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Review: XTAR SN4 7-in-1 Multi-Camera Battery Charger



Overview : Many photographers purchase lots of devices like camera/video monitor. Meanwhile they face problems of high power consumption, slow battery recharging speed and large luggage full of batteries and chargers for outdoor using.

SN4 is a 4-slot detachable camera battery charger, which can be freely detached and combined. With optional 7 types of charger docks, it can charge variety camera batteries of Canon, Sony, Nikon and other popular brands. 4x faster charging, supports PD3.0, QC3.0 & 5V 2A.

Features :
  • A single charging base can hold two different docks and charge up to 4 batteries at once.
  • Widely compatible for more than 9 models of batteries from Canon, Sony, and Nikon.
  • Powered by TYPE-C, 4 times faster by a max 45W power, using PD 3.0 & QC 3.0 for safe and efficient charging.
  • Using a three-stage intelligent charging protocol to prolong battery life.
  • The intelligent charging algorithm will match the best charging current.
  • Carried and stored easily, assembly, disassembly and swappable docks take just seconds.
  • Built-in safety protection technologies for you and your batteries.


Review: XTAR PB2S 18650 21700 Battery Charger Power Bank



Overview : The XTAR PB2S will quickly become your favorite dual-channel charger for lithium-ion batteries. Complete with a powerbank function, this charger not only keeps your batteries in proper working condition but your favorite USB electronics too. The PB2S supports both QC3.0 and PD3.0 fast charging methods for the quick revitalization of batteries, smartphones, tablets, and more. Additionally, the USB-C and USB-A ports work in conjunction with one another to charge two external devices at the same time. The Xtar PB2S has an easy-to-read screen that provides real-time information such as charging/discharging current, voltage, battery capacity percentage, and this information toggles between the two batteries by single-handedly pressing a button on the side. Another perk to the PB2S is patented Xtar features: 0V Activation Function which instantly revives over-discharged batteries and returns them to their original functioning state, and their three-stage charging system which starts with a trickle current, bumps up to a constant current and then moves to constant voltage once the battery is fully charged.

Features :
  • Portable Charger with Power Bank Function, Charge protected 18650 and unprotected 18650 18700 20700 21700 batteries. With your own batteries, you can even DIY the capacity of the power bank up to 10000mAh+.
  • Max 3A fast charging, supports the most popular QC3.0+PD3.0 dual-protocol fast charging.
  • Precise numerical tube displays real-time charging/discharging current and voltage, and battery capacity percentage, and supports a one-handed button to check each battery’s charging voltage and current
  • Type-C and USB-A ports can both be used for output and charge two external devices at the same time, more convenient for outdoor usage. (*PB2S can also charge ‘low-current’ devices such as Bluetooth headphones and USB lights.)
  • PB2S comes with a magnetic cover, Dust-proof and Drop-proof; Built-in Ribbon for easy removal of the batteries; Rubber-painted Material, Skin-friendly Touch.


Review: XTAR BC4 Rechargeable AA/AAA Battery USB Charger



Overview : XTAR BC4 has both charge and discharge functions. It can charge the batteries, the input current of the Type-C port is up to 5V 2A, and can also discharge through the USB port as an emergency power supply for external devices.

Features :
  • Apply to 1.5V Li-ion/IMR/INR/ICR and 1.2V Ni-MH AA/AAA batteries. Supporting mix-charging of 1.5V Li-ion, 1.2V Ni-MH and Ni-CD batteries. (Note: Do not charge 3.6/3.7V Li-ion batteries)
  • It can charge the batteries, the input current of the Type-C port is up to 5V 2A, and can also discharge through the USB port supply for external devices. (Note: Due to the difference in battery discharge performance and capacity, when using USB output function: Please use the same type, the same brand, and the similar condition of AA batteries and it’s not recommended to use different types of batteries for discharging.)
  • With its tiny size and thin body, BC4 can be held easily by one hand and put into your pocket. Equipped with an exquisite lanyard, convenient whether for daily carry or for traveling. (Size: L80mm x W75mm x H27mm)
  • After inserting four batteries with power into the charger, press and hold the button for 2s can turn on LED emergency light for close-up search and other emergency use in dimly lit environments
  • BC4 can charge rechargeable batteries of children's toys, remote controls, electric razors, recorders, alarm clocks, calculators, etc. As long as there are AA/AAA batteries, you can use BC4


Kickstarter TEASER: XTAR SN4 7-in-1 Camera Battery Charger for Canon, Sony & Nikon



Our good friends over at XTAR are gearing up to release their newest 7-in-1 camera battery charger, the SN4. SN4 is a 4-slot detachable camera battery charger, which can be freely detached and combined. It can charge variety camera batteries of Canon, Sony, Nikon and other popular brands. Its similar to their XTAR VN2 4-in-1 Camera Battery Charger that we reviewed (and use daily), which featured the ability to charge four different types of camera battery plates from one base. But with the new SN4, you're able to charge up to SEVEN different types of batteries (three being newly added).

Here's a list of compatible batteries:
  • Canon LP-E6/E6N/E6NH
  • Canon LP-E8
  • Canon LP-E17
  • Sony NP-FW50
  • Sony NP-FZ100
  • Sony NP-F550/F570; NP-F750/F770; NP-F970
  • Nikon EN-EL15
  • COMING SOON: Panasonic, Fujifilm, GoPro, DJI, Insta360 and so on
The three new battery plates is for the Sony NP-FZ100, NP-F550/F570; NP-F750/F770; NP-F970 and the Nikon EN-EL15. If you're a user like me who has Sony NP-F970 batteries, Canon LP-E6 and LP-E17 batteries, this will come in super handy! You'll be able to charge multiple different batteries at the same time from the same charger. No more having to carry different chargers and occupying multiple outlets.

The SN4 also charges quicker and supports PD3.0, QC3.0 & 5V 2A. So how quick? In one hour, you can charge a Canon LP-E6, Nikon EN-EL15 or Sony NP-F550 to 75% capacity. Sony NP-FZ100 to 80% capacity or Sony NP-F970 to 45%. This is great if you're in a pinch and need a quick charge up.

XTAR has a sign up page so that you're put on a list to be notified of when the Kickstarter campaign goes live. The first 500 Super Early Bird backers will get 40% OFF!

No word on pricing or when the Kickstarter campaign will go live but we will update this post when it does. We're hoping to get our hands on one so we can give you a full review and up-close look at the SN4. We are looking forward to eliminating having to lug around so many chargers and speed up charging time. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, take a peak at the SN4.



Skylum Releases Update 2 for Luminar AI





LuminarAI is the first image editor fully powered by Artificial Intelligence With LuminarAI, creating striking photos becomes surprisingly easy and fun. While traditional photo editing is boring and time-consuming, LuminarAI is all about the result, not the process.

LuminarAI is designed for visual communicators, everyday people, and professional photographers alike. It’s made for those who rely on images to communicate important messages, create new opportunities, and grow their reputation: bloggers, entrepreneurs, educators, marketers, small and medium-sized businesses, and many others. LuminarAI automates common manual tasks and reduces complexity so you can tell your story with rich and expressive images like never before.

From 6 am EST March 16 to 4:00 EST March 24, your can take advantage of a 40% OFF sale on the add-ons:
➤ Luminar X Membership - $59/year instead of $99/year;
➤ USA National Parks Skies - $17 instead of $29;
➤ Tropical Skies - $23 instead of $39;
➤ Northern European Skies - $23 instead of $39;
➤ Landscapes Template Pack by Team Skylum - $11 instead of $19;
➤ Earth from Above by Armand Sarlangue - $11 instead of $19 (February 23-24 only).

If you haven't purchased LuminarAI yet, you can get $10 OFF by using coupon code 1KIND. For LuminarAI upgraders, you can use this link or follow these instructions:
  • macOS: Open LuminarAI. In the Top Menu Bar, choose LuminarAI > Check for Updates. If you purchased via the Mac App Store, open the App Store and go to the Updates tab.
  • Windows: Open LuminarAI. In the Top Menu Bar, choose LuminarAI > Help > Check for Updates.
  • If you are running LuminarAIas a plugin with Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, or Photoshop Elements, it’s also recommended you rerun the plugin installer.
So what's new with LuminarAI Update 2?



Complete 3rd Party Adapter List: Canon EF to EOS R (RF) Lens Mount Adapter Mirrorless Cameras


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 UPDATE: 
 - 3/16/21: Added FotodioX Pro Fusion adapter 
 - 4/5/21: Added Commlite VCPL adapter 


With the release of Canon's new full-frame mirrorless cameras, the EOS R5 and R6, the EF-RF lens mount adapters extend the range of compatible lenses designed for attaching any EF or EF-S-mount lens to the EOS R-Series mirrorless digital camera. Canon offers four different version of the adapters:
These adapters are either hard to find, have a long back-order whether it be from Amazon US, Amazon CA, Amazon UKB&H PhotoAdorama, Canon's online store or even price gouged on eBay.

However, if you are in need of an EF/S-RF lens mount adapter immediately for a project or vacation, there are other alternatives from 3rd party manufacturers. We've compiled a list of brands and where you can purchase them. The adapters retains full auto-focus and image stabilization capabilities and contains no optical components, thereby maintaining the original optical quality of the mounted lens. The only difference between OEM and 3rd party is the material quality and added lens/tripod collar (if applicable). They don't break the bank like the Canon or the price gouging from 2nd hand markets but it will hold you over until you're able to find an Canon version or if you feel the need to get OEM.

You never know...you may end up liking the aftermarket ones and save some money.

We’re continuously working to improve this list by adding new adapters and removing the ones that are no longer in production. Please if you find any new or missing adapters that will need to be on the list.



Review: PEIPRO L-Plate (Bracket) Extension Camera Grip for Canon R5 R6



Overview : This L-Bracket from PEIPRO is designed specifically for the Canon EOS R5 and R6 Mirrorless Digital Cameras. It features Arca-type dovetail mounts on both of its vertical and horizontal axis to let you flip the camera from portrait to landscape mode when using an Arca-type tripod head. The adjustable side plate enables you to attach a tethering cable and other cables to the side ports of the camera, and the bottom and side portion of the plate also features multiple 1/4"-20 holes for attaching accessories such as a light or microphone.

Features :
  • Constructed of aviation aluminum alloy
  • Horizontal (landscape) and vertical (portrait) mounting positions
  • Arca-type compatible dovetail plate
  • Battery door compartment access
  • Built-in magnetic tool storage
  • Weighs 123g


IN STOCK: 3D Printed Lens Hood for Canon RF 35mm Macro IS STM


Canon RF 35mm f1.8 IS Macro STM Lens Hood

What's the purpose of a lens hood?
In photography, a lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the front end of a lens to block the Sun or other light source(s) to prevent glare and lens flare. Lens hoods may also be used to protect the lens from scratches and the elements without having to put on a lens cover.
The Canon RF 35mm f1.8 Macro IS STM (MSRP $499.00) should be in every photographers camera bag who owns a Canon EOS R, RP, R5, R6 and any other new/future R-series camera. The image quality is great, lots of great reviews and the price is affordable without breaking the bank but it doesn't come with a lens hood.


Canon offers the EW-52 Lens Hood (MSRP $41.95 - Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | B&H PhotoAdorama | eBay) as seen above. The EW-52 is a screw-on lens hood and is smaller than your typical round/petal lens hood. I'm not a big fan of screw-on lens hood because if there was strong enough impact, it can damage the lens and its so short that it really doesn't offer that much of a protection. Bigger lens hoods that attach simply slip over the lens, offer more protection to the lens and pop off from accidental impacts.

Currently, no other 3rd party manufacturer has released a different type of lens hood for the Canon RF 35mm; they all offer the same EW-52 screw-on style lens hood. This 3D printed lens hood is like the round (cylindrical) bayonet lens hood we are known to seeing on other lenses with some slight improved modifications:
  • OEM Lens Hood : Screw on
  • 3D Printed : The 3D printed lens hood is held in place with friction and easy to attach and remove. It can also be reversed for storage.
  • OEM Lens Hood : Short and lack of protection
  • 3D Printed : With the added length, the interior is flocked to prevent any glare/reflections (easily removable) and there's NO vignetting! Majority of photographers use lens hoods for protection and this 3D printed lens hood offers protection and blocks our flares.
Interior flock material is hand-cut and pre-installed onto lens hood. If you do not want it, you can easily remove it. This 3D printed lens hood has (what we feel is) the perfect snug fit when mounted onto the camera lens. It stays on securely and comes off easily.

 COMPATIBILITY

The lens hood is compatible with the following lens:


Review: Hollyland LARK 150 Wireless Clip-On Microphone System



Overview : Add a pair of compact, clip-on wireless microphones for your two-person interview, talk show, documentary production, or vlog with the LARK 150 Wireless Dual Microphone System from Hollyland. The LARK 150 system features two ultracompact microphone transmitters and a receiver that offer a portable, cost-effective, all-inclusive solution for recording two subjects at once to your audio recorder, camera, camcorder, or mobile device.

The LARK 150 system is automatically paired, charged, and stored in the included charging case that charges all three units using its USB input port. The transmitters are small and lightweight at less than 1oz, and they clip onto a lapel or shirt and feature a built-in omnidirectional microphone. They both feature a two-way mute button, built-in clip, and a 3.5mm headphone monitoring output. The receiver features volume buttons, a 3.5mm headphone monitoring output, a 3.5mm line output, and a display that shows the connection and battery status of all three units.

The transmitters feature an anti-vibration design with intelligent noise cancellation and smart frequency selection using FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum) technology for a crisp, clear signal. You can transmit a strong signal with less than 5ms latency at up to 328' away from the receiver. The system also supports switchable safety, stereo, and mono modes for different configurations.

Features :
  • Anti-vibration sound chamber design
  • DSP (Digital Signal Processor) intelligent noise cancellation
  • Built-in high-sensibility omnidirectional silicon microphone on the transmitter
  • Less than 5ms latency at 328' distance
  • Power-On Smart Frequency selection feature
  • Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) method
  • Small and light transmitters weigh less than 1oz
  • Charging case that supports fast auto-pairing, upgrade, and storage for the whole system
  • Mono/Stereo/Safety switchable output modes
  • Two-way mute buttons on transmitters
  • Real-time audio monitoring with 3.5mm headphone output on transmitters and receiver
  • 3.5mm line output on receiver


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