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2014.09.21

Just in time to carry all those new cameras and lenses announced at Photokina, Think Tank Photo has added 3 new set of bags to their collection.

Urban Disguise Classic

Four new bags make up the Urban Disguise Classic series. This is a high-end and refined version of the versatile Urban Disguise which we reviewed a while ago. These shoulder bags are enhanced with leather accents. Their launch coincides with the 10th anniversary of Think Tank Photo.

ThinkTank Photo Urban Disguise Classic

The Urban Disguise Classic features the professional good looks of a briefcase without calling attention to it obviously being a camera shoulder bag carrying expensive photographic equipment. The Classic features new design elements over its predecessors, including the wide-mouth camera compartment for unencumbered access. For greater convenience, the Urban Disguise Classic’s pass-through strap fits any Airport International roller’s handle for easy transport. When paired with the Airport International LE Classic, they work together as a high-end, coordinated set.

For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.

Urban Disguise 35 Classic:

  • Interior: 10” W x 11.8” H x 4.5–6.3” D (25.5 x 30 x 11.5–16 cm)
  • Exterior: 10.6” W x 14” H x 7.5” D (27 x 35.5 x 19 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 9.8” W x 13.4” H x 1.4” D (25 x 34 x 3.5 cm)
  • Tablet Pocket: 7.9” W x 11” H x 2.0” D (20 x 28 x 5 cm)
  • Weight with all accessories: 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)

Urban Disguise 40 Classic:

  • Interior: 13.8” W x 9.8” H x 5.5” D (35 x 25 x 14 cm)
  • Exterior: 14.1” W x 10.8” H x 7.5” D (36 x 27.5 x 19 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 13.8” W x 10.6” H x 1.2” D (35 x 27 x 3 cm)
  • Tablet Pocket: 10.2” W x 8.3” H x 0.6” D (26 x 21 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight with all accessories: 3.9 lbs (1.8 kg)

Urban Disguise 50 Classic

  • Interior: 13.8” W x 10.4” H x 6.7” D (35 x 26.5 x 17 cm))
  • Exterior: 15” W x 10.8” H x 7.5” D (38 x 27.5 x 19 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 14.3” W x 9.8” H x 1.2” D (36.4 x 24.9 x 3 cm)
  • Tablet Pocket: 10.2” W x 8.3” H x 0.6” D (26 x 21 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight with all accessories: 4.2 lbs (1.9 kg)

Urban Disguise 60 Classic

  • Interior: 15” W x 11.8” H x 7.5” D (38 x 30 x 19 cm)
  • Exterior: 16.7” W x 12.6” H x 7.9” D (42.5 x 32 x 20 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 15.6” W x 11.4” H x 1.2” D (39.5 x 29 x 3cm)
  • Tablet Pocket: 10.2” W x 8.3” H x 0.6” D (26 x 21 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight with all accessories: 4.6 lbs (2.1 kg)

Airport International Limited Edition Classic

Another refined version the new ThinkTank Photo Airport International Limited Edition makes the roller-bag concept more luxurious than ever. Crafted with genuine, full-grain leather accents and panels, this classic version represents everything the Think Tank brand is known for: premium quality, innovative design and long-lasting durability. Designed to complement Think Tank’s all-new Urban Disguise Classic shoulder bags series, together, these two bags make a beautiful set of matching cases that meet international airline carry-on standards.

ThinkTank Photo Airport LE Classic

The Airport International LE Classic carry-on roller lets photographers legally store their bodies, lenses, and accessories in overhead bins or under the seats of international carriers. For added security, it features front-pocket and main compartment combination locks and a cable from a secret rear hatch that allow it to be secured to posts, trees, and other immovable objects.

Key Features

  • Limited Edition with full-grain leather accents and panels.
  • International and US carry-on size for most carriers.
  • TSA-approved combination zipper locks secure main compartment.
  • Two lock and cable systems: one to secure a laptop, keys, etc., one to secure the entire bag to a fixed object.

Dimensions

  • Interior: 13” W x 18.5” H x 6.5–7.5” D (33 x 47 x 16.5–19.1 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 21” H x 8” D (35.6 x 53.3 x 20.3 cm)
  • Weight depending on accessories used: 9.5–11.5 lbs (4.3–5.2 kg)

Production Manager 40

Think Tank Photo’s newly released Production Manager 40 is a professional-strength, high-capacity rolling gear case designed for professional photographers. It is the most convenient way to safely transport a large amount of lighting equipment. Creative professionals will appreciate the superior design of this large roller with room for multiple flash heads, power packs, monoblocks, softboxes, and light-stands.

ThinkTank Photo Production Manager 40

The Production Manager 40 features:

  • Stores and transports all types of gear on location with wide set wheel base.
  • Lock and cable secures the main compartment and the bag.
  • Attachments for light-stands or tripods on both sides (straps included).
  • Large front zippered pocket for reflectors, umbrellas, cables, and more.
  • Multiple sizes of Velex wrapped dividers for endless configuration options.
  • Rigid shell and reinforced Velex dividers ensure optimum gear protection.
  • Robust handles on three sides, rear slide rails, and custom-wheel housings for easy loading.
  • Replaceable, roller bearing wheels roll smoothly and quietly while holding up under the toughest conditions.
  • Large interior mesh pockets for organizing small accessories.
  • Adjustable, standing lid straps keep bag open and accessible.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included.

For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.

Dimensions

  • Exterior Dimensions: 15.7” W x 40” H x 12.6” D (40 x 101.6 x 32 cm)
  • Interior Dimensions: 13.7” W x 38” H x 10” D (35 x 96.5 x 25 cm)
  • Weight depending on accessories used: 17.8–22.2 lbs (8.1–10 kg)

The Production Manager 40 is available immediately from Think Tank Photo. The other bags are expected to ship some time this year.

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2014.09.21

Just recently during Photokina, two new bags were introduced by MindShift Gear, both derivatives of the Rotation series, expanding the concept to different sizes and uses.

Rotation180° Trail Backpack

The new, smaller, lighter Rotation 180° Trail backpack makes accessing gear easier than ever for outdoor photographers and action-enthusiasts. With it, it is easy to hike, mountain bike, ski and bird-watch without breaking stride. No need to remove a cumbersome backpack to access camera gear or trail essentials. In one swift motion, the belt-pack can rotate to allow gear to be accessed without removing the backpack.

The compact yet spacious Rotation 180° Trail is designed to accommodate a day’s necessities and ready for quick access. It fits any 1.5 liter or a 2 liter CamelBak water reservoir, a light jacket and an extra layer, binoculars, compass, trail books, maps and more. The belt-pack can be worn on its own for traveling light.

MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Trail

The Rotation 180° Trail offers:

  • Rotating belt-pack for accessing trail essentials: compact DSLR or mirrorless camera system, 8” tablet, binoculars, maps, guide book, energy bars, food, and more.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment fits any 1.5 liter reservoir or a 2 liter CamelBak.
  • Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch and more.
  • Front stretch pocket provides flexible carrying options for quick access.
  • Small tripod carries easily on the side panel.
  • Top pocket for quick access to small items.
  • Mesh stretch pocket fits a water bottle.
  • Bike-light attachment.
  • Beltpack compression straps.
  • Lightweight materials.
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap.
  • Optional rain cover (sold separately) functions with rotation technology.

For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.

Backpack Dimensions

  • Exterior: 9.4” W x 21.3” H x 5.9” D (24 x 54 x 15 cm)
  • Interior: 8.5″ W x 11″ H x 4″ D (22 x 28 x 10 cm)

Belt-pack Dimensions

  • Exterior: 9.1” W x 7.1” H x 5.1” D (23 x 18 x 13 cm)
  • Interior: 8.7” W x 6.3” H x 4.3” D (22 x 16 x 11 cm)
  • 8” Tablet Compartment: 7.9” W x 5.5” H x 0.6” D (20 x 14 x 1.5 cm)
  • Belt-pack: 4.5 liters
  • Backpack: 11.5 liters
  • Total: 16 liters
  • Backpack: 1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
  • Beltpack: 0.8 lbs. (0.4 kg)

Rotation 180° Travel Away Backpack

The first rotating backpack for global travelers and outdoor explorers. When traveling in unfamiliar places, knowing where critical items are and protecting them from prying eyes are very important. In one swift motion, only the wearer can rotate the concealed belt-pack to the front for instantaneous and secure access to cameras, passports, guidebooks, tablets, or other travel essentials. No more being forced to stop in front of strangers to remove a backpack to gain access to essential travel items.

Travelers will enjoy peace of mind, knowing that their critical and most valuable items are stowed away securely and are inaccessible to others due to the Rotation 180° Travel Away’s innovative design. The backpack also has dedicated pockets to conceal a 15” laptop and 10” tablet, while the belt-pack can fit an 8” tablet.

MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Travel

The Rotation 180° Travel Away backpack offers:

  • Backpack has dedicated pockets to conceal up to a 15” laptop and a 10” tablet.
  • Removable belt-pack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
  • Size qualifies as a personal carry-on item for air travel.
  • Side compression straps enable carrying of trekking poles, a small tripod, or jacket.
  • Locking sliders on the main compartment secures valuables with a travel lock.
  • Backpack rear pocket provides quick access to a camera, AC adapters, large sunglasses, books or other large items.
  • Additional room for books, jacket, extra clothing, hat, gloves, food, etc.
  • Ultra-Stretch pocket for water bottle.
  • Durable materials hold up in harsh conditions.
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap and attachment points.
  • Curved back panel with single aluminum stay for pack stability.
  • Optional seam-sealed rain cover functions with rotation technology (sold separately).

For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.

Dimensions

  • Exterior: 11.8” W x 20.1” H x 7.1” D (30 x 51 x 18 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 6.7” W x 16.9” H x 1.6” D (17 x 43 x 4 cm)
  • 10” Tablet Compartment: 8.3” W x 10.6” H x 0.6” D (21 x 27 x 1.5)
  • Belt-pack exterior: 10.2” W x 6.7” H x 2.0” D (26 x 17 x 5 cm)
  • Belt-pack Interior: 9.8” W x 5.9” H x 1.8” D (25 x 15 x 4.5 cm)
  • 8” Tablet Compartment: 8.1” W x 5.5” H x 0.6” D (20.5 x 14 x 1.5 cm)
  • Backpack: 18.5 liters
  • Backpack: 2.2 lbs (0.9 kg)
  • Belt-pack: 0.6 lbs (0.4kg)

Both new back-packs are expected to be available later this year directly from the MindShift Gear website.

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2014.09.17

The new Canon flagship ultra-zoom features the most powerful optical zoom on the market. Its 65X range covers focal-lengths equivalent 21 to 1365mm, going from the widest to the longest reach of any fixed lens digital camera. This is paired with a 16 megapixels 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor to keep a size similar to its predecessor.

Canon Powershot SX60 HS

The Canon Powershot SX60 HS is bridge camera with full manual-controls, including manual-focus and custom white-balance, plus choice of metering patters, including Spot. The high-speed CMOS sensor can shoot continuously at 6.5  FPS and record full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS. It has an ISO 100 to 3200 sensitivity range with an expanded ISO 6400 setting in Low-Light mode.

In addition to a 3″ LCD, the SX60 HS has a built-in 920K pixels EVF, the highest resolution one on a Canon camera to date. Only a handful of ultra-zooms have such high-resolution viewfinders lately, mostly from Fuji, but the technology has been around since 2004 when it was introduced by Konica-Minolta on the Dimage A2. That one even has an Eye-Start sensor which is  unfortunately lacking on the SX60.

The incredible lens of the Canon Powershot SX60 HS is capable of focusing down to 0 (yes, zero) centimeters from the lens, providing for the ability to capture extreme close-ups.  At the long end, it can focus down to 1.8m which is still every impressive considering a 1365mm-equivalent focal-length.

The Canon SX60 HS is scheduled to be available next month for $549 USD or $579 CDN. Adorma and B&H Photo are both already accepting pre-orders.

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2014.09.16

There is a new flagship DSLR in the Canon APS-C lineup. It replaces the Canon EOS 7D which is the second oldest non-discontinued digital camera. First place goes to the 2008 Nikon D3X, while the 7D was  introduced in 2009. It did not take long for Canon users to ask for an update to one of the best sport-oriented APS-C cameras. The combination of fast 8 FPS drive and extended reach via the 1.6X focal-length-multiplier, made it highly desirable for capturing spectator sports.

The new Canon EOS 7D Mark II delivers the next level of advanced sports capabilities with its unique 65-point all-cross-type Phase-Detect AF sensor and a very fast 10 FPS drive. It has an incredibly deep buffer to support it, up to 1090 JPEG images or 31 RAW files in a single burst. This of course requires a fast card which the 7D Mark II supports as UDMA7 Compact-Flash or USD-1 SDXC cards.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

The 7D Mark II features the same Dual-Pixel AF CMOS sensor, first seen in the 70D intermediate camera, which offers Phase-Detect AF in Live-View and Video mode over 80% of the image-area. The sensor is made of 40 million paired photo-sites paired to offer 20 megapixels of resolution. It has a high standard sensitivity range of 100-16,000, expandable to 51,200. As expected for a camera of this class, the 7D Mark II can reach 1/8000s shutter-speeds, supports timed exposures up to 30s and longer Bulb exposures.

The design of the Canon 7D Mark II will be instantly familiar to Canon photographers, with a layout very close to the EOS 5D Mark III reviewed here  which is evolved from the original 7D. The body is full weather-sealed and includes a bright 1X maginification 100% coverage viewfinder.

This new professional DSLR is expected in Novermber for a suggested retail price of $1799 USD or $1899 CDN. Those wanting one soon should pre-order it from Adorama or B&H Photo.

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2014.09.16

The competition among large-sensor compacts is heating up with the all-new Canon Powershot G7 X. This new compact slots itself below the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II introduced earlier this year, offering an intermediate sensor-size in a more compact body. The new G7 X features a 20 megapixels 1″ sensor, versus s 12 megapixels 1.5″ one on the G1 X Mark II. The new body is 45% lighter and 55% smaller by volume and it even manages to squeeze in a brighter lens.

Canon Powershot G7 X

The compact Canon Powershot G7 X offers a 20 MP 1″ CMOS sensor with 2.7X crop-factor. It has a wide ISO 125 to 12800 sensitivity range and unusually long 1/2000 to 250s shutter-speed range. The processor capture full-resolution images at 6.5 FPS or record 1080p HD video at 60 FPS. This premium compact offers plenty of external-controls, including dual control-dials, a traditional mode-dial, plus a dedicated one for exposure-compensation.

This compact is equipped with a bright F/1.8-2.8 lens, equivalent to 24-100mm in 35mm-terms. This compensates partly for the smaller sensor relative to its sibling by allowing almost one additional stop of light at the long end of the zoom. Framing on the G7 X is exclusively possible via its 3″ touchscreen LCD with 1 MP of resolution. Unlike the G1 X Mark II, there is no provision of an external viewfinder.

The Canon Powershot G7 X is expected to ship next month for a suggested price of $749 CDN or $699 USD. B&H Photo and Adorama are accepting pre-orders at these links.

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