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Skylum Releases Update 2 for Luminar AI





LuminarAI is the first image editor fully powered by Artificial Intelligence With LuminarAI, creating striking photos becomes surprisingly easy and fun. While traditional photo editing is boring and time-consuming, LuminarAI is all about the result, not the process.

LuminarAI is designed for visual communicators, everyday people, and professional photographers alike. It’s made for those who rely on images to communicate important messages, create new opportunities, and grow their reputation: bloggers, entrepreneurs, educators, marketers, small and medium-sized businesses, and many others. LuminarAI automates common manual tasks and reduces complexity so you can tell your story with rich and expressive images like never before.

From 6 am EST March 16 to 4:00 EST March 24, your can take advantage of a 40% OFF sale on the add-ons:
➤ Luminar X Membership - $59/year instead of $99/year;
➤ USA National Parks Skies - $17 instead of $29;
➤ Tropical Skies - $23 instead of $39;
➤ Northern European Skies - $23 instead of $39;
➤ Landscapes Template Pack by Team Skylum - $11 instead of $19;
➤ Earth from Above by Armand Sarlangue - $11 instead of $19 (February 23-24 only).

If you haven't purchased LuminarAI yet, you can get $10 OFF by using coupon code 1KIND. For LuminarAI upgraders, you can use this link or follow these instructions:
  • macOS: Open LuminarAI. In the Top Menu Bar, choose LuminarAI > Check for Updates. If you purchased via the Mac App Store, open the App Store and go to the Updates tab.
  • Windows: Open LuminarAI. In the Top Menu Bar, choose LuminarAI > Help > Check for Updates.
  • If you are running LuminarAIas a plugin with Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, or Photoshop Elements, it’s also recommended you rerun the plugin installer.
So what's new with LuminarAI Update 2?



Complete 3rd Party Adapter List: Canon EF to EOS R (RF) Lens Mount Adapter Mirrorless Cameras


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 - 4/5/21: Added Commlite VCPL adapter 


With the release of Canon's new full-frame mirrorless cameras, the EOS R5 and R6, the EF-RF lens mount adapters extend the range of compatible lenses designed for attaching any EF or EF-S-mount lens to the EOS R-Series mirrorless digital camera. Canon offers four different version of the adapters:
  • Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R (MSRP $99)
  • Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R (MSRP $199)
  • Canon EF-EOS R Drop-In Filter Lens Mount Adapter with Circular Polarizing Filter (MSRP $299)
  • Canon Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R with Variable ND Filter (MSRP $399)
  • Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R 0.71x (MSRP $599 - for EOS R, RP and C70 only)
These adapters are either hard to find, have a long back-order whether it be from Amazon US, Amazon CA, Amazon UKB&H PhotoAdorama, Canon's online store or even price gouged on eBay.

However, if you are in need of an EF/S-RF lens mount adapter immediately for a project or vacation, there are other alternatives from 3rd party manufacturers. The adapters retains full auto-focus and image stabilization capabilities and contains no optical components, thereby maintaining the original optical quality of the mounted lens. The only difference between OEM and 3rd party is the material quality and added lens/tripod collar (if applicable).

We've compiled a list of brands and where you can purchase them. They don't break the bank like the Canon or the price gouging from 2nd hand markets but it will hold you over until you're able to find an Canon version or if you feel the need to get OEM. You never know...you may end up liking the aftermarket ones and save some money.



Review: PEIPRO L-Plate (Bracket) Extension Camera Grip for Canon R5 R6



Overview : This L-Bracket from PEIPRO is designed specifically for the Canon EOS R5 and R6 Mirrorless Digital Cameras. It features Arca-type dovetail mounts on both of its vertical and horizontal axis to let you flip the camera from portrait to landscape mode when using an Arca-type tripod head. The adjustable side plate enables you to attach a tethering cable and other cables to the side ports of the camera, and the bottom and side portion of the plate also features multiple 1/4"-20 holes for attaching accessories such as a light or microphone.

Features :
  • Constructed of aviation aluminum alloy
  • Horizontal (landscape) and vertical (portrait) mounting positions
  • Arca-type compatible dovetail plate
  • Battery door compartment access
  • Built-in magnetic tool storage
  • Weighs 123g


IN STOCK: 3D Printed Lens Hood for Canon RF 35mm Macro IS STM


Canon RF 35mm f1.8 IS Macro STM Lens Hood

What's the purpose of a lens hood?
In photography, a lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the front end of a lens to block the Sun or other light source(s) to prevent glare and lens flare. Lens hoods may also be used to protect the lens from scratches and the elements without having to put on a lens cover.
The Canon RF 35mm f1.8 Macro IS STM (MSRP $499.00) should be in every photographers camera bag who owns a Canon EOS R, RP, R5, R6 and any other new/future R-series camera. The image quality is great, lots of great reviews and the price is affordable without breaking the bank but it doesn't come with a lens hood.


Canon offers the EW-52 Lens Hood (MSRP $41.95 - Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | B&H PhotoAdorama | eBay) as seen above. The EW-52 is a screw-on lens hood and is smaller than your typical round/petal lens hood. I'm not a big fan of screw-on lens hood because if there was strong enough impact, it can damage the lens and its so short that it really doesn't offer that much of a protection. Bigger lens hoods that attach simply slip over the lens, offer more protection to the lens and pop off from accidental impacts.

Currently, no other 3rd party manufacturer has released a different type of lens hood for the Canon RF 35mm; they all offer the same EW-52 screw-on style lens hood. This 3D printed lens hood is like the round (cylindrical) bayonet lens hood we are known to seeing on other lenses with some slight improved modifications:
  • OEM Lens Hood : Screw on
  • 3D Printed : The 3D printed lens hood is held in place with friction and easy to attach and remove. It can also be reversed for storage.
  • OEM Lens Hood : Short and lack of protection
  • 3D Printed : With the added length, the interior is flocked to prevent any glare/reflections (easily removable) and there's NO vignetting! Majority of photographers use lens hoods for protection and this 3D printed lens hood offers protection and blocks our flares.
Interior flock material is hand-cut and pre-installed onto lens hood. If you do not want it, you can easily remove it. This 3D printed lens hood has (what we feel is) the perfect snug fit when mounted onto the camera lens. It stays on securely and comes off easily.

 COMPATIBILITY

The lens hood is compatible with the following lens:


Review: Hollyland LARK 150 Wireless Clip-On Microphone System



Overview : Add a pair of compact, clip-on wireless microphones for your two-person interview, talk show, documentary production, or vlog with the LARK 150 Wireless Dual Microphone System from Hollyland. The LARK 150 system features two ultracompact microphone transmitters and a receiver that offer a portable, cost-effective, all-inclusive solution for recording two subjects at once to your audio recorder, camera, camcorder, or mobile device.

The LARK 150 system is automatically paired, charged, and stored in the included charging case that charges all three units using its USB input port. The transmitters are small and lightweight at less than 1oz, and they clip onto a lapel or shirt and feature a built-in omnidirectional microphone. They both feature a two-way mute button, built-in clip, and a 3.5mm headphone monitoring output. The receiver features volume buttons, a 3.5mm headphone monitoring output, a 3.5mm line output, and a display that shows the connection and battery status of all three units.

The transmitters feature an anti-vibration design with intelligent noise cancellation and smart frequency selection using FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum) technology for a crisp, clear signal. You can transmit a strong signal with less than 5ms latency at up to 328' away from the receiver. The system also supports switchable safety, stereo, and mono modes for different configurations.

Features :
  • Anti-vibration sound chamber design
  • DSP (Digital Signal Processor) intelligent noise cancellation
  • Built-in high-sensibility omnidirectional silicon microphone on the transmitter
  • Less than 5ms latency at 328' distance
  • Power-On Smart Frequency selection feature
  • Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) method
  • Small and light transmitters weigh less than 1oz
  • Charging case that supports fast auto-pairing, upgrade, and storage for the whole system
  • Mono/Stereo/Safety switchable output modes
  • Two-way mute buttons on transmitters
  • Real-time audio monitoring with 3.5mm headphone output on transmitters and receiver
  • 3.5mm line output on receiver


Review: XTAR VN2 4-In-1 Intelligent Visible Camera Battery Charger



Overview : VN2 has a design of removable charger head and plates. Simply by replacing charger plates, it becomes compatible with many camera batteries. VN2 currently has four replaceable plates (to be purchased separately) and allows charging four types of camera batteries: Canon LP-E6/E6N/E6NH, Canon LP-E17, Canon LP-E8 and Sony NP-FW50.

Features :
  • A smart 4-in-1 LCD display charger
  • Removable charging plates for 4 battery types:
    • Canon LP-E6/E6N/E6NH
    • Canon LP-E17
    • Canon LP-E8
    • Sony NP-FW50
  • 2-bay charger, 2x0.5A, 1x 1A
  • Digital display shows real charging status
  • USB Type-C port, with maximum input 5V 2.1A
  • Automatically cut-off after fully charged
  • 0V activation function revives your camera battery
  • Multi-protection for over-charge, over-discharge, over-temperature and soft start
  • Compact size, easy to carry out.


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