Review: Simplr M1a Mirrorless Camera Strap

I genuinely, highly applaud the small business and entrepreneurial spirits of the American manufacturing world in regards to cameras; and so when the Simplr M1a Mirrorless Camera Strap I was very keen to give it a try. Jason, who creates the straps and sent me an inquiry about them, stated that he designed them for Fujifilm camera users primarily but that they can work well with all sorts of mirrorless cameras. The strap is made of military-grade materials and is designed with simplicity in mind.

While the Simplr M1a Mirrorless Camera Strap nails functionality really well, it’s pretty ugly; and I’m really wondering if it belongs on my Leica CL.

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Strap Review: 4V Design PIUMA UP KIT Sling Strap

When you think about sling straps for your camera, you’re most likely going to think about BlackRapid first; but the 4V Design PIUMA UP KIT Sling Strap is an option that honestly isn’t that expensive considering that it’s handmade Italian leather and rated to be much more durable than 4V states. Every now and again I actually have use and need for a sling strap. Of all the strap manufacturers out there, 4V is perhaps the last one that I’d suspect to make one of these straps. But believe it or not, I found the 4V Design PIUMA UP KIT Sling Strap to be not only incredible durable and useful, but surprisingly comfortable.

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Review: Fujifilm Instax SP-3 Instax Square Printer

The new Fujifilm Instax SP-3 adds Instagram and Facebook integration and prints your photos Square

It was only a matter of time until the Fujifilm Instax SP-3 Instax square printer launched; and it honestly couldn’t have come any sooner. I wasn’t a major fan of the Instax SQ-10, but the Fujifilm Instax SP-3 fully embraces wireless connectivity and digital photography and printing. More importantly, I’ve always loved the square format. The new Fujifilm Instax SP-3 has wireless connectivity that will let it connect to your phone, tablet, or Fujifilm camera in order to peruse the images there and print them. On the mobile device side, this can be done with the new Fujifilm Instax Square app. If you’ve got an iOS or Android device, you can also connect the new Instax Square app to your Instagram and Facebook account to print images from there. Plus it can connect with Dropbox, Google photos, Flickr and more.

So for weddings, that means that the hashtag that you’re following can easily have prints made right there on the spot.

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Review: Bashert Jewelry Leica Shutter Release Buttons

Fujifilm and Leica camera owners may really appreciate the Bashert Jewelry Leica Shutter Release buttons.

Though they may seem like just jewelry, the Bashert Jewelry Leica Shutter Release buttons have a fair amount of functionality to them as well as customization. You should know first and foremost that they’re made of Sterling Silver. That may sound a bit too bourgeois for some folks, but if you’re into customizations and a bit of the tactile experience, then you’ll understand how these can be really nice. For the uninitiated, soft shutter release buttons make the experience of pushing your camera shutter easier with less effort but without making them more sensitive. That doesn’t sound like such a big task until you actually experience it in person. I’d liken the experience to using an actual keyboard vs the one that you’ve got on the touchscreen device that many of you are using to read this blog post. There surely is a difference. I’d hate to write a long, essay format email on my iPhone 8 Plus but on my iMac’s Keyboard that would be significantly simpler to do. Synonymously, hammering a camera shutter over and over again can put some wear and tear on your fingers and hands in combination with typing on your phone, typing on a computer, etc.

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First Impressions: HP ZBook x2 Tablet for Creative Professionals

The HP ZBook x2 seems to be a very big Apple competitor for creative professionals

When HP called me into a meeting, I didn’t at all think that they’d be announcing the HP ZBook x2. Instead, I thought that they’d be getting back into photo printing in a big way; but this was a pleasant surprise. In fact, the HP ZBook x2 seems to be almost everything that I wish Apple would do but continuously refuses to. The HP ZBook x2 sports, first and foremost, a gorgeous 14 inch matte display with a surface and texture that is designed to look and feel like actual paper. It does a pretty good job at it too. Then it boasts things like SD card slots, Thunderbolt ports, USB 3.0 ports, and a bunch of quick buttons that can integrate into any program that you wish. However, they’re primarily designed for and being marketed specifically with Adobe Cloud product integration. So all the quick actions that you do in PhotoShop and Lightroom are all available at the touch of a button on the side.

In fact, HP is calling the HP ZBook x2 a detachable workstation; and they’ve pumped it full of some awesome stuff on the inside.

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Review: BenQ SW320 PRO 32IN IPS LCD Monitor (32 inch)

The BenQ SW320 PRO is one of the monitors on the market currently drooled over and dreamt about by many a photographer. It offers a whole lot for photographers who need to edit often in addition to printing, managing tasks like email, blogging, etc, and for general designing needs. If you aren’t aware of why this 32 inch monitor that has a whole lot of resolution can do such a great job, then consider the fact that BenQ claims it can cover over 99% of the Adobe RGB spectrum. Then add in facts like its ease of calibration with tools like those from Datacolor, the ability to switch between AdobeRGB, sRGB and black and white, and an SD card reader built right in alongside three USB ports and an HDMI out cable.

Pretty insane, huh?

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Review: Peak Design Leash and Cuff 2.0 Camera Straps

It's been a while since the Peak Design Leash and Cuff were released, and besides putting out a number of camera bags, the company has been focusing on trying to revamp these two straps. Peak Design, who first got famous off of the idea that you don't really need a camera strap if you use their Capture Clip, created the Peak Design Leash and Peak Design Cuff in response to their customers asking for straps. So with that in mind, it's no surprise the camera straps are still designed to work with their lineup of other products including their camera bags. Today, Peak Design is announcing their new camera straps on Kickstarter, and I've had a number of weeks to play with the new straps.

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Review: Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CT Tripod

When Vanguard announced the Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CT Tripod, I was really intrigued by what could be coming. Vanguard’s original Alta Pro was and still is a beast of a tripod designed for taking quite a bit of abuse and being powerful overall. But when you take the Vanguard Alta Pro 2 Tripod out of its carrying case, you see that they’ve mostly given it a completely new vision. It retains a whole lot of the strength and great features that it had, but now the Vanguard Alta Pro 2 Tripod has even more. Additionally, it addresses a lot of the concerns he first tripod had.

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