective cloth that lets you protect your camera or lens by wrapping it up. Here is a short description:
Keep your camera and lens safe as you travel around the city or when they're stowed away in your bag with this PC-E1 Protecting Cloth from Canon. Measuring 19.7 x 19.7", this padded cloth easily works with many camera and standard lens combinations. Also, it features an elastic strap to hold the cloth in place.
The Canon Direct Store even has it listed and I never knew that.

Press Release: Micron Discontinuing Lexar Removable Storage Retail Business

It was announced that Micron Technology will be discontinuing Lexar removable media storage business. This includes memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives. Micron will look into selling all or part of Lexar business.

The reasoning behind discontinuing Lexar is to focus on higher value markets. I wouldn't be surprised if Sandisk, Sony, Transcend or other memory makers purchase them.
Micron Technology today announced that it is discontinuing its Lexar® retail removable media storage business. The decision was made as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to focus on its increasing opportunities in higher value markets and channels.

The Lexar portfolio includes memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives for retail and OEM customers.

Micron is exploring opportunities to sell all or part of the Lexar business.

The company will continue to provide support to existing customers through this transition period. Customers should contact their Lexar sales representative to discuss specific requirements.

I’d like to thank our team members and partners for their contributions to the Lexar business. As difficult as this decision is, the company is making this adjustment in its business to ensure it continues to be well-positioned for the future.
Source: Micron

Think Tank Dividers Inside SKB Hard Cases!

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced an exciting new partnership with hard-case manufacturer SKB. Think Tank’s designers have created internal divider sets, organizers, and a backpack designed specifically to fit within 10 SKB hard cases. There are times when you simply have to airline gate-check your most precious photography equipment. At moments like these, nothing will do a better job of protection than a hard case. But one of the downsides of hard cases is that they are basically hard shells with not a lot of other features built into them. Think Tank’s partnership with SKB solves this problem. The result is the best of a hard case with the best of internal organization.

Don’t forget that with our special partnership with Think Tank that you receive free gear and free shipping when you order using our special link.

Deal: Kshioe 160-LED Video Camera Light

Kshioe via Amazon offers its Kshioe LED Video Camera Light for $26.67. Coupon code "GJ5JYORW" drops it to $21.34 with free shipping. It features 160 LED lights and three filters. Deal ends June 27.

Deal: Manfrotto Pro Light Camera Backpack

Adorama offers the Manfrotto Pro Light Camera Backpack for $229.88. Coupon code "STREETFAIR" drops it to $129.88 with free shipping. It features an external padded laptop compartment, interchangeable dividers, and three carrying options.

Deal: Manfrotto BeFree Live Fluid Head Tripod

Adorama offers the Manfrotto BeFree Live Fluid Head Tripod for $239.88. Coupon code "STREETFAIR" drops it to $139.88 with free shipping. It supports up to 8.8 lbs and features a sliding plate and fluid drag system. A case is included.

Review: LightPix Labs FlashQ Q20 Compact Radio Flash

Overview : 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 FlashQ wireless technology for off-camera flash control, Q20 will give you the most convenient experience in a flash unit.

Technical Specifications :
  • Guide Number 20 (at ISO 100)
  • Focal length coverage: 32mm (on 35mm format)
  • Manual flash power ratio control (7 steps adjustable, 1/64 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)

Quality/Usability : Previously, I had reviewed the LightPix Labs FlashQ that was launched on Indiegogo. It's basically a 2.4GHz wireless flash trigger that attached to your camera and to your flash unit. But LightPix has one upped the FlashQ by releasing a complete wireless flash unit.

The FlashQ Q20 is available in black or white and includes the unit itself, quick guide, pouch and gel kit. The FlashQ system can support up to eight (8) Q20 flash units simultaneously, provided that those flashes had been paired up with the FlashQ transmitter.

The FlashQ Q20 looks like a normal flash unit with the flash unit itself and a modeling light in the middle. On the back you have a power button switch, LED indicators to show you the power ratio for both flash and LED light. There is also controls to control the power and mode button.

The rectangular shape with flat sides, makes it easy to stand or position itself in any orientation. It is especially useful in setting up off-camera lighting.

There is a built-in female 1/4” threaded tripod mount off to the side on the bottom that allows it to be attached on a tripod.

The FlashQ Q20 flash unit takes two AA batteries. Battery life is fairly decent and on par with other bigger flash units. The refresh time is about 6-7 seconds which is a bit long. So it's not suited for moving objects or where you need to snap pictures real quick.

The compact Q20 flash units cleverly dock a regular FlashQ transmitter into the base of the flash, allowing for regular on-camera manual flash use. The 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.

The transmitter looks exactly the same as the FlashQ. Though when removed from the FlashQ transmitter the Q20 flash go into radio slave mode, and even provides remote manual power control from the tiny FlashQ transmitter mounted on the camera hotshoe!

FlashQ transmitter can work on most cameras with standard ISO hot shoe mount. It supports remote triggering flashes at sync speeds up to 1/250 sec (on compatible cameras and flashes). No TTL information is transmitted by FlashQ. This makes FlashQ compatible with most cameras.

The images above show the FlashQ transmitter on a mirrorless camera as well as a full-frame DSLR. This gives you a look at the how small the transmitter is on the camera.

The above images is the FlashQ Q20 (transmitter and flash) on a mirrorless camera and full-frame DSLR. I have a Canon 600EX-RT and putting that flash on a Canon EOS M3/M5 looks huge and out of place. With the FlashQ Q20, it doesn't weigh down the camera and looks natural.

Even on a full-frame camera like the Canon 5D Mark IV, it doesn't look bad.

It allows you set the flash output at each stop from 1/64 (minimum output) to 1/1 (maximum output). 7 steps of flash power ratios can be adjusted by two buttons. The campaign originally had a minimum of 1/128 but has changed.

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

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.

The FlashQ Q20 includes a set of colored gels. It comes in a very small plastic holder. Each gel has a tab which makes it easy for you to grab when you need to remove it either from the holder or from the flash unit itself.

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. The gels are held in place nicely but I would of preferred the gels to be inserted from the side or top. With it being inserted from the bottom, it may have the potential of falling out if you're moving alot.

Conclusion : Overall, the LightPix Labs FlashQ Q20 Compact Radio Flash is a nice portable flash. This works on both mirrorless and DSLRs but I think it's best suited for mirrorless. I wouldn't consider this for professional work but this is great for quick street or macro photography.

Even though the gels stay in place, I'm not fond of inserting them from the bottom for the fear that it may fall out easily.

Manufacturer: LightPix Labs
Site: Buy from LightPix Labs
Price: $89.00 / $107.00 (with extra FlashQ Receiver) / $125.00 (with two extra FlashQ Receivers) / $169.00 (x2 Q20 Combo)
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