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Review: BRNO dri+Cap Kit Dehumidifying Caps for Canon & Nikon Bodies and Lenses

Review: BRNO dri+Cap Kit Dehumidifying Caps for Canon & Nikon Bodies and Lenses

Overview : There's finally a convenient way to protect your sensitive cameras and lenses from excess humidity and ambient relative humidity fluctuations: these dri+Cap KIT Dehumidifying Caps for Canon/Nikon from BRNO. Each cap holds a replaceable silica gel and protects your precious Canon/Nikon equipment from moisture that can lead to fungus or mold.

Simply put the cap on a camera body or lens, and it will maintain the optimum relative humidity (RH) of 35% to 45%. The caps are ideal for protecting equipment from fluctuating RH and minimizing condensation build-up in climates with excessive changes in temperature--even moving from air conditioning to a hot humid environment will create unhealthy moisture in a lens or camera. Each silica gel changes color from orange to green when it needs changing. One body cap and one rear lens cap for Canon/Nikon equipment are included, as are 8 silica gels.

Features :
  • Protects lens & camera from humidity
  • Prevents fungus and mold
  • Minimizes condensation build-up
  • Maintains optimum relative humidity
  • Color of silica gel changes when it's time to change gels
  • For Canon/Nikon camera body & lenses

Quality/Usability : Fungus is one of camera lenses worst enemy. If you're in a humid environment, fungus spore particles can make their way into your lens and wreak havoc. To prevent fungus from growing inside a lens, photographers often use silica gels packets to control the amount of moisture in and around their glass. We had reviewed Pelican's 1500D Desiccant Silica Gel Case. It's great that it indicated that it absorbed moisture and that it was reusable but this required you to stick it in the oven to dry the silica gels. The Pelican silica gel case was more for the surrounding area and not to a specific item.

Review: BRNO dri+Cap Kit Dehumidifying Caps for Canon & Nikon Bodies and Lenses

*There is a clear plastic cover on the package but was removed so that there was no glare while taking a picture

With the BRNO dri+Cap, it's specifically preventing moisture and fungus from accumulating whether it be on your camera lens glass or camera body. The specially designed caps, available for both Canon and Nikon mounts, come with silica gel packs. If you buy the camera body cap or lens cap, they each come with 4 silica gel packs. If you buy the kit which includes both camera and lens cap (as shown), you get 8 silica gel packets. If you run out of the silica gel packs, you can purchase a pack of eight separately.

Do note that the silica gel packs are not reusable. Once it absorbs the moisture to its capacity, it will need to be thrown out and replaced. As for how long the gel packs last, it all depends on how humid and how much moisture is in the air. It can last a week up to a month per silica gel packs.

Each cap feature rubber o-rings that prevent outside air from entering through the lens in the mounting area.

Installing the BRNO dri+Cap is fairly easy:
  1. Unscrew the dehumidifer chamber from the main cap assembly.
  2. Install a fresh dehumidifer pack with enough clearance to reinstall the desiccant chamber.
  3. Screw the dehumidifer chamber back onto the main cap assembly.
  4. Unscrew the rear sealing cap from the main cap assembly.
  5. Place the main cap assembly onto your lens or body the same way you would install a body cap or lens cap.
  6. If the dri+Cap is not in use, place the rear sealing cap over the BRNO dri+Cap.
  7. To replace silica gel packs, repeat steps 1-3.
left: Canon EF 50mm f1.4 lens | right: Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II lens

The dri+Cap lens cap attaches to the rear of the lens. Like the cap for the camera body, one cap fits all. Installing and removing the lens cap works the same as any other rear lens cap. Since the cap has an o-ring, it creates a tight seal.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III with BG-E11 grip

The dri+Cap body cap attaches to where the lens would mount. The body cap works on any Canon DSLR cameras and any Nikon DSLR cameras. Installing and removing the camera body cap is the same as the cap that came with the camera. Just like the lens caps, the o-ring provides a tight seal to the camera body.

Conclusion : Overall, the BRNO dri+Cap Kit Dehumidifying Caps for Canon & Nikon Bodies and Lenses is great for those who take their gear into humid environment. There has been some debates where it is unnecessary for the need for silicone gels to absorb moisture. Yes, moisture is everywhere but if you can prevent any future headaches when it comes to fungus or mold, why not? Personally, its personal preference and depending on your location. Some people even purchase dry cabinets for their camera gear.

I always leave my lens on my camera. So getting just the lens cap only would be better suited for me. If you're the type that removes the lens from the camera body and stores it in your bag, the combo is best.

Press Release: Nikon's AW1 is World's First Waterproof Interchangeable-Lens Digital Camera

Nikon today introduced the world's first rugged, waterproof and shockproof compact system camera with interchangeable lenses. Compact on the market accompanied by two new waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof 1 Nikkor lenses AW. Stylish design innovations underscore offered three versions of the camera, the classic black, white and elegant silver.

The Nikon 1 AW1 kit with the 11-27.5mm will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $799.95. The Nikon 1 AW1 two lens kit with the 11-27.5mm and 10mm lenses will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95. To complement consumers' preferences, the Nikon 1 AW1 kits will come in three different colors including black, silver and white.

Continue reading for full press release.

Capture the Action at the Speed of Life: The Nikon 1 AW1 is the World's First Waterproof and Shockproof Interchangeable Lens Camera

From Tropical Tides to a Whitewater Adventure, the New Nikon 1 AW1 and Two New 1 NIKKOR AW Lenses Help Capture Family Adventures, Even When Traveling Off the Beaten Path

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the world’s first waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera*(1), the Nikon 1 AW1. Also designed to be freezeproof, the durable and versatile AW1 thrives in harsh environments while delivering the high-performance features and incredible image quality that thrill-seeking families need to capture every moment and memory. By land or by sea, from the tropics to snowy peaks, this newest addition to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System (ACIL) is equipped with outdoor friendly features to capture amazing photos and stunning Full HD video.

To complement the AW1, Nikon also introduced two new waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof lenses, the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8. Striking the ideal balance between portability and performance, the robust 11-27.5mm lens offers a versatile lens option with a 2.5x zoom range. Additionally, the portable wide-angle 10mm lens offers a fast f/2.8 aperture to help deliver a shallow depth of field and excellent low-light performance.

“As the world’s first waterproof and shockproof Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System, the Nikon 1 AW1 offers an exciting new option for the family who seeks both exhilaration and a durable yet versatile camera to complement their active lifestyle,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The Nikon 1 AW1 and the new 1 NIKKOR lenses are always ready to capture the action with high speed performance and incredible image quality that users have come to expect from the Nikon 1 System.”

The Nikon 1 AW1: The World’s First Waterproof and Shockproof Interchangeable Lens Camera

Whether the destination is to the beach, the slopes or a mountain pass, the Nikon 1 AW1 is a must-pack accessory for any adventure. Waterproof (down to 49 feet), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14° F), the AW1 can handle the toughest conditions while capturing fast action. Though built to be durable and robust, the camera retains a compact and lightweight body, making it easy to carry on any expedition, above or below sea level.

Additionally, the versatile Nikon 1 AW1 offers the unique feature set that adventurers of all levels can take full advantage of, whether tackling a black diamond slope or an unfamiliar trail. With built-in GPS technology, AW1 users can track their travels while identifying the exact longitude and latitude where an image or video was captured. The AW1 is also equipped with an altimeter, a depth gauge, an electronic compass and a virtual horizon indicator. What’s more, the cameras pop-up flash is waterproof as well, allowing the user to add light to a scene automatically or on command.

Capturing the Perfect Shot: The Performance and Speed of the Nikon 1 AW1

Featuring both a 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor and Nikon’s EXPEED 3A image processing engine, the AW1 produces sharp, high-quality images and HD video with great detail and color, even in challenging lighting situations. The Nikon 1 AW1 also sports a wide ISO range (160 to 6400), allowing users to capture sharp photos in a variety of lighting, even while handheld.

Swift performance and rapid response are hallmarks of the Nikon 1 System, and in similar fashion the the AW1 includes Nikon’s superfast and extremely responsive Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system that affords users the ability to capture incredibly fast moving action. To capture even the fastest moving subjects with clarity, the 73-point AF array can lock on to the action in approximately 80 milliseconds*(2). To help ensure that no moment is missed, the AW1 offers the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate (approx. 15 frames-per-second [fps] with AF)*(3) and continuous shooting at 60 fps when the focus is locked.

Ready for the Next Adventure: The Feature Set of the Nikon 1 AW1

The compact Nikon 1 AW1 strikes the perfect balance between creative and user-friendly features and controls. Similar to the Nikon COOLPIX AW110, the AW1 also includes Action Control, which allows users to control certain functions of the camera simply by swinging it in the air. This feature makes it easier to adjust the camera underwater or when wearing gloves.

When using the Nikon 1 AW1, the Creative Mode menu provides an easy way to utilize full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M) as well as Selective Color, Miniature, Soft, Night Landscape, Backlighting and Night Portrait modes. Additionally, Easy Panorama provides a simple way to capture vast landscapes from a wide perspective of awe-inspiring landscapes.

The Nikon 1 AW1 incorporates Full HD 1080p video capabilities as well as Advanced Movie Mode. In Advanced Movie Mode, users can shoot Full HD video and high-resolution stills simultaneously. Additionally, Slow Motion Movies can capture all the action at either 400 fps or 1200 fps. The AW1 also features Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode, which provides shooters with the option of capturing a quick passing moment with a short, slow-motion movie sequence in addition to a single defining still image.

When Best Moment Capture Mode is selected, camera users have access to Smart Photo Selector or Slow View modes. With Smart Photo Selector, the AW1 can capture up to 20 shots with a simple press of the shutter button, and the camera will select the best shot. Slow View is ideal for extreme action sports; once focus is achieved and the shutter button is pressed halfway down, users capture live action (approx. 1.33 seconds) while the subject is displayed in slow motion on the screen. A slowed-down view is then continuously looped over until the shutter is fully pressed, resulting in an amazing moment that would have been otherwise been missed.

Furthermore, the Nikon 1 AW1 features an intuitive Auto Mode to help users frame the perfect shot with ease. The AW1 also comes equipped with Live Image Control, giving the user access to real time adjustments of Active D-Lighting, Background Softening, Motion Control and Brightness Control, which are displayed on the AW1’s LCD screen prior to capture.

When it’s time for some aquatic action, the Nikon 1 AW1 offers several underwater controls. When in Underwater mode, users can choose from either three options (standard, scuba, close-up), which will automatically adjust the camera’s settings to deliver optimal results based on the type of activity that a user is participating in. Additionally, the Underwater White Balance setting makes adjusting white balance simple, while the Underwater Distortion Control corrects the effects of distortion caused by water.

Share the Adventure: Wirelessly Send Images from the Nikon 1 AW1

For those who want to share their images from their latest expeditions instantly, users will be able to take advantage of the AW1’s Wi-Fi capabilities. Similar to previous Nikon 1 System cameras like the Nikon 1 J3, the Nikon 1 AW1 is fully compatible with Nikon’s optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter*(4), allowing high-quality images to seamlessly be transferred to compatible smart devices wirelessly. If using the free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™*(5) platform smart devices as well as iPhone® and iPad®*(6) mobile digital devices, AW1 users will have the ability to remotely take photos with the camera from a smartphone or tablet as well.

The 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and AW 10mm f/2.8: New Lenses for the Nikon 1 AW1

Alongside the new Nikon 1 AW1, the waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 provide two versatile lens options for the individual looking for a compact camera system that can keep up with their active lifestyle. When attached to the AW1, these lenses can handle tough conditions while being waterproof (up to 49 feet), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14° F). The compact 11-27.5mm is a lightweight yet durable lens that packs a 2.5x zoom (30-74mm equivalent) and is ideal for capturing landscapes and portraiture during a family’s latest expedition. Portable and ultra-compact, the 10mm provides AW1 shooters with a wide angle of view, useful when capturing everything from sweeping landscapes to close-up action that fills the frame. Not to be outdone, the 10mm has a fast aperture of f/2.8, to capture special moments with incredible clarity and a soft natural background, even in challenging light such as dusk or when underwater.

For further versatility when out of the water, the Nikon 1 AW1 is also fully compatible with the expanding lineup of incredibly sharp 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon 1 accessories, as well as a wide range F-Mount NIKKOR lenses when connected to the FT-1 Mount Adapter.

New Nikon 1 Accessories: New Skins Provide More Control and Personal Flair

Demonstrating Nikon’s commitment to the newly introduced waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof products, Nikon also introduced new accessory skins for the Nikon 1 AW1 and the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. To provide more grip, comfort and control when shooting, the new accessory skins provide extra protection while also adding visibility and personal flair to their Nikon 1 Camera System setup.

For those adventurers looking for the flexibility to swap lenses in environments with extreme temperature and humidity changes, Nikon has developed a new filter attachment, the Filter AW 40.5 NC, to effectively combat the common occurrence of condensation. Nikon has also announced the development of the SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight. The SB-N10 will offer extra illumination when capturing still images underwater or in extreme low-light conditions.

Price and Availability:

The Nikon 1 AW1 will be available as a one-lens kit, with the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, and a two-lens kit with the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 lenses. The Nikon 1 AW1 kit with the 11-27.5mm will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $799.95*(7). The Nikon 1 AW1 two lens kit with the 11-27.5mm and 10mm lenses will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95*(7). To complement consumers' preferences, the Nikon 1 AW1 kits will come in three different colors including black, silver and white. Additionally, the new accessory skins for the AW1, 11-27.5mm lens and 10mm lens will come in a variety of colors including black, khaki and orange. These skins will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $36.96*(7). Lastly, the new Filter AW 40.5 NC attachment will be available in Spring 2014, though the suggested retail price (SRP) has not yet been announced.

*(1)Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of September 9, 2013 (according to research conducted by Nikon Corporation).
*(2)Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of September 9, 2013 as determined by Nikon performance tests; measured when using the single-point AF mode and the shortest focal length of 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 (according to research conducted by Nikon Corporation).
*(3)Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of September 9, 2013 (according to research conducted by Nikon Corporation).
*(4)The Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility Application must be installed on the smart device before it can be used with the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter connected to the Nikon 1 AW1. The application can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play™ or the Apple App Store.
*(5)Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google, Inc.
*(6)iPhone, iPad and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
*(7)SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.
*Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

Rogue Safari DSLR Pop-Up Flash Booster for APS-C Cameras

Weighing in at only 2 ounces, the Rogue Safari DSLR Pop-Up Flash Booster from ExpoImaging attaches to your DSLR camera's hot shoe and increases the power and range of your pop-up flash. The Safari's lens provides up to 8 times more power by focusing the light from the flash.

This accessory was designed for lenses with focal lengths greater than 100mm. Additionally, it is only compatible with Canon APS-C and Nikon DX-format DSLR cameras. This product is made in the USA.

Deal: Nikon D600 Digital SLR Camera Body Price Drop

Adorama currently offers several free accessories with the purchase of a Nikon D600 body:

If you remove those accessories from your cart and enter coupon code S123456789 during checkout, you will get $100 off the total price (this is on top of the current $100 instant savings - total $1,896.95 instead of $1,996.95 with free shipping and 4% in rewards).

The coupon code should work for all available D600 kits.

Review: Hejnar Photo Point and Shoot Arca-Swiss Quick Release Plate

Overview : Quick Release plate for small P&S cameras and other lightweight equipment.

Features :
  • 1.5 inch long
  • 0.8 inch wide
  • 5/16 inch thick.
  • Two slots. (More flexibility with mounting options)
  • One 1/4-20 taped hole
  • Precision C.N.C. machined from 6061-T6 Aluminium
  • Compatible with Kirk, R.R.S., Arca-Swiss, and many other Arca-Swiss style Quick release plates.
  • Stainless steel hardware.
  • Black Hard Coat Anodized

Quality/Usability : There has been times where I needed to mount my point and shoot to a tripod but the quick release plates that are included with the ball heads are designed more for bigger cameras like DSLRs. So placing these quick release plates are bulky and aren't compact.

Hejnar Photo makes and produces their own products. Included with the Hejnar Photo Point and Shoot Arca-Swiss Quick Release Plate is the plate, mounting tripod screw and hex tool.

The quick release plate has a 1/4 inch hole if you need to attach another plate or sling strap if needed. There are also two slots that you can place the included screw to mount to your camera. This offers you better flexibility on how you want to position your quick release plate. Even though there is no rubber padding, I'm surprised that the plate does not move when mounted onto the camera.

As mentioned above, you can place the screw into any of the slots. In the first picture, I have the screw in the middle. This centers the plate to the camera but also blocks my battery door. So if I need to gain access to the memory or need to charge the battery, I have to remove the plate. In the other two pictures, I moved the screw to the further end of the plate which placed the plate more to the edge of the camera but offered me the ability to gain access to the battery door.

In the above pictures is my point and shoot on a Hejnar Photo's RC2 Conversion Set on a Manfrotto 494RC2 ball head. Although the camera is off-centered, the camera is still leveled and secured. Also, as I mentioned above in the review about the 1/4 inch hole, you can see the camera hanging from a sling strap. Of course, if you need to mount the camera to a tripod, you'll have to remove the sling strap mount and reattach it once you're done.

Conclusion : Overall, the Hejnar Photo Point and Shoot Arca-Swiss Quick Release Plate is well made and fits perfectly for point and shoot cameras. I tried the plate on my Canon Powershot SD1000 and Canon Powershot S100 and I had no problems but it would of been nice if there was some rubbing padding to provide some friction.

The reviewed product measures 0.8 x 1.5 inches. Hejnar Photo offers additional sizes up to 1.25 x 1.5 inches.

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Review: Hejnar Photo Universal Camera Arca-Swiss Quick Release Plate

Overview : 2.375 inch plate with one strap loop. Compatible with Arca-Swiss style quick release clamps.

Features :
  • Length: 2.375 plus strap loop
  • Wide 1.50 inch
  • Thick: 3/8 inch
  • One captive style screw slot.
  • Made from 6061-T6 Aluminum.
  • Made in USA
  • Black hard coat Anodized.
  • Used with various cameras

Quality/Usability : Arca-Swiss plates are plentiful on the market. I recently converted my Manfrotto RC2 ball head to be Arca-Swiss compatible using Hejnar Photo's RC2 Conversion Set, I thought why not match it with a camera plate.

Included is the plate itself as well as two hex tools. The bigger hex tool is used to tighten the center screw to the tripod mount of your camera. The smaller tool is used to remove or attach the smaller screws on both ends to the plate.

The top side is all aluminum. There's no rubber padding to grip onto the bottom of the camera. But even without it, the plate won't move once its securely tightened to the camera. The bottom has a screw in the middle that attaches to the tripod mount on your camera. There are two smaller screws on both sides. These are essentially "bumpers". If you try to slide your camera in or out, it won't let you because it's being blocked by the ball head. More on this below.

There's also a slot for you to attach a wrist strap if needed. Not all cameras such as Nikon's don't have a spot for you to attach a wrist strap so this would come in handy for Nikon owners.

As mentioned above, once the plate is mounted, the camera won't budge. You can adjust the plate to your likings. You can have it closer towards the lens or further back towards the LCD screen.

The plate fits perfectly and snug once placed onto a Arca-Swiss clamp. It doesn't move or budge. A few turns of the knob and the camera can come out either by sliding (smaller screws will need to be removed) or lifted out.

As I mentioned above, the small screws act as bumpers. When try to slide it out, it gets blocked by the center of the clamp. This is so that it doesn't accidentally slide out. Since it's being blocked, in order to remove the camera from the ball head is to loosen the clamp and lift the camera out. If you prefer to slide your camera, you can remove both screws or remove only one and keep that one screw as a bumper in the event that you push the camera too far. I prefer to remove one screw (left side). This allows me to slide it from right to left and if I go too far, it stops the camera from sliding out the other side.

Conclusion : Overall, the Hejnar Photo Universal Camera Arca-Swiss Quick Release Plate fits perfectly and is top quality. What I like about the plate is that it has two smaller screws that act as bumpers. This prevents the camera from sliding out accidentally but will require you to loosen the clamp even more in order to be able to remove the camera. Even though there is no rubber padding on the plate itself, it would be nice if there was something to provide some friction.

Manufacturer: Hejnar Photo
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