CalDigit is a supplier of storage solutions for creative professionals, including photographers, movie makers and video producers. The T4 is their hybrid Thunderbolt 2 RAID-capable storage solution. T4’s have a tightly fitting aluminium cast enclosure aimed at silent operation and good thermal management. They have four lockable removable drives that carry a three-year warranty. The unit itself carries a five-year warranty.
With the proliferation of video frame sizes beyond 1920×1080 pixels, memory card readers have become a major bottleneck in the production process. The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution is a high-speed reader system that lets you transfer images from up to four memory cards simultaneously. The solution consists of a four-bay reader hub and independently sold reader modules that can be used both as a module and a stand-alone reader.
Thunderbolt is everywhere these days, but a lot of people still have USB and even FireWire devices, while a lot of others would love to hook up a second HDMI monitor to their Mac. With my iMac mid-2011, I even lack USB 3.0 ports. With Elgato releasing yet another Thunderbolt Dock two weeks ago, I decided to give it a go. One day after installing the Elgato device, I discovered it’s far from “yet another” Thunderbolt Dock.
Powertraveller is a British company developing and selling power devices for road warriors and people who want to charge their devices in an eco-friendly way. The company’s Powermonkey Extreme is a winning combination of a battery and solar panel specifically aimed at charging 5V (USB or others) devices. And now there’s also the Powermonkey Extreme 12V for more demanding power charging jobs.
The GoPro HERO3+ is an improved version of the HERO3. It’s a bit better with low light, has a better lens, and a new even wider view, called SuperView. It also has better audio due to a different placement of the built-in microphones. Together with the new HERO3+, GoPro released new mounting accessories, including a clip (QuickClip), a clamp with flexible mounting pole called Jaws, a new suction cup and a far better tripod mount than the one already available.
How much is true of the axiom a broadcast or ENG camera can’t produce a nice depth-of-field, as what you’ll get when shooting with a dSLR or other exchangeable lens camera? It depends.
The BALLED Pro lights are small LED lights with an output of 125 lumen. They’re suitable for object and food photography, can help with portrait shooting and are great as a portable lighting kit when shooting video interviews. Due to their quality, I wouldn’t hesitate to call these the Rolls-Royces or Hasselblads of LED photo lights.