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Kickstarter: Life Lite - Your Everyday Light for any Lifestyle

One year ago, Lume Cube launched their first campaign on Kickstarter. It gave them the boost they needed to launch a light that soon became the preferred lighting solution for professionals, consumers, and content creators alike. They’ve sold millions of dollars worth of Lume Cubes, developed 20+ lifestyle accessories and created some of the most incredible content with the world’s top photographers, videographers and athletes.

Backers have asked for a lighting solution geared towards mobile content creators. Lume Cube has developed a product that will change the future of mobile content creation forever. With the Life Lite you can have pro-quality lighting wherever you and your phone may go. And what better way to launch the Life Lite than by returning to the Kickstarter platform and paying tribute to our humble beginnings?

No matter what camera you use or lifestyle you lead, the Life Lite enables you to keep the fun going and capture every moment along the way. It’s the smart, social, portable light that can go virtually anywhere you go. It truly is your everyday light.

Features :
  • 0-1000 lumens of fully adjustable, studio quality light
  • Manually control or connect via bluetooth to control multiple Life Lites from a single device
  • Multiple levels of strobe mode for creative video and lighting effects
  • Waterproof down to 10 meters (30 feet)
  • Half the size of a Lume Cube, weighing ~2 oz
Specs :
  • Size: 1.5" x 1"
  • Weight: 2.5 oz, 50 g
  • LUX: 350 @ 1M
  • LED Temp: 5600K
  • CRI: 80
  • Waterproof: 10M / 30Ft
  • Battery: Internal Non-Replaceable Li-Ion Polymer
  • Charge: Micro USB
  • Run Time: 30 Min @ 100%, 60 Min 50%
  • Mounting: Encased Earth Magnet, Standard Tripod Mount (¼-20)
  • Control: Bluetooth and Single Button Manual Operation
  • Manual Settings: 10 Manual Brightness Adjustments
  • Modes: Photo / Video / Strobe
  • Devices: iPhone, Android, Digital Cameras, Video Cameras, GoPro

Pledge starts at $39 for a single Life Lite. Twin pack is $74. You're also able to get a bundle with bike mount, smartphone clip, mounting bar, etc.

Lume Cube Unveils The Līfe Līte: a new generation of Mobile Lifestyle Lighting for iPhone, Android,and any Casual Capture Device™

San Diego, CA (October 29, 2016) -- Lume Cube, one of the most innovative and disruptive camera lighting brands, is proud to unveil the Līfe Līte. The new portable light delivers the same award-winning design and functionality as the original Lume Cube, but scaled down in size, weight, and price to offer mobile lighting to the masses.

The Līfe Līte is the next generation of Lifestyle Lighting, enabling the everyday mobile photographer to harness the power of light in the palm of their hand. In a world where 2.3 billion people own smartphones, the Līfe Līte is the most innovative solution for low-light or night situations, offering a frictionless design geared toward the smartphone users, mobile content creators, and everybody in-between.

Pro surfer Jamie O’Brien says, “I think it’s awesome. It allows us to do things that we weren’t able to do before. I wanna take this light all around the world - the sky’s the limit. It’s different, it’s fun, it is cool content.”

The original Lume Cube sprang into instant fame after a successful first campaign, chosen as a Kickstarter Staff Pick of 2014. Since then, Lume Cube has opened distribution in over 45 Countries, launched partnerships with some of the world’s largest companies and is now the preferred lighting solution throughout the content creation industry. In the last 12 months, Lume Cube has been awarded USA Today’s ‘Best Of CES - Editors Choice’ award, the Lucie Technical ‘Best LED Element of 2015’ Award, Videomaker's 'Best Light of the Year’ award among many others within the Imaging and Consumer Electronics industry.

“As we enter our second year, we want to assure our faithful supporters that there is much more to come in the Lume Cube road map and we’ll never stop innovating. When our customers speak, we listen, and we believe that the Līfe Līte is the answer that many have been searching for” commented Lume Cube Founder and CEO, Mornee Sherry.

The success of Lume Cube originated from the early support of the Kickstarter community. For this reason, they are honoring their roots to release the Līfe Līte on the Kickstarter platform at a special early bird price today, October 29th. With your support, they’ll be able to achieve large scale production and begin sharing the Līfe Līte with the world.

Visit the Līfe Līte Kickstarter page here and support the project by pledging on a variety of special Kickstarter-Only reward levels!

Review: Peak Design The Everyday Sling Bag 10L

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Overview : The ultimate low-profile, quick-access day bag for light carry and gear minimalists, The Everyday Sling is a redefinition of what a single-shoulder sling bag can be. As a part of the award winning Everyday bag line, The Everyday Sling features unrivaled accessibility to your gear, expandability to match your carry needs, and organization of your gear, no matter what you’re hauling. An uber-clean “no slop” design conceals a multitude of unique features, from lightning-fast strap adjusters, to a side-loading main compartment with origami-inspired FlexFold dividers, to a highly expandable outer pocket and external carry system. Plus, the sling packs flat so you can stuff it inside a larger bag when traveling. Ideal bag for beginning photographers, or pros who want to just carry their essential camera gear.

Features :
  • Streamlined carry
  • Perfect urban companion
  • Flexfold Dividers: configurable, adaptable, removable
  • Perfect for mirrorless and DSLR
  • Theft-deterrent zipper pulls
  • On-body access
  • Briefcase-style carry
  • Compresses down
  • Dedicated Capture attachment point

Quality/Usability : One of the newest additions to Peak Design's Everyday bag line is the Everyday Sling. The other two is the Everyday Backpack (review coming soon) and Everyday Tote (review). Based on the Kickstarter comments, the Sling is the second most popular choice of backers.

The Everyday Sling comes in charcoal or ash. In this review, it will feature the charcoal. If you're interested in knowing what the sling in ash looks like, take a look at our quick overview video from PhotoPlus Expo 2016:

Typically, it takes me a few weeks to review but I've been using this everyday and since this doesn't have too many features, I feel this warrant and early review. So lets begin with our more detailed review and a closer look at the Everyday Sling.

At first glance, the Everyday Sling is a very attractive looking bag. It's minimal but the bag packs a load. Certain features are carried out through the Everyday bag line and if you own the Everyday Messenger 13 or Messenger 15, you'll be able to recognize it.

One thing I would have liked to maybe see was that the bottom of the bag was more leveled. The side of the bag kind of looks like a trapezoid. So when you place the sling on the floor, it'll lean forward. But I guess that's where the front pouch comes into play...

The front pouch can be tightened to be compact thanks to the compression straps or expanded for more room if needed when the strap is loosened. I guess with the front pouch extended, it does make it more sturdy but that's only if you have the pocket filled.

One feature that those familiar with the Everyday bags is the zipper. The zipper is waterproof and will keep water out. Inside this zipper is a large compartment to store your keys, wallet, batteries, etc. There are also two pockets to hold memory cards and other items. This is the pocket that will expand.

The charcoal features red accent while the ash will have blue accents.

Another feature is the axial strap attachment. Rather than your strap being fixed like most bags, the axial strap allows your strap to swivel which makes carrying the bags much more comfortable.

If you own a Peak Design Slide, SlideLite or Summit Edition Strap, this will look familiar. The strap is a dual-adjustment so you can slide it up to loosen the bag for on-body access or slide it down to tighten the bag and cinch it closer to your body.

While you're sliding the buckle down, you'll need to help lift the bag up a little due to gravity and weighing the bag down.

The padded strap isn't anything fancy. It does offer a decent amount of padding; not too thin and not too thick. Out of the bag, the bag is setup for righties. So the bag will hang on your right and the strap will rest on your left shoulder.

Are you a lefty or prefer to have the bag hanging on your left and resting on your right shoulder? Don't worry, the Everyday Sling is ambidextrous. So you'll be able to turn the strap around.

One thing that Peak Design is good at is cleanliness. They like "no slop". That means, you won't find any excess strap webbing dangling. You can actually be able to tuck in any extra webbing into the bag.

As mentioned above, the sling is ambidextrous. If you want to change the orientation of the strap, all you have to do is slide the strap webbing out from the buckle on both ends and re-strap the webbing through the buckles.

The sling has a nice thick and sturdy handle on the back of the bag. This allows you to easily pick up or carry the bag like a briefcase.

One of the major concerns with Kickstarter backers was theft. Peak Design was able to provide a solution while the campaign was still running. How awesome is that? Their theft-deterrent not only blends in with the bag but works very well.

A quick glance at the main zipper looks like a normal loop to help open the zipper. But a simple unlatching reveals the zipper pull theft-deterrent system. Simply loop it through the front zipper and lock it back in place. This will prevent the would-be thief from gaining access to either pockets.

The unlatching and latching of the zipper pull can all be done one handed but you'll notice a tug for those who are unaware of the setup.

All of the Peak Design bags allows you to attach a Capture Clip. On the Everyday Sling, you can attach to Capture Clip on either side of the bag.

When you open the main zipper, the inside of the main flap will have Peak Design's signature design as well as the type of bag and size printed on the pocket as shown below.

Inside this pocket is additional storage. Here, you can carry batteries, memory cards, filters as well as your wallet, money and anything else that may be important.

On the inside of the main compartment along the back, there is a pocket that allows you to store an iPad Pro or a laptop up to 13" such as the Macbook Pro Retina.

Included with the Everyday Sling are two origami-like flexfold dividers. It can act as dividers or if you flip down one of the flaps, they act as a shelf.

The image on the left houses my Canon 5D Mark IV with 24-70L II attached with both dividers sitting back to back with the Canon 50mm f1.4. The middle image shows on the flexfold folded down into a shelf. The image on the right shows the second divider folded down to hold my Slide Strap and my GoPro sitting on top of my 50mm lens.

There's enough room to hold a DSLR camera body with a prime attached and two additional primes or DSLR camera body with a 70-200 lens attached. Unfortunately, the sling will not be able to hold a full frame DSLR with a grip.

Own a mirrorless or compact camera? Even though I have the sling pictured with my full frame DSLR, the sling will be a perfect fit for mirrorless setup as well.

The above image is another setup but with the 50mm lens and GoPro in the same spot. As you can see, the dividers are not sitting back to back. Instead, there is a gap between them. This time, the setup is slightly different. Instead of the camera laying on its side, the camera is now inserted lens first. In the middle, that is where I put the camera strap. I can put another lens in its place if I wanted to.

Not only does the compression strap help tighten down the pocket, but it can also be used to hold an umbrella or event a lightweight tripod. I took the Sling with me to PhotoPlus Expo and it just so happened to rain that day. Once I was inside the convention center, I placed my umbrella as shown and walked around the entire show with free hands.

And what if you're going on vacation and want to bring the Sling with you? You can compress the bag down even more so that you can put it inside your luggage. To compress the Sling down, you'll need to remove or move the divider to the front and/or back of the bag (as shown on the left).

Conclusion : Overall, the Peak Design The Everyday Sling Bag is one of my most favorite bags. The sling allows me to carry light and carry only what I need. It's comfortable, compact and minimal. This will be the first bag I reach for when I want to carry light.

I'll be taking my daughter to Disneyland for the first time and this will be coming along with us. I'll pack it down and put it into my luggage and take it out when I'm using it on my vacation. I won't have to worry about the bag bumping into other people in crowded areas and I'll only carry what I need.

Review: Pakpod Adventure Compact Travel Tripod

Overview : The Adventure Tripod from Pakpod is a compact, lightweight, travel-friendly tripod designed to accompany you on any outdoor adventure. The key to the Pakpod's utility is it's ABS and stainless steel construction which keep the frame lightweight at just 15.5 oz but makes it sturdy enough to support up to 11 lb. The chosen materials allow the tripod legs to bend under light pressure rather than break and make the tripod completely waterproof and rust-resistant.

With a maximum height of 17.75" and a minimum working height of 1.5" the Pakpod is fairly versatile in height. Adding to its versatility are three retractable stainless steel spikes - one at the bottom of each leg - which can be used to anchor the tripod in dirt, sand, or snow. The tripod also includes a set of built-in mini tools for maintenance and adjustment in the field.

Features :
  • Lightweight: 15.5 ounces
  • Length when folded: 12.75"
  • Waterproof and freeze-proof
  • Patented, one-twist locking system
  • Easily stashable in a small bag, pack or suitcase
  • Legs rapidly extend and retract with the push of a button
  • Legs move independently through a 180 degree range of motion
  • Constructed from high-impact ABS plastic and stainless steel
  • Rotating feet stake into grass, dirt, sand and snow
  • Unparalleled level of versatility
  • 36 tie-down points

Quality/Usability : A lot more new products are being launched on Kickstarter and Pakpod is one of those successfully funded campaigns. Pakpod is a lightweight, travel-friendly tripod.

The Pakpod comes in a box with no pamphlets. The standard stake and tools is already attached to the Pakpod. It's pretty much ready to go the moment you take it out of the box.

The Pakpod is mainly made from ABS plastic. Some of the hardware such as screws are from stainless steel. This makes it waterproof, freeze-proof and rust-resistant.

The Pakpod can lay low to the ground when all legs are spread out. On the underside of the Pakpod is another ¼-20 screw that allows you to attach additional accessories. This is great if you want to get even lower shots and having your camera hang upside down.

Each leg has slots. As you press on the lever, this locks into each slot, kind of like a ladder. When the legs are extended, they can extend to a maximum height of 17.75". You can extended one of the legs to make it a selfie stick.

The included spikes are made of plastic with a pointed tip. Each foot is rotatable in either direction and the spikes can be pointed either up or down depending on your setup.

Sold separately are additional stakes.
  • Eco-Green Safe Stakes (MSRP $9.00): A 3-pack of eco-green ABS plastic stakes. Stake Pakpod securely into soft materials like sand and snow. Safe for users of all ages.
  • Quarter-20 Stakes (MSRP $19.00): A 3-pack of aluminum ‘Quarter-20 Stakes’ with threaded holes. Each stake has two ‘quarter-20’ threaded holes allowing for the attachment of cameras and accessories that use a ¼-20 thread (the universal standard thread for lightweight camera accessories).

On each leg, there are tools that are held in securely: two allen keys and one screwdriver.

The Pakpod has a patent one-knob locking system. Although it makes it easy to lock the legs all at the same time, I found it a little frustrating. I could be adjusting two of the legs and when I go adjust the third leg, the other two has moved from its original position.

The screw is a ¼-20 thread that allows you to attach a mini ball head, mounts or even another Pakpod.

Also sold separately is the Pakpod Camera Mount Kit (MSRP $22.00). The kit fits easily in a pocket or bag and is a versatile, compact 4-piece camera mount set for lightweight cameras, GoPro cameras, smartphones and iPhones. Use the ¼-20 Female to GoPro Mount and Stainless Steel GoPro Screw to mount your GoPro camera. Add the GoPro to ¼-20 Male Adapter and Universal Smartphone Clip to attach any phone (up to 3″ wide.)

The Universal Smartphone Clip needs to be enlarged. I have a 2015 Moto X Pure and the clip wasn't able to hold the phone with a case. I had to take the case off and even that was almost a tight fit. If you own a iPhone 6 Plus or 7 Plus, I don't think you'll be able to put your phone into the clip. And if you have a case on it, you definitely won't be able to fit it into the clip. I also had to off-center the phone because the clip was pushing down on my volume buttons.

There's also a ¼-20 on top of the Universal Smartphone Clip to allow you to attach a microphone or LED light.

If you don't own a mini ball head [Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama], I highly suggest getting one. They usually run for about $10-15. It will give you the flexibility of moving your camera at different angles.

Conclusion : Overall, the Pakpod Adventure Compact Travel Tripod is a great lightweight travel tripod. If you're an adventurer, this is a nice tripod to add to your gear. The spikes work great in securing the tripod to whatever it is. I highly suggest picking up the additional stakes as you'll be able to use bungee cords to help secure the stakes and the ¼-20 stakes allows you to attach other ¼-20 mounts.

The Camera Mount Kit needs improvements in the Universal Smartphone Clip. It needs to be enlarged to accommodate larger phones especially for those who use cases.

Since its made of ABS plastic, according to Pakpod's Kickstarter campaign, replacement parts will be available.

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

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