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After PhotoShop World, I stayed in Vegas, which is home base for amazing athletes and performers, such as Manu, above. I did more experimentation with the Profoto B1 units, and made some more strides with the Nikon TTL version of the air remote. I’ll post more material in the next couple of weeks, but the B1 itself has been a wonderful light to play with. I know they are principally designed for location, but we took them into the studio and experimented in a very controlled way. Really enjoying the control of these lights, and the design. Battery life is excellent, and the air remotes are bang on dependable. Lots of room to move with these.
Have a great weekend everyone! More tk….
I recently was fortunate enough to be allowed to play with a beta version of the Profoto Air Remote TTL-N units. That means, in short, the Nikon version of controllers for the already renowned Profoto B1 units. The Canon models have been out for a while, and now the remote for Nikon hits the market on Sept. 15. Hit this link for the complete skinny and specs. Read the rest of this entry »
In Computer Technology, Equipment, Field Test, Videos at 7:19am
These guys boast some pretty impressive stats (see their site for the full scoop):
- crush resistant to 2,500/5,000 lbs. (depending on model)
- fully suspended to withstand drops of 10 ft.
- waterproof to 10 ft., in fresh or salt water, for up to 3 days
If you search around a bit, you’ll find videos of people showering with them, handing a drive and a hammer to a toddler, and even shooting one with a shotgun…all of which it survived.
We can only hope that our drives won’t ever have to deal with that, but we definitely run our drives through the mill more than most. Already this year, we’ve logged about 150,000 miles on Delta alone, and between Joe and I, we usually have about 6TB of drives with us.
For several years, we were using a bunch of LaCie Rugged’s, but found that the firewire ports were prone to burnout, and we’ve had several crash on us over time (as can and will likely happen with any drive). The thought of them being “rugged” was appealing, but they didn’t really live up to their name, and felt like we always had to baby them.
Enter the “Ultra” Rugged drives from ioSafe. We’ve been trekking around the world with six of these guys (1TB units), and after 5 months of abuse, I think we can give them a solid thumbs up. We’ve happily ditched our LaCie’s, made these ioSafe drives our primary on-the-road storage, and so far, it’s been smooth sailing.
Here’s what we like about them:
- Right out of the box, they come with one year of data recovery service (up to $5,000), which starts as soon as you enter an activation code on their site. You also have the opportunity to upgrade that to three or five years. That’s some peace of mind, before you even take the drive into the field.
- The build is impressive. They’re definitely heavier than our old drives, but the all-metal construction is solid, and we don’t feel the need to be extremely delicate with them, as we do with other drives (as clearly seen in the video up top).
Note from Joe….. Drew and Cali had a great time messing with this drive. I kept coming up with cheeseball blog titles like “Taking a Drive for a Drive,”or other nonsense, but they wisely overruled me. And, at the end of the video, that’s not me screaming. It’s my crazy uncle who does our archiving. More tk…