1. The history of the Ray-Ban Aviator dates back to the 1920s, when new airplanes allowed people to fly higher and farther. Many US Army Air Service pilots were reporting that the glare from the sun was giving them headaches and altitude sickness. In 1929, when US Army Air Corps Lieutenant General John MacCready asked Rochester New York-based medical equipment manufacturer Bausch & Lomb to create army pilot sunglasses that would stop his men suffering headaches and nausea caused by the intense blue and white hues of the sky, a new kind of glasses was introduced. The prototype, created in 1936 and known as 'Anti-Glare', had plastic frames and green lenses that could cut out the glare without obscuring vision. The sunglasses were remodeled with a metal frame the following year and rebranded as the 'Ray-Ban Aviator'. On May 7, 1937, Bausch & Lomb took out the patent, and the Aviator was born.

    In 1939, Ray-Ban launched a new version of the aviator called the Outdoorsman. It was designed for specific groups such as hunting, shooting and fishing enthusiasts, and featured a top bar called a "sweat bar" that was designed to catch sweat from falling into the eyes. They also featured temple end pieces to distinguish it from the standard aviator. A few years later, in the 1940s, Gradient lenses were introduced. These were mirrored lenses which featured a special coating on the upper part of the lens for enhanced protection, but an uncoated lower lens for a clear view of the plane's instrument panel.

    In 1952, Ray-Ban created another classic style, the Ray-Ban Wayfarer, this time with plastic frames. They soon became popular in Hollywood, and can be seen on James Dean in 1955's Rebel Without a Cause. The now-standard G-15 green and gray lenses were introduced a year after the Wayfarer, in 1953. For more see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray-Ban

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  2. A first look at the Rokinon 14mm F2.8 FE e mount lens for the full frame Sony A7 and A7r cameras. My initial impressions are that this is a high-quality lens for the money and will make a nice wide angle lens to ad to my Sony A7r kit. Should work great for stills and video clips.

    Here are some sample photos:
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  3. Here's another look at various Gordy's Camera Straps. These straps are hand-made in the USA out of the finest materials. The straps are ordered to your specifications and are available in various configurations. In this video I also show quick disconnect clasps I added that I purchased from the Michaels craft store. They make it easy for me to switch my camera straps around as needed. See gordyscamerastraps.com for ordering details. Video by CraigShipp.com

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  4. Gordy's Camera Straps makes, you guessed it, camera straps. But not just any camera straps. Their straps are made in the USA to your specifications. See gordyscamerastraps.com/ for details on all the options they offer for you very own custom made camera strap! Video by CraigShipp.com

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  5. Here are a few options for light-weight leather camera straps for light-weight cameras like the new Sony A7r , Sony NEX models and other mirror-less systems. The wrist strap is by Gordy's Camera Straps (USA made) - gordyscamerastraps.com and the neck strap is by e-bay user: tesese1983 (they also offer wrist straps)

    Also see my carry options for heavy DSLR rigs.

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