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Press Release: Nikon DL 18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL 24-85 f/1.8-2.8 and DL 24-500 f/2.8-5.6 Announced

Nikon is entering the 1"-type premium compact market by introducing three new models: the Nikon DL18-50, DL24-85 and DL-24-500. Between them, they cover pretty much every focal length. All three DL models share the same sensor, image processor, autofocus system and support for 4K video (with clean HDMI output, no less).

Sensor-wise, the DLs uses a 20.8MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor. It's paired with the new EXPEED 6A image processor, which allows for a top ISO of 12800 and 4K/UHD video recording at 30p. All three cameras have 'Dual Detect VR', which combines data from the cameras' angular velocity sensors and the scene itself to reduce shake. They also have fluorine coatings on their lenses to keep moisture and oil away. Each camera also has a manual focus ring around the lens.

They also have 3" touch-enabled OLED displays with the 18-50 and 24-85 having the ability to tilt and the 24-500 having a fully articulating screen. They all have Wi-Fi with NFC, plus Nikon's 'SnapBridge' technology, which uses Bluetooth to maintain a connection between camera and phone, so there's no need to re-pair. Battery life on all three DL models is rated at 290 shots/charge (per the CIPA standard).

One of the features that may set the DLs apart from the other 1"-type cameras is its Hybrid AF system, which combines 105 phase-detect with 171 contrast-detect points. This allows the camera to shoot at 20 fps with continuous autofocus. If you can live with single AF, then the DLs can shoot even faster: 60 fps.

Nikon DL18-50

The DL 18-50 is the widest lens of any enthusiast compact on the market. It has an equivalent focal length of 18-50mm and a fast maximum aperture range of f1.8-2.8. The lens has a 3-stop ND filter and is Nikon's first compact to have a Nano Crystal Coating, which reduces flare and ghosting. The lens has seven aperture blades and has a top shutter speed of 1/1600 sec (an electronic shutter, found on all three models, maxes out at 1/16000 sec). There is also built-in perspective correction, which is especially useful when shooting architecture.

The camera has full manual exposure control, Raw support, tilting touch OLED display and aforementioned 4K/30p support. The DL18-50 also supports an optional tilting OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.36M dots. The 18-50 is the only one of the camera cameras to lack a built-in flash, though like its siblings it does have a hot shoe.

Nikon DL24-85

The DL 24-85 is very similar to the DL 18-50, both inside and out. The main difference is its lens, which is a 24-85mm equivalent f1.8-2.8 model, however it lacks an ND filter and the Nano Crystal Coating. Its standout feature is the ability to take life-size, 1:1 macro photos, with a minimum focus distance of 3cm. Macro shooters can also take advantage of focus peaking and bracketing as well as manual priority AF.

Nikon DL24-500

For those seeking a long zoom model, there's the DL 24-500. As its name implies, it has a 24-500mm equivalent lens, with a max aperture range of f2.8-5.6. The 24-500 has a fully articulating display and a built-in OLED viewfinder. It's also the only of the DL models with a mic input jack, with support for Nikon's ME-1 shotgun mic.

All three cameras will be available in early summer with suggested retail prices of $649 (24-85), $849 (18-50), and $999 (24-500). No price yet on the EVF.

Nikon DL 18-50mm f/1.8-2.8: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Nikon DL 24-85mm f/1.8-2.8: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Nikon DL 24-500mm f/2.8-5.6: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Nikon DF-E1 EVF: B&H Photo

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SanDisk Launches New Extreme PRO MicroSDXC UHS-II Memory Card

While the average user might be fine using lower-classed microSD cards, there are some who might demand better performance and might go for Class 10. However these days, devices like cameras have been designed to support even faster microSD card classes like UHS, and if you are a professional in need of that level of performance, SanDisk has you covered.

The company has recently announced their latest Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-II memory card. For those unfamiliar, UHS-II is currently the fastest/top-of-the-line that you can go, which also means that these cards do not come cheap. Professionals who might need blazing fast read/write speeds might appreciate them.

The SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-II Card delivers transfer speeds of up to 275MB/s so you can get to your videos faster than ever before. Use the included USB 3.0 reader for convenient transfers and take the bottleneck out of enjoying even your most massive 4K UHD video files. Finally your memory card can keep up with you and your lifestyle! From a leader in flash memory storage, this card is ideal for offloading 4K UHD video from your action camera, drone, high-performance camera or smartphone.

SanDisk products are constructed to the highest standards and rigorously tested. You can be confident in the outstanding quality, performance and reliability of every SanDisk product.

UHS-II cards aren’t quite as affordable to the average consumer yet. The 64GB Extreme PRO is priced at $179.99, while the 128GB model is going for nearly double that price at $299.99. Both microSD cards are also expected to be available worldwide in Q2 2016.

SanDisk Unveils Mobile Flash Drive For USB Type-C Devices

SanDisk announced at Mobile World Congress a new USB flash drive called the Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive that uses the new tiny and reversible USB-C connector. USB Type-C is set to become the new standard for USB devices in the future. It’s the new standard that we’ll be seeing on every type device; it is able to transfer power, data, sound, video, it’s reversible and it is fast!

The company has recently announced a new mobile flash drive that has been designed for USB-C devices specifically. As you can see in the photo above, this flash drive is pretty standard in terms of its design and function, but it does come with a USB-C connector meaning that if you have a laptop like Apple's new MacBook, Google's Chromebook Pixel 2 and Dell's XPS 12, XPS 13, XPS 15 and Latitude 7000 series laptops, you will be able to connect the flash drive to it without needing an adapter.

Of course we expect that further down the line, USB-C devices and accessories will be more widely-available, but in the meantime this USB-C flash drive might tide early adopters over until more options are out there. In terms of storage, it will be available in 16, 32, 64, and 128GB storage sizes. Users will get USB 3.1 performance with read speeds of up to 130MB/s for the 16GB flash drive and up to 150MB/s for the 32GB to 128GB drives.

They aren’t particularly expensive either with the 16GB priced at $19.99, the 32GB at $29.99, the 64GB at $49.99, and the 128GB at $79.99. The SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive will come with a five-year warranty, and as of today, you can buy one from Amazon, and other leading retailers.

Review: Peak Design CaptureLENS Lens Clip Kit Changing System

Review Peak Design CaptureLENS Lens Clip Kit

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Overview : Changing lenses is one of the most common workflows in photography. It’s also one of the most frustrating. Enter CaptureLENS®. Based on our flagship Capture Camera Clip, CaptureLENS lets you change lenses rapidly, with just one hand, and holds your unused lens rigidly and securely. Wear CaptureLENS on any backpack strap, belt or bag, keeping your spare lens quickly accessible and freeing up the inside of your bag for other gear. Choose from Canon EF, Nikon F or Sony E/FE mounts.

Features :
  • It works with Canon (EF mount), Nikon (F mount) and Sony (E and FE mount) lenses.
  • CaptureLENS includes a standard Capture clip (nylon backplate) plus a Lens Kit adapter plate. It does not include a plate for camera bodies.
  • Lens Kit includes just the adapter plate. It's for people who already own (or plan to own) a Capture clip. Lens Kit is compatible with all versions of Capture.

Amazon App Referral Program – $5 Off $10 Purchase and $5 Coupons

The Amazon App Referral Program provides new users with a $5 coupon off a $10 purchase for signing into the Amazon App for the first time.

Just visit this Amazon App $5 Coupon Referral Link on your mobile device to get $5 off a $10 purchase via the Amazon App. Plus, you’ll receive a $5 off $10 coupon for each new user that you refer to the Amazon App. Unfortunately, this is for US only.

$5 Off $10 Coupon for New Amazon App Users

You need to use a mobile device and have the latest Amazon App installed on the device to claim the referral code.
  1. To download the app, enter in your PC or mobile browser to download or upgrade the app.
  2. Once you have the latest app, tap this Amazon App $5 Referral Link from your mobile device directly.
  3. The link should take you to the Amazon App, where you can follow the directions to complete the steps and claim the $5 code.
  4. The coupon is good for $5 off a $10 purchase on the Amazon App (must be sold by Amazon).
You need to use a mobile device and have the latest Amazon app installed on the device to claim the referral code. Supported devices include: Android phones and tablets, iPhone and iPad, Kindle Fire and Fire phones.

How To Enter Amazon App Referral Code Manually

You can also enter the Amazon App Referral Code TIMOT19042N manually within the app to see if you qualify for the $5 coupon.
  1. Under Menu within the app
  2. Click Your Account under the “Your Account” section
  3. Then click Invite Friends under the “Personalized Content” section.
  4. Then click the “Have A Referral Code?” button to enter the Referral Code TIMOT19042N.
If you qualify, you will receive the $5 coupon code good for a $10 purchase sold by Amazon.

$5 Off $10 Coupon Code Eligibility

This offer applies to customers who have not completed a purchase using the Amazon App in the preceding 12 months, who access the Amazon App for iOS, Android or Fire OS, and who link your account to a phone number that has not received a promotional credit or purchase discount during the lifetime of the program.

After signing into the latest version of the app and verifying your phone number, you will receive an email or SMS from indicating that a purchase discount of $5 off $10 or more at has been applied to your account.

This discount only applies to products sold by and cannot be used to purchase gift cards or to pay shipping, handling, taxes, or any other transaction costs.

The discount is valid for 90 days from when it appears in your account. This offer is limited to 1 per customer and account and may not be combined with other offers.

Amazon Referral Code $5 Off $10 Coupon Promo

Deal: VisionTek 128GB 256GB 512GB USB 3.0 Pocket Solid State Drive

We happened to stumble upon this product. The VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD allows you to store and transfer your files between any USB 3.0 devices easily. With 128GB ($84.99), 256GB ($139.99) and 512GB ($249.99) of storage, you have plenty of space for movies, music, photos, presentations and backups. Copying files such as high definition movies, full resolution photos, and large presentations can take forever if you aren't using the latest technology.

With its USB 3.0 interface, the VisionTek Pocket SSD can transfer files up to 20 times faster than typical USB 2.0 flash drives (USB 2.0. Read/Write speed will be lower and device compatibility varies). Everyone is busy and the last thing they want to do is wait for a file to copy. With a multi-chip design utilizing high endurance MLC NAND, the VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD is ultra-fast.

The durable aircraft grade aluminium enclosure means you don't have to worry about it breaking when you toss it in your bag. The VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD comes formatted as NTFS but supports other formats as well.
  • Transfer speeds approximately 20 times faster than standard USB 2.0 Flash Drives (Based on internal testing; performance may vary depending on host system)
  • Up To 460 MB/s Read - 170MB/s Write Speeds
  • USB 3.0 Plug and Play compatible (3) with LED usage indicator
  • Warranty - 2 year or maximum endurance (2 Year limited Warranty or up to 345 TB of written data, whichever occurs first)
  • Aircraft Grade aluminium enclosure for ultimate durability
  • Designed and built in the North America with the highest quality components and backed by free lifetime US-based Tek support. (866-883-5411)
  • TAA Compliant: Assures government contractors and government buyers this product is in compliance with the Trade Agreements Act
  • Bootable Drive (with select configurations)
I think 256GB would be ideal for photographers whether its to transfer files or to have something portable to show clients.

Kickstarter: Foldio360 – A Smart Turntable to Create Stunning 360 Images

Team OrangeMonkie launches the Foldio360 on Kickstarter to bring 360° photography to everyone with a smartphone.

Foldio360 is a smart turntable that gives everyone the power to create stunning 360 image with their smartphone or DSLR.

All­-in-­one 360° photography systems typically cost thousands of dollars to purchase and hundreds of dollars to rent. Team OrangeMonkie has developed a smart, affordable solution to give amateur and professional photographers easy access to 360 photography. The Foldio360 communicates with your smartphone or DSLR and automatically takes photos, rotates, and stitches together one final 360 image.

360 images can then be uploaded to Foldio360 Online, which generates shareable links and embeddable codes for your image library. Foldio360 Online integrates seamlessly with existing websites using simple widgets that works on most professional websites including Shopify, Squarespace, and Wordpress. Or users can just link directly from their blog, online store, or Instagram to Foldio360 Online to show off their beautiful 360 images.

The Foldio360 is developed by OrangeMonkie, a hardware team with members in Los Angeles and Seoul. OrangeMonkie previously launched the popular Foldio2 project, receiving over $500,000 in pre­orders for the mini photo studio. This is the company’s third product under the Foldio brand name after having successfully delivered on their previous Kickstarter projects.

Click here to experience this 360 image.

Deal: Manfrotto Professional 50 Shoulder Bag

B&H Photo Video offers the Manfrotto Professional 50 Shoulder Bag in Black, model no. MB MP-SB-50BB, for $34.88 with free shipping. This bag fits two DSLRs with battery grip and 70-200 f/2.8 lens, up to seven other lenses, flash, tablet, and a 13" laptop/tablet.

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 directly from Datacolor as well as Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama.

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

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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

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