Prograde Digital Demonstrates 1TB CFexpress Cards with Nikon Z Cameras

Prograde Digital Product Photo of CFexpress 1.0 Memory Card

Prograde digital demonstrated the capabilities of their 1.0 (1TB Capacity) CFexpress memory cards at CES in Las Vegas. CFexpress cards share the XQD form factor, but require a firmware update to function with Nikon cameras with XQD card slots. It is unclear whether Nikon will also release a firmware update for their XQD equipped DSLRs. Notably, CFexpress cards offer a 1,400MB/s read speed and can write at 1000MB/S. Read the associated press release from Prograde Digital here.

Nikon Announces New Features for Z6 and Z7 Cameras: Eye Focus, PRORES RAW Recording, and CF Express Compatibility

Nikon Product Photo of Z6 Filmmaker's Kit
Nikon Product Photo of the Z6 Filmmaker’s Kit

News Shooter published an article today detailing the advantages and functions for Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras that Nikon announced yesterday. The article describes the PRORES Raw functionality and dives into the features of the Nikon Z6 Filmmaker’s Kit. Additionally, Nikon’s announcement outlined upcoming eye focus for Z6 and Z7 cameras. Additionally, Nikon will add CFExpress functionality to both cameras. Whether or not Nikon will add CFExpress functionality to D810 and D5 cameras is unclear.

DJI Smart Controller with Built-In 5.5″ Screen Announced at CES 2019

DJI Product Photo of the Smart Controller for Mavic 2 with built-in screen.

DJI announced a new smart controller with a built-in screen for Mavic 2 Zoom, Pro, and Enterprise models. The new controller allows drone operation without the use of a tablet or smartphone. Further, the display is optimized for use in bright sunlight with a claimed brightness double that of standard smartphones. The controller is available today. Read DJI’s press release here.

Nikon Announces Z6 Filmmaker Kit & 14-30mm F4 S Lens

Nikon Product Photo of the Z6 Filmmaker’s Kit

Nikon announced the Z6 Filmmaker Kit today. The kit includes a Z6 body, Nikkor 24-70mm F4 S lens, FTZ adapter, Atoms Ninja V, a MOZA Air 2 gimbal and other accessories.

Nikon Product Photo of the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

Nikon also announced the “World’s first full-frame 14mm filter-attachable lens” with their Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom. The lens is designed for both video and stills shooters. See the full press release for both sets of products here.

Photography and Chill: What to Read, Watch, or Listen To This Weekend — January 4, 2019

What to Read

Take this one with a grain of salt, it’s a slick commercial put together by Nikon and The Atlantic. Areas of Focus is a Nikon Z7 commercial featuring Joe McNally. It’s worth a look just to appreciate McNally’s work. Check it out if you can get past the marketing bit.

Meet Leander Varekamp, Our Portrait of Humanity People’s Choice Winner — British Journal of Photography

The Real Vanlife: What It’s *Really* Like to Live on the Road in a Vintage Van by James Barkman — Field Mag. “James Barkman is a photographer, surfer, thrill seeker, and life enthusiast currently exploring the PNW in his faithful but not necessary trusty 1976 VW Type 2 van”

BJP – Online Loves … — British Journal of Photography. A collection of interesting photography projects.

New Sony CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, had a great 2018 — Sony Reconsidered

What a Long Government Shutdown Could Mean for the FAA — and the Drone Industry — Dronelife

What to Watch

Wild Polar Bear Tries to Break In | BBC Earth — A wild polar bear attempts to snack on Gordon Buchanan, wildlife cameraman as he hunkers down in a protective cage. The Photobeat’s staff found this quote vey appropriate: “At this point, my fear outweighs my fascination.”

If this video piques your inserts about Gordon Buchanan, check out:

Love at first bite: The Incredible story of how BBC cameran filmed world’s deadliest bears – and ended up introducing them to his children — The Daily Mail

Gordon Buchanan, the Indiana Jones of Wildlife Presenters Talks About That Very Close Encounter With a Polar Bear. — Ethical Hedonist

What to Listen To

Photographer Stephen Vanasco Talks Legacy, the Adult Film Industry and Social Media — Hypebeast Radio Podcast. An interview by Jeff Staple. Stephen Vanasco is a business owner, photographer, former adult film director, and Leica Ambassador.