Enter the Gibson Iced Tea Burst Giveaway



Gibson is doing a giveaway of a Les Paul Standard 60’s Iced Tea Burst guitar. Those who are interested in entering the giveaway must do so before May 2019 ends. No purchase is necessary.

To enter, you must be 18 years of age or older, and a resident of the United States. The winner will be announced the second week of June 2019. You may want to read the Terms & Conditions before entering the giveaway.

The Les Paul Standard returns to the classic design that made it relevant, played and loved – shaping sound across generations and genres of music. It pays tribute to Gibson’s Golden Era of Innovation and brings authenticity back to life.

The Les Paul Standard 60’s has a solid mahogany body with an AA figured maple top, and a slim taper 60’s style mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard and trapezoid inlays. It’s equipped with a classic-style Tune-O-Matic bridge, aluminum stop bar tailpiece, Grover Rotomatic “Kidney” tuners, and gold top hat knobs with silver reflectors. The Burstbucker 61R (neck) Buckstrider 61T (bridge) pickups are loaded with AINiCo V magnets, audio taper potentiometers and orange drop capacitors.

Guitar specs:

Body:

  • Body Material: Mahogany
  • Top Material: AA Figured Maple
  • Weight Relief: None
  • Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck:

  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Slim Taper
  • Scale Length: 24.75”/62.865cm
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12” / 304.8mm
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Frets: Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Material: Graph Technology
  • Nut Width: 1.695”/43.05mm
  • End-of-Board Width: 2.26”/57.4mm
  • Inlays: Acrylic Trapezoids

Hardware:

  • Finish: Nickel
  • Bridge: ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic
  • Tuners: Grover Rotomatics w/Kidney Buttons
  • Pick Guard: Cream
  • Control Knobs: Gold Top Hats with Silver Reflector & Pointers
  • Switch Tip: Amber
  • Switch Washer: Cream
  • Jack Plate: Cream

FujuFilm Launched Mirrorless Digital Camera FujiFilm GFX100



FujiFilm announced the release of the FujiFilm GFX100 mirrorless digital camera in late June 2019, incorporating an image sensor with the world’s highest 102 million pixels resolution and unique color reproduction technology to achieve the world-leading image quality.

The GFX100 is a flagship mobile of the GFX Series of mirrorless digital cameras which have won strong praise from professional photographers and photo enthusiasts alike for the use of a large image sensor, boasting approximately 1.7 times the size of the 35mm full-frame sensor.

Among digital cameras equipped with a sensor larger than the 35mm full-frame format, this is the world’s first model that offers a back-illuminated sensor with phase detection pixels, in-body image stabilization (IBIS) mechanism and 4K/30P video recording capability.

The innovative mirrorless digital camera fulfills photography’s intrinsic mission of “capturing and recording precious moments that are never to be repeated again.”

With the features of the GFX series image sensor which has the diagonal length of about 55 mm and is approx. 1.7 times bigger than a 35 mm full-frame format, GFX100 has double number of pixels compared to the current model. Combining with the unique color reproduction technology, it achieves the world-leading image quality.

Back-illuminated sensor with phase detection pixels

The use of phase detection pixels across the back-illuminated image sensor produces supreme image quality while making AF up to twice as fast as that of the current models. It also delivers outstanding Tracking AF performance on a moving subject and advanced accuracy in Continuous AF.

In-body image stabilization (IBIS) mechanism

The use of up top 5.5 stop five-axis in-body image stabilization controls pitch and yaw movements (up/down and right/left tilting) as well as shift (vertical/horizontal) and roll (rotational) movements. This dramatically broadens the scope of situations where users can hand-hold the camera and still enjoy the world of ultra-high 102 million pixels resolution.

4K/30P video recording function

The GFX100 supports 4K/30P video recording, capturing smooth motions at 30ftps in ultra-high-definition 4K video. The camera allows users to enjoy beautiful bokeh with shallow depth-of-field and wide tonal reproducibility, enabling premium video production while reproducing detailed textures, three-dimensional definitions and even capturing the atmosphere of the scene.


Deity Microphones Introduced W.Lav Pro



Deity Microphones introduced W.Lav Pro. It is a professional lavalier that was designed for movie making. From its beige coloring to sub-miniature size, the W. Lav Pro is ready for the toughest of mic placements.

When we designed the W.Lav Pro we kept in mind many of the lavalier accessories that already exist on the market so that users could immediately start using it in the field. We also made it IP57 Waterproof so that no matter what you’re shooting, you’re covered.

The W.Lav Pro is the exact same size as industry standard lavaliers on the market but at a fraction of the price. And just like their Deiity standard W.Lav the W.Lav Pro also utilizes their microdot connector so you can swap out different types of connectors when changing wireless kits.

Spec List:

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20Khz
  • Polar Pattern: Omni
  • Capsule Type: Pre-Polarized Condenser
  • Sensitivity: -40dB
  • Maximum SPL: 132dB SPL
  • Dynamic Range: 110dB typical
  • Weatherproof Standard: 1P57
  • Mic Head Size: 4mm*17mm
  • Cable Length: 1.8m
  • Connector Type: Microdot

Nikon Releases New Z Series Version 2.0 Firmware Upgrade



Nikon announced the release of firmware Version 2.0 that will further enhance the performance of its full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6.

Users will enjoy three main additional features following the Version 2.0 upgrade. These include:

  • Eye-Detection autofocus (AF) for still-image shooting
  • Extensions of the low-light AF detecting range
  • Addition of auto exposure (AE) tracking and capability to the continuous high-speed (extended) mode.

Primary Features of the New Firmware:

Eye-Detection AF for still-image shooting

The new firmware offers Eye-Detection AF functionality that automatically detects and focuses on human eyes when using the Auto-area AF mode in both AF-S and AF-C. When the eyes of multiple subjects are detected, the multi-selector or sub-selector can be used to select the eye upon which the camera should focus. This enables precise focus on the eye of the intended individual, even when looking through the Electronic Viewfinder. This function is applicable even when the subject’s face is partially covered by another object, or in the event when a subject is frequently changing their pose.

AF performance improvements in low-light situations

The new firmware enables even faster autofocusing when capturing photos and video in dark or dimly lit scenes, for both stills and video. It will extend the AF detection range from -1 EV to -2 EV with the Z 7, and from -2 EV to -3.5 EV with the Z 6. In addition, the Z 6 will be able to autofocus with even darker scenes, as the available low-light AF detection range will be extended from -4 EV to -6 EV when the Low-light AF function is enabled.

AE Tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) mode

With earlier firmware versions, auto exposure (AE) was locked with the first shot in a burst of high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 9fps (Z 7) or 12fps (Z 6) in continuous high-speed (extended) mode. Firmware Version 2.0 adds support for AE tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) mode, allowing the cameras to track exposure just as it does focus (AF tracking). This helps to ensure that all images captured with a burst of high-speed continuous shooting are in focus and exhibit optimal exposure, even when the brightness of the scene changes.

The new firmware can be downloaded (free of charge) from Nikon’s Download Center Users will be prompted to follow the instructions provided to successfully install the firmware.


PreSonus Ships Audio Batch Converter Add-On for Studio One



PreSonus Studio One users can now add powerful audio file conversions to their system with the company’s new Audio Batch Converter Add-on. Compatible with the newly released Studio One Prime (free), Artist, and Professional version 4.5 (and higher), the Audio Batch Converter offers format conversion and plug-in processing via most Studio One Native Effects, AU, VST2, and VST3 plug-ins.

Furthermore, it comes with 11 audio process that can be applied using an intuitive drag-and-drop workflow. Join files, merge mono files, split multichannel files, declick, invert phase, remove DC offset, repair the sample rate, normalize, adjust gain, independently control fad in and out, and more. The new converter is available directly from Studio One title bar for instant access without leaving the current Song or Project.

Audio Batch Converter’s integrated browser allows the user to create and edit processing chains via the same drag-and-drop workflow Studio One users are already accustomed to. You can even tweak effects during a real-time playback, and an integrated Preview Player lets you quickly preview and A/B compare unprocessed and processed signals.

The Audio Batch Converter supports a wide range of compressed and uncompressed audio file types, currently including Wave, AIFF, FLAG, Ogg Vorbis, CAF, M4A, and MP3. Each type supports various resolutions.

With its wide range of applications, PreSonus’ Audio Batch Converter for Studio One is an excellent tool for electronic musicians, audio engineers, sound designers, podcasters, voiceover artists, and more. It is available in the PreSonus Shop for $49.99 U.S.


Tiffen Company Will Launch Steadicam M-2 at Cine Gear 2019



The Tiffen Company, the leading manufacturer of imaging accessories for the consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television industries, announced it will debut and demonstrate the new Steadicam M-2 modular camera stabilizer at the 2009 Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, California.

Designed for the demanding camera operating requirements of modern broadcast and cinema applications, the Steadicam M-2 features a sleek, new top stage that seamlessly integrates the revolutionary Steadicam Volt horizontal stabilization technology for reduced weight, height, and a simplified rig design.

Expected to be available in mid-summer 2019, the Steadicam M-2 expands the open architecture of the industry-leading Steadicam M-1 with new lighter weight components in a mix-and-match configurable system to meet any camera operator’s needs. It includes a new ultra-high precision Volt-ready gimbal and rigid carbon fiber posts available in various diameters and lengths for increased customization.

The new lightweight base is available with either gold mount or v-lock battery plates and an optional hot-swappable third battery mount. The streamlined monitor mount uses industry-standard 60mm rod spacing and further reduces the overall weight while maximizing viewing angles in either normal or low-mode operation.


PreSonus Studio One Adds 70+ Features and Enhancements



PreSonus is now shipping Studio One 4.5, a major update to its powerful yet easy-to-use recording and production software. With more than 70 new features and improvements, this free update for Studio One 4 users adds several of the most requested features from the Studio One user community and adds advanced tools that streamline professional audio and MIDI production workflows.

The redesigned Input Channel section adds updated hardware preamp controls for selected PreSonus audio interfaces, as well as software-based input gain and phase controls to every input. This combination of hardware- and software-based gain controls offers more flexibility and control throughout the entire recording and mixing process.

All audio and instrument channels, effects channels, and buses also feature gain and phase controls so you can manage perfect levels across the entire mix without increasing event gain.

Grouping has been completely redesigned. Groups now have attributes for defining edit groups or mix groups using attributes for Volume, Pan, Mute/Solo, Inserts, and Sends. Groups can be nested and can be easily edited and activated/suspended with one click. A dedicated command can globally enable/disable all Groups at once.

Setting up an external audio interface is a lot easier thanks to several I/O setup improvements. Add any number of new inputs and outputs in just one step, including custom naming and coloring. Inputs and outputs can be reordered with simple drag-and-drop. Users who switch interfaces, move between studios, or collaborate will appreciate the new Import and Export options for I/O setups.

The new update adds many other important features and enhancements. For instance, the Chord Selector now offers a convenient Audition mode. Individual Audio Events, Audio Parts, and Instrument Parts in an arrangement can now be locked to prevent unintentional moving or editing, and you can even lock entire tracks.

For more information about what’s new in Studio One 4.5, please visit PreSonus.


Leica CL ‘100 Jahre Bauhause’ is a Special Edition



Leica Camera AG celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus with a special edition Leica CL ‘100 jahre bauhaus.’

The set comprises of a silver version of the Leica CL, a matching Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH lens in silver and a carrying strap. The leather trim of the camera and the carrying strap are embossed with the Bauhaus logotype. This was created by Joost Schmidt, one of the earliest students of the school, who defined the distinctive typology of the Bauhaus more than any other, for the title of the quarterly magazine of the same name.

A further special feature of the Leica CL ‘100 jahre bauhaus’ is the restrained execution of the Leica logo in black on the camera body. Together with the subtle Bauhaus-embossing, the special edition ideally reflects the concept of plain and simple design advocated by the Bauhaus school in accordance with the principles of ‘form follows function’.

The Leica CL ‘100 jahre bauhaus’ is on sale from May 27, 2019. The edition is strictly limited to only 150 examples.

The Leica CL is a synthesis of iconic design and advanced camera technology. As a compact system camera, it stands as a versatile tool for photographers who appreciate faultless image quality and an outstandingly intuitive handling concept. A 24-megapixel sensor, fast autofocus and a continuous shooting rate of up to ten frames per second make the Leica CL the ideal companion for spontaneous photography.

Its outstanding features include an EyeRes electronic viewfinder with latency time below the threshold of perception and a resolution of 2.36 million pixels that offers its users numerous advantages. As the final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, users have complete control over the composition of their subjects.

The Leica CL impresses not only as a still picture camera, but also with a video function with a resolution of up to 4K. Thanks to seamless connection to the Leica FOTOS App, pictures can be quickly and easily sent to a smartphone and shared in social media networks.


DJI Osmo Action Camera Captures Stunning 4K Detail



DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, building on its heritage of advanced image stabilization, takes a bold new direction with the Osmo Action camera. Using DJI’s unparalleled experience with capturing smooth and stable videos in the most demanding environments, Osmo Action is as rugged as is sophisticated, opening worlds of creative potential for professionals and adventure seekers alike.

A compact yet durable design makes Osmo Action the ideal camera for life’s adventures. Constructed to handle extreme conditions with ease, Osmo Action is dustproof, shockproof, waterproof, and has the ability to operate in sub-freezing temperatures.

Osmo Action uses color screens on both the front and back, a unique design feature that allows for more scene composition while on the move. The 2.25-inch rear touchscreen employs a water and fingerprint-repelling coating, and the 1.4-inch front screen makes vlogging and selfies easier than ever before. With a brightness of 750 nits, Osmo Action can be used in harsh lighting conditions, including direct sunlight.

Osmo Action’s interactive user interface, Action OS, combines a streamlined and functional physical design with flexible operation. Power on, initiate recording, and rotate through the video and photo capture modes in the blink of an eye with three dedicated buttons. Never miss a moment with the help of SnapShot, which allows Osmo Action to turn on and begin recording in under two seconds by pressing the shutter button once.

A 1/2.3-inch sensor records 12-megapixel photos and 4K video up to 60fps at 100Mbps in stunning detail, assuring high-quality footage. A three-glass aspherical lens design records low-distortion content and aids in reducing warping effects for improved scenes.

The lens cap is finished with two layers of anti-fingerprint coating to keep the shot clean during use, as well as an anti-reflective coating to reduce the unwanted effects of lens glare, giving users more flexibility to shoot in bright conditions.

Incorporating over a decade of experience creating three-axis mechanical gimbals, Osmo Action is the first DJI handheld camera to include RockSteady, DJI’s Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) technology. High-performance stabilization algorithms work in conjunctions with EIS to record every movement in smooth, stable, high-quality video, even when recording 4K/60fps.

Additionally, Osmo Action is capable of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video in 4K/30fps, delivering an additional three stops of dynamic range to the scene, natural transitions between light and dark areas, and rich details that are often lost in complex lighting conditions.

Osmo Action has a removable battery with a run time of 93 minutes recording at 4K/30fps with RockSteady enabled, and 135 minutes recording at 1080p/30fps without RockSteady. Dual microphones let users take advantage of Osmo Action’s Voice Control, and a speaker ensures outstanding playback quality.

Osmo Action retails for $349 USD and start shipping immediately after the announcement on May 15 at store.dji.com and from authorized dealers on May 22.


Tether Tools Released an Update to Case Remote App



Tether Tools released an update to the Case Remote, the companion app for the Case Air Wireless Tethering System, for newly added camera support.

Case Remote is the app that works in tandem with the Case Air Wireless Tethering System. The Case Air connects and transfers images instantly from your camera to a phone, tablet, or computer. Control advanced camera settings including focus points, exposure settings, bracketing, time-lapse, and more. View your images on a larger screen to check critical focus and composition, or use Live View or movie mode for real-time capture to share and collaborate as you can.

Here is a look at what’s new in the Case Remote update:

For Mac and Windows:

  • Added support for Canon EOS RP/Canon EOS 1500D/Canon EOS 1DX Mark II
  • Added support for Nikon Z6/Z7
  • Maintain native camera file naming convention when new “Apply Unique File Name” feature is unselected in user settings

For Android and iOS:

  • Now supports iPhone XS and 12.9” iPad Pro
  • Added support for Canon EOS RP/Canon EOS 1500D/Canon EOS 1DX Mark II
  • Added support for Nikon Z6/Z7
  • File naming feature is not applicable to mobile applicable
  • Bug fixes

For more details, as well as information about how to update the Case Remote App on Android, or how to update the Case Remote App on iPad and iPhone, please visit the Tether Tools website.