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Tether Tools and BlackRapid Team Up To Create A Shoulder Strap for your iPad

Tether Tools is design-focused company creating photography accessories for mainly in-studio and on-location shoots. BlackRapid creates camera straps that have become an essential companion for some hardcore photographers because of their strap’s utility and functionality. When you put these two companies together, you get the TabStrap for the Wallee System which includes a shoulder strap, connector, and bracket to work with your iPad or Galaxy Tab 10.1 (case is sold separately). ...
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Review: Vanguard Vojo 25 Shoulder Bag

Instead of lugging around your entire camera collection, the Vojo 25 from Vanguard restricts you to a single DLSR body and just a couple of lenses. Personally, I prefer carrying light and being confined within one or two focal lengths my lenses provide me because it allows me to get creative with them and produce some interesting photos. The convenient top zipper gives quick and silent access to your gear instead of having to be that awkward guy constantly ripping Velcro in a quiet environment....
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Nikon Shows Off New Compact Cameras In Different Parts of the World

Nikon has released the full details on their Coolpix P330, Coolpix L320, and the Coolpix S3500, all of which are new entries into the compact camera battle. On the European side, the Coolpix L320 is a super-zoom compact camera with a 26x wide-angle optical zoom lens. For the Americans, the Coopix P330 looks to challenge Canon’s PowerShot S110 in both specs and price. Lastly, the Coolpix S3500 is a fun and colorful compact shooter for the entry-level photographer. ...
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Think Tank Releases New Accessories; Limited Edition Pixel Pocket Rockets

Think Tank is in the news today with three new accessories for your camera bag. The Low Rider Strap attaches a secondary bag to your rolling luggage which looks like it could come in handy if you are a professional photographer who travels a lot. The Pro DSLR Battery Holder does exactly as its name says; it holds two full-sized battery packs for either the Canon 1D or Nikon D3/D4 series cameras. Lastly, the Limited Edition Pixel Pocket Rocket is Think Tank’s CF and QXD memory card holder that was manufactured in just one production run and will be permanently unavailable once stock runs out. ...
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Vimeo “Looks” Lets Users Slap Filters On Their Videos Just Like On Instagram

Vimeo has announced today that they will be rolling out “Looks,” a new addition to their Enhancer toolkit powered by Vivoom, which offers users over 500 filtered effects to put over their videos. So now, if anyone has had an itch to slap filters on their videos just like how they do on their Instagram photos, Vimeo can help you out. ...
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Review: Joby Ultrafit Slingstrap Camera Strap

It is always cumbersome to have to deal with your camera strap during a photo walk, especially the traditional ones that hang around your neck. I personally hate having to use a camera strap because most of the time, it just gets in my way and can become quite uncomfortable during an active photo walk or a hot summer day as the rubber grip likes to stick to my skin. ...
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Adobe Announces Release Candidates for Lightroom 4.4 and Camera RAW 7.4

Today, Adobe has released release candidates for both Lightroom and Camera Raw available for download and testing at Adobe Labs. Both Lightroom 4.4 and Camera Raw 7.4 has received a bug fix which addresses issues users have been encountering when trying to work with images from a Fujifilm X-Trans sensor camera. Additionally, this update provides raw file support for nine new cameras, which are listed below. ...
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Sony Announces Three New A-Mount Lenses; 50mm F1.4 for $1,499.99

Sony is showing off two full-frame sensor lenses for the Sony A-mount. On the way are the 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II telephoto zoom lens and a Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f1.4 ZA SSM lens. Both of these lenses feature Sony’s Super Sonic Wave Motor intended for quiet and speedy autofocus and other performance improvements. For APS-C shooters, the DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II is coming to replace Sony’s older version of the same glass but with both external and internal redesigns....
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Canon Speedlite Diffuser Made from 3D Printing; Doesn’t Look Like Something from Gary Fong

DIY projects are all over the Interwebs, waiting for people to discover them and join in on the fun. Eric Chu’s project at MAKE is one of them. After seeing his photo intern constantly tape a piece of paper to his flash for a light bounce, instead of heading on over to Amazon or the local camera store to buy a diffuser, decided that he’d design and make his own using Autodesk Inventor and a MakerBot 3D printer. The good news is that it’s been over a month now and it’s still working....
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Nikon’s WR-1 is a Radio Control That Sits On Top of Your Camera

Accompanying Nikon’s latest D7100 announcement, they are also showing off the WR-1 Transceiver as a wireless remote control solution. It is capable of transmitting within a 394 feet range via a 2.4GHz radio frequency and 15 channels. The WR-1 acts as both a receiver and a transmitter to remotely control a camera or sync cameras shutter speeds. Using multiple WR-1s allows for remote control over multiple cameras. This allows for a variety of different remote setups which you can separate into groups and individually control, such as simultaneous release and synchronized release. There is also the option to remotely configure ISO, shooting mode, shutter speed, and aperture....
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HTC One Marks The End Of The Megapickle Race

HTC has just unveiled their new HTC One smartphone that is equipped with all sorts of advanced components such as Qualcomm’s newest chipset, two gigs of RAM, and a 4.7-inch 1920×1080 resolution display. However, they forgot to put in a camera that would be on par with all the rest of the specs, or so it seems. The HTC One rocks a 4MP camera when most of the competition has at least 8MP, and even 41MP as seen on Nokia’s 808 PureView. ...
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Private Photos Go Public Thanks to Flickr Bug

Flickr users have reported that a number of their photos intended for just friends or private viewing have been visible to the public eye for almost a month now. However, Flickr claims that these images were only accessible if you had a direct link, meaning Flickr searches or Google searches would not have exposed your photos. Flickr’s vice president Brett Wayn claims that only a small number of users have been affected and the issue has already been discovered and fixed....
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Get Schooled by Photojojo on How To Take Better Photos With Your iPhone

We’ve all seen the hipster photos crowding our photo streams on Instagram, Facebook, and just about any other social outlet. The duck face selfies and the filtered photos of your latest dine-out can have so much more potential and the fun and quirky Photojojo is offering you a spot in the Photojojo University roster for some serious schooling from your choice of professor: An old school professor, a taste plate of pancakes, or a basket of kittens....
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Review: Digital Holga Lens (Canon DSLRs)

Lomos and Holgas are all the rage now, as digital photography advances ever forward and all users want is to ironically go back to the retro-age. To be fair, I’ve become quite the Lomo and film addict myself since I joined The Phoblographer. Our friends at Photojojo wanted to hook us up with both the luxuries of digital shooting as well as the iconic image results of a Holga camera. The solution: the Digital Holga Lens. Nothing more than the same Holga lens you’d find on the classic plastic camera, the Digital Holga lens lets you mount it on to your Canon or Nikon DSLR for the same pinhole-y lo-fi effect. ...
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Fujifilm’s FinePix Army Updates its Arsenal with New Shooters

Fuji has released five new point-and-shoots today to add to its FinePix lineup that Fuji is boasting to be packing some powerful new features. Some of which include the all too familiar and unoriginal “World’s fastest autofocus speed,” Wi-Fi capabilities, and ultra-long zoom. Depending on how much you’re willing to spend on a point-and-shoot and what you need, Fuji’s FinePix series cameras should fit the bill nicely. ...
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Get Rid of All Your Dust Problems with a Blow from Firefly

When dust begins its attack on your camera’s sensor, you will have to pay the price in post-processing to take away every single black spot in your otherwise awesome images. Firefly wants to help you with that using their new generation battery powered air blower that shoots ionized air into your camera body to clean it out. ...
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Upgrade Your Smartphone Into a Point and Shoot with Snappgrip

You own an iPhone or an Android phone and you’re addicted to Instagram. It’s okay, we know. The quick and easy snaps we take on our phone are just so much easier to take than having to haul a full sized DSLR around the whole day. Plus, why spend hundreds of dollars on Samsung’s Galaxy camera when you can spend way less with practically the same features. When taking photos, we would like to have the full camera experience, even if it is with our smartphones, and here’s how you’ll get it. Snappgrip has successfully funded their Kickstarter project for a smartphone case that comes with a point and shoot grip. ...
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Review: Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 APO EX DC OS (Canon EF)

We’ve had a good time with the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lens for well over a month now and it’s time for us to get to the point and give you the full on review of this third-party lens maker’s new and updated version of their 50-150mm zoom lens. The lens will fit right into many photographer’s bags as it acts as a good portrait lens at 50mm and a great sports lens with its long 150mm reach. Let’s see if it can stand up against the big names in photography after the break....
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KineRaw Goes on a Diet and Comes Out Mini

Indie company Kinefinity wants to give you image quality comparable to the BMCC. Seeing the market potential, the company has released details on the KineRaw Mini–which is placed at a much lesser price than its bigger brother, the KineRaw 35, in a much smaller size. The rumor mills are churning out a $4000 price point but we’ll have to wait for an official announcement....
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Photo Industry Round Up: Everything That Happened at CES 2013

We here at The Phoblographer hope you guys got your fix of photography news from CES 2013 this year as our Editor in Chief has been working around the clock to bring you guys everything you need to know about the latest and greatest cameras to date. Perhaps you’ve missed a couple of announcements or first looks as they went live over the past few hectic days of the event, so here’s a quick round up of everything CES 2013. ...
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Biggest Photography Retailer in the UK Has Closed

Today is a unfortunate day for UK photographers as Jessops, the largest high street photography retailer in the UK has officially announced that they will be shutting down all 187 stores today, January 11th. Due to the intense competition from online retailers, the brick-and-mortar giant has admitted defeat after struggling with mediocre profits for years. PriceWaterhouseCoopers was in charge of finding a savior for Jessops but was unable to come up with a buyer. ...
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Draw Your Weapon Faster Than a Texas Ranger With The Nikon Lens Holster

The Lens Holster takes away the hassle of switching lenses during a shoot, especially if you’re a wedding or street photographer who needs that kind of speed. What we would have liked to see is a pocket for your SD/CF cards so you don’t end up running out of memory half way through. ...
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Think Tank’s New Shoulder Bags Are More Than What Meets The Eye

Say hello to Think Tank’s new series of shoulder bags that come with their famous build quality with some new and unique features. First up we have the Sub Urban Disguise that lets you leave everything at home but just the bare essentials on a shoot. If you just carry a DSLR body and an extra lens or you’ve made the switch to Micro 4/3rds, this is definitely up your alley. Next is the Change Up V2 that transforms from a shoulder bag to a chest bag to a belt pack; it is the perfect all-in-one you can ask for. ...
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Olympus’s TG-2 Can Be Submerged 50ft, Has Probably Seen A Real Life Kraken Before You

Olympus has announced six new point and shoots to it’s collection at CES, and the outdoorsy action shooters should perk their ears as it seems Olympus is outing a number of upgrades to their Tough camera lineup, making them able to withstand just about all the natural elements. With waterproofing, shock proofing, dust proofing, and freeze proofing on the list, these point and shoots seem like the ultimate challenger to mother nature. ...
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Fujifilm Unveils the Long Awaited X20 and X100s

The successors to Fujifilm’s X10 and X100 has been running through the rumor mill for quite some time now, but at last, Fujifilm has officially released the X20 and X100s cameras at CES 2013. Touting an impressive “World’s Fastest AF” claim, Fujifilm has set their mirrorless shooters at quite the high standard right out the gate....
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Polaroid Opens “Fotobars” That Serve Photo Prints

I’m going to go out on a whim and bet that just about everybody has gigabyte upon gigabyte of stored photos just sitting there, confined to the dark storage space that is your hard drive(s). Polaroid wants to take that dark hole and make some prints out of them. They plan to open a chain of “Fotobars” which are essentially print shops designed specifically for our digital-obsessed age. Unfortunately, no alcohol, guys....
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Three Months of Flickr Pro Just for You, Free!

Hooray! We survived 12/21/12 and the holidays are right around the corner so Flickr is joining in on the celebration by offering new and existing users three months of their Pro service for free. Head on over to their website to grab yours. ...
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Kodak Sells Their Digital Imaging Patent Collection for $525 Million

Kodak has officially sold its digital imaging patent collection to 12 big name companies such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft, to name a few. Every company who backed Intellectual Ventures’ and RPX Corporation’s bid will receive rights to Kodak’s intellectual property. While it’s initial $2.6 billion goal was met with a less than satisfying $250 million initial bid, Kodak managed to fetch a final $525 million. ...
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PocketWizard and Canon 5D Mk III Play Nice with the Help of New Firmware Update

PocketWizard has released their latest Canon firmware update 6.200 for their ControlTL radios which include the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5. By updating, users will finally be able to set up their Canon 5D Mk III with the two radios. Head on over to their download page for the update. (PocketWizard Utility 1.54 or later is required to install through USB)...
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First Impressions: Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 APO EX DC OS (Canon EF)

We’re seeing that third-party glass makers are stepping their game up and bringing out lenses that are on par if not even better than the big names Canon, Nikon, and Sony now. Just ask Chris, who gave it all up for his new Sigma collection. We got Sigma’s 50-150mm f2.8 with Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology in to review and here’s a quick look....
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Revolog Sticks Around While Bigger Film Manufacturers Fall

It is a sad time for film shooters as big companies like Kodak and Fujifilm are slowly dwindling down on their film production, leaving all of us at The Phoblographer more than just a little disappointed. However, it seems like there is still hope. Revolog is a small e-shop that continues to sell film and successfully, by the looks of it. They just sold their 10,000th roll yesterday....
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Canon DPP, EOS Utility, and Picture Style Editor Updates Are Here

Canon has released updates for its photo editing software including Digital Photo Professional 3.12.52, EOS Utility 2.12.3, and Picture Style Editor 1.12.2. Updated features includes support for Canon’s recently released EOS 6D and EOS M cameras which you can find here on Canon’s site....
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Adobe Updates to Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3

Adobe has announced a new available update to their Lightroom and Camera Raw software. This update finally brings Lightroom’s Library and Develop modules to the Retina level, otherwise known as HiDPI support. Along with that comes RAW file format support for numerous cameras such as the Canon EOS 6D, Nikon D5200, and Sony RX1 to name the popular ones. ...
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Adorama will Brighten Your Day with New and Improved Flashpoint Monolights

Adorama has announced their Flashpoint product line’s newest addition, the DG 600 300 Monolight that’ll give a nice boost to your studio lighting. The best part about Monolights are that they have their own power pack which cuts down on the number of wires and cables that would normally litter your studio shoot. ...
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Twitter Doesn’t Need Instagram to Slap Filters on your Pics

As Twitter and Instagram battled it out last week, it was inevitable that this day would come. Twitter has given up on Instagram. Instead, they’ve called upon Aviary to run their own set of image filters in-app. They have just been released for Android users while the iOS update should be on its way. ...
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Get Ready for Adobe’s Create Now Livestream on Dec. 11

Beginning at 10 AM PST on December 11th, Adobe will be hosting their live stream event Create Now. During this event, they will be announcing several major updates to their Adobe Creative Cloud which if you don’t know, is their subscription service that allows users access to their Creative Suite 6 software (except inDesign) instead of purchasing them at full price. You can then store and share your files all online through their Cloud integration. Along with that, we’ll be seeing some big updates to Photoshop CS6 as well, with rumors of a retina update for you Retina Macbook users on the way. ...
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Review: Think Tank Retrospective 50 Camera Bag

Think Tank has become the brand to go to for your photography bag needs. Their excellent build quality and meticulous attention to detail is second to none. We’ve reviewed our fair share of Think Tank here on The Phoblographer and have yet to be disappointed; this is no exception....
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Photoshop Touch Optimized for Smaller Tablets

Smaller tablets such as the iPad mini, Google Nexus 7, and the Amazon Kindle Fires are getting some love from Adobe with their latest Photoshop Touch 1.4 update. It brings additional new features and effects while adding support for some long-awaited functions. ...
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Magic Lantern has a Canon EOS M Hack on the way

Great news, Magic Lantern has found their way into Canon’s latest EOS-M mirrorless camera and will be releasing a hack that address the firmware issues users are experiencing with the camera, particularly some of its current lacking features. ...
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TrekPak Gets Rid of Velcro in Your Camera Bag; Splits Into Two Lines

Packing all of your gear into one bag can be like a intricate game of Tetris, and to make things harder, constantly adjusting and readjusting your Velcro pads and dividers can be a pain. TrekPak takes away the hassle by replacing the traditional Velcro dividers with dividers that are held together by pins instead, allowing for quiet and quick adjustments. On top of that, you can remove the TrekPak lining from the bag for a 2-in-1 functionality. ...
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The FocusMaker Is a New Type of Follow Focus System

Striving for beauty in simplicity, the design team over at FocusMaker created an excitingly clean and easy follow focus system for your DSLR videography that fits just about any DSLR camera....
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Ritz Camera Stores are Back With New Management

Back in September, C&A Marketing bought Ritz Camera at the bankruptcy auction and the once popular camera store’s fate was uncertain. However, we’ve received word that there will be 18 select Ritz Camera Stores that will be reopening for business across the country, as well as the online store, RitzPix.com that will satisfy just about all your photography needs....
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Blackmagic Cinema Cameras are on Their Way… Hopefully

For people who preordered the Blackmagic Cinema cameras a while back, we’ve got some good news for you guys. Blackmagic Design’s CEO Grant Petty has announced that the contaminated glass for the sensors have been resolved and they’re working on a small test run to ensure quality production. After that, your long-awaited babies will be on their way. ...
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Transcend Announces New Wi-Fi SD Cards

Transcend has released their newest Wi-Fi capable SDHC memory cards to make image transfers just that much easier. It works via an existing Wi-Fi connection from an Internet hotspot in Internet mode or it can operate though the Direct Share mode which allows for a peer-to-peer connection between your camera and any mobile device....
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It’s True, Canon’s EF 24-70 f/4L IS and EF 35 f/2 IS Are Real

Canon has officially come out and announced two brand new lenses to its arsenal, the EF 24-70 f/4L IS and the EF 35 f/2 IS. Canon shooters should be jumping up and down right now because not only are these top-of-the-line glass, they also take advantage of Canon’s latest IS and USM technology for clean and crisp images. We’re definitely excited....
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The Digital Holga Lens Transforms Your DSLR into a Toy Camera

All of you have probably heard of Holga, the king of toy cameras, before. The vintage vignetting and lens flare that some of us want on our photos that can only be done through editing or even the “creative” light leaks that the Holga have been popularly known for have become a pain to achieve. With the number of films being discontinued and to never be seen again, it’s a scary time for medium-format shooters. ...
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The Padcaster: The Cage That (iPad) Filmmakers Dream About

For the hardcore filmmaker, you’ll want to hear about this. The Padcaster is the ultimate camera cage where you can mount just about everything you could possibly need on a shoot. Here’s the twist: You can mount your iPad to replace your traditional DSLR. ...
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Holdfast Gear’s New Lenskerchief Doubles as a Pocket Square; May Finally Put Some Hair on Your Chest

Obviously, you’ll need something to wipe your lens down after a shoot, so this is where the Lenskerchief comes in handy....
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Photo Plus 2012 Ultimate Roundup

As you probably figured out by now, The Phoblographer team has been working around the clock for the past couple days to get you guys the juicy details from this year’s Photo Plus Expo in New York. To make your day a little easier, we’ve got a complete roundup of the entire event right here for your viewing pleasure. Head on past the break to see everything that went down this weekend!...
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Fujifilm Updates X Lens Firmware

Fujifilm has addressed the issue with AF performance on their X lens series today with a firmware update for the 18mm, 35mm, and 60mm lenses. ...
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