Zacuto USA - Z-Drive and Tornado

by JamesNYCOctober 3. 2013 11:53

The Z-Drive and Tornado are finally here! In 2011, Zacuto product designers set out to create a new device: a mechanical follow focus handgrip for shoulder mounted camera rigs. The first prototype was announced at NAB 2012 and was then overhauled into the sleeker more streamlined model that debuted at NAB 2013. After more than two years of Z-blood, Z-sweat and Z-tears, we are finally ready to announce the release of these amazing new products.

The Z-Drive is a unique direct drive universal follow focus that can be used in an infinite number of positions. It can be used on the operator side in a frontal downward position for shoulder mounted use. It can be used in a angled backward position for use with a whip if you are standing behind the tripod or dolly. It can be used at any angle up, down or in between on the operator or assistant side.

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Adobe Admits to Being Hacked, 2.9M User Accounts Compromised

by JamesNYCOctober 3. 2013 02:54

Adobe users who have purchased a product or signed up for Creative Cloud recently beware. According to Adobe’s website, the company’s servers were hacked “very recently,” and the attackers made away with customer information from 2.9 million Adobe accounts, as well as source code for a few Adobe products.

Adobe isn’t disclosing when exactly this happened, but the company is admitting that the hackers managed to pull “customer IDs, encrypted passwords… names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders” from some 2.9 million users’ accounts — Adobe is in the process of notifying affected customers by email.

The good news (if you can call it that) is that Adobe doesn’t believe the hackers got any decrypted financial information, so even though we suggest Adobe CC subscribers keep a closer eye on their bank and CC accounts over the next few weeks, you should be ok.

Regardless, Adobe still isn’t willing to take any chances where customer info is concerned. In addition to working with financial institutions to protect customers’ accounts, the company is also resetting all Adobe ID passwords affected.

Those whose financial info was compromised will also receive a letter detailing steps they might take to help protect themselves, as well as one year of free credit monitoring so you can be sure nothing fishy is going on.

The source code breach, which Adobe believes might have been related, has less to do with us photographic types. Apparently the cyber thieves stole source code from “Acrobat, ColdFusion, ColdFusion Builder and other Adobe products.”

Thankfully, this particular breach requires no further action as Adobe “[is] not aware of any specific increased risk to customers as a result of this incident.” We’ll call that the silver lining.

For more info on either security breach, head over to the Adobe blog by clicking here (customer info theft) or here (source code theft). As we mentioned above, if you were affected by the hack, you should shortly (if you haven’t already) receive an e-mail from Adobe notifying you.

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New Profoto Speedlight Ring Expands Use of RFi Softboxes

by JamesNYCOctober 2. 2013 01:24

Profoto just announced a new Speedring adapter, which allows photographers to use any brand of speedlight with the entire line of RFi softboxes. The RFi Speedlight Speedring features dual brackets to attach two speed lights, if needed, for use with larger softboxes, providing extra illumination or faster recycling time. For more precise and creative lighting, the new adapter provides several adjustment options. Speedlights can be angled, adjusted vertically and, to obtain the optimal light-to-subject distance, moved forward. Even when using speedlights, softboxes can still be tilted and rotated 360 degrees.

Mounting positions are color-coded to match those of RFi softbox rods, making it easy to figure out what goes where with each different type of light modifier. The Speedring comes with additional hotshoe mounts so users can attach Profoto Air units or any radio sync, regardless of brand.

The RFi Speedlight Speedring is available now for $175, including the bracket and 4 hotshoe mounts.

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Lexar® JumpDrive M10 Secure USB 3.0 Flash Drive - Coming Soon

by JamesNYCSeptember 28. 2013 06:35

Product Features

  • Securely protects files using EncryptStick™ Lite software, an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption 
  • Easy-to-read, always-on capacity meter displays available storage space
  • Speeds up to 4x faster (up to 100MB/s read and 55MB/s write) than standard JumpDrive® USB 2.0 drives*
  • High-capacity options to store more files on the go
  • Compatible with PC and Mac® systems
  • Three-year limited warranty

Capacities

  • 16GB (up to 100MB/s read, 20MB/s write)
  • 32GB (up to 100MB/s read, 30MB/s write)
  • 64GB (up to 100MB/s read, 55MB/s write)
  • 128GB (up to 100MB/s read, 55MB/s write)
 

Secure, High-Speed File Transfer

The Lexar® JumpDrive® M10 Secure USB 3.0 flash drive provides comprehensive data protection and features an easy-to-read, always-on capacity meter. And with speeds up to 4x faster than standard JumpDrive USB 2.0 drives, it allows you to quickly and safely store and transfer files.* JumpDrive M10 Secure is available in 16GB-128GB capacities.

Convenient, Reliable Portable Storage

Securely Protect Files on the Go. Looking to protect personal information, financial records, or other sensitive files on the go? Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure includes EncryptStick™ Lite software, an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption to help protect your essential files against corruption, loss, and deletion. Easily create a password-protected vault that automatically encrypts data.

Securely Erase Files After Use. For peace of mind that your data is secure, use the File Shredder feature to thoroughly delete files so they can’t be recovered. 

Check Available Storage Space—at a Glance. Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure sports an easy-to-read, always-on capacity meter that’s powered by the same technology as today’s popular e-readers. This convenient meter lets you determine your available storage space at a glance, and maintains the reading even when disconnected.

Transfer Content Faster. With a busy life on the go and so much to do, the last thing you want is to spend extra time waiting for your files to transfer. The Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure offers speeds up to 4x faster (up to 100MB/s read and 55MB/s write) than standard JumpDrive USB 2.0 drives.* Quickly transfer a 3GB HD video clip in less than 90 seconds—that’s 13x faster than the 20 minutes it takes using a standard USB 2.0 drive.**

Store More. The drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices. And with a range of high-capacity options from 16GB-128GB, you can securely store more of what matters.

Lexar Performance, Quality, Compatibility, and Reliability. All Lexar memory card, card reader, and USB flash drive product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than 1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability. 

 

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PDN's All-Star Assistants Nominate Your Best Assistants

by JamesNYCSeptember 18. 2013 12:35

Nominate Your Best Assistants

In recognition of all the great work that assistants do for photographers across the country, we're launching PDN's All-Star Assistants. We're asking you to nominate a current assistant who you think goes above and beyond in order to make a shoot go smoothly and shows promise for a career in photography. The editors at PDN will be choosing 20 nominated assistants and digital techs, based on their submissions, to feature in an upcoming issue of the magazine as well as the website.

Please fill out the required fields below to nominate an assistant or digital tech. You are also welcome to fill out the additional information, which will help as we create a guide for up-and-coming photographers looking to assist in the future. Once your nomination is received, we will contact your assistant to complete the submission process.

Note: You can nominate more than one assistant by simply filling out the form below for each nominee.

Deadline:

September 26, 2013. All nominations must be received by this date.

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Capture One Pro Alert: 7.1.4 Released

by JamesNYCSeptember 16. 2013 02:00

This is a service release providing bug fixes and additional camera and lens support. One new feature to highlight is the ability to disable default lens correction.

Functionality

  • Option to disable default lens correction.
  • Spot tool introduced in Capture One Express 7

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a number of stability issues.
  • Fixed a number of LCC issues some related to EIP.
  • Fixed some issues related to sorting.
  • Fixed a large number of minor issues across the board.

Camera Support

  • Tethered support for Nikon D7100 and D5200.
  • File support for Fujifilm X-M1.
  • File support for Olympus PEN E-P5.
  • File support for Richo GR
  • File support for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R and DSC-RX100 II.

Lens Support

  • Phase One MF 120mm f/4 Macro.
  • Schneider Kreuznach 2x Teleconverter with Phase One Digital AF 150mm f/2.8 IF.
  • Schneider Kreuznach 2x Teleconverter with Schneider Kreuznach LS 240mm f/4.5 and LS 150mm f/3.5.
  • Schneider Kreuznach 2x Teleconverter with Mamiya Sekor LS 240mm f/4.5, Sekor LS 150mm f/3.5 and Sekor AF 150mm f/2.8 IF D
  • Mamiya Sekor 120mm f/4.0 AF Macro, Sekor 120mm f/4.0 MF Macro, Sekor LS 240mm f/4.5, A 200mm f/2.8 APO, A 300mm f/2.8 APO, A 500mm f/4.5 APO.
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
  • Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron-M.
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 17-35mm f/2.8 ED, AF-S NIKKOR 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED, Nikon AF NIKKOR 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 D IF, Nikon AF NIKKOR 35-70mm f/2.8D, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR, Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED.
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7.
  • Pentax SMC-DA 15mm F4 Al Limited, SMC-DA 21mm F3.2 Al Limited, SMC-FA 43mm F1.9
  • Limited, SMC-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited, SMC-D FA 100mm F2.8 WR.
  • Sigma 19mm f2.8 EX DN (Sony E).
  • Nikon COOLPIX A.
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R, DSC-RX100 II.

 

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Inspiration - When Comedy, Music and Photography have a common thread

by JamesNYCSeptember 11. 2013 09:57

In the last two months I've gotten into listening to podcasts specifically:  WTF produced by comedian Marc Maron.
It makes for good listening when your working in front of the computer most of the day. Since finding this audios series I have been alternating between listening to the early days of his podcasts and listening to his new ones; alternating between them.

One of Marc's latest conversations was with Jazz musician Ben Sidran. I've never heard of Ben but being an old-school rocker with a penchant for good Jazz (Monk, Miles, Train, ...) and still trying to keep my connection to the music world no mater how slim that connection is these days, I figured that this would be a good listen.

As those of you that have been following this web site since it's inception in April 1998 are probably well aware, before getting into photography on a full time basis I was a musician for 20 years. A portion of that time included 5 years of classical voice training and a few years studying composition and Music production as well as dozens of late night vocal sessions in the recording studios at Berklee College of Music.

This podcast blew me away. So much of my musical past came flooding back and in listening I found or rather recalled so many of the common threads that can be found in both Music and Photography. Which is why if you ask around you'll find that of the successful working Photographers more than 80 percent started out as or became musicians in one form or another.

having had that personal awakening I felt that it was incumbent upon me to pass along this link to the podcast that dusted off so much of the stuff I have known for years and have kind of set aside as the business of photography has become a millstone that I must keep moving every day.

Check out this podcast and see for yourself.  

-- PLEASE NOTE -- Marc Maron may be acquired taste for some. His comedy and his interviewing style may not be NSFW for some of you.
But if your willing to listen to and get past his opening monologue I'm sure you'll agree that it was worth a listen.

WTF PODCAST Episode 420 - Ben Sidran- Marc & Ben Sidran

OnOne Software presents - NEW Perfect Photo Suite 8

by JamesNYCSeptember 11. 2013 08:03

NEW Perfect Photo Suite 8

The new Perfect Photo Suite 8 is coming November 26, 2013, and we couldn't be more excited. It is a full-featured photo editor and includes valuable tools that our customers have been asking for. Unlike plug-ins from other companies, it works as one elegantly designed product that integrates into any workflow. Key new features include the Perfect Enhance and Browse modules, Perfect Eraser, Perfect Batch, re-engineered Perfect Effects with new filters and more creative control, and much more. See what's new »

Pre-order Suite 8 by September 19th for only $179 ($99 upgrade) and get a free video guide! Learn more »

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Canon Announces New Firmware for Cinema EOS Family

by JamesNYCSeptember 10. 2013 02:01

Canon has unveiled some major updates to the entire Cinema EOS family, including the C100, C300, C500, EOS-1D C, and even the XF300. Of course, the headline feature is the increased maximum ISO on the C100, C300 and C500 to 80,000 (from 20,000), but that certainly is not the extent of the updates.

The C500 gains several features that are oriented for those using the camera for studio level productions, including:

• DCI-P3+ and Canon Cinema Gamut mode DCI-P3+ shares the same white point as DCI-P3, but is an extended gamut beyond the boundaries of P3 for additional color rendition. Canon Cinema Gamma is a new color space, which is the widest of any available gamut (including Rec709 and DCI-P3) in the Canon family. These extended gamuts can certainly prove useful for those intending to have a heavy color grade session or in a VFX  / chroma key environment, and is especially useful for those planning a theatrical projection.

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LEICA CAMERA ANNOUNCES “LEICA C”

by JamesNYCSeptember 8. 2013 04:09

LEICA CAMERA ANNOUNCES “LEICA C”

A new line of Leica digital compact cameras that pairs elegance and style with high performance digital technology.

Leica Camera is proud to present the Leica C, the first model of a new line of Leica digital compact cameras that every stylish, fashion-forward consumer will want to own. A first in Leica’s impressive history of compact cameras, the Leica C camera offers WiFi and Near Field Communication (NFC) which not only allows for remote access of images and videos from a smartphone or tablet but enables the user to view images and watch videos being captured by the Leica C in real-time from their smartphones. Its technical features are  impressive, but the sultry beauty of the Leica C is in its slim, sophisticated form. The elegant body of the camera is the work of Audi Design, who were also commissioned to develop the unique range of camera accessories for the Leica C. The Leica C is available in two stunning finishes—Champagne and Bordeaux—and is complemented by a range of accessories in premium materials that highlight the distinctive, eye-catching looks of the new Leica compact camera line.

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