New Sony US rebates: Up to $300 off on Sony A7 cameras and E-mount lenses!

Sony US launched a major rebate on all Sony A7 cameras and almost all E-mount lenses. An overview of all rebates can be found on those special pages at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here). Here are the single links to the rebates: Sony A7 cameras: $300 off on the Sony A7rII at Amazon, […]

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MyGearVault: Input, Organize, and Insure All Your Gear in a Single App

Even though everybody knows how important it is to insure their photography gear, few people ever get organized enough to actually do it. It’s just too much of a pain in the rear… well, it was. A new app called MyGearVault makes organizing and insuring your gear so easy, you’re out of excuses.

The free app was created by Jared Polin (AKA FroKnowsPhoto), but it’s entirely separate from his podcasting and YouTube empire. Polin simply created it to solve a problem he found increasingly onerous the more gear he acquired: how the heck was he supposed to keep track of, organize, and insure his massive collection of photography gear?

MyGearVault was his comprehensive solution. The free app helps you easily catalog your entire collection of gear and, if you’re interested, even connects you with insurance professionals so you can purchase both liability and inland marine protection—that second one covers you in case your gear is stolen… no need to create a GoFundMe and ask other photographers to help you recoup your loss.

Here’s a quick intro to the app, how it came to be and how it works:

As you can see, the interface is extremely useful. The “Input” interface lets you add in serial numbers, receipt photographs, and other identifying details. “Organize” lets you sort all of that gear into categories and “kits” while it automatically tallies up how much your gear is worth (new… used prices are tricky), so you know how much insurance you really need to be buying.

Finally, “Protect” is two-tier. Tier one lets you mark your gear as “stolen” and tracks your serial number. So if someone registers that stolen serial later in their own vault, you’ll know and can figure out how they came to own your stolen camera or lens. Tier two lets you buy insurance through verified top-tier insurers.

The tagline is “Input, Organize, Protect” and the app lives up to its promise.

Polin gave us a demo over Skype last week, and we have to say, we were impressed by his team’s attention to detail. It’s not just that the app worked seamlessly throughout the demo—not, by any means, common when it come to live demos like this… everything that can go wrong usually does—but we were left with next to no questions.

They seem to have thought of everything: inputing and organizing your gear is fast, easy, and intuitive; and getting an insurance quote through the app takes only a few taps. The app really does come off as a “one-stop-shop” of sorts for organizing and protecting your photography investment.

Even if you don’t want to purchase insurance through MyGearVault, the app will help you out. Your gear list with all pertinent information can be exported as a CSV file that you can use to buy insurance elsewhere.

The app is officially live in the iTunes app store (Android version in the works) starting today. To download it for yourself click here. And if you want to find out more about the app and how it works, the MyGearVault YouTube channel already features a bunch of tutorial videos that dive deeper into all of the app’s many features.

Guest Post: How big should a Sony E-mount camera be?

Important editors note: This post had a bug in the comment system and comments were mixed up with comments form older posts. That’s why I reposted this from scratch! The following is a guest post from Jiri: – Why Since the introduction of the E-mount (formerly NEX) system Sony has struggled to offer a maximum […]

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Reviews of Samyang XP 85mm f/1.2 and comparison with Canon FD 85mm f/1.2 S.S.C. Aspherical

The following article is a guest post from Langstrum: – I live in South Korea and got a chance to have the new Samyang XP 85mm f/1.2 quite soon so I decided to make a user review and compare it to the  as I have this lens for several years now. This review is based […]

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Sony Tidbits…

Techart Pro Review – Autofocus Adapter (Leica M to Sony E-mount) Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es. Sony a6300 or Sony a6500: Which Sony Camera to Buy? (ThatCameraGuy). Sony announces FRAMOS as North American distributor of Consumer Imaging Sensors (Pressbox.de). Testing 120fps S&Q Slow Motion […]

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New great Sony US savings: $300 off on the Sony A7rII and A7sII. $480 trade-in bonus.

$300 off on the Sony A7rII at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. $300 off on the Sony A7sII at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. $200 off on the Sony A7II at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. $200 off on the Sony A7 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. And Adorama gives you an additional $200 gift card on the […]

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Ep. 144: Brand New Gear and Full-Frame Mirrorless Rumors – and more

Episode 144 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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In This Episode

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Rock photographer Mike Corrado opens the show. Thanks Mike!

Stronger rumors and potential specs of a full-frame Canon mirrorless body that is said to be coming in 2017 along with a DSLR version.

Photoshop alternative GIMP looks to take things to a new level. (#)

Fujifilm announces its X-T20 with nice improvements over its predecessor. (#)

A very nice Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 WR for Fujifilm X-mount bodies. (#)

Canon is granted thousands of patents in 2016. (#)

PPA’s grassroots program to establish a small claims copyright court. (#)

Fujifilm’s mirrorless medium format GFX 50S is aggressively priced and may woo photographers otherwise at the higher end of the DSLR market. (#)

Time is running out to snag the 5DayDeal Complete Photography Business and Marketing Bundle 2017. (#)

A drone video production company in Chicago gets a stiff penalty from the FAA. (#)

Outtakes

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