Portable USB 3.0 Reader Easily Offloads RAW Images and 4K Video from XQD 2.0 Cards
Milpitas, CA, April 5, 2016 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader, which is designed to aid professionals in quickly transferring files from XQD 2.0 cards to computers. The reader leverages SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology to improve the workflow of photographers and videographers.
With its compact, portable design, professionals are encouraged to travel with the Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader. It can easily slip into a pocket or bag, and offers a simple plug-and-play design with a USB 3.0 connector so content can be securely transferred on the go. For versatility, the reader is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices at USB 2.0 speeds.
Provides professional-level high-speed transfer of RAW images and 4K video files
Accelerates workflow, leveraging SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology
Designed for use with XQD 2.0 cards
Compact, portable design for photographers and videographers on the go
“Given the rapid growth and widespread appeal of 4K video, we realized it was essential to create a reader for XQD 2.0 cards that provided professionals with a way to transfer great video and photo content without the wait time,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “The Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader supercharges post-production content transfer, no matter what you’re shooting.”
This small, yet mighty reader comes with a limited five-year warranty. Furthermore all Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than 1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability. The Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader will be available in late April with a MSRP of $34.99.
Don McCullin is one of the world’s greatest photographers and now, aged 80, is working on a project that he hopes will serve as a lasting legacy of a life well-lived. But, as CPN Editor David Corfield discovers in this exclusive interview, some truths will never be fully reconciled...
“I’m on the edge of the volcano. I’m standing on the precipice looking into the lava...” admits Don McCullin metaphorically, remarking on how he sees this latest chapter of an extraordinary life. A special three-volume retrospective of his work is due to be released soon. It’s taken two years to complete and, for McCullin, represents the very best of his photography. Called ‘Irreconcilable Truths’ the title is a nod to the soul-searching that went into the project as recollections of atrocities resurfaced in his darkroom as he reprinted many hundreds of images. It’s not been an easy journey, reliving some of those memories...
“There are some images that I will never print again, because I don’t think I’m able to,” he explains, citing one image in particular – of the starving albino boy taken in Biafra nearly 50 years ago. The memory, and the image, haunts him to this day.
This lens is looking quite impressive, especially in the periphery, even wide open. Check out the lower three crops, showing mostly numbers from the center, mid and periphery, in the EOS 5Ds R f/1.8 image.
Here are some pre-built comparisons to get you started:
Live Speaker Sessions, Extensive Lens Exhibits and 8K Imaging Display are Just Some of the Highlights in the Canon Booth
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 6, 2016 – At the 2016 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its full line of professional 4K and high-definition imaging equipment for motion picture, television production, video content creation, and still photography at booth C4325. Additionally, there will be presentations and panel discussions throughout the show featuring Canon Explorers of Light, ASC members, and other emerging voices in imaging culture. A unique, immersive event, 8K Ride Experience showcases Canon’s innovation in current, emerging, and future technology by providing a simulated journey through a realistic, panoramic landscape powered by Canon 8K imaging technology. Visitors will also have hands-on opportunities with the full range of Canon Cinema cameras, 4K reference displays, HD Video and DSLR cameras, including the recently announced EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS 80D DSLR Cameras. On the lens side, users can see the latest in Canon Cinema, Broadcast, and EF lenses. In addition, on display will be Canon’s line of high- resolution Projectors, including a 4K HDR Projector and its first laser model, the LX-MU800Z.
“The NAB show is Canon’s opportunity to show our valued customers and the industry our latest technology as well as the multitude of ways that Canon digital imaging solutions can help them achieve their vision,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “NAB is an amazing show for us to connect with professionals in all aspects of video creation, editing, and distribution.”
A Beautiful Planet Cinematographer James Neihouse, ASC will be presenting alongside Marsha Ivins, a former American astronaut and veteran of five space shuttle missions, about the making of the IMAX movie A Beautiful Planet. The film, premiering in April, was largely shot aboard the International Space Station using Canon EOS C500 and EOS-1D C Cinema Cameras in 4K. Neihouse has worked on more than 30 IMAX films including Space Station 3-D and Hubble 3-D. He has also trained more than 25 shuttle and space-station crews on the intricacies of large-format filmmaking. Ivins consulted on A Beautiful Planet drawing on her many years of experience with filming in space during her tenure with NASA.
8K Technology Canon will be bringing its 8K Ride Experience to NAB as well. First introduced at the Canon Expo this past September in New York, The 8K Ride Experience projects video on large screens surrounding viewers to give them a unique sense of movement while sitting or standing still. By experiencing such high resolution imagery from all angles, the technology can simulate a physical journey often sparking a physical and emotional reaction. Additionally, Canon will be showcasing working prototype 8K cameras and lenses, with the stunning imagery shown on Canon 8K displays. Also on display will be a prototype 4K Projector capable of covering up to 100 percent of the DCI color space.
Canon Professional Services Canon’s Professional Services (CPS) will again be hosting the Canon Hospitality Suite, in Room C201. The Canon Hospitality Suite is open to all NAB tradeshow attendees with priority support for CPS Gold, Platinum, Cinema, and Enterprise members. Visitors to the suite, located just off of the tradeshow floor, can experience Canon’s commitment to service and support for the professional imaging community.
Visit Canon at the 2016 NAB show at Booth C4325 in the Central Hall to see first-hand the latest products, hear from the Explorers of Light and the enjoy the 8K Ride Experience. For more information on the booth and an up-to-date schedule of the speaker schedule, please visit www.usa.canon.com/NAB2016. Follow Canon throughout the show on Instagram at @CanonUSA and Twitter at @CanonUSApro.
The Baby Grand Induro is for those seeking the highest level of stability. Period.
North White Plains, NY – April 6, 2016 – Induro today announced two new Baby Grand Induro Tripods. These no nonsense, ground level tripods incorporate a flat, modular head-mounting platform made of lightweight magnesium alloy. This platform accepts photo heads including gimbal, ball, three-way or geared and accessories like a leveling base or video bowl. These accessories are secured with a ratchet style lock lever as well as a safety catch to protect the gear. Each Baby Grand Induro tripod includes a machined aluminum top plate with hard anodizing, a removable oversized weight hook and a set screw for secure lockdown of the tripod head.
Perfect for Ultra Low Angle Shots
The Baby Grand Induro Tripods are available in both a 75mm (Series 3) and a 100mm (Series 4) platform. Perfect for those ultra low angle shots, they are designed to be used with all lenses including ultra long lenses and all formats including large formats and video cameras. The ulitmate in strength and rigidity, they are ideal for macro photography and unique low angle perspectives whether you are in the studio or in the field.
Both units can be converted to video bowls. The 75mm version converts using the MVB23S accessory and the 100mm version coverts using the MVB45S accessory.
Each leg can be independently positioned at one of the three locks located on the outside of the shoulder. In addition, each leg features oversized rubber twist locks and is telescoping for adjusting the height. Quick and convenient set-up is achieved in any location.
The large rubber feet are attached to a metal ball joint for quick positioning, which can be removed for attaching the included metal spiked feet. The feet also have pre-drilled holes for securing to wooden boards or staking it to the ground. Transporting is easy with the included carrying case.
Features & Benefits
Stealth Carbon Fiber Tubes and magnesium castings – Super strong materials with amazing weight to strength ratio provide superior strength and portability.
Shoot Low – Easily remove the weight hook and spread out the legs for low to the ground shots.
Safety lock – The flat modular head mounting plate is held securely with a ratchet style lock combines with a spring-loaded safety catch.
Travel Friendly – Includes a custom carrying case and is small enough to fit in any carry on size luggage.
Small Footprint – The small footprint allows it to be used in tight spaces and on smaller surface areas.
Mounting Options – The feet have pre-drilled holes for securing it to the ground or boards.
Multiple independent leg positions – Each leg can be independently positioned at one of the three locks located on the outside of the shoulder. This allows you to easily set up for use on uneven terrain.
Telescoping legs – Each leg features oversized rubber twist locks and is telescoping for adjusting the height.
Nikon Europe has announced that they will no longer be including printed (complete) owner’s manual with their digital cameras. Instead, freely downloadable .PDFs will take their place.
Printed owner's manuals will still be be available for purchase from the regional Nikon websites. However, they do not appear to be inexpensive. Below is a screenshot from the Nikon UK D750 product page:
Nikon spins this decision as an attempt to achieve a "...reduction in paper resources consumption and of CO2 emissions from transport," but I'm sure there's a decent cost savings associated with not providing a printed manual with the DSLR cameras it sells.
Nikon's decision does make us wonder, on a larger scale, if the days of the printed manual are quickly coming to an end in our ever-evolving digital world. It'll be interesting to see how soon other camera manufacturers jump on this green/cost-savings bandwagon. [Sean]
Warning: You might want to go here. "Here" is Mudjin Harbor in Middle Caicos (Turks and Caicos, British West Indies), where there are surprisingly few people and the scenery is amazing. Capturing my attention for the large part of a day were the large cliffs and the rugged landscape bordering the brilliant turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean here. And, who is the landscape photographer that can pass up a cave framing the ocean?
Caves are (usually) very dark and that was case here. This image is composed of three separate exposures – one for the water and sky (slight blinkies in cresting waves), one for the cave walls and another for the upper right portion of the cave wall as it was even darker and needed some detail brought out. With a handful of exposure variations available, I experimented with differing cave wall brightness during post processing. In the end, I opted for noticeable walls, but not bright enough to distract from the idyllic beach and water scene being framed.
Because the sun is constantly moving, multiple exposures intended for combining via HDR that include a shadow line should be captured in quick succession due to that line moving. The always moving and always different waves determined the primary exposure timing. The other exposures were simply captured very close in time to the primary ones.
World Class Photographers Joel Sartore, Matthew Jordan Smith, Deanne Fitzmaurice and Joey Terrill are the Latest to Join Nikon’s Group of Influential Modern Storytellers
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of four new photographers to the prestigious Nikon Ambassador program, a group of influential visual artists and leaders in modern photography. The newest additions include four photographers who make significant contributions to their respective fields, including; wildlife photographer Joel Sartore, celebrity and portrait photographer Matthew Jordan Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Deanne Fitzmaurice and commercial and portrait photographer Joey Terrill.
“Nearly three years after the foundation of the program, Nikon Ambassadors have worked to educate and empower photographers while continuing to celebrate their passion and love for photography through the power of visual storytelling,” said Mike Corrado, NPS Manager, pro relations and product marketing, Nikon Inc. “These new additions all define what it takes to be considered one of Nikon’s most elite photographers, with unparalleled commitment to both their craft and the imaging industry.”
The four newest photographers continue to expand and demonstrate the discipline represented in the program, all while bringing their unique perspective and style. Already considered prestigious photographers and mentors, they each embody the philosophy of Nikon’s Ambassador Program, which is to empower photographers through education and inspiration, and work directly with Nikon to communicate the needs of an evolving photo industry.
About Nikon’s Newest Ambassadors:
Joel Sartore – Wildlife photographer Joel Sartore is a mentor, conservationist, author and National Geographic Fellow who is best known for founding the Photo Ark Project, which aims to document and preserve endangered species and habitats through photography. Since its creation more than 20 years ago, Sartore has visited more than 40 countries to create portraits of more than 6,000 individual species for the project. These striking portraits put an emphasis on the animal’s expression and eye contact, helping to foster compassion by emotionally engaging the viewer with the subject. This Nebraska-based photographer has also authored four books and frequently contributes to numerous other books and publications.
Matthew Jordan Smith – Los Angeles-based celebrity and portrait photographer and author Matthew Jordan Smith is well-known for his work with major magazines, advertising agencies and some of the most famous actors and models in the world. A teacher of numerous photography workshops, Smith has also won several accolades for his work throughout his photographic career and recently published his third book, titled Future American President; 50 States, 100 Families, Infinite Dreams which features portraits of children from numerous families, from every state in America. The goal of the book is to inspire children to dream as big as they can, knowing there are endless possibilities in the world.
Deanne Fitzmaurice – As a Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary photographer and storyteller, this San Francisco-based photographer is most known for her unique ability to go behind the scenes to discover and convey personal, intimate and emotional stories through images. Fitzmaurice represents a wide variety of publications, including creating content for Sports Illustrated and ESPN,while continuing to shoot assignments for National Geographic and many other respected outlets. In addition to her editorial work, she also holds a very impressive portfolio of commercial photography with a myriad of major brands and is a highly decorated storyteller. She has been awarded the 2013 Award of Excellence from Communication Arts, the American Photography Award, TIME Magazine’s “Pictures That Mattered” Award in 2008 and the Pictures of the Year International Award of Excellence, just to name a few.
Joey Terrill – Joey Terrill is a Los Angeles-based editorial and commercial photographer that has worked with celebrities and major brands, including Coca Cola, Red Bull and Disney. Terrill uses creative, dramatic lighting to create truly unique and memorable portraiture and pens the Penumbra Project, a website dedicated to “pixels, photons and the process of making pictures” through engaging stories. When not shooting, Terrill is also a mentor for editorial portraiture and lighting, teaching week-long workshops at Colorado-based Summit Photography Workshops and has been a guest presenter at the Brooks Institute of Photography, WPPI, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and the SportsShooter Academy.
It runs on 64-bit devices running iOS 9 or later (that is: iPhone 5s or later, iPod touch 6, iPad Air or later, iPad mini 2 or later, iPad Pro).
Since Apple does not provide a way to control a camera via USB from an iOS device, ShutterCount Mobile relies on Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection and thus supports cameras having one of those. Either built-in, or utilizing an external Wireless File Transmitter.
So at the moment it will work with the following Canon EOS cameras: 6D, 70D (using built-in Wi-Fi); 5D Mark III, 7D Mark II (using WFT-E7 transmitter); 1D X, 1D C (using built-in Ethernet or WFT-E6 transmitter).
Feature-wise it is equal with the Mac version – besides a simple reading it sports history logging, with the ability to copy the logs into Apple’s Numbers or Microsoft Excel. Plus you can access these logs through iTunes file sharing.
Because of the network connection required to the camera, you’ll need to do an extra step before the reading – pair the app and the camera. ShutterCount relies on the camera’s more advanced EOS Utility connection mode (and thus will not work with the simple smartphone connection mode). Mind this when establishing the connection.
I’ve recorded a short video showing the entire pairing and reading procedure between an iPod touch and my EOS 7D Mark II. The camera is connected through a Canon WFT-E7 transmitter using an Ethernet cable to our office network, while the iPod is connected to the same network via Wi-Fi.
We've highlighted how the EOS 80D is a great choice as a step-up camera in an earlier article on Canon USA’s Digital Learning Center. And, how that applies whether you’re an experienced DSLR user who’s working with an older camera, or a first-time but well-informed DSLR customer who’s looking to move beyond today’s lightweight, entry-level models.
One aspect of the advanced possibilities a camera like the EOS 80D offers is extensive fine-tuning and control of its continuous autofocus for moving subjects, called AI Servo AF. In a far less expensive package than Canon’s high-end models — such as the EOS 5D series or even the EOS-1D X models — the EOS 80D offers the action photographer a truly extensive array of in-camera adjustability and control. We’ll discuss what’s available in the EOS 80D in this article, and explain how it might be used in various real-world shooting situations.