When Lexar introduced the Workflow Tower last year, I took it to SXSW for a real world review.
Basically you have a 4 slot unit, where you can interchange the card reading modules, depending on your media, and have them all download concurrently to a folder, or consecutively to Lightroom.
This was a dream come true, as I was able to download all of my material without waiting to switch out cards, thereby letting me sleep more (and dream). Getting to your hotel room at 3:00 AM with a handful of cards to download is no fun.
Ok, a little fun as you see the images!
And when you didn’t need the heavy lifting of the 4 banger, each module worked on it’s own. No power needed, as you are used to. Carry what you need on the road. Sweet.
simply called Lexar Workflow HR2 Four-Bay Hub
With an expanded line of modules, Thunderbolt™ 2/USB 3.0, back-up drives, AND 2 Thunderbolt ports in the back,
giving you super fast downloads, and the capability to daisy chain these puppies.
I can only imaging a team of photogs, needing massive multiple downloads simultaneously. Like at a wedding. Or at a news event when a companies team of photogs have runners moving the media cards from the editors to the photogs and back again.
I’m a one man band out there, but shooting SD and Micro SD (GoPros) all of the time. Flexibility is a great thing for longevity in gear.
The new modules include a 3 slot microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-I, , 2 Hard Drive back-up options,SDHC™/SDXC™ UHS-I and UHS-II, CompactFlash® UDMA 7, XQD™, CFast™ 2.0 (Thunderbolt or USB 3.0), and who knows what else would come along.
And if you’ve already invested in the modules from Version 1, don’t worry: all work in the new deal. The beauty of this system is the fact that it is modular, and changes with you.
I have to say, my CF cards are getting a lot more use in my video camera than my still gear.
Now the power requirements on the Thunderbolt version, make you carry a heavier power adapter, than I’d like, . But the extra sleep is worth it!
V1 had a smaller power adapter, but didn’t have as many perks.
About $200 for the Hub.
It may have more horsepower than you need. The V1 is still a great option.
And remember that you do have to buy the modules separately, but that’s how you get the setup that you want. I use 2 SD card modules, 1 CF (for Canon XF100 video camera), and 1 triple micro-sd for the GoPro.
My hope is that they come out with larger back-up hard drives modules, and my workflow will be able to get further streamlined.
I somehow see that happening.
Technical Image Press Association Names Think Tank Photo’s 10th Anniversary
Airport International™ LE Classic Rolling Camera Case 2015 “Best Photo Bag”
Seems like only yesterday that I was walking the lanes of PhotoPlus Expo in NYC and saw a sea of black bags, with a company name I had never heard of. ThinkTank Photo.
Aside from being very nice guys in the booth, and all of the bags being black, the stuff all looked incredibly well made. I had always used one other brand for soft bags and one for the hard shipping.
After some discussions, and making one of the early videos with them that I ever posted for this site, I learned that the bags were designed by pros. Real photographers with input that had purpose. The folks who knew what you needed, because they needed it. I use the gear daily. Made perfect sense. Still does.
And after years of developing great useful products of all of us, they realized it had been 10 years of being in business.
I raise a toast to this group: two designers, Doug Murdoch and Mike Sturm, and two photographers, Deanne Fitzmaurice and Kurt Rogers. Deanne Fitzmaurice won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism in 2005. Thanks for making the best stuff I’ve ever used!
Now, My Airport International is still going strong and has traveled around the world with me many times, so i may not pick up this special edition. If you don’t have one, this may the time to pull the trigger and get the best carry-on camera bag around!
And the official release:
SANTA ROSA, CALIF. – The Technical Image Press Association recently named Think Tank Photo’s 10th anniversary edition Airport International™ LE Classic rolling camera case 2015’s best photo bag. The TIPA awards are given to the best products in their category that have come on the market in the year preceding the election.
In naming the Airport International™ LE Classic “Best Photo Bag” TIPA wrote: “The roller photo case is specially designed for photographers who need to bring a lot of equipment in the aircraft. The bag has been approved as a carryon and offers space for several cameras, lenses and a 15 or 17 “laptop. The outside of the bag is equipped with water-repellent fabric and protected strips.”
TIPA Awards are independently voted on by TIPA’s General Assembly every year. TIPA membership comprises 28 leading photo and imaging magazines from 15 countries on five continents, and also has a cooperative partnership with the CJPC (Camera Journal Press Club), representing 11 top photography magazines in Japan.
Think Tank Photo developed the Airport International™ LE Classic in celebration of the 10th anniversary of its founding.
“The Airport International™ LE Classic is most definitely a limited edition bag. In celebration of our founding 10 years ago in my garage, we have added such one-time highlights as full-grain leather accents and panels,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s founder and lead designer. “The roller is extremely useful for wedding and commercial photographers who need quick access to their gear and who are concerned about gear security while shooting remotely.”
The Airport International™ LE Classic carry-on roller lets photographers legally store their bodies, lenses, and accessories in overhead bins or under the seats of international carriers. For added security, it features front-pocket and main compartment combination locks and a cable from a secret rear hatch that allow it to be secured to posts, trees, and other immovable objects.
It accommodates up to a 500mm f/4 lens unattached, additional smaller lenses, two gripped DSLR camera bodies, and other photography accessories. TSA approved combination locks secure the main compartment zipper sliders.
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ABOUT THINK TANK
Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank is a group of designers focused on studying how people work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign
One thing you have to love about New York City is the incredible amount of quality photography at any given time.
While Upper East Side has AIPAD right now, Soho, and Morrison Hotel Gallery in particular, has some of the best portraits of the rock world you will ever see, by Lynn Goldsmith.
These are not performance shots, but the iconic portraits that she has captured in an over 40 year career. As you can see above, U2 is still here, but was at the beginning of their incredible rise in this shot.
Dylan? Springsteen? Van Halen? All here. And the show is not just about musicians. the celebrities she covered could fill a book.
And it does. Right here in Rock and Roll Stories
The crowd was finding their favorite celebs, on the back cover of the book. You probably would, too. She’s shot
a ton of them!
The prices are reasonable and archival digital prints are the format.
If you can’t make it to the show, get the book. Seriously.
The official word:
For over 40 years, photographer Lynn Goldsmith has helped shape the mythical stature and captures the soul of artists and celebrities across media, genres, and eras. Now, Morrison Hotel Gallery is excited to invite you to enjoy a fascinating cross section of Goldsmith’s work. Her exhibition
Streets of NYC offers an intriguing perspective on celebrity status with captivating images of entertainment icons walking the gritty streets of New York City. This unique anthology of Lynn’s work will show from Friday, April 17th thru Wednesday May 6th, at Morrison Hotel Gallery Soho, located at 116 Prince Street.
Lynn’s multi award-winning work has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Interview, People, Sports Illustrated, and many other magazines as well as ten books and hundreds of groundbreaking album covers, including Patti Smith’s Easter and Frank Zappa’s Sheik Yerbouti. Her catalog stretches from capturing a youthful John Denver in 1973 to her recent stunning work with Interscope artist Lion Babe, featuring Jillian Hervey, (daughter of Vanessa Williams). The constant throughout her work is that Lynn considers her artistic intent to be about breaking limiting thought patterns. Streets of NYC captures a broad cross section of icons in the vibrant and gritty streets of New York. The featured images were taken after formal studio portrait sessions, when Lynn and her subjects would walk around NYC. These photographs present a profound juxtaposition, the raw streets of New York contrasted with images of pop culture’s most beloved celebrities.
These visionary pieces convey trust, authenticity, irreverence, warmth, and playfulness and include photographs of rock stars and movie stars from Van Halen and Keith Richards to Richard Gere, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher; Laurie Anderson and U2 to Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon and many others. This exhibit is a variation of famous faces on the streets of New York City from 1973 to 2013.
Lynn’s work is in numerous museums and she’s shown in galleries worldwide. In addition to her fine art photography, she has written songs with artists such as Sting, Steve Winwood, and Todd Rundgren. In the 1970s, she was a director for Joshua Television, ABC’s In Concert, and one of the first directors of the film promotion for musical artists, Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band.” Lynn was the youngest member ever to be inducted into the Director’s Guild of America. She has won numerous awards for her videos as optic music artist Will Powers.
Morrison Hotel Gallery
116 Prince Street || New York, NY 10012
The Park Avenue Armory in NYC is now showing the 35th year of the Association of International Photographic Art Dealers, and this year is spectacular!
With a first pass along the perimeter and the lanes, the showing of 89 different dealers photo dealers in this elegant space felt like an overall return to a greater sense of the classic sense of photography.
2 years ago we saw dealers searching for a voice in a new world, it seemed.
Last year was a cacophony of imagery that must not have found it’s mark with collectors.
I say that because the feeling this year is more like smooth, quality, jazz, with a respect to traditional photography, beautiful presentations of mid-century work, and a nod to the brand new in fewer galleries. The new work is still there, but not as brash as before.
Speaking about the presentations, there is a holistic feeling to the show, where the work shines. This year, there are more privacy coves within the displays, so you get a better sense of being alone with the work. Brilliant!
Now the work: It opens with a walk past some Annie Leibowitz photographs that you may not expect. No person appears in them.
Go around the corner and you’ll see massive new print from Alex Soth. Again, new work by a current master, from an emerging series. Fresh.
At the Fetterman Gallery, Stephen Wilkes was on hand to show some of his brilliant Day/Night series, and shared a sneak new piece on his iPad, not yet printed, from Africa. Imagine a watering hole where eventually every animal needs to access, covered in his unique style of day to night. He may be there all week, so ask to see it.
Danzinger Gallery was showing contemporary work by Enoc Perez, which while combining mediums, had a quieter shout to them, and not overwhelming to the senses, but arresting.
There is a great wall of Joel Meyerwitz work near the entrance at the Howard Greenberg Gallery.
Paci Contemporary was showing some Sandy Skogland unpublished work, which was a great find in the show. Her well known monochromatic set pieces, were complimented by real world images with a root sense of her color themes.
Edmund Teske, Three Children with Halloween Masks, c. 1938-39 Vintage gelatin silver print, 9 5/16 x 7 13/16 inches© Estate of Edmund Teske, Courtesy Gitterman Gallery, New York
The Gitterman Gallery went classic as well with this Edmund Teske image. And Tom Gitterman is a true gentleman to work with, who will give you great advice on collecting as well. Heck, he wrote a book on it!
The Daniel Blau Gallery, who has usually gone for the different way into a subject, ala his time with iconic news images, comes back with a classic showing including the Margaret Bourke-White image above.
Catherine Edelman Gallery had a great mix of vintage and current work, so make sure you stop by there.
Stephen Kasher Gallery brought you in with a massive Daido Moriayma image.
The prices are getting into a great place as well, with some kind of correction in the market. What I mean to say is that, if you were waiting to start a collection, now could be the time. An abundance of quality work from reputable dealers
You will see some images repeated in a few galleries, but not heavily.
One theme that seemed to emerge were photographs of cameras. Great photos, but low hanging fruit? “Hey, I like photography, and even have a brownie. Maybe a photo of a camera will help emphasize that?”
There are some well priced books, if the originals are not in your budget, but not many that I saw. There is a William Klein book you should consider, wire bound black and white abstract images. $25.
By 3 hours into the preview, there were a number of red dots to be seen (attached to photographs’ description cards, meaning images were sold)
Overall, the show is a good reflection of the market, and with a majority of dealers returning to more classic stylings, and the shift is very welcome to me. You will see contemporary images, but the presentational vibe is not as jarring as in recent years.
it’s well deserved glory as a premier venue to see and purchase quality photography.
And if you feel that you are a photographic artist, have a look and see what the market is selling.
I will say that there was no Loretta Lux type standout. Unicorns are hard to find.
If you are in New York City, make your way to:
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
From April 16-19 so hurry up.
I imagine many of these dealers will be at Paris-Photo LA!
Nikon has announced the next generation in their mirrorless One series. The J5 is on its way.
They know their customers and have continued to deliver a camera that does just what they want.
This series has proven to be a star performer in the Asian market but has been a little slower going in the US.
Not quite sure why.
With a simplicity of operation, and a small footprint, this camera is the perfect performer to capture a families lives, without the sometimes perceived complexity of a DSLR. Even at the beginner level of DSLRs I have hear too many folks say that it is too much camera for them, and they retreat to a smartphone. The things they’ll miss is a shame
This J5 camera has a shooting frame rate that will get that incredible moment in the young athletes life, for instance. When she throws that blazing fastball, you’ll be covered. 20 frames a second should get that precise moment. And it’s 20.8 MP 1″ sensor should get the quality you want. Or switch to video mode.
You want to shoot the important moments no matter where you are. Or what the light is like.
Nikon’s famous for their low light capability in all of the product line, and that experience is in this camera with an ISO range from 160-12,800.
With NFC and built in Wi-Fi via Nikon’s Snapbridge, you can share the magic, pretty darn fast. Get your instagram game stronger than ever.
OK, you’ve seen way too many selfie sticks, right? The LCD on this camera flips up 180º.
Small size, interchangable lenses, wi-fi, and the rest?
Look like the right choice for the family camera. And with that pocket size, and solid optics could it be a discrete street shooter?
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