Peak Design Mobile Mod

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So it’s no secret that I love the design team at Peak Design. Recently, they released a new line of mobile products – basically, phone cases that match to very secure mounts for things like cars, motorcycles, tripods, etc…

I bought a universal mount for review and testing and was really impressed. But, I didn’t really have a use for it as I have a RAM mount standard for all of my devices. If it doesn’t mount by 1″ ball, it’s just not for me.

Still, the Peak Design mount worked so well that I figured I should at least try to adapt it. Turns out, it’s an easy job… After about 5 minutes on the CNC router, I had an adaptor that allows me to use the PD mount with my RAM system.

I can’t recommend this enough.

More info on the Peak Design Mobile line here.

Leica M11

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Leica released their latest M-body today – the M11. Basic selling point is the new triple resolution sensor essentially allowing you to choose between high resolution 60mp files or lower resolution files (36 or 18mp) giving better high ISO performance.

This thing is undoubtedly capable of producing gorgeous images and will probably do so with perfect ergonomics and unmatched build quality, BUT… the biggest issue I have with modern digital M-bodies is inconsistent range finder calibration. In the past, I’ve found that M8, M9, and M10 rangefinders let me down over time.

Oh… and if you get one, go for silver – it’s the only color way made in traditional brass.

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Refurbished 13.3″ MacBook Pro

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The few weeks after Christmas is always a great time to get a bangin’ deal on a refurbished MacBook. This year, the prices aren’t quite as aggressive as they have been in the past, but you are still getting $200 off the latest M1 powered laptop.

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Porsche Design PDT60

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If you are in the Apple ecosystem, there is no reason to use anything other than Air Pods, but… if you aren’t? These PD noise canceling headphones are gorgeous. And, apparently, they sound great as well…

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Lepow 15.6″ Portable Monitor

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I’ve tried a bunch of these. None are perfect, but this one is pretty good. While the stand sucks, the display itself is pretty nice and it works well with Mac OS. Plus, USB-C… Who can argue with that?

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Braun Audio

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I’ve made my love for vintage industrial design by Braun well known around these parts. But you know what? Their recent resurgence isn’t all that bad either… These smart speakers, for instance, are flat out RIGHT.

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Instax Mini Evo

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It’s crazy to me that Fujifilm keeps bringing new Instax cameras to the market. I mean, it’s cool as hell… But who shoots these things? Japan maybe?

In any case, I still prefer larger format and vintage Polaroids… but this thing is pretty neat.

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TagVault: Pet

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Pretty smart… Essentially, it’s just a collar with a weatherproof pod that protects an Apple AirTag – giving you the capability to track your pet via GPS.

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