MindShift Gear has launched the rugged PhotoCross sling camera bags. They come in two sizes and colors, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey. The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and 1-2 lenses, along with a 10″ tablet. The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR 2-4 lenses (including a 70-200mm f/2.8) and some 13″ laptops.
The PhotoCross sling bags feature an integrated waterproof Tarpaulin bottom panel with a body-conforming design, wide shoulder strap and stability wing for a more comfortable fit. A seam-sealed rain cover is included and can handle downpour conditions if you are caught out in it.
The PhotoCross 13 runs $129.99, while the PhotoCross 10 runs $114.99. You can order them direct from MindShift Gear.
Check out our new Camera Mode Dial t-shirt, which features a weathered mode dial design. As I’ve said before, I like the Dark Heather color choice for both the color and fabric blend. You can find it here on Amazon.com.
The lens patent drawing shirts are also popular ones. There is a 70-200mm f/2.8 shirt, a 24-70mm f/2.8 shirt and a 50mm f/1.4 shirt. These run a little small, so order a size up if you are unsure or don’t like a tight fit.
Tamron recently announced the very attractive SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens. It is available in Canon and Nikon mounts and comes in substantially cheaper (at just $1,199) than the first-party options from both manufacturers.
The $1,199 price point would be attractive for a plain 24-70mm f/2.8 iteration; however, the inclusion of Tamron’s Vibration Compensation makes this lens especially enticing. It has a 9-blade diaphragm and Tamron claims a somewhat suspect 5-stops of camera shake reduction. While I have no doubt Tamron’s lens stabilization will perform well (and it is very welcomed on this lens), 5-stops of shake reduction would be an impressive feat.
Nonetheless, the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens ships in August for the Nikon mount. Canon shooters will have to wait until September to get theirs. You can pre-order it now here at B&H Photo.
RED has announced the Hydrogen One smartphone, touting it as “the world’s first holographic media machine.” [Read more…]
A couple Canon EOS Cinema cameras received further discounts with some relatively reasonable prices now. The original Canon EOS C100 is now available for $2,299 (was $3,999), while the C100 with the Dual Pixel AF update is $2499 (was $4,499). The C100 Mark II with the EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens is $3,699 (reg. $5,699). Finally, the C300 Mark II is available for $9,999 (reg. $15,999) – perhaps in response to the recently announced Panasonic AU-EVA1, which ships later this year. I’m not sure if these are permanent price drops or if they are only for a short while. If you’ve been on the hunt for a cinema camera though, these are are the most attractive deals Canon has offered thus far.
With the Fourth of July celebrations right around the corner, here’s my annual PSA for camera settings when shooting fireworks. If you’ve never successfully shot fireworks before and would like a starting point, check out my prior article: Camera Settings for Shooting Fireworks.
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July to all of you celebrating here in the US.