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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)

Deal: Genaray LED-6500T 209-LED On-Camera Light

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Genaray 209-LED Variable-Color On-Camera Light for $89.95 with free shipping. It features a 3200-5600K adjustable color temperature and includes a magnetic snap-on diffuser, ball head, and carry case. Deal ends today.

Kickstarter Press Release: OrangeMonkie Launches Foldio3

Back in 2016, we reviewed the Foldio2. It was a 15" portable light studio where you can take product photos. In our review, one of our suggestions was to make it BIGGER for bigger products. Today, OrangeMonkie has just launched their newest campaign, Foldio3 on Kickstarter. It's bigger (25 inch x 25 inch) and redesigned. Now, you're able to photograph bigger items such as shoes, bags, laptops, etc.

It still has a magnetic structure for quick and easy set up. The backdrop also now attaches to the bottom and rolls up where as the previous versions attached at the top and rolled down. Not to mention, it attaches via Velcro.

The lighting has been improved from 1 LED strip to 3 LED strips. They also created the “Halo Bar” to enhance your photography experience. The Halo bar is attachable, so you can fix the Halo bar on the side or bottom magnet spots of Foldio3 according to your needs.

If you have the Foldio360 Turntable, it will work with the Foldio3.

Early bird starts at $99. Normal pledge is $109 and if you want it with the Halo bars, its $129. Foldio3 with Foldio360 is $229 and Foldio3 with Halo bar and Foldio360 is $245. The campaign will end July 13, 2017.

Deal: Manfrotto Compact Light Tripod

Amazon offers the Manfrotto Compact Light Tripod in Black or Red for $51.88 with free shipping. It features a built-in ball head and maximum height of 51.57".

B&H Photo Video also has this tripod but charges a buck more.

Deal: WEme Aluminum USB 3.0 3-in-1 Card Reader

WEme via Amazon offers its WEme Aluminum USB 3.0 3-in-1 Card Reader with Type-C Adapter Converter in Silver for $14.99. Coupon code "SBVE339T" cuts that to $6.45. Plus, Prime members bag free shipping. It's compatible with SDXC, microSDXC, and CompactFlash cards.

Press Release: Think Tank Photo Releases New Camera Bags - StreetWalker v2.0 and TurnStyle v2.0

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just released a new rolling backpack as part of its classic StreetWalker series, as well as upgraded all three of the backpacks in that series. Now with the StreetWalker V2.0 series, you get new features such as increased depth for modern DSLR systems, and dedicated pockets for both tablets and smartphones. The new rolling backpack’s harness system allows you to roll the bag or carry it on your back in comfort.

In addition, they’ve upgraded their popular TurnStyle sling bags to TurnStyle 2.0. Ideal grab-and-go bag for a casual day of shooting with a DSLR or Mirrorless system and lenses, wear a body-conforming TurnStyle bag as either a sling bag or beltpack to move and shoot freely. The new Turnstyles feature a tuck-away stabilizer strap and are available in two new colors: Charcoal and Blue Indigo. Don’t forget that because of my relationship with Think Tank when you click on these links you will receive free gear and free shipping!

Continue reading for full press release.

Deal: Glidecam XR-4000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Glidecam XR-4000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer for $139.95 with free shipping. It features a 3-axis gimbal, camera balance platform, and is suitable for camcorders from 4 to 10 lbs. Deal ends today.

Review: Hejnar Photo Table Pod with Ball Head and Clamp

Overview : Table Pod / Low Pod Mount with Ball Head and Clamp will be helpful for macro and closeups in the field and indoors when heavy photographic gear are involved. Small tabletop tripods do not offer good support for low level shooting with heavy camera and lenses.

Table Pod is equipped with Gizomos GHP-30D Ball Head and Hejnar Photo 1.5 inch Clamp. Ball head can be attached in five different location to optimize gravity point for stability. Four rubber-covered feet keep the mount stable on rocks and other uneven surfaces. This setup will support up to 17 pounds (8kg)

Specifications :
  • 6.0 inch long
  • 4.0 inch wide
  • Plate thickens 0.350 Inch
  • Outside holes are taped 10-32 and spaced 45mm or 30mm apart from each other. They can be used for direct clamp mount
  • Precision C.N.C. machined from 6061-T6 Aluminium
  • Compatible with any ball head equipped with 3/8 thread.
  • Stainless steel hardware.
  • Made in USA
  • Black hard coat anodized surface.

Deal: MeFoto BackPacker Travel Tripod

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the MeFoto BackPacker Travel Tripod in Titanium for $74.95 with free shipping. It expands from 17.3" to 51.2" and features a bubble level, panning lock, and tilt range of -45° to 90°. Deal ends today.

Deal: Bolt LED Macro Ring Light

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Bolt LED Macro Ring Light for $39.95 with free shipping. It features 48 LEDs, four clip-on diffusers, four light modes, and an automatic power-saving function. Deal ends today.

Deal: Think Tank CityWalker 10 Messenger Bag

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Think Tank CityWalker 10 Messenger Bag in Slate Blue for $49.95 with free shipping. It holds a DSLR camera and extra lens, and features a padded tablet compartment. Deal ends today.

Check out our review on the CityWalker.

Deal: Bolt VS-260C Compact On-Camera Flash

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Bolt VS-260C Compact On-Camera Flash for a selection of cameras (scroll down to see the models) for $39.95 with free shipping. It features 35mm flash range, AF assist light, and 5-position tilt. It is compatible with Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax/Samsung, Sony, and Sony/Minolt. Deal ends today.

Review: K&F Concept KF-TM2534T Aluminum Camera Tripod

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Overview : Tripod legs are made of magnesium aluminum alloy that can be folded for light and easy to carry. The magnesium aluminum alloy with good stability, and it has adjustable angle suitable for different locations. Inverted central axis to achieve macro photography abd automatic stability suspension system. Tripod can also be converted into a monopod by removing one of the legs.

Features :
  • 25mm 4 section aluminum alloy legs adjust to 25, 50, and 80-degree angles to enable extreme low angle photography
  • Compact The tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180 degrees making it small enough to carry just about anywhere.
  • Smooth fluid-like ball head rotates 360 degrees and includes a quick release plate and bubble levels.
  • Hexagon-shaped central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees
  • FOUR Leg Sections: Get the height you need and ultimate versatility. Twist Lock Legs with Anti-Rotation System: innovative rubberized locking grips combined with anti-rotation legs enable fast and fumble free set up plus weather and dust resistance.
  • This complete tripods comes with 2 Sections Center Column: Get the height you need and ultimate versatility.
  • Folded height: 14.76", Extended height: 72.24", Weight: 3.04lbs/1.38 kg
  • LIGHT WEIGHT: It's ideal for indoor and outdoor photography, you can take it anywhere making it perfect to all events, such as sports activities, camping, family gatherings and much more.

Indiegogo: LIFEPOWR A3 - World's 1st USB-C Power Delivery Pack

Battery packs are very essential whether it be for your smartphone, tablet, laptop or even charging batteries. LIFEPOWR has just launched a new Indiegogo campaign, the A3. It's compact & lightweight, but it packs the newest of technologies: 100W USB Power Delivery. It easily and quickly powers up all your daily gear with the same USB-C cable. Multiple times. In addition, it also features a standard AC outlet (!), two USB ports and QuickCharge technology.

The main focus is the included USB-C ports. USB-C being a new connector and soon to be the new standard port (bi-directional, provides power and data), this will be compatible with future devices.

Since it has a standard AC outlet, you can charge your laptop, small refridgerator, camping gear, electronics such as a fan, TV, speakers or light or even charge your camera battery.

To recharge the LIFEPOWR A3, you can use a standard wall outlet to charge the battery pack or connect a solar panel if you're not near an outlet.

It will be available in a both US Outlet Model (120VAC 60Hz) and EU Outlet Model (230VAC 50Hz). The basic A3 will start at $159. Solar panels are $39/$99 depending on model. A3 and top of the line solar panel is $239. There are other additional bundles as well such as if you want an additional solar panel for faster charging or for other use.

As of this post, it has met its funding goal and will start to ship sometime November 2017.

Continue reading for full press release or visit their Indiegogo page.

Deal: Benro FTA18CC Travel Angel Series 1 Carbon Fiber Tripod

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Benro Travel Angel Series 1 Carbon Fiber Tripod for $179.95 with free shipping. It features a 22-lb. load capacity and reverse folding legs. Deal ends today.

Deal: Feiyu MG-V2 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Feiyu MG V2 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer for $369 with free shipping. It's compatible with DSLR and mirrorless cameras and features a 4.4-lb. load capacity, 360° rotation for all axes, four batteries, and a charger. Deal ends today.

Deal: Kamerar BrightCast Bi-Color LED Panel

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Kamerar BrightCast V15-345 Flexible Bi-Color LED Panel for $299.95 with free shipping. It has a water resistance rating of IP67 and features a V-mount control frame. Deal ends today.

Kickstarter: Spark Camera Remote by Alpine Labs

Alpine Labs has just launched their 4th Kickstarter Campaign called Spark Camera Remote. Whether your taking a fun group photo, capturing a long exposure of the stars, or taking your time and setting up a timelapse, Spark gives you instant control, with your phone and without it for up to 2,000 hours of continuous use on the same replaceable coin cell battery.

What is Spark?
Spark is the most versatile camera remote on the market. With three different modes of control, Spark was built to adapt to whatever situation you are shooting in. Whether you're taking a fun group photo, capturing a long exposure of the stars, or settling down and setting up a time lapse, Spark gives you instant control. With your phone or without it.

Spark combines the speed of infrared triggering, with the reliability of a traditional wired trigger, and the power and feature set of smartphone app control. Spark connects to your cameras through the external trigger port and is compatible with hundreds of DSLR's, mirrorless cameras, and even some point and shoots.

Compatible brands include Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Pentax, Contax, Samsung, Hasselblad, Sigma, Kodak, and Konica Minolta. For current compatibility please visit:

The free Spark Camera Control app instantly connects to Spark over Bluetooth Low Energy, and gives you access to all of Spark's advanced features. Set up a Bulb ramping timelapse, take a minute long exposure of the stars, or just set up a quick photobooth sequence of you and your friends - all from your phone. The App will be free and available for both iOS and Android as soon as Spark is ready to ship.

Early bird pricing is $39 for the first 24 hours. After the 24 hours, Spark will be $44 for the remainder of the campaign. The retail price of the Spark Camera Remote is $59.

We'll have a full review of the unit when we get our hands on it.

Continue reading for full press release.

Press Release: Nikon Announces D7500 DSLR

Nikon has announced its midrange Nikon D7500. This is the company’s new mid-range offering for enthusiasts and semi-pros. The design was slightly tweaked but the features are inherited from the Nikon D500. It uses the same 20.9MP APS-C sensor, Expeed 5 processor and 180k-pixel RGB metering sensor and is capable of capturing 4K video.

The D7500 looks like the D7200 but is slightly lighter and the grip has been deepened. The weather-sealing has also been improved. It still has the same 3.2" LCD display but is now tilting and touch-enabled.

One thing that removed was one of the SD slots. In the D7200 had two, the D7500 has one and it does not support UHS-II media. The included battery is more powerful (EN-EL15a) but the battery life is about 15% lower than the D7200, at 950 shots per charge.

Burst shooting has been improved as well. The FPS has increased from 6fps to 8fps. The D7500 is also able to capture 50 14-bit uncompressed RAWs in a single burst, rather than 18.

For 4K video, the D7500 can capture UHD 4K video at a bit rate of 144Mbps with a 1.5x crop. If you drop it down to 1080p, you gain 3-axis digital IS and Active D-Lighting. You can also do 4K output over HDMI, a flat picture profile, zebra pattern and Auto ISO. It also has microphone and headphone jacks.

The Nikon D7500 will be available in Summer 2017 for a suggested retail price of $1,249.95 for the body only configuration, or with a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,749.95.

Nikon D7500 Body Only: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Nikon D7500 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Continue reading for full press release.

Review: Alpine Labs Pulse Wireless Camera Remote Control

Overview : Pulse gives you powerful control over your camera - wirelessly from your smartphone. It plugs straight into your DSLR or Mirrorless camera's USB port, so whether you're shooting photos, time lapse, or video, you get complete creative freedom in real time.

Features :
  • Remotely Adjust Camera Settings: Change your camera’s ISO, aperture, and shutter speed — wirelessly from your Apple or Android device.
  • Remote Trigger Up To 100 ft.: Take epic selfies. Pulse’s 100‘ Bluetooth range allows you to set up your camera and trigger it from anywhere.
  • Control Up To 3 Cameras: Control up to three Pulse-equipped cameras at once - all from the same smartphone. Be everywhere at once and get all the right angles, even if you are just a crew of one.
  • Wireless Image Preview: View thumbnails on your phone immediately after you take a photo on your camera.
  • Start & Stop Video: Most remote triggers let you do one thing - take photos. Utilizing your camera's USB port and not the shutter port, Pulse has the ability to let you control video as well. This feature is available for all Canon cameras and Nikon cameras released after 2012.
  • Wireless Troubleshooting: Traditional triggers can’t tell you when things have gone wrong. The Pulse app notifies you about low battery or buffering time before they ruin your shoot.
  • Amazing Time-lapse: Pulse's Exposure Ramping features changes your cameras ISO and shutter speed during your time lapse. A better way to capture day-to-night transitions (the "Holy Grail" of time lapses) without having to touch your camera.
  • Self-Timer Control / Photobooth: Create amazing selfies utilizing Pulse’s timer controls, meaning no more running into position.

Deal: Timbuk2 Snoop Small Camera Messenger Bag

Adorama offers the Timbuk2 Snoop Small Camera Messenger Bag in Cordura Black, model no. 144-2-2154, for $59.95 with free shipping. It features a padded, modular interior, adjustable shoulder strap, grab handle, and waterproof liner.

Deal: WEme and Unitek USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader

WEme via Amazon offers the WEme USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader with OTG Adapter for $13.99. Coupon code "P8Q5CXEN" drops it to $7.83. Prime members bag free shipping. Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping costs $8.15. It can read SD, microSD, and CompactFlash cards.

Ocean Technology via Amazon offers the Unitek Aluminum USB 3.0 Multi-in-1 Memory Card Reader with 3.9-Foot Cable in Silver, model no. Y-9324C, for $14.99. Coupon code "YQ92C7RZ" cuts that to $7.49. Prime members bag free shipping. Non-members can check out via Subscribe & Save to bag free shipping; otherwise, shipping costs $8.02. It's compatible with SD, microSD, and CompactFlash cards and can read two cards simultaneously and features a 3.9-foot cable.

Deal: Panasonic G7 Camera, $150 Adorama GC

Adorama offers the Panasonic Lumix G7 16-Megapixel DSLM Camera and Panasonic Lumix G Vario OIS 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens in Silver, model no. DMC-G7KS, or Black, model no. DMC-G7KK, bundled with a $150 Adorama Gift Card for $597.99 with free shipping. The mirrorless camera features a 16-megapixel MOS sensor, OLED viewfinder, 3" tiltable touchscreen LCD, 4K movie mode, contrast detection autofocus, WiFi, and SD cart slot.

Review: Freemod X-CAP2 Camera Lens Cap

Overview : The X-CAP2 is the most functional and effective lens cap to protect important lenses. With X-CAP2, you do not need to remove the lens cap every time you shoot, nor will you lose the lens cap.

Features :
  • INNOVATIVE DESIGN - Unique lens cap designed for compact system cameras with smart yet simple (pull and push) slide switch system that is lightweight and easy to use.
  • GREAT USABILITY - Easy to operate: Pull to open and Push to close. Operate effortlessly on instinct. You don’t have to be troubled by a loose traditional camera cap where you must removed and safeguard all the time.
  • EASY INSTALLATION - Super easy to install: Screw into the filter thread just like a regular UV filter. The standard filter interface fits a diverse range of lenses with the same filter thread (see compatible lens models below).
  • PERFECT PROTECTION - Protect your lenses from damage and dust the easiest way. The compact cap Integrates with the lens both size and aesthetic wise. The cap can forever stay on the lens once installed. Never lose your lens cap again.
  • SUPERB QUALITY - High standard of manufacturing with superior material. The cap ring and 6-piece central shutter are made of strong CNC milled aluminium alloy with sand blasting and anodizing finish. The body is PC-ABS plastic giving precise, outstanding texture.
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