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Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design

Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design

UPDATE 09.18.2014
After yesterdays post about my admiration for the the products from Peak Design. We were inundated with links and articles that originated from Reddit about the Slide camera strap and Clutch hand strap failing when in use. I purchased both products from their booth at Photokina on Monday and I decided to go back today to ask Peak Design directly what the issues are and how confident should be in the products.

I spoke directly with the founder of Peak Design, Peter Dering. I requested a demonstration of what had been failing on the products and asked what Peak Design was doing about the issues. I also wanted to know if what I purchased at Photokina was affected by the issues, to which I was glad to hear they aren’t.

Peter explained that the issue arose because of quality control issues from the manufacturing side of things. A small percentage of springs that hold the anchor links in place were not built to the specifications Peak Design wanted. Peter did say that their manufacturing partner has been very responsive to the issues and they are working diligently at improving QC immediately on the spring mechanism.

I asked if the poster from Reddit that had his equipment damaged was going to be taken care of, and I was told they would be.

You can view Peak Design’s acknowledgement of the product on their Kickstarter page for the Clutch and Slide. There should be a video posted there shortly showing the issue and how to see if your Slide or Clutch is affected by the issue. Anything sold and shipped at Photokina and in the future is completely free of the spring issue.

Peak Design is giving 10% off to any order of $19.95 or more to Canon Rumors readers. I am making no money on this and after the explanation and demonstration from Peter, I have complete confidence in the product.

Save 10% at Peak Design, click here, if the link doesn’t automatically remove the 10%, please use the coupon code “cr10″.

 

Original Post
I’ll post a few of these over the next couple of days as I find vendors of products I actually love and use. First up is Peak Design, who manufactures some of the most useful and well design camera strap on the market. Their designs are simplistic and usable, I have found other manufacturers tend to make something as simple as a camera strap, extremely complex to use.

I first heard of Peak Design about a month ago when I was looking for a long, comfortable, quick release camera strap for my Sony A7S. I’m a tall person and I like the camera to hang down just below my waste level to the side. It became apparent that people were really in love with the Peak Design Leash. I ordered it and it turned out to be the perfect camera strap for the application I was looking for. The Leash is probably best on cameras like the 60D and smaller. I wouldn’t use this type of strap with the EOS-1D X or a battery gripped metal DSLR. It’s probably too thin of a strap to be comfortable. They have a solution for those cameras though…

While I was at the Peak Design booth, I was given a demo of their new Peak Design Slide camera strap for larger DSLRs. It’s a very thin, yet well padded strap. It’s best feature is a very nifty quick adjust handle on the strap to quickly shorten and lengthen the strap as needed. I ended up buying one.

The second product I bought yesterday was the Peak Design Clutch hand strap. This is another quick release and quick adjust product. For anyone that has used the Canon hand strap, you know that is anything but quick and easy to use. The one caveat for this product is the need of a camera plate in the tripod hole. Peak design does sell an Arca compatible universal plate, but they do not sell L brackets. There are probably L brackets out there that the strap could mount to, but you’ll have to find a bracket with a hole that you can feed the mounting hardware to. It might be worth it to the various bracket makers out there to be “Peak Compatible”.

All-in-all, their products are wonderfully designed and executed and I highly recommend their straps.

Peak Design Leash | Peak Design Slide | Peak Design Clutch

*I paid full price for my Peak Design products, there were no freebies given to me. :)

**You can also play “Find Fro” in the image associated with this post.

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SanDisk Premieres World’s Highest Capacity SD Card for High Performance Video and Photo Capture

SanDisk Premieres World’s Highest Capacity SD Card for High Performance Video and Photo Capture

AMSTERDAM, Sept. 11, 2014 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today launched its 512GB** SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I memory card, the world’s highest capacity SD™ card on the market. The new offering is designed to meet the demands of industry professionals who require the most advanced gear available for shooting 4K Ultra High Definition (3840x2160p) video, Full HD video (1920×1080)1 and high-speed burst mode photography.

“As an industry leader, SanDisk continues to push the boundaries of technology to provide customers with the innovative, reliable, high-performance solutions they have come to expect from us,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “4K Ultra HD is an example of a technology that is pushing us to develop new storage solutions capable of handling massive file sizes. The 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card is a tremendous advancement that enables professionals to reliably store more content on a single card than ever before.”

Preorder the new SanDisk SD Cards at Adorama

Built for the Pros

Since SanDisk unveiled its first 512MB SD card in 2003, capacity demands have increased exponentially and the new 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card represents a 1,000-fold capacity increase in just over a decade, yet maintains the same size footprint. SanDisk’s most powerful and highest capacity SD UHS-I memory card yet, the 512GB card delivers write speeds up to 90 MB/s* and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) recording speed for high resolution, real-world color and stutter-free 4K Ultra HD video1. Transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s* move data quickly for efficient post-production workflow.

The 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card delivers both the speed and capacity needed to support 4K Ultra HD video capture, enabling users to shoot tremendous amounts of content without disrupting the moment.

The new offering comes with key features designed for pro-level action:

  • Built for and tested in harsh conditions—temperature proof, water proof, shock proof, and x-ray proof2
  • Lifetime limited warranty3
  • RescuePRO® Deluxe data recovery software download offer4, for bringing accidentally deleted images back to life

SanDisk Extreme Team member Sebastian Devaud, renowned director and producer, relies on cutting edge technologies to continuously advance his productions. “I am always interested in new technologies to help improve how I work and the quality of my results,” said Devaud. “With higher capacities, I have greater flexibility to capitalize on the moment and let the camera roll without worrying about the performance of my equipment.”

“The new 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I card offers incredible speed and capacity,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Our Pocket Cinema Camera customers shoot in every type of circumstance and location, and get amazing wide dynamic range RAW images capturing the brightest highlights and darkest shadows at the same time. The additional capacity of the SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I card will extend the creative freedom for our customers shooting in RAW and open up the ability to use wide dynamic range RAW files with even more productions.”

Pricing and Availability

The SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I SDHC/SDXC memory cards are available worldwide in capacities of 512GB, 256GB and 128GB. The 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card will be available for $799.99 (MSRP). For more information, please visitwww.SanDisk.com.

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PocketWizard MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 Now Compatible With More Canon Cameras

PocketWizard MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 Now Compatible With More Canon Cameras

PocketWizard has added more TTL support for the Canon camera lineup when using the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios.

The PocketWizard Utility also enables you to configure your settings in the ControlTL firmware found on the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios.

August 5, 2014: Full compatibility for the Canon 1D X*, 6D*, 70D, T5i / 700D, T4i* / 650D, T5 / 1200D and SL1 / 100D.  * Now with TTL compatibility

Download the firmware | PocketWizard MiniTT1 | PocketWizard FlexTT5

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Zacuto Launches Innovative Canon & Zeiss Cinema Lens Supports

Zacuto Launches Innovative Canon & Zeiss Cinema Lens Supports

Zacuto Press Release: Lens supports are an essential but often time consuming and fiddly tool in a filmmakers arsenal. The Zacuto product design team recognized this challenge and has created two new innovative, quick release lens supports that fit seamlessly into any cinematographers workflow. The Zacuto Zeiss Lens Support and Canon Lens Support are fast, easy, unobtrusive and best of all, require no additional work when changing lenses.

Most lens supports require a user to unscrew a stabilization rod or remove a support band in between every lens change. A customer commented to Zacuto product designer, Jens Bogehegn, that there had to be an easier way to achieve the same level of stability without all the fuss. This sparked an idea with the Zacuto design team, who then set out to create a completely new type of lens support concept.

The Zeiss and Canon Lens Supports incorporate a ‘hook and foot’ mechanism with a quick release lightweight rod mount. The hook attaches to your rods and the foot to your lens. The two click together and then separate with the standard movement of a lens change. This innovation is completely unique to the market.

“The beauty of this new lens support design is that it behaves as if there’s nothing on the lens. You can change lenses and there’s nothing getting in the way.” – Jens Bogehegn

The Zacuto Zeiss Lens Support for CP.2 lenses and Canon Lens Support for cinema and compact primes are available for purchase now. Visit the Zacuto website to purchase, watch videos and discover more about these unique products from the design team at Zacuto. Also available through any Zacuto dealer.

The Zacuto Zeiss Lens Support for CP.2 lenses and Canon Lens Support for cinema and compact primes are available for purchase now. Visit the Zacuto website to purchase, watch videos and discover more about these unique products from the design team at Zacuto.

Source: [P5D] | Visit Zacuto

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It’s Finally Here, the Louis Vuitton Camera Bag!

It’s Finally Here, the Louis Vuitton Camera Bag!

If you’ve been looking for one of the best made bag products on planet earth and have $3750 to spend on a camera bag, your product has arrived!

Product Description
A strong and protective camera bag in Damier Graphite canvas. Ideal for carrying small and medium sized cameras, with several useful compartments for accessories too.

I’m sure they’ll sell a lot of these to the Leica crowd.

I remember seeing the Shure earbud t-shirts that said “my earbuds cost more than your iPod“, will we see the “my bag cost more than your camera kit” t-shirts?

This is no slight on Louis Vuitton, their stuff is exceptionally well made and they support their products.

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Gitzo Upgrades Heads and Tripod Kits with Arca-Swiss Compatible Plates

Gitzo Upgrades Heads and Tripod Kits with Arca-Swiss Compatible Plates

Took them long enough. Apparently Gitzo has caught onto what the rest of us have known for a while: That Arca-Swiss plates and quick/releases are the way to go for ultimate camera stability and security while on a set of sticks. Full press release below:

GITZO UPGRADES HEADS AND TRIPOD KITS WITH A NEW QUICK-RELEASE SYSTEM COMPATIBLE WITH ARCA-SWISS PLATES

TORONTO, ON., January 23, 2014 – Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Gitzo products, announces a new quick-release system that is being introduced across many of Gitzo’s heads, Traveler tripod kits, and accessories. Compatible with Arca- Swiss plates and most other manufacturers’ Arca-Swiss style plates, Gitzo’s new system also offers a number of significant advantages over alternative quick-release systems.

Gitzo’s new system is easier to use during set-up and changeovers, and offers failsafe support of camera equipment. The camera/plate can be snapped into the head from above, which is faster and easier than trying to slide it in from the side. When a Gitzo plate is used, the quick-release system’s secondary safety pin will also engage to prevent camera equipment from falling accidentally from the head, even if the plate locking lever is not fully locked.

The plate also features Gitzo’s new camera screw design. To make it as easy as possible to use, no matter where you are and what tools you have on hand, the screw can be tightened by hand, using a coin or with the supplied allen key.

The hybrid system, used on many of the new models, will also take traditional Gitzo C-profile plates, making it especially useful for photographers who already own and use Gitzo C-profile plates as their standard equipment. To accept Gitzo C-profile plates, the adaptor is simply removed from the clamp.

The new quick-release system includes three standard centre ball heads (GH1780QD, $379.95 MSRP; GH2780QD, $479.95 MSRP; GH3780QD, $549.95 MSRP), two Traveler centre ball heads (GH1781TQD, $319.95 MSRP; GH2781TQD, $359.95 MSRP), a Systematic head (GH5381SQD, $669.95 MSRP), and two Traveler tripod kits (GK1580TQD4, $1,039.95 MSRP; GK2580TQD, $1,149.95 MSRP). Accessories are also available and include quick-release adaptors and plates, plus a panoramic disc.

JVL’s take:
I own a Gitzo tripod and love it, there are many good tripods out there, but this one is mine. I gave up on Manfrotto and Gitzo’s own ballheads a while ago though. I found I could never place my camera *just* right (especially with added weight like a grip and telephoto lens). The worst problem I’ve experienced is over torquing the plate to your camera’s tripod mount, leading to a stripped thread and a costly replacement. I’ve personally been using a combo of Acratech’s ballhead and Really Right Stuff L-Plates, but as long as it works, and works well, I’m not too brand specific. As Gitzo is owned by Manfrotto, maybe we’ll see even the entry level line with improved mounts soon as well.

While not online yet, you can check out a wide assortment of Gitzo products at B&H and Adorama.

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Gura Gear Introduces New Adventure Backpack for Photographers

Gura Gear Introduces New Adventure Backpack for Photographers

Gura Gear, a CR favourite, has launched a new bag which is sure to be a hit for professional photographers everywhere. From their release:

“We are excited to introduce the newest addiition to the Gura Gear product line, the Uinta adventure backpack system. Named after the majestic Uinta mountain range located right in our backyard of Northern Utah, the Uinta is the ultimate adventure pack ready to haul camera gear and hiking essentials wherever your travels take you.

The Uinta is an adventure pack designed to utilize our new modular photo inserts and tripod and hydration system. Small Pro and Medium Pro Modules as well as a Tripod & Hydration System (THS) are available as separate components.”

JVL’s take:
We all tend to pack our bags to capacity, or even beyond it, often forgetting we need basic survival gear for ourselves. A bottle of water, an apple, maybe a sweater. The modular nature of the Uinta gives you the opportunity to choose how much space you need for gear, and how much for everything else. I could have used this bag when I went to Iceland a few years ago. I also know CR swear’s by his GuraGear packs and won’t hear about anything else from anyone else. From what I can see (I don’t own one myself) I tend to agree that if you need to max out your gear in a bag that works perfectly, GuraGear is the choice of many pros and amateurs alike.

Gura Gear has a special when you purchase a Uinta with the Small Pro and Medium Pro Modules; you receive a free Tripod & Hydration System when you mail in this form. (Valid until February 28th 2014)

You can see full details on the bag, including many photographs on the Gura Gear website.

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Gura Gear Launches New Color for Bataflae

Gura Gear is excited to introduce the newest limited edition color in the Bataflae 32L – Stone Green. Stone Green was inspired by our recent work in the field and will be available exclusively in the Bataflae 32L beginning in Mid-January 2014. The limited edition Grey and Tan colors of the Bataflae 32L were discontinued last fall, and we 32L_StoneGreen are currently out of stock of the Grey Bataflae 32L and have limited quantities remaining of the Tan Bataflae 32L. Pre-order the new Stone Green today to receive it in the first shipment later this month. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Hamilton at sarah@guragear.com or +1 (801) 823-2809.

CR’s Take
I love the Bataflae 32L bag, I think it’s the best travel bag when you have to move lots of gear. Below is the gear inside my Bataflae 32L right now. I’m currently travelling through Florida, Costa Rica and Suriname. I’ve never had a problem with getting this bag onto an airplane as carry-on. As it sits, it’s a solid 40lbs of gear!

I like this bag as it’s a backpack, a rolling bag would be quite cumbersome when travelling to locations that do not have paved paths. This bag itself weighs about 4.5lbs, which is extremely light for a backpack.

There’s no laptop pouch in the 32L, which is ok, as I wouldn’t want 40lbs of gear on top of the laptop if the bag falls that way, the Bataflae 22L does have a laptop sleeve. That being said, every airline I’ve flown with allows a separate laptop/messenger bag, which I use for laptop, headphones, media tools.

There’s no perfect camera bag, as most of us have more than one. If you’re in the market for a versatile gear mover, take a look at the Bataflae line of bags.

Gura Gear Bataflae 32L loaded up.

Gura Gear Bataflae 32L loaded up. – Click for larger

Contents of the bag

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Official: Lee Filter Solution for the Canon TS-E 17 f/4L

Official: Lee Filter Solution for the Canon TS-E 17 f/4L

From Lee Filters
As previously mentioned, Lee Filters has officially announced a filter ring adaptor that works with the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L lens. This adaptor allows you to tap into the 100mm (or 105mm polarizer) filter system that Lee offers.

From Lee Filters
“This new ring will adapt the Foundation kit filter holder to fit the Canon 17mm TS-E lens and will allow more than half of the total amount of movement that is normally possible with this lens before vignetting – we feel that this is adequate for most uses and using the smaller 100mm system will allow the use of popular 100mm filters such as the Big Stopper and Proglass range. You can even use the 105mm polariser if you allow for a small amount of cutoff at the corners.

It will be priced at £78.00.

First Review of the adaptorVisit Lee Filters

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Filter System Coming for the TS-E 17 f/4L? [CR1]

Filter System Coming for the TS-E 17 f/4L? [CR1]

From Lee Filters
We’ve been told that Lee Filters will soon announce a filter system for the Canon TS-E 17 f/4L. Such an accomplishment would be very welcomed in the photography world.

No word on pricing or how the system would work.

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