Last night Nikon unveiled the new D7500 DSLR camera. The much anticipated update to the D7200 that was announced back in March of 2015 comes with a few updates that puts it close to the Nikon D500 in terms of features and speed – the same 20.9 MP APS-C sensor and EXPEED 5 processor, fast 8 fps continuous shooting (vs 6 fps on the D7200), a larger buffer that can accommodate up to 50 RAW images, the same 180K RGB metering sensor as on the D500 (although the AF system is still the good old 51-point Multi-CAM 3500DX II), a tilting touchscreen, a deeper and improved grip, Bluetooth + WiFi (SnapBridge), improved weather sealing and 4K video recording. In addition, the D7500 also gains some of the firmware functionality of the D500, such as “Auto AF Fine Tune” that allows to automatically calibrate focus on lenses. Overall, it looks like a very welcome update. Except for two disappointing blunders – Nikon dropped the second card slot and took away the ability to use a battery grip on the D7500.
Cables and ports probably rank among the least interesting pieces of technology that a creative professional uses, but they’re arguably among the most important. They form the backbone of any digital workflow. And the ports they are a’changing.
First there was USB Type-C, which introduced a number of enhancements outlined here. Now there’s Thunderbolt 3, which promises still more.
Thunderbolt 3 was announced last year but at NAB a number of storage devices that take advantage of the technology were finally announced. There have been at least 40 PCs and motherboards announced that support the technology as well. So what does Thunderbolt 3 mean for you?
2017 should be a big year for Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C storage devices and Lacie is getting an early jump on the action with a pair of new product launches at CES.First up is a new USB-C version of the company’s Rugged Thunderbolt drive. The new drives will be sold in 2TB, 4TB and 5TB HDD versions and 500GB and 1TB SSD models with prices starting at $250.If you spring for the 1TB SSD Rugged drive, you’ll get transfer speeds up to 510MB/s — a 30 percent boost from the previous SSD model. At that pace, Seagate says you can move 100GB worth of files in about three minutes.Lacie’s d2 line of external drives will also be updated to support Thunderbolt 3 and USB C. The drives feature Seagate BarraCuda PRO 7200RPM discs and will be sold in capacities of 6, 8 and 10TB with prices starting at $430.They feature a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports so you can daisy chain other Thunderbolt devices. You’ll also be able to power a laptop through the d2’s USB-C port.
Magic Lantern made April fools of us all by going live with an experimental build for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on April 1st. It’s in early stages of development but it’s the real deal, and brings experimental Raw 4K video recording to the 5D III, among other things.
Windows 10 doesn’t behave like the Windows of yesteryear. Instead of a monolithic operating system replaced by a successor in a year or two, it’s more of a living, breathing entity—one that’s constantly changing with the release of massive new “named” updates. The most high-profile example was 2016’s Anniversary Update, which added features like the Bash Shell, a dark theme, Windows Ink, Xbox Play Anywhere, and a whole, whole lot more.But even more fresh features are on the way in the Windows 10 Creators Update, which will start rolling out on April 11. Let’s dig in to the goodies Microsoft has planned this time around!
Apple has taken the rare step of pre-announcing major new products, confirming that it will release new iMacs later this year and a “completely rethought Mac Pro” at some point in the future. The company also apologised to Mac Pro users for the neglect of the product line, which has gone three years without an update.
Opening: “Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Han & Qin Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220)” at Metropolitan Museum of Art“When you see your face reflected here, this mirror will dispel all harms and woes,” reads an inscription on an ancient Chinese artifact now on show at the Met. It’s hard to say whether the works in “Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Han & Qin Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220)” will indeed make us forgot our politically fraught times, especially given that this exhibition focuses on the rise and fall of two dynasties, but this blockbuster show at least promises to dazzle. The majority of the 160 ceramics, sculptures, paintings, calligraphic texts, and architectural models on view have never been seen in the West. And, to top it all off, the show will feature some of China’s famed terracotta warriors, which, during the Qin dynasty, were made to protect emperors in the afterlife.Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
I’m able to get every piece of photo gear I carry in this beast, two bodies, four lenses, a TC and various cables and things and it still fits like a glove, is crazy comfortable and as shown, will easily accommodate this monster Gitzo 5543 tripod. Amazing.
Build your own custom carrying solution by attaching Skin Pouches or Lens Changers to the inside of the backpack.The Naked Shape Shifter innovative design makes it one of the most flexible carrying solutions for professional photographers. While traveling or on location, the backpack expands and contracts to fit your workflow. The Shape Shifter series also features dedicated tablet and smartphone pockets, roller handle pass-through sleeve, removable water bottle pouch and updated pouch design.
ProMediaGear has launched the new Pro-Stix 34 Series carbon-fiber tripods, designed and built for professional photographers and videographers. There are four models in the rugged line—the TR343, TR343L, TR344 and TR344L. Rated to support camera systems weighing up to 60 pounds, the compact and lightweight tripods are made of 10x carbon-fiber and precision CNC-machined, making them especially suitable for travel.