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Kickstarter: LitraPro - Rugged Professional Bi-Color LED Camera Light

World's First Compact Full Spectrum, Bi-Color, Bluetooth Compatible Video and Photo Adventure Light. Studio quality lighting on the go

Litra is a dedicated to creating the best Professional Adventure Lighting available on the market. Litra has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their award winning LitraPro - the world's first full spectrum, bi-color video and photo adventure light. LitraPro is a ultra rugged, waterproof, bluetooth compatible, fully dimmable, bi-color light. The LitraPro is designed to be your "must have light" for studio, run and gun, underwater and any photo and video adventure your creativity and imagination takes you on.

The LitraPro is 95 CRI and is bi-color (3000k-6000k) which outputs up to 1200 lumens. It's small enough to fit in your pocket. It's also a fully dimmable light from 0-100%. There are 2 x 1/4/20 standard camera mounts and a includes a DSLR shoe mount and diffuser as well.

It has a intuitive OLED display and controls and can be controlled via Apple or Android. MicroUSB charges the built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery and has a battery life of 10 hours at low and 45 mins at max.

Litra offers a huge range of optional accessories such as a softbox, barn doors, honeycomb filter, filter set cold shoe ball mount, double/triple mount, handle and a tripod.

You can pledge yours on Kickstarter, but the Early Birds are already sold out but you can still get it for $145 (35% off retail). They also have bundles. Estimated delivery is November 2018.

Deal: Zhiyun-Tech Crane M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Zhiyun-Tech Crane M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for $199 with free shipping. It features 360° rotation on all three axes, support for cameras up to 3.9 lbs., and up to 12 hours of battery time. Deal ends today.

Deal: Lowepro Flipside 400AW Backpack

B&H Photo Video offers the Lowepro Flipside 400AW Backpack in Black for $74.95 with free shipping. It accommodates two DSLR cameras, four to six lenses, and a flash.

Press Release: Canon Announces EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM and f/4L IS II USM

Today, Canon has announced two new versions of its popular telezoom lenses, the Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS III USM and the Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS II USM.

The EF 70-200 F2.8L IS III USM is a modest refresh of version II, the new lens features the same 23 elements in 19 group optical design and 3.5 stop Image Stabilization system as its predecessor but adds Air Sphere Coating and fluorine coating on front and rear elements for ease of cleaning. The body of the lens is also much whiter.

The EF 70-200mm F4L IS II USM features numerous improvements over its predecessor, including five stops of stabilization – up from three in the older lens. The updated 70-200mm F4's stabilization system is quieter, and now features three modes, designed specifically for shooting still and moving subjects. The F4L weighs in at 780g and is 40g heavier than its predecessor. Optical construction comprises 20 elements in 15 groups, and the inclusion of Canon's Super Spectra Coating should help minimize ghosts and flare.

The Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS III USM will be available in August for $2,099 while the Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS II USM will be available later this month for $1299.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III: B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS IIB&H Photo | Adorama
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Press Release: Sony Announces Cyber-shot RX100 VI with 24-200mm Zoom

Today, Sony has announced the Cyber-shot RX100 VI, a 1"-type compact camera with a 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor, 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 zoom lens, 315 phase detection points covering approximately 65% of the sensor, and the ability to shoot at 24 fps with autofocus.

The RX100 VI becomes the first in the Cyber-shot RX100-series to gain a touchscreen, allowing both touch shutter and touch focus. The screen can tilt up to 180 degree upwards and 90 degree downwards, extending shooting flexibility.

The RX100 VI's 24-200mm lens comprises 15 elements in 12 groups, featuring two ED (extra-low dispersion) aspherical glass elements and eight aspherical lens elements including four AA (advanced aspherical) lenses. Sony describes the pocketable camera as having "two lenses worth of interchangeable lens", incorporating the range of a 24-70mm lens and a 70-200mm in one "do anything" camera.

The RX100 VI's XGA OLED pop-up EVF is similar to previous models in the series, but once popped-up, the finder optics no longer need to be manually extended for use.

On the video front, the RX100 VI is capable of full-width, oversampled 4K video with support for 8-bit HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) for easy HDR capture. The RX100 VI is also able to record superslow motion video at either 250, 500 or 1000 fps.

The new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI will ship next month, priced at $1200. You can place your preorder from B&H Photo or Adorama.

Sony also announced the VCT-SGR1 shooting grip, designed for the RX0 and RX100-series cameras. The VCT-SGR1 includes camera controls, an adjustable head and built-in tripod. It will be available in September for around $100. You can place your preorder from B&H Photo or Adorama.

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Deal: Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Printer for $60

B&H Photo has the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 printer for $59.99 after instant ($50) and mail-in rebates ($250). This offer ends June 30, 2018.

The Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer features a 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution and Canon's FINE technology with an ink drop as small as 3.0 pl. The printer's 8-cartridge ink system provides a wide color range and includes 3 black inks for high-quality black-and-white photos. The Pro-100 can output borderless prints up to 13 x 19" and is compatible with a wide range of media, including glossy, luster, and matte photo paper as well as Museum Etching and other fine art papers. Additionally, you can print directly on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs and create your own customizable discs and jackets. The included Print Studio Pro plug in software provides an easy way to achieve optimal results when printing directly from Adobe Photoshop CS and Elements, as well as from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

For an added bonus, enter coupon code BHOPTIC18 at checkout and the Canon Photo Paper Pro Luster (13 x 19", 50 Sheets) is included for FREE.

Deal: Peak Design Slide Camera Strap SL-T-2 (Navy)

As one of B&H Photo's Deal Zone, they have the Peak Design Slide Camera Strap SL-T-2 in Navy with Caramel Leather for $39.95. This is the Summit Edition and typically costs more than the standard black strap. Deal ends today.

We're a big fan of Peak Design products and you can read our review on the Peak Design Slide Strap here.

Deal: BenQ SW2700PT 27″ Widescreen LED Backlit QHD Monitor

While we were at Photoshop World in Orlando last week, we stopped by BenQ's booth and took a look at their monitors. I must say, I was really impressed and will hopefully give you a review on one of their monitors in the near future. Currently, B&H Photo has the BenQ SW2700PT 27″ Monitor, for $546 after applying code PSWBH18 at checkout.

The BenQ SW2700PT covers 99% of the Adobe RGB color space for more accurate color representation for various types of photography. Aiding in the enhanced color accuracy of this BenQ monitor is the ability to calibrate the internal image processing chip, eliminating the need to tweak the graphics card in most situations. You can also take advantage of proprietary calibration software to ensure your monitor maintains the color accuracy it had on day one.

The display of the SW2700PT features a 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution with 109 pixels per inch for increased clarity. In addition to the enhanced resolution, you benefit from a more dynamic picture with a 1000:1 contrast ratio, reduced lag with a 5 ms response time, and a larger color palette with support for up to 1.07 billion colors. On the back of the monitor you will find DVI-DL, HDMI 1.4, and DisplayPort 1.2 inputs for easy setup. Once set up, you can easily configure the display with intuitive OSD controls and even attach the included shading hood to help block ambient light.

  • 27″ In-Plane Switching (IPS) Panel
  • DVI-DL / HDMI 1.4 / DP 1.2 Inputs
  • 2560 x 1440 Resolution
  • 1000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 350 cd/m² Brightness
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angles
  • 5 ms (GtG) Response Time
  • 1.07 Billion Color Support
  • OSD Controller to Switch Color Modes
  • 99% AdobeRGB Color Gamut

Deal: Mactrem Zomei 65" Camera Tripod

Mactrem via Amazon offers the Mactrem Zomei 65" Camera Tripod in Blue for $98.99. Coupon code "M57BA95Z" cuts the price to $66.99 with free shipping. It features a height range of 18" to 65" and a universal ball head, and comes with portable carrying case. Deal ends May 28.

Press Release: Shutterbug Shuts Down Print Publication After 45 Years - Now Web Only

One of the popular photography magazines, Shutterbug, has announced that it is shutting down its print publication after 45 years. It will now focus on reaching its audience via online through "web-only publication."

The news was published earlier today by Shutterbug Editor-in-Chef Dan Havlik, who says the media landscape simply cannot sustain a photography print publication any longer.

Since the print side of business is shutting down, the company has big plans for In addition to continued how-to content, feature stories, and gear reviews, the website plans to expand its reader photo galleries and launch an online store where readers can purchase cameras, lenses, software, photo accessories, and Shutterbug-branded merchandise.

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Deal: Vanguard Reno 41 DSLR Backpack

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Vanguard Reno 41 DSLR Backpack for $29.99 with free shipping. It holds a DSLR and accessories and features a removable rain cover, and various pockets. Available in Blue and Orange. The Khaki Green is back-ordered. Deal ends today.

Press Release: Yongnuo Unveils YN50mm F1.8 II of 'Nifty Fifty' Clone

Hong Kong camera gear maker Yongnuo has released version II of its 'nifty fifty' Canon clone: the YN 50mm F1.8 II. The original YN 50mm F1.8 was one of the first lenses the budget brand ever released, which costs less than the already ultra-affordable EF 50mm F1.8 II. Yongnuo's version II continues this trend, with a price tag of just $75, while the original Yongnuo 'nifty fifty' will cost you only $51.

Optically, the lens seems to be unchanged—you still has 6 lens elements in 5 groups which produce a 46° angle of view, and a 7-blade aperture that runs from F1.8 to F22. The updated lens does drop the minimum focusing distance from 45cm to 35cm to match Canon's 50mm F1.8 STM [Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama / eBay], and it adds support for USB-free firmware updates that is delivered directly through the camera.

Other notable improvements, come in the form of improved "mechanical structure and coating technology," which apparently translate into improved "focus accuracy, auto-focus speed and light transmittance." The lens has a metal mount and focus distance markings are added to the lens as well.

The lens is currently available on eBay for $75 and will be on Amazon shortly. To learn more about this lens, head over to the Yongnuo website.

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Think Tank Photo Releases StoryTeller Bag and Revises Modular Belt System

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have released new and revised classic camera carrying solutions. The newly-released StoryTeller shoulder bags come in three sizes. The StoryTeller 10 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet. The StoryTeller 8 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, three to four small telephotos or primes with hoods attached and reversed, and an 8” tablet. The StoryTeller 5 fits an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet.

Think Tank has also completely updated the #1 rated line of modular belt system components. The Modular Belt System V3.0 moves weight from your shoulders to your waists for more comfortable all-day carry. Many of the new pouches are expandable to fit pro-sized lenses with hoods in the shooting position. And, the newly added Camera Clip Adapter V3.0 belt attachment for the Peak Design Capture Clip, SpiderLight and SpiderPro camera clips allows the clip to rotate on any Think Tank belt for better workflow.

And don’t forget that by using our special URL you will receive free gear with your orders of $50+ and free shipping on all orders.

Press Release: MindShift Gear Releases "Exposure” Shoulder Bags

There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. MindShift Gear’s new Exposure shoulder bags are storm-resistant carrying solutions for the active photographer in virtually any outdoor environment. Built with high performance waterproof sailcloth panels, strategically placed storm flaps, water-repellent DWR fabric, and a sturdy Tarpaulin bottom; the Exposure protects camera gear from the elements and withstands the rigors of adventure photography. And, with its cross-body stabilizer strap, the Exposure moves with you while you’re active or is removable for more causal environments. A waterproof rain cover is included when it’s time to put the camera away and hunker down. Exposure shoulder bags come in two models, the Exposure 13 and the Exposure 15, and in two colors, Black and Solar Flare. The Exposure 13 fits a 13” laptop; the Exposure 15 fits 15” laptops. A 10” tablet fits in zippered pocket.

And, don’t forget that when you use our special URL to order you will receive free gear and free shipping.

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Press Release: MindShift Gear Releases BackLight 18L

Our friends at MindShift Gear have just added a smaller, 18-liter version to their very popular BackLight rear panel access backpacks. The BackLight 18L allows you to work out of the bag without getting the harness dirty, wet, muddy, or icy. It holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached and one to three standard zoom lenses or two gripped Mirrorless bodies with lenses attached and three to five lenses. It features dedicated compartments that fit up to a 13” laptop and a full-size tablet. As a daypack, its front pockets total 5 liters in personal gear carry for a day’s outing, such as extra layers, a light jacket, food, and more.

And, by using our special URL to order you will be able to add free gear and receive free shipping with your order.

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Kickstarter: GRIP&SHOOT CAGE - Pro Mobile Rig

GRIP&SHOOT released their first product, the Smart Grip, 4 years ago and changed the way people take photos/video with their phones.

It was great that you were able to use your phone to record videos while still holding your phone comfortably but you weren't able to attach any lights or microphones. GRIP&SHOOT has released a solution, the CAGE, on Kickstarter. CAGE is a professional rig that wirelessly controls your device and allows you to add essential accessories to bring your media to the next level.

Kickstarter campaign ends May 31, 2018 and ships Summer 2018. If you're a previous owner of the Smart Grip, pledge starts at $175 for the cage only (Legacy). $205 gets you the cage and two basic grips (Basic). There are other options as well but if you want to full package (Pro-Lens) for $315, you get the cage, a basic grip, Smart Grip and lens adapter.

Deal: Up to 56% Off Pelican Cases at Amazon

As one of its daily deals, Amazon cuts up to 56% off a selection of Pelican camera cases. Plus, all orders qualify for free shipping. Deal ends today. A couple of best bets:

Pelican 1300 Camera Case for $37.54
Pelican 1610 Rolling Camera Pelicase for $172.46

Press Release: SmugMug Announces Intent to Acquire Flickr

Photo-sharing site Flickr has been acquired by photo hosting service SmugMug. SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill is committed to 'breathing new life' into the once market-leading service, and will maintain it as, "a standalone community of amateur and professional photographers."

Flick was one of the most important and popular services of the digital photography, and was acquired by Yahoo more than a decade ago. But in recent years the site has been in decline as once-loyal users have started to abandon the platform. With Yahoo purchasing Flickr, loyalists had hoped that Yahoo's then-new CEO Melissa Mayer would be able to 'make Flickr awesome again' when she took over in 2012, but the once industry-leading photo site never regained its former relevance.

In 2017, Verizon acquired Yahoo and Flickr and it looked like the service would be shuttered but with the SmugMug acquisition, there may be a brighter future for Flickr users.

Flickr has released an official announcement of the acquisition, with instructions on how to remove your info and close your account if you do not want your Flickr account and data transferred to SmugMug. Flickr also has a Q&A/FAQ for those with questions.
We’re excited to announce that Flickr has agreed to be acquired by SmugMug, the photography platform dedicated to visual storytellers.

SmugMug has a long history of empowering people who love photography and who want to improve their craft, making them a perfect fit for Flickr and our creative community. With SmugMug, we’ll continue to focus on you, the Flickr members who inspire us all with your work.

Nothing will change immediately with regard to your Flickr account. You will still access Flickr with your current login credentials and you will have the same Flickr experience as you do now. We will continue to work to make your Flickr experience even better.

We think you are going to love Flickr under SmugMug ownership, but you can choose to not have your Flickr account and data transferred to SmugMug until May 25, 2018. If you want to keep your Flickr account and data from being transferred, you must go to your Flickr account to download the photos and videos you want to keep, then delete your account from your Account Settings by May 25, 2018.

If you do not delete your account by May 25, 2018, your Flickr account and data will transfer to SmugMug and will be governed by SmugMug’s Terms and Privacy Policy.

Read more detailed FAQs about this transition on the Flickr Blog.

We’re happy that Flickr is your home for photography and we look forward to the next chapter in our adventure together as we join the SmugMug family.

The Flickr Team
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Deal: Craphy Photography Studio Umbrella Kit

Craphy Direct via Amazon offers the Craphy Photography Studio Umbrella Kit for $95.99. Coupon code "QUNQL8Y6" cuts it to $67.19 with free shipping. It includes two 33" translucent umbrellas, three muslin collapsible backgrounds, and three light stands. Deal ends April 30.

Deal: Joby GorillaPod Micro 800 Tripod w/ Mount

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Joby GorillaPod Micro 800 Tripod bundled with the Joby GripTight Mount for $7.95 with free shipping. The tripod features auto-fanning leg design. Deal ends today.

Deal: Genaray SpectroLED 1000 Bi-Color LED Light

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Genaray SpectroLED Studio 1000 Bi-Color LED Light for $399.95 with free shipping. It features a color temperature of 3,200 to 5,600K, 13.6 x 13.6 x 2.75" panel, and 60° beam angle. Deal ends today.

Review: Gudsen MOZA Air 3-Axis Motorized Handheld Gimbal

Overview : Compact and configurable, the MOZA Air 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer can stabilize your mirrorless or DSLR camera for smooth, professional-looking footage. Since the Air can be used in either one or two-handed configurations, supporting setups that approach the 7-pound payload capacity won't sacrifice usability. The built-in handgrip control offers directional control and mode selection at your fingertips.

Other control options include using the free smartphone app or the separately available Wireless Thumb Controller. The Thumb Controller is especially useful in the two-handed configuration. Auto-tuning can be done through the app to ensure optimal performance.

The MOZA Air itself and the included batteries, charger, cables, and accessories all fit in the included hard carry case for convenient storage and transport.

Features :
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum construction
  • Dual handle for capturing stable handheld shots
  • Can be mounted to a tripod, slider, jib, crane, or anything else via the 1/4"-20 screw hole at the bottom
  • For Mirrorless and DSLR Cameras
  • 7 lb Load Capacity
  • Full 360° Rotation on All Motors
  • Includes Two-Handed Grip
  • Works with Wireless Thumb Controller
  • Free Control App with Time-Lapse
  • Automatic Tuning via App
  • Battery Lasts up to 12 Hours
  • Includes Hard Carry Case

Press Release: Canon Announces 470EX-AI Speedlite

Today, Canon announced a new speedlite flash, the 470EX-AI. The Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI automatically pivots to create an optimal angle for bounce flash. There are motors and gears in the flash that literally does all the positioning for you.

The flash has a guide number of 47 and uses pre-flash to first calculate distance to the subject, then distance to the ceiling, and moving the flash into its final position. The best angle for bounce is determined only by these distance calculations, and doesn't take into account the color of the ceiling such as black or dark ceilings.

The 470EX-AI can also re-position itself when quickly shifting between portrait and landscape shooting. Turning the camera from landscape to the portriat and double half-pressing the shutter rotates the flash automatically to adjust the bounce. More advanced photographers can use this feature in conjunction with a semi-automatic mode. This mode allows the photographer to position the flash themselves, while remembering the flash angle and automatically re-positioning itself when shifting to portrait orientation and back again.

The 470EX-AI includes infrared AF assist, and provides coverage from 14mm and 24-105mm. It doesn't offer radio triggering, but it can be used as an optical receiver. The Artificial Intelligence Bounce (AI-B) will not work with cameras released before July 2014 and it will not work with Canon M Series mirrorless cameras. The Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI will be available in April for $400.

Preorder: Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI $399
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