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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.

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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:

Pricing:
$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.

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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.

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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.

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