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2017.08.24

Think Tank Photo, long time makers of professional camera bags, just unveiled a new series of shoulder bags called Spectral. These new bags feature one-handed access and improved theft-protection thanks to a unique magnetic clasp.

With Think Tank Photo’s new Spectral shoulder bags, photographers can remain inconspicuous while shooting, knowing their valuable cameras and lenses are safer from theft and the elements. A magnetic Fidlock clasp enables quiet, one-handed access to gear and then locks automatically when closing the flap. An additional zippered closure gives peace of mind while traveling and can be tucked away when actively shooting. constructed with durable yet stylish materials, the Spectral Shoulder Bag offers Think Tank quality and ingenuity at a reasonable price.

The Spectral series comes in three sizes:

  • The Spectral 8 fits one standard size DSLR body with a wide or short zoom, a 24–70mm F/2.8 detached, plus one to two small extra lens, and an eight-inch tablet. Or, it fits a Mirrorless kit with three to four lenses, including the 50–140mm.
  • The Spectral 10 fits one standard size DSLR body with 24–70mm attached, a 70–200mm detached, one to three extra lenses, and a 10” tablet.
  • The Spectral 15 fits one standard size DSLR body with 24–70mm attached, a 70–200mm detached, two to four extra lenses, flash, a 10” tablet, and a 15” laptop.

All bags in this series offer these key features:

  • Tablet pocket (Spectral 8: 8”, Spectral 10 & 15: 10”)
  • Phone pocket sized for today’s large phones
  • Tripod attachment points and straps
  • Luggage handle pass-through
  • Comfortably padded non-slip shoulder strap for all day comfort
  • Customizable divider layout with dividers for stacking short lenses
  • Internal pockets to hold batteries, card wallets and other accessories
  • Water bottle pocket
  • Seam-sealed rain cover

Think Tank Spectral 15

Additionally, the Spectral 15 features a dedicated compartment for laptops up to 15″. Here are the bag specifications:

Spectral 8

  • Internal Dimensions: 10.2” W x 7.5” H x 4.9” D (26 x 19 x 12.5 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 11” W x 8.3” H x 6.1” D (28 x 21.2 x 15.5 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 8.3” W x 5.5” H x 0.6” D (21 x 14 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)

Spectral 10

  • Internal Dimensions: 13” W x 9.1” H x 4.9” D (33 x 23 x 12.5 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 13.8” W x 10” H x 6.1” D (35 x 25.5 x 15.5 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 10.4” W x 7.6” H x 0.6” D (26.5 x 19.2 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs (1.1 kg)

Spectral 15

  • Internal Dimensions: 15.3” W x 9.8” H x 5.1” D (39 x 25 x 13 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 16.1” W x 12.6” H x 6.3” D (41 x 32 x 16 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 12.6” W x 7.6” H x 0.8” D (32 x 19.2 x 2 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 14.1” W x 9.6” H x 1” D (36 x 24.5 x 2.5 cm)
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs (1.2 kg)

One new thing that Think Tank Photo committed to with this new series is to reduce selling costs while maintaining the highest quality materials. Indeed, the smaller Spectral 8 comes in at just $100 USD with the mid-size Spectral 10 selling for $120 USD and the largest Spectral 15 at $140 USD. These bags are all immediately available directly from the Think Tank Photo website.

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2017.08.24

Having teased about it last month for their 100th anniversary, the new Nikon D850 has just been unveiled. This new high-resolution flagship full-frame DSLR expands the family by a significant leap.

The Nikon D850 is built around a 46 megapixels BSI-CMOS sensor that captures more light per pixel than previous sensors used on Nikon DSLRs. This sensor features a high-speed read-out which allows for full-width 4K Ultra-HD video. It can equally output full-resolution images at a maximum of 9 FPS, although the optional battery-grip is needed for that. Otherwise, it can capture a respectable 7 FPS at 46 MP and 51 RAW files in their maximum 14-bit quality. Doing down to 12-bit RAW files, makes it possible to capture 170 frames per burst.

This DSLR inherits two key components from the top-of-the-line D5 reviewed here. One is the EXPEED 5 processor which performs exceptional rendering of JPEG images and processes information at an outstanding velocity. This time, the D850 does not have an Anti-Alias Filter, so we should expect even more critically sharp output from this camera. The other is the incomparable 153-Point Phase-Detect AF system seen in the D5 and also the D500. It features 99 Cross-Type Points, 15 usable at F/8 and with a maximum sensitivity of -4 EV.

The headline-grabbing 8K Time-Lapse Feature deserves some explanations before covering the rest of the D850 highlights. Nikon has been producing in-camera Time Lapse Video since the D600 yet they had an Interval Timer feature a considerably long time before. Given its high resolution of 46 megapixels, the D850 captures images slightly over 8K. The Interval Timer  can drive the camera to capture almost 1000 such images which can be assembled into a Time Lapse Video. It will not do it internally. 4K Time Lapse Video though is fully supported and results in an Ultra-HD video produced in-camera.

Nikon designed to D850 is their ultimate combination of resolution and speed. Reaching 46 megapixels, this is their highest resolution camera yet and the omission of an Anti-Alias-Filter makes sure that the maximum amount of details can be extracted from its sensor. With a top-speed of 9 FPS, it is also among their fastest DSLRs. It is of course supplanted by the 14 FPS drive of the D5 in this area but is only a little behind the 10 FPS of the D500. When a battery-grip is not used, 7 FPS is still sufficient to capture fleeting moments for portraits, street photography and some action. Along with such speed, the D850 has endurance to last for 1840 frames on a single battery-charge.

Usability is critical for professional cameras and NIkon has improved things where it counts the most by offering the largest viewfinder ever made into a DSLR. New optics achieve a 0.75X magnification while maintaining 100% coverage and leaving room for a built-in shutter. The body has been redesigned with a deeper grip than on the D810 and buttons on the left side of the body are now illuminated to provide usability in the dark. The top status LCD also has a back-light, as in high-end DSLRs. The body of the D850 is equipped with dual memory-card slots, one accepting XQD cards and the other SDXC UHS-II ones. Top performance requires the use of an XQD card.

Making its debut on the Nikon D850 is a focus bracketing feature designed for stacking. The camera can capture up to 300 frames with 10 different focus step sizes between each frame. These potentially large sets of images are stored in their own directory for easy of assembly by third-party software.

The Nikon D850 has  a suggested retail price of $3,299 USD or $4,399.95 CAD and will be available some time next month. Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders. This camera is expected to sell out fast since it represents such a significant leap from its predecessor, so pre-order yours today! Using the links here gives you the same low price and reputable service as usual while helping us support Neocamera.

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2017.08.14

The Nikon D500 is a performance professional DSLR. It is built around a 20 megapixels CMOS sensor with unprecedented sensitivity for APS-C, covering a standard ISO 100-51200 range, expandable to ISO 50-1638400, and sharing the ultimate 153-Point Phase-Detect AF sensor from the flagship full-frame D5. This new autofocus module offers up to 99 Cross-Type AF points and is sensitive down to -4 EV. Combined with a fast 10 FPS continuous drive, the Nikon D500 is the ultimate APS-C DSLR for action photography.

Nikon D500

Neocamera just published its highly detailed review of the Nikon D500 here. Given that this particular DSLR has received quite a few reviews already and it unsurprisingly delivers a superb performance for an APS-C digital camera, this review takes a particularly critical look at how much performance the D500 delivers compared to the rest of the Nikon family and closest competitors. Find out just how much  the Nikon D500 pulls ahead of other professional APS-C DSLRs by reading the Neocamera Nikon D500 Review!

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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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