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 Monday, October 20, 2014
The Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Strikes Gold at Maroon Bells
I'm just back from an intensive 9-day photo trip to Colorado. Overall, the trip was great, though the weather was not cooperative for about half of the daylight hours. Bad weather can create the dramatic skies that are highly desired for landscape photos, but rain, snow and heavy fog can be especially challenging when distant mountains are a primary subject.
At the top of my distant mountains list were the Maroon Bells, a pair of fourteeners (Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak) located in the Maroon Bells Scenic Area near Aspen. These tree-less, maroon-colored peaks are generally considered the most-photographed mountains in North America. They are most-photographed for good reasons. The mountains are beautiful, the scene in front of them, including Maroon Creek Valley and Maroon Lake, is beautiful and the access is very easy. Getting this picture into the portfolio, however, was definitely not easy.
I mentioned that access to the beautiful Maroon Bells scene is easy. The hike from the relatively-small parking lot to Maroon Lake is a short one. I carried about 50 lbs. of gear to the lake in a Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Backpack and a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker worn as a front pack. But, this hike is the easy part of getting this photograph.
There are basically two ideal sections of the Maroon Lake shoreline to shoot from with a limited number of photographers fitting into them. Getting the perfect location requires you to be there before the other photographers wanting the same easy-to-get-to location (just getting a parking space can be a challenge). Factor a 30 minute drive from the nearest hotel to the early arrival time requirement at the parking lot (a limited amount of campsites are available closer to the location) and the result is a very early AM alarm. By the time this photo was taken, there were nearly 100 photographers standing beside Maroon Lake, and I assure you that many did not have optimal shooting positions (just hanging out with this many friendly, enthusiastic landscape photographers makes this trip worth the effort).
Aspen in their brilliant yellow (and red) fall foliage colors were my other primary photography target for this trip. There are only a handful of days each year when the aspen trees are at their peak, so the timing of this trip has to be perfect. Locals can simply watch the foliage reports and make the drive (just over 4 hours from Denver) when the trees are peaking, but the rest of us need to plan ahead with airline ticket purchases, hotel reservations and vehicle rentals. My strategy was simple: plan the trip for peak foliage dates from recent years. In Aspen, this strategy worked perfectly for me. Some trees were beyond peak and some remained green, but most were at or near peak color. Though this is a highly desired location most of the year, the peak foliage definitely factored into the large crowds I encountered.
To get the peaks of the Maroon Bells to glow at sunrise requires a clear sky in the east during sunrise and to get a perfectly clear reflection of the peaks requires no wind. I was not hopeful during my 2 hour lakeside wait. Unlike many of the other mornings on this trip, the sky was perfectly clear. But, there was enough of a breeze blowing to create mirror-reflection-destroying ripples in the water. A moment before this photo was captured, the lake became a giant mirror and remained nearly flat for the next 3-4 hours (this duration is unusual for Maroon Lake) until the sun lit the entire valley floor below.
With the right scene unfolding in front of me, capturing the right framing and exposures became the next challenge. The framing was not hard (it is hard to go wrong at this location), but the exposures required more attention. With direct sunlight hitting the mountain peaks and the light-absorbing evergreens in deep shade, there was a significant amount of dynamic range to be captured. Using a multiple exposure HDR technique was the key to capturing the entire scene and all I had to do in the field was to insure that, for each final image, I had proper exposures captured for the highlights (shorter exposure) and for the shadows (longer exposure).
Back home in the studio, the processing work was much more difficult than capturing the right exposures in the field. Blending the two RAW images into a natural-looking HDR image was a complex process. I'd be embarrassed to say how many revisions I've made to this image, and while I have many variations that I like, I can't say that I am completely satisfied yet. This is my favorite revision today.
The iconic photograph of the Maroon Bells reflecting in Maroon lake with an apron of brilliantly-colored aspen trees lining Maroon Creek Valley was high on my bucket list and checking this line item off was my highest priority for this trip. No, this photo is not going to be unique (at least not completely unique). A lot of other photographers (close to 100 from this day alone) could have this or similar photos in their portfolios (if they executed and processed properly). I enjoy looking at photos taken by others, but this one is mine and there is something special about having iconic images in your own portfolio and having photos you created hanging on your walls. The memories these photos hold are part of their specialness. This particular image does not tell much of a story, but the story behind the image is big. That my father joined me on this particular trip was part of the specialness.
Because this shot was a priority, I allotted the most trip time (two full days and an additional half day if needed) to the Aspen area. The first morning was perfect (I shot from the side of the lake until about 11:00 AM and in the valley most of the day) and the second morning was an exact duplicate of the first until a breeze picked up just after sunrise (I moved to other shooting locations at this time – as planned).
Lakeside, I was simultaneously shooting with two complete tripod-based setups (one under the other when space was tight or to better protect tripod legs from accidents). With all of the effort and timing coming together perfectly and with the short duration of mountain peaks being lit, two rigs allowed me to maximize my take-home. This particular image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and one of the best landscape lenses ever made, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens. They worked perfectly.
A larger version of this image is available on: Google+, Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest.
Camera and Lens Settings
35mm  f/11.0  .3s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 10/20/2014 12:04:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive
B&H has two SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drives on sale. See below for details.
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
SanDisk 32GB Connect Wireless Flash Drive$58.45$44.95
SanDisk 64GB Connect Wireless Flash Drive$96.95$69.95
  • Includes a microSDHC/microSDXC Memory Card
  • Wirelessly Store, Share, Stream Content
  • Apple iOS and Android Device Compatible
  • Supports 3 Simultaneous Media Streams
  • Supports 8 Simultaneous Connections
  • Wireless Range up to 150'
  • USB 2.0 Connection, Charges Via USB
  • Up to 4 Hours of Battery Runtime
  • Wi-Fi (WPA2) Password Protection
Category: SanDisk Deals
Post Date: 10/20/2014 10:05:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
In the final episode of the Photoshop Playbook, Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes takes a closer look at the greatest hits from the JDI (Just Do it) Project.
The Adobe Photoshop Photography Suite is only $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 10/20/2014 8:05:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Delkin BLACK SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards
From Delkin:
Toughest, Most Reliable Memory Card on the Market.
Delkin BLACK SD Cards combine industrial strength & reliability with unparalleled speed, plus a quality guarantee like no other card. This exclusive media is sold only through authorized camera stores that are chosen for their commitment to customer service & knowledgeable staff. BLACK is the toughest, most reliable & trustworthy memory card on the market.
Utilizing a new, more durable casing, Delkin BLACK cards can withstand up to 45 lbs. of force and is more durable than any other card on the market. Whether you accidentally drop something on top of it or step on it, you can rest assured that your images and videos are safe and will remain undamaged.
Waterproof & Dustproof
A sealed & molded design provides protection against water damage and foreign debris, even when fully submerged for up to 72 hours.
Extended Temperature
Each card is tested to an extended temperature range and is able to withstand temperatures ranging from -40°C to 85°C. Confidently use it in your camera wherever you go, whether you’re in freezing, snowy climates or in hot, humid desert areas.
Built for Exceptional HD Video & RAW Performance
Capable of writing data at speeds over 80MB/s, BLACK cards are designed to excel in DSLR cameras and advanced camcorders that require faster speeds and performance. The cards support slow motion recording for professional film-making and promise not to drop frames or slow down your camera’s buffer, even in the most most demanding shooting or recording scenarios. They are also rated UHS-I (Speed Class 3), guaranteeing a minimum constant write speed of 30 MB/s.
48 Hour Replacement
In addition to our Lifetime Warranty, BLACK cards come with a premium 48 hour replacement guarantee. Simply register your card online, and call our friendly customer service team if you ever experience any issues. We will happily replace any non-working card within 48 hours or less (not including weekends), prior to receiving your non-working card. You can also replace your card over the counter at any Delkin BLACK Authorized Reseller. To activate your free replacement program & lifetime warranty, please register your Delkin BLACK card online, at
Category: Delkin News
Post Date: 10/20/2014 7:19:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Tiffen:
For imagemakers, by imagemakers, Tiffen ImageMaker promotes a new global community of photographers and videographers where creating great images is everything
Hauppauge, NY – October 17, 2014 – The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning imaging accessories, recently launched Tiffen ImageMaker, a community-oriented social media hub site. The site aims to build a global community where information is shared on techniques and technologies for creation of great images.
ImageMaker’s Special Features Include:
Explore some of the world’s most beautiful locations as imagemakers chronicle their shooting adventures.
Behind the Scenes
Get an exclusive look at how Tiffen products are created and produced in its U.S. manufacturing facilities, and see the latest and greatest Tiffen products launched at tradeshows.
Tiffen Selects
Check back each week for Tiffen’s featured picks from images shared on Instagram. Users are invited to submit their own photography by using hashtags such as #tiffen, #steadicam, #lowel, #tiffendfx and #domke.
Want to see how today’s industry professionals are using Tiffen products in their workflow? ImageMakers highlight the work of these photographers and cinematographers.
Media Room
Keep updated on the latest Tiffen news and events, and pick up some tips and tricks along the way.
Need some inspiration? View Tiffen’s gallery of images to learn some great techniques for getting beautiful still image results.
Tiffen TV
Sometimes, being a part of the action is the best way to gain practical education. Tiffen TV showcases video tutorials, user submissions and more.
Users are encouraged to share their own imagemaking stories by submitting content to To learn more about ImageMaker’s exciting features, please visit
Category: Tiffen News
Post Date: 10/20/2014 7:03:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 17, 2014
Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary Lens
From Sigma:
The Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary Lenses for Canon, Nikon and Sigma are scheduled to start shipping towards the end of this month.
B&H has the Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary available for preorder.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/17/2014 6:45:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 16, 2014
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From Adobe:
As promised in a blog post here, we are proud to introduce the Aperture and iPhoto import plugin for Lightroom 5. The plugin allows Aperture and iPhoto customers to migrate their images and key metadata (such as keywords, events, project structure) into Lightroom catalogs in a seamless way.
The plugin is available for download here and please follow these instructions to install the plugin:
  1. Ensure that you’re using Lightroom 5.6. You can check your Lightroom version by going to Help->System Info inside Lightroom. If not using Lightroom 5.6, please update to the 5.6.
  2. Download the plugin zip file to a known location (such as your desktop)
  3. Double click on the downloaded zip file to extract it.
  4. Navigate to the Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom folder. Please note that the Library folder is hidden by default and that you will need to hold down the Option/Alt key to make it visible.
  5. Check to see if there is a Modules folder. If not, please create this folder.
  6. Copy the extracted aperture_iphoto_importer.lrplugin file to the Modules folder.
  7. Start Lightroom.
For Aperture Customers: click on File -> Plugin Extras -> Import from Aperture Library and follow the prompts.
For iPhoto Customers: Click on File -> Plugin Extras -> Import from iPhoto Library and follow the prompts.
Download link -> aperture_iphoto_importer
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/16/2014 12:02:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
COOLPIX P340 Firmware: 1.2 update
Updates enabled with this release:
  • An issue that prevented charging of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 using the camera and charging AC adapter when the EN-EL12 was completely discharged has been resolved.
  • When RAW (NRW) images captured with a burst of continuous shooting at a setting of Continuous H were opened in image-processing software such as ViewNX 2 for development, image colors were abnormal. This issue has been resolved.
Download the COOLPIX P340 Firmware: 1.2.

COOLPIX P600 Firmware: 1.2 Update
Updates enabled with this release
  • An issue that prevented charging of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL23 using the camera and charging AC adapter when the EN-EL23 was completely discharged has been resolved.
Download the COOLPIX P600 Firmware: 1.2.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/16/2014 9:32:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through October 31, use coupon code HOLIDAY20 at to save 20% on your next fracture order.
Glass prints look very impressive hanging on the wall. Buy now to ensure it arrives before the holidays if you're planning on giving one as a gift.
Post Date: 10/16/2014 8:43:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Watch as France's Airgonay club sets up a drone race in the middle of a forest. The resulting video looks astonishingly similar to the speeder chase scene in Return of the Jedi.
Now I want a drone even more... :-) [Sean]
Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:57:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon Europe:
In this video pro-photographer, film maker, & director of DEDICATED, Corey Rich highlights why the D4S allows him to focus only on content and not the technology; the three most meaningful improvements made on the D4S; & how its features helped capture scenes that were previously impossible to capture. 'Hollywood crews could do this but not guys like me.' - Corey Rich.
Note from Sean: Oh my goodness! Why didn't I ever think to use Auto ISO when shooting video to compensate for transitioning from very dim environments to very bright ones (or vice-versa)? The EOS 5D Mark III works in the same way; it changes ISO on the fly when set to Auto ISO. The Nikon D4s's algorithm may allow for smoother ISO changes, but otherwise, the 5D III does the exact same thing.
B&H carries the Nikon D4s and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:00:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens
DigitalRev has the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $309.00 with free shipping. Compare at $499.00.
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 10/15/2014 10:17:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW120 All-Weather Camera
Use coupon code EXPLORE ($50.00 off) at to get the Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW120 + Lightroom 5 Bundle for $199.00 with free shipping. Compare at $289.00 new (without software).
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Post Date: 10/15/2014 9:05:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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International Awards Exhibition Printed with Epson Printers and Papers Opens at Smithsonian on Oct. 24
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 15, 2014 – Epson today announced it is a global sponsor of the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition for the third consecutive year. As the official inkjet printer and paper partner for the ongoing print exhibition, Epson’s professional printing technology allows visitors to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography. On the second floor of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., museum guests will see award-winning photographs displayed from one of the world’s most prestigious nature photography competitions.
“The annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards program began as a creative tool to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature and encourage greater public interest in outdoor enjoyment and conservation stewardship,” says Awards Director, Steve Freligh. “The high caliber of photographic prints we are able to achieve through using Epson printers, inks and papers bring these images to life in a way that truly showcases the spectacle of nature and the creative talent delivered by photographers in the field."
The Smithsonian exhibition opens on Oct. 24, 2014, and features winners from the annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards program. Chosen from more than 20,000 entries from photographers in 50 countries, the exhibition will showcase the Grand Prize winner, the Photographer of the Year and the Youth Photographer of the Year, as well as finalists selected in 13 separate categories. The images are displayed as large format prints ranging in size from 2x3 feet to nearly 4x6 feet in the nation’s most visited museum, which welcomes more than eight million visitors annually.
“We are honored to be supporting one of the most highly-respected and visually compelling nature photography competitions in the world,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “Our goal is to provide these photographers with access to the most advanced printing technology and pro-quality papers to produce true-to-life output that accurately and completely conveys the true vision and story behind their photographs.”
The exhibition-quality prints were created with Epson’s award-winning 44-inch wide Epson Stylus Pro 9900. With the precision of its Epson MicroPiezo TFP printhead and the performance of Epson UltraChrome HDR ink, the printer delivers superb photographic prints with an extremely wide color gamut and incredible sharpness. Used with Epson Professional Papers, this advanced printing technology produces the richest blacks and smooth tonal transitions.
The exhibition will be viewed by millions of visitors at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and is open daily, free to the public. The annual photo competition is open to the public and encourages submissions from photographers at all levels of expertise – pros, amateurs and youth. For more information, visit
Category: Epson News
Post Date: 10/15/2014 8:05:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter
DigitalRev has the Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter available for $519.00. Compare at $822.00 for US version.
  • Programming Meter
  • Full information Spot Viewfinder
  • Contrast Function
  • Incident Light Metering
  • Reflected Light Spot Metering
  • Dual ISO Settings
  • All-Weather Design
  • Cine/lighting Displays for L-758CINE
  • Optional Radio Flash Triggering
  • Europe CE Version**
**To comply with local broadcast regulations, Sekonic wireless systems sold in the various markets around the world are designed to operate at different frequencies. When purchasing and/or installing a transmitter module or using the meter with a receiver, be sure that the meter, module and receiver are designed to be used in your location and use the same frequency.
When purchasing and/or installing a transmitter module or using the meter with a receiver, be sure that the meter, module and receiver are designed to be used in your location and use the same frequency.
The CE designation indicates the meter and module are designed for operation in European countries (Frequencies: CH 1 to 16: 433.62 MHz; CH 17 to 32: 434.22MHz) and should not imported to US/Canada without permission of your local communication authority.
Post Date: 10/15/2014 6:51:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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From Nikon:
Updates included with 1.0.3
Updates that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
  • When images were adjusted in any of the following ways using Edit palette functions, and Capture NX-D was then launched again, the results of adjustments were not reflected. This issue has been resolved.
  • When White Balance was fine-tuned after selecting Use Gray Point or using the Gray Point Sample Tool
  • When the Quick Adjust setting under Picture Control was changed
  • When the luminosity curve was adjusted by moving the black-point input slider to a setting other than "0" with Master Lightness selected for LCH
  • When the chroma curve was adjusted by moving the output slider to a setting other than "0" with Chroma selected for LCH
  • When the tone curve was adjusted by moving the Levels & Curves black-point input slider to a setting other than "0"
  • When a settings file, with which the Quick Adjust setting under Picture Control had been changed, was saved, the value saved for Quick Adjust only was "0". This issue has been resolved.
  • When RAW images captured with cameras that support the Better Quality 2013 option for Noise Reduction in the Edit palette were adjusted, and the Intensity setting under Luminance was once changed to "0", subsequent changes to the Intensity setting were not reflected. This issue has been resolved.
  • When the output slider was moved to a setting other than "0" with Chroma selected for LCH in the Edit palette, anchor points could not be added to the chroma curve at the intended positions. This issue has been resolved.
  • When multiple images were captured with a User Custom Curve modified using a camera that does not support Picture Controls applied, changes made to the User Custom Curve during shooting were not reflected in images captured after the User Custom Curve had been changed. This issue has been resolved.
Additional modifications to the Windows version
  • When Capture NX-D was launched with a single-display system after having been used with a multi-display system, an error was displayed and the application could not be launched. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that sometimes caused Capture NX-D to freeze when keyboard operations were performed while working with the Edit palette has been resolved.
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
  • When the keyboard shortcut (SHIFT + 0) was used to delete ratings, labels rather than ratings were deleted. This issue has been resolved.
Capture NX-D 1.0.3 Update
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/14/2014 10:54:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 13, 2014
Refurbished Nikon 1 J3 with 10-30mm VR Lens (Black)
Use coupon code CLMBS ($50.00 off) at to get the Refurbished Nikon 1 J3 with 10-30mm VR Lens for $179.00 with free shipping. Regularly $229.00.
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Post Date: 10/13/2014 1:07:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
MindShift Gear rotation180° Trail and Travel Away Bags
From MindShift Gear:
Mindshift Gear rotation180° Trail Bag
MindShift Gear’s New rotation180° Trail Backpack Provides Quick Access to Outdoor Exploration Necessities
This fall MindShift Gear will be making its award-winning rotation technology available in a smaller, lighter new backpack, the rotation180º Trail. Accessing gear has never been easier for outdoor photographers and action-enthusiasts. With the rotation180º Trail they can hike, mountain bike, ski, and birdwatch without breaking stride. No more removing a cumbersome backpack to access camera gear or trail essentials. In one swift motion, they can rotate the beltpack and grab their gear without taking their eyes off of wildlife or disrupting their creative momentum.
The intuitive functionality of the small yet spacious rotation180º Trail keeps the day's necessities organized and ready for quick access. It fits any 1.5 liter or a 2 liter CamelBak water reservoir, a light jacket and an extra layer, binoculars, compass, trail books, maps and more. This 2-in-1 bag's beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
“The rotation180º Trail ends the tiresome on-and-off again of other backpacks and lets enthusiasts enjoy the outdoors more,” said MindShift Gear CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “It is another example of our commitment to reinventing backpack access. It employs the same patented technology that recently won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award 2014.”
Key Features
  • Rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials: compact DSLR or mirrorless camera system, 8” tablet (iPad mini), binoculars, maps, guide book, energy bars, food, and more.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment fits any 1.5 liter reservoir or a 2 liter CamelBak reservoir
  • 2 bags in 1: Removable beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light
  • Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch and more
  • Front stretch pocket provides flexible carrying options for quick access
  • Small tripod carries easily on the side panel
  • Top pocket for quick access to small items
  • Mesh stretch pocket fits a water bottle
  • Bike-light attachment
  • Beltpack compression straps
  • Lightweight materials
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap
  • Optional rain cover (sold separately) functions with rotation technology
Mindshift Gear rotation180° Travel Away Bag
MindShift Gear’s New rotation180° Travel Away Backpack Provides Global Travelers Added Security and Quickest Access to Gear
MindShift Gear, developer of the world’s first patented rotating backpack, announces it will be releasing the first rotating backpack for global travelers and outdoor explorers, the rotation180° Travel Away. When traveling in unfamiliar places, knowing where critical items are and protecting them from prying eyes are very important. In one swift motion, only the wearer can rotate the concealed beltpack to the front for instantaneous and secure access to cameras, passports, guidebooks, tablets, or other travel essentials. No more being forced to stop in front of strangers to remove a backpack to gain access to essential travel items.
Travelers will enjoy peace of mind, knowing that their critical and most valuable items are stowed away securely and are inaccessible to others due to the rotation180° Travel Away's innovative design. The backpack also has dedicated pockets to conceal a 15” laptop and 10” tablet, while the beltpack can fit an 8” tablet.
“As someone who spends a great deal of my life traveling around the globe, I know the joy of travel as well as its challenges,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “We designed the rotation180° Travel Away for the discerning traveler who wishes to keep their eyes on the wonders unfolding in front of them, safe in knowing that their essential gear is protected from prying eyes and ready for quick access with just a twist of the lower beltpack.
Murdoch added, “The rotation180° Travel Away employs the same patented technology that recently won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award 2014.”
Key Features
  • Rotating beltpack for accessing travel essentials: 8” tablet (iPad mini), large point and shoot, maps, passport, currency, etc.
  • Backpack has dedicated pockets to conceal up to a 15” laptop and a 10” tablet.
  • 2 bags in 1: Removable beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
  • Size qualifies as a personal carry-on item for air travel.
  • Side compression straps enable carrying of trekking poles, a small tripod, or jacket.
  • Locking sliders on the main compartment secures valuables with a travel lock (not included).
  • Backpack rear pocket provides quick access to a camera, AC adapters, large sunglasses, books or other large items.
  • Additional room for books, jacket, extra clothing, hat, gloves, food, etc.
  • Ultra-Stretch pocket for water bottle.
  • Durable materials hold up in harsh conditions.
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap and attachment points.
  • Curved back panel with single aluminum stay for pack stability.
  • Optional seam-sealed rain cover functions with rotation technology (sold separately).
MindShift Gear has the rotation180° Trail and rotation180° Travel Away bags available now.
Post Date: 10/13/2014 10:36:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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