InVisage QuantumFilm

It was way back in 2010 that we last heard anything much from InVisage Technologies, when it talked about making a new type of camera sensor suitable for smartphones, capable of producing dramatically better HDR pictures and videos than traditional sensors. It calls the tech QuantumFilm, and – five years later – it announced the final product. Here’s everything we know about it.

Source: InVisage QuantumFilm: News, Demo, Features, Phones | Digital Trends

Sony A9 Announcement

Sony A9
Sony A9

First of all, this is the first time a mirrorless camera is aiming at something mirrorless has been struggling with when compared to DSLRs, which is autofocus speed, subject tracking and blackouts. While it is hard to say how well the new AF system on the A9 is going to be compared to high-end DSLR cameras, the message here is clear – Sony is going to do what it takes to make on-sensor AF as good as a dedicated phase-detection AF system. Second, the Sony A9 is a proof of concept that DSLRs have reached thei

Source: Sony A9 Announcement

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Sirui K20X

Sirui K-20X
Great medium size ball head

This is just a medium size ball head, but has specs way beyond the pale.  Its size and weight are not overwhelming one bit when you break this thing open for the first time.  However, its strength and holding ability, along with the weight rating from Sirui, well, pretty darn impressive.

I stress this is medium size and weight, because if that is exactly what you’re looking for this model, the K-20X over-delivers for the price.  Certainly if you’re one of the big boys shooting the LONG glass you might want to be looking at Sirui’s bigger models, or of course Really Right Stuff.

If you want to take a closer look at it here, or here is a good place.

Oh, and by the way, I watched every YouTube video I could, certainly on this model as well as many, many other brands.  I sat by and listened to many of these poor folks reviewing and un-boxing just absolutely butcher the name of the company.  Can’t blame them really, I certainly didn’t know for a while.  So, here is a little help I couldn’t get from anyone.  The way you pronounce their name is: “Sue-Ray.”

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Instagrammers Can Now Organize

You can now save and organize photos on Instagram for everything from inspirational photos to shots of food you want to try.Pinterest isn’t the only platform for creating a modern mood board. On Monday, Instagram launched private collections, a way to not just save but organize photos for easy access later.

Source: Instagrammers Can Now Organize Their Favorite Photos In Private Collections | Digital Trends

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CP+ 2017: Olympus interview

DPReview attended the 2017 CP+ show in Yokohama, a few weeks ago, and during the show we made time to sit down with senior executives from several major manufacturers. One of them was Mr. Masamichi Handa, head of Olympus’s Imaging Business Division. We spoke to Mr. Handa about reaction to the E-M1 Mark II, his ambitions for the future of mirrorless cameras, and the effect of last spring’s earthquake on production.

Source: CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: ‘We chose to be bold’: Digital Photography Review

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Nikon D7500 Announcement

nikon d7500
Nikon D7500

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.

Source: Nikon D7500 Announcement

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What Photographers and Filmmakers Need to Know About Thunderbolt 3

Thunderbolt 3

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?

Source: What Photographers and Filmmakers Need to Know About Thunderbolt 3 | PDN Online

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Lacie Embraces USB-C and Thunderbolt 3

Lacie drive and rugged

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.

Source: Lacie Embraces USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 with New d2 and Rugged Drive | PDN Online