This week in the news: Apple announced the new iPad Air, iPad mini Retina, thinner and lighter MacBook Pro Retina laptops with Haswell processors, pricing and a release date for the new Mac Pro, a bunch of software updates that will be available as free downloads, including OS X Mavericks; Canon announced comprehensive new firmware updates for the 1D X and 1D C; and Fujifilm released a major X100 fimware update.
This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for October 25, 2013. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.
The PDN PhotoPlus Expo took place in New York City, and B&H was everywhere. We were exhibitors at the show (booth #455), and we posted a storm of show updates on B&H Insights, Twitter and Instagram. There was a bunch of compelling new products on display at the show, so we've rounded up the most interesting highlights in this post.
After LED panels, I felt that I should move back to still photo and on-camera flash units. The Spinlight 360 was an intriguing new piece of gear. They were giving a demonstration, and I couldn't tell you how quickly they moved through all the different options. First it was a clear dome, then a filter, followed by a snoot. It was fast, and held to the flash head really well. It also spins 360º for using half domes and similar items however you would like. Need some more control over an on-camera flash? Spinlight 360 may work for you.
The Rotolight booth is bright! They have a bunch of round LED panels set up, and a couple mounted on DSLRs. Within the past year they have won multiple awards, and they feature WiFi control for up to 512 different panels—quite impressive if you ask me! The lights have super-accurate color that’s good enough to be used on Captain Phillips. And for the DSLR filmmaker, a great small LED panel with some LEE filters and a microphone should be extremely useful. One mount for two important items.
After using Kickstarter to fund the original Capture camera holster system, Peak Design is out with version 2 and a variety of new accessories. This slick new design features a clip that you attach to your belt or another strap, which allows you to quickly snap your camera in and out. The Capture and Capture Pro models can carry your large camera system with ease. And they are compatible with Arca-Swiss and Manfrotto tripods, if you pick certain models.
G-Technology displayed their new G-Drive Slim and Mobile portable hard drives. Both drives offer 1TB capacity and 7200rpm. The Slim connects via USB 3.0 and the Mobile has USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 ports.
The 190XPRO3 has aluminum construction, and extends to 53". The tripod features a Quick Power Lock design that quickly locks the legs into place at four different angles. There's an easy-lock thread designed for sturdy support for flip arms, and a horizontal column that's designed for heavier gear and rotates a full 360º. The tripod is easy to carry with motorcycle-style grips.
Lexar showed the Workflow Reader, a modular card reader that accommodates any combination of CF, SD/SDHC/SDXC, and QXD cards simultaneously via removable bays. The device attaches via USB 3.0, and can transfer in batches without sacrificing speed. It's also powered by its USB connection, and can fit into most gadget bags.
If you want something reminiscent of a handbag, be sure to find Ona and Epiphanie. These very stylish bags are designed to look like something you would have anywhere, and not tell everyone you are carrying thousands of dollars in photo gear.
What do you do when the internal battery on your MacBook is dying, but you still have hours worth of work to do, and no wall outlet to plug into? You can only do one thing: Use a HyperJuice battery pack. A single HyperJuice is capable of charging a MacBook and two iPads. We spoke to Daniel Chin to get all the details on these unique power solutions, at PhotoPlus 2013.
Already a leader in the camera-strap industry, BlackRapid continues to bring out useful and good-looking strap designs. This is achieved by attaching via the camera's tripod thread—meaning the camera’s always at the ready.
There are great numbers of people shooting video on DSLR cameras these days, so it makes sense for video-centric companies to come to the show. We had the chance to talk to Heather Williams from Atomos at PhotoPlus 2013, to find out how their products help video shooters achieve better-looking results and faster workflows.
Perhaps the first thing you notice about 3 Legged Thing's tripods are their smooth carbon and colorful accents. But their versatility is just as nice. A single tripod can be used for macro photography just inches from the ground, or for reaching new heights and getting that wide shot from above. There’s a reason these were used at the London Olympics.
The new GM1 and the GH3 were the stars of the Panasonic booth today, and in this video, David Flores and Panasonic's own Mark Toal take a close look at the brand new GM1. It's definitely the smallest Micro Four Thirds camera around, which makes it a convenient option for the average user who wants better image quality.
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