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So I've not been posting here lately as i've been on the road a TON and producing content for my sponsors and outlets that I write for, so instead of me re-hashing everything on my own site, I figured, why not just do a link dump for all the articles and you can click for yourselves! :D

Cosplay Photography 101 via Macphun - https://macphun.com/blog/comiccon2017

Review of the Ruggard Navigator 75 Bag on Photofocus - https://photofocus.com/2017/08/08/review-ruggard-navigator-75-dslr-shoulder-bag/

 

Review of the Cinetics Lynx Timelapse and Motion Control system on Photofocus - https://photofocus.com/2017/07/29/cinetics-lynx-motion-control-system-review/

 

Review of the Impact Compact Fluorescent Kit 2 on Photofocus - https://photofocus.com/2017/07/10/gear-review-impact-compact-fluorescent-kit-2/

WANDRD Launches the HEXAD Duffel, the Most Versatile and Functional Travel and Camera Bag

It’s high time the duffel bag becomes more than just luggage. Introducing HEXAD, a duffel that makes it simple to take-off for anywhere knowing gear is safely stowed, organized and always within easy reach

Orem, Utah (PRWEB) June 29, 2017 -- On the heels of a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign for its travel/photography bag that raised over $400,000, WANDRD has launched its newest innovative creation on Kickstarter.

The HEXAD Duffel bridges the gap between traditional duffel bags that are uncomfortable and lack organization and dedicated travel bags that only work well at the airport. “We’re three brothers that were instilled with a love for travel early on, whether it was a road trip nearby or flying somewhere around the world,” said Ryan Cope, WANDRD Co-Founder. “As avid travelers, we are always looking for ways to simplify and improve the way we carry our belongings. The idea of the HEXASD Duffel was actually born as all three of us were sitting on a plane going from Vietnam to Hong Kong.”

The HEXAD Duffel comes in two different styles: the HEXAD Carryall Duffel and the HEXAD Access Duffel. The Carryall comes in a 60-liter size and a smaller 40-liter, to fit carryon dimensions. Both styles are made of tarpaulin and ballistic nylon with army coating, materials that are waterproof and made to last a lifetime. They feature a molded back panel, unique backpack straps, and an adjustable chest strap, making HEXAD the most comfortable duffel on the market.

The shape of the backpack straps allows users to carry it tote-style without any extra annoying straps hanging off the bag. The backpack straps can also be easily removed within seconds and stash into a dedicated pocket out of the way.

The Carryall version includes an expandable pocket on one side of the bag for shoes or dirty laundry. It easily folds out of the way when not in use. For smaller items, there’s an RFID locking pocket for security, a set of spill-proof pockets so toiletries stay contained, a fleece-lined quick access pocket for valuables, and mesh organizer pockets throughout the bag.

The Access version of the Duffel is also carryon size, and features a main u-zip accessible compartment. One big clamshell opening gives access to the entire contents of the duffel. Multiple compartments make it easy to organize clothes or other gear. Two bottom sections fit both sizes of WANDRD’s existing camera cubes – transforming this duffel into the ultimate photo duffel.

Whether using it for camera gear or not, two side entry points provide quick access to a user’s most important items. Both duffels come with a padded laptop sleeve, big enough for a 15” laptop.

“Whether you’re going on a multiple-week trip or hauling gear for the afternoon, these HEXAD Duffels were designed to look amazing and function even better," added Cope. "We can’t wait to see where you take them."

For more information and to pre-order at heavily-discounted early bird prices, visit the HEXAD Duffel

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For more information about the company’s range of products, visit www.wandrd.com.

MindShift Gear’s New PhotoCross Adventure Photography Bags Offer Unprecedented Comfort and Protection from the Elements.

Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, MindShift Gear’s new PhotoCross sling bags protect a photographer’s gear from punishing trips into the wild. The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. These sling bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets.

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.

“The PhotoCross sling bags are significant because they meld two concepts that are often in conflict in outdoor gear design:  protection and comfort.  An example is how we’ve integrated the waterproof Tarpaulin bottom panel with a body-conforming design, wide shoulder strap, and stability wing for superior comfort,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer.  

ADDITIONAL 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.

SPECIFICATIONS

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

ABOUT MINDSHIFT GEAR

MindShift Gear (www.mindshiftgear.com) is a group of committed professional photographers and product designers who support conservation and protection of our natural resources and planet. Founded by the creators of Think Tank Photo and conservation photographer Daniel Beltrá, MindShift is dedicated to building carrying solutions for those who are passionate about experiencing the natural world. Their slogan, “Engage with nature,” challenges people to not only become involved in outdoor activities, but to create a conversation about nature and our relationship to the environment.

SKB hard cases with Think Tank interiors!

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced an exciting new partnership with hard-case manufacturer SKB.  Think Tank’s designers have created internal divider sets, organizers, and a backpack designed specifically to fit within 10 SKB hard cases.  There are times when you simply have to airline gate-check your most precious photography equipment.  At moments like these, nothing will do a better job of protection than a hard case.  But one of the downsides of hard cases is that they are basically hard shells with not a lot of other features built into them.  Think Tank’s partnership with SKB solves this problem.  The result is the best of a hard case with the best of internal organization.  Don’t forget that with our special partnership with Think Tank that you receive free gear and free shipping when you order using our special link. Click Here

Manfrotto Launches New Pro Light Bumblebee Camera Bag Family

Performance, Quality & Comfort, Redefined

Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, has launched the new Pro Light Bumblebee bags - perfect for professional and amateur photographers and videographers who work outdoors and want a reliable carrying solution. With this collection, users can stay comfortable in the harshest of conditions despite high temperatures, extreme cold or high humidity.

The new Pro Light Bumblebee family is an exceptional assortment of high-performance camera backpacks and messenger bags which perfectly embody Manfrotto’s Italian heritage. This family introduces Manfrotto’s unique-to-the-market breathable harness system that greatly reduces photography gear fatigue, allowing image makers to cover more ground and locate the best spots for the perfect shots.

Inside, the bags’ innovative designs safeguard the latest professional equipment options. The renowned Camera Protection System (CPS) dividers take extra care of camera bodies and lenses. They are fully adjustable and built to distribute weight evenly and avoid tension to the body.

The new Manfrotto Bumblebee backpacks are designed to take stress and heat off the shoulders, neck and lower back and feature Manfrotto’s state-of-the-art AirSupport breathable harness and back panel, adjustable sternum support, shaped hip and waist support systems. A side handle helps users put the pack on or take it off, while elastic side pockets keep water bottles outside the critical gear zone.

The removable Manfrotto CPS insert safeguards equipment right at the heart of the pack and keeps it organized with the efficiency of a portable studio:

·         The Bumblebee-230 PL backpack protects a gripped DSLR with a 70-200/2.8 lens attached and 10 additional lenses or an attached 400/2.8 with five additional lenses. In video configuration, it protects a disassembled modular camcorder like the Canon C100 with numerous lenses & accessories. It also fits a 17” laptop in its own padded compartment.

·         The Bumblebee-130 PL backpack keeps a high-end CSC or a DSLR safe with a 70-200/2.8 lens attached and eight additional lenses or an unattached 400/2.8 with three additional lenses. In video configuration, it protects disassembled modular camcorders like a SONY FS-5. It also fits a 15” laptop in its own padded compartment.  

The entire internal space is padded to protect camera gear but can be also configured to accommodate accessories and personal gear as well. The main zipper comes with four pullers, which can be divided by a stopper into a top and lower compartment. Just open the top zipper for rapid access to frequently used contents from above.

A smart NeverLose tripod connection secures both longer and shorter tripods on the side of the pack. The connection straps are stitched in the side pocket and can be tucked away when not in use for a tidier appearance and to prevent straps getting lost.

The bigger Bumblebee-230 PL also features a lens pouch located in the waist belt. When not in use, the pouch can be flattened by tightening the webbing strap. (This feature is not available in Bumblebee-130 PL.)

Manfrotto’s new Bumblebee Messengers have significantly raised the bar for their category: a combination of flawless design and reliable performance, they meet all the needs of demanding professionals who travel light and fast. Like the backpacks, the messengers’ body-gripping fit and 3-point AirSupport harness system is breathable and perfect for prolonged outdoor use. The length of the strap can be rapidly adjusted using the EasyGrip buckle.

Despite their compact size, they hold a substantial amount of professional gear:

·         The Bumblebee M-30 PL Messenger protects a DSLR with a 70-200mm/2.8 lens attached and three additional lenses, a handheld gimbal (such as a DJI Osmo) and a 15” laptop in their own padded compartments, with all the necessary accessories.

·         The Bumblebee M-10 PL Messenger keeps a CSC/DSLR safe with a 24-70/4 lens attached and two additional lenses (including 70-200/2.8) and a handheld gimbal (such as a DJI Osmo) and a 13” laptop in their own padded compartments, with all the necessary accessories. It can also carry a full set DJI Mavic plus the Osmo gimbal camera.

These bags introduce the XtraSecure handheld gimbal-carrying solution - a stretchable band that holds the gimbal’s moving parts so it can be taken out quickly. The area can also be used as a traditional lens compartment if there is no gimbal in the bag.

Manfrotto’s Bumblebee Messengers feature a secure silent quick-access flap. When shooting in quiet environments (e.g. during a ceremony), apply the NoiseFree Velcro silencer to keep a low profile. The broad front organizer keeps everything on hand. There are two bungee cord straps to hang a small tripod, monopod or selfie pole, which are also protected by the front flap. The Bumblebee Messengers can hold a gripped DSLR body when you take out the laptop from its compartment.

All the bags of the Bumblebee collection come with a DuoFace sun/rain cover to protect from rain, reflect sunlight and keep the gear cool and dry all day long. 

Key features:

·         Breathable design - comfortable carrying solutions for professional and amateur outdoor photography

·         Super lightweight construction - carry more lenses and stay comfortable even with prolonged use

·         High-performance materials - rip-stop fabric and the Manfrotto Protection System safeguard equipment

The following models are now available nationwide:

MB PL-B-230  Bumblebee-230 PL Backpack           $279.99

MB PL-B-130  Bumblebee-130 PL Backpack           $229.99

MB PL-BM-30 Bumblebee M-30 PL Messenger        $149.99

MB PL-BM-10 Bumblebee M-10 PL Messenger        $129.99

For additional information about Manfrotto, visit manfrotto.us. Follow Manfrotto on Facebook at facebook.com/manfrottoimaginemore, on Twitter@manfrotto_us or instagram.com/manfrottoimaginemore.

About Manfrotto (Vitec Group) – manfrotto.us

Manfrotto is the world leader in the design, production and distribution of professional products for photography, video and entertainment. The company was founded in 1972 based on Lino Manfrotto’s experience, and its mission has always been to support and simplify the work of reporters, photographers and producers. The Imagine More project adds to this historical mission the idea of fuelling the enthusiasm of weekend photographers and supporting the surge of new amateurs. Part of the UK-based Vitec Group since 1989, Manfrotto has now become a worldwide presence. In its nine key markets – Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Hong Kong, the United States and from 2016 in the Netherlands – it is represented by its own direct distribution system, Manfrotto Distribution, whereas in 80 other countries sales are handled by independent distributors.Through the Imaging Division of Vitec Group, Manfrotto Distribution owns the following leading international brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Lastolite by Manfrotto, Avenger and is the U.S. distributor of Bowens, Gossen, Metz, 360Rize, Shoulderpod and National Geographic.