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2017.06.30

MindShift Gear unveiled a new line up camera slings yesterday morning. The new PhotoCross series starts with 2 models each available in 2 colors. These Slings are unlike any other ones on the market and designed for both comfort and easy of gear access.

Mindshift Gear PhotoCross

PhotoCross slings are designed for outdoor use with waterproof fabrics and protective seam-sealed rain covers for heavy downpours. Like traditional slings, they move from the back to the front of the photographer to provide quick access and get out of the way easily. These new offers from MindShift Gear go one step further by improving comfort while worn as backpack with a 3-point harness and retractable belt.

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.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • ? 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

MATERIALS

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

These new slings are available immediately directly from the MindShift Gear website.

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2017.06.30

Coinciding with International Camera Day, Canon has released the successor to two lesser known series of DSLRs.

Canon EOS Rebel SL2

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2, also known as the EOS 200D outside of North America, is a new small-form-factor DSLR which follows the excellent Canon EOS Rebel SL1 reviewed here already over 4 years ago. The SL1 is the smallest APS-C DSLR on the market and the new SL2 is just a few milimetres wider while featuring a completely new imaging pipeline and revised ergonomics.

The new Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is built around a 24 megapixels APS-C (1.6X Crop) CMOS sensor with Dual-Pixel CMOS which can perform Phase-Detect Autofocus at every pixel. This technology, unique to Canon, allows smooth focus transition when using Live-View and video capture. The sensor is paired with the latest Digic 7 processor to handle the larger amount of data from the 24 MP Dual-Pixel sensor and record full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS, up from 30 FPS for the SL1. The new sensor and processor combination allow the SL2 to shoot at 5 FPS instead of 4 FPS and has a full stop more sensitivity, reaching ISO 25600, expandable to 51200.

While the SL2 lost the essential high-start sensor, it gains WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE and NFC capabilities. It also has a versatile but definitely fragile rotating LCD. The optical viewfinder still remains at 0.87X magnification with 95% coverage which is typical for an entry-level DSLR. To see the complete list of specification differences between the SL2 and SL1, use our Digital Camera Compare Tool.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II follows the original 6D launched almost 5 years ago. The Mark II version is extremely similar to its predecessor, even inheriting its fatal flaw which make it unpopular in the first place. Externally, very little has changed other than the removal of the infrared receiving port in favor a 3-pin wired connector and a rotating hinge for the rear LCD. Besides those two changes, it would be extremely hard to tell the 6D Mark II and 6D apart.

Internal changes though are substantial. There is a completely new imaging pipeline starting with an all-new 26 megapixels Dual-Pixel CMOS sensor with Phase-Detect AF at every pixel. Just like the SL2, this lets the 6D Mark II focus smoothly and continuously during Live-View and video capture. The same Digic 7 processor also lets the 6D Mark II record full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS. The new sensor has a standard sensitivity range of 100-40,000, expandable to 50-102400, gaining only a little in the standard range. The 6D Mark II is much faster than its predecessor and can shoot continuously at 6.5 FPS rather than 4.5 FPS.

The dedicated autofocus system has been completely changed too. The 6D Mark II uses a 45-point All-Cross-Type Phase-Detect AF system when shooting with the optical viewfinder. Speaking of the OVF, Canon still cropped it in the Mark II version, albeit with 1% more viewing area, giving it 98% coverage. Still 98% is not 100% and that will certainly keep the 6D Mark II out of the hands of serious photographers. From Canon’s perspective though, this 2% crop will keep serious photographers paying for the more-costly Canon EOS 5D Mark IV which is better in almost every way.

The 6D Mark II, like its predecessor, features a built-in GPS which records position and elevation, but not orientation like the 5D Mark IV. Its body is weatherproof and offers a hot-shoe but not a built-in flash. New to the Canon EOS 6D Mark II is built-in Bluetooth 4.1 LE and NFC.

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is expected to ship this August for $600 USD. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is also expected to ship around the same time, although with a suggested price of $2000 USD.

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2017.05.31

Nikon unveiled today the most waterproof digital camera to date. Their latest Nikon Coolpix W300 can be taken down to a depth of 30 meters for up to an hour, the deepest of any digital camera without using an underwater case.

Nikon Coolpix W300

The Nikon Coolpix W300 is a rugged compact digital camera which stays waterproof until 30m underwater, is freezeproof to -10C, shockproof to 2.4m drops and is completely dustproof. One thing that Nikon omitted to keep the W300 lighter than its peers is a crushproof design. Still, the Nikon Coolpix W300 is designed for adventure with a built-in GPS, built-in compass, built-in altimeter and depth-meter.

This compact digital camera is built around a 16 megapixels CMOS sensor that can shoot continuously at 7 FPS and record 4K Ultra-HD videos at 30 FPS. Full HD videos are also possible at 60 FPS. The imaging sensor is paired with an optically stabilized 5X ultra-wide-angle optical zoom, equivalent to 24-120mm.

The Nikon Coolpix W300 is expected to be available this summer for $390 USD or $500 CDN.

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2017.05.31

Nikkon launches three entirely new lenses earlier today. One is a DX lens for DSLRs with APS-C sensor while the other two also cover Full-Frame sensors.

Nikkor DX AF-P 10-20mm F/4.5-5.6G

First up, the ultra-wide Nikkor DX AF-S 10-20mm F/4.5-5.6G is a lightweight lens with a dim aperture for Nikon APS-C cameras. This one covers a 10 to 20mm focal-length, giving it a maximum angle-of-view of 109° while weighing a mere 230g. This is incredible for such an ultra-wide lens, with the trade-off being a maximum aperture of F/4.5 at the wide-end and F/5.6 at the long end. The lens can stop down to F/29 which is way beyond the diffraction limit of any DSLR.

The Nikkor DX AF-S 10-20mm F/4.5-5.6G is the first ultra-wide lens to use a Pulse-Linear motor for quiet and smooth focusing which is useful for those who use their DSLR to record video. This lens manages to squeeze in a Nikon Vibration Reduction system. As an entry-level lens though, it is mostly made of plastic, including the lens mount.

Nikkor AF-S 28mm F/1.4E

The second lens is a high-end wide-angle prime with ultra-bright aperture. The Nikkor AF-S 28mm F/1.4E is a weatherproof lens with rear focusing system and durable lens barrel made of a single piece. All movements are internal giving it excellent resistance to adverse conditions and stability. Its single focal-length of 28mm makes it wide-angle on a Full-Frame camera or almost Normal on an APS-C one.

Nikkor AF-S 8-15mm F/3.5-4.5E

The third lens is an unusual fisheye zoom. The full-frame Nikkor AF-S 8-15mm F/3.5-4.5E Fisheye is exceptional in that it is only the second lens to switch between a circular and rectangular fisheye. At its widest it creates a circular image covering 180° angle-of-view. At the longest it still covers an impressive 175° diagonal-angle-of-view rendered as a rectangular image.

This Nikkor fisheye is one of the few to be weatherproof. It is fitted with a super-sonic autofocus drive which can focus down to 16cm, giving it a maximum magnification of 0.34X. This is almost the highest magnification of any fisheye lens.

Availability is scheduled as mid-summer for all three lenses. The suggest prices reflect their expected performance: $310 USD or $415 CDN for the 10-20mm, $1900 USD or $2700 CDN for the 28mm and $1250 USD or $1700 for the 8-15mm fisheye.

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2017.05.25

Think Tank Photo, makers of durable camera bags for professionals, expanded their offerings today with the introduction of version 2.0 of their TurnStyle series and a new rolling addition to the StreetWalker series of backpacks.

Think Tank TurnStyle V2.0

The TurnStyle series was upgraded to improve stability. These body-conforming slings are designed to swiftly move from the back to the front of the wearer for easy access to photographic gear. The new version adds a stabilizer strap to keep it from moving much while walking. There are 3 sizes of TurnStyle V2.0 bags, each available in two colors: charcoal or indigo blue:

  • The TurnStyle 5 fits a mirrorless body plus two to four lenses, and an eight-inch tablet.
  • The TurnStyle 10 fits a standard size DSLR plus one to two lenses, and an eight-inch tablet.
  • The TurnStyle 20 fits a standard size DSLR plus one to three lenses, and a 10” tablet.

TurnStyle bags offer a slim, contoured, body-conforming design with a wide shoulder strap provides a very comfortable fit. They are build with lightweight materials and breathable 320G air-mesh back panel keeps cool during long days. Each has an easily accessible front organizer pocket for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories and a rear internal pocket holds documents. All bags come with fully customizable interior dividers and a seam-sealed rain cover. The TurnStyle 20 includes in dedicated pocket for the rain cover. Here are they key specifications:

TurnStyle 5 V2.0

  • Interior Dimension: 6.3” W x 11” H x 3.5” D (16 x 28 x 9 cm)
  • Exterior Dimension: 7.1” W x 13.8” H x 3.9” D (18 x 35 x 10 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 0.8 lb. (0.3 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 32–64.5” (includes length of product)
  • Stability strap length: 58.3” (includes length of product)

TurnStyle 10 V2.0

  • Interior Dimension: 7.1” W x 12.6” H x 4.8” D (18 x 32 x 12.2 cm)
  • Exterior Dimension: 8.3” W x 15.4” H x 5.2” D (21 x 39 x 13.2 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.0 lb. (0.4 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 35–68.3” (includes length of product)
  • Stability strap length: 59.3” (includes length of product)

TurnStyle 20 V2.0

  • Interior Dimension: 8.3” W x 15” H x 4.8” D (21 x 38 x 12.2 cm)
  • Exterior Dimension: 9.3” W x 17.3” H x 5.4” D (23.5 x 44 x 13.7 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 8.1” x 10.2” x 0.6” (20.5 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.2 lb. (0.5 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 36.5–73” (includes length of product)
  • Stability strap length: 60” Maximum (includes length of product)

Think  Tank Street Walker Roller

The StreetWalker Roller is the newest member of the excellent StreetWalker series of light-weight photography backpacks. The Roller adds two wheels and a retractable handle to use it as a rolling case. Additionally, all existing models of the StreetWalker series got updated with additional pockets.

The new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 is so spacious, it will fit two DSLR bodies with lenses attached, and a 15” laptop. The StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0 backpack fits two bodies with lenses attached or a gripped body with a 200–400mm F/4 attached, a 15” laptop and a 13” tablet. The StreetWalker Pro V2.0 backpack fits  two bodies with lens attached or a 400mm F/2.8 unattached, and a 10” table. And, the StreetWalker V2.0 backpack fits one gripped DSLR with 70–200mm F/2.8 attached, one standard DSLR with 24–70mm F/2.8 attached, a 16–35mm F/2.8, and a 10” tablet.

The StreetWalker Roller Backpack V2.0 features a comfortable harness system allows you to roll the bag or carry it on your back and a dedicated laptop compartment that holds up to a 15” laptop. It fits two bodies with lenses attached including a 200–400mm F/4.  This bag is specially designed to maximize gear for carry-on and meets most US and International airline carry-on requirements. It offers a reinforced telescoping handle with rubberized touch points, plus a tripod mount on front panel. New pockets fit a smartphone with a 5.5” (14cm) screen. A seam-sealed rain cover included.

The StreetWalker Roller features user-replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, feet and kick plate extends product life. It packs adjustable dividers allow a customized fit for your DSLR or Mirrorless gear and has a hypalon reinforced rear panel for increased durability.

All StreetWalker Backpacks V2.0 have a tripod mount on front panel, padded shoulder straps comfortable for all day trekking, YKK RC Fuse zippers, ballistic nylon, high density velex and closed-cell PU foam. Adjustable dividers allow to customize the fit of your DSLR or Mirrorless gear. There are two side water bottle pockets and two side zippered pockets and interior clear zippered pockets for accessories. The revised StreetWalker series have the following specifications:

StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0

  • Internal Dimensions: 11.8” W x 19.7” H x 6.3–7.1” D (30 x 50 x 16–18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 12.6” W x 21.9” H x 9” D (32 x 55.5 x 22.9 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 9.8” W x 14.5” H x 0.9” D (25 x 36.8 x 2.3 cm)
  • Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 x 19 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs. (3.7 kg)

StreetWalker V2.0

  • Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 16.1” H x 6.3” D (24 x 41 x 16 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 9.8” W x 17.3” H x 7.1” D (25 x 44 x 18 cm)
  • tablet: 7.7” W x 10.4” H x 0.4” D (19.5 × 26.5 × 1 cm)
  • Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 × 19 × 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)

StreetWalker Pro V2.0

  • Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 17.3” H x 7.5” D (24 x 44 x 19 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 9.8” W x 18.5” H x 8.3” D (25 x 47 x 21 cm)
  • Tablet: 7.7” W x 10.4” H x 0.4” D (19.5 × 26.5 × 1 cm)
  • Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 × 19 × 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg)

StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0

  • Internal Dimensions: 11” W x 19.7” H x 7.1” D (28 x 50 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 11.4” W x 20.4” H x 8.7” D (29 x 52 x 22 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 10” W x 16.1” H x 0.9” D (25.5 x 41 x 2.2 cm)
  • Tablet: 8.9” W x 11.9” H x 0.4” D (22.5 × 30.3 × 1 cm)
  • Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 × 19 × 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs (2 kg)

All these new Think Tank Photo bags are available directly from the manufacturer website.

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