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Kickstarter: The SpiderLight Hand Strap

Last month, we posted about a new Spider Holster Hand Strap would be coming out soon. This new hand strap, the SpiderLight Hand Strap, is geared towards smaller cameras such as mirrorless cameras. We didn't know when exactly it would be launching on Kickstarter other than "early 2016". Well now, we can officially say that it is now LIVE! If the SpiderLight is anything like the big brother, SpiderPro Hand Strap, it will complete your camera.

  • get your hand in-and-out easily and quickly.
  • snug, comfortable fit for any hand size.
  • unique shape puts your hand in a perfect shooting position.
  • great support and stability when shooting hand-held video.
  • easy access to your camera controls.
  • works with any tripod.
  • super quick to get on and off your camera.
  • nice and sturdy. (not flimsy like other straps.)
  • includes adapters for compatibility with all leading mirrorless cameras.
  • did we mention that it feels great and looks beautiful?
Here are some of the colors that are available:

In addition to the hand strap, Spider Holster is also announcing the Backpack Adapter for the Black Widow Holster, SpiderLight Rain Cover, SpiderLight Thin Plate and the Spider Web.

Continue reading for more information. We'll have a full review when we get our hands on one.

Backpack Adapter for Black Widow Holster
An exciting addition for the Black Widow Holster, the backpack adapter allows you to holster your camera on any cushioned vertical strap backpack or messenger bag strap. A quick snap-in connection securely fastens our Black Window Holster to your bag's strap with an ergonomic shape designed to work with the body's natural contours.

SpiderLight Rain Cover
Expanding the Spider Monkey line, this rain cover is specifically sized for mirrorless and small DSLR cameras. Clip it to your belt, and unfurl to protect your gear from the elements any time, anywhere.

SpiderLight Thin Plate
Get your mirrorless camera from your Black Widow Holster to your tripod in a flash with the aid of our SpiderLight Thin Plate. This new product is a more compact version of their proven Black Widow Thin Plate.
  • Specifically designed for mirrorless camera bodies.
  • Provides compatibility between your tripod system and Spider Holster.
  • Fits between any tripod quick release plate and your camera body.
  • Coated stainless steel for durability.
  • Easy access to the battery door on most mirrorless bodies.
  • Can provide a more streamlined carrying experience for holstering mirrorless cameras with longer lenses.

The Spider Web
An extra peace of mind for first-time camera holster users, our Spider Web is lightweight and tethers your camera to your body for extra security.
  • Durable and streamlined design to provide security and peace of mind.
  • Ergonomic and adjustable, it allows for a variety of configurations (neck tether or over-the-shoulder sling, etc).
  • Quick connection to your camera with full tripod compatibility.

Review: Datacolor Spyder5PRO S5P100 Display Calibration System

Overview : Advanced color accuracy solution, with room lighting settings for optimal monitor brightness, to help you get true colors on screen and in print. Advanced-featured, interactive calibration for laptop and desktop monitors.

Features :
  • Advanced color accuracy solution for all of your laptop and desktop monitors
  • Fast and easy, full calibration takes only about five minutes to ensure color accuracy and less than half the time for monthly re-calibrations
  • Room light monitoring determines optimal monitor brightness so you see fine shadow detail and highlights in your photos, ensuring your edited images match your prints
  • "Before and After" evaluation of your calibration results using your own photographs, to focus on details that are important to you
  • Display Analysis feature lets you evaluate and compare the performance of all of your laptop and desktop monitors.
  • Next generation Spyder5 is compact and portable with a built-in lens cap.
  • Guaranteed color accuracy with industry's only patented 7-detector optical engine resulting in more accurate shadow detail and smoother gradients.
  • See, share and print your images just as you intended with confidence.
System Requirements :
  • Windows 7 32/64, Windows 8.0, 8.1 32/64, Windows 10 32/64
  • Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11
  • Monitor resolution 1280×768 or greater, 16-bit video card (24 bit recommended), 1GB of available RAM, 500 MB of available hard disk
  • Internet connection for software download
  • USB port

Quality/Usability : Towards the end of 2013, we reviewed the Datacolor Spyder4PRO. For any photographer or anyone that requires accurate color reproduction, calibrating your monitor's color is very important.

Fast forward over 2 years later and we the review of the Datacolor Spyder5PRO. We calibrated both a Mid-2014 15" Macbook Pro Retina running 10.11.3 and a Dell PC/Monitor running Windows 10.

Compared to Spyder4PRO, everything is a lot smaller. The packaging is a lot smaller as well as the colorimeter. A CD containing software is no longer included. On the welcome card is a link to download the software at Datacolor Spyder.

Inside the box is a tray that houses the colorimeter is your serial number. During the installation process, you'll be given a license code that you'll need write down or print out for your reference.

The Spyder5PRO colorimeter no longer looks like boomerang or spaceship. The new colorimeter is smaller and looks rounder. The top of the colorimeter has a sensor in the center to measure the ambient light in the room.

The back is a cover that protects the sensor and can be taken off. It can also be adjusted by sliding it down on the wire so that when you place the colorimeter over the monitor, it acts as a counterweight.

On the side is a tripod mount. This allows you to attach the colorimeter to a light stand or tripod.

The following images are of the software and the steps to calibrate your monitor.

Once you downloaded and installed the software and registered the colorimeter like shown in the video above, you're taken to the "Welcome" screen. Ensure that the monitor has been turned on for at least 30 minutes before you begin the calibration process. Also be sure that there is no direct light shining on your display and your display has been reset to default settings.

Once all those have been done, you can now plug the Spyder4 into a powered USB port.

The next step will ask you about which display type you are using.

The Calibration Settings allows you to choose how to calibrate your display such as Gamma, White Point, Brightness and Room Light. During our installation process, we left it all on the default settings.

As mentioned before, the top of the colorimeter has a sensor that measures the ambient light in the room. Make sure there is no intense light falling directly onto your display monitor or this would cause the calibration to not work properly.

The software will tell you when to place the colorimeter on the display.

This is how the Spyder5PRO looks when it is dangling from your monitor. You may need to angle the monitor to assure the Spyder sits flat on the screen.

Before the process started, on our Macbook Pro, we didn't have to adjust the brightness but on our PC monitor, we had to adjust the brightness to their recommended settings before we were able to move onto the next process.

During the automated calibration, a series of colors will display on the screen.

Once the calibration is completed, you can see the uncalibrated and calibrated view. Click "Next" and your calibration will be saved.

Here is more detailed video of the calibration step.

Conclusion : Overall, the Datacolor Spyder5PRO S5P100 Display Calibration System is a necessary tool. I always thought that what I had from the factory was OK. But after looking at the uncalibrated and calibrated it was a big difference in terms of color. Setup was straight forward and easy.

The Spyder5PRO is usually on sale for about $150 so you can definitely get it cheaper than the retail price.

Manufacturer: Datacolor
Site: Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo / Buy from Adorama

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Deal: Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Photo Printer + Luster Paper for $99

B&H Photo has the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Photo Printer on sale at just $99, after $50 instant discount via coupon code BHNAB16, and a $250 mail-in rebate. It also includes 50 sheets of 13" x 19" Canon Photo Paper Pro Luster ($36.99 value).

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Review: Spider Holster Spider Monkey Water Bottle Holder

Overview : Store your water bottle on your hip with the black Spider Monkey Water Bottle Holder from Spider Camera Holster. Made of neoprene, the holder will accommodate one standard 20 oz water bottle. A drawstring closure at the top of the holder secures your water bottle in place. Your Spider Monkey includes one holster base which is easily attached to your belt. The base and holder combination are compatible with other Spider gear such as the SpiderPro belt, Black Widow belt, and the Large Lens Pouch. The holder is easily mounted by sliding it into the base, and removed by depressing the release tab on top of the base. For convenience, mounting and removal of the holder are accomplished with the use of just one hand. When thirsty, simply drink from your water bottle while it's inside the holder. In addition to saving time, keeping the water bottle inside the holder may help maintain its temperature.

Features :
  • Holds Standard 20 oz/650 ml Water Bottle
  • Attaches to User-Supplied Belt
  • Compatible with Other Spider Gear
  • One Spider Monkey Holster Base Included
  • Made of Black Neoprene

Quality/Usability : Whether you're at an all day shoot, hiking or on vacation, it's always good to have a bottle of water (or beverage of your choice) with you at all times.

The Spider Monkey Water Bottle Holder includes the monkey clip and pouch. Simple enough.

The pouch is made of neoprene material and will help keep your beverage cool on a hot day. The front has a Spider Holster logo and the back has houses the clip. Since the clip is oval, the pouch does not rotate freely. I actually would probably like the pouch to be able to rotate freely in the even that I bend down or need to clip this onto something that isn't horizontal.

I guess they also made it this way so that it prevents the pouch from spinning and either dropping your drink or spilling it.

The Monkey belt clip base is made of plastic with a spring clamp system to clip onto your belt. Squeeze the top of the clip and this opens the clip so that you can slip it over a belt. Let go and it clamps down. The belt clip reminds me of the swivel cellphone clip that clips onto a belt clip and the swivel tab adheres to the back of your cellphone or case.

How does it work?
Simply attach the Spider Monkey base to your belt, insert your water bottle into the Holder, then slide the Holder into the base. The Water Bottle Holder will lock into the Spider Monkey base. Quick-draw your water bottle (using one hand!), by pressing the release tab at the top of the Spider Monkey base to unlock your Water Bottle Holder and lift it out. Instant refreshment.

I tested the bottle holder with various drink sizes that I had on hand and they all fit. Left image is of a Sparkling Ice that is 17 fl. oz. The middle image is a Brisk Ice Tea that is 12 fl. oz can and the right is a Poland Spring water bottle that is 16.9 fl. oz.

The following two bottles are slightly bigger. One is a Poland Spring Sport Bottle and Glaceau Smartwater and both are 23.7 fl. oz. Even though the holder is best suited for up to 20 fl. oz., it held both sports bottle fine but was a tight fit. It definitely requires a two handed operation to insert the bottle.

If you own or plan on purchasing the Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag, I know one of the complaints was the lack of space to hold a water bottle. The Spider Monkey Water Bottle Holder will go perfect with it since it can now hold a water bottle. As mentioned before, since the Spider Monkey Water Bottle Holder doesn't rotate freely, the bottle will be angled slightly if mounted to the side strap. The only spot I can find that would hold the clip securely would be on the flap on the side of the bag.

Conclusion : Overall, the Spider Holster Spider Monkey Water Bottle Holder is a nice accessory if you're looking for a way to hold our beverage. I would have liked the holder to be able to rotate freely so that it is always vertical regardless of the angle of the clip. Since it is fixed, if you tilt your bag or you bend over, the holder and your drink will also tilt.

Don't expect the holder to keep your drink cold all day but more like 1-2 hours since its not insulated and the top is exposed.

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