Drobo Mini & 5D

Drobo Mini & 5D

A valuable solution for the traveling nerd, Drobo’s brand new Drobo Mini is the world’s smallest full-featured storage array that operates off combined disk and solid-state technologies, making it also one of the fastest. Like Drobo’s other products, the Mini has four hot-swappable drive bays that allow you to manage as much storage as you can afford to purchase. Along with the Mini, Drobo has also released the 5D, a mega storage solution that works with up to five hot-swappabl drives and both have an extra SSD bay which drastically increase the responsiveness of the system.

For the mini you will require 2.5″ Hard Drives (Laptop Size) to fit into it unlike the 5D which can take any type of Hard Drive. The cool data-protecting design features automated SSD acceleration, as well as Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces—a which I don’t think any storage array has yet on the market. The way these bays have been designed is to make it easy for the drives to slip in and out, and when it comes to design I have to hand it to Drobo they have always perfected that with their products. If you are looking for an external storage device to be connected directly to your computer then this is the solution for you, I have always recommend it to people, for me I prefer network connected storage devices but for some people speed is important and in this case Thunderbolt & USB 3.0 are lightning fast.

The Drobo Mini ($599) and 5D ($799) both already on sale on Amazon without the drives.

Link: More Details @ TheVerge

Full Lensbaby Kit

LensBaby

I have about four to five lenses in my current kit and I use about two to three most of the time, and I have been reading about Lensbaby lenses for some time now, they are not as expensive but come out with some very trippy photographs, sort of like an insant Instagram filt built into a real DSLR camera. There are several Lenses to choose from and they range from $150 up to $450 depending on the effect that you are looking for, and now they have put together a kit of everything they have which seems extremely tempting. Even though the is on the high side I have always been tempted to try out one of their lenses and after watching the youtube video I might pick up a lens, but if you are looking for the whole kit this is the perfect package.

The Lensbaby Movie Maker’s Kit is designed for Canon DSLRs (like the 5D MKII, 60D, T2i, etc…) and Arri PL movie cameras, with an array of optic adapters that can create trippy-looking fisheye, wide angle and soft-focus effects, among others. The whole thing will cost you $2900, but it might help you further your craft.

Link: Gizmodo

Canon 5D Mark II

Now Canon has come up with a new monster of a camera with all the bells and whistles people have been looking for, and the unexpected. This camera is for the professional and extreme enthusiast, I’m one who can’t even get the quality pics out of it, but I wouldn’t mind trying it out. A 21.1 Megapixel full CMOS censor and also 1080p recording which is just amazing. The sample videos look really good, I’m happy that this new feature has been added, its a new dimension to high quality videos. Now just to get the photo and video editing right, I’m not good at either really. 

 

Link: Cnet