Topaz Lens Effects Deal Alert

Topaz Lens Effects

Topaz Labs has a special deal on its Lens Effects Photoshop plug-in.  It usually runs $79.99, but is available for $29.99 with the coupon code “simplefocus” from now until Dec. 24.

For those unfamiliar with the plug-in, Lens Effects allows you to apply depth of field effects and other effects to your images during post processing.  Lens Effects uses a depth map for fine tuning out of focus areas, which helps make the depth of field look more natural and optical-based.

Check it out here on Topaz’s website.

CompactFlash Assoc. Unveils XQD Memory Cards

XQD Memory Card

The CompactFlash Association announced a new XQD standard for CF cards.  The new standard is based on the PCIe standard and should offer 125MB/s data transfer speeds out of the gate – with much faster possibilities later down the line.

Speed isn’t the only thing that has changed though.  The XQD cards (I’m guessing that’s what we’ll call them… but couldn’t we have stuck to only 2 letters?) are a completely different physical format, which means they won’t work in any current camera. [Read more…]