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Fujifilm X-A1 Mirrorless Camera

17 Sep

The X-A1 has the compact and lightweight feel of Fujifilm’s recently launched X-M1, but this time features an APS-C CMOS sensor and EXR Processor II offering high quality image capture. The 16M large APS-C CMOS sensor provides rich tonal expression, creates a beautiful “bokeh” effect, and increases dynamic range and support for a maximum 25,600 ISO.

It is in line with Fujifilm’s strong X series design and for the first time, Fujifilm has introduced a more varied range of colours to the mix. Designed to enable one-handed operation with intuitive and quick selection of functions for casual shooting, all the operation buttons and dials are positioned on the right side of the camera’s rear panel. And, a dedicated video button to start / stop recording makes it really simple to take videos.

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With a tilt-able high-definition LCD monitor, built-in flash and Wi-Fi® (*6) link to transfer photos to smartphones, the X-A1 has all the features consumers will be looking for when using a compact system camera for the first time.

The A1’s large 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor captures rich tonal expression, increased dynamic range and sensitivity settings up to a maximum ISO of 25600. It also offers the ability to produce a beautiful “bokeh” effect – the aesthetic out-of-focus effect created when shooting with a shallow depth of field.

The sensor will deliver clear images with low noise even in low-light conditions at night and indoors where high sensitivity would usually be required. The sensor faithfully reproduces natural skin tones and the vivid colours of the sky, from deep blues to the red hues of the setting sun. Users can set the sensor sensitivity from the regular ISO200 to as high as ISO6400 in 1/3 step increments, and can even take advantage of the extended range of ISO100, ISO12800 and ISO25600 to obtain incredibly clear and low-noise images even under clear sky and in low-light or at night.

The EXR Processor II offers quick responses with its start-up time of 0.5 seconds, shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and a maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second (max. 30 frames). The Fujifilm X-A1 will be available from October in a variety of colours, bundled with the XC16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens. The Fujinon XC50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS telephoto lens will also be available from October.

 
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SanDisk Announces Extreme Pro 256GB and CFast 2.0 CF Cards

16 Sep

SanDisk_256GBSanDisk Corporation has today announced the availability of the 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash memory card, the world’s first high-capacity, high-performance CompactFlash card with the latest Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) specification. Also being announced by SanDisk today are faster speeds across all other capacities of the SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash line of memory cards.

The card delivers minimum sustained write speeds of 65MB/s, optimized to capture 4K and Full HD video. The 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card has industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 160MB/s, designed to dramatically improve workflow efficiencies, and delivers fast shot speeds of up to 140MB/s for advanced functions such as fast action and continuous burst mode shots.

“The speed and capacity of SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards, as well as the ability to shoot and store 4K video directly to a CompactFlash card, are a major step forward for professional photographers and videographers,” said Sam Nicholson, founder, Stargate Studios. “My work rarely allows for a second chance to capture a big shot or important footage, so when I select SanDisk memory cards, I’m trusting them with assets that are essential to me and my clients.”

SanDisk Extreme Pro memory cards are designed for professionals and are backed by a lifetime limited warranty5. The cards are durability tested, include RTV silicone coating inside for added protection against shock and vibration, and perform in extreme temperatures from minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. The cards also include a one year downloadable offer for RescuePRO® media recovery software6, which lets photographers recover their images in case of accidental deletion.

Increased Speeds Across the Product Line

To coincide with the launch of the 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card, SanDisk is increasing the speed across each capacity of the SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash line. The other SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards, available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, will now feature read speeds of up to 160MB/s4 and write speeds of up to 150MB/s4, as well as the same VPG as the 256GB card.

Pricing and Availability

SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards are available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and are shipping worldwide now with MSRPs of US$219.99 to US$1,809.99.

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SanDisk has also revealed its new Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card. The first of its kind, SanDisk says read speeds of up to 450MB/s and write speeds of up to 350MB/s make it the world’s fastest memory card, period. Speed isn’t the only improvement either, as the cards claim a tougher, pinless design and even unique serial numbers that owners can register with customer support. For now however, its use is going to be quite limited. The only camera that is able to use a CFast 2.0-type card now is the just-announced Arri Amira, although the Arri XT and Classic (with the XR module) cameras can also use it with an adapter. For those still using traditional CompactFlash storage for their 4K shooting, they can opt for the new Extreme Pro 256GB CF for now. There’s no word on a price for the CFast 2.0 cards or their USB 3.0-equipped reader, but pro videographers in the US and Europe should be able to find them soon at specialty shops and Arri-authorized locations.

 
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Lorenzo Wins San Marino MotoGP, Marquez Extends Lead Over Pedrosa

15 Sep

Photo: Dorna Communications

Jorge Lorenzo has won his second consecutive Grand Prix, winning the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini at Misano on Sunday afternoon. The World Champion, who took the lead at the start, controlled the pace as championship leader Marc Marquez beat Dani Pedrosa to second position.

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli has delivered another glorious result for Lorenzo, who has now flourished at the Adriatic venue for three years in a row. The win, which is the 49th of his career and 28th in the premier class, also confirms that the Mallorcan has won both Italian races on the calendar for a trio of successive seasons.

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From second on the grid, Lorenzo shot into the lead as pole-sitter Marquez dropped to third on the opening lap. The latter would put on a spurt in the second half of the race, but by this point had fallen to fourth place due to an unforced error; Marquez recovered from his Turn 8 mistake to catch and pass both Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi and his Repsol Honda Team colleague Pedrosa. However, as the two Honda riders engaged in a battle, Lorenzo’s already comfortable lead only grew.

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Marquez’s championship lead is now 34 points with five races remaining, while Lorenzo has drawn level with Pedrosa for second overall. Rossi and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow are the only other two riders who can mathematically still clinch the title; the Italian ended Sunday’s race fourth, while the Englishman fell to sixth on the final lap behind LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl. Alvaro Bautista was seventh for GO&FUN Honda Gresini, having claimed his maiden MotoGP™ podium at Misano in 2012, while Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso beat teammate Nicky Hayden and Ignite Pramac Racing’s Michele Pirro to eighth spot.

11th was Tech3’s Bradley Smith, while Colin Edwards (NGM Mobile Forward Racing) was the leading CRT rider in 12th; the American finishing one position ahead of Aleix Espargaro (Power Electronics Aspar) who, from an impressive sixth on the grid, ran fourth on Lap 1 but was handed a ride-through penalty for jumping the start. Six riders failed to make the finish, including Energy T.I. Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone who was one of six Italians racing in front of a passionate crowd.

1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
2 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
5 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Honda
6 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
7 Alvaro Bautista Go&Fun Honda Gresini Honda
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati
9 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team Ducati
10 Michele Pirro Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati
11 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
12 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki
13 Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar ART
14 Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia Blusens FTR
15 Danilo Petrucci Came Iodaracing Project Ioda-Suter
16 Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki
17 Randy De Puniet Power Electronics Aspar ART
18 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport PBM
 
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Marquez Takes Pole for San Marino MotoGP, Lorenzo 2nd and Rossi 3rd

14 Sep

Marc Marquez has impressively collected his sixth pole position of the 2013 MotoGP season, beating Casey Stoner’s Misano lap record in the process. The championship leader will start alongside Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, with teammate Dani Pedrosa coming from fourth place on the grid.

As qualifying drew to a close at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, it looked as though Marquez had beaten Lorenzo by just 24 thousandths of a second. The Repsol Honda Team man (despite having suffered an accident during the preceding fourth practice session) then delivered a crushing blow in the form of 1’32.915, establishing the new qualifying record and sealing his second consecutive pole by over half a second. Lorenzo was comfortably second ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing partner Rossi, both now running with seamless shifter gearboxes for the first time. In fourth spot, Honda’s Pedrosa – on pole last year – was clearly frustrated for the duration of the day and was eight tenths of a second off the pole position time.

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Cal Crutchlow delivered an inspiring lap for fifth place, having been outside of the combined top ten in practice which meant he passed through Q1 for the first time. The Englishman will fill the middle of Row 2 ahead of Aleix Espargaro, again very much punching above his weight to qualify his CRT-specification Power Electronics Aspar ART machine in sixth position. Stefan Bradl starts seventh for LCR Honda MotoGP, ahead of GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista (who finished on the podium here last year) and Ducati Team duo Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden.

A total of six Italians will start this weekend’s race, two being on Row 4 as Pramac Racing teammates Michele Pirro and Andrea Iannone have qualified 11th and 12th. Bradley Smith struggled to 13th spot after at Turn 14 crash at the end of Q1, while Hector Barbera managed 17th place as the only Avintia Blusens rider to be running with a new pneumatic valve engine. The 24-rider grid will be completed by Came IodaRacing Project’s Lukas Pesek, with six races remaining in the 2013 season.

As he also did at Indianapolis in mid-August, Marc Marquez has topped every season in which he has taken part so far this weekend. Sunday’s GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini, Round 13 of the season.

1 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:32.915
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:33.428
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:33.573
4 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:33.726
5 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:34.014
6 Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar ART 1:34.028
7 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Honda 1:34.098
8 Alvaro Bautista Go&Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1:34.230
9 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati 1:34.338
10 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team Ducati 1:34.362
11 Michele Pirro Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 1:34.467
12 Andrea Iannone Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 1:34.519
13 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:34.694
14 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 1:35.174
15 Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia Blusens FTR 1:35.534
 
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Lorenzo Edges Out Marquez for British MotoGP Win, Pedrosa 3rd

01 Sep

Photo: Dorna Communications

Jorge Lorenzo has returned to winning ways in a dramatic Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone, beating championship leader Marc Marquez by less than one tenth of a second. Dani Pedrosa completed the podium as home favourite Cal Crutchlow struggled to seventh place.

On Saturday, Marquez had clinched his third pole position in five race meetings but further participation was put in doubt when he dislocated his left shoulder by crashing in Sunday morning Warm-Up. After being given the green light in the circuit Medical Centre, the 20-year-old Repsol Honda Team rider headed up the front row from Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Crutchlow.

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Critically for Lorenzo, the Mallorcan made another strong start and dived into the lead at Copse corner. In a near repeat performance to Brno last weekend, he would proceed to resolutely defend from both Repsol Honda Team riders. Marquez then seized the advantage at Brooklands just over two laps from home, only for Lorenzo to retake the lead as he confidently out-braked his opponent at Vale. On the final lap, Marquez again grabbed the advantage at Brooklands, before Lorenzo re-passed in a confident move at Luffield which featured slight contract between the two bikes.

The leading duo crossed the finish line separated by just 81 thousandths of a second, meaning Silverstone continues a pattern from Brno of witnessing the closest finish of the season so far. The triumph also marks Lorenzo’s first win since Catalunya in mid-June. Struggling for rear grip, Pedrosa was a further one and a half seconds behind, having been unable to take advantage of the battling pair in front of him. In fourth spot was Rossi who, having dropped back after his strong start, had become involved in yet another entertaining battle with GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista, while LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl finished in sixth place.

Having missed his home race in 2011 before starting at the back in 2012, Cal Crutchlow had hoped for a much stronger Silverstone weekend in 2013. He crashed twice on Saturday and again in Sunday’s Warm-Up, then paid the price for a poor getaway as the Tech3 rider plummeted from third to sixth at the start. He would fall back to his eventual finishing position of seventh when the charging Bautista – who had lined up eighth on the grid – overtook at the end of Lap 1.

Crutchlow’s teammate Bradley Smith again found himself dicing with the pair of Ducati Team riders, but was ultimately taken advantage of by Nicky Hayden for eighth place. Smith would end the day ninth, while Andrea Dovizioso crashed out on the penultimate tour. The Italian joined second-lap faller Lukas Pesek (Came IodaRacing Project) on the sidelines, promoting Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro into the top ten despite a broken finger and injured neck after a Saturday crash; he therefore led home the CRT riders as PBM’s Michael Laverty ended his maiden home race in 19th position, ahead of Colombian teammate Yonny Hernandez.

With the triple-header of Indianapolis, Brno and Silverstone now over, MotoGP™ returns in two weekends’ time with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini from Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. With six events remaining in 2013, debutant Marquez carries an advantage of 30 points over Pedrosa, with Sunday’s winner Lorenzo now trailing the championship leader by 39 points. After the race, it was announced that Marquez had received two penalty points for his part in the Crutchlow Warm-Up incident, having not slowed sufficiently under yellow flags.

1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
2 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda
3 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
5 Alvaro Bautista Go&Fun Honda Gresini Honda
6 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Honda
7 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
8 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team Ducati
9 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha
10 Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar ART
11 Andrea Iannone Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati
12 Michele Pirro Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati
13 Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens FTR
14 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki
15 Danilo Petrucci Came Iodaracing Project Ioda-Suter
16 Randy De Puniet Power Electronics Aspar ART
17 Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki
18 Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia Blusens FTR
19 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport PBM
20 Yonny Hernandez Paul Bird Motorsport ART
 
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