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Press Release: MindShift Gear Releases New Adventure PhotoCross Sling Bags

Our good friends over at MindShift Gear has just informed us that they have released new Adventure Photo Sling Bags. The new sling bags allow photographers to carry a tripod, laptop, and have zipper pulls that can be easily opened while wearing gloves.
Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, the MindShift PhotoCross 10 sling bag will protect your gear from another punishing trip into the wild.

The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. This sling bag stays out of the way when you’re scrambling but offers quick access to your camera when you’re ready to take the shot.
The PhotoCross 10 retails for $114.99 and PhotoCross 13 retails for $129.99. Don’t forget that with our special partnership with MindShift Gear that you receive free gear and free shipping when you order using our special link.

Continue reading for full press release.

MindShift Gear’s New PhotoCross Adventure Photography Bags Offer Unprecedented Comfort and Protection from the Elements.

SANTA ROSA, CALIF – Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, MindShift Gear’s new PhotoCross sling bags protect a photographer’s gear from punishing trips into the wild. The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. These sling bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets.

The PhotoCross comes in two sizes and colors, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey. The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and one to two lenses, plus a 10” tablet, or a Mirrorless body and three to five lenses, plus a 10” tablet. The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR, two to four lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8, and some 13” laptops.

“The PhotoCross sling bags are significant because they meld two concepts that are often in conflict in outdoor gear design: protection and comfort. An example is how we’ve integrated the waterproof Tarpaulin bottom panel with a body-conforming design, wide shoulder strap, and stability wing for superior comfort,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer.

  • Dedicated, padded pocket fits a tablet or a laptop (10 = 10” tablet, 13 = some 13” laptops)
  • Easy rotation for rapid access to gear and accessories
  • 3-point harness for stabilization with tuck-away waist belt
  • Secure your bag by linking the zipper pulls together
  • Water bottle pocket locks in most 1 liter bottles
  • Breathable 320G air-mesh back panel keeps your back cool during long days
  • Internal zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Easily accessible front pocket for filters, snacks, or a light layer
  • T-pulls are easily gripped with or without gloves
  • Top and side carry handles
  • Fully customizable interior dividers for photo or personal gear
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included for downpour conditions

Exterior: All fabric exterior is treated with a durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, YKK® weather resistant zippers, 420D high-density nylon, heavy-duty nylon Tarpaulin, 350g air mesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, P210D liner, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding tape, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.


PhotoCross 10
  • Internal Dimensions: 7.1” W x 12.5” H x 4.8” D (18 x 31.8 x 12.2 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 11” W x 15.9” H x 6.3” D (28 x 40.5 x 16 cm)
  • Tablet compartment: 8.2” x 11” x 0.6” (20.8 x 27.9 x 1.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.1 lbs (1.0 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Waist belt length: up to 61” (155 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Volume: 7.5 liters
PhotoCross 13
  • Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 14.2” H x 5.5” D (24 x 36 x 14 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 12.6” W x 17.7” H x 7.1” D (32 x 45 x 18 cm)
  • Laptop compartment: 9.1” x 13” x 1” (23 x 33 x 2.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Waist belt length: up to 63.8” (162 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Volume: 11 liters

Canon to Release PC-E2 Protecting Cloth

Canon Rumors has it that Canon will be releasing the predecessor to the PC-E1, the PC-E2 this week alongside the rumored Canon EOS 6D Mark II and Canon EOS Rebel SL2. The PC-E2 will probably be the same with slight cosmetic look and possibly size?

The PC-E1 is a protective cloth that lets you protect your camera or lens by wrapping it up. Here is a short description:
Keep your camera and lens safe as you travel around the city or when they're stowed away in your bag with this PC-E1 Protecting Cloth from Canon. Measuring 19.7 x 19.7", this padded cloth easily works with many camera and standard lens combinations. Also, it features an elastic strap to hold the cloth in place.
The Canon Direct Store even has it listed and I never knew that.

Press Release: Micron Discontinuing Lexar Removable Storage Retail Business

It was announced that Micron Technology will be discontinuing Lexar removable media storage business. This includes memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives. Micron will look into selling all or part of Lexar business.

The reasoning behind discontinuing Lexar is to focus on higher value markets. I wouldn't be surprised if Sandisk, Sony, Transcend or other memory makers purchase them.
Micron Technology today announced that it is discontinuing its Lexar® retail removable media storage business. The decision was made as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to focus on its increasing opportunities in higher value markets and channels.

The Lexar portfolio includes memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives for retail and OEM customers.

Micron is exploring opportunities to sell all or part of the Lexar business.

The company will continue to provide support to existing customers through this transition period. Customers should contact their Lexar sales representative to discuss specific requirements.

I’d like to thank our team members and partners for their contributions to the Lexar business. As difficult as this decision is, the company is making this adjustment in its business to ensure it continues to be well-positioned for the future.
Source: Micron

Think Tank Dividers Inside SKB Hard Cases!

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced an exciting new partnership with hard-case manufacturer SKB. Think Tank’s designers have created internal divider sets, organizers, and a backpack designed specifically to fit within 10 SKB hard cases. There are times when you simply have to airline gate-check your most precious photography equipment. At moments like these, nothing will do a better job of protection than a hard case. But one of the downsides of hard cases is that they are basically hard shells with not a lot of other features built into them. Think Tank’s partnership with SKB solves this problem. The result is the best of a hard case with the best of internal organization.

Don’t forget that with our special partnership with Think Tank that you receive free gear and free shipping when you order using our special link.

Deal: Kshioe 160-LED Video Camera Light

Kshioe via Amazon offers its Kshioe LED Video Camera Light for $26.67. Coupon code "GJ5JYORW" drops it to $21.34 with free shipping. It features 160 LED lights and three filters. Deal ends June 27.

Deal: Manfrotto Pro Light Camera Backpack

Adorama offers the Manfrotto Pro Light Camera Backpack for $229.88. Coupon code "STREETFAIR" drops it to $129.88 with free shipping. It features an external padded laptop compartment, interchangeable dividers, and three carrying options.

Deal: Manfrotto BeFree Live Fluid Head Tripod

Adorama offers the Manfrotto BeFree Live Fluid Head Tripod for $239.88. Coupon code "STREETFAIR" drops it to $139.88 with free shipping. It supports up to 8.8 lbs and features a sliding plate and fluid drag system. A case is included.

Review: LightPix Labs FlashQ Q20 Compact Radio Flash

Overview : Inspired by a variety of classic flashes and extracted those essential elements that are desired by the photographers. Combined with the 90° adjustable tilting flash head, built-in gel holder, LED video/modeling light, and engineered with FlashQ wireless technology for off-camera flash control, Q20 will give you the most convenient experience in a flash unit.

Technical Specifications :
  • Guide Number 20 (at ISO 100)
  • Focal length coverage: 32mm (on 35mm format)
  • Manual flash power ratio control (7 steps adjustable, 1/64 to 1/1)
  • LED video light (7 steps adjustable, Max. 60 lux output at 1m)
  • 2.4GHz low-power digital radio (FlashQ receiver) inside Q20 main body
  • 10 meters wireless operating range
  • Tilt-capable flash head, up to 90° and with click-stops at 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°
  • Other functions: S1 / S2 optical slave, modeling light (LED)
  • Two AA-size alkaline / Ni-MH batteries power source
  • Recycling time (1/1 full power output) : 7 sec. by fresh alkaline batteries / 6 sec. by Ni-MH batteries
  • Number of flashes : 100 – 2000 flashes by fresh alkaline batteries
  • LED lighting time: approx. 3 hours (at full power LED output and by Ni-MH batteries)
  • Flash color temperature : 5600K±200K (same as daylight)
  • LED color temperature : 5500K±300K
  • Dedicated socket for FlashQ transmitter attachment
  • Dimensions : 59(W) x 92(H) x 29(D) mm (with FlashQ transmitter attached)
  • Weight : 115g (without battery)

Quality/Usability : Previously, I had reviewed the LightPix Labs FlashQ that was launched on Indiegogo. It's basically a 2.4GHz wireless flash trigger that attached to your camera and to your flash unit. But LightPix has one upped the FlashQ by releasing a complete wireless flash unit.

The FlashQ Q20 is available in black or white and includes the unit itself, quick guide, pouch and gel kit. The FlashQ system can support up to eight (8) Q20 flash units simultaneously, provided that those flashes had been paired up with the FlashQ transmitter.

The FlashQ Q20 looks like a normal flash unit with the flash unit itself and a modeling light in the middle. On the back you have a power button switch, LED indicators to show you the power ratio for both flash and LED light. There is also controls to control the power and mode button.

The rectangular shape with flat sides, makes it easy to stand or position itself in any orientation. It is especially useful in setting up off-camera lighting.

There is a built-in female 1/4” threaded tripod mount off to the side on the bottom that allows it to be attached on a tripod.

The FlashQ Q20 flash unit takes two AA batteries. Battery life is fairly decent and on par with other bigger flash units. The refresh time is about 6-7 seconds which is a bit long. So it's not suited for moving objects or where you need to snap pictures real quick.

The compact Q20 flash units cleverly dock a regular FlashQ transmitter into the base of the flash, allowing for regular on-camera manual flash use. The FlashQ transmitter can adjust the flash power ratio on Q20 main body, also wirelessly. A single-click of the Power button makes one step increment, while a double-click makes one step decrement.

The transmitter looks exactly the same as the FlashQ. Though when removed from the FlashQ transmitter the Q20 flash go into radio slave mode, and even provides remote manual power control from the tiny FlashQ transmitter mounted on the camera hotshoe!

FlashQ transmitter can work on most cameras with standard ISO hot shoe mount. It supports remote triggering flashes at sync speeds up to 1/250 sec (on compatible cameras and flashes). No TTL information is transmitted by FlashQ. This makes FlashQ compatible with most cameras.

The images above show the FlashQ transmitter on a mirrorless camera as well as a full-frame DSLR. This gives you a look at the how small the transmitter is on the camera.

The above images is the FlashQ Q20 (transmitter and flash) on a mirrorless camera and full-frame DSLR. I have a Canon 600EX-RT and putting that flash on a Canon EOS M3/M5 looks huge and out of place. With the FlashQ Q20, it doesn't weigh down the camera and looks natural.

Even on a full-frame camera like the Canon 5D Mark IV, it doesn't look bad.

It allows you set the flash output at each stop from 1/64 (minimum output) to 1/1 (maximum output). 7 steps of flash power ratios can be adjusted by two buttons. The campaign originally had a minimum of 1/128 but has changed.

For ease of setup bouncing light effects, Q20 flash head can tilt up to 90°, with click-stops at 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°.

LED lighting plays an emerging role in digital photography for close-ups, modeling light or filming. Q20 features an LED light suited for these tasks with 7 output levels, makes it perfect for still or video shootings.

The FlashQ Q20 includes a set of colored gels. It comes in a very small plastic holder. Each gel has a tab which makes it easy for you to grab when you need to remove it either from the holder or from the flash unit itself.

Q20 flash head has a built-in gel holder for more versatile shooting options. It facilitates quick installation and removal of colored gels, so you change the light color at any time you want. The gels are held in place nicely but I would of preferred the gels to be inserted from the side or top. With it being inserted from the bottom, it may have the potential of falling out if you're moving alot.

Conclusion : Overall, the LightPix Labs FlashQ Q20 Compact Radio Flash is a nice portable flash. This works on both mirrorless and DSLRs but I think it's best suited for mirrorless. I wouldn't consider this for professional work but this is great for quick street or macro photography.

Even though the gels stay in place, I'm not fond of inserting them from the bottom for the fear that it may fall out easily.

Manufacturer: LightPix Labs
Site: Buy from LightPix Labs

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As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Genaray 209-LED Variable-Color On-Camera Light for $89.95 with free shipping. It features a 3200-5600K adjustable color temperature and includes a magnetic snap-on diffuser, ball head, and carry case. Deal ends today.

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