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Have a look at Custom SLR Air Straps, they're very comfortable with the camera at your waist while secured around your opposite shoulder, and leave the monopod home unless you're shooting after dark. The Mark II's IS does just fine without one.  ;)
Here is the review of the Custom SLR Air Strap -

FWIW, I feel the Clutch is better for me than the Camdapter.

Got a link? Googling for "clutch wrist strap" sent me to endless pages of straps for ladies handbags  ;D

I personally use the Peak Design Slide strap -

No wrist strap would be able to hold a 5D3 and a 70-200. A hand strap is what you need. I have used the Peak Design Clutch - and the Custom SLR hand strap - Both are comfy and recommended.

But I was able to test out Spider Holsters new hand strap that is unreleased yet and it is really really comfy. I can't wait for it to come out and review it.

Also, you can get 10% OFF using coupon code "1kindphoto" from Peak Design

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:26:41 PM »
You can get 10% OFF by using coupon code 1kindphoto

Software & Accessories / Re: 1DX screen protector
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:29:22 AM »
I just noticed this link on Grant's blog - he says he uses these for his 5DIII & 1D X:
Expert Shield sent me some to review on my 5DIII and for my cousins Nikon D610.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600-ex-rt upgrade?
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:20:13 AM »
I already own 1 canon 600 ex-rt. I plan on getting the bandh bundle that includes 2 600 ex/rt plus the transmitter. Is there any reason to believe that there is an upgrade to the 600 ex/rt or the transmitter coming in the near future or this year. id just hate to buy it then already have a product that's a generation behind
Upgrade or not, the 600EX is still a beast. There might be some slight improvements but the radio wave technology would continue to be used and expanded on.

Unlike Nikon, Canon doesn't release multiple flashes because they couldn't get it right the first time. i.e. overheating.

Software & Accessories / Re: 1DX screen protector
« on: June 19, 2014, 12:37:39 PM »
I just installed a GEARMAXX for my G1 X Mark II. Crystal clear and perfect fit.

A manufacturer just contacted me asking if I wanted to review their screen protectors. The company is called Expert Shield ( I'm going to install it on my 5D Mark III, my cousin is going to install one on his Nikon D610. They're going to send me one for the LG G3 smartphone when I get the phone and when they have it in stock.

I'll have the review posted on my site at when I'm done with it. They're also letting me run a contest on my site. There will be 5 winners and each winner can choose a screen protector of their choice.

I saw it last night, when instock showing 17 on hand. I added 4 units to basket, but for some reasons, I'm not comfortable with refur...items :-\

Came back 30mins later, 2 left and now SOLD OUT

Waiting for some decent deals, NEW. I set my price, $450(QTY:3-4 units)
There's nothing wrong with refurbished especially when its coming from the manufacturer. Refurbished can either be items that weren't working but was repaired to spec and quality or it was items returned at stores. Items returned at store can not be resold as new. And they can be from not working or customers just simply don't want it anymore. So retailers ship it back to Canon. They check it, replace the case if anything and re-box it and sells as refurbished.

Refurbs are preferred to some people because its been checked to make sure its working properly and cleaned by a Canon tech and by a human being. With it being brand new, its never been used and no one physically checks it once it rolls off the line.

You also get a 1 year warranty.

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.

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

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.


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

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

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.

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 -
Cuff -

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.

You can still buy Carryspeed from Amazon:
I don't think BR has the ability to sue overseas. That is why Millionway sold CarrySpeed to an international company.

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.

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.

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.

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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