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Deal: Datacolor Spyder5 Calibration Tool Winter Sale

Datacolor is running a promotion on Spyder5 calibration tools. Now through March 6, Spyder5PRO, Spyder5ELITE and Spyder5STUDIO are on sale, with savings up to $100 off.

You can purchase from Amazon, B&H PhotoAdorama and from Datacolor directly.

Review: Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 CompactFlash/USB 3.0 Reader

Overview : The Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 Card Reader for CompactFlash Cards is a USB 3.0 reader designed for use within the Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 or HR2 Hub. The compact form fits within one of the four bays of the HR1 or HR2 Hub to enable its use along with up to three additional Professional Workflow Card Readers. Alternatively, this reader can be used independently of the hub as a standalone reader along with the included USB cable.

Features :
  • USB 3.0 CompactFlash UDMA 7 Card Reader
  • Compatible with Lexar HR1 or HR2 Hub
  • High-speed transferring up to 5 Gbit/s
  • Can be used independently or with hub
  • Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or later and Windows 7/8 operating systems
  • Warranty: Two-year limited warranty on all products

Deal: MAXOAK 36,000mAh Power Bank for Apple Laptop MacBook Pro Air

The MAXOAK 36,000mAh High Capacity battery is a beast of a battery pack. This one specifically comes with two different MagSafe power cables to give you extra run time on your MacBook Air or even the late 2014 MacBook Pro Retina.

If you travel a lot or just so happen to not be near an outlet, this provides extra battery life. The MAXOAK 133Wh Power Bank 16.8V (3.5A) and 14.8V (3.5A) output along with two USB ports (2.1A) for charging other devices like your tablets, phones, etc.

It compatibles with Apple laptops but not limit to:

Apple MacBook Air Series:
MacBook Air 13-inch 13.3" Early 2014 Mid 2013 Mid 2012 A1466 Mid 2011 Late 2010 A1369 Mid 2009
Apple MacBook Air 11-inch 11.6" Early 2014 Mid 2013 Mid 2012 A1465 Mid 2011 Late 2010 A1370, etc.

Apple MacBook Pro Series:
MacBook Pro 13-inch 13.3" Mid 2014 Late 2013 Retina A1502 Early 2013 Late 2012Retina A1425 Mid 2012 Late 2011 Early 2011 Mid 2010 Mid 2009 Aluminum Unibody A1278, etc.
MacBook Pro 15-inch 15.4" Mid 2014 Late 2013 Early 2013 Late 2012 Mid 2012 Retina A1398 Mid 2012 Late 2011 Early 2011 Mid 2010 Mid 2009 Early 2009 Late 2008 Early 2008 Aluminum Unibody A1286

MacBook Series:
Apple MacBook 13"-inch 13.3" Mid 2010 Late 2009 Mid 2009 Early 2009 Late 2008
MacBook 13"-inch 13.3" Late 2008 Early 2008

Unfortunately, it is not compatible with Macbooks using USB Type-C connectors or 17" Macbooks.

This can be purchased from Amazon and sells for about $136.

If you're a PC owner that has a Sony, Acer, Lenovo, Samsung, IBM, etc., you can take a look at their 50,000mAh power back on Amazon.

Press Release: Sony Introduces New α6300 Camera with World’s Fastest Autofocus

Sony has announced a follow-up to its popular a6000 mirrorless camera: the a6300. Featuring a newly developed 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sensor that utilizes the BIONZ X image processor with internal 4K video recording and a completely revamped '4D' AF system with 425 phase-detection AF points. It can shoot up to 11 frames per second through the viewfinder, or 8 frames per second in live view. The a6300 sits at the top of Sony's APS-C mirrorless lineup.

The updated flagship APS-C mirrorless camera from Sony, the a6300, features many noteworthy advancements in its autofocus technology. For starters, it is clocked as the world’s fastest autofocus speed of 0.05 seconds. It has 425 AF points spread throughout the frame, and a new high-density tracking AF takes advantage of these points to the fullest. Watching the AF points light up and track so quickly and accurately in an action sequence happening in front of your lens is simply mesmerizing.

Constructed with a full magnesium alloy body designed to be dust and moisture resistant, the Sony a6300 feels solid in your hands.

Key Features:
  • 24MP CMOS APS-C sensor with copper wiring
  • 425-point on-sensor phase-detection AF system
  • 11 fps continuous shooting (8fps continuous live view)
  • Silent shooting in continuous drive (3 fps with AF/AE)
  • Max ISO of 51200
  • 4K video capture up to 100 Mbps
  • Phase-detect AF compatible with A-mount lenses via LA-EA3 adapter
The a6300 will be shipping in March 2016 and will retail for $1,000 for body only and $1,150 when paired with a 16-50mm F3.5 – F5.6 kit lens. You can preorder from the following sites.

A6300 body ($1,000) at B&H Photo, Adorama
A6300 with kit lens ($1,500) at B&H Photo, Adorama
24-70mm f/2.8 GM FE ($2,198) at B&H Photo, Adorama
70-200mm f/2.8 GM FE at B&H Photo
85mm f/1.4 GM FE ($1,798) at B&H Photo, Adorama
Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter at B&H Photo
Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter B&H Photo

Continue reading for full press release.

Press Release: Canon Announces Flagship DSLR 1D X Mark II

Canon has announced its new flagship DSLR, the full-frame EOS-1D X Mark II. It features a new 20.2MP CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF, a new 61-point autofocus system that has 41 cross-type sensors and is 24% larger frame coverage than its predecessor.

Like its predecessor, it has a magnesium alloy body that is fully weather-sealed and has a shutter that will last for approximately 400,000 cycles. The Mark II has a 3.2" Clear View II LCD with 1.62 million dots, up from 1.04 million dots. The screen is touch-enabled, but only for autofocus point selection in Live View. Another new addition is a built-in GPS (with an e-compass), which sits in a 'hump' on the top of the viewfinder.

The 1D X II can shoot continuously at 14 fps with autofocus, and if you lock the mirror up, you can shoot up to 16 fps with locked focus and exposure. If you're heavily invested in the older LP-E4N battery, you can use it in the Mark II. However, the top shooting speeds drop to the same frame rates as the 1D X (12/14 fps). If you're using a CFast card you can take an unlimited number of JPEGs or a whopping 170 Raw images in a single burst, or 12 seconds of shooting at 14 fps. The 1D X II also has a slot for standard CompactFlash cards. When it comes to connecting to a PC you can choose from the camera's USB 3.0 or Ethernet ports. Wi-Fi requires the use of Canon's $600 WFT-E8A wireless file transmitter.

One of the most significant additions to the 1D X II is support for 4K (DCI) video capture. It can capture 4K video at 60p using the M-JPEG codec well as 1080p at frame rates of up to 120 fps. In order to record more than a few seconds of 4K video, you'll need a CFast card. Dual Pixel AF enables continuous autofocus in video, and touch focus makes the experience a breeze. The camera does not offer focus peaking or zebra patterns natively, but they are visible when using an external recorder.

The EOS-1D X Mark II will be available in April 2016 for $5,999 (body only), or the Premium Kit which includes a 64GB Sandisk CFast 2.0 card and reader for $6,299. Currently, there is a $300 instant rebate on the Premium Kit that puts it in the same price range as the body only.
  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • Native ISO 51200, Expanded to ISO 409600
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Built-In GPS, CFast & CF Card Slots
  • Includes 64GB CFast 2.0 Card and Reader (Premium Kit only)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Premium Kit $6299: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama ($5999)
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Body $5999: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon WFT-E8A $599: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Continue reading for full press release.

Nikon Japan Announces Price Increases for Lenses and Speedlight

Nikon has released details of price increases it will implement in the Japanese market beginning March 1, 2016. The changes will affect a total of 73 of its DX and FX lenses, as well as three teleconverters. In addition, 21 lenses for the Nikon 1 system will be included, the FT1 mount adapter and six Speedlite flash units along with the systems associated wireless remotes. Newer lenses, such as the recently announced AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G/VR, the 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR, the 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR and the 24mm F1.8G ED are not included in the list.

The degree of increase varies across the board, but some products, such as the SB-300 flashgun, will face a price hike of close to 18%. Others though will be increased by less than 5%.

You can also view the PDF version here.

The company cites pressures from increasing costs of raw materials for the price rises, and claims that it has done all it can to absorb the additional costs itself.

Since the news is intended for the Japanese market, there is no word on the price increase will affect other regions/markets.

For more information see the notice posted on the Nikon Japan website.

Source: DPreview
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