Hyperion wrist strap

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A few weeks ago I’ve reviewed Hyperion Camera Neck Strap – now I got a similar, but shorter, wrist strap from Hyperion. Well, different colour but all the same feeling, quality and plush.

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Hyperion is selling these camera straps on ebay – they are hand made in Greece; Pablo manufactures every single one with love – one by one, by hand and tailor made. You can set specific length, color and trimming.

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Neck and Wrist Handmade Camera Straps, 238 Colour combinations to choose from. Fully Customizable in Length. Worldwide Shipping.

Link to Hyperion Camera Neck Strap review here.

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Website: https://www.hyperioncamerastraps.com

Order processing

Email Pablo: pabloko@msn.com , telling him the type, the colour combo you want and your mailing address. He will make the strap and send you a photo of it when ready, to approve it. He will mail you the strap – good news, soon it will be in your hands.

You can pay through pay-pal or bank transfer.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HyperionCameraStraps/?fref=ts

ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HYPERION-Handmade-Neck-and-Wrist-Camera-Straps-/272404353338

Photographs: Fujifilm X100T Black – One light bulb, handheld. Classic Chrome film simulation, RAW and Adobe ACR, Photoshop to taste.

 

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Manfrotto Pixi and Pixi Evo

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Roughly one year ago Manfrotto has launched the Pixi Evo, a miniature lightweight tripod with two-section legs and five adjustable steps. The Pixi Evo represents a design update over the original Pixi mini tripod, and is designed, in part, to support entry-level DSLRs with large lenses. I got mine from Hi-tech Wonder in Lisbon.

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Maximum load capacity is 2,5 Kilograms, which is quite substantial given the size of the Pixi EVO. In spite of this, the tripods are lightweight due to the use of aluminium and technopolymer. Features include a portrait shooting mode with a 90-degree tilt, sliding selectors on the legs, and three color options: white, red, and black.

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I have been using Manfrotto’s Pixi Evo for a few months now and let me tell you how handy this is: it really is compact, extremely light at only 260 grams, and folded takes up 20 centimetres. I use it with the X-Pro2 and any of the Fujinon lenses that I usually carry around, from the 18mm f2 to the heavier 50-140mm f2.8.

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The original Pixi, a design revolution and precursor to the EVO, would only stand one kilo maximum load and, at 190 grams was not that lighter. Therefore, what Manfrotto achieved with this second Pixi is outstanding.

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For me it is some sort of buddy, something that I will put on top of almost any surface knowing that it will do what it says on the tin.

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I’ve used a couple of Pixi mini tripods for everything, from speedlite mounts to LED stands and they are sturdy, reliable and beautiful objects. The one I’ve photographed here is roughly three years old and still looks the part, fully functional, no problems whatsoever. Hopefully this new EVO will have the same predicaments.

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Links:

Hi-tech Wonder, Pixi: http://www.hi-techwonder.com/productsList.aspx?s=4&id=pixi

Hi-tech Wonder, Pixi Evo: http://hi-techwonder.com/product.aspx?idProduct=6249

Manfrotto: https://www.manfrotto.co.uk

Photographs: Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Fujinon XF 90mm f2, two LED light sources, one Fujifilm EF-X500 shoe mount flash as a stand alone unit, camera mounted, FP HSS. Velvia film simulation, ACR and Photoshop to taste.

Coordame “Mar Flat” wrist strap

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Hand made in Portugal by Coordame, this is one of the finest wrist straps I’ve ever tried. It will have a place of its own alongside my X-E2s, replacing an industrial made, characterless, Joby.

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Made of 8mm flat hollow cord – it naturally assumes a 13mm flat form factor, it is extremely lightweight and anti-perspirant – this one is military green, one of my favourite colours. The finishing is made of high-quality Portuguese leather and a small disc completes the set, which is a clever solution to prevent wear and tear around the camera hinge that supports the strap.

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I used it for a week on an X-Pro2 with several different lenses, from the small, lightweight, 18mm f2 to the “massive” 50-140 f2.8 and I have to say that it was a real pleasure to use. The strap is made of a gentle, natural, pleasing material (non abrasive to your skin) and the leather made adjuster is easy to use.

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Wrist straps from Coordame cost 18 Euros, shipping included to mainland Portugal, plus shipping if dispatched to a different country – a bargain given the quality of their products. If you’re looking for a trendy, high quality wrist strap, look no further – highly recommended! Of course, you can choose strap colour and stitching colour to suit your preferences – and packaging is retro styled, an absolute must.

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Started in April 2016, Coordame Straps, is a small project that offers high quality fully handmade camera straps (wrist straps and neck straps) with add-on strap accessories. It’s an original fusion of Portuguese sailing and leather work history and the love for photography – “Coordame”, two words merged in just one “Cordame” – old word for rope/cord – and “Couro” – leather – each strap is made by hand from Portuguese leather, using high quality european cords.

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According to Coordame, their straps and wrist straps are made with the users of mirrorless cameras in mind, such as: Fuji X Series, Olympus, Leica M, Sony’s, Pentax, rangefinders, point-and-shoot, although they state it is also possible to attach them to small-size DSLRs cameras.

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For all inquiries about Coordame Straps please email: coordame@gmail.com

More:

Instagram: @coordamestraps

Facebook page: coordamestraps

Shipping

All of Coordame Straps are handmade to order. Order processing time is within 4-6 business days unless otherwise noted (a notification will be emailed to the customer in case of an order delay). All payments by Bank transfer (Portugal) or PayPal (EU). Prices are in Euros (call to know).

Shipping Methods: Orders are shipped via the Portuguese Postal Service (CTT) in Registered Standard shipping method for both Portugal and international (Please allow between 9 to 15 business days to the rest of the world. Delivery times for all shipping methods are estimated).

Tracking number is provided for all orders (track your items on the Portuguese CTT website and after leaving Portugal, some countries Postal Service websites allow to track it inside the country).

 

All photographs Fujifilm X100T, one LED light source, Classic Chrome, ACR, Photoshop to taste.

 

 

 

 

Fujifilm EF-X500 Shoe Mount Flash Review – Part One

efx500boxBoxing is typical Fujifilm X Series fashion, big black elegant boxes, white letters and graphics

The brand new Fujifilm EF-X500 flashgun arrived yesterday straight from Fujifilm Portugal – actually I received a pair of these units. This is the first part of a detailed review that I started straight away, after all Fujifilm was missing a proper, professional grade flash system and the EF-X500 promises to deliver. The guide number is 50m at 100 ISO @ 105mm.

The first part of this review will focus on the design and perceived quality, first impressions to put it simply and I have to say that straight out of the box the EF-X500 is impressive. Build quality is second to none, Canon and Nikon are clearly overshadowed: touch, materials, dials and buttons are top notch, but flaps and hinges are a step further and there is no sense of fragility whatsoever. These units seem to be build to last forever. They are made in China, not in Japan, but that doesn’t seem to make any difference regarding build quality.

EFX500LCD.jpgControl buttons are backlit – the LCD in standard flash mode provides plenty of information, well laid out and easy to read, backlit in green

Enjoy the first set of pictures, part two will cover essential features and functions of the EF-X500, soon.

EFX500BACKtif.jpgFinishing resembles X-Series cameras, leather like material, good standard and incredible looks for a flash

EFX500SHOE_DIFFUSER.jpgGood quality soft case included – it holds the EF-X500, mini-stand and diffuser

EFX500DIFFUSERONtif.jpgTo attach the diffuser you must remove the accessory mount cover – clever, thus reducing diffuser size

EFX500WIDEtif.jpgCatchlight and wide panel (minimum coverage 20mm focal length in 35mm equivalent, which is basically 14mm in APS-C terms)

EFX500BATTERYLID.jpgBattery chamber-cover is solid and well designed, easy to operate on the go

efx500powerEF-BP1 will be available as an external power source – it will be connected to this socket

EFX500MADEINCHINA.jpgMade in China – this time Fujifilm opted to leave Japanese manufacturing out of the equation

EFX500LEDtif.jpgLED light is powerful – this shot was made without any further lighting. It can be used for video, AF low light beam and/or catchlight

EFX500LCD2.jpgLCD in standard flash mode, backlight off

EFX500LCD3.jpgLCD in remote flash mode

EFX500LCD4.jpgLCD in master flash mode

EFX500XPRO21655tif.jpgMounted on a X-Pro2: perfect balance and size, given the guide number and available functions

Photographs: one LED light source, Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Fujinon XF35mm f 1.4

Hyperion Coloured Handmade Camera Straps

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Hyperion is selling these handmade camera straps on ebay – they are hand made in Greece by my good friend Pablo; he manufactures every single one with love – one by one, by hand and tailor made. You can set specific length, color and trimming.

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I’ve used this one for quite a while on my X100T – the material has some elasticity, the trim is solid, the whole strap is extremely lightweight and very pleasant when it gets in contact with skin: there is a plush sense of comfort and it doesn’t make you sweat.

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You can also order a wrist strap if that’s your cup of tea, again length, trim and color to taste. They sell for £12 on ebay, which is a bargain.For those of us that prefer not use the original camera straps and are not willing to spend a fortune on one, this is a trendy, elegant and durable option.

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Neck and Wrist Handmade Camera Straps, 238 Colour combinations to choose from. Fully Customizable in Length. Worldwide Shipping – 13€ Each

Order processing:

  1. Email Pablo: pabloko@msn.com , telling him the type, the colour combo you want and your mailing address.
  1. He will make the strap and send you a photo of it when ready, to approve it.
  1. He will mail you the strap – good news, soon it will be in your hands.
  1. You can pay through pay-pal or bank transfer.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HyperionCameraStraps/?fref=ts

ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HYPERION-Handmade-Neck-and-Wrist-Camera-Straps-/272404353338

All photographs with Fujifilm X-E2s and Fujinon XF18mm f2.0 – One light bulb, ISO 2500, handheld. Classic Chrome film simulation, RAW and Adobe ACR, Photoshop to taste.

The Last of the Tile Makers publicado nos Estados Unidos

Publicado hoje pelo Viewfind, São Francisco, a série “The Last of the Tile Makers” – aqui publicada como “Baking Tradition into Tiles” que fotografei no Reino Unido em 2014. Conta a história dos últimos dias de vida da Keymer Tiles, manufactura fundada em 1588, que encerrava tudo o que era “quintessential” na cultura industrial britânica. O excelente texto é do jornalista americano Chris Ames, com quem tive o prazer de falar há algum tempo atrás acerca deste ensaio.

http://www.viewfind.com/story/the-last-of-the-tile-makers

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From Inside Out to Dão DOC

The development of a signature in photography, a unique language that ties everything together within the frame is an extremely difficult exercise – many fail in due course, the majority never tries. In 2014 I’ve published Inside Out, my attempt to create and develop my own signature; I have done so by carefully choosing the subject, one that allows me to be creative in a relatively controlled environment.
Inside Out depicts modern day life inside our homes, trying to create associations between the elements inside the frame, excluding facial expressions in the process.
From 2014 until today I’ve produced a few series where part(s) of this “graphic code” has been used – Inside Out itself has evolved and the most recent images of the series – to be published early 2017 – are less rigid, nevertheless in line with the initial intent.
In Dão DOC, my latest published essay, some of this “language” continues to be used, trimmed and merged with the most common rules of photography. The resulting aesthetics are, from my biased point of view, more mature, more appealing, helping to consolidate my own concept of “graphic code” inside the frame. Although essays like “Falling From the Summit” embrace this approach in a much more vivid fashion; in a way, the subtlety of Dão DOC may be more appealing to some.

First set of images, on top of the page: Dão DOC, below Inside Out.