Month: March 2013

CalDigit AV Pro Review – Hot Swapable Single Drive Bay With USB3

Ok guys listen up, today we’re going to be talking hard drives.  Now I can already hear the collective groan from the bleachers but bare with me on this one because someone out there is finally doing something innovative in this space and whether we like it or not, as media professionals we come into contact with hard drives on a daily basis.  Our livelihoods are often in their hands so whilst it isn’t as glamorous as a new lens or shiny camera it is a necessity and anyone that simply rolls into their local Best Buy and picks up whatever happens to be on sale that day is doing themselves an injustice both from a workflow standpoint and from the point of the safety of your files. You may want to refresh your memory on my most recent backup routine article as well, whilst I haven’t updated it in some time the same methods are still being used, just on a slightly larger scale. In recent years there has been a fair amount of innovation in mulit-drive backup systems using RAID, or in Drobo’s case their own proprietary idea of redundant backup.  All these systems deliver a way to keep multiple copies of your data on a single storage device so that if one drive fails you do not loose any data.  Whilst these are an absolute MUST...

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F-Stop Updates Their ICUs

If you aren’t familiar with the F-Stop photo packs then first you might want to take a look at my extensive reviews : Guru – 28 liter all purpose mountain pack for small & medium ICU Tilopa BC – 48 liter backcountry specific pack for small,medium & large ICU. Loka– 37 liter all purpose mountain pack for small,medium & large ICU. Satori EXP – 58 liter expedition photography pack for small, medium, large, XL and Monster ICU Dakota Components – Accessories designed to compliment the Mountain Series. Kenti– Dual side access lightweight pack F-Stop has continued to expand its...

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Nikon’s New APS-C Compact Camera Features 28mm f2.8 Lens

Nikon have jumped into the large sensor compact camera market tonight with the launch of the CoolPix A.  Leaving the stupid name aside, this actually looks like a nice little camera.  The DX format sensor is mated with an 18.5mm f2.8 lens which offers a 28mm equivalent in 35mm terms.  An optional optical viewfinder gives you a decent framing option and a 16MP sensor will no doubt deliver decent images given Nikons recent success with DX cameras.  They also announced some other Coolpix camera which frankly I couldn’t care less about so I’ll skip that one 🙂 The Coolpix A look like it will go head to head with the FujiFilm X100s in the marketplace as there aren’t all that many large sensor fixed lens cameras out there.  Yes there’s the Sigma DP whatever and the Leica but the Leica is overpriced and nobody understands the Sigma DP Merrill cameras (though by all accounts they do produce lovely images) The COOLPIX A will be available in March 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1099.95 and will be offered in Black and Silver. The DF-CP1 Optical Viewfinder will be available for a suggested retail price of $449.96 Here’s the immediate problem with that though…. the Fuji X100s is only $1299.  To get into a near apples to apples comparisson you would have to buy the optical viewfinder for...

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Nikon Announces New 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon has today announced an updated version of the 10-yr old 80-400.  All mod-cons as expected including 4-stop VR.  $2700 is a pretty hefty price tag but recent lenses such as Canon’s 70-300 L IS have proven that pro quality lenses can come in the form of wide ranging zoom using modern technologies. This will be an intriguing package for Nikon shooters , especially given modern ISO capabilities that render lenses with smaller maximum apertures a lot more useful…. Press Release MELVILLE, N.Y. (March 4, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a versatile FX-format telephoto zoom lens designed to provide top-class performance and a long reach for a variety of shooting scenarios. Sporting a long 5x zoom range, the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G is capable of capturing vivid colors with exquisite sharpness, whether shooting stills or HD video. Ideal for sports and nature photography, the addition of the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to providing a stable of lensing options for all types of photographers. “Nikon’s next generation of the 80-400mm lens gives advanced photographers yet another top-quality NIKKOR lens to help capture every precise moment with intense detail and exceptional clarity,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “It’s a one lens solution that combines a versatile 5x zoom range, long focal length...

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Phase One Updates Their IQ Backs & Adds WiFi

I’m not a medium format shooter but I do stay abreast of things in that area and I liked what I saw from Phase One when they launched the IQ series about 18 months ago.  Today they have announced an upgrade to the new IQ260 and IQ280. These new backs add built in Wi-Fi capabilities for reviewing your images instantly on an iPad using the Capture Pilot software.  It also allows wireless control of the cameras.  These things are as serious as it gets when it comes to photographic equipment these days!  Built in USB3 for super fast downloading of files, machined from aircraft grade aluminum, touch screen, live view, focus masking …. you name it and the IQ2 series probably has it.  Very impressive.  Oh what I would give to slot one of these onto an Alpa view camera…… maybe one day 🙂 At 30,000 or 40,000 euros you have to be selling some mighty expensive prints to warrant one of these. See the IQ2 series in action Press Release COPENHAGEN, March 4, 2013: ? Phase One, the world?s leader in open-platform, medium format camera systems and solutions, today announced the Phase One IQ2 series: three new full-frame 645 format digital camera backs with high-speed wireless connectivity and 13 f-stops of dynamic range, plus new options to meet specific photographic goals. Building on the IQ digital back platform,...

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