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Press Release: Canon Milestone – 90 Million EF Lenses Manufactured

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced its parent company, Canon Inc., has reached a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of its 90-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras. Canon turned out its 90-millionth lens, an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM (released in September 2012), on May 23, 2013.

The production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant. Since that time, supported by a wide range of users, demand has steadily increased and production has expanded. Today, Canon produces EF lenses at four of the Company’s manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.

EF lens production surpassed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995, doubled to 20 million lenses in 2001, and went on to reach 30 million units in 2006 and 40 million units in 2008. Afterward, due to the rapid spread of EOS digital SLR cameras, production of EF lenses gained further momentum, crossing the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009, reaching 60 million units in January 2011, and hitting the 70-million-unit mark in October of the same year. In August 2012, lens production reached 80 million units and now, a little over nine months later, the company commemorates its latest manufacturing milestone of 90 million lenses.

Canon’s proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology.

With the introduction in May this year of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, super-telephoto zoom lens with a built-in 1.4x extender that makes possible a 200-560 mm focal length range, along with EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography, Canon’s extensive EF lens-series lineup now comprises a total of 84 models.

Canon will continue refining its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers-from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals-while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.

Review: Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro Backpack Bag

Review: ThinkTank StreetWalker Pro Backpack Bag

Overview : Designed for use in urban and crowded environments, this slim, lightweight backpack is sized as an international travel carry-on. It will hold most 400 f2.8 lenses with a pro size DSLR camera body attached.

Features :
  • Vertically thin design with contoured curved top
  • Unisex harness for both men and women
  • Air channel on back of the bag
  • Monopod/tripod mounting system
  • Holds Pro Size DSLR with 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position ready to shoot
  • Holds most 400 f2.8 lenses with a pro size DSLR camera body attached
Technical Specifications :
  • ID: 9.5” W x 16.5” H x 7”D (24 x 42 x 18 cm)
    ED: 10”W x 17.5” H x 7.5” D (25 x 45 x 19 cm)
  • 2.6–3.4 lbs (1.2–1.5 kg)
  • No Rhetoric Warranty Policy
  • Exterior - All fabric exterior treated with DWR while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel, 420D velocity nylon, 550D polyester, 3D air mesh, ultra stretch pockets, Y-buckles, antique nickel plated metal hardware, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
  • Interior - Removable closed cell foam dividers, 210D silver-toned nylon, PU backed velex liner, 2x PU coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, clear PU mesh pockets (non-PVC), 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Quality/Usability : I've been in search of a backpack that can carry my gear but be as comfortable as possible as well. No one likes to be uncomfortable while their hiking, walking or traveling to their next destination. I also own the ThinkTank Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag and it's a great bag but I'm starting to outgrow it when I need to carry more gear.

Included with the ThinkTank StreetWalker Pro is a tripod/monopod strap that helps secure it to the backpack and the usual raincoat cover.

The front of the StreetWalker Pro has one big main compartment (described and pictured further down) and smaller lower compartment. Underneath the lower smaller compartment is a pull-tab. This pull-tab lets you pull out the tripod/monopod foot pouch. This is where the foot of your tripod/monopod will go into when you're hiking or walking. The tripod/monopod straps that is included latches onto the tabs on the front of the backpack next to the lower compartment. There are also two tabs on top of the bag that the strap latch on to.

The zipper is YKK so you know it will be sturdy. There are also holes in the zipper that allows you to use a lock to prevent someone from opening your backpack and stealing your gear. Also on the top of the bag is a small window for you to store your travel tag. You can also place business cards but I have about 5 cards and it's a bit tough to get out. On the bottom is a flap that is held closed with velcro. Lift this flap and you can take out the waist strap (as shown below).

As mentioned above, there is a waist strap that can be hidden behind the padded lower back. The middle of the backpack is a nice padded breathable mesh. The straps are also well padded and even feature two stretchable nylon for you to hold your I.D. or phone. On the strap, there are also D-rings for you to latch things on to as well as a chest buckle.

On each side of the StreetWalker Pro are stretchable nylon pockets as well as a zipped compartment. The nylon pockets is capable of holding a bottled drink or umbrella. When you open the zippered compartment, you can store batteries, memory cards, a small notepad and keys. There is also a strap with velcro for you to attach your keys, memory card case or anything with a loop.

As we mentioned at the beginning of the review, there is a big main zippered compartment on the front of the StreetWalker Pro. In this compartment, you can store all your nick-nacks, pens, I.D., money, passport and other items. There's also another zippered compartment inside the compartment. On the other side of the flap cover are two transparent zippered pockets. You can also store money, passport and other documents or items.

There are about 9 compartments inside the StreetWalker Pro. You can customize it however you want by removing the padded velro dividers and reinserting to where ever you want. I didn't do much configuration as what was shipped worked out fine for me. The StreetWalker Pro has no problem holding a pro-sized DSLR or DSLR camera with a grip. I also have a Custom SLR M-Plate Pro mounted onto the BG-E11 grip as well as a Herringbone Heritage Leather Hand Strap and the camera still fit perfectly.

Conclusion : Overall, the ThinkTank StreetWalker Pro Backpack Bag is a very comfortable backpack. Great for those active photographers who like to walk a lot, hike or travel. The backpack is able to hold all my gear and more. As mentioned at the beginning of the review, I still own and use the ThinkTank Retrospective 10 Shoulder Bag when I need to go light with less gear. The ThinkTank StreetWalker series comes in three different sizes. The StreetWalker is the smallest of the bunch. The StreetWalker HardDrive is the biggest in the series and can also carry a 15" laptop.

Although it's a backpack, it's stiffer and you'll feel it when you're wearing it. Just remember that it's also bigger so if you're going to be sitting on a chair, your backpack will be taking the seat and not you.

I've been a big fan of ThinkTank products as the products are great quality and their customer service is top-notch.

*Purchase through our link below or enter our special code 140141.2f0f20 and receive a FREE gift with your order of $50 or more!

Think Tank Photo Launches Retrospective Test Drive

Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced an exciting new Test Drive program and the release of a new version of its monster rolling camera case, the Logistics Manager™ 30.

With the Test Drive program you get to try out any of Think Tank’s very popular Retrospective® soft shoulder bags for 30 days for free! Should the shoulder bag meet your needs, then your credit card will be charged at the close of the trial period. Should it not meet your needs, return it within the Test Drive time period and your card won’t be charged. The Retrospective series was created as an homage to classic photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. Designed for the photographer who wants to remain inconspicuous in any situation, its "old-school" look mixes with "new-school" features giving tribute to the days when bags were visually simple but highly functional. It comes in nine models and three colors. This offer is good only on shipments to U.S. addresses.

And, Think Tank just released a new version of its largest rolling camera case, the Logistics Manager™ 30. Its roomy internal dimensions of 13.75”W x 27.5”H x 8.25 – 10”D (35 x 70 x 21 – 25.5cm) allow it to hold multiple combinations of cameras and lenses, lighting gear such as strobes and reflectors, and accessories of all kinds. Use this link and you will receive a free gift with your orders from Think Tank.

And don’t forget, there is free FedEx ground shipping on all U.S. orders through May 31, 2013.

You can also check out our review on the Retrospective:

Review: Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap

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Overview : Cuff is the quickest and most versatile camera wrist strap ever created. It uses a patent-pending quick-connection system, which lets you attach and detach Cuff from your camera in an instant. Cuff is super strong yet ultra-minimalist, fitting easily in your pocket or on your wrist when you're not using it. It's there when you need it, and gone when you don't.

Features :
  • Works with any camera
  • Patent-pending quick-connection system
  • Rated at over 100 lbs (45 kg) of weight
  • Attach Cuff to any location on your camera using 2 included Anchors
  • Ultra-light and compact, fits in your pocket
  • Converts to a bracelet when not in use
  • Use with Capture® Camera Clip or by itself
  • Lifetime warranty on all parts

Think Tank Photo Launches Mirrorless Camera Bag Collection

Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced their first camera bag collection for Mirrorless cameras, the Mirrorless Movers™. The Mirrorless Movers come in four sizes that range in size from the Mirrorless Mover 5, which fits one small size mirrorless body with a small telephoto or pancake lens attached, up to the Mirrorless Mover 30i, which fits one medium to large size mirrorless body plus two to four lenses and an iPad.

As is their design philosophy, Think Tank placed a premium on quality. The new bags utilize metal hardware instead of plastic buckles, and only high quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a new, magnetic closure. In the words of their president and lead designer Doug Murdoch, “The Mirrorless Movers offer photographers quality in their camera bags worthy of their investment in these sophisticated, expensive camera systems.”

When you click on this special link you will receive free gear with all orders of $50 or more and free shipping on all orders if you order by May 31, 2013.

The four sizes are:

  • The Mirrorless Mover 5 fits one small size mirrorless body with a small telephoto or pancake lens attached. It is sized for the Canon EOS–M, Leica D–Lux, Nikon 1 series, Olympus E–PM2, E–PL5, EP–3, Panasonic GF3, Sony NEX–C3, or similar sized bodies.
  • The Mirrorless Mover 10 fits one medium size mirrorless body plus one to two lenses and additional accessories. It is sized for the Leica V–Lux, Olympus OM–D E–M5, Panasonic G3, GF5, GH2, Samsung NX5, NX11, NX210, Sony NEX–5, NEX–6, NEX–7, or similar sized/smaller bodies.
  • The Mirrorless Mover 20 fits one medium size mirrorless body plus two to three lenses and additional accessories. It is sized for the Leica V–Lux, Olympus OM–D E–M5, Panasonic G3, GF5, GH2, Samsung NX5, NX11, NX210, Sony NEX–5, NEX–6, NEX–7, or similar sized/smaller bodies.
  • The Mirrorless Mover 30i fits one medium to large size mirrorless body plus two to four lenses, iPad, and additional accessories or a small–size DSLR and one to three small telephoto lenses or primes. It is sized for the Fuji X–Pro 1, Leica M8, Panasonic GH3 or similar sized/smaller bodies. Small DSLRs: Canon Rebel, Nikon D3200/D5200, Sony SLT–A55/A37 or similar sized bodies.

Review: Peak Design Leash Camera Strap

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Overview : Leash is a quick-connecting, ultra-versatile and minimalist camera strap. It can be used as a sling strap, neck strap, safety tether and video stabilizer, and when you're not using Leash it's small enough to fit in your pocket or purse. Plus, Leash uses a completely new kind of quick-release system that is secure, unobtrusive and incredibly fast. Minimalist and adaptable, Leash is everything you need and nothing you don't.

Features :
  • Works with any camera
  • Patent-pending quick-connection system - intuitive and unobtrusive
  • Each Anchor rated to over 100 lbs (45 kg) of weight
  • Ultralight and compact - fits in your pocket
  • Smooth webbing glides over your clothing and year
  • Adjustable from 19 inches (48 cm) to 60 inches (152 cm)
  • Use with Capture® Camera Clip or by itself
  • Lifetime warranty on all parts

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