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 Tuesday, March 28, 2017
New JumpDrive USB Flash Drive Combines a Rugged Yet Stylish Look with Secure, High-Speed Performance
 
MILPITAS, Calif., March 22, 2017 — Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the Lexar JumpDrive Tough, a high-performance JumpDrive USB flash drive created to withstand life’s challenges, all while protecting the contents of your drive through an advanced security software.
 
A fast and secure offering in the JumpDrive USB flash drive performance lineup, the JumpDrive Tough combines a rugged yet stylish look with secure, high-speed performance. This stylish, lightweight drive is impact/pressure (up to 750 PSI), weather (-13°F to 300°F), and water (up to 98 feet) resistant. The drive comes equipped with EncryptStick Lite software, an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption that helps to securely protect files against corruption, loss and deletion. This tough USB 3.1 flash drive allows users to securely transfer photos, videos, and files with speeds up to 150MB/s read and 60MB/s write.* Users can quickly transfer a 3GB HD video clip in less than 1 minute, compared to the 4 minutes it takes using a standard USB 2.0 drive.** For added versatility, the drive is also backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0 devices.
 
“Tough conditions have met their match with the Lexar JumpDrive Tough,” said Yeon Kim, product marketing manager, Lexar. “From accident-prone kids to adventure enthusiasts, users can rest assured that their content stays safe and protected even in the most intense conditions. So whether you work or play in harsh conditions, push your devices to the limit, or just want to protect against the bumps and bruises of everyday life, it’s got you covered.”
 
The Lexar JumpDrive Tough USB 3.1 flash drive is compatible with PC and Mac systems, backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0 devices and comes with a three-year limited warranty. Furthermore, all Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 1,200 digital devices. The new Lexar JumpDrive Tough is available now at MSRPs of $19.99 (32GB), $34.99 (64GB), and $59.99 (128GB).
 
B&H carries the Lexar JumpDrive Tough USB Flash Drives.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 3/28/2017 9:50:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
It is early spring and, at least here in the mid-Atlantic and farther north latitudes, the outdoor landscape is looking rather bleak right now. The snow is gone and the green has not yet come. That makes this is a great time of the year to focus on indoor photography and interior architecture is one great option. And when photographing interior architecture, an ultra-wide angle lens becomes especially useful.
 
Most of us photographers love curves and the Italian architecture in the Pennsylvania House Chamber is filled with them. While cameras are not permitted in this space when the house is in session, selecting a non-session day cleared that roadblock. Moving to one side of the balcony gave me an angled view across the room that sent ceiling lines arching into the frame.
 
Got 12mm in your kit? That is the full frame focal length you will need to capture this image and many others like it. The Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens on a full frame body executes this image (and those similar to it) extremely well. Even though the aperture used was not extremely narrow (f/8), the entire image is within the 12mm depth of field and the Canon EOS 5Ds R's extreme resolution was fully utilized with essentially no visible impact caused by diffraction. This image is tack sharp from corner to corner.
 
Notice that the columns on the sides of the image are vertically straight (or very close to being so)? While it is easy to have these lines angling inward or outward when using a focal length this wide (and that is sometimes a desired effect), a vertically level camera will render vertical lines parallel to each other and these lines can be parallel to the frame borders as long as the camera is horizontally leveled.
 
Spend your money on gear, not admission fees. One of the great things about the PA state capitol building is that admission is free. While you may not live close to this specific capitol building and will not likely find it alone to be worth a plane ticket or all-day drive to get there, your own state capitol building may offer the same deal. I didn't check all 50 USA state capitol buildings (or any outside of the USA), but many others also have free admission.
 
Get your ultra-wide angle lens and go photograph some interior architecture!
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 3/28/2017 9:10:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultimate (DVD) available for $59.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Advanced & Intuitive Prosumer NLE
  • Features Sophisticated & Express Tools
  • New Action Camera Center
  • New 360° Video Toolkit
  • Motion Tracking, Color Correction & More
  • New Vertical Mobile Video Workflow
  • Video Blending Modes
  • Includes 12 Different Effects Packages
  • 25GB CyberLink Cloud Service for 1 Year
  • Windows Compatible
by Sean Setters
 
It's no secret that Bryan and I use Canon DSLRs and Canon-compatible lenses in our daily lives. Bryan has much more experience with non-Canon camera systems than I do (though I have some), but neither of us has any experience with Leica cameras and lenses.
 
Regardless, we enjoy reading about all types of camera gear when they are introduced. Keeping abreast of the camera industry as a whole allows us to better understand Canon's (and Nikon's / Sony's) position in the marketplace. As such, I recently read an article about Leica's newest M-mount prime lens, the Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6.
 
And that got me thinking, "Why in the world would anyone buy this?"
 
Let me break it down for you. The Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 is a remake of a screw-mount lens that was manufactured in 1955. The optics have not been updated. In fact, the following is stated in the product description at B&H (bold and italics added for emphasis):
Classic symmetrical optical design uses six elements in four groups to achieve a distinctly analog appearance with natural contrast, fine rendition of details and sharpness, and noticeable vignetting for an aesthetic, unique image quality.
So it features an optical design from the 1950s and the vignetting is so bad that Leica is advertising it as an "aesthetic, unique image quality" feature. Nice marketing. They were probably wise to skip over the part about the lens having an agonizingly narrow aperture for a prime. But negatives aside, I do understand the benefits of having a pancake-style lens that's very easy to carry. There's definitely some value in that particular aspect of the lens. But how much is that value worth to someone who owns, let's say, a Leica M Digital Rangefinder?
 
How about $2,495.00?
 
This is the part where my jaw drops and my head starts hurting.
 
Even I get nostalgic at times, and I can see why someone would enjoy using Leica cameras (even film cameras) for that reason. But for the life of me, I can't figure out why anyone would spend $2,500.00 for a moderately wide angle f/5.6 prime lens with an optical design straight out of 1955.
 
I'm baffled.
 
What do you think of the Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6? Let us know in the comments.
Post Date: 3/28/2017 7:00:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Manfrotto 468MGRC4 Hydrostatic Ball Head with RC4 Quick Release available for $249.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $349.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 35 lb
  • Magnesium Alloy Construction
  • Quick Release with Camera Plate
  • Working Height: 4.7"
  • Weight: 1.6 lb
  • Hydraulic Locking System
  • Adjustable Tension
  • 360° Pan with Independent Pan Lock
  • 2 Spirit Levels
  • -90 to +90 Degree Tilt Range
B&H has the DJI Inspire 1 v2.0 PRO Quadcopter with Zenmuse X5 4K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal available for $2,699.00 with free shipping. Regularly $3,399.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4K MFT Camera with 3-Axis Gimbal
  • 15mm f/1.7 Lens Included
  • Up to 1.2 Mile Radio Range
  • GPS-Based Stabilization System
  • Optical Flow Sensor for Indoor Flying
  • DJI Lightbridge System Integrated
  • Live 720p HD Monitoring with Lightbridge
  • Retractable Carbon Fiber Arms
  • Unobstructed 360° Shooting
  • Dual Transmitter Operation Supported
B&H has the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter available for $999.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,199.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K / 12MP Camera
  • Visual Sensor for Obstacle Avoidance
  • Streamlined Shell / Magnesium Unibody
  • Top Speed of 44.7mph in Sport Mode
  • Maximum Control Range of 3.1 Miles
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • Up to 32.8' Vision Positioning Altitude
  • TapFly - Fly With a Tap of the Finger
  • Avoids Obstacles When Returning Home
  • Up to 28 Minutes Flying Time
Post Date: 3/28/2017 6:16:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Lexar 64GB CompactFlash Memory Card Professional 800x UDMA 7 available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $59.95.
 
Having an extra memory card in every camera bag can make all the difference in getting the shot when your already installed memory card fills up or, as is often the case, is accidentally left behind in your memory card reader. Considering how essential a memory card is to the digital imaging process, it's always a good idea to have a backup on hand. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 64GB Data Storage Capacity
  • 800x Speed Rating
  • Max. Read Speed: 120 MB/s
  • Max. Write Speed: 75 MB/s
  • UDMA 7 Compliant
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Interfit Five-in-One 42" Reflector and Arm Kit with Stand available for $54.99 with free shipping. Regularly $94.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Translucent, Soft sun, and Silver Colors
  • Black and White Surfaces
  • Softens, Changes Color, or Blocks Light
  • Folds to 1/3 Open Size
  • Includes Storage Sleeve
 Monday, March 27, 2017
Post Date: 3/27/2017 1:46:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through 3/28, use coupon code PXFLASHMA4 at AdoramaPix to get 25% off sitewide.
 
Use the coupon code to save on items such as:
 
  • Photo Prints
  • Collage Prints
  • Framed Prints
  • Metal Prints
  • Canvas Prints
  • Photo Books
  • Hudson Albums
  • Calendars
  • Custom Cards
Post Date: 3/27/2017 12:22:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Here are the ways you can help:
 
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Post Date: 3/27/2017 9:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has Ruggard Electronic Dry Cabinets (30L & 80L) available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Electronically Controlled Dehumidifier
  • Reduces Humidity
  • Protects Stored Items from Dust and Dirt
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 3/27/2017 10:31:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has select WD External Hard Drives on sale for up to $40.00 off. In all, 32 drives/combo drives are discounted.
Post Date: 3/27/2017 10:18:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Find out in the just posted Zeiss 135mm f/2 Milvus Lens Review.
 
B&H has the LENS in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/27/2017 9:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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