Sunday, July 31, 2011

Inexpensive underwater case for Canon 7D

We have pointed out some cool underwater cases/housing for your Canon 7D DSLR in another post. But this new offering by Aquapac intrigues us and we will be looking at it in a few weeks to see if it actually works!

Questions or thoughts? Join us on the forums.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Review: What external hard drive to purchase for my camera?

There's a plethora of different options for external hard drives out there. But we're only going to recommend one today. So we searched the web for the most up to date, USB-powered, slimmest, cheapest, and most reliable external hard drive to purchase. The winner? The Western Digital My Passport Essential 1TB drive.

Pricing we looked at from on 7/31/2011:

  • Hewlett Packard HP Portable 1 TB USB 3.0/2.0 External Hard Drive ($125)

  • Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 3.0/2.0 Ultra Portable External Hard Drive ($89)

  • Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 3.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive ($91)

    Reliability? Backed by 2 years warranty. Speed? Uses USB3.0 5gbit/sec connection -- if your computer supports it. On a regular test between our UDMA card reader and slow CF card, it was kicking in 12Mb/s transfer from the CF card to the USB 2.0 connected drive.

    Here's some other pictures that we took to show you this awesome 1TB hard drive, thin as a sharpee!

    We will probably update this page next year with hard drives that have bigger sizes! Who knows is 2TB self-powered external drives coming to the market soon? Let's see if Western Digital wins again.

    Questions or thoughts? Join us on the forums.

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Microsoft codec update -- supports viewing Canon RAW files natively!

    Microsoft recently released Microsoft Camera Codec Pack for Windows 7 and Vista. This codec update allows your Windows operating system to natively view RAW files as thumbnails. This is helpful because you no longer need to install non-Microsoft codecs, or have to run third-party applications just to view RAW files.

    Here is the link to the update:

    Questions or thoughts? Join us on the forums.

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Motorized Sliders and Time Lapses

    We've been very impressed lately with some of the motorized sliders (and cool timelapses out of it).

    Here's a quick video of a motorized slider on YouTube:

    While this isn't motorized, there is a fairly cheap slider available at Amazon:

    Questions or thoughts? Join us on the forums.