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Deal: Mactrem Zomei 65" Camera Tripod

Mactrem via Amazon offers the Mactrem Zomei 65" Camera Tripod in Blue for $98.99. Coupon code "M57BA95Z" cuts the price to $66.99 with free shipping. It features a height range of 18" to 65" and a universal ball head, and comes with portable carrying case. Deal ends May 28.

Press Release: Shutterbug Shuts Down Print Publication After 45 Years - Now Web Only

One of the popular photography magazines, Shutterbug, has announced that it is shutting down its print publication after 45 years. It will now focus on reaching its audience via online through "web-only publication."

The news was published earlier today by Shutterbug Editor-in-Chef Dan Havlik, who says the media landscape simply cannot sustain a photography print publication any longer.

Since the print side of business is shutting down, the company has big plans for In addition to continued how-to content, feature stories, and gear reviews, the website plans to expand its reader photo galleries and launch an online store where readers can purchase cameras, lenses, software, photo accessories, and Shutterbug-branded merchandise.

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Deal: Vanguard Reno 41 DSLR Backpack

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Vanguard Reno 41 DSLR Backpack for $29.99 with free shipping. It holds a DSLR and accessories and features a removable rain cover, and various pockets. Available in Blue and Orange. The Khaki Green is back-ordered. Deal ends today.

Press Release: Yongnuo Unveils YN50mm F1.8 II of 'Nifty Fifty' Clone

Hong Kong camera gear maker Yongnuo has released version II of its 'nifty fifty' Canon clone: the YN 50mm F1.8 II. The original YN 50mm F1.8 was one of the first lenses the budget brand ever released, which costs less than the already ultra-affordable EF 50mm F1.8 II. Yongnuo's version II continues this trend, with a price tag of just $75, while the original Yongnuo 'nifty fifty' will cost you only $51.

Optically, the lens seems to be unchanged—you still has 6 lens elements in 5 groups which produce a 46° angle of view, and a 7-blade aperture that runs from F1.8 to F22. The updated lens does drop the minimum focusing distance from 45cm to 35cm to match Canon's 50mm F1.8 STM [Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama / eBay], and it adds support for USB-free firmware updates that is delivered directly through the camera.

Other notable improvements, come in the form of improved "mechanical structure and coating technology," which apparently translate into improved "focus accuracy, auto-focus speed and light transmittance." The lens has a metal mount and focus distance markings are added to the lens as well.

The lens is currently available on eBay for $75 and will be on Amazon shortly. To learn more about this lens, head over to the Yongnuo website.

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Think Tank Photo Releases StoryTeller Bag and Revises Modular Belt System

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have released new and revised classic camera carrying solutions. The newly-released StoryTeller shoulder bags come in three sizes. The StoryTeller 10 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet. The StoryTeller 8 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, three to four small telephotos or primes with hoods attached and reversed, and an 8” tablet. The StoryTeller 5 fits an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet.

Think Tank has also completely updated the #1 rated line of modular belt system components. The Modular Belt System V3.0 moves weight from your shoulders to your waists for more comfortable all-day carry. Many of the new pouches are expandable to fit pro-sized lenses with hoods in the shooting position. And, the newly added Camera Clip Adapter V3.0 belt attachment for the Peak Design Capture Clip, SpiderLight and SpiderPro camera clips allows the clip to rotate on any Think Tank belt for better workflow.

And don’t forget that by using our special URL you will receive free gear with your orders of $50+ and free shipping on all orders.

Press Release: MindShift Gear Releases "Exposure” Shoulder Bags

There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. MindShift Gear’s new Exposure shoulder bags are storm-resistant carrying solutions for the active photographer in virtually any outdoor environment. Built with high performance waterproof sailcloth panels, strategically placed storm flaps, water-repellent DWR fabric, and a sturdy Tarpaulin bottom; the Exposure protects camera gear from the elements and withstands the rigors of adventure photography. And, with its cross-body stabilizer strap, the Exposure moves with you while you’re active or is removable for more causal environments. A waterproof rain cover is included when it’s time to put the camera away and hunker down. Exposure shoulder bags come in two models, the Exposure 13 and the Exposure 15, and in two colors, Black and Solar Flare. The Exposure 13 fits a 13” laptop; the Exposure 15 fits 15” laptops. A 10” tablet fits in zippered pocket.

And, don’t forget that when you use our special URL to order you will receive free gear and free shipping.

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Press Release: MindShift Gear Releases BackLight 18L

Our friends at MindShift Gear have just added a smaller, 18-liter version to their very popular BackLight rear panel access backpacks. The BackLight 18L allows you to work out of the bag without getting the harness dirty, wet, muddy, or icy. It holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached and one to three standard zoom lenses or two gripped Mirrorless bodies with lenses attached and three to five lenses. It features dedicated compartments that fit up to a 13” laptop and a full-size tablet. As a daypack, its front pockets total 5 liters in personal gear carry for a day’s outing, such as extra layers, a light jacket, food, and more.

And, by using our special URL to order you will be able to add free gear and receive free shipping with your order.

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Kickstarter: GRIP&SHOOT CAGE - Pro Mobile Rig

GRIP&SHOOT released their first product, the Smart Grip, 4 years ago and changed the way people take photos/video with their phones.

It was great that you were able to use your phone to record videos while still holding your phone comfortably but you weren't able to attach any lights or microphones. GRIP&SHOOT has released a solution, the CAGE, on Kickstarter. CAGE is a professional rig that wirelessly controls your device and allows you to add essential accessories to bring your media to the next level.

Kickstarter campaign ends May 31, 2018 and ships Summer 2018. If you're a previous owner of the Smart Grip, pledge starts at $175 for the cage only (Legacy). $205 gets you the cage and two basic grips (Basic). There are other options as well but if you want to full package (Pro-Lens) for $315, you get the cage, a basic grip, Smart Grip and lens adapter.

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