We gave a Zeiss ExoLens PRO to an experienced photographer to use. His review features a gallery of samples taken with the ExoLens and an iPhone 6 Plus.
The Removu S1 is a 3-axis stabilising gimbal designed and made for use with GoPro Hero 3, 4, 5 and Session cameras. This rainproof gimbal features a detachable handgrip, removable battery, wireless remote control and is fully compatible with GoPro’s range of helmet, body and bike mounts.
The Removu S1 delivers extremely stable and vibration free footage. The 3-axis stabilisation is manufactured with world class brushless DC motors and rotary sensors, removing unwanted movements and giving your footage a smooth professional look.
The motors and body of the Removu S1 are specifically designed to be water resistant. So whether your using the waterproof GoPro Hero5 or the S1’s rainproof housing for GoPro’s 3 & 4, you can keep shooting through whatever nature can throw at you!
The Removu S1 comes equipped with a detachable wireless joystick remote control. This allows you to control the angle of the camera and switch between the different modes on the gimbal using the 5-way jog key on the wireless remote.
Hold. Wear. Mount.
Removing the handrip from the body transforms the Removu S1 into mountable gimbal. You can attach the main gimbal body to any GoPro compatible mounting system o譠ering incredible versatility.
PAN: The camera will smoothly follow your panning motion but cancel out any pitch or roll movements.
FOLLOW: The camera will follow the direction the S1 is facing left, right, up and down.
LOCK: The camera is locked into it’s current position and maintains that orientation regardless of how the S1 is moved.
Extended battery life
The S1 has an excellent battery life of 3-5 hours. But what makes the Removu S1 even more attractive is that once the battery does run low, you can simply swap it out for a fully charged spare! There are also two micro SD slots in the handle cap so you’ll be able to capture every second of your adventure.
Removu S1 Specification
Operating Voltage (DC): 6.4V ~ 8.4V
Weight: 380g (Housing and Battery excluded)
Vertical Tilt Angle: 292°
Roll Angle: 90°
Horizontal Panning Angle: 292°
Operating Time (@25°C): 3h ~ 5h
Battery: 7.4V / 850mAh
Battery Charging Time: 2.5h (5V/2A)
Operating Temperature: -20°C ~ 45°C
Dimensions: 32.8 x 32.0 x 160.4 mm
Operating Time (@25°C): 10h
Operating Distance: 33ft (10m)
Battery: 3.7V / 200mAh
Battery Charging Time: 2.5h (5V/2A)
Operating Temperature: -20°C ~ 45°C
Removu S1 SRP: £349.99
The New Standard – Nissin Air10s
An advance 2.4Ghz wireless TTL strobe commander
Nissin Japan Limited (Chairman Mr. Goto Chikara) proudly announces the Air10s, an advance NAS (Nissin Air System) 2.4Ghz Wireless TTL commander for Fujifilm, Sony, Micro Four Thirds, Canon and Nikon cameras, available in April 2017.
The Air10s is an advanced strobe commander in the N.A.S., Nissin Air System*1. The simple and clear dial layout with Color LCD display allows the user to seamlessly and quickly control a large group of strobes from a dark indoor studio, to a bright outdoor environment. It can control the NAS Ready strobes (i60A and Di700A) and the receiver Air R wirelessly.
Sustainable performance – easily updated via a Micro SD card slot
The Air10s has been equipped with a Micro SD card slot that allows users to update the device easily by themselves. Nissin plans on putting a Micro SD card slot on all future strobes and commanders.
Expand the creativity boundary – Control your strobes up to 100 meters*2
The device’s range of use has been greatly extended (when compared to older models) to a maximum distance of 100 meters, and the TTL Mode, high speed sync (FP sync) supporting up to 1/8000 High- speed shutter speed, rear curtain, and other functionalities can be controlled remotely.
Finest adjustment – supporting 1/3EV step in TTL flash exposure correction, and the smallest output down to 1/256*3
Used under the TTL mode, minimal adjustments are possible with just 1/3EV step. In addition, under manual mode, the device supports the lowest power adjustment down to 1/256, which comes in handy for highly sensitivity shoots.
Instant strobes setup – Manual output power instantly transform from TTL exposure data
The device has a “TTL Memory Function”, which memorizes the exposure during a TTL Mode shoot, and allows for a one-touch switch to manual mode. You can save time during the strobes setup as the device takes the TTL exposure data, calculates the individual output internally, and transforms the exposure data into manual mode for advance adjustment.
Set your group of strobes free – The Open Mode*4 allowing multiple Air10s to pair with the same group of strobes
The “open mode” allows for multiple Air10s units to pair with the same group of strobes. This means, the need to re-pair devices is eliminated, and even if cameras are changed, the same settings can be used as the shoot continues. This convenient functionality allows multiple cameras and commanders to share a same group of NAS strobes.
Crossover control – Full Control of Different versions of NAS Strobes
Even if your Air 10s is for Sony Mount, it is possible to pair it with Canon, Nikon and other differing version of NAS strobes (i60A, Di700A), and you can retain use of all the functions, including TTL Mode (Applies to the other type of Air10s versions as well).
*1 NAS stands for Nissin Air System, a proprietary wireless TTL communication system developed by Nissin for 2.4GHz radio transmission that allows for stable operation of slave strobes in outdoor or environments that may have other disturbances.
Devices are paired beforehand to ensure stable communication with each other, and to avoid signals from getting mixed up, 8 channels have been set up, providing a secure communication environment.*2 For Canon Mount devices that are set to Mode II, the rear curtain sync function cannot be used.*3 Only supported on i60A. When the device is paired with Di700Aor Air R, the TTL is -2.0~2.0EV, 1/2EV step, in Manual it is 1/1-1/128, 1EV step.*4 When using in Open Mode, the NAS strobe’s firmware needs to be updated.
Product name: Nissin Air10s SRP: 170USD
Release Date: Different versions of Air10s will sequentially introduce to the market from April 2017
The Air10s specification and model design are subject to change before the release date without prior notice. Type For Canon, Nikon, Sony, Four Thirds and Fujifilm Systems
Compatible Strobe I60A, Di700A
Compatible Receiver Air R
Wireless system Radio category
Radio specifications 2.4GHz ISM band (Obtaining technical standards conformity certification) Communication Pairing is needed before the use of Air10s
Channel 8 channels
Flash Groups A, B, C, D & Ȧ, Ḃ, Ċ, Ḋ(total 8 Groups)*5
(Group control and a specific group can be choosen to stop transmitting)
Power Source 2 x AAA batteries Continuous shooting speed 10 shots/sec
Number of flashes per charge Approx. 3,000 flashes
Transmission distant Max. 100m（ Depending on the environment）
Mode [TTL] i-TTL (Nikon) / E-TTL II / E-TTL (Canon) [manual]/ ADI/ PTTL (Sony) / TTL (Fujifilm) / TTL (Micro Four Thirds/ Four Thirds)
Manual zoom Manual adjustment （ 24/ 35/ 50/ 70/ 85/ 105/ 135/ 200 mm）
EV compensation on flash [TTL] -2.0 ~ + 2.0,1/3 EV step, each group can be adjusted independently or synchronized
Synchronization modes Color LCD with dial control
Manual mode power ratio 1/256- 1/1 with 1/3 step selection, each group can be adjusted independently or synchronized
Synchronization modes Canon: 1st- Curtain synchronization, 2nd- Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, FE Lock and FV Lock (set on camera).
Nikon: 1st- Curtain synchronization, Rear Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization,
Sony: 1st- Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, FEL Lock (set on camera)
Four Thirds/ Micro Four Thirds: 1st- Curtain synchronization, 2nd- Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, Slow synchronization, Red-eye reduction (Olympus only)
Fujifilm: 2nd Curtain synchronization, Slow synchronization, Red-eye reduction Other functions Micro SD card slot (For firmware update), Remote shutter release socket,
Modeling light control*5
AF-assist beam range 0.7 ~ 5m
Operation panel LCD color panel and select dial
Dimensions 65(L) x 60 (W) x 60 (H)mm/ 2.6(L) x 2.4(W) x 2.4 (H)inch
Weight 73g / 2.5oz (without batteries)
*5 “8 groups” and “modeling light” are functions prepared for Nissin products to be released in the future. It does not correspond to the current model.
SanDisk® Unveils World’s First microSD Card Designed to Deliver a New Dimension of Mobile Application Performance
The 256GB SanDisk Ultra® microSD card with the Latest A1 SD Specification Offers Mobile Users Even More Storage Expansion Options
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a global storage technology and solutions leader, today unveiled the world’s first microSDTM card that meets the Application Performance Class 1 (A1) requirements from the latest SD Association’s SD 5.1 specifications. By meeting the A1 performance standard, the 256GB SanDisk Ultra® microSDXCTM UHS-I card, Premium Edition, delivers capacity, speed and enhanced capability to deliver a better smartphone experience1.
Since the popular memory card format launched more than a decade ago, microSD cards have been instrumental in driving new segments in digital imaging like action cameras, drones, dashboard cameras and surveillance systems, and have significantly impacted the evolution of the smartphone. Today, approximately 75 percent of smartphone models on the market contain microSD slots, according to data from Strategy Analytics2. The 256GB* SanDisk Ultra microSD card offers the capacity and performance consumers need to capture all of life’s moments without having to worry about what to delete. The card can hold up to 24 hours of Full HD video3 and with premium transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s**. With A1 performance, the card can launch and run apps at blazing speeds.
“The microSD card has been an integral part of the digital revolution by providing more options for high performance, high capacity storage for smartphones,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president of product management, Client Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. “SanDisk® cards are at the centre of more than two billion consumer devices, and now with this A1 card, we’re proud to play a significant role in continuing to advance the trusted format.”
Long used by billions to expand capacity for photos, videos, music and many other digital files, the, microSD card now must evolve to support application-intensive environments, paving the way for a new dimension of memory card performance. With the introduction of the Android Marshmallow 6 operating system, users can expand storage capacity on smartphones by selecting the microSD card as preferred or adoptable storage, which means apps can now be loaded and launched directly from the A1 microSD card.
The A1 spec allows the new card to manage random read input-output access per second (IOPS) of 1,500 and write IOPS of 500, so it can quickly open apps and process accompanying tasks, such as audio, graphics, saved profiles and in-app permissions. With this in mind, the new SanDisk Ultra microSD card with A1 is designed to provide consumers a faster, more powerful app experience using cards.
“SD technology is trusted by consumers around the world for its reliable, backwards compatible and highly interoperable storage, making it the world’s leading memory format with billions of SD memory cards and devices in the market,” said Brian Kumagai, SDA president. “The A1 specification will help consumers identify the appropriate card to ensure an optimal experience when running and launching apps on their smartphone. We are pleased that SanDisk will release an A1 card, and continues to contribute to breakthrough technologies enabled by the microSD format.”
The new SanDisk Ultra microSD card with A1 is compatible with the SanDisk® Memory Zone app for Android™, giving users an easy way to manage and back up content on their device. The app is available for free through the Google Play™ Store4. The card will be available worldwide in January 2017 with a UK MSRP of £166.99.
The complete line of SanDisk® microSD cards can be purchased at more than 300,000 retailers worldwide.
SanDisk® Launches its Fastest, High-Capacity USB Flash Drive Ever
New SanDisk Extreme PRO® USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive Now Features SSD Performance in a Portable, Aluminum Metal Form Factor
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a global storage technology and solutions leader, today announced its fastest, high-capacity USB flash drive to date with the launch of its high-performance 256GB* SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive. The new drive delivers the speed, capacity, and reliability of an SSD in the convenient form factor of a small USB flash drive, and is ideal for creative professionals, tech enthusiasts, or anyone who creates and shares massive files.
A game-changer in the USB storage category, the drive is capable of read speeds up to 420MB/s and write speeds up to 380MB/s1. With its unprecedented speeds, you can transfer full-length 4K movie to the drive in less than 15 seconds2. With its USB 3.1 interface, people can rapidly access and move files on the go, without having to worry about a cable. The new drive also features a sophisticated design with a durable aluminum metal casing and a retractable connector for ultimate style and reliability.
“The combination of SSD performance and a compact USB form factor offers the ultimate performance and convenience for moving files easily and quickly,” said Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing, Client Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. “With its increased capacity and blazing speeds, the SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive is our sleekest, most powerful SanDisk USB device yet.”
The SanDisk Extreme PRO Solid State Flash Drive is available up to 256GB, giving consumers plenty of room to manage large files. For added file protection, it includes the SanDisk SecureAccess® software, which offers 128-bit file encryption and password protection3. The drive also comes with a limited lifetime warranty4.
Pricing and Availability
The new 256GB SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive will be available in late January 2017 at Amazon.com and Best Buy at a UK MSRP of £125.99.
SanDisk storage solutions can be purchased at more than 300,000 retailers worldwide.
About Western Digital
Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) is an industry-leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience and preserve data. The company addresses ever-changing market needs by providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage solutions with customer-focused innovation, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST, SanDisk and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers. For more information, please visit www.hgst.com, www.wd.com, and www.sandisk.com.
SanDisk, a Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) brand, provides trusted and innovative flash storage products that have transformed the electronics industry. SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world’s largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smartphones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide
Easy on the eyes, easy on the planet:
eco-friendly productivity with new Philips PowerSensor Displays
- 16:10 aspect ratio for less scrolling when working with applications
- Sustainable eco-design with Power Sensor saves up to 80% energy costs
- LowBlue Mode for eye-friendly productivity
- IPS technology for full colours and wide viewing angle
Amsterdam, 8 December 2016 – MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces two new 24-inch LCD displays that work for the health of users as well as the planet. Packed with eco and user-friendly design features, these displays include an integrated PowerSensor to turn power off when no one is at the desk; and a special LowBlue mode to cut the amount of blue light exposure for the eyes. Combined with the colour performance and wide viewing angles of IPS technology, the 16:10 aspect ratio as well as advanced connectivity with USB 3.0, they are displays to improve productivity in any modern office.
Wellbeing at work
Commenting on the user-friendly productivity of the new displays, Artem Khomenko, Product Manager Philips monitors Europe at MMD says, “At home and at work, people routinely log many hours of screen time every day. These displays are part of our ongoing commitment to developing innovative products that keep people working productively and healthily even when hours are long.”
Keeping eyes fresh and healthy is key to better wellbeing at work. However, excessive exposure to the blue light of displays can potentially harm vision. The LowBlue mode in the new 240B7QPJEB/240B7QPTEB LCD displays counters this impact. Developed to enhance wellbeing, LowBlue mode uses a smart software technology to reduce the shortwave blue light. LowBlue mode is complemented by Philips Flicker-free technology, a solution to regulate brightness and reduce flicker for more comfortable viewing. The displays also feature the SmartErgoBase, which users can tilt, swivel and height-adjust to their personal preference for a more comfortable viewing experience. As a useful side benefit, the base also keeps cables neat and tidy.
Displays with eco credentials
These new Philips Monitors displays were developed with eco-friendly productivity in mind. They are made from 85% post-consumer recycled plastics with TCO Edge, minimising the environmental impact of production. In operation, they save energy highly effectively through the PowerSensor, an integrated “people sensor” that transmits and receives harmless infrared signals to determine if a user is present, and automatically reduces monitor brightness whenever the user moves away. This cuts the energy bill by up to 80% and prolongs the monitor life.
Brilliant display performance
Eco credentials apart, the new displays also deliver where it matters most: on brilliant viewing quality. Advanced IPS technology creates extra-wide viewing angles of 178/178 degrees for viewing from almost any angle – even nearly side-on. No matter if users work with big charts or multiple-page documents – thanks to the 16:10 aspect ratio, the 240B7QPJEB/240B7QPTEB are perfect for all kinds of office applications as they offer more space. Users will also appreciate the sharp images and vivid colours that demand consistent colour accuracy and brightness. The ultra-narrow screen border reduces distraction and makes the displays ideal for multi-screen or tiled setups. The displays of course also deliver the same quality viewing to photos and movies.
Responding to the need to connect efficiently to a whole range of data sources, these new displays are equipped with VGA, DisplayPort and universal HDMI. And for super-fast transfer, they also feature Super Speed USB 3.0, enabling data to be sent at a blazing 5.0 gbit per second (around 10 times the speed of USB 2.0). The USB interface is backward-compatible, so users can continue to source data from their USB 2.0 devices.
The new Philips 240B7QPJEB/240B7QPTEB LCD displays are available now for an RRP of £289.00/£299.00 respectively.
|Specification||Philips 240B7QPJEB display||Philips 240B7QPTEB display|
|LCD panel type||IPS technology|
|Panel size||24.1 inch / 61.1 cm|
|Optimum resolution||1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz|
|Viewing angle||178° (H) / 178° (V), @ C/R > 10|
|MHL||1080P @ 60 Hz|
|Convenience||· Built-in Speakers: 2 W x 2
· User convenience: SmartImage, Input,
· Kensington lock, VESA mount (100x100mm)
Plug & Play Compatibility: DDC/CI, macOS, sRGB, Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7
|Connectivity||· Signal input: VGA (Analogue), DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4
Sync Input: Separate Sync, Sync on Green
USB: USB 3.0x 2 (1 w/fast charging)
Audio (In/Out): PC audio-in, Headphone out
|· Signal input: VGA (Analogue), DisplayPort 1.2, mini DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4
Signal output: DisplayPort out
Sync Input: Separate Sync, Sync on Green
USB: USB 3.0×4 (1 w/fast charging)
Audio (In/Out): PC audio-in, Headphone out
|Stand||· Height adjustment: 130 mm
Pivot: 90 degree
Swivel: -175/+175 degree
Tilt: -5/20 degree
|· Height adjustment: 150 mm
Pivot: 90 degree
Swivel: -175/+175 degree
Tilt: -5/20 degree
|Sustainability||· Environmental and energy: PowerSensor,
EnergyStar 7.0, EPEAT Gold, TCO edge, RoHS· Recyclable packaging material: 100 %· Post-consumer recycled plastic: 85%
· Specific Substances: PVC / BFR free housing, Mercury free, Lead free
|Compliance and standards||Regulatory Approvals: CE Mark, FCC Class B,
SEMKO, cETLus, CU-EAC, TCO edge, TUV Ergo, TUV/GS, EPA, WEEE, ICES-003, UKRAINIAN
|Cabinet||· Front bezel, rear cover and foot: Black
· Finish: Texture
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Company contact EMEA:
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MMD is a wholly owned company of TPV established in 2009 through a brand license agreement with Philips. MMD exclusively markets and sells Philips branded LCD displays worldwide. By combining the Philips brand promise with TPV’s manufacturing expertise in displays, MMD uses a fast and focused approach to bringing innovative products to market. MMD serves the Western European markets from its headquarters in Amsterdam. The Eastern European and CIS markets are served by a local office in Prague. Through its network of local sales teams MMD works with all major IT distributors and resellers. The company’s design and development centre is located in Taiwan. www.mmd-p.com
Fast and reliable storage expansion in two stylish designs
UK – December 8, 2016 – ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules, NAND Flash products, and mobile accessories today launched the updated Premier SC660H and Premier SV620H external SSDs. Based on previous designs, the new models are part of the ADATA move to 3D NAND Flash in all new SSDs and in refreshes of existing models. The SC660H and SV620H feature 3D TLC NAND instead of traditional 2D NAND to provide increased reliability, durability, and efficiency. The drives connect to host PCs via USB 3.1 Gen 1, and are presented in two distinct enclosure styles. Thanks to 3D NAND, the updated SSDs are available in 256GB and 512GB as opposed to 240GB and 480GB in the original SC660/SV620. Performance is 440MB/s read and 430MB/s write in both models.
SC660H: ultra-thin and tough elegance
The SC660H measures just 9.6mm tall. Its slim enclosure uses electroplated and textured titanium, ensuring a high degree of resistance against shocks, scratches, paint chipping, and fingerprints. The SC660H weighs a mere 73g, a fraction of the bulk of an external mechanical hard drive.
SV620H: elevating external SSD design
Also light and slender, the SV620H likewise employs a sandblasted titanium enclosure that makes it shock and scratch resistant. Its flat surfaces are raised 0.75mm, so that even when moved across a desk or other area the risk of unsightly scratches is minimised. The SV620H weighs 76g, and like its SC660H sibling has a cool blue activity LED.
Bigger capacity in the same space plus added reliability
The 3D TLC NAND used on the two external SSDs is more reliable than 2D NAND and enables “packing” more storage into identical product chassis. At 256GB and 512GB, the SC660H and SV620H offer more space than their predecessors without consuming extra power. They are extremely efficient and ideal for notebook PCs thanks to placing very little stress on batteries. Like all SSDs, they run totally silent and cool. With their 3D NAND, the SC660H and SV620H simply offer a better value than 2D NAND-based external SSDs, representing another step in ADATA embracing new technology to benefit consumers worldwide.
ADATA Technology, one of the world’s largest vendors of DRAM modules and USB flash drives, provides complete solutions, including memory cards, solid state drives, and portable hard drives. ADATA products also include on the go power for mobile devices and the company is now a major provider of advanced LED lighting. ADATA products continue to garner international acclaim from organisations such as iF Design Awards (Germany), red dot Awards, CES Best of Innovations Awards, Good Design Awards (Japan), Best Choice of Computex Awards, and Taiwan Excellence Gold Awards. The company’s slogan of Love, Life, Dreams embodies the ADATA brand and the role of innovative memory products in the human pursuit of universally-cherished ideas. For more information, please visit www.adata.com.
From Concept To Corey – A Product Journey
British Tripod Brand, 3 Legged Thing, famous for their innovation and quirky designs are offering an unprecedented opportunity to gain a unique insight into their production process of their latest launch – Punks Corey
#ConceptToCorey is a new project which documents the journey; from the very doodles of an idea, through to engineering CADs, photo-realisitic renders, prototyping and testing. It’s all here, laid bare for photographers and voyeurs of ‘how stuff works’ to get a handle on what goes into bringing a 3LT tripod to market.
The project will be chartered across Twitter and Instagram. “We have an incredible level of engagement across the regular social media platforms – those photographers who’ve used our tripods or just love our branding and style, feel that they have a direct way to communicate with us. We wanted to be able to share with them an interesting insight into how we bring our products to market.” commented 3LT’s Global Marketing Manager, Dan Crawford.
“It doesn’t even end at product launch” comments 3LT Founder and CEO, Danny Lenihan. “We quite often make small design adjustments and adaptations once we receive consumer feedback, after the launch. We want to be able to produce the best products we can, and who better to provide the inspiration for change than the many thousands of customers we have dotted around the world?”
The project is to end on Christmas Day. 3 Legged Thing promise to show some of the intricate details of the design work, and follow the critical path from Concept to Corey.
Corey available now from 3 Legged Thing – COREY
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Dedicated to photographers who love to travel, the SLIK LITE Travel Series are the first tripods to incorporate an integrated, removable LED torch in the centre column, to illuminate your camera bag while shooting at night.