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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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Pairing a Large 1-Inch Sensor with Superior NIKKOR Lens Technology, Nikon’s New Compact DL24-85, DL18-50 and DL24-500 Will Help Capture Stunning Images and 4K UHD Video

MELVILLE, NY (Monday, February 22, 2016 at 11:01 P.M. EST) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new DL Series of premium compact cameras. These pocketable yet powerful imaging tools offer an elite level of imaging prowess that fits easily in one’s palm. Equipped with a variety of focal lengths optimized for different types of shooters, the DL24-85, DL18-50 and DL24-500 combine powerful NIKKOR optics with a large 20.8-megapixel (CX-format) 1-inch BSI CMOS sensor to produce stunning image quality and amazingly detailed images, even when shooting in low-light. Cameras in the new DL line will also feature powerful performance, with high-speed Autofocus (AF) and 20 frames-per-second (60 fps with fixed AF) continuous shooting capability for fast action moments, as well as 4K UHD video recording for users to tell their stories in new ways. Ergonomically designed and familiar for advanced users, all three cameras will utilize the new Nikon SnapBridge connectivity to make it easier than ever to shoot and share with ease.

“We recognize consumers’ desire for smaller cameras capable of outstanding image quality,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With the new DL line, Nikon is proud to fuse legendary NIKKOR optics with the latest innovations in imaging to provide advanced photographers amazingly compact tools capable of capturing photos and video that even the most discerned professional would be proud of.”

The Nikon DL Series: Powerful Performance, Superior Optics

The new DL line of premium compact cameras packs innovative and powerful imaging technology into elegantly designed yet remarkably compact camera bodies, making it easier than ever to carry pure imaging prowess in the palm of one’s hand. All of these new cameras are designed with a 20.8-megapixel CX-format (1-inch) BSI CMOS sensor, which when combined with fast, high quality NIKKOR glass, help to create stunning image quality for stills or 4K UHD video. Working alongside the new sensor is the new EXPEED 6A image processor that allows for impressive noise reduction and powerful, fast performance, making it possible to capture stunning low-light street photography, beautiful portraits or spectacular landscapes with ease.

For fleeting moments and fast-action, the DL line incorporates a high-speed hybrid autofocus (AF) system featuring 105 phase detect focus areas (with 171 focus points in contrast detect AF mode), as well as continuous shooting up to an incredible 20 fps, with capability to capture up to a blazing fast 60 fps with focus locked on the first frame. The DL series also features Dual Detect Optical VR technology to compensate for camera shake while handheld or at slower shutter speeds.

Continuing the impressive legacy of NIKKOR glass, each new DL camera features a unique lens design capable of amazing resolution and beautiful background blur (bokeh), with impressively fast apertures. The lens barrel also includes a manual focus ring, giving users enhanced control over focus on any subject.

Each NIKKOR lens is also equipped with a fluorine coating that helps repel dirt, water and oil, and also facilitates easy cleaning. For the first time in a Nikon compact camera, the DL18-50’s NIKKOR lens will utilize Nano Crystal Coat to help reduce ghost and flare, particularly useful when shooting at a wide-angle. With the best NIKKOR technologies now integrated into compact camera models, users will be able to capture phenomenal images with amazing detail time and time again.

Control and Versatility

The DL24-85, DL18-50 and DL24-500 put creative control in the hands of each photographer and are all operated using the familiar Nikon DSLR menu design and an assortment of physical controls. The series also supports RAW (NEF) image capture, full PSAM manual controls and over 20 preset creative options, for use in both still and video shooting (including Picture Control, Creative mode, Multiple Exposure Lighten) to help challenge each user to expand their photographic horizons.

The DL line provides the tools to frame nearly every shot, with all three cameras sporting high-resolution 1,037k-dot OLED Touch displays. While the DL24-85 and DL18-50 allow for tilting, the DL24-500’s display provides full Vari-angle capability, vitally important when shooting from unique perspectives. Even further customization and control is possible utilizing the hot shoe/accessory shoe available on DL24-85 and DL18-50 models that allows for complete system expandability with the DF-E1 optional electronic viewfinder. The DL24-500 also sports a hot shoe and a stereo microphone input jack, while all three models are compatible with Nikon i-TTL Speedlights.

Seamlessly Shoot and Share

Nikon SnapBridge makes it easier than ever to shoot and share amazing images with friends and family. Available throughout Nikon’s newest line of premium compacts, SnapBridge utilizes Bluetooth®1 low energy technology (BLE) to provide an “always on” connection to a compatible2 smart device. Users can now seamlessly send images from their camera to a smart device (utilizing the new SnapBridge app) for easy sharing via social networks or to the cloud for instant storage. An unlimited number of thumbnails and 20 GB of storage will also be available for registered Nikon owners and SnapBridge users on Nikon Image Space, Nikon’s free image storing service. Additionally, built-in Wi-Fi3 and NFC remain available to help facilitate easy connection and sharing.

Through Nikon SnapBridge, users can also operate their cameras remotely using the app, automatically synchronize time and location information to any image utilizing the camera’s constant connection to a compatible smart device, as well as embed information on any image, including copyright or photographers’ names. Lastly, firmware updates have never been easier, as Nikon will send registered users firmware information via the new SnapBridge application, directly to their smart device.

4K Video Capability

The DL series will be among Nikon’s first compact offerings to support 4K UHD video capability [3840x2160] at 30p, affording users the ability to capture incredibly beautiful video with remarkable detail, all with a compact camera. Multimedia photographers will have free reign over their creative vision with the ability to utilize PSAM selectable exposure modes while recording, alongside popular movie features like HDMI output to an external recorder, slow motion to 1200 fps and the ability to grab stills from video. Other creative video functions available include: Full HD movie, HD movie, Motion Snapshot, Slow motion, 4-second movie, Time-lapse movie, Superlapse movie and Jump cut.

DL24-85: The Premium Compact Camera Ready for Anything

Great for travel, portraits and general photography, the DL24-85 offers pocket-sized imaging power with a fast and versatile 24-85mm focal range. Compatible with 40.5mm threaded filters, the newly designed NIKKOR lens (11 elements in 9 groups) features a 3.6x zoom range (7x with Dynamic Fine Zoom4) and a wide f/1.8-2.8 aperture, empowering users to capture a wide variety of subjects with incredible detail and natural bokeh, even in low-light. The 24-85mm offering also features Dual Detect Optical VR, AF bracketing and a tilting Touch OLED display to make composing from creative angles easier than ever.

Exclusive to this DL model is a new Super Macro Mode (1:1) that helps capture even small subjects in life-size detail. Setting manual zoom on the camera to super macro position allows the user close-up shooting at a 35mm equivalent magnification, providing amazing detail whether shooting flowers in bloom or a wandering ladybug. Macro photographers can utilize a variety of camera functions within the mode, including focus bracketing, manual priority AF (M/A) mode and peaking indication, to truly customize the look and feel of every image.

DL18-50: A Premium Pocket Camera That Can Capture It All

For landscape and architecture shooters looking for compact, ultra-wide angle DL option, the DL18-50 provides a solution that fits easily into any photographer’s pocket. Starting at a wide 18mm and expanding to 50mm (2.8x zoom, 5.5x with Dynamic Fine Zoom) the camera sports a powerful NIKKOR lens with a wide f/1.8-2.8 aperture that makes it easier than ever to produce natural bokeh in any image, while capturing tack-sharp stills and video. This lens is compatible with 46mm filters and features Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to help reduce ghosting and flare.

Those who choose the wide-angle DL premium compact can also take advantage of perspective controls to help compensate for image distortion, particularly for shooting tall objects from the ground like landmarks and skyscrapers. Tailored for architecture shooters, this feature helps to capture the correct perspective with ease.

For use with the DL24-85 and DL18-50, a newly designed optional DF-E1 electronic viewfinder (EVF) will be available for discerning photographers who desire for a traditional eye-level viewfinder to frame their photos. The compact DF-E1 features a 2,359k-dot resolution with eye sensor, alongside a tilting mechanism, diopter adjustment and anti-reflection coating, helping provide further clarity and versatility for DL shooters.

DL24-500: Get Close and Connect

The DL24-500 offers the longest zoom capability of any DL premium compact, reaching an incredible 500mm focal length and 21x optical zoom (42x with Dynamic Fine Zoom). Combining Nikon’s new 1-inch sensor with this impressive super-zoom NIKKOR lens, the DL24-500 is an ideal choice for users eager to photograph and share anything from concerts to wildlife. Featuring an f/2.8-5.6 aperture, this lens (compatible with 55mm filters) integrates the newest NIKKOR technologies to help render amazing images and background blur, even from afar.

The DL24-500 also features Dual Detect Optical VR, particularly useful when shooting at extremely long focal lengths or without a tripod, a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 2,359k-dot OLED display and an eye-sensor and a Vari-angle 1,037k-dot OLED screen.

Price and Availability

The new DL24-85, DL18-50 and DL24-500 will be available in early summer 2016 for suggested retail prices (SRP) of $649.95*, $849.95*, and $999.95*, respectively. Pricing and availability for the optional DF-E1 electronic viewfinder, compatible with both the DL24-85 and DL18-50, is TBD. For more information on these new Nikon products, please visit
  1. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Nikon Corporation and its affiliates is under license.
  2. WI-FI COMPATIBILITY This camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Nikon SnapBridge application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera. The SnapBridge app is not yet available (coming soon in spring 2016) Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
  3. Wi-Fi and the Wi-Fi logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance. N-Mark is a trademark or registered trademark of NFC Forum, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries.
  4. Dynamic Fine Zoom magnification is calculated from the full-wide end of optical zoom
* SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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

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

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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

Continue reading for full press release.

New Mirrorless Camera Features World’s Fastest AF speed1 and Highest Number of AF points2 plus Newly Developed 24.2 MP APS-C Sensor, High Resolution 4K video recording and more

NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the latest addition to their award winning lineup of mirrorless cameras, the α6300 model.

The camera boasts an unrivaled 4D FOCUS™ system that can lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds, the world’s fastest AF acquisition time1. Additionally, the α6300 has an incredible 425 phase detection AF points that are densely positioned over the entire image area – the world’s highest number of AF points on any interchangeable lens camera2, and can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking,

The impressive new mirrorless model also has the ability to support full live-view continuous shooting on the Tru-finder or LCD screen at up to 8 frames per second, ultimately producing a real-time shooting experience that combines all the benefits of an electronic viewfinder with the immediacy of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder.

The versatile α6300 is equipped with a newly developed 24.2 MP (approx.. effective) APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor that works together with a BIONZ X image processing engine to produce outstanding image quality throughout the entire ISO sensitivity range ISO 100 – 51200 3. It can also shoot and record high resolution 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in the popular Super 35mm format.

“The α6300 is yet another example of the dominant innovation that Sony continues to bring to the industry, especially from the mirrorless space,” said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics. “With this new model, we’ve combined the world’s fastest and most extensive AF system with a superb image sensor and many of our most advanced imaging and video technologies, creating a package that can far exceed the performance of any DSLR in its class. This camera connects you with the action like never before.”

Unrivaled AF Performance

Sony’s new α6300 camera builds upon the acclaimed 4D FOCUS performance of the α6000 model, utilizing a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines high-speed phase detection AF with extremely accurate contrast AF and allows it to capture and lock on to moving subjects in as little as 0.05 seconds1. The camera’s High-density Tracking AF technology positions 425 phase detection AF points over nearly the entire field of view, allowing it to accurately focus throughout a wide area – even on small, fast objects that other cameras would fail to recognize.

In addition to the extensive AF coverage, the α6300 debuts a new High-density tracking AF technology that significantly improves subject detection and tracking performance. This new technology can quickly activate a large number of AF points surrounding a subject – approximately 7.5 times more density than the α6000 – and intelligently adjust them in accordance with the subject’s motion. This is a particularly powerful feature when used with high-speed 11 fps continuous shooting or the new 8 fps continuous live-view mode, which provides 100% accurate framing for fast moving subjects on the LCD screen or viewfinder.

Of note is the fact that the camera’s 425 phase detection AF points, enhanced tracking and focus accuracy are all available on the α6300 when using A-mount lenses4 with a mount adaptor like the Sony LA-EA3. This is a first for Sony E-mount interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C sized sensor, as the only other cameras to feature this capability are the full-frame α7R II and α7 II models.

Other enhancements to the α6300 include silent shooting functionality the ability to use AF in focus magnifier mode, expanded flexible spot AF, Eye AF in AF-C mode and more.

Powerful 24.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Processor

In order to maximize efficiency and overall camera performance, the α6300 features a new 24.2 MP sensor that is an ideal match for its BIONZ X image processing engine.

The new image sensor employs copper wiring in its structure, which improves light collection efficiency and significantly accelerates readout speed. The BIONZ X processor features an upgraded image processing algorithm designed to maximize the sensor’s overall capabilities. Together, the two key components work together to produce images with low noise and exceptional resolution in sensitivity settings up to ISO512003, in particular in the mid-to-high sensitivity range.

Ultimate 4K Resolution and Other Professional Video Capabilities

In another first for non-full-frame Sony interchangeable lens camera, the new α6300 offers internal 4K movie recording in Super 35mm format. When shooting in 4K, the camera uses full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 20 megapixels of information – approximately 2.4x5 (6K equivalent) as many pixels as 4K UHD and then oversamples the information to produce high quality footage with exceptional detail and depth.

The camera utilizes the XAVC S codec6 during video shooting, which records at a high bit rate of 100 Mbps7 during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during standard Full HD shooting, ensuring maximum detail and clarity in both video formats. Additionally, the camera will focus approximately twice as fast as its predecessor during movie shooting thanks to its new and improved AF system. AF speed and AF tracking sensitivity are also adjustable for expanded creativity.

Other professional caliber video features include the ability to record Full HD at 120 fps at 100 Mbps7, another first for α interchangeable lens cameras with APS-C sized sensors. This mode allows footage to be reviewed and eventually edited into 4x or 5x slow motion video files in Full HD8 (24p or 30p) resolution with AF tracking. The new α6300 also offers S-Log gamma recording9 for wide dynamic range shooting – approximately 14-stop latitude in S-Log3 gamma setting – and supports S-Gamut for a wider color space. Both options allow for greater creativity for processing video post-production.

Also included on the new camera is a microphone line input that accepts external microphones and also supports XLR input with Sony’s XLR adapter kit, as well as Gamma Display Assist, a new function that allows users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies. The new model has enhanced Zebra functionality for greater exposure control. Picture profile settings are available, as well as Time Code / User Bit and much more.

Enhanced Operability and Ergonomics

The α6300 camera is equipped with a high contrast, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 2.4 million dots that offers exceptional corner-to-corner visibility. There is also a new mode available for the viewfinder that allows display of images at 120 fps, ensuring that action is displayed smoothly with very few afterimages, making subject tracking through the Tru-finder easier than ever.

Aesthetically, the new α6300 camera features an extremely solid feel in hand thanks to its robust, magnesium alloy design. It can be customized to fit nearly any shooting style or preferences, with 9 customizable buttons that one of 64 different functions can be assigned to. The camera adds a digital level gauge as well as upgraded dust and moisture resistance10, a reinforced lens mount structure and a new shutter release button and mode dial with improved operability and grip.

The new α6300 camera is Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile™ application available for Android™ and iOS platforms, as well as Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps™, which add a variety of creative capabilities to the camera. It also supports QR code for easy connection to non-NFC smart phones.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony α6300 interchangeable lens camera will be available in March for about $1,000 for the camera body or for about $1,150 paired with a 16-50mm F3.5 – F5.6 kit lens (model SELP1650). Prices for the Canadian market will be about $1,350 CA for the body and about $1,500 CA for the camera kit. It will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout each region.

1. Among interchangeable lens cameras equipped with an APS-C sized sensor as of February 2016, based on Sony research. Measured using CIPA-compliant guidelines and internal method with an E PZ 16-50 F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted. Pre-AF off and viewfinder in use.
2. Among interchangeable lens cameras as of February 2016, based on Sony research
3. Expandable up to ISO 51200 for stills and up to ISO 25600 for movies
4. A-mount lenses with SSM or SAM only. Users can choose phase-detection AF or contrast-detection AF in AF System menu.
5. 1.6x in 30p setting
6. An SDHC/SDXC memory card with a Class 10 or higher speed rating is required for XAVC S recording
7. UHS Class 3 memory card is required for recording at 100Mbps
8. Number of pixels required for Full HD movie recording is readout from the image sensor
9. S-Log2 and S-Log3 are based on processing pictures.
10. This camera is designed for optimal dust and moisture resistance, but is not waterproof or splashproof. For FE lens only

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.

Fast, Formidable, And 4K, All-In-One Camera Canon U.S.A. Introduces The EOS-1D X Mark II Professional Digital Camera

Delivering Precise and Reliable Performance with Versatility for Any Photo or Video Professional

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 1, 2016 – Rising to meet the rigorous and evolving demands of professional photographers and videographers, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to announce the new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera. With a new 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors, the EOS-1D X Mark II professional digital camera delivers stunning image quality and speed. Combining the ability to capture high-resolution still images at speeds up to 14 frames per second as well as stunning high-definition video up-to-4K 60P featuring Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (AF) technology, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera becomes the ideal camera for any professional image creator.

The new flagship Canon EOS-1D X Mark II features several firsts for EOS cameras including:
  • Newly developed 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor;
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up-to-14 frames per second (fps) with Auto Exposure (AE) and predictive
  • AF for viewfinder shooting and up to 16 fps1 in Live View mode;
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors that transfer image data at extremely high speed for extended bursts during continuous shooting – up-to-170 consecutive RAW images at 14 fps. When shooting JPEG images you’re only limited by memory card capacity 2;
  • Capable of shooting 4K 60P and Full HD 120P video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF;
  • Enhanced wireless functionality (with the optional accessory Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8) that supports the new high-speed IEEE 802.11ac standard and the ability to easily transfer photos and videos to compatible smartphones using Canon’s Camera Connect app*;
  • Digital Lens Optimizer to help correct aberrations in-camera (a feature that previously required post-processing on an external computer);
  • Improved 61-point viewfinder AF with expanded coverage and all AF-points selectable and supported to a maximum aperture of f/8;
  • Improved AI Servo III+ predictive AF algorithm for better accuracy;
  • Continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II.
  • Compatibility with both CF and CFast memory cards for optimal performance and versatility.
The Ultimate EOS Camera: Continuing a Legacy of High Speed and Performance

Building on the success of the Canon EOS-1D X professional digital camera, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera is designed to deliver high-performance, speed, and image quality, with improved comfort for professional photographers. In addition to the new 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors, the new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera includes an improved 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system with all AF points selectable by the user (and up to 41 cross-type points depending on the lens in use). The improved AF system includes expanded coverage that supports AF at maximum apertures up to f/8 with all 61 points for high precision autofocus even when using EF super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender. The camera also boasts excellent dynamic range and reduced color noise compared to its predecessor throughout its standard ISO speed range of 100 – 51,200. Expansion ISO speeds of 50, 102,400, 204,800 and 409,600 are also available. A first for the Canon EOS-1D series, this camera also features a 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with enhanced precision and performance compared to its predecessor, improving facial recognition and tracking, as well as nature scenes. Additionally, the advanced AE system can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous burst shooting.

For filmmakers and photographers looking to do more than still photography alone with a DSLR camera and EF lenses, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera offers high resolution DCI 4K video at frame rates up-to-60p, with smooth movie recording to an in-camera CFast 2.0 memory card. An additional card slot supports standard CF memory cards up to UDMA 7. The built-in headphone jack supports real-time audio monitoring. Two additional EOS ‘firsts’ include 4K Frame Grab and 120p Full HD recording. The camera’s 4K Frame Grab function allows users to isolate a frame from recorded 4K video and create an 8.8 megapixel still JPEG image in-camera. When combined with the EOS-1D X Mark II’s high-sensitivity full-frame CMOS sensor, the new camera’s ability to record Full HD video at frame rates up to 120p will allow videographers to produce high quality slow motion video even in extremely low light. To make video shooting even more intuitive, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera’s touch-screen LCD allows videographers to select the camera’s AF point before and during video recording with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which provides responsive, accurate and quiet camcorder-like video autofocus to DSLRs.

“The innovations within Canon’s new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera clearly set a new standard for professional cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing the EOS-1D X Mark II camera, we looked to incorporate user-requested performance enhancements to bring professional photographers the ultimate EOS camera, a camera that has matured and been developed to meet their evolving needs.”

“Having f/8 capability on all 61 AF points is a tremendous benefit to wildlife photographers,” noted nature photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Charles Glatzer. “In order to capture tight shots of animals without disturbing them, I frequently have to use very long lenses—sometimes with an extender attached, which further diminishes the aperture. The improved AF allows me to frame the shot exactly the way I envision it, without having to compromise.”

“This camera is a huge step forward,” remarked acclaimed photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Damian Strohmeyer. “Shooting sports in a gym at 8,000 ISO, it looked as good as 800 ISO from a generation or two ago. The images are tack-sharp, and the autofocus just doesn’t miss. I’ve been amazed by what I’ve seen so far.”

“The autofocus was awesome,” agreed Peter Read Miller, sports photographer and Canon Explorer of Light. “The higher frame rate coupled with the speed of the CFast card was a definite advantage. It just never buffered out, even shooting RAW.”

The new EOS-1D X Mark II camera also offers a built-in GPS** receiver with compass for precise geo-tagged information of latitude, longitude, elevation and direction. This is especially valuable to wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need to track their locations, as well as providing sports photographers the ability to sync a multiple-camera setup with extreme accuracy and precision. It is also possible to use the camera’s built-in GPS to automatically sync the camera’s time to the atomic clock, an invaluable feature to professionals. An improved grip also makes the camera easier for photographers to hold and maneuver while shooting. In response to feedback from professional EOS users, the AF points in the EOS-1D X Mark II camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II can be illuminated in red for improved visibility, especially when shooting in dark locations. AF sensitivity in low light has been doubled from EV -2 to EV -3 at the center AF point when the camera is set to One-Shot AF, enabling the camera to autofocus in extremely dark shooting conditions such as a moonlit nightscape. Viewfinder AF coverage has also been increased for greater compositional flexibility.

As with all EOS-1D series cameras, the EOS-1D X Mark II’s rugged construction and magnesium alloy body is weather resistant. The camera also features improved controls and more in-camera image quality enhancements than ever before, including a Digital Lens Optimizer function offering high quality aberration correction which can now be achieved without an external computer. This feature makes it easier for professional photographers to deliver finished files to their clients, especially in situations when access to a personal computer is impractical or inconvenient.

The estimated retail price for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is $5999 (MSRP) for the body or $6299 for the Premium Kit which includes a 64 GB CFast memory card and card reader. The new camera is scheduled to begin shipping to authorized Canon USA dealers in April 2016***. For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit:

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