MindShift Gear to Release rotation180° Panorama Rotating Backpack

MindShift Gear announced that in January 2014 it will release the world’s first rotating day hiker backpack, the rotation180° Panorama.  Designed for hikers who carry cameras, binoculars, GPS devices, nature identification books, maps, iPads, and more, the rotation180° Panorama’s beltpack rotates to the front for quick gear access and without first having to take off the backpack or even stop hiking.  Detailed information can be found at http://www.mindshiftgear.com/products/rotation180-panorama.

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“We want to create a mind shift in the way that people think about hiking and their interaction with nature,” said MindShift Gear’s founder and president Doug Murdoch.  “The rotation180° Panorama was designed for any lover of the out-of-doors who has ever been frustrated that they’ve had to take off their pack to access something.  With this new rotating backpack, whatever they value they can rotate to the front of their body.  Like the advent of hydration reservoirs, which allowed quick access to fluids, our rotating technology has the potential to increase their enjoyment and experience of being outdoors.”

Lightweight at under three pounds, the rotation180° Panorama backpack will be available in two colors, Charcoal and Tahoe Blue.  It will feature two tripod carrying options and an extra-large dedicated 100 oz./3 ltr capacity hydration reservoir pocket.  It will have additional room for a jacket, hat, gloves, lunch, and more.  The removable beltpack can be worn separately for shorter outings.  The breathable padded airflow harness with daisy chain includes an adjustable sternum strap and load lifters.  And, at its design core, it has a pre-curved back panel with single aluminum stay for pack stability.

Available for sale separately will be accessories that enhance the backpack’s functionality.  These include the Lens Switch Case that attaches to the beltpack, the Tripod Suspension Kit, the Panorama Photo Insert for extra carrying capacity for photo gear, and the Panorama Raincover specifically tailored to function with the rotation 180 technology.

MATERIALS

Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with a durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, YKK® zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high density nylon, 210D velocity nylon, Ultra-Stretch fabric, 350G airmesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 200D polyester lining, belly-o mesh pockets, closed-cell antilon foam, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

SPECIFICATIONS

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External Dimensions:  9.8” x 19.7” x 8.3” (25 x 50 x 21 cm)
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Internal Dimensions   9.8” x 8.2” x 5.1” (25 x 21 x 13 cm)
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External Dimensions   9.4” x 7.5” x 4.7” (24 x 19 x 12 cm) (W x H x L)

Total Volume (Backpack and Beltpack):  26 Litres

Backpack Weight:   2.0 lbs  (0.9 kg)

Beltpack Weight:   0.9 lbs (0.4kg)

Total Weight:    2.9 lbs  (1.3 kg)

About Us

MindShift Gear (www.mindshiftgear.com)  is a group of committed professional photographers and product designers who support conservation and protection of our natural resources.   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.

Great Idea – MindShift Gear’s Contact Sheet Protects Valuable Photography Gear While Shooting Outdoors

MindShift Gear (the outdoor photography bag spin-off company of Think Tank Photo) announces the release of its multi-purpose Contact Sheet.   Designed for photographers who work in wet or dirty environments and who need a clean, dry work area, this 3.5’ x 5’ ultralight, waterproof ground tarp provides a barrier from the elements.  The 3.5’x5’ Contact Sheet stuffs into a mesh pouch for easy transportation and storage.

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The Contact Sheet solves one of nature and outdoor photographers’ biggest headaches, which is how to create a safe work area when operating remotely in the out-of-doors.  Made of a mixture of 30D Ripstop PU and Nylon mesh, it can easily be spread out and valuable electronics gear laid on it safe in the knowledge that it is protected from the elements.

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Specifications

Tarp:  5′ X 3.5′ (152cm X 107cm)

Stuff Sack:  7″ x 4.5″ x 2″ (17.2cm x 11.43cm x 5cm)

Weight:  5 ounces (142 grams)

MindShift Gear (www.mindshiftgear.com) is a group of professional photographers and designers committed to conservation of our natural resources and global environment. 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.

PhoozL Announces Shared Cash-Prize Photo Contest: ‘PETS in B&W’

Photography competition site PhoozL announces a special cash-prize photo contest: ‘Pets in B&W’. This is a judged contest where the Top 3 Winners share a progressive (growing) cash prize pool from the paid-entry proceeds. The judge is pro pet photographer and pet photo author Andrew Darlow, and the contest is open to all logged-in members of Phoozl.com, amateur to pro, 18+ worldwide. To see more details and to submit, go to:

http://www.phoozl.com/weekly-photo-contest/pets-in-bw/

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“We’re excited to announce our first shared-cash-prize contest,” says Harald Johnson, PhoozL’s founder. “It costs only $10 for up to 3 entries, and 60 percent of entry proceeds will be paid out to winners! And who better to judge this contest than pro pet photographer and pet photo author Andrew Darlow.”

About Judge Andrew Darlow

Andrew Darlow is a professional photographer, author, and consultant. He is the author of two award-winning books: “301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers” (Course Technology, PTR), and “Pet Photography 101: Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat” (Focal Press). Andrew publishes the “Inkjet & Imaging Tips Newsletter,” which is available for free to subscribers at imagingbuffet.com/newsletter.

About PhoozL

PhoozL® (http://www.phoozl.com) provides photo education and entertainment for photographers and photo enthusiasts who want to be challenged and have “phun” while learning more about photography and spreading their creative wings. Photo contests, photo assignments, photo critiques, photo learning, photo sharing and community… it’s all part of PhoozL.

*PhoozL® and Photo IQ® are registered trademarks of Harald Johnson Communications.

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The Week In Photography 28th May 2013

Here’s what has caught my attention on the Internet about photography over the past few weeks:

Bug-eye camera offers a new view of the world

Creating Drama Through Cinematic Light

Backlit Photography 101: Secrets of Expressive Backlit Portraits

The illusion of simplicity: photographer Peter Belanger on shooting for Apple

Strange Geographies: The Mojave Desert’s Airplane Graveyard

Nature & flower photography inspiration by Beatrice Lechtanski

The Top 8 Reasons Why I’m a Big Believer in 35mm Lens Photography

Jewel-Like Photographs of Lucite Sculptures

New Yorkers Upset Over Photographer’s Secret Snaps Through Their Windows

Airline Says ‘No Photography’ on Flights

Photographs of Motionless Bodies of Water Inspired by Rothko

Olloclip Quick-Flip Case and Pro-Photo Adapter add protection, tripod mount

Microscopic Photos of Dust Collected from the World’s Best Art Museums

Photographer David Emitt Adams Creates Tintype Photos Using Rusty Old Cans

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The Week in Photography 6th May 2013

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet about photography in the past week:

Amazing Macro Photos of Bugs With An Unsual Accessory

Explore Hong Kong’s ‘Vertical Horizon’ in These Reverse-Vertigo Inducing Photos

ProScope Micro Mobile lets your iPhone get mega-close-ups

Panasonic introduces DMC-G6 and DMC-LF1 cameras

14-Year-Old Photographer’s Amazingly Surreal Self Portraits

VFX pro produces short film with a Macbook Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud

UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now

How the hell is this photo of the Moon even possible?

The Basics Of DSLR Videography

Photographer Uses His iPhone to Capture One Photo Per Day of a Lonely Bur Oak

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Firmware Update Now Available for Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15

Sony Australia has announced that a firmware update for Action Cam HDR-AS15 is now available.

The firmware update includes PS Recording Mode (1920×1080/60p), which enables users to capture smooth images of fast moving scenes with a higher frame rate of 60p. A new “Water Mode” is also available on the Action Cam, which adjusts the camera’s white balance to an optimal setting for underwater shooting. Furthermore, the new ‘Beep Off’ setting gives users the option to turn off audio notifications of key camera functions, such as when recording is enabled or disabled.

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In addition, users of the Action Cam HDR-AS15 will get to enjoy ‘Seamless Mode Change’ functionality via PlayMemories Mobile from June 2013. The update will enable users to change from ‘Smart Remote’ mode to ‘File Transfer’ mode directly, without having to go through the Action Cam.

To download the software, please click on the link here: http://www.sony.com.au/support/product/HDR-AS15. The operation manual will be made available during the download.

Action Cam HDR-AS15 Accessories

Users can now capture the action in even more ways with the availability of mounts and attachments for the Action Cam HDR-AS15. The new Skeleton Housing (SRP $39) and Float Attachment (SRP $19) will let you take the action anywhere, while the latest Wrist Mount (SRP $39), Surfboard Mount (SRP $39) and Dog Mount (SRP $49) allow you to shoot from a totally new perspective. All new accessories will be available from late May at www.sony.com.au.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III firmware upgrade provides significant still-shooting and Full HD video improvements

Supports advanced user needs through clean HDMI output for video and boosted AF performance for low-light and telephoto shooting

Sydney, Australia, 30 April 2013 – Canon Australia today announced that the new firmware upgrade for the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera is now available for download, delivering considerable improvements to still-shooting and Full HD video. The new free-of-charge upgrade will allow users to boost the EOS 5D Mark III’s potential, opening the door to new imaging opportunities.

The upgrade, which was first announced in October 2012, enables the use of the HDMI output functionality for more efficient video editing and monitoring workflows by professionals in the fields of cinema and TV production. With HDMI output, users can record HD uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal, supporting minimal image degradation during video data editing for greater onsite efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video can also be displayed on an external monitor while being captured, for real-time on-site monitoring for HD video during shoots.

To further improve functionality, the upgrade improves the AF system with centre AF point now enabled at f/8 supporting the needs of photographers to achieve more from their camera when using fast super-telephoto lenses with extenders. Drastically increasing the shooting range, version 1.2.1 now makes it possible to use an EF600 f/4 lens and two-times extender to achieve a massive 1200mm focal length with precise AF performance. This will benefit sport and nature photographers who shoot over long distances. This upgrade also increases the range of lens options with full AF capabilities, including the EF400mm f/5.6 and the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS with 1.4x extenders, for zoom ranges up to 560mm.

“The EOS 5D Mark III, continues to lead the way in DSLR Full HD Movie making and with this new update Canon has responded to the needs of professional image makers by providing them with clean HDMI output, as well as boosted AF performance for telephoto shooting over an expanded range of focal lengths,” said Charles Montesin, Product Manager – Professional Imaging, Canon Australia. “We’re excited to be offering these features in direct response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and TV production, and expect the firmware to enhance the user experience and workflow.”

The EOS 5D Mark III free firmware update is available now from: http://support-au.canon.com.au/P/search?model=EOS%205D%20Mark%20III&filter=0&menu=download

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About Canon

Canon is the world’s leading imaging brand that actively inspires with imaginative ideas that enable people to connect, communicate and achieve more than they thought possible through imaging solutions for business and consumers. Canon’s Australian R&D company, CiSRA, develops and exports digital imaging technologies for use in Canon products worldwide. Canon has ranked among the top-four US patent recipients* for the past 21 years, and had global revenues of over $US40 billion in 2012. Canon Australia also operates Canon Finance Australia, which offers one-stop shopping for customers wanting leasing or finance services. For more information, visit www.canon.com.au, www.facebook.com/canonaustralia, www.twitter.com/canonaustralia, www.youtube.com/canonaustralia

* Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office

The Week In Photography 25th April 2013

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet in the past week or so:

David Kingham Photography | Focusing at Night

Seven Lenses for The Portrait Shooter on a Budget

FocusTwist: Focus-Controllable Images with the iPhone | CDTobie’s Photo Blog

How to Do Stop Motion Photography: An Introduction

The Great Compositions of Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt

Amateur Photographer Captures NASA-like Space Images

Magic Lantern’s Focus Peaking Makes Freelensing A Snap

Photography redefined

Accession by Ben Thomas

How photographers joined the self-publishing revolution

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The Week In Photography 12th April 2013

Here’s what has caught my attention on the Internet recently about photography:

Colorful Long Exposure Photos of Glow Sticks Dropped Into Waterfalls

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

G-Technology announces new family of Thunderbolt-equipped docks, drives

NeroTrigger camera trigger is faster (and smarter) than your shutter finger

Canon XA25 HD and XA20 HD Camcorders:

Turn ordinary photos into extraordinary iPhoneography with textures

Trygger Camera Clip: a better polarizing filter for your iPhone 5

5 iPhone Photography Accessories for Better Pictures

PhotosNormandy: An Online Collection of 3,000+ Royalty-Free Photos from WWII

Eye-Popping Photographs of Hong Kong High-Rise Apartment Buildings

High-Speed Photographs of Ink Dropped into Water

Dreamy Photography by Weerapong Chaipuck

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Current offers from Think Tank Photo

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Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just made three announcements that I thought would interest you.

·         Free Shipping!  Yes, they’ve made it official that on all orders of $75 or more placed with Think Tank you will receive free shipping.  In addition, because you are my friend, when you click on this link you will also receive a free gift with your order!

·         $50 Rebate on the Airport 4-Sight rolling camera bagThe Airport 4-Sight, Think Tank’s first four-wheeled roller, was released to popular acclaim.  Between now and the end of April 2013, when you order one of these popular rollers you will receive $50 back!  With the Airport 4-Sight Think Tank set out to design a more ergonomic roller to reduce fatigue and strain on traveling photographers. The result is the first four wheel roller designed specifically for photographers. It meets International airline carry-on standards. Weight has been dramatically reduced through innovative bag design and a strict focus on features that photographers identify as most beneficial. A lockable zipper provides security.

·         Lucky 13!  With this promotion, which runs through the end of April, every other day Think Tank will randomly pull the name of one lucky person who will win an Airport 4-Sight, a Sling-O-Matic 20, and a Change-Up multifunction belt pack.  And that’s not all, in each prize package Think Tank will be including additional surprise gifts.