Fujifilm has updated its line-up of instant printing devices with a printer that will produce large format instant prints and is designed to sit alongside the Instax Mini Link smartphone printer introduced in 2019.
Link Wide creates instant prints from the photo roll on a smartphone via the Instax Link Wide App which can be downloaded for free. Plus, it’s also compatible with the Fujifilm X-S10 mirrorless digital camera.
The Link Wide transfers an image and starts the print in about 12 seconds, supports continuous printing, and is capable of generating about 100 Instax instant prints per battery charge. Two printing modes are available: Instax Rich and Instax Natural along with 30 filters, collage options, a cropping tool, the ability to add text, frames and in-app stickers.
Pricing And Availability
The Instax Link Wide smartphone printer is available in two colours, Ash White and Mocha Gray, and is available for purchase on 22 October 2021 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £129.99.
Instax Wide Black instant film, which has a black border instead of the usual white frame, will be available for purchase in late October 2021 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £9.99.
Fujifilm has announced the new Instax Link WIDE smartphone printer, a wireless Bluetooth printer that prints onto Instax WIDE film, the same film used by the Fujifilm Instax Wide camera. It will also support printing from the Fujifilm X-S10.
Fujifilm has also announced a new film pack with black background, priced at just £9.99 for a film pack.
The Instax Link Wide will be available from the 22nd October, priced at £129.99
From Fujifilm: Taking Smartphone Image Printing to New Widths
Fujifilm Introduces the instax Link WIDE Smartphone Printer
FUJIFILM Corporation announces the much-anticipated launch of its instax Link WIDEsmartphone printer (Link WIDE), the latest in the instax line-up of instant printing devices. Built to complement the successful instax mini Link smartphone printer introduced in 2019, Link WIDEcreates the ability to print images in a large format, on instax WIDE instant film, a first for the brand’s smartphone printer category.
“This product came to life thanks in part to tremendous positive feedback from our instax and photographer communities,” said Toshi Ida, President FUJIFILM Europe. “After enjoying all the image printing capabilities available from the instax mini Link, so many of our consumers reached out, enthusiastically requesting an instax WIDE photo printer option as well, in order to print their smartphone or digital camera images on a larger scale. With its updated features and ease-of-use, we’re confident that Link WIDE will delight our consumer base while satisfying their desire for a wide option for printing images taken on smartphones or digital cameras.”
Link WIDEcreates high-quality, wide instax instant prints from the photo roll on a smartphone via the free instax Link WIDE App (required for full functionality)*1, connecting with the printer via Bluetooth*2. The App provides users with a variety of fun and creative features and options in printing their smartphone images, and Bluetooth allows a quick and seamless transfer from the phone to the Link WIDE printer.
In addition to smartphone compatibility, Link WIDE is also compatible with the FUJIFILM X-S10 mirrorless digital camera, allowing photographers to send their images directly from the camera to the Link WIDE printer.
The main features of Link WIDE include:
Lightweight design built for portability and speed
Surpassing the functionality offered by other smartphone printers in its class, the lightweight, handheld Link WIDE transfers an image and starts the print in about 12 seconds, supports continuous printing, and is capable of generating about 100 instax instant prints per battery charge. Link WIDE provides two printing modes; instax Rich, accentuating deep, warm colors, and instax Natural, which emphasizes the inherent tones of the image.
Dedicated Link WIDE app designed for intuitive operability
The Link WIDE App has been designed for ease-of-use with a variety of useful image printing options. The App features editing tools including cropping, approximately 30 filters, collage capabilities, adding text to the printed image, as well as in-app stickers and frame templates. Additional App features include:
Sketch, Edit & Print – import sketches and handwritten text, add them to photos, add sticker icons, and print.
Printing photos from videos – select a frame within a video and print it.
QR Print Mode: add a QR code to scan with a Smartphone to your photo, with the ability to:
Link to a website
Tag your location on the print
Record a hidden message
New film variety available
Also accompanying the launch of Link WIDE is the new instax WIDE Black instant film, a new contrast on the traditional white-bordered look. The stylish black border provides eye-catching contrast against the printed images. instax WIDE Black instant film will be available in a single pack with 10 exposures.
New instax WIDE accessories available
The instax Link WIDE will be complemented by a number of snappy accessories to help users share their favourite instax photos in creative ways.
Whether you want to keep things cool with printable instax WIDE Magnets for your fridge, celebrate special occasions with unique and personalised instax WIDE Greetings Cards, or create beautiful collections of up to 40 photos with the instax Peel & Stick WIDE Album, there’s a host of options to help you share your most treasured memories with your nearest and dearest in a fun and inventive way.
Pricing and availability
instax Link WIDE smartphone printer
The instax Link WIDE smartphone printer is available in two colors, Ash White and Mocha Gray, and is expected to be available for pre-order on 13th October 2021, and for purchase on 22nd October 2021 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £129.99. instax WIDE Black instant film will be available for purchase in late October 2021 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £9.99.
instax Link WIDE accessories
instax WIDE magnets / pack of 10 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £8.99
instax WIDE Cards / pack of 10 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £8.99
instax Peel & Stick Album / holds up to 40 WIDE photos has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £17.99
Fujifilm has announced the Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer. The Link Wide prints images in a larger format, specifically on Instax Wide instant film, a first for the company’s smartphone printer lineup.
Fujifilm says the Link Wide will create high-quality, wide photo prints using images from a smartphone camera roll, transferred to the printer via the Instax Link Wide App. The printer connects to a smartphone via a Bluetooth connection.
In addition to smartphone compatibility, the Link Wide is also usable with the X-S10 and will allow photographers to send images directly from the camera to be printed on the Link Wide printer.
Fujifilm says that the main features of the Link Wide printer hinge on its lightweight design which it says is built for portability and speed. The company also says that it surpasses the functionality of other smartphone printers “in its class” and is able to transfer an image and start a print in about 12 seconds. It also supports continuous printing and is capable of generating around 100 Instax instant prints per battery charge.
The Link Wide has two print modes: Instax Rich and Instax Natural. Rich is touted as accentuating deep, warm colors while Fujifilm says that Natural emphasizes the inherent tones in the image.
Fujifilm says that in addition to providing printer functionality, the app — which is required in order to fully take advantage of the printer — also has a variety of “fun and creative” features and options. It has some editing tools including cropping, about 30 filters, collage creation capabilities, offers the ability to add text to a printed image, and also has digital stickers and frame templates. It additionally allows users to import sketches and handwritten text and add them to photos before printing. The app also allows users to select a frame within a video file and print it as if it were a still photo.
Prints can also be embedded with a QR code that, when scanned, links to a website where a recorded sound, tagged location, and message can be shared.
Also accompanying the launch of Link Wide is the new Instax Wide Black instant film that Fujifilm says is a new contrast on the traditional white-bordered look and provides more contrast against printed images. The Instax Wide Black instant film will be available in a single pack with 10 exposures for $22.
The Link Wide Smartphone Printer is available in Ash White or Mocha Gray and is expected to be available for purchase in late October for $150.
Arca Swiss’s “Quick Link Set” is a duo of lightweight plates that go between your tripod and your tripod head, letting you attach and detach the head quickly. I’ve been using the Quick Link Set recently and wanted to cover my impressions in today’s review.
What Is the Quick Link Set?
The Arca Swiss Quick Link Set consists of two plates: a disk that attaches to the bottom of your tripod head, and a receiver base that attaches to the top of your tripod. They look like this:
Once you’ve attached these two plates to your tripod and head, using them is a matter of rotating the base to the “open” position, placing the tripod head on top, and rotating the base to the “closed” position.
The receiver base weighs 103 g (3.6 oz), and the disk weighs 36 g (1.3 oz). They are compatible with any tripod and head brand, not just those from Arca Swiss. Each receiver base costs $116, and each disk costs $115, although both together sell for a slightly discounted $212.
Who Is the Quick Link Set for?
Plenty of photographers always use just one tripod with one head, and they rarely need to separate the two. If that’s your situation, there’s no reason to get the Quick Link Set, especially considering the price. But there are a few situations where the Quick Link Set (or something similar from other manufactures) is worthwhile.
The first is simply if you find yourself swapping tripod heads frequently. Maybe you’re a dual stills/video shooter with one tripod but two heads: a standard ballhead for photos, and a pan-tilt head for videos. Unscrewing them each time can be a slow process and may cause you to miss a shot. With a Quick Link disk on each tripod head and a receiver base on the tripod, you can swap between the heads in a matter of seconds.
Another reason to use the Quick Link is if you want to pack your tripod head away easily for travel or hiking. Personally, when I go hiking, I find that a heavy tripod can drag my backpack in an uncomfortable way. Maybe the tripod hangs off the side of the backpack, twisting my spine in that direction, or maybe it hangs off the back, making the tripod feel twice as heavy. Either way, the heavier the tripod head, the bigger the problem – and I’m currently shooting with a heavy geared tripod head that can be uncomfortable to carry. With the Quick Link Set, I’ve been detaching the head and storing it inside my backpack in a better spot to carry. Other photographers shooting with big geared heads, pan-tilt heads, or larger ballheads like the RRS BH-55 may be in a similar boat.
Finally, you may want to use the Quick Link Set if your tripod head doesn’t do well in the elements, such as dusty and sandy conditions. This is especially true of a lot of geared heads, which often have their gear mechanism exposed to the outside world. It’s a pain to unscrew the tripod head each time you’re done shooting, but I know of some geared head shooters who do exactly that in order to avoid damaging their expensive equipment.
The Quick Link Set has excellent build quality. The open/close mechanism is smooth and intuitive after using it just a few times. Also, the secondary hex-key screw (pictured below) means that the plates won’t go anywhere once they’re attached – a nice benefit over some tripod heads that can loosen or unscrew themselves if they’re not locked tight.
Another important factor to consider is weight. While the Quick Link Set is reasonably light, it’s still a bit heavier than you may want. The basic set (which includes one disk for your tripod head and one receiver base for your tripod) totals 139 g / 4.9 ounces. In other words, it’s a bit lighter than two Nikon EN-EL15 batteries. Whether that’s an issue or not depends on your own situation. If you’re going on a difficult backpacking trip and rationing ounces, I’d recommend against taking the Quick Link Set along. Otherwise, it’s probably not an issue.
A concern with tripod attachments like this, at least in theory, is stability. Rather than one pivot point between the tripod and the head, there are now three: between the tripod/base, base/disk, and disk/tripod head.
To test the Quick Link Set’s stability, I set up the largest and most unwieldy camera I have access to, an 11×14 camera that measures roughly one meter (three feet) long when extended and weighs about 9 kg (20 pounds) all told. As you can imagine, a camera like that is prone to wobble even on a stable tripod and head, and it’s very sensitive to instability. I put a laser pointer on top of the camera, pressed down hard on the back standard, and let go. I then timed how long the laser pointer’s wobble lasted on a wall, repeating the test for a total of 10 measurements without the Quick Link and then 10 tests with it.
Going without the plates, the wobble lasted for an average of 4.87 seconds. Going with the plates, the wobble actually averaged a hair shorter at 4.81 seconds. However, these values are so similar that they’re within my setup’s margin of error. Overall, to the extent that I’m able to test it, I found no meaningful loss of stability when using the Quick Link Set compared to going without it. Considering that my camera setup for this test was sensitive to very small differences in stability, photographers with a standard DSLR or mirrorless camera should find it even less of a concern.
The caveat is that you need to tighten down the Quick Link Set all the way, including using the secondary hex-key screws. If you attach either plate loosely – or you don’t slide the receiver base to “closed” with sufficient force – you’re at risk of adding some wobble.
I have not tested any alternatives to the Arca Swiss version of the Quick Link Set, but I’ll briefly cover the ones that exist on the market today. First, Leofoto sells a similar-looking knockoff version called the QS-70 that is about half the price of the Arca Swiss set, plus smaller variations called the QS-60, QS-50, and QS-45. At the time of publishing this review, they’re only sold as a special order at B&H but are in stock at Amazon. Since I haven’t tested them, I make no claim about their quality relative to Arca Swiss. I have used a couple Leofoto products in the past without issue, but there’s also no denying that they “take strong inspiration” from Arca Swiss (to put it nicely) on some products, including this one.
The other option is a bit different. Rather than a circular plate and clamp, you could just attach a standard tripod plate to the bottom of your tripod head, then a standard (or panning) clamp to the top of your tripod. It looks like this:
Again, I haven’t tested this for stability and am just letting you know what else exists. My initial reaction is that the setup above doesn’t look as stable as the circular Arca Swiss or Leofoto products whose clamps hug the entire disk. But if you already have the necessary supplies to put together the setup above (i.e. an extra tripod plate and clamp), or you’re on a budget and want SmallRig’s inexpensive version, it may be the way to go.
Conclusion and Recommendations
Is the Quick Link Set a worthwhile accessory, or is it just an expensive product in search of a need? It all depends on how you tend to use your tripod. If you’d find it useful to swap out your tripod head quickly, it’s worth getting (or at least worth looking at the knockoff Leofoto if the Arca Swiss is over your budget). But if you’re shaking your head at that, don’t buy it.
I ended up purchasing a set and have found it helpful for my landscape photography. When I’m hiking, I can remove and stow my heavy geared head in a comfortable spot inside my backpack rather than hanging it off the side of the bag. It also lets me avoid exposing the geared head to the elements – not the head’s strong suit, especially in sandy conditions. But my situation is pretty specific and matches the Quick Link Set’s strengths very well.
Other than that, it’s no surprise that this type of tripod accessory isn’t a common sight. The Quick Link Set is fairly expensive and adds weight without solving any commonly occurring problems in photography. Sure, it’s very stable and well-built, but is it necessary? As I see it, the Quick Link Set is one of those “if you need it, you know” sorts of products. If it fits your situation, there’s little to complain about aside from price. But for many photographers, it just doesn’t offer features that are especially relevant.
You can purchase the Quick Link Set for $212 from B&H or Arca Swiss, or directly from Arca Swiss’s USA representative Rod Klukas
You can get extra disks (for multiple tripod heads) for $115 from the same sources: B&H, Arca Swiss, and Rod Klukas
You can get extra receiver bases (for multiple tripods) for $116 from those sites as well: B&H, Arca Swiss, and Rod Klukas
Instagram is retiring the swipe-up link feature in Stories that allows users to direct their audience to external websites and will use link stickers — with additional business customization features — instead.
Earlier this year, Instagram announced its plans to give influencers more ways to make money through the branded content marketplace and other tools to entice content creators and brands to stick with the app. The latest change in the Instagram business toolkit is the removal of the swipe-up link feature, which will be replaced with link stickers starting on August 30, 2021, as reported by Tech Crunch and The Verge.
The notification from Instagram was first noticed by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong:
IG said the swipe up links will go away starting from Aug 30 and that I should use the “link sticker”
… but I searched my Stories Sticker sheet and I’m not seeing the link sticker at all (not rolled out to me).
Does that mean I’ll lose the ability to add links to my Stories?
The swipe-up feature has been used by businesses and creators with larger audiences to direct their Story viewers to websites where they can learn more about the advertised product, service, or engage with any other type of content. It’s only available to Instagram users who are either verified or have met a follower count threshold.
Although Instagram hasn’t publicly mentioned the follower count needed to unlock this feature, it has been reported by Influencer Marketing Hub to be at least 10,000 followers.
So, why the change? Instagram explains that it offers a couple of key advantages over the soon-to-be-retired swipe-up function. Firstly, it offers content creators and companies greater control over their Stories because the link stickers will allow for different styles and sizes, and they can be placed anywhere on the Story to maximize engagement. The swipe-up feature, on the other hand, is always interacted with at the bottom of the Story, which can interfere with the design or the message.
Additionally, Story viewers will be able to engage — such as, react and reply — with posts that have the link stickers attached, just like with any other Story. Before the change, users weren’t able to react or add feedback to the Story, and the only option has been to visit the swipe-up destination.
Although this update doesn’t change the criteria for who is able to use the link stickers, Instagram says it is considering expanding access to this feature to more accounts in the future. However, this move will require extensive research and testing because it opens up the door to accounts misusing it to spread false information or spam.
Again, the new link stickers feature will be available to qualified accounts starting on August 30th.
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