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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Coming May 9, 2014
« on: March 11, 2014, 02:09:32 PM »
The initial price as usual is high ... it should be priced around $500
Not possible and won't happen. The G16 retailing around $500. The original G1 X retailed at $800 and the price slowly dropped as it got older. Eventually, it settled around the $600 mark I believe.

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Won't work. The viewfinder has its own pin connectors that will make it recognize on the hotshoe.

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Can anyone advise on a suitable type (ie NOT the prism right angle type that Canon make)?

Any recommendations for the ones on ebay?

Magnification of 1.3 to 1.5X would be fine.

Nikon make a good one but doubtful whether it would fit Canon.

Thanks in advance for any replies.

http://www.1kindphotography.com/2011/09/diy-nikon-dslr-camera-dk-17m.html

EP-EX15II

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The price itself would probably be a reason why it won't sell...$300!

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I just got the peak design clip/arca plate, and I like it so far.

Pros:
I like it on my belt not for carrying the camera but for switching lenses outdoors. belts are not meant to take another 10 lb of camera it seems. anyone using suspenders with a belt?

It seems durable and secure, not sure about the plastic locking button release, but i think i can replace it if it breaks. there are definitly enough ways to lock it in that i am not worried about the camera falling.

I actually bought it just for the plate, because it has a loop for my blackrapid strap to connect to. My problem was that it was cumbersome change from blackrapid to tripod. Now i can hook the blackrapid right to the plate, and the plate to the tripod, and then into my belt to change lenses. seems effective but i havent actually used it on a long adventure. The plate does not allow for the safety bolts that my benro plate has, but im not too stupid so fingers crossed.

With the mk2 one, I can put the blackrapid screw into the bottom of the clip if i want, and use it that way. the weight of the clip helps keep the strap from getting in the way while the camera is on the tripod. I will report back as to how these styles work after i get a chance to carry it for a while.

The price was dirt cheap for camera stuff. hard pressed to find even a filter for 75$ let alone such a nifty solution.

Cons:
Cast aluminum can be pretty shady, and all the working parts are hidden from view so i cant tell what they are. the coating appears to be powder coated, not anodized, so it scratches off easily especially around the locking screws.

The locking screws are not yet perfect, they have to be unscrewed a long ways to allow the plate to swing open, even when it is floppy loose on the belt or strap. they also come out all the way and could get lost. a captive system would be difficult but better.

the position of the release button is a bit awkward, maybe having 2 or moving it would help.

the matte anodizing on the plate is not as smooth as the gloss on my benro plate, and it doesn't slide into my tripod as easily, but that could be a pro, because it doesn't fall out right as soon as i crack the screw loose.

all i can think of for now.

PS the blackrapid fasteners are all pretty sketchy and i would like to see a better sliding faster system. easy to sell it separately as an "accessory clip" and tell blackrapid to shove it.

EDIT: can someone post a picture showing how the peak design strap ends connect to the strap? i would like to be able to work them into a hand strap as well as a sling strap and do away with my blackrapid alltogether.

I wouldn't rely on the d-ring screw mount on the plate. Even though it looks sturdy, I don't think the intentions of it is to hang something from it. So just be wary.

In regards to locking screws and opening all the way, it all depends on how thick your belt/strap is. On a belt, it has to be opened a little. But if you're attaching to a think shoulder strap or something, you'll have to open it more. If the strap is 3/4 or more thicker, you'll need new long clamping bolts that can be purchased separately (compatible with Capture v2 only). Long bolts are also included with POV kit and ProPad.

I have reviews of both Peak Design Leash and Cuff.

Leash - http://www.1kindphotography.com/2013/05/review-peak-design-leash-camera-strap.html
Cuff - http://www.1kindphotography.com/2013/05/review-peak-design-cuff-camera-wrist-strap.html

It attaches via "cow hitch" loop as shown. I have it on the strap loop which will be perfect for the Cuff. You can place another on the opposite side and one on the plate for the Leash sling strap.




Here are some different ways you can set up your strap





Use coupon code "1kindphoto" to get 10% off all Peak Design products.

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You can still buy Carryspeed from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=carryspeed

I don't think BR has the ability to sue overseas. That is why Millionway sold CarrySpeed to an international company.

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For what it is worth, scuttlebutt is that Carryspeed was sued by BlackRapid, and the lawsuit was dragged out enough that Carryspeed gave up.  Not sure how they viewed the product as a knock off.


Black Rapid has a patent on the sliding camera strap.
http://1.usa.gov/1i9HldD

CarrySpeed LumaLoop and others have left the field or discontinued products as result of the patent grant. Carryspeed was sued by BR and seems to have gone out of business.

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Millionway International, Inc. ("Millionway") and Black Rapid are competitors in the camera strap market. ( Millionway Int'l, Inc. v. Black Rapid, Inc., 4:13-CV-01780, Dkt. 1). XP Photo sells Millionway's products. Dkt. 1 ¶ 17 (Original Complaint). On November 1, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("Patent Office") granted Black Rapid a utility patent on a camera transport system and method, known as the 729 Patent. Dkt. 1 ¶ 10. The Patent Office issued a reexamination certificate confirming the validity of the 729 Patent on March 5, 2013. Id. On March 6, 2013, Black Rapid filed suit against Millionway in the United States District Court for the Central District of California ("California Court") for infringement of the 729 Patent. Id. ¶ 12. Millionway did not answer, and Black Rapid filed a motion for default judgment on April 5, 2013. Dkt. 7, Ex. F.[1] The California Court entered default judgment against Millionway on June 10, 2013, and additionally permanently enjoined Millionway and its agents from infringing the 729 Patent. Dkt. 7, Ex. B (granting Black Rapid's motion for default judgment). Therefore, the California Court deemed Black Rapid's factual allegations in its original complaint as true, including a determination that Millionway's camera straps including the "Carry Speed" line of products, infringed the 729 Patent. Id.

http://tx.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.20131202_0001521.STX.htm/qx



My eyes started hurting after reading the first couple of paragraphs, but doesn't the Optech sling strap have the same principle? Did they do it first or didn't BR have enough bank balance to sue them?

The legal fees was pretty much was killed off CarrySpeed. A multi-million dollar company versus a small company.

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For what it is worth, scuttlebutt is that Carryspeed was sued by BlackRapid, and the lawsuit was dragged out enough that Carryspeed gave up.  Not sure how they viewed the product as a knock off.


Black Rapid has a patent on the sliding camera strap.
http://1.usa.gov/1i9HldD

CarrySpeed LumaLoop and others have left the field or discontinued products as result of the patent grant. Carryspeed was sued by BR and seems to have gone out of business.

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Millionway International, Inc. ("Millionway") and Black Rapid are competitors in the camera strap market. ( Millionway Int'l, Inc. v. Black Rapid, Inc., 4:13-CV-01780, Dkt. 1). XP Photo sells Millionway's products. Dkt. 1 ¶ 17 (Original Complaint). On November 1, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("Patent Office") granted Black Rapid a utility patent on a camera transport system and method, known as the 729 Patent. Dkt. 1 ¶ 10. The Patent Office issued a reexamination certificate confirming the validity of the 729 Patent on March 5, 2013. Id. On March 6, 2013, Black Rapid filed suit against Millionway in the United States District Court for the Central District of California ("California Court") for infringement of the 729 Patent. Id. ¶ 12. Millionway did not answer, and Black Rapid filed a motion for default judgment on April 5, 2013. Dkt. 7, Ex. F.[1] The California Court entered default judgment against Millionway on June 10, 2013, and additionally permanently enjoined Millionway and its agents from infringing the 729 Patent. Dkt. 7, Ex. B (granting Black Rapid's motion for default judgment). Therefore, the California Court deemed Black Rapid's factual allegations in its original complaint as true, including a determination that Millionway's camera straps including the "Carry Speed" line of products, infringed the 729 Patent. Id.

http://tx.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.20131202_0001521.STX.htm/qx

CarrySpeed is out of the strap market. Luma Labs discontinued the LumaLoop but redesigned their strap and released the Cinch.

There are a bunch still left on the market. JOBY (JOBY is a bigger company than BR and BR won't go after them), OPTech (probably the same as Joby), SunSniper, CustomSLR, and those are a few that I can think of off the top of my head.

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For what it is worth, scuttlebutt is that Carryspeed was sued by BlackRapid, and the lawsuit was dragged out enough that Carryspeed gave up.  Not sure how they viewed the product as a knock off.
That is correct. That is what Tim (CEO) of CarrySpeed told me over the phone. He tried to fight it but didn't have the funds to tackle BR and their expensive lawyers. So they sold off CarrySpeed to an international company. Tim is now focusing on other camera accessories such as PhotographyandCinema.com, Kamerar.com, Mogopod.com

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Software & Accessories / Re: LCD screen protector for Mark5dIII?
« on: January 10, 2014, 03:14:59 PM »
I have a GGS protector and no scratches on the protector

http://1kindphotography.blogspot.com/2012/10/review-ggs-iii-dslr-glass-lcd-screen.html

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I often carry two bodies - a 7D with the 70-200 f2.8L II and a 5D3 with a 24-105 f4.0L.  I can't handle the shoulder strap bags anymore.  After a while, the strain near my neck gives me headaches.  Plus, I don't like the cameras swinging too far, so I stayed away from BR straps.  I most often used Think Tank holsters on a Think Tank Pro Speed Belt. 

A couple months ago, I invested in two Peak Design Capture Clips.  I have been very impressed with these.  As the photos below demonstrate, I sewed 2" straps into a loop so I could mount the clip horizontally and then be able to slide it around the Pro Speed Belt.  The clips are always on the belt and I don't use the holsters as much.  The clips are very handy for changing lenses.

Also, I make my own neck straps using 1" wide tubular webbing (from REI).  The neck strap is still handy when I grab a single body.  These 1" straps are less cumbersome than the Canon straps.  They are nice to have when I'm in a hurry and just need to throw a camera around my neck or shoulder.

So far, I strongly recommend the Capture Clips, especially the new design (as shown below).

EDIT: I added a fourth photo below.  The strap is sewn it two places to keep it secure below the belt and to prevent losing the whole works should the clamps on the clip loosen (which hasn't happened, yet).

Nice but why not get the ProPad? - http://1kindphotography.blogspot.com/2013/10/review-peak-design-propad-for-capture.html

It moves the Capture further up, offers padding/protecting against your body and makes the setup much more rigid?

Note: I was given a 10% off coupon code to share with readers on all Peak Design products.

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The capture looks intriguing indeed.  I wonder how it compares though to the spider holster, as I was originally going to order one.

I reviewed the Capture, Spider Holster, Carry Speed, M-Plate Pro - http://www.1kindphotography.com/p/reviews_2.html

The Spider hangs upside down and can move around freely. With the Peak Capture, the camera/lens aims down. It's locked in place. If you have a gripped camera, I would go with Spider. If not grip, its a tough choice but I would have to go with Peak.

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Software & Accessories / Re: ProDot Shutter Button Upgrade
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:42:42 PM »
After doing some chores, I spent 10 minutes and made a test sample with a leather punch, a rubber furniture pad and a adhesive dot just to see if the concept was workable.  The button actually stands up a little too high, I could use a piece of thinner material, maybe even leather.  The adhesive dots I happened to have were 1/2 in diameter, and I used the punch to cut them to the same size as my button.
 
The photo was taken with my 5D MK II and the test button.  It seems to stick pretty well, I'll play with it and try making one thinner.
Update, I tried to peal it off, but the flimsy rubber pulled apart instead, so I'll find some more durable rubber or leather.  At least the adhesive is stronger than the material.
 
I think I could stamp out these for well under 5 cents each.
Great idea but your theory only raises the shutter button. With the ProDot, they're marketing is also raising the button but with less camera shake when pressing the button due to the little cushion.

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Software & Accessories / Re: ProDot Shutter Button Upgrade
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:40:02 PM »
I got some early prototypes when I ordered a c-loop (which I really like) and they didn't stick for very long.  One came off first time I took my 7d out of my camera bag.  The one on my 5D came off after about 30 shutter activation's in warm summer weather.  Unless they fix the adhesive and make the price a lot more attractive (I've got experience with mold costs) and change their shipping methods I don't see these taking off.



I too got a couple free when with an order.

I am sorry I applied it to the camera.  The adhesive smeared all over the area around the shutter button, and it is very difficult to remove this material.  Then I noticed that the shutter button now spins freely (it did not before I applied the disk), probably because as the camera is put in and out of the bag the little knubs grab the bag.

It's a really nice idea (and I do like the feel), but overall not a very well executed item.

I absolutely love their C-Loop, so this one is a surprising disappointment.

The shutter button spins even without the button. We just don't notice it because its low.

I didn't have any issue with smearing. If there was, a little rubbing would do just fine.

Here are additional images of it - http://www.1kindphotography.com/2013/01/review-custom-slr-prodot-shutter-button.html

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Software & Accessories / Re: What's the best shoulder strap, currently?
« on: October 25, 2013, 07:53:44 PM »

Interesting...Ideally I'd like something that doesn't cost a lot.
I would go with customslr or peak design. Peak design would be the cheapest of the bunch.

Thanks again very much for your advice, I probably will try them.
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No problem. And if you decide to try Peak Design, I have a coupon code on my site that gives you 10% off.

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