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If you're not already part of the Servo City newsletter, there's a sale on select motorized Pan & Tilt Heads.

PT-2100 (super-duty) Reg: $1499.99 Sale Price: $1274.99
SPT50 (Micro) Reg: $19.99 Sale Price: $16.99
SPT100 (Small) Reg: $19.99 Sale Price: $16.99
SPT200 (Great for Go-Pro) Reg: $45.99 Sale Price: $38.99


Here's a few videos that could be advantageous for video editors that have access to Apple's thunderbolt interface. Until recently, there have only been a few thunderbolt external hard drives and they were quite expensive. Seagate offers thunderbolt adapter docks for it's GoFlex line of hard drives, but many have success docking other SATA drives directly. This will save you some cash in the long run, and you'll be able to expand by just using several drives. For those rockin' the new MacBook Pro (or thinking about it) with built in Flash Storage, these options could be very interesting to you since you can't expand the internal drive of your system.

The video below shows an example of a Vertex SSD Drive (found here on Amazon) docked directly to the Seagate and taking full advantage of the amazing Read and Write speed of the Thunderbolt interface.

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Seagate GoFlex Sata Dock Thunderbolt
find-price-button Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter (STAE121)

Another video example below shows off Seagate's Desk Dock. This larger dock can interface with both full size 3.5" SATA Hard Drives and smaller 2.5" Sata Hard Drives. The downside to the larger dock is that it requires additional DC power in, while the smaller GoFlex dock is completely bus powered for travel, but can only mount 2.5" SATA drives.

Normally buying the Seagate ThunderBolt Desk Dock and SATA Hard Drive separately would be cheaper, but the GoFlex Desktop Dock with 3TB Seagate drive has dropped in price via Amazon. Should you need to replace the 3TB that comes with this kit, you can always pick up another SATA drive and continue to take advantage of Thunderbolt speeds. Check out the SeaGate ThunderBolt Desktop Dock (Click Here).

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find-price-button Seagate GoFlex 3 TB Drive w/ Thunderbolt Desk Dock


Did you know there is at least 3 different Firewire Cables and 6 USB types? That's nothing compared to what's available in Video or Audio cabling. Probably one of the handiest web pages available, check out the new B&H Cable Finder WebPage.

This new page makes it much easier to search for the right cable by visually choosing your connections. Search through Audio, Video, Photography, Portable Entertainment, and even Computer cabling. I suggest poking through the website as a reference to see how it's laid out (Click here).

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Geek Post. If you follow this blog, you'll find that I collect lots of random Canon and Nikon Replica Lens Mugs. Some for myself and some I keep around for last minute gift ideas to other geek friends. I mainly use it as Pen Holders on my desk. Some of these Replica lens Mugs / Thermos are designed to scale with very accurate details.

The latest replica lens mugs (actually thermos) is two new Nikon 70-200mm. As far as I know, there isn't a good Canon Thermos like these Nikon versions. Both versions have a Stainless Steel insert, and one is designed with it's own plastic cup that's actually part of the Nikon Thermos Lens Replica. The other Replica Lens Thermos looks like it has some very accurate detailing of the Nikon 70-200mm F/2.8G.

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find-price-button Nikon 70-200mm F/2.8G Lens Mug Replica Thermos


I opted in for the Apple MacBook Air because I wanted something with super long battery life and super lightweight. Now the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display has these features along with a powerhouse of specs under the chassis. The new retina display, performance, and long battery life in this little form factor just kills every other portable laptop system on the market. I'm sold.

I just called in to a local store, they don't have it in stock yet. They are available to purchase on the Apple.com website, but if you're like most people who ummm want to 'defer' a hundred dollars of sales tax (and file it at the end of the year), you can also find a few options for pre-order on websites like B&H.

Apple new MacBook Pro Retina

Here's some additional links to the pre-orders.














This is probably going over everyone's head, but I just saw this on the eBay deals page. A rechargeable USB battery pack that has ports for both 1A and 2.1A outputs. I don't know how consistent the output is, but it peaked my interest because my Asus WiCast (streaming HD video) requires 5V 2A minimum to run, or it's just not going to power up. Right now I have everything working nicely with the Tekkeon battery packs, but they are a bit large to mount with camera.

I tried a number of other USB battery packs for the 5V output, but they just didn't put out the 2A that I need. Maybe this one is different? The Asus probably needs the most amount of power, but if you're using something like the Brite-View HDMI wireless systems, that should that requires less. Anyways, I guess I might be the only one excited for something like this, so just ignore this post, but if you're shopping for a portable battery pack for anything else USB powered, it might be something to look into with the price drop (click here).

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Quick post in reference to the Palo Alto adapters. The latest batch has been added to inventory and is available again. If you're a bit clueless as to what this is, you can find out more information about the Palo Alto adapters through the following articles:

find-price-button Palo Alto Paint Pole Adapter from PhotographyandCinema.com


One camera that's putting out good reviews on the Micro Four Thirds side is the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 (see it here on Amazon). A nice upgrade for PEN shooters. The in camera stabilization is a big plus for people who want to use older or aftermarket lenses. If you're looking to get one sooner than later, there's one OM-D (Black) with 14-42mm available for normal retail price via eBay, but ends in 50 minutes. Find it here.

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find-price-button Olympus OM-D E-M5 Black with 14-42mm Lens

[Update] If you missed it, you might be able to find a few here: Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen and 14-42mm Lens (Black)