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Tamron's venerable 90mm F2.8 Macro is re-born. This iteration, announced in February of this year, offers stabilization, 1:1 magnification and focusing as close as 13.9cm/5.5in. And as far as full-frame primes go, it's on the less-expensive side at $650. Spring is definitely springing in Seattle, and an abundance of tulips (we're really not kidding, there are tons of them) provided a great starting point for our real-world Tamron 90mm F2.8 sample gallery.
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Phottix launches Cerberus adapter for using hotshoe flashes in Bowens and Elinchrom studio head modifiers
Flash manufacturer Phottix has launched a new adapter that is designed to allow hotshoe flash units to be used with standard studio accessories, such as softboxes, umbrellas and snoots. The Cerberus consists of a universal grip that holds the flash directly in the middle of an adapter ring that can be used to attach existing studio flash accessories in the Bowens S, Elinchrom and the Phottix Transfolder softbox range. The idea is that if users already have studio light modifiers they can use them with their hotshoe guns instead of having to buy accessories dedicated to smaller units.
The clamp used is the Phottix Griffin, which has a pair of spring-loaded jaws that close around the head of the flash unit, leaving the hotshoe free for remote triggers. The clamp is attached to a mounting bracket that can be fitted with the adapter ring to suit the mount of the modifiers you want to use. The unit is called Cerberus after the three-headed hound of Hades from Greek mythology because its interchangeable mount can accept modifiers in three different fittings.
The kit comes with a Phottix Varos Pro BG jointed Umbrella Adapter that is used to mount the whole kit on to a lighting stand or tripod. The Phottix Cerberus multi-mount kit, which includes the Bowens and Elinchrom rings, costs $92.50. For more information visit the Phottix website.
Manufacturer's dramatic product video:
Meet the Phottix Cerberus Flash Mount
There’s a new mounting system in town – the Phottix Cerberus Multi Mount.
The Phottix Cerberus Multi Mount is your all-in-one mounting solution for hot shoe flashes. Use your hot shoe flashes with Bowens-compatible accessories, Elinchrom-compatible accessories, and the Phottix Transfolder Softbox range.
The Cerberus system comes with:
- Phottix Griffin with Phottix Easy-Folder-Compatible Mount and Phottix Varos Pro BG *
- Cerberus Elinchrom-Compatible Mount
- Cerberus Bowens-Compatible Mount
- Cerberus Phottix Transfolder-Compatible Mount
Like the mythical Cerberus, the Phottix Cerberus Multi Mount has three heads. The standard round mount works with the range of Phottix Transfolder Softboxes. Add the Bowen-compatible mount – and traditional S-Mount compatible accessories can be used with your hot shoe flash. Swap that out for the Elinchrom-compatible mount and use Elinchrom’s vast array of accessories with your hot shoe flash.
The durable and patented Phottix Griffin Universal Flash Mount holds many popular hot shoe flash models secure in a synthetic-lined spring-loaded clamp. The system was designed to be both durable and easy to use. A Phottix Varos Pro BG Umbrella Adapter is included to mount the Phottix Cerberus Multi Mount to a light stand or boom. The Phottiax Griffin is available on its own as well as being included with the Cerberus Multi Mount set.
Several configurations of the Phottix Cerberus are avaialble. Talk to you local Phottix dealer or buy from the Phottix Online Store.
* Note: The Phottix Griffin Mount with this set is affixed to the Phottix Cerberus Softbox Mount and cannot be removed. Varos Pro BG does not come with metal Coldshoe and male 3/8” and ¼ “ screw.
Lexar has launched a microSD-to-Apple Lightning reader for transferring files from a media card directly to an iPhone or iPad. The dongle works in conjunction with an iOS file management app, and is designed to make file transfers possible from other devices, whether a camera, drone, or another phone at fast speeds via a wired connection.
“Users no longer need to wait until they’re back in front of their main computer at home or in the office to upload content captured on-the-go,’ said Lexar product marketing manager Steffi Ho. According to the company, the card reader’s Lightning connector can fit in 'most iOS cases.'
The microSD reader is priced at $41.99; though it officially launched for purchase today, Lexar's website still lists it as 'coming soon.'
New Lexar microSD Reader with Lightening Connector Allows for Rapid Transfer and Easy Offload of Content for On-the-Go Users
Reader Designed for Management of Video and Photo Content from Sports and Aerial Cameras to the Latest iOS Devices
MILPITAS, Calif., April 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the Lexar® microSD™ Reader, allowing users to easily offload content from their sports camcorder or aerial camera to an iPhone® or iPad®. The small, portable reader features a Lightning® connector for quick transfer of files on the go, allowing users to view and playback photos and videos on their Apple device*. It also works with an easy-to-use and free file management app on the App Store®.**
“Users who are looking to capture more content in real time while on the move can find it challenging to manage that content, especially in an iOS device,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “Shooters can now take advantage of the large screens and connectivity of their iOS devices by editing and uploading content captured on their action sports and aerial cameras wirelessly. Users no longer need to wait until they’re back in front of their main computer at home or in the office to upload content captured on-the-go.”
The new microSD Reader also allows users to offload files and store more on the card, creating more device space to capture content on the go. It also provides an easy way to move files from Android™ or other microSD-based device to an iPhone or iPad, and swap content between iOS devices. It has a small, portable design that makes it easy to take on the go, and its Lightning connector fits with most iOS cases, providing simple plug-and-play functionality. Furthermore, the microSD reader works with a free file management app on the App Store, allowing users to back up files when connected.
All Lexar 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. The new microSD Reader is available for purchase in April 18, 2016 with an MSRP of $41.99, and includes a one-year limited warranty. For more information about Lexar products, visit www.lexar.com.
*Files supported: Music—MP3/CAF/ACC/AIF/WAV/AIFF/M4A. Video—AVI/FLV/MP4/MOV/M4V/MKV/MPG/RM/RMVB/WMV.
** App required for product use.
The Fujifilm X70 is fixed-lens APS-C compact camera with a 16.3MP X-Trans sensor and a 18.5mm (28mm field of view equivalent) F2.8 Fujinon lens. It shares many design elements and some specifications with Fujifilm's popular X100-series, but omits their hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder - or indeed any kind of built-in viewfinder at all. Instead, the X70's user interface employs a Fujifilm first: a touchscreen. And a tilting one, at that.
What the X70 does share with the X100 lineup is a metal chassis adorned with dials upon dials, putting camera settings exactly where you left them every time. It's a setup that any vintage camera user can appreciate, but one that still makes sense in the digital age. It also represents a completely different approach to this camera's closest competitor, the venerable Ricoh GR (II)*.
Let's see what else the X70 brings to the market:
Fujifilm X70 Features:
- 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II APS-C sensor
- Fixed Fujinon 28mm equiv. F2.8 lens
- 77-point hybrid autofocus system (49 PDAF+CDAF points, plus 28 CDAF)
- 3" tilting 1.04M dot touchscreen LCD
- Abundant physical controls, including shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation
- All-metal build
- Both mechanical (leaf) and electronic shutter
- Digital 35mm and 50mm teleconverter with upscaling to full-resolution
The fixed-lens 28mm camera segment already has quite a few current and defunct members, including the Nikon Coolpix A, Ricoh GR II, Sigma DP1Q and Leica Q. Still, the Fuji has plenty going for it. Of these cameras, the closest competitor is definitely the Ricoh GR II. Let's take a look at its specs against the X70:
|Fujfilm X70||Ricoh GR II|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels||16 megapixels|
|ISO||Auto, 200-6400 (expandable to 100-51200)||Auto, 100-25600|
|Aperture||F2.8 - F16.0||F2.8 - F16.0|
| Autofocus Modes
|Focus Range||10 cm (3.94")||30 cm (11.81")
Macro mode: 10 cm (3.94")
|Battery Life (CIPA)||330||320|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||340 g (0.75 lb / 11.99 oz)||
251 g (0.55 lb / 8.85 oz)
|Dimensions||113 x 64 x 44 mm (4.45 x 2.52 x 1.73?)||
117 x 63 x 35 mm (4.61 x 2.48 x 1.38?
The X70 and GR II offer very similar feature sets. Both use 16MP APS-C sensors, but the GR is able to beat out the Fujifilm in both size and mass, although that doesn't suddenly make the Fujifilm big. In fact, they're almost the same size.
|The similarities to the Ricoh GR II are almost uncanny.|
So is the X70 a travel camera? A landscaper's lightweight companion? A street shooter's delight? Come with us to look deeper in to the X70 and to find out just how it fits in (and stands out) in this corner of the market.
* We put the (II) in parentheses because the main hardware differentiation between the 3 year-old Ricoh GR and last year's GR II is the addition of Wi-Fi. The lens, AF, and sensor all remain the same.
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With a newly designed 20MP full-frame sensor, an advanced autofocus system with 153 phase-detect points, a robust build with full weather sealing and 12 action-freezing frames per second, the Nikon D5 has been getting plenty of attention around the DPReview office over the past couple of weeks. It's a purpose-built machine: we don't think there's a camera in the world that can keep erratically moving subjects in focus during fast bursts like the D5 can. But it's good at a lot else as well.
We've toted it to tennis matches, a rugby match, up and over the Cascade mountains, along the Puget Sound waterfront and even a styled wedding shoot. After all, though the D5's specs may indicate it's geared toward the discerning sports shooter, that doesn't mean Nikon's new flagship wouldn't make a great (though hefty) all-rounder for photographers shooting all day, every day.