B&H Gear News Roundup: December 6, 2013


Recent news: Tokina announced that their 11-16mm f/2.8 II lens is coming to the Sony Alpha mount; Glyph Technologies released the affordable BlackBox mobile hard drive; and the popular iOS photography app VSCO Cam arrived on Android.

This is your B&H Gear News Roundup for December 6, 2013. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.

The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 II Comes to the Sony Alpha Mount

The Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 Type-II lens is coming to the Sony Alpha mount in January 2014. (It's already available for Canon and Nikon.) Designed for APS-C sensors, this lens maintains a constant f/2.8 aperture, without being unnecessarily heavy or large in size. Its Type-II designation means that this lens features improved optical coatings and performance over the Type-I version. The focus ring snaps forward for AF mode and backward for manual focus mode, for quick, yet assured operational changes.

The New Glyph BlackBox

All hard drives are the same, right? Not really. A company called Glyph Technologies produces drives specifically for creatives in photography, music, and video production. Their well-built products are designed to suit various needs, but what really sets them apart is support. Glyph drives come with a three-year warranty, and should you have a problem, their tech support staff will answer the phone, and help you resolve any issues or crisis that should arise. Their new USB 3.0 BlackBox drives are designed for mobile use. They're bus-powered so you don't need to plug them into the wall, they're compatible with Mac and Windows, and they come with the three-year warranty and lifetime phone and email support. And their prices are really reasonable.

The VSCO Cam App Arrives on Android

The Android platform hasn't been known for its prowess in mobile photography, but this story appears to be changing. This week the popular iOS app VSCO Cam became available on Android, and it's free via the Google Play Store. The app is compatible with most Android 4.0 (and later) devices. Like other popular photography apps, VSCO Cam provides a number of filters that can be applied to an image, to alter the look and mood of the image. What sets VSCO apart, aside from its stylized, yet minimal user interface, is the VSCO Grid, which acts as a publishing platform to showcase your pictures.

More news:

  • Red Giant updated PluralEyes to version 3.3 with a new feature called Smart Start. You can read more about it at Photography Bay.
  • Google confirmed that it's adding RAW capability and Burst Mode to the Android OS. Get all the details at PetaPixel.
  • Apple updated their iWork software, adding back a few features that had been removed. Find out more info at CNET.
  • HP quietly released a new batch of Android tablets this week. Learn about the new slabs at CNET.

    And that's your news for December 6, 2013.