Month: June 2019

Episode 26 – New Rumors and Items from Canon and Western Digital’s Crap Hard Drives

Episode 26 – New Rumors and Items from Canon and Western Digital’s Crap Hard Drives by Liam Douglas


Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark II equivalent mirrorless is coming sooner than originally thought [CR1]

2 New Canon Sensors

Canon U.S.A. Announces New 120 MP Ultra-High Resolution and 2.7 MP Ultra-High Sensitivity CMOS Sensors

RF 300mm F/2.8 L IS USM

A Canon RF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM is on the way [CR2]

Transcription by, there may be grammatical errors.

Liam 00:00 A new Ken and mirrorless camera body, two new cannon sensors and a new Canon Prime Lens. All of this and more on episode 26 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam 00:30 You’re listening to episode 26 of the lay of photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this week’s news from Canon it shows that canon rumors has been told that Canon has accelerated development of by Pro Level Eos, our camera, and they’re not talking about a high resolution model that we expect to see in late 2019 or early 2020 this new camera will be along the lines of a muralist version of the Canon Eos one dx mark two or mark three the source also mentions that it is possible this camera could be announced alongside the eos one dx mark three in the first or second quarter of 2020 though the date of the announcement is a long way from being decided. Announcing these two cameras together would be a unique move for cannon. And while it’s possible, I suspect we’ll see a development announcement for the eos one are x as they feel like calling it will be well before the actual camera ships and Eos, our professional body with some new RF super telephoto lenses at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics next July would be a great time for the launch of a Pro Level Eos r and r f Mount Lens at the same time.

Liam 01:57 So when I was reading this article, I thought it was definitely interesting because I honestly didn’t think that Canon was going to be moving on a high level pro RF body right away, especially the, and we already know the one dx mark three is on its way. Uh, and the reason why I felt that is I didn’t think Canon was gonna want to cannibalize their DSLR sales by coming out with a high end mirror was pro mirrorless body at the same time. But Canon rumors is claiming that one of their sources is telling us that there’s a strong likelihood that the one dx mark three and this new Ios rx could be coming out close to the same time or in the same at least in the same calendar year, if not in the same quarter. Now whether or not this is true, I’m not sure I really buy this.

Liam 02:51 I honestly still believe that the first and only immediate pro eos, our body that and is going to release, it’s going to be the equivalent of the five DSR that I currently have and I’ve mentioned that in previous episodes and the reason for that is I think Gannon’s going to want to get a more high resolution model to the market first. Something more in the range of a pro full frame body but not their top of the line sports body. I think they’ve got a little more um, work that they’re going to do before they’re going to announce a pro sports body. That’s just my opinion though. It will be interesting to see, see if this rumor turns out to be true and how it plays out and when exactly Tannin does actually announce a possible mirrorless full frame sport body. Um, I, I think it would be great if they do come up with a a or release a high end sport body in time for the 2020 games.

Liam 03:55 But I think in all likelihood that’s kind of pushing it. Um, now of course, you know, Canon could have been working on this for a few years now. Uh, me and the day finally released the Eos are in late 2018 and then the RFP shortly after that, they could have possibly had a sports body in the works. But I don’t think it’s very likely. And one of the reason for the reasons for that is Canon likes to take their time with a new flagship camera, especially to make sure all of the features and technologies they want to put in it or properly vetted, uh, and that they’re going to work perfectly. Because as I mentioned in previous episodes, Cannes reputation is everything to them. Much like apples is on the side of it technology. So I’m not, I’m just not certain that Canada is going to rush a one dx report, mirrorless replacement anytime soon, especially when they’re already dropping the one dx mark three I think they’re going to stick with the one dx mark three a for 2020 and possibly release a pro mirrorless sports body in 2021 or 2022 we’ll have to wait and see.

Liam 05:11 But I think as long as canon at least releases a high resolution promera list body that has two card slots. And I mean even if they give customers at least you know, seven frames a second continuous shooting, that would be really good. And I think that would a make a lot of people happy. I don’t think they’re going to release a 14 to 20 frame per second. A dual camera, you know, dual card slot replacement for the one DX mark, two or three. I just don’t see them doing that in 2020. I could be wrong. And if I am a that’s wonderful. Uh, but I just think that’s how this is going to pan out. We’ll have to wait and see, but that’s just my opinion on the subject of whether or not they’re going to release a mirrorless sports body by 2020 we’ll have to wait and see, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think they’re going to stick with the one DX mark three for the time being and possibly release the Maryland sport pro body maybe in late 2020 but I’m thinking it’s probably going to be 2021 or 2022

Liam 06:23 okay.

Liam 06:24 Now the next piece of Gannon News that I want to talk about in this episode, and I know I’ll probably have listeners complaining because it’s mostly Canon news this week, but hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. So cannon has recently announced a 120 megapixel ultra high resolution as well as a 2.7 Megapixel, ultra high sensitivity c moss sensors. Now this news is from Melville, New York. I’m from back on June 20th as image sensors are a driving force in innovating industries. Canon USA INC a leader in digital imaging solutions is pleased to announce two new sea mas sensor products, the ultra high resolution 120 megapixel m x S. I n n ultra high sensitivity 35 mm f h d x. S. M. A. These sensors help expand the company’s lineup of industrial vision products and offer integrators and end users additional capabilities when developing a solution in a variety of applications and quote.

Liam 07:38 As a result of Canon’s success in developing and manufacturing advanced cmos sensors for our own purposes, we expanded to create a business platform offering select sensor capabilities for use in industrial vision applications. Said cause you know a gala president and chief operating officer, Canon USA. These two new cmos sensors reflect Canon’s dedication to this new business and reinforce our commitment to developing high quality imaging solutions. Now the one 20 Amex s eye sensor is built with the ability to produce clear high quality images, making it a great fit for integrators and end users developing applications such as machine vision, security, robotics, precision agriculture and healthcare. There’s 120 megapixel sensor is capable of simultaneous and discreet image capture and both the visible and near infrared spectrum at a maximum frame rate of 9.4 frames per second, which that’s pretty impressive. The 35 mm f h d x m or s m a, I’m sorry, sensor is capable of capturing monochrome imagery in extreme low light environments where subjects would be near impossible to recognize with the naked eye removal of the color filter array doubles the sensitivity of the previously announced 35 and then f h e x s c a sensor providing even greater low light Gabe abilities.

Liam 09:23 This sensor can meet a wide range of ultra high sensitivity needs when used as a component to support a multitude of applications developed by integrators and end users including astrological observation, natural disaster monitor, varying security and object detection, molecular and cell biology and industrial vision. The one 20 mx s I and the 35 and then f h d x s m a c Mohs sensors will be showcased in the Canon booth number 1611 at the sensors expo and conference which according to its organizer is industry’s largest event dedicated to sensors, connectivity and Iot taking place from June 26th through the 27th 2019 at the San Jose Energy Convention Center, San Jose, California. So it sounds like today is the last day of this expo on on a sensor technology and for more information on Ken sensors, you can visit Canon dash c and I’ll include that link as well as a link to this article in the show notes so that you can check them out for yourself.

Liam 10:44 Now this sounds really cool. When I first saw the headline of 120 megapixel sensor, I thought, man, that’d be really cool if Canon was going to put that beast in like their mirrorless full frame replacement for my five DSR, which has a 50 megapixel sensor. I was like, man, that’d be really sweet to get a, a new high resolution sensor that’s almost three times the resolution of the five DSR. Um, in an Eos, our mirrorless full frame body, that would be really cool. But it looks like these sensors are made for other technologies. Now that’s not to say that Canon might not use that sensor, a 120 meg sensor, a megapixel sensor and a camera body, but it sounds like it’s more for industrial use. Uh, so there’s probably a little chance that we’re going to see it in any kind of end user camera body platform anytime soon.

Liam 11:38 The 2.7 megapixel sensor, when I first saw the mention of that, I was thinking why would anybody need a 2.7 megapixel sensor? But if you’re going to use it in something like security cameras or a astro photography, I guess that would, okay. I mean, you don’t need tons of resolution if you have the super low light performance. Um, then I guess that would be fine, but we’ll have to see how this fleshes out. It definitely sounds exciting. Um, I know that as I mentioned in previous episodes, Canon had been working on a hundred megapixel sensor for quite some time now. I think I first heard rumors about that a hundred megapixel DSLR sensor. I think it was about a year and a half, two years ago that Ghana was working on. And it looks like they’re working on other monster resolution sensors as well for other applications. And that’s great.

Liam 12:30 I mean, anytime you can get this kind of capability from a manufacturer of sensors, that’s fantastic. Especially, you know, for an industrial use or robotic shoes or security camera use. You know, anytime you can get new technology and sensors in those industries, that’s fantastic. And it just goes to show how diversified cannon’s portfolio of technologies, even imaging technologies are. And that’s, as I mentioned in previous episodes, one of the reasons why Canon and Sony, uh, have a lot more money to dedicate to research and development. Um, and there are camera body systems is because they have, their revenue streams are coming from so many different market segments. You know, I, and I’m not saying that Nikon is strictly limited to cameras. I know Nikon does do a little bit more than, you know, just manufacture and sell camera bodies and lenses, but their personal corporate portfolio is nowhere near as diverse as Canon and Sony, you know, as I’ve mentioned before, Canon does MRI machines and a whole bunch of other medical imaging, uh, machinery technology and it sounds like they do some stuff for industrial applications as well as robotics.

Liam 13:48 And I wasn’t aware that they were into those kinds of sensors for robotics and stuff like that, but it’s really cool and I think it’s definitely more proof that can, and is going to continue to innovate in all areas of their business portfolio. A lot of people seem to think that Canon’s going to fall by the wayside and they’re going to kill off their camera division, you know, their photography division. But I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Gannon seems to be really, really, really dedicated to their photography division. Granted, it’s not the biggest piece of their, you know, financial pie as far as income streams. Uh, but I, I don’t think they spend nearly as much money in research and development of their photography division as they do some of the other divisions. So they have a lot of flexibility and a lot of a cashflow, uh, you know, to research and development in different areas of their portfolio of products that they offer to the public or to other industries.

Liam 14:49 And Canon would not be spending as much time and energy in developing all this fantastic new RF blasts if they were not going to be staying in the photography market for the foreseeable future. That being the Canon has come out of the gate hitting hard with high quality RF lenses and most of them are ELL lenses to boot. That tells me that Canon’s definitely going to be in the photography business for many, many more years to come. So if you’re one of the people that was worried about them killing off their photography division, uh, I think you’ve been listening to the wrong rumors and Innuendo and you have absolutely nothing to worry about. You can feel totally confident and continuing to buy photography products in the Canon venue or world if you will, and you’ll be, you should be comfortable and knowing that Canon’s not going to kill off their photography division anytime.

Liam 15:48 I honestly think that Canon’s photography division will still be going in another hundred years. They’ve got over a hundred years under their belt now and that’s not going to end any time soon. Their photography clients or customers are extremely important to them. They remember their roots and this is a Japanese company. Japanese companies tend to stick to their roots as well as diversifying so that they can continue to have revenue streams and you technological advances. So if you’ve been worried about, gee, maybe I should jump to Sony or Fujifilm or somebody else because I keep hearing from all these other people that is going to kill off their camera to their photography division. That’s all baloney. You’ve got nothing to worry about. You can feel confident and buying canon cameras and lenses because cannon’s not going anywhere anytime soon. I believe that they will still be going strong in another 100 years.

Liam 16:48 Now. The third bit of Canon News I wanted to talk about in this episode is the rumors of a new canon RF 300 millimeter f 2.8 L I s USM lens that is rumored to be on the way a again on Canon They had previously reported that candidate will be introducing an RF 500 millimeter F L I s USM as their first super telephoto lens for the RF Mount. Now they are hearing that an RF 300 millimeter f 2.8 L I s USM. We’ll also be launching sometime in 2020. Their source has claimed that this lens will come with a new and unique feature for super telephoto lenses. Unfortunately, there are no details available at this time. I think it’s going to, we’re going to see a lot of professional lens announcements for in 2020 for the RF mount and I have personally believed that as well. I have a feeling cannon’s going to roll out a whole bunch of new RF lenses during the 2020 calendar year.

Liam 17:59 Now the source, uh, for Canon rumors did not clarify that. New versions of the ESDF 300 millimeter f 2.8 L I s two and the f 500 f four lis two, they could not confirm whether or not there are plans for those two e lenses, uh, anytime soon. So all they supposedly have rumors about is the RF 300 millimeter f 2.8 and the RF 500 millimeter f for now. As I started saying a minute ago, I have a feeling cannon’s going to be releasing a wide array of lenses in 2020. Uh, they’ve kind of sorta released a little bit of a remote roadmap on their future lenses and in the same vein that Nikon did with their z mount. But I don’t know if cannon’s roadmap the lenses is super detailed and inclusive. I think they’re going to hold back some things so that they can really wow and impress their consumers when they do release certain lenses.

Liam 19:00 A 300 millimeter f 2.8, uh, telephone or a telephoto prime would be fantastic. I’m sure it’s going to have a hefty price tag. I would love to have a lens like that myself to add to my collection, but it’s more than likely going to be something a little bit too expensive for my taste. Uh, especially if I’m not going to use it, you know, for a full time job or anything like that. Uh, being that right now, my full time photography work is real estate photography. Uh, there’s not much of a need for a 300 millimeter, 2.8 prime. When you’re doing real estate photography. It wouldn’t be awesome to have for like wildlife or, or professional sports, you know, like baseball, football, NASCAR, stuff like that. Or even high school soccer or basketball and things like that. But it’s more than likely you’re going to be a fairly expensive lens, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Liam 19:55 But I do like the idea that Canon has a f 2.8, uh, super telephoto prime lens that’s going to be coming out in 2020 as well as excited that are going to have an RF 500 millimeter f four. Uh, that’s going to be an awesome lens is, well I know the f versions of these lenses are very popular and Camden sells quite a bit of those to sport shooters and wildlife shooters. So I don’t think they’ll have any issues. I’m getting these out there and customers gravitating to these new RF MT versions, especially because you know, anybody that’s already invested in Canon, the Canon system is going to want to start picking up high end RF lenses, lenses because if they haven’t already, they’re going to eventually a your, they’re going to gradually transition from their DSLR canon gear to a mirrorless scanning gear. And now granted a lot of those folks right now, we’re currently waiting to see what is coming out in the way of pro mirrorless bodies.

Liam 21:07 So, you know, they may not have a large influx of sales of these two super telephoto lenses when they are first released in 2020. But Hey, if they do announce a serious pro body in 2020 as well, then yeah, that don’t change the game drastically. And they could actually, uh, see a large influx of sales of these two new lenses as well as whatever pro dual card slot body they decide to release for the 2020 calendar year. Now the last item I want to talk about in this week’s episode is a little bit of a shift from regular straight photography tech or hardware. Um, but it does go in the same vein because this area of technology is also something that’s used by pretty much everybody who’s a photographer and cinematographer. And that is the world of digital hard drives or hard drives for storing your media.

Liam 22:11 Now, I did this story as an article on my blog in 2018 and I thought it was a, an important enough story that I should reshare it on an episode of the podcast. Now, the original blog article is, the title of it is stay away from Western digital hard drives. And I’m sure Western digital’s not going to be too thrilled with me with that title and with this story, but I think it’s only proper that I share it with my listeners, especially because our storage as photographers and cinematographers is an extremely important part of our workflow. And I want to share as much knowledge and information on anything that affects your workflow as possible. Now, as I’ve mentioned in previous episodes, I’ve worked in information technology for nearly 30 years, so I do have a vast array of knowledge when it comes to anything technology, technology related, especially storage.

Liam 23:11 And so I thought it was a good time to share this particular story. So in 2018 I was looking to upgrade my raw photos, storage capabilities, uh, here at, uh, my studio and I, I shoot raw as many of you know, I’ve mentioned it in the episodes. I have some of my friend Jared Poland’s. I shoot raw t shirts, photography t-shirts, which are fantastic. And so being that I shoot raw all the time and I have a camera like the five DSR, which has a 50 megapixel sensor. As you can imagine, my roll files get to be very large and over time they take up a large amount of disk space. So back in 2018 a was looking to buy some more storage for my studio and I had been hearing for a few years from various uh, colleagues as well as coworkers and friends that work and it, that the g raid storage systems were top notch and the g drive hard drives and the g raid systems were just fabulous and they were high quality, uh, storage solutions and that, yeah, they cost more, but you’re paying for the quality, which is top notch.

Liam 24:34 Now, sadly, this is not still the case. So if you’re not familiar with how things tend to work, especially in the technology sector, um, for many years you had certain, uh, manufacturers of different hardware peripherals in the it world. You had various hard drive companies. You had western digital Mac store to Shiva Seguay. There was a few others here and there. Hitachi as they did hard drives at one time as well as uh, uh, Fujitsu. Um, but as happens and most areas of technology over time, the larger companies tend to buy out the smaller ones either to eliminate the competition or because that smaller company has actually come out with some new innovative tech that the larger company wants to have and implement and their products. Now one time Western digital and Seagate, we’re the premier makers of high quality hard drives, but it’s not so much the case anymore.

Liam 25:40 Seagate bought out Mac store a number of years ago and so far it’s been my experience. Seagate seems to still be making quality hard drives and they also offer special utilities for free on their website that you can download that will check the health of your drive and, and give you some other capabilities which are pretty cool. But when it came to western digital, their quality has kind of gone down hill in my opinion, at least in the last 10 to 15 years. And I did not know when all of my friends and colleagues and coworkers were telling me how great g drive and g raid systems where I did not, was not aware at the time that Western digital had bought g drive out and I ended up finding out the hard way. So I purchased a uh, gee raid eight terabyte external drive for my Imac. So this is a portable raid storage array that consists of two, four terra bar bike hard drives.

Liam 26:46 And generally in a raid, especially for preserving your files, one of the best raid format you can go with is mirrored rate. Basically what that means is any time you copy files to the rate array, you’re actually copying the files to each individual drive at the same time, hence the word mirror. So that eight terabyte raid array, our raid system, you’re only getting four terabytes of actual disc use because each of the four terabyte drives are being utilized as basically disc a and disc B. And anytime you, and it’s going to show up on your, your desktop computer as a single hard drive at the end. It’ll say that the, the uh, storage capacity is four terabytes even though physically you have eight terabytes in this little enclosure. Now what will happen is you drag and drop or copy and paste files into the drive itself or into some folders within the drive.

Liam 27:51 As I mentioned a moment ago, when you move files or copy files to that four terabyte drive icon, whether it’s in windows explorer or in the Mac Os finder, you’re actually copying those files to each of those four terabyte drives at the same time. So in the event that one drive fails, you don’t lose all of your important files. Being that it’s a mirror drain, everything is written to disk a and B at the same time. So should disc a die or disk be die, you don’t lose all of your files, you’re good to go. You can get a replacement disc for the one that died, whether it’s a or B, put that disc into the new disc, into the enclosure in the system will automatically begin copying over all of your files from the surviving mirror grade desk to its new partner disk. Well now as I, you know I mentioned there re a mirrored raid is fantastic because you have, you know, your butts coverage and one of the disks die.

Liam 28:58 But the problem I had was on this particular g raid system, after about seven months abuse, I had both drives fail at the same time, which is pretty much usually, it’s fairly unheard of in the world of raid storage arrays. And I was really shocked that both of the drives died at the exact same time and I lost everything that was on those disks. Now I contacted support, which like I said, that’s when I found out that g drives, we’re now owned by Western digital. So when I reached out western digital to get an RMA because the unit was of course under warranty, I got an Ra RMA number from western digital support and I shipped the system back to them. Now I’d taken pictures of the enclosure as well as the drives because there were different serial numbers and I had to make sure I had copies of all the serial numbers because the drives are one thing.

Liam 30:05 And then the chassis is another thing and it’s, it’s a whole production. But uh, so anyways, I, I made sure I documented all of that and I got my RMA number and I shipped the system to them. Now the drives not only died and this could be why this particular incident happened. Um, I believe that not only did the, both the drives fail, but so did the chassis itself and the chassis, you know, supplies, power to the drives as well as, you know, it has the storage base, the drive sit in and it also has a cooling system that, you know, pulls the heat away from the disks. Because the older style platter based hard drives, they tend to get hot as they run. You know, over time when they’re being, when they’re powering all the time, they’ll, they’ll get pretty warm. So you always need, it’s always a good idea to have some sort of cooling and especially when they’re confined to a limited storage area, like a driving closure, you know, those drives are going to get extremely warm and it’s good to have a cooling system, which includes a fan to pull the heat off the drives and venting out the back of the chassis or the inclusion, whichever you want to call it.

Liam 31:17 So in my case, I believe what happened was not only the, both the drives died, but so did the chassis or maybe the chassis died first and that’s what killed the drives because of drives overheated. But either way, a, I shipped it into the entire thing into to them for replacement and they told me I would have my new drive system and two weeks, well that ended up dragging on to four weeks before they finally shipped back a replacement to me. And when it arrived, I was all excited. I was like, great, I’m finally going to have, you know, my mirrored raid again to copy my raw files to, I opened up the box, the, you know, the packaging box and I pull out the product and the only thing they had shipped me was the enclosure. And I’m like, oh my God, are these people really this stupid?

Liam 32:08 I told them on the phone when I did the RMA or got the RMA number that the entire system had died. That drives, we’re both dead. The Cooling van was no longer working. I mean I could power up the enclosure with the drive still in it, but the drives wouldn’t mine mount or anything because they were making clicking noises. And I also let them know that the cooling fan on the chassis enclosure was not working either. So I told them I had a feeling that, uh, possibly the enclosure failed, which caused the drives to fail. So they had asked me to ship everything to them. Well, I did that and then the knuckleheads only sent back the enclosure. I pull it out of the box. I open it up, I go to hook it up to my computer and I’m like, oh wait a minute, why is this enclosure way lighter than the one I sent to them for replacement? And I opened the front door on the enclosure, no hard drives.

Liam 33:06 I’m like wonderful. So then I had to reach out to western digital support yet again and they gave me a bit of a run around, oh well you gave us this serial number and we needed this serial number. I’m like, I gave you the serial number that you told me to give you when I was on the phone with your support the first time. So it was completely their fault. It wasn’t mine. Now they did finally make it right and they did not really finally send me replacement drives to go into the enclosure. But they did also send me larger drives. As I mentioned, the original g rage system was eight terabytes of storage or you know, two four terabyte disks and then you put them in a mirror array. And what they ended up sending me back, they upgraded me to a pair of six terabyte dry, so I had 12 terabytes total.

Liam 33:57 But again know I’m using it in a mirror braid. I only have six terabytes of usable space because everything gets replicated from disc a to disc B automatically. Now, so far the replacement unit seems to be doing okay. I haven’t had it fail yet, knock on wood, but it does make me nervous. So now of course I’ve got to also replicate all of my rate files to earn all of my raw files to other mediums as well. And it is a general role, especially in photography and to do what’s known as three to one for your backups where you basically have three, three copies of all your files and you have them on uh, three different mediums. And at least two of those should be portable mediums and one of those should be stored at a separate location. That’s why it’s called three, two, one a backup storage plan.

Liam 34:56 So that’s what I would recommend. If you’re not already doing that, it’s a good idea. And I understand it can get a little bit cumbersome because you’re, if you’re like me and you shoot a lot and you shoot everything in raw, you’re going to be buying extra hard drives on a somewhat regular basis. You know, probably every couple of years you’re going to be buying more storage. And there’s some ways around that. You can go with what’s called Nass storage or network attached storage, um, where you can buy a large enclosure that will hold a whole bunch of hard drives and give you a massive amount of storage. And you can do various raid configurations, whether it’s mirrored raid or raid five or rate 10, whatever you want to it. But the problem is those, a network attached storage, uh, hardware, those, those items are not inexpensive. They’re fairly expensive.

Liam 35:47 You can find some on, on Amazon that you can buy. And generally the cheapest one you’re going to find on there is usually just for the enclosure and you’ll spend several hundred dollars or more for just the enclosure. And then of course you’ve got to buy all of the hard drives to put in the enclosure. So you’re going to end up shelling out a lot of money. And that’s one of the reasons why I personally have not bought a network attached storage system yet, but I’ve been kicking the idea around for the last couple of years and I’m probably going to go ahead and pull the trigger at the beginning of next year and get some sort of network attached storage solution put into the studio here. Um, so then I’ll have a little bit less to worry about and I’ll go more than likely I’ll go with the raid 10 configuration. Uh, that way you had mirroring as well as striping.

Liam 36:39 Um, so you have much lower chance of losing your files. You know, even if you know, a couple of drives fail on ones depending on how many drives total you have in the system, uh, with grade 10 or even rate five, you know, if you have several drives that are all part of the raid that you’re using fiber 10, then you can actually lose more than one drive. And still have all of your data in tech. So that’s more than likely the route I will go, uh, when I do finally buy my Nass and implement that. But I wanted to make my listeners aware of this, uh, because like I said, for many, many years, western digital made very high quality, hard drives and in my opinion, and you may have a different experience. I personally think their, the quality of their hard drives is kind of gone downhill in the last, uh, 10 years or so.

Liam 37:32 Um, and the reason why I say that is one of the reasons why I stopped buying Western digital drives is because I’d had so many of them fail on me. Um, whether they were ray drives or individual external drives, like their Western digital, my cloud and stuff like that. Uh, and the last 10 years or so, I’ve had a lot of western digital drives fail. And in that same creative time, I believe I’ve only ever had one Seagate drive fail. And I have quite a few Seagate drives. Um, so that tells me that seed gate is maintaining their quality standards. But I don’t think Western digital is quite so much anymore. So I did want to share that story with you as part of this week’s episode. Something to keep in mind, you know, keep that in the back of your head when you’re out buying storage for your raw files or your video files or even for anything else that you need storage for on your computer system.

Liam 38:31 And again, as I mentioned before, when it comes to storage, storage is, so, it’s not like you’ve got to buy one type of hard drive for. If you’re a windows user in a different type. If you’re a Mac user, all computers use the same hard drives. It’s just a matter of the file format or the file structure on the disc itself. So if you buy a disc in the store, it’ll say right on the backs of that box and it’s compatible with windows, Mac, Linux, Yada, Yada, Yada. You buy it, you take a home, you plug it into your computer system. If it’s a file format out of the factory, uh, that isn’t compatible with your operating system, your operating system can reformat it. So it will be compatible. But as a general rule, when you buy a brand new hard drives, no matter where you buy them, if you buy them at Walmart or Amazon or fries or microcenter or best buy, it doesn’t matter.

Liam 39:22 Generally brand new disks will come from the factory with no file structure on them at all so they won’t be formatted at all and it may just makes it easier because the company had, when they manufacture them they have no idea who’s going to be buying them for what operating system. So instead of having you know, several versions of the same product and all the ones in this group are windows only and all the ones in this group are Mac only and all the ones in this group are Lennox only. They sell everybody the same hard drive and they print on the box so it’s compatible with all operating systems and it’s just not formatted with any file structure directly out of the box. You do that yourself when you hook it up to your system and you’re good to go. All right. With that.

Liam 40:08 I want to go ahead and wrap up. Episode 26 of the lamb photography podcast. I want to thank all of my listeners once again for subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes and anywhere else you might be listening, which does now include Spotify and stitcher. Still haven’t heard anything from Pandora yet on if they’ll put my podcast on their platform. They seem to be really slow about that and I don’t think they actually even send you an email and let you know. You just have to search every now and then to see if your podcast shows up in their podcast section of their platform, so nothing there yet. Also, be sure to join the Liam photography podcast Facebook group. You do have to answer a question in order to join the group. It is a closed group. The only question is, please give the name of the hosted they show, which is myself, Liam, or you can put Liam Douglas.

Liam 41:00 Either one will work and you will be accepted as a member. You are welcome to post five images every 24 hours of your own. Please do not be sharing or resharing or stealing images from other creatives. Don’t post anything to the group and unless it is actually your original work, if you’re caught resharing or stealing other photographers work and posting it in the group, you will be banned. And of course, the security question I have is to try to keep out the bots and spammers and all of that stuff. Now when you put your photos on the Facebook group, you can either share them, you know, five of them throughout the course of a 24 hour period, or you can show off or you can upload all five at once and let Facebook make a little slideshow thing out of them for you. Um, and if you’d like, you can request creative critiquing, just post the images and say, cc please.

Liam 42:00 And, uh, we have members in there that’d be more than happy to look at your work and give you some creative, uh, criticism and positive feedback. Let you know what they think you might be doing wrong, what you’re doing right, how your lighting is, how your focuses, how your composition is, all that good stuff. Um, and, uh, we keep it pretty, pretty laid back in there as far as some photography groups, you know, they have different levels of cc. They’ll have cc one through four and like cc four is like, yeah, it’d be brutally honest. Make me cry like a little girl when you’re screaming and hollering at me about my photos. We don’t do any of that silly stuff in the lamb photography podcast group. All you have to do is just say cc please. And we will take a look at your images and give you positive feedback. Let you know what you’re doing right. Like, you know what areas you might want to concentrate on improving as far as your skills. And that’s that we’re not looking to hurt anybody’s feelings or making anybody cry. All right. I am going to go ahead and end this episode and I will see you again next week. And episode 27

Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 25 – Lightroom Comes to Mac App Store, More Sales and New Cameras

In this episode Lightroom CC comes to the Mac App Store, Hasselblad announces two new cameras and more sales and rebates from Nikon and Sigma.

Adobe Lightroom CC

Hasselblad’s New Cameras

907X –

X1D II 50C

Sigma 35mm F/1.4 ART for Canon on Sale

Deal: SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Series lens with SIGMA USB dock $599 (Reg $899)

Nikon and Sigma F mount Sales and Rebates

Nikon’s July rebates (plus a new Sigma sale)

Transcription by, there may be grammatical errors.

Liam 00:00 Adobe light room. Finally lands in the Mac app store. Hassled Vlad has some new announcements as far as cameras are concerned and we have some more sales and rebates for you. All of this in episode 25 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam 00:35 You’re listening to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 25 so the first bit of news I have for my listeners this week, Adobe light room is now available through Apple’s Mac app store. This is the first major Adobe creative cloud app to be made available in the APP store, which was revamped by apple when they launched Macko s Mohabi last year. The APP is the cloud based light room, not the popular desktop and laptops centric app that was formerly known as light room before being renamed to Adobe Lightroom. Classic Lightroom is a free download from the Mac app store and is included in your plan. If you subscribe to a creative cloud subscription package that includes it. If not, you’ll be able to use the downloaded light room for a week after which you will need to fork over a subscription fee of $10 per month if you’d like to keep using the APP and it comes with one terabyte of cloud storage for that $10 as well.

Liam 01:41 This is subscription is handled by apples through your iTunes accounts. You need to switch off auto renew in your iTunes settings. If you’d rather not start reoccurring payments for the APP. If you want to head on over to the listing and the Mac app store to download Adobe light room for your Mac through that channel. I will go ahead and include that for all of my listeners in the show notes so that you can go ahead and check it out. Now, one thing I do want to add and don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to Poop, we want to dob or anything like that. I’m personally not a big fan of this version of light room because it’s entirely cloud based only. So it does not have a lot of the adjustments and the capabilities that the conventional light room, which is now called light burning plastic has, I’ve been using Lightroom for quite some time.

Liam 02:33 The first version I bought I think was light rings three and um, that was back in the days when you could buy it as a stand alone app or you could also get it as part of the creative cloud suite if you were, uh, somebody that needed to have all of their other applications for doing different things like illustrator and InDesign and all of those creative apps. And you could buy the CS six a package and you could get everything, but it was fairly expensive. Don’t get me wrong, it was not an inexpensive proposition by far. Adobe software has always been very, very expensive and it has good salt or, and a lot of people like using it. Um, I think light room is probably the s still the number one photo editing software for most photographers, but some newer software is starting to take a bite out of like rooms pie and uh, one of the big ones is capture one capture one is some really awesome software. I played around with it myself for a couple of years now. I haven’t gotten to the point where I use that instead of light room, but there are some times where I like to use it. Um, and it does pretty much all the same stuff like room Bez as a general rule, it runs faster than light room because it’s one of the things I want to remind my listeners again is light room is not a photo editor per se. Light rooms first function is as a database program.

Liam 04:05 And Yeah,

Liam 04:06 if you know anything about database programs, the more you know, the larger the database becomes, the slower everything works. You know, everything slows down, the processing power’s cut down and then you start getting, you know, the, the ridiculous lag time when you’re, when you’re trying to load or when you’re trying to switch between the tools, you know, from the library tab to the develop module and so on and so forth. Now light room does have the ability to, if you go into the menu, you when um, the primary menu I think it is and there is an option to optimize the database and I recommend you do that on a regular basis. Um, I also don’t recommend, and some people like to do this, but I’m not a fan of, but I don’t recommend that you create one light room catalog and use it forever because the bigger that catalog dis this slower light room is going to start running. And it’s just the nature of the beast because like I said, it’s primarily a database program

Liam 05:08 and

Liam 05:09 did any database, the bigger against the more quote unquote bloated it gets the worst and performance gets. So there are some tweaks and stuff you can do to light room to improve the performance of bit in the preferences. Some of the preference settings, and I’ll talk about that more in another episode. I may do an episode, I’m completely on Lightroom and how to optimize it and get, get the best performance out of it because I know like rudeness and extremely popular software, but my point I want to get back to is I’m just not a big fan of the light room cc the cloud only based version of light room. So I would not jump on this personally. I prefer instead of paying 10 bucks a month for Lightroom CC, which is a cloud only version, I prefer to be on the Adobe photographer program where I pay 10 bucks a month and I get the full blown desktop light room.

Liam 05:58 Plus I get the latest version of Photoshop. So yes, it’s costing me $120 a year, but I am getting light room and Photoshop both and I get all of their updates because as long as you maintain your subscription, you know you get the continuing updates to each program, which is really handy. But I will definitely put a link in the show notes. There are some people that really like just the cloud based version of light room. It has started to gain some popularity with, with some photographers. So I will definitely include a link in the show notes and I’m not trying to discourage any of my listeners from trying it out. I checked it out on the Mac app store. You can download it and try it free for seven days. But as I mentioned, make sure you turn off the auto renew in your account settings in iTunes.

Liam 06:44 So you don’t, you know, if you’d get past the seven day mark, you don’t automatically start getting him, you know, hit on your, your credit card. It’s on your account, um, for that $10 charge. If you didn’t plan on keeping it. So automatic turn off the automatic renewal downloaded, give it a try for seven days, you know, kick the tires so to speak and see if it’s the program for you. Now the good thing is just like with the original desktop version of light room, which is now called white room classic. Uh, with the CC version, you can also get a mobile app from the APP store and there are two versions of the mobile apps. So keep that in mind. There is the standard Lightroom mobile app that is the companion to light room classic. And then there’s a light rain cee cee APP, which is the one that partners with this cloud based only version of light room that you would use on your desktop.

Liam 07:36 So keep that in mind. I don’t want people getting confused. Um, cause I’ve seen it happen to some people, you know, they downloaded the wrong light room map and they were like, well the APP was supposed to be free. Why am I all of a sudden I’m getting charged money every month for an APP to supposed to be free. And it’s like, well that’s because you downloaded the wrong version. You didn’t download the companion APP for Lightroom classic. You downloaded the companion app for Lightroom cc and that one wax you for 10 bucks a month or whatever the case may be. Um, so keep that in mind. The version that goes with Lightroom classic is free. The version that goes to the light room cc you do have to pay for, so then you’re paying two charges. You’re paying the one charge every month for the light room C C and you’re paying again for the Lightroom CC mobile companion APP.

Liam 08:20 I think they do have some sort of thing where if you do get the light room cc from the Mac App store and you have the same iCloud id on it and your mobile device, your iPad or iPad mini or iPhone or whatever the case may be, then I think at that point it will make the CC mobile app free for you because it’ll detect that you’re already paying the $10 a month for cc for the desktop. So I believe you can do that and it’ll save you a few dollars off paying for both apps. So I definitely recommend tried out, like I said, seven day free trial, turn off auto renews so you don’t get whacked at the end of the seven days if you forget to cancel it and just go ahead and kick the tires and see it. But that is what you needed to do.

Liam 09:03 It might be all you need or you might want to go with light room classic or some other possible photo editors. Like I said, there’s capture one. There’s another great one that I’ve been playing around with called [inaudible] lumen are three. Uh, they introduced libraries, a very similar role, similar to light room. And again, it loads a lot faster than light room cause it’s not primarily a database program. Um, and there’s some others out there. There’s gamma, which is more of a Photoshop replacement that’s totally free and available for windows, Linux and Mac, all three. But anyways, I don’t want to, I don’t want to get off on too much of a tangent on this light room article, but I did want to make my listeners aware and like I said, I’ll go ahead and include the link to go directly to it in the Mac app store in the show notes for this episode.

Liam 09:49 Now

Liam 09:50 the next bit of news I want to talk about is coming from Hasselblad. Hasselblad is announcing the new nine oh seven x and they say it’s the smallest medium format camera body ever.

Liam 10:08 The,

Liam 10:11 Oh, I’m sorry, paired with the upcoming CSV mark to 50 see digital back photographers will, we’ll be able to shoot medium format digital photography, but the classic Hasselblad experience, the new body and back, we’ll connect Hasselblad’s photographic history into one system. The company says the CFV mark to 50 see digital backbone container 50 megapixel. See Moss sensor that measures 43.8 by 32.9 millimeters. The back will be compatible with most the system cameras made from 1957 onwards. So let’s, that’s pretty impressive. Designwise the CSV mark to 50 see features, the look of Hasselblad’s famous medium format systems, beloved by photographers all over the world for many, many years. So we will blend in perfectly when paired with older bodies at the rear of the back as a tilted the touch screen for handling settings, reviewing photos and navigating the menu. The rechargeable battery is fully integrated into the bag, which means less of flexibility when it comes to power management. But an overall reduction in size. The back can also be recharged in camera using a standard USB c port cable. The ultra compact nine oh seven x provides the smallest possible option for using a B system. Yeah,

Liam 11:35 back. Okay.

Liam 11:37 And the, the images are beautiful of the camera system, uh, paired with this back. And I will definitely include a link to this article from pet a pixel in the show notes. The combination will offer a truly distinct photographic experience including the classic waist level shooting of the visa system enabled by the c f d mark, two 50 seat tilt spring hassle blood says the nine oh seven x compatible, all of Hasselblad’s x system lenses. And using adapters. Photographers will be able to tap into the lenses from the h system, the system and expand. Hasselblad is also creating a line of assessors. They include a control grip and external optical view finder and there are also a couple of uh, videos introducing the new body and back that will be a in that link in the show notes and you can go ahead and check out those videos for yourself.

Liam 12:32 Hasselblad’s said they will be announcing additional details, pricing and the villa availability for both the CFB mark to 50 c and the nine oh seven x body later on in 2019 so that’s definitely something to get excited about. I’ve mentioned in previous episodes, I’ve always wanted to get into medium format, uh, into a medium format system myself. But there are a little bit out of my price range. Uh, it’ll be interesting to see, uh, what price point Hasselblad comes in at for this combination. I have a feeling that even know it’s going to be the smallest medium format camera system that you can buy a, I have a feeling the price tag on. It’s still going to be fairly hefty and we’ll have to wait and see. Now I understand, you know it Hasselblad you’re paying for the name as well as the quality, but a general rule, it’s one of the reasons why I’ve never gone to medium format because the digital ones are so bloody expensive.

Liam 13:32 I mean, yeah, I can go on Amazon or Ebay and I can pick up, you know, older Mumia medium formats or, or you know, cameras and stuff like that. And I can get up one for two, three, $400. But it’s a film camera. So then you’ve got to buy the film, you got to pay to develop the film, you’ve got all the additional extra expense. And I don’t want to deal with any of that. If I do someday get into medium format, I want to go digital media format and not have to deal with all those headaches. So we’ll have to wait and see what happens. I have a feeling though, this model’s probably going to be pricing. Uh, I could be wrong and a, and I’ll explain why in just a second. Cause I’m gonna be switching gears and talking about the next major announcement from Hassell Blab.

Liam 14:13 So the next announcement from Hasselblad is the introduction of the x one d mark two 50 cc, which is going to be a faster and cheaper medium format, mirrorless camera body. Now some of you may or may not know Hasselblad release the original x one d I think it’s been a couple of years ago now. And it’s an, it’s a decent camera. You can of course use it framed, saying action or any, you know, any kind of, uh, you can’t shoot anything as fast moving. It’s more for portraits and landscapes and stuff like that. It does make incredible images, the software, um, and it is pretty good. The user experiences, uh, takes a bit to get used to, but it, it was a good camera. And I know Tony Northrop did a review on it and uh, he said it was a decent camera but it was lacking in some areas, especially for the $10,000 price tag.

Liam 15:10 Well now Hasselblad has announced the release as of June 19th. They’ve announced that they’re going to release the new x One d mark two 50 c and they say this medium format mirrorless camera body, which is a followup to the x one d original became available, uh, when it was unveiled back in 2016. So I stand corrected. It’s been about three years now since the x one d came out. Hasselblad says in the pursuit to continue the journey of taking medium format outside of the studio, we have put enhanced electronics in the camera for faster performance compared to its predecessor. The live view has a much faster refresh rate. There’s reduced shutter lag, reduced blackout time between frames, a faster shooting speed of 2.7 frames per second and a startup time that is twice as fast. There is still a 50 megapixel cmos sensor at the core of the camera of 43.8 millimeter by 32.9 millimeter one that measures 1.7 times larger than 35 millimeter full frame sensors.

Liam 16:13 The sensors features a native ISO range of 100 to 25,600 a 14 stop dynamic range, which is very impressive. And a large 5.3 by five points. Three U M pixels for fantastic tonality on the back of the camera is a higher resolution 3.6 inch, 2.3 6 million. Dot. Touchscreen up from the original three inch 920 k. Dot. Touchscreen in the x one d. This is the largest LCD display currently offered on a digital medium format camera. The electronic viewfinder has been upgraded as well, going from 3.6 9 million dot. Ebf with a 0.87 x magnification from the 2.3 6 million dot. EBF found in the original x one d that menu system can now be accessed when looking through the EVF as well, allowing photographers to work more seamlessly, especially with your out in sunny conditions. In addition to 16 bit raw photos, the camera can now capture a full resolution jpegs on their own for photographers wishing to trade post-processing flexibility for a faster workflow.

Liam 17:30 Speaking of workflow Hasselblad’s new focus mobile to APP now allows photographers to connect their camera to an I pad via the USBC or Wifi to transfer raw and jpeg files for editing. While out in the field there are a couple of short videos introducing this new camera and I will include the link to this story and the videos in the show notes. Now this does look extremely impressive. I watched a lot of videos on the original x one d and it was an okay camera, but for $10,000 I wasn’t going to pull the trigger, especially not when if I had the 10,000 to burn, I could go to phase one who’s headquartered right here in Atlanta and I could buy a factory refurbished, one of their medium format cameras with the back. And uh, oftentimes you can get a package deal where you got the body, the back and like an 80 millimeter lens as a complete set refurbished for like nine thousand ten thousand dollars which would be a much better deal because you’re, you’re also getting a free lens.

Liam 18:34 So, but I still hadn’t pulled the trigger yet. I really like to have a hassle. Glad we’ll have to wait and see how things flesh out. Now one of the things that really impresses me with the x one d mark two and it is available to order now with a price tag of $5,750. This new camera will begin shipping in July, 2019. Now to tell you, explain why I’m excited by comparison. The original x one D as I mentioned a little while ago, was priced at $8,995 when it was first announced. Um, but like I said, by the time you bought it and got the necessary items you needed for it, you’re at 10,000 or better before you actually had a system you could shoot with. So I am excited that the, uh, the mark two version of the x one D is going to be faster, easier to use, better performance, and the price tag, not quite, but it’s getting close to where it’s cut in half from what the original one costs.

Liam 19:34 Now, the other reason why I say this is interesting is because if you know anything about cameras and and what’s going on in the camera world, Fuji has been going crazy with their mirrorless medium format cameras. They just announced that are released that new, uh, what was the GFX 100 I think or something like that. It’s 102 megapixel sensor, a medium format camera. And the thing that’s interesting is Fuji has muralists media format bodies and they’ve been gradually bringing down their prices. They started out at about $10,000 and now there’s some models of the Fuji Film, medium format, mirrorless camera bodies that you can get for 40 $505,000. So I’m thinking with this mark, two of the Hasselblad x One d, I think Hasselblad is trying to get more competitive in their pricing so that they can try to steal a little bit of Fujifilm’s Pie. And that’s definitely a smart thing to do because anybody in the photography world that’s a serious photographer there, they know the hassle bled name and they know hassle bladder makes extremely high quality cameras.

Liam 20:46 They are, you’re paying for the name, you’re also paying for the quality. It’s kind of like buying apple products, but in my opinion Hasselblad’s a bit more expensive than apple is. But um, I do dream of having a Hasselblad one day and maybe with the, with the x one d coming out at 57 50, uh, maybe in a couple of years I’ll be able to afford to pick one up or who knows, maybe when the mark three comes out in two or three years they’ll drop the price again or, or maybe they’ll gradually dropped the price of this one after it’s been on the market for a little while. I’ll just have to wait and see. But it definitely, definitely is a, is a compelling announcement from hassle by two major announcements, a new cameras from Hasselblad this week. So that’s really, really exciting. Now the next thing I want to talk about is Nikons.

Liam 21:33 July rebates plus a new sigma sale. So most of last month’s rebates were extended and you can find the details down. Adorama and B and h photo Adorama has a promotion on two sigma lenses. The sigma 35 millimeter f 1.4 DG HSM art lens. You can now pick up for $250 or 28% off and it does include the firmware update Usb doc, which is pretty cool. The sigma 18 to 35 millimeter f 1.8 DC HSM art lens is now $270 or 34% off. It does not say if that one includes the doc or not, so I’m not going to assume that it does. This Sigma Sarah will expire on Monday, June 24th the list of all discount and signal lenses can be found at the length which I will include in the sale. A show notes, and here is the detailed list of current Nikon rebates on the Nikon z series.

Liam 22:33 They’re instant savings on the Nikon z body, $200 off it at Arama Bnh or Amazon, the Nikon z six 24 to 70 kit, $200 off at all three locations. The Nikon z six filmmakers skit is also $200 off at all three locations. The night gone as z seven body only will be $600 off the Nikon z seven 24 to 70 kit will also be $600 off and it does mention free Nikon FTZ adapter. Would the purchase of the Z six or the Z seven body? Either one and if you’re not familiar with the FTZ adapter is Nikons adapted, allows you to adapt your f mounting Nikon lenses to the new xe mouth that they use on the z six and c seven so you won’t have to get rid of your f Mount Glass, which is always good if you can keep your high quality glass and use a more modern technical, uh, a camera body that has more modern technology, that’s a win win for everybody.

Liam 23:36 In my book. That’s what I did when I got my ios are, I have, I have a couple of the RF mount lenses, but primarily I use the uh, control ring adapter and I keep using my l, you know, my f l a high quality glass that I use with my DSLRs. In that way I can use one set of lenses with both style bodies, both the RF Mao and the standard f mouse, so it’s a win win. Now, Nikon DSLR instant savings, the Nikon d 3,400 combos up to 350 off the Nikon d 3,500 combos to four 50 off the 5,600 combos up to five 50 of the d 7,200 up to six 50 off the 7,500 up six six 70 off the Nikon d 500 combos up to six 70 off the d six 10 Cabos, up to $100 off the Nikon d seven 50 combos, up to a thousand dollars off, which is very impressive.

Liam 24:38 The Nikon d eight 10 combos up to $800 off the Nikon d eight 50 combos of two $300 off and it also mentions free and B Two d 12 with the DA 10 which is 420 995 off the normal price and you get a free pack of [inaudible] 3,400 3,502 kit or two Lens Kit. You can get a $70 off instant savings and there’s some more of them here. I don’t want to read through all of them because it’s a long, long list and I don’t want to bore all my listeners to death reading every bit of it. Um, there is also some instant savings on Nikons coolpix which are their point and shoot cameras and all of these rebates are set to expire on June 29 so they’d been extended longer. You have to pretty much the end of June, you have until a week from this Saturday to take advantage of these Nikon instant rebates.

Liam 25:37 And if you’re an icon shooter and you’re looking to maybe upgrade your body or it gets a new glass now it would be the time to do it while Nikon’s got these July rebates going off, um, along with the sigma rebate sale as well. Now the last couple items I want to talk about our back in the world of cannon, which is what I primarily shoot. All of my cameras are Tannen with the exception of my Dji Phantom three. And then I also have a couple of the light truck, Elon, uh, light cameras as well as my Gopros, but now there is a deal on the sigma 35 millimeter f 1.4 DG HSM art series lens with the Sigma Usb Dok Four Five 99 this is for the Canon Mount. Now the interesting thing about this is it comes with the doc and you’re saving $300 because the normal price is eight 99 so you can definitely take advantage of this if you want to upgrade to that sigma 35 millimeter 1.4 art lens lens is fantastic.

Liam 26:44 I don’t personally have one. I’ve seen a lot of video reviews on it. I’ve talked to photographers and person that habit and use it and they absolutely love it. All you have to do is use the coupon code, inspire 19 at checkout to see the five 99 price if you get a coupon code error or change your shipping method away from no rush shipping. Now the key features on this, the Lens Mount is the Canon Eos fixed focal length. It’s a 35 millimeter lens, as I mentioned before, Lens for Madis full frame. So what we’ll work on your crop body, uh, cannon bodies as well as an actual them aperture of f 1.4 the special features. It’s if spiritual, the lens type Standard Slr Lens Lens series is sigma art series Sigma DG series. So that is a great deal on that 35 millimeter full frame lens from sigma and it is a fantastic lines.

Liam 27:41 Like I said, I don’t own one myself. I have the Canon Lens, uh, the uh, f a I think it’s, yeah, it’s an f to a 2.0 with image stabilization. That’s a great lens as well. It’s a little bit less expensive than this sigma on sale, but the said this segment is a bit better quality than the, than the Canon Lens that I have in ESF mount. Um, I do also have the new RF 35 millimeter from Canon, which is a 1.8 and I do believe that that Lens actually beats out the sigma and image quality and it’s still a little bit cheaper. That lens is only $450 so it’s still 150 cheaper than the sigma when it’s on sale. But Hey, this is a fantastic lens. If you pick one up while you got, they got the $300 off, and like I said, you’re getting the free Sigma Usb dock with it so that you can upgrade the firmware, calibrate the autofocus on the Lens, all of that good stuff.

Liam 28:38 It’s great to have that USB doc. It was one of the smartest things the sigma decided to come out with for their art series lenses because then the customers of these lenses, you know, you’re not paying a hefty amount of money for the higher quality art series lenses and then have a, you know, anytime there’s a major firmware update that fixes a bug in the previous firm for the lens that may be caused issues for you. The old way you had to send the lens into sigma, you had to wait, you know, have their, uh, repair and service center update the firmware for you, then ship it back to you. So you’d be without your Lens. For a few days and you couldn’t shoot it if you didn’t have the Lens Handy. So it was definitely a smart thing for sigma to come out with the USB docs so that you can update the firmware yourself.

Liam 29:26 Now, uh, right now the only art lens that I have from Sigma is my 12 to 24 which I’ve mentioned in previous episodes. I do also have the USB doc for it and it is fantastic to have that. I recently had the update the firmware on that 12 to 24 and it was great to be able to just set it in that doc and the doc plugged into my Mac, download the firmware update, run it in a few seconds, Bam, new firmware and my lens and I’m good to go. So it is absolutely handy having that capability. So if you are looking for a 35 millimeter lens that will make fantastic images and you want to get that Usb doc for free, now is the time to run over to sigma and pick up the 35 1.4 DG HSM art lens. And as I mentioned before, you get the free Usb doc with that, and with the inspire 19 coupon code at checkout, you will get, you’ll see the price change from eight 99 two five 99 which is going to save you $300 and you’re also actually, you’re saving a little bit more than that because the USB doc is frequently $60 if you buy it by itself.

Liam 30:37 So I guess you could say technically you’re saving $360 because you’re getting the USB doc that normally retails for $60 for free. So that is a really good deal. And I recommend all of my listeners check out these rebates from nine account. If you’re a Nikon shooter, checkout the rebates and sales from sigma that they’re continuing on and get yourself some good deal on some glass or a Nikon bodies. If you’re in the market for a new Nikon body, you can save some money there as well. And I’m really excited to, uh, see these new announcements from Hasselblad. I’m, I’m going to be interested to see what the price will be on the nine oh seven x. But like I said, I have a feeling if it’s got a digital back that’s compatible with their other cameras, I have a feeling that one’s going to be expensive.

Liam 31:25 It might be the smallest medium format digital body ever, but I think it’s also going to be very, very expensive. Um, be in it uses that particular back digital back. Uh, but we’ll have to wait and see. Now, like I said before, the, the idea of the x one d mark two dropping from nine to $10,000 down to 57 50. That is very intriguing because now Hasselblad is getting into almost the same price point as Fuji Film with their medium mirrorless medium format bodies. So it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out in the market. As far as I’m concerned. It’s a win win for consumers because now you have Hasselblad creating direct competition for Fujifilm and hassle bled is a heavyweight in the medium format world. It’s going to be interesting to see if they’re going to end up putting a serious hurt on Fujifilm’s mirror was medium format business is going to be definitely, definitely be fun to watch this play out in the, as we have progressed in the next year or two.

Liam 32:32 It’s going to be definitely a something. You’re going to want to sit back with a bowl of popcorn and watch and see the sparks fly. All right. I’m going to go ahead and wrap up this episode of the lamb photography podcast. You’ve been listening to episode 25 I want to thank all of my listeners again for subscribing, rating and reviewing and iTunes and anywhere else you might be listening to the show. Be sure to leave comments on the episode or any questions you might have. You are welcome to join the lamb photography podcast Facebook group. You can search us out on Facebook. It is a closed group, but in order to join you only have to answer one question which is the name of the host of the show, which is myself, Liam Douglas. You can put Liam or Liam Douglas. Either one is perfectly fine and you’ll be in like Flint and you are welcomed.

Liam 33:24 Once you’re in the group to post your own photographs, your own original work, please do not be stealing photos from other photographers that will get you reported and banned from the group permanently. I can’t stress that enough. I do not want people stealing other people’s work and trying to pass it off as their own. In this Facebook group. I love to see other people’s work and I am not a harsh critic. I try to help people as much as I can. If they ask for a creative criticism, I try to be as helpful and positive as possible and not talk down to them like some people like to do. Um, but please, please, please keep in mind only post your own a original work. Don’t even reshare another photographer’s work into the group. Even if you have their permission. I don’t care if it’s not your work.

Liam 34:20 Please don’t post it in the group. If it is your work, you’re welcome to post. Try to limit that to a maximum of five photos every 24 hours. And you can release some, you know, one at a time ever, you know, upload one every three or four hours. Or you can do the whole batch of five at one time as Kinda like a little photo album. And the, uh, the Facebook groups feed, that’s perfectly fine as well. But let’s try to limit it to no more than five images per day per person. So that as more and more people start uploading images, it gives all of us the opportunity to see everybody’s work. You know, leave comments, leave feedback, the pointers, all kinds of things like that to try and help out everybody as much as possible. All right. Thank you everybody for your time and I will see you again in episode 26.

Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 24 – Father’s Day Savings, DIY Tripod Head & More

In this episode I talk about Sony’s two new Super Tele-photo lenses, savings on Sigma and GoPro for Father’s Day as well as a DIY tripod head that can save you some money!

Sony’s new Super Tele-photo lenses

Sigma Father’s Day Sale

Savings on the GoPro Hero 7 Black Edition

Edelkrone’s DIY Flex/Tilt tripod head

Savings on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Transcription by – there may be grammatical errors.

Liam: 00:01 Sony releases to new super telephoto lenses. Father’s day savings on cameras and lenses. Etl cron releases a tripod head. You can build yourself at home. All of this on episode 24 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam: 00:40 you’re listening to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 24 so this week Sony unveils a 200 to 600 millimeter f 5.6 to 6.3 and a 600 millimeter f four super telephoto lenses.

Liam: 01:00 Sony announced these two new major lenses for its full frame Effie Lens lineup. They are the first two Sony Effie lenses that reached 600 millimeters paired with Sony’s 1.4 times and two times to let converters. These lenses can offer a reach of 840 and 1200 millimeters respectively. With the introduction of these two new lenses, the Sony email lens stable now features 33 Effie lenses and a total of 51 lenses altogether. The new Sony fee, 200 to 605 six to six three g oss is designed for bird wildlife in sports photographers. When paired with any of the lightest, fastest e mount camera bodies, it will reliably track and accurately capture all types of moving subjects from birds to wildlife to athletes and motion and much more so. Sony features of the Lens include Builtin optical stabilization with three modes, a new optical design that minimizes chromatic aberration and 11 blade circular aperture for beautiful Bokeh Nano ar coating for reducing reflections, glare and ghosting, direct drive, SSM or dd SSM for fast, precise, quiet autofocus, an internal zoom mechanism, dust and moisture resistance, light zoom ring Torque, linear response, manual focus and the focus ring for fine manual focus control and three customizable focus hold buttons.

Liam: 02:40 Okay.

Liam: 02:40 The new Sony 600 millimeter f four g lens is the world’s lightest lens in its class weighing just 6.71 pounds or 3.04 kilograms. The Canon ESF 600 f four l I s three ways the same while the Nikon Afs Nicor 600 f four e f l e D Vr Lens weighs in at 8.4 pounds. The tents model from our flagship g master g master series, the new 600 millimeter f for raises the bar for speed mobility and control in a super telephoto prime lens. Per Sony’s deputy president nail Menowitz combining the extensive 600 millimeter reach with features like 20 frame per second shooting and a f a e calculations at 60 times per second on the a nine or extremely high resolution high speed performance on the a seven r three allow professional photographers to create images that were simply not possible for them to capture before. Controls on the lens include customizable focus hold buttons in four different spots, which by the way can be programmed for other purposes a full frame d m f to use manual focusing at any time with fine tuning adjustments provided by the linear response manual focus and a function ring was selectable, preset and function settings.

Liam: 04:15 A drop in filter slot in the lens allows for 40.5 millimeter filters to be used. Features of the 600 millimeter prime include builtin optical stabilization with three modes to extreme dynamic linear motors for fast and precise auto focus and subject tracking, especially developed motion algorithms to minimize lag and instability. A large extreme as spherical element that effectively suppresses all calm and telephoto lens aberrations. Three fluoride elements that minimize chromatic aberration and color bleeding and 11 blade circular aperture for beautiful Bokeh Nano ar coating for reduced reflections, glare and ghosting, and it balanced design for improved proved operation pricing and availability. The SonyF e 200 to 600 millimeter f five six to six three g aoss. We’ll hit store shelves in August, 2019 but the price tag of around $2,000 or 1995 the Sony f e 600 millimeter f four g will also arrive in August, 2019 at a hefty cost of $13,000 this is how over a smaller price tag than the 14,000 that was previously rumored for this lens.

Liam: 05:43 So of course the 600 millimeter f four lens isn’t for everybody. I know some of my listeners out there, I think I’m well, who in God’s name is going to spend $13,000 on the Lens, even if it’s a really awesome Prime Lens? Well, when it comes to any of these very large prime super telephoto lenses, those are designed specifically for your high end sports shooters, like the photographers that cover the Olympic Games, a NASCAR, NFL, stuff like that for major sports publications or TV networks, either one. So of course that lens isn’t affordable for everybody, but that’s not the idea. Canon has now are Sony, I’m sorry, has now officially gotten into the market with their own 600 millimeter prime so that they can better compete with other companies such as Canon and Nikon, which you had 600 millimeter primes for awhile now. So yes, at this price, this lens isn’t for everybody, but there’s definitely a small niche market of photographers that will be clamoring to get their hands on this lens when it releases in August of this year.

Liam: 06:57 Now, how would you like to upgrade your glass with rebates of up to $150 on some sigma lenses? Sigma offers third party lenses that mix high end optics with prices that tend to sit below. Those of the other major manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, and Sony and Sigmas lenses just saw a temporary price drop now through June 17th for Sigmas father’s day sale, you can get discounts of up to $150 on prime and zoom lenses and a $100 off for the Mount Converter and MC 11 six of Sigmas popular high end art series lenses c three figure discounts is part of the sale, including both prime and zoom models. Saidwell lenses are also available for a wide variety of cameras with native Mount Options for Canon Elf, Nikon F, Panasonic, and like a l Sony a and Sony. He mounts the sigma 35 millimeter f 1.4 DG HSM art lens, which ordinarily retails for eight and 99 as $125 rebate as part of this sale.

Liam: 08:11 The very popular sigma 50 millimeter 1.4 DG HSM art lens is discounted by $100 bringing it to $849 the sigma 85 millimeter f 1.4 DG HSM art lens, which makes stunning portraits is now just 1090 $9 after a $100 rebate. As for art series zoom lenses, Sigma is discounting two a PSC models the 18 to 35 f 1.8 d Hsm Art for six 99 and the 100 or the 50 to 100 millimeter f 1.8 d c Hsm art at nine 99 the break constant aperture zooms combine excellent low light performance with the flexibility of a zoom for full frame cameras. However, the Sigma 24 to 70 f 2.8 art is $100 off, bringing the price down to a low 1199 now if you would like to take part in this father’s day sale, you can head on over to Sigmas website where you can view these lenses for yourself and see the discounts are applied and you can purchase them directly from Sigma USA website.

Liam: 09:34 I will put a link to their father’s day sale in the show notes for those of you that want to take advantage of these discounted prices. Now one thing that I will add, sigmas art lenses are really fantastic lenses. I happen to own the uh, Sigma 12 to 24 HSM art lens, which is an f four lens and I had that as one of the lenses I use for my full time job as a real estate photographer. I love the fact that I can get a 1200 millimeter lens at least on its widest and and it’s f four which for real estate photography is perfectly fine because we generally shoot at f eight so that we can get everything in the room and focus at the same time. Now I do love this lens and a, it costs a pretty penny who is like a $1,300 lens, but on the other hand it’s cheap compared to the Canon Canon 11 to 24 millimeter Lens, which runs I believe around 25 $2,600 now, the only downside is, and I do take it with me, I have it in the car every time I go out to shoot real estate photography in case I need to go super wide.

Liam: 10:51 And generally that happens when I’m shooting a property where the backyard is extremely short, which you do run into from time to time. A shooting real estate photography, you’ll have a house that sits close to the edge of the woods or if it’s in a subdivision, sometimes they’ll have a small backyard and then a fence. And then of course the next row of houses on the next street over. And so the 12 millimeter allows me to go wide enough so that I can get the entire back side of the house in a single shop. That part is great. The downside is the sigma 12 to 24 art lens is extremely heavy and that’s one of the reasons why I’m glad that I’ve currently recently got the Roku and on our f mount 14 millimeter f 2.8 lens that I generally use as my all the time lens for real estate photography.

Liam: 11:47 It’s not quite as wide as the sigma 12 to 24, so it’s two less, you know, less wide than the Cigna, but it’s a much lighter lens. It’s manual focus, it’s a completely manual lens, so you have the weight reduction there. Plus I don’t have to use my Eo, uh, Ios, ours, e f to RF adapter. So that reduces some weight as well, which is really nice. Now, the only downside is if you’re familiar with the eos camera, uh, when you’re manually focusing, there are two options you can enable in the menus of the camera. One is called focus peeking and the other one’s called focus guides. Now the focus guides are for when you want to use your lens in manual mode, but you want to be certain that you have absolutely tack sharp focus. What you do is as you adjust the focus ring, there’ll be three triangles in the view finder in the EVF at, uh, they’ll be in a triangle pattern to above, one below.

Liam: 12:50 And when the triangles come together and light up green, you know, you’ve got perfect focus. Now a lot of people are confused with the Esr because when they try a lens like my Roku on 14 millimeters, which is a manual only Lens, you can turn on the focus guides, but you won’t get them. And that confuses some people. And one of the reasons for that is the lens has to have electronics so that the camera knows that the lens is in manual focus mode. So on a manual only lens that focus guides don’t show up. But that’s where the focus peaking comes in. And the cool thing about focus peaking is it still allows you with a manual only lens would know electronics to know you’ve got everything in focus because when you use the focus peaking, it’ll actually outline everything in your frame with either red, blue or yellow colored outline.

Liam: 13:45 You can change the color as you want in the menu. I currently use the red, uh, just because of sticks out a little bit more. So that part is really cool. So the sigma 12 to 24 is a fantastic lens. It’s one of the art model lenses from sigma. It’s very high quality. But like I said, it’s also extremely heavy. So I’ll do, I do take it with me when I shoot my real estate photography. I only use it when I absolutely need to just because of the extreme weight. And I just thought I would share that with my listeners since I was talking about the sigma arteland sale for father’s Day. Now, the next father’s day sale item I want to talk about is the Gopro hero seven action camera, which is getting a price cut on Amazon for father’s Day, which is coming up this Sunday. If you have an adventurous dad who likes to bike, hike, swim, surf for ski and action camera might be your best bet for a fun functional father’s Day gift that he’ll actually enjoy instead of getting him a cheesy or ugly looking tie.

Liam: 14:50 Uh, I know that happens to some dads. Gopro is long been a goto among action camera aficionados and the Gopro hero seven black is by far the best model on the market, marrying rugged durability with premium photo and video performance. And right now ahead of father’s day, you can get yourself a go pro hero seven black on Amazon for just $329, which is a drop from their normal price of $400 being Sunday, which this Sunday, which is father’s Day, is only a few days away. You want to act now before you disappoint dad by settling on another set of socks or another ugly tied the Gopro hero series of the most advanced action cameras offer by the Gopro brand. And while the silver and white editions are excellent cams in their own right, the hero seven black is the cream of the crop. A full range of features from stunningly smooth footage to housing free waterproofing up to 33 feet, placed the Gopro hero seven black in a class above and make this action camera a fantastic father.

Liam: 16:00 Stay fine. Hyper smoothes stabilization provides builtin gimbal like support throughout the shakiest movements as for instance, an eagles aerial flight. A smartphone like touchscreen makes navigation a snap and the camera is also equipped with smart voice controls which give you more freedom than ever. To record videos or capture photos through an audio commands. Simply say, Gopro, start recording or go pro. Take a photo and watch your father’s face light up with excitement over this awesome new action camera photographer and videographer. Fathers are bound to embrace the Gopro hero seven blacks technical features. The seven black captures all the action with top notch four k 60 video and super photo augments, 12 megapixel photos with Hdr tone mapping and more slow things down with eight times slow mo video or capture stabilized time lapse videos with timewarp. Then speed things back up to 30 times. Finally, the hero seven blacks live streaming will let your father share in the moment action through Facebook live.

Liam: 17:14 That’s sure to be a lot cooler than the old means and bad jokes he’s been sharing with you before. And at $329 to seven black makes a great bargain and an awesome father’s day. Fine. Now I can tell you, uh, I have several of the GoPro cameras. I’ve got the Gopro hero three, uh, three plus and I’ve got the hero five black and a hero seven black and they are all fantastic cameras. Um, if you remember in one of my previous episodes, I talked about the fact that Dji is now releasing their own action to directly compete with the Gopro. But I haven’t gotten my hands on one of those yet. It does sell, uh, generally for $50 cheaper than the hero seven black on a red, you know, regular basis. It’s not a sale price, it’s the all the time price. And I’ve watched some videos and reviews on the Dji camera and it does look like it’s pretty cool.

Liam: 18:10 It does a lot of the same things that the hero seven black does. But as I mentioned a moment ago, the hero seven, the hero cameras are like the Creme de la Creme of action cameras and they’re the ones that people are most frequently using, not only further own personal action videos, whether it’s surfing or cycling or or something like that. But the Gopro hero cameras are also widely used by studios for both television and film. And the Nice thing about them is, especially with the seven black, you had the built in stabilization, which is just about as good as having the camera on a gimbal. So you get really smooth video footage even when you’re shooting a movie or a TV show and you’ve got the camera mounted on the bumper of a car during a chasing or something like that. So you can do a lot of really, really cool things with the Gopros. And like I said, they’re not just being used by regular people everyday. They’re also being widely used by Hollywood in both film and TV production.

Liam: 19:17 Okay.

Liam: 19:17 Now if you want to head over to Amazon and pick up the hero seven black for your father for father’s day, or possibly even your grandfather, maybe he’s into that kind of stuff as well. I will share the link to the discounted price on Amazon. I’ll include that in the show notes so that you can just click go right to Amazon and snatch it up for the discounted price before the sale ends.

Liam: 19:42 The next item I want to talk about is the Edel Cron or tech flex tilt tripod head. Now some of you may or may not be aware of these flex till tripod heads. Um, I’ve actually got, um, a fairly inexpensive one that works nicely that I bought on Amazon sometime back and I can’t remember off the top of my head who the company was that made it, but basically the flex tilt style tripod heads. All right, large, uh, generally there are metal tripod head and they’re a fairly large square head. You can put them on the top of your tripod and place of your standard ball head or your pan and tilt head and it gives you a tripod head that basically has like a scissor mechanism for raising and lowering the height of your camera on the tripod. And the really cool because you have the flexibility of being able to raise and lower your camera, um, for a decent amount, a few inches.

Liam: 20:44 But the other cool thing about these kinds of tripod is you can also use them, um, in your studio to get a bird’s eye view style shot where you can use this tripod head, you can extend it forward and actually have your camera pointing with the Lens straight down at an object on a table or something like that. That’s what I’m talking about when I say a bird’s eye view. Now to be honest, I had not previously heard of Etl Crohn and their flex flexsteel tripod heads. Like I said, I have a one made by another company and it’s a really cool head. But the one thing I don’t like about it is the fact that in order to adjust the height or extend the head or move it this way or that way, I’ve got to use a hex key that came with the head to loosen and tighten the screws in the various joints so that once I get the head adjusted with my camera to where I want it, it’s not gonna fall.

Liam: 21:42 So I have to, you know, the one I have, like I said, it was fairly inexpensive. I think I paid like 30 bucks for it or something like that. And it is an awesome head. I don’t use it a whole lot, but it is a nice one. It’s fairly hefty and as long as you get the, the, the joint screws tightened down with the provided hex key, um, you don’t have to worry about your camera going anywhere. Now, the unique thing about the ETL crown or tech flex head is there are no screw adjustments that you have to make. They actually use a you more unique hiddens design that has a friction mechanism that they invented. So basically you can extend this tripod head and you don’t have to worry about locking the joints using a hex group. Now looking at the photographs, this head looks pretty cool.

Liam: 22:34 It’s a really nice, a bright color. The one in the image on the website and I’ll share the link in the show notes as a bright yellow. Now there, their head normally retails for $150. Now what’s really cool is or tech, uh, for the Artek flex till head, they are actually offering a way that you can save money using the ort or tech flex, still head three d kit. And it’s the first product and a new series of products that this company is going to be releasing over time where you can purchase a CNC machined Lou, you can buy CNC machined aluminum parts for $30 and then you can download the three d model and print and put together this tripod head yourself at home, which is a pretty cool and unique idea. So instead of paying $150 to buy the prebuilt flex still ahead.

Liam: 23:32 You can go on their website, you can pay $30 for the CNC machined aluminum parts that the had requires, and then you can print the remainder of the parts on your three d printer at home. Now that can be really cool, especially because I’m in the last year or so, three d printers have actually gotten fairly inexpensive for ones that you can buy and use in your home. There’s some really nice models that you can get on Amazon for around $300 and the plastic filament material that you use to print objects isn’t super expensive. You can get a good size spool of various colors of the filament for your printer. Also on Amazon and a lot of them run about $20 a spool. Now, I don’t know how many items you can print with a spool of filament, you know, for that $20 I guess it would depend on how large the objects are that you’re making.

Liam: 24:25 My point is, the thing that’s really cool about this three d printed kit to get one of these flex till heads is you’re saving $120 because you’re only buying the $30 machine to aluminum parts. And while you’re not going to say you’re not going to save, um, $120 fully because you pay 30 for the CNC machine parts. And then of course, if you already own a three d printer or if you have access to one, you could use it a local university. Um, in some areas, not around here where I live, but in some areas I’ve heard that sometimes public libraries will actually have three d printers. So on the initial cost, you’re, you’re saving $120 because the aluminum parts are only 30 bucks versus a 154 two by the premanufactured tripod head. But you do have to take into consideration that you have to use, uh, some plastic filament material.

Liam: 25:21 Like I said, it runs about $20 a spool. And so you’re not going to get away with building the entire tripod head for that $30 costs, but you’re still looking at probably spending less than 50 bucks all together to actually buy the aluminum parts and then print the plastic parts yourself and then assemble it at home. Now the other thing that the company talks about that is really cool about this is because you can print the plastic components at home, you can actually make the tripod head any color you want. Now, like I mentioned in the images on their website, the demonstration model is a bright yellow and then it has black around the joints and then it has a black Edel cron label on the side of it. But being yoga, if you want to build this tripod head yourself at home, you’re not limited to just making yours yellow like the one they sell on their website.

Liam: 26:20 You could actually print it orange, black, green, yellow, whatever color filament you can buy. You can have that color be the final color for this really cool tripod head. Now, the other cool thing is if you go to their website, um, it has the link right on their homepage. It shows the flex tilt head 3-d, the tripod head, and then right next to it it has a link you can click to buy the, the aluminum machine departs and it’s a box of parts that includes quite a few items. You had the pan and you had the pan dial and then you have the metal shafts and you have the aluminum plates that go on the side of the tripod head to have the Etl cron name and some other items in there. And like I said, you’d Click on the link, add to cart for $29 and then you print a three d model, STL file.

Liam: 27:13 You can download that right from their website. And they even have a handy video where you can see for yourself just how easy it is to assemble this finished product. So I think it’s a really cool idea. And from what I’m reading, Atul Crohn is actually planning to release more products in the future that consumers can build themselves at home and save quite a bit of money. So it’s a really cool idea. If you have a three d printer at home, you may want to give this a try. If you do, please leave a comment on this episode and let me know how you made out with it. Was it easy to accomplish? Was it difficult, was a pretty easy to assemble and once you did assemble it does the um, the ability to move and extend the tripod head and not having to lock it in place with screws?

Liam: 28:05 Does it work as well on a manufactured at home version? As the company says it does in the premanufactured version that they sell for $150 I would definitely be interested to hear about that. So if you do decide to print one of these for yourself because you’re a photographer that has a three d printer at home, please go ahead and leave a comment on this episode. Or you can post in the Facebook group and let me know how you made out with it. If you were able to successfully assemble this tripod head and you took it out in the field and tested it out and it works as well as the company says it does, I would absolutely love to hear about that.

Liam: 28:43 Now, the last item I wanted to talk about in this episode, and I, and I don’t believe it’s a father’s day sale, but I did want to share it with my listeners anyways, and if you go to the Canon USA website and you’re interested in picking up the Ios Six d mark two full frame DSLR canon currently has it marked down from 1599 to 1299 if you buy it from the Canon online store. Now the pricing reflects that it is the camera body only, but this is a really good price for this camera and it is a fantastic camera. I know you’ll, you’ll see videos and reviews on various youtube channels and photography blogs where a lot of people have poo pooed it because it doesn’t have the dynamic range of other cameras, Yada Yada Yada. But the idea is the 60 mark two is an entry level full frame camera and that’s how Canon markets it.

Liam: 29:37 Now I do have a six d mark two I had the original 60 and I loved both cameras and I did sell my original 60 when I upgraded to the mark to model. Um, but I did love both cameras and the only a thing right now is I was using the 60 mark two is my primary camera for my real estate photography job. And I used it for quite a while until I picked up the eos are and now I primarily use the ios are just because of the setups, a little bit lighter, not a lot, but it’s a little bit lighter and I like having the, the mirror was full frame. Now keep in mind that just like the Eos are the 60 mark two does only have one card slot, one SD card slot. So it’s not, like I said, it’s not a pro body.

Liam: 30:24 It’s an entry level body and that’s another item that people poo poo this camera for. But one thing to keep in mind, if you’re looking for a full frame DSLR that’s reasonably priced and it $1,300 she definitely can’t complain about the price. The nice thing about the 60 mark too is it does have that very angle screen. So if you’re shooting videos of yourself, if you’re blogging and you’re the only person, you don’t have a separate person, that’d be your camera operator, you can use the 60 mark too, just like you can. The Eos are to do those kinds of videos of yourself quite easily. You can literally hold the camera out in your hand and it has the very angle touch. So you can flip that out and turn it around so you can make sure that you got your framing. Perfect. And another thing that’s really great about the 60 mark too is it does have the dual pixel autofocus system, which is fantastic.

Liam: 31:22 So basically if you’re somebody that is logging the autofocus system in this camera will keep you focused in the frame. So you don’t have to worry about that. It’s not something that you got to worry about. You got to carry, you know, hold the camera to specific distance the entire time you’re shooting your video, which can get tiresome. Uh, because if you move your hand or arm, either way, you’re going to lose focus. You don’t have to worry about that with this camera, which is one of the reasons why it is an extremely popular camera for vloggers. So, and the cool thing is is you can be shooting yourself, whether you’re holding it up or you just have it sitting on a desk or table. And then if you pick up an object that you want to show in your video, when you hold that object up in front of yourself, that camera will automatically lock onto that object and get auto focus lock on it.

Liam: 32:13 And then when you move it back out of the frame, it’ll automatically require autofocus on your face. And that is a game changer for people that do a lot of logging, especially, you know, if they’re doing their own thing by themselves. And like I said, they don’t have a dedicated camera operate. So I did want to share that with my listeners as the final item for this week’s episode because it is a fantastic camera. Like I said, don’t listen to the poors in the naysayers. If you really want to move from an APC crop body camera into full frame without breaking the bank, now you’ve got two options for right about the say well exactly the same price because while Canon has the ios 60 mark two on sale, you can get the 60 mark two for 1299 or you can get the EOC are p, which is an even more entry level, mirrorless full frame camera system that Canon released a little while ago.

Liam: 33:09 And they’re both $1,299. So for that price, you can go with either body. Uh, if you get the Eos Rp, of course you need the adapter so that you can use your existing eff and efs glass on it. Uh, which is great. Now, especially if you’re coming over from a crop body and you have a lot of the EFSM lenses, then the Eos Rp will probably be be your better choice because you can use the efs lenses on the RP with the f two RF adapter where you cannot use any of your efs lenses on the 60 mark two and that’s because of the difference on the rear flange on the efs lenses. That rear flange is longer. So even though the Lens will mount on the 60 mark too, when you go to take a picture, the Shutter Mirror Assembly is going to hit the back of that lens and it’s going to bust up the insides of your camera, which is not a good thing to do.

Liam: 34:06 So keep that in mind. If you do have a lot of VFS glass, you might be better off going for the Rp for that 1299 price point. But if most of your glass is f or third party f compatible from Sigmar Tamra on or somebody like that, then you could definitely go with the 60 mark to uh, both cameras have a but right about the same sensor. Um, so there’s not a whole lot of difference in the image quality so either one of them’s going to do a fantastic job. They both have the same video capabilities as far as being able to use for vlogging because they have the dual pixel autofocus system. So there is something else to think about. If you want to pick up the 60 mark too, I’ll have a link to the purchase section of Canon USA website where you can pick one up if you want to get one of those as a gift for yourself for father’s Day or for your dad or Granddad if they’re into photography, there’s another possibility and another opportunity to save a couple of hundred dollars. All right. I am going to go ahead and wrap up episode 24 of the Liam photography podcast. I want to thank all my listeners again for subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes, and any place else you might be listening to this show, which does include Spotify and stitcher. I will see you all again next week in episode 25

Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 23 – Facebook, Nudity, Nik Collection & Apple

In this episode I talk about Facebook’s Artistic Nude policy, a new version of the NIK Collection of editing plug-ins and Apple announces a new, Monster of a Mac Pro Computer and Monitor.

Facebook Protest on Nudity

Facebook to Reconsider Nudity Policy After Photographers Protest

NIK Collection 2


Apple’s new Mac Pro Tower and Monitor

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Transcription by, there may be grammatical errors.

Liam : 00:01 Facebook to reconsider their nudity policy after photographers protest their policy. DxO upgrades the NIK   collection. It’s a major upgrade from DxO and Apple unveiled the new Mac pro at this week’s worldwide developer conference. All this on episode 23 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam : 00:41 Welcome to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas, and you’re listening to episode 23 so this week Facebook has agreed to rethink its stance on nudity following and outcry from photographers who have been protesting the social networks banning of artistic nudity in photographs. In recent months, Facebook has faced scrutiny for its community guidelines and central city or practices rights, the national coalition against sensors it ship or the NCAC, the site’s policies which make an exception for nudity and paintings and sculptures excludes photography. Photographers reported having their accounts and photos deleted without warning or explanation. So recently on June 2nd a bunch of people gathered to protest outside of Facebook’s in New York City offices to speak out against the company’s policy. 125 male and female models stripped down and held giant photos of male nipples over their bodies to cover themselves. The women also wore a male nipple nipple stickers over their own nipples.

Liam : 01:51 A reference to the fact that Facebook’s policies specifically banned female nipples. We restrict the display of nudity or sexual activity because some people in our community may be sensitive to this type of content. Facebook writes in his community standards document. Our nudity policies have become more nuanced over time. While we do restrict some images of female breasts and include the nipple, we allow other images including those depicting acts of protest. Women actively engaged in breastfeeding and photos of post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings and sculptures and other art that depicts nude figures. The unusual photo shoot and protest made national headlines in the NCAC just announced that Facebook has agreed to meet with a group of artists, educators, curators, and activists to discuss its policies and figure out if or how they can be changed to better serve creators. Images of the human body had been a central subject for art for centuries.

Liam : 02:54 NCAC rights. Nevertheless, Instagram, the most popular platform for artists who share their work online and Facebook, both band photographic representations of a nude body. Facebook has confirmed it will be holding a meeting regarding nudity, the company notes that it hasn’t pledged to make any changes to its policy, but rather its goal is to learn more about outgoing concerns people have regarding its policies when it comes to artistic nudes. Now the one thing that I did find interesting from all of this is the protesters who protested outside Facebook’s New York City offices in the buff. I said that the, their group is known as we the nipple, which I thought it was a little bit unusual. And they even use Hashtag we the nipple on their Instagram post where it shows all of their, uh, nude backsides while they’re also holding the printed out nipples images above their heads with their hands in the air.

Liam : 03:56 So it’ll be interesting to see what happens here. Um, I know one of my friends, um, in the Illinois, a Chicago, Illinois area, uh, Brian Sadowsky does a lot of work photographing artistic nudes and, uh, he does a lot of different themes and stuff like that and he makes incredible images. And I know he’s complained numerous times because of the fact that Facebook makes him blur out, um, his subjects, nipples and stuff like that when he posts his images on Facebook. And that’s one of the reasons why, and this is something other artists and creators might want to think about. Um, he recently, while it’s been out a while now, but, and he told me about it as well. There’s another social media platform called [inaudible], which is an e w and there are somewhat similar to Facebook, but the big difference is on their platform.

Liam : 04:46 They do not censor artistic nudes. So Brian, my friend Brian is able to post his artistic new photos of his female models and different seeing shoots and stuff that he does and he doesn’t have to blur out their nipples. And I mean, he’s not doing pornographic stuff. Of course he’s not showing the genitals, but um, he does like the fact that on me, we, he can leave the images untouched and upload them on there and he doesn’t get censored or band or have his photo deleted or anything like that. So that may be something that these creatives want to consider. Um, if Facebook is not willing to adjust their policy. And, and in a way I can understand it because Facebook is used by a lot of people. I mean, it’s grown to be a massive platform and I can’t swear to it, but I think I heard or read somewhere, uh, not too long ago that they, I think they have like over a billion users worldwide or something like that.

Liam : 05:39 So they’ve got a large percentage of the Earth’s population on their platform. And so I can kind of understand, I mean, granted, it’s artistic nudity, but you have Facebook being used by children and not all parents would want their young, you know, four or five, six, eight year old seeing, you know, even artistic news. Now I know what you’re going to say. You know, photos like that have been in national geographic forever. But yeah, how many people bought National Geographic and let those articles laying around the house in front of their, you know, five or six year old. Uh, it didn’t happen very, I don’t imagine that happen too frequently. Um, so it might be possible. And I was talking to my girlfriend Janice as I was driving home from my day job tonight and I was talking to her about this whole issue. And Eh, you know, it might be possible if Facebook decides to modify their policy, they may have to come up with a way to verify a Facebook users age to determine whether or not the, their account would be allowed to view content like this.

Liam : 06:41 And I thought maybe one of the best ways they could implement that would be to require Facebook users to upload a scanned copy of their driver’s license or state issue id that proves there, you know, how old they are. Um, I thought that might be one possibility. So in other words, if you have an uploaded that photo id verifying your age that you are 18 or older, then they could just restrict your account from accessing these kinds of content. And maybe what in order to make that work with, they would have to do is on the creator side. Like my friend Brian, he might have to update his profile with a flag that says, yes, I do upload artistic nudes on a regular basis. And then because I, I’ve done development myself or I’ve written plenty of code in my time, it wouldn’t be too hard for Facebook’s and developers to take that information from Brian’s profile and then create an algorithm that will, uh, anytime somebody tries to access his artistic nude photos, uh, the system would check to see if that user had uploaded a, a valid photo id proving that they are at least 18 or over.

Liam : 07:46 And if they haven’t, then they’re not allowed to view the content no matter what. They can’t unblock it or uncover it or whatever. Cause right now they do allow, um, some types of, of questionable images on their platform. And I’m not saying this to be mean, I’m just saying images that to some viewers might be questionable content like graphic violence or stuff like that. And they currently, um, their system will automatically hide those images and it gives you a little warning and then it has a little bar and it says, click here. If you want to uncover this content and view it anyways and then you can, um, they can use something similar for a artistic news. But like I said, they would have to tie it into some sort of algorithm where it checks my friend’s profile sees. Yes, he does a upload artistic nudes, he’s a professional artist.

Liam : 08:32 He does do artistic nude work. And then, okay, just the viewer has the viewer uploaded up properly vetted photo ID issued by a state agency and verifying their 18 or over. And if not, then they can uncover those images. It’s as simple as that. So that might be something that Facebook could do to remedy this situation if, if they feel inclined to. And, and it’s hard to tell what they’re going to do. Facebook as a sometimes really stubborn about how they do things and their policies on their platform. Um, so, well, it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, but hey, at least they’re willing to meet with the NCA, sees, uh, folks in, or at least talk to them and get more of their side of the story and then, and then consider things from there. So it’s definitely something that, uh, we’ll have to wait and see how it flushes out.

Liam : 09:22 Okay.

Liam : 09:23 So for the next segment, the next item I want to talk about in this episode is the Nick Collection. That’s how I pronounce it. I hope I’m pronouncing it correctly. It’s n I k and the knit collection is a series of photography, plugins and presets that you can use within Photoshop light room as well as Photoshop elements.

Liam : 09:49 Okay.

Liam : 09:49 And they make really fantastic plugins. Years ago, um, the software was created by its original developing company and I can’t remember what the name of the company was. Uh, but anyways, when they originally released the software quite a few years back, they were originally selling the bundle of plugins for like 500 bucks. Um, and then eventually they were bought out by Google and Google decided to give the plugins away for free, which made a lot of photographers happy because their plugins are really fantastic. You can do a lot of really cool and creative things with their plugins.

Liam : 10:27 Okay.

Liam : 10:27 Um, so Google had acquired, uh, Natalie the night collection, but also the snapseed photo editing app that was available for both Mac and Ios. I, I’m not sure if snap she was available on android or not. It might’ve been, uh, especially since Google developed android. Um, I’m sure it probably was. Um, but at one time, uh, there was a bundle where you could get the night collection and snap seat in 2012 and it was $150 bundle, but you got it for free. Like I said, when Google had it, um, in 2016, you could get it for free, I should say. And then Google announced that it would, it would be abandoning the software in 2017 which I was really bummed out about, but at least I could still use, you know, the, the software that, the version of the plugins that I currently had, they still work just fine with the latest versions of light room and Photoshop.

Liam : 11:19 Okay.

Liam : 11:20 In 2017 the French photography company, Xo, and I’m sure many of my listeners, if you’re into photography or familiar with DX. So they put out some of their own photography, editing software. And they also do a lot of comparisons of sensors in cameras, the sensor capabilities, they’ve compare them all, you know, nick on versus Canon versus Fuji Versus Panasonic and Yada, Yada, Yada. Um, and those are known as Dx l marks. That’s the portion of their website where they give you their analysis of camera sensors, lenses, bodies, stuff like that. Well now then Dx, so in 2017 bought out the software and they promised a resume, resume development and it did in 2018 while making it a paid product again, but not nearly as expensive. Now after years of its rise and decline and changing hands, the software’s next major version is finally here and Dcxo is just simply naming it the new nick collection two or version two I would assume.

Liam : 12:28 So in this new version, they’re offering 42 new presets in addition to the 156 that already existed in the software. It adds the 42 new, they call en vogue presets to the original set of one 56 and there are 10 new recipes in color affects pro, which is one of the subprograms or plugins tend new black and white presets and silver affects pro, which I love. The silver affects a lot. It does a great job of making absolutely stunning, uh, black and white photographs. There’s 12 new presets for HDR and the HDR effects pro and tenue tool combos or the analog effects pro plugin as well. The latest filters and nick collection too. We’ll take your photos. Emotional impact to the next level says dx. So Mark Rdx. So the blue Monday preset and color effect pro combines the fresh look, a subtle vera tone coloring, the visual interest of cross processing and the softness of slightly de saturated effect per their statement. More silver and silver effects pro pairs. The crispness of silver toning with a fine grain resulting in black and white photographs that feature a level of balance contrast typically achieved only through dark room techniques.

Liam : 13:54 Okay.

Liam : 13:55 In analog effects pro, the new burned edges can be used to reproduce the burned edge vignetting Tony and framing effects typical of old fashioned analog cameras. Nick collection to also brings better or high resolution display for photographers on a windows machine. The software now supports high resolution monitors, uh, known as h Idpi on windows. The graphic elements of the color effect pro silver effect pro HDR effect pro and analog effect pro plugin interface have been improved to ensure flawless readability. When do through high resolution monitors, just like with the Macco s version. So a window side has been upgraded so that it looks better and high resolution monitors and windows like it has for eh always has and a macro s so they have a new bundling help photographers work with Raul photos. DSO is now bundling. It’s one $2,929 gxo photo lab 2.3 essential addition photo editing software inside the night collection too, so you’re actually getting both programs for a bundled price.

Liam : 15:09 The XO, the XO has developed integrations between it’s photo lab APP and the night collection with the introduction of a new dedicated button and dropdown menu after a raw photo is edited within photo lab too. It can be easily sent to nick collection plugin for further editing and enhancing with creative effects. Now for the pricing and availability night collection two is now available through the hub website with a price tag of $150 but it’s on sale for a hundred through June 30th. And an upgrade from the previous version will cost you $80, but as currently on sale for 63 June 30th. So you may want to hop on over to [inaudible] website and grab that while it’s on sale. Because I can tell you if I’ve been using DA, uh, the nic collection since I’ve originally released many, many moons ago and I really loved the plugins, they, they really can do some amazing, amazing changes to your images and a good way, uh, they can definitely punch your creative creativity up to the next level.

Liam : 16:15 So you definitely want to check them out. I’ll put the link to their website where they’re on sale in the show notes for this episode so that you can go on by there and check it out. I believe you can also download a trial version, um, that you can try out probably for 30 days before you actually would have to, uh, pay for alliance license and activate it. Um, I’m just looking on their site and yes, it does look like they offer a trial period. So you could definitely check it out and then decide after you’ve played around with the debate if you’d definitely want to pay for the licensing. I highly recommended it is really great software. Myself and Janice, we both use it and we both love it very much. Um, they’re fantastic, fantastic bundle of utilities for your photography. And like I said, they work in Photoshop, light room, the exos photo lab to software as well as Photoshop central. So if you don’t have the high end Photoshop, you’ve got the less expensive Photoshop essentials, you will still be able to use this bundle of plugins, you edit your work. So I think that’s really exciting.

Liam : 17:26 So the next thing I want to talk about if you did not already know this week was the on Monday of this week was the start of Apple’s worldwide developer conference 2019 and apple did have a lot of really cool things to talk about during their keynote. They never disappoint. Um, the keynote for this year was over two hours long and they did talk about a lot of fantastic new things that are common. They talked about their new version of Ios. They’ve decided to break off the iPad into its own OSCP, which they’re now calling iPad. Oh, so ios will only be on the, the iPhone and the iPods. Um, iPad oh s will be the, the operating system on the IPADS. And then of course you have TV vos for the apple TV’s and Macco s for your desktop and laptop. One of the things that apple unveiled on Monday during their key note is a brand new redesigned Mac pro tower.

Liam : 18:30 Now this is something that a lot of artistics and creatives that have been clamoring for for quite some time. For many, many years. Apple made a Mac pro tower, which was very similar in design to a white box PC. In other words, a PC that you could build yourself at home by buying the components at a local store, like a micro center or someplace like that or Fry’s electronics. Um, and they were really popular because you could do a lot of the upgrades yourself. You could buy a standard graphics card, um, and put it in it. Or You could put extra hard drives inside the case cause they had, you know, additional internal hard drive slots just like a PC case did. You could have a, instead of the one hard drive that the system came with, you can preorder it with two hard drives, larger capacity, or you can order it with a basic card drive.

Liam : 19:22 And then once you got home, you could yank that out and put in your own bigger hard drives and you could have up to four hard drives. And then of course you can also upgrade the ram. Um, and creatives love that. And then a few years ago, apple decided to go with a totally different designed for the Mac, a computer, the Mac pro, and they created what came to be known as the wastebasket design. So it was a small round cylinder of a computer, um, which was very underpowered. They only came with a very small solid state, hard drive. I’m usually 64, 128 gigs or something like that. I mean they were ridiculously small and you could not easily upgrade the system. Well, consumers revolted as you can imagine, and they didn’t end up selling very well, especially for their price tag at the time, which I think was about $3,000 for a desktop computer that you can upgrade, you know, which was a little bit crazy.

Liam : 20:24 I don’t know who came up with that idea at apple, and I’m not sure if they got fired over that one or not. But anyways, so apple listened to their customers and now they’re going to be releasing a new Mac pro tower similar to what they released in the older days. And this one has a whole new design. The new model has a stainless chassis which is simply beautiful and then its outer shell has this unique cheese grater luck where they’ve created all these little circles, would different openings through them, kind of like uh, like I said, like a cheese grater. And what it is is it’s to improve the air flow to help cool the system and they put a lot of research and development, um, into this and came up with this new design that allows them to offer this high end tower for their customers with maximum cooling effectiveness.

Liam : 21:24 Now the thing that’s interesting aside from that is the fact that this new model will be capable of having any worse from eight to 28 core Intel Xeon Debbie processor in it at 3.5 Gigahertz, a standard, it comes with eight cores in the standard base price for this model is $6,000. It’s $5,999 and I’m not joking. Uh, the base model comes with eight cores, turbo boost up to 4.0 Gigahertz, 24.5 megabytes of cash and supports 26 66 megahertz memory. Then you can upgrade to the 12 core model with 24 threads. It’s 3.3 Gigahertz, a turbo boost up to 4.4 Gigahertz, 31.25 megabytes of cash and supports 29 33 megahertz memory and it goes on up from there. I’m not going to read off all of them until you cause I don’t want to bore everybody to death, but you can go to 16 cores, 24 and then 28 now the memory configuration, the base memory for the starting model, that’s $6,000 comes with eight cores and 32 gigs of Ram, which is four eight gigabyte dems.

Liam : 22:39 Now the thing that’s interesting is this as a first desktop style computer I’ve ever seen that has 12 dims slots for memory. You heard me right? You can put up the 12 memory sticks in this Mac pro tower, so you can get it with four eight gigabytes for 32 total. You can get it with six eight gigabytes for 48 six 16 gigabyte Dems for 96 ram, a six 30 twos for 192 gigabytes or ram six 64 Gig dimms for 384 gigabytes of Ram, 628 Gig dimms or 1264 gigabyte dims to get you 768 gigs around. Or you can go with 12 128 Gigabyte Dems, which can only be done on the 24 or 24 or 28 core processor, which would give you 1.5 terabytes of Ram. Now some of the other things that are interesting about this new tower, uh, the graphics system is configured in, but two NPX modules, which can have a total of four GPU.

Liam : 23:47 So you heard me correctly, you can have up to four graphic processing units in this tower. It comes with the Adm, ADM radian pro five 80 x which has 36 36 compute units, 2,304 stream processors, eight gigabytes of DDR, five memory up to 5.6 teraflops single precision to htmi 2.0 ports are on the card for display port connections. Robin the system to support internal thunderbolt three port support for up to six four k displays two five k displays or two pro display XD. Ours half NPX module fits an NPX bay and enables pcie slot to for additional expansion and there is other graphic uh, configurations that you can go with. Now the thing that was really interesting is they were saying when they were doing the presentation for this new Mac pro tower at the keynote, that with the top of the line model, which has 28 cores and 1.5 terabytes of Ram and you also have the for high end graphic cards, a gps in it, you can actually power six monitors simultaneously.

Liam : 25:12 And I’m talking about six of Apple’s new monitors, which I’m going to get to in just a moment here. Now the power supply is 1.4 kilowatts with the maximum continuous power of 1,280 Watson 105 or 108 to 125 volts or 220 to 240 volts. 108 a 1,180 watts at 100 to 107 volts. So it depends on the time that type of power your country has. Um, what kind of performance you can get in and the outputs of the power supply. But that is a monster size power supply. For expansion slots, you get eight PCI express slots. Two MPX modules are up to for PCI express. Lots can be used in the bays. Each mvx bay provides x 16 Jen’s three bandwidths for graphics x eight Gen three bandwidth for thunderbolt display port video routing up to 500 watts power for an NPX module. Alternatively, each Mpx Bay can support one full length, double wide x 16 gen three slot and one full length double wide x eight gen three slot in Npx Bay one or two full length double wide x 16 gen three slots NPX bay to up to 300 watts auxiliary power via two eight pin connectors.

Liam : 26:41 It will also have three full length express gen three slots and one half length x for Pci Express. Gen three slot with apple io card installed. Now the interesting thing is it also has something they’re calling after burner pro Rez and pro res role accelerator card. This is a PCI express x 16 card that accelerates pro Rez and pro res Raul Codex and final cut pro. 10 quick time player 10 and supported third party apps supports playback of up to three streams of eight k pro res Raul or up to 12 streams of four k pro res Raul. Now, the thing that was interesting is when they were demonstrating this machine on the stage, um, the, the person, the gentleman from apple that was doing this part of the presentation as far as how much computing power the system has, especially if you buy the top of the line version, which I’m predicting if the base model six grand, the top of the line ones probably anywhere between 30 and $60,000 with all the, all the hardware maxed out from apple.

Liam : 27:52 But the thing that was interesting is he did a demonstration with logic pro x, which is Apple’s audio editing software. It’s very similar to Adobe audition and he was able to add one, a 1000 total piece orchestra to logic pro 10 and this system still was not being maxed out. It had the capabilities to handle a lot more and the new version of logic pro 10 that’s going to be designed specifically for this model. You can only download it if you have this model. Mack. Um, we’ll give users the ability to handle 1000 audio tracks simultaneously in a logic pro 10 without this thing even breaking a sweat. And that’s just mind blowing. I can see a lot of professional studios and recording both movie and audio recording studios that are probably going to be buying these monsters to use a, um, you know, to produce albums and movies and stuff like that.

Liam : 29:00 It’s just crazy. Now as far as storage configuration, you can get up to four terabytes of SSD storage. Uh, the base model comes with 256 gig. Um, you can also get to five 12 gig modules for a total of one terabyte. You can get to one terabyte modules for total of two terabytes, or you can get to two terabyte modules for a total of four terabytes up to 2.6 Gigabit, a second sequential read speed. And 2.7 gigabits has set a a second sequential right performance and the storage is encrypted by the apple t two security chip, which is fantastic because then you don’t have to worry about uh, anybody compromising your data or your projects that you’re working on because of that high level of security. Now for input and output, the IOL card installed in the half length x for PCI express slot with two USB three ports support for USB, a up to five gigabits, a second, two thunderbolt, three port support for thunder, three up to 40 gigabits, a second support for USB, c up to 10 gigabits a second. And support for display port as well with two 10 Gig, either net ports you have support for 10 giggy than it performance over copper cabling. Also support for n base t industry standard one gigabit, 2.5 gigabit fiber gigabit 10 gigabit ethernet link speeds using RJ 45 or what’s also known as the cat five cat six network connectors.

Liam : 30:36 So, and in additional connections that has two thunderbolt, three ports on the top of the tower enclosure, it has built in speaker and a three and a half inch, a headphone Jack with a headphone support and input devices that comes with the magic keyboard with new America, with the numeric keypad, the silver black model Combo, and the magic mouse too, which is silver black. And you can optionally get the magic trackpad too, which comes in silver and black. Now I have the uh, magic keyboard and trackpad to um, in the silver and black color. And I liked it a lot better than the, uh, standard apple white ones. The white ones just tend to get too dirty. I have to clean them all the time. And with the black it’s not nearly as big an issue. And I was really bummed out because, um, apple never made a silver and black keyboard other than for their Mac books until, uh, what was it last year or the year before when they unveiled the imac pro.

Liam : 31:36 But at the time you could only get that silver and black keyboard and track pad or a magic mouse if you bought the imac pro. And I wasn’t about to drop a minimum of five grand for a new Imac when the one I have now is perfectly fine for what I need. It could stand to be a little more powerful. But overall I’m happy with it and I’ve had it for a couple of years. Uh, but then over time, I guess because a lot of people complaining like myself, apple decided to start selling the keyboard and silver and black keyboard and, and magic trackpad magic mouse separately. Um, they did of course charge a premium. What else is new? But I do love mine very much. Janice was nice enough to buy him for me for my birthday this past year. A wireless connectivity. It also has wifi eight oh two 11 ac built in and I triple e eight oh two 11 aid.

Liam : 32:28 It’s capable of a, B, G and n network. So it works with all wireless networks and the Bluetooth is 5.0 wireless technology. Now the dimensions, and this is where it gets interesting, the tower is 20.8 inches tall or 52.9 centimeters. It’s eight point are at 17.7 inches long or 45 centimeters and it’s 8.5 inches wide or 21.8 centimeters. Now you can get the to this tower with optional wheels on the bottom so that you can move it around more easily, especially in your studio. Now you may think that sounds kind of crazy until you hear how much this bad boy ways its weight is 39.7 pounds or 18 kilograms. So yeah, that’s one FD monster, especially if you get it maxed out with all the hardware. I can just imagine, and of course the operating system is Macko s Mojave, which is the current version, and of course that worldwide developer conference 2019 keynote on Monday.

Liam : 33:40 They did of course, unveiled their next operating system, which will be available in the fall, which is when this new Mac pro tower we’ll be releasing and the new Macko West will be called Catalina. So of course this system will be capable of running Catalina as soon as it is released. Now whether the Os comes out first or the tower comes out first, if they both come out at the same time, I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see. But it is interesting and of course you’ll be able to upgrade free of charge. Anyways. Apple hasn’t charged for their operating system for a number of years now, which is great. They decided to go the free route like uh, most all of the major Linux distributions, which I think that’s good for consumers. Uh, it saves you money. I was never a big fan of apples are, I mean Microsoft’s licensing with the windows, it was always so expensive.

Liam : 34:32 Oh, and one other thing I forgot to mention that’s interesting about this imac tower is a, has a handle on the top of it that you and the center that flips up, it’s a half circle. You flip it up and you twist that and that’s how you unlock the enclosure so that you can lift the, the enclosure off the frame and get to everything inside. That power button is also on the top end. As I mentioned earlier, there’s two USB sees under bowl, three ports on the top, and there’s a handle on each end of the chassis to carry it by. And you’re definitely going to get a workout if you’re carrying this monster around. So the next item I want to talk about, the apple announced at the worldwide developers conference this week. And I know this is another apple item, but bear with me.

Liam : 35:20 A lot of photographers use apple products for editing their photos and videos. And I happened to be one of them, both Janice and I use a Apple Imac, 27 inch models and she has a macbook air and I have a Mac book pro, so it is still photography related for this podcast. So calm down, don’t be me. Hate to grams over this. So, I don’t know how many of you knew this, but years ago apple used to sell their own monitors. Um, in the beginning they were cold cinema displays and then later they changed them to thunderbolt displays when they changed them to the center bolt hookups, you know, interface cables and they were fairly hefty. If you want it to get the 27 inch a thunderbolt display, you were talking a thousand dollars and I don’t get me wrong, it was a very high quality display, ips panels and all of that.

Liam : 36:08 Um, great color gamut, dynamic range, all of that stuff. It was a fantastic monitor, but I was not the kind of person who’s going to spend thousands, a thousand dollars for a 27 inch monitor when I can get one from LG or somebody else. That was fantastic for like a third, the price. And the other thing that always I always thought was weird was the fact that the thunderbolt display for the 27 inch monitor was $1,000 and for just a few hundred dollars more, you could buy it as a 27 inch Imac. And you got the display and a computer all in one, all in one body. So I always thought that was kind of odd that they’re monitor was almost as as as expensive as their 27 inch computer was. That was built into the Monitor. So anyways, I digress. Let’s get on with this. So this new monitor is called the pro display Xdr and apple and the Xdr stands for wait for it extended dynamic range.

Liam : 37:02 Now most of you, if you’d been in photography for any amount of time, you’re familiar with high dynamic range. Well apple is going beyond that to what they now call extended dynamic range. And this new, this new display is a 32 inch retinas, six k displays the first one ever made up to 1600 nits of brightness and astonishing 1 million to one contrast ratio and super wide viewing angle over a billion colors presented with exceptional accuracy and the dynamic range that transforms the professional workflow is introduced in this new pro display Xdr the world’s best professional display unit. And on their website you can watch the film on it. Now the thing that’s interesting about this new display that apple is releasing, its 32 inches in size and it’s six k and on the back of it it looks like it has four USBC ports or something or bolt three ports.

Liam : 38:06 And it also has that cheese grater looking design on the back of it, which is supposed to help with airflow and cooling. Now the thing that’s interesting about this is this unit, um, is brighter. It has a thousand nits of Fullscreen sustained brightness 16,000 that are 1600 nits and peak brightness and a 1 million to one contrast ratio. But the other thing that’s interesting is this monitor sells by itself for $5,000 you heard me right? 32 inch, sixK retina display for $4,999. Now that’s just for the display. If you want the sexy new stand to mount the display on to put it on your desk, the stand will cost you an additional thousand dollars. So in other words, if you want to upgrade to the new Mac pro tower, you’re talking a minimum of six grand. If you buy the base model and then another six grand for the 32 inch six k display with its stand and the stand is pretty cool.

Liam : 39:22 It has, um, an interesting articulating arm component to it that goes into the back of the monitor and it’ll actually move to some really cool tilt and raised in lower positions and stuff like that. It’s really cool. And you can check it out on Apple’s website. I’ll put the link in the show notes, but I don’t know if, I don’t know if I believe any desktop stand for an a monitor is worth $1,000. I mean it’s, that’s all real premium price. But then again, if you’re somebody that owns a multibillion dollar movie studio or a recording studio, I guess maybe that’s not that big a deal. Uh, but you’ll leveli have to decide that for yourself. Now they do also offer a, I believe they called it a v side after they go on the back. So you can wall mount to monitor if you’d prefer.

Liam : 40:13 And this monster six k monitor is the one I was talking about earlier when I was talking about the macro tower being able to with it’s maxed out graphics card for for GP use, it can handle six of these monitors simultaneously. So you’re talking six 32 inch, sixK monitors all being driven by that Mac pro tower. So again, if you’ve got a a big Hollywood studio or or a something along that lines a, you do a lot of movies or TV and you really that prefer to do your work flow in and Mac, this is the monster that you need. But like I said, no word yet on the total cost for the top of the line Mac pro tower. But the base unit with 256 gigs of storage, 32 gigs of Ram and eight core processor is going to run you $6,000 and like I mentioned earlier, I can almost guarantee that the fully maxed out model with four GP use one and a half terabytes Ram, four terabytes of storage in 28 cores.

Liam : 41:24 I would estimate probably gonna run somewhere between 30 and $60,000 but again, like I said, if you’re, if you’re a big Hollywood studio, that’s probably not that big of an expense for you. If you’ve got billions of dollars, um, and you can produce, you know, thousands of movies on this setup, you know, you buy three or four of these, whatever you need to get your studio, keep your studio going, you know, full bore with all this processing power and editing power, then yeah, it’s definitely going to be worth it for you. So I thought that was definitely something interesting to talk about on this episode. And again, like I said, I understand that it’s a primarily a photography podcast, but I do like to talk about new technology like this that is frequently used by photographers and videographers in their workflow. I definitely feel that it, that it fits into the category of being included in a photography podcast. So I hope you’ll all bear with me and not get too angry and send me too much hate mail over talking about computer stuff.

Liam : 42:24 Okay.

Liam : 42:25 All right. So that’s all I have for this episode. Episode 23 of the Liam photography podcast. I want to thank all my listeners again for subscribing, rating and reviewing and iTunes in any other software you might use to listen to this podcast, which now includes Spotify and stitcher. I’m still trying to get on Pandora, but so far they haven’t gotten back to me on whether or not they’re going to include my podcast on their platform.

Liam : 42:50 Okay.

Liam : 42:50 I also want to remind all my listeners that you are free to join the Liam photography podcast Facebook group. You are required to answer a question. It is a closed group. Uh, the question that you have to answer to get entry into the group is the name of the host, which is myself. You can put Liam or Liam Douglas and we’ll let you into the group if you don’t answer the question that I will not let you into the group. I figured that’s pretty simple and straightforward and the whole reason why I do that is to cut down on the amount of bots and spammers so they’re not annoying everybody. And as I mentioned another episode and every episode, you are free to upload your own original photographs to the Liam photography podcast, Facebook group. Please do not share other photographer’s work. Don’t be taking other photographer’s work and resharing it into the group or posting it as your own stuff when it is not actually an original piece of work of your own.

Liam : 43:47 If you do that, you will be banned from the group. Please only share your original content. And let’s try not to go too overboard. Let’s say no more than five images in a 24 hour period. You can upload them one at a time or you can do a batch of five and a little slideshow or whatever you want to call it there. The way Facebook renders, uh, multiple photos in a, in a single upload, you know, where you just click the Arrow on the left or right to scroll through them, um, in the low, like a non automated slideshow. But like I said, you are free to upload your own original work to the podcast group, and you can request credit, uh, creative criticism on your work by, uh, saying cc, please. And I will leave it with this and I will see you again next week. In episode 24.