Canon Cross Media Station Storage Concept

Canon Cross Media Station

Recently, Canon announced (again) that it is developing a photo storage device called the Cross Media Station. The details are slim – only stating that it will use NFC technology to store photo and video files from Canon cameras and those files will be viewable on a TV.

It is stated to have networking capabilities as well, but again, details are slim.

In fact, details were more prominent when Canon announced its Cross Media Station in 2010 at the Canon Expo in Paris, which was virtually the same concept.

I have so many more questions than I do answers about this device. If the implementation of the device is anything like the product Canon has been working on since 2010, it probably needs to die.

People want to connect with their cameras to smartphones, not televisions . . . and that smartphone connectivity still needs to be polished instead of creating a TV box to manage (using a clunky remote) the vast quantity of photos and videos we shoot.

Nothing in Canon’s press release, which you can read below, gives me confidence that this will be a product that I would want to own. [Read more…]

Karl Taylor Live Beauty Shoot at Photokina

Karl Taylor was at the Broncolor booth at Photokina 2014 doing a live beauty lighting session in only 30 minutes. The video, however, is condensed to 11 minutes. While the audio quality is sketchy throughout, you still get the idea of what he’s doing.

In the session, he also shows off the fast recycle time of the new Broncolor SIROS lights as you can see when he invites numerous photographers up on stage to capture images using the same lights a the same time. The SIROS lights fire repeatedly without missing a beat as several photographers fire at almost the same time. We also get another short refresher on how Broncolor para umbrellas work.

Metz Release Mecablitz 44 AF-1 and 52 AF-1 for Sony Cameras

Metz Mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital Flash

Metz announced Sony versions of the Mecablitz 44 AF-1 and 52 AF-1 speedlights for Sony’s Multi Interface hot shoe. The two new models come equipped with updated feet and no longer require the use of an adapter to work on recent Sony cameras.

The Metz Mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital flash runs $199.99. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

The Metz Mecabliz 52 AF-1 digital flash runs $299.99. Check it out here at B&H Photo.