The most comfortable camera backpack on a risk-free 30 day trial

 This is a slick camera backpack! You'll be hard pressed to find a better fit or function.

This is a slick camera backpack! You'll be hard pressed to find a better fit or function.

I am currently traveling in Italy, and constantly reminded how much I like my MindShift camera backpack. They just seem to be so well thought out and are built to such incredible quality standards. Then, I get this secret message: MindShift have a new pack and they will actually let you try it FREE for 30 days! No risk, you don't even have to pay for it up front. Wow. 

Try out their FirstLight outdoor photography backpacks on a 30-day, risk-free “test drive.”  Call them toll free at 866-558-4465 x1, 8:30 AM - 5 PM PST Mon - Fri and they'll process your free test drive trial. Ask for FedEx Ground shipping and they'll include it at no charge.  And, be sure to mention my name when ordering to get the free trial deal.

The FirstLight backpacks are designed for the traveling outdoor photographer. The two packs are carry on compatible on virtually any regional and large commercial flight, making getting to your destination with your gear a worry free experience.  The FirstLights' contoured, 11-point adjustable torso harness fits most men and women. A shaped aluminum torso stay provides additional support. The packs also utilize ballistic nylon bottoms for long lasting durability.

They have dedicated water bottle pockets on both sizes, while the 30L also accommodates up to a 3L hydration reservoir. Both have long lens capacity, big stuff pockets, sternum strap whistles, with extra room for your 15" laptop and personal gear. Use the accessory straps to carry a tripod, monopod or hiking poles. They've also included a seam-sealed rain cover. When attached, rain cover allows small to medium tripods to be carried on front or side positions. 

The FirstLight 30L is sized for gripped DSLRs and larger gear and will hold up to a 500mm f/4 lens detached or 400 f/2.8 attached.   The FirstLight 20L is sized for standard size DSLRs and robust mirrorless kits and will hold up to a 200–400mm f/4 attached or 300 f/2.8.

Do you like leather bags? Um hmm...

 Nice vintage looking leather covers adorn the new Retrospective line. This would look good on me on my new motorcycle ;-)

Nice vintage looking leather covers adorn the new Retrospective line. This would look good on me on my new motorcycle ;-)

Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced the release of two new product line extensions as well as a new “free gift” offer.
 
The first are the Retrospective® 5 Leather, Retrospective® 7 Leather, and Retrospective® 30 Leather. These upscale, rugged shoulder bags maintain the Retrospective’s casual, form-fitting design. A new Dual Cross buckle on the front flap provides an extra measure of security. The new shoulder bags are designed to hold tablets and laptops in dedicated zipper pockets.
 
The new Mirrorless® Mover 25i fits one medium to large mirrorless body, plus two to four lenses, an 8” tablet, and additional accessories. It features metal hardware, high quality fabrics, YKK® zippers and a magnetic closure.

And, through the end of September, whenever you buy an eligible backpack from Think Tank you will receive Camera Support Straps V2.0 along with a Camera Strap V2.0 free!  Think Tank offers a wide variety of innovative, high quality transportation and field photography backpacks.  Order one and you will get to experience something really unique, which is having the weight of your camera shifted from your neck to your backpack harness system.  With the Camera Support Strap V2. no more sore shoulders or neck aches! 
 
 I love my ThinkTank bags and now I have a new one to add to my wish list ☺

 Vegans can still benefit from a slick new ThinkTank bag as well. This mirrorless mover is pretty cool.

Vegans can still benefit from a slick new ThinkTank bag as well. This mirrorless mover is pretty cool.

Hit these links to go to ThinkTank and get the blog readers special gifts when you purchase:

Retrospective 7 leather

Mirrorless Mover

All ThinkTank backpacks


LunaGrip speedlight tool now shipping!

Your lighting bag just got a bit lighter! Thank you to everyone who placed a pre-order for the Westcott LunaGrip and have waited patiently for them to ship. I am excited to announce that we are officially shipping products and our first production run is going fast! 

The LunaGrip turns your speedlight and pop-up diffuser in to an easy to hold, light weight, beautiful soft light source. You can get the LunaGrip solo to use with your own diffuser, or as a kit that includes a Westcott 5-in-1 diffuser/reflector. 

Details, FAQs, and purchase information is here: www.LunaGrip.com

We've posted some videos to show the easy assembly as well as a couple of use scenarios. We'll be posted more videos to show the amazing versatility of the product in a wide variety of situations. 

Videos:

1) Assembly, setup tips, disassembly.

2) Outdoor use solo mixed with natural light

3) Outdoor use and using a second LunaGrip as a reflector

Westcott Top Pro photographer Kevin Kubota shows how to assemble the LunaGrip speedlite handle for photographers in this instructional video. The LunaGrip was designed by Kevin and allows photographers to pair their speedlight with their favorite diffusion disc for a easy-to-use modifier with beautiful light output.

Westcott Top Pro photographer Kevin Kubota uses the NEW Lunagrip speedlite modifier with high speed sync and natural lighting to capture beautiful senior portraits outdoors. Here, Kevin discusses a bunch of quick tips to help photographers capture professional outdoor images for their clients for ease.

Westcott Top Pro photographer Kevin Kubota uses two NEW LunaGrip speedlite modifiers to capture beautiful senior portraits outdoors. Here, Kevin discusses how he uses shadows and highlights to sculpt his portrait. He uses the LunaGrips to create a beautiful clamshell lighting.