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New Zhongyi Optics Lens Turbo Adapters, DIY Home NAS, & Epic D750 Savings {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on January 12th 2016

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Zhongyi Optics Announces New V2 ‘Lens Turbo’ Adapters

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Zhongyi Optics has announced their latest micro four thirds ‘Lens Turbo’ adapters, which work similarly to the Metabones Speedboosters you have no doubt heard of. These new adapters from Zhongyi Optics adapt M42, Canon FD, or Minolta MD lenses to the Micro Four Thirds mount.

Just as with the Speedbooster product from Metabones, these adapters don’t just adapt lenses to different mounts. These also widen the FoV of the lens and gives the photographer an extra stop of light to play with, essentially giving them back what was lost in the FF-M/43 crop.

Similar to the previous Zhongyi Lens Turbo (ver II), the new MFT turbo adapter features a structure of 4 lens elements in 4 groups, including one extra-low dispersion element that helps to reduce the chromatic aberrations on the image. The angle of view of the camera lenses will be increased by 0.726x and the max. aperture will be improved by 1-stop.

These new adapters can be purchased directly from Zhongyi Optics over on their website, or through authorized retailers for a suggested price of around $150.

Build Yourself A Home NAs for More Storage

We photographers are a data hungry bunch. We shoot tons of images and video on a regular basis, and we need some place to store it all. Sure you can keep buying larger and larger drives, but at some point, you will need to find a place to put all of this data that is not inside of your computer.

This is where a NAS, or Network Attached Storage, comes in. This is basically a second computer with one purpose, to hold a crap ton of hard drives and store your stuff away from your main machine. Some people use a NAS as a backup solution, though, in reality, it’s more about additional storage than it is about redundancy.

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This is a great video on setting up your own NAS on the cheap. The best part about putting it together yourself is knowing exactly how you can upgrade or fix it over time.  For the exact parts used in this video, you can check out PC Part Picker, here.

Save Up to $900 off the Nikon D750

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Everyone is clamoring for the D500 and D5, but Nikon’s other super popular camera – the D750 – is currently on sale (and you can actually get one right now too!) with savings of up to $900 depending on what package you choose to take advantage of.

Interested? You can find all of the great Nikon D750 deals, ranging from $200 to $900 off, over on B&H, here.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Mark Henry Dela Torre

    Major flaw of most of inexperienced builders of a NAS is buying all the disk drives at the same time and on the same dealer. This will mean that the disk have a large probability of breaking at the same time. Please buy the same model of disks from different dealers like newegg, amazon, tigerdirect, bhphotovideos, adorama, ebay, etc. This will separate manufacturing dates.

    If your going for raid 0 this doesn’t apply.

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  2. Joseph Wu

    FreeNAS is pretty awesome. We use it here in the studio serving 2 seperate arrays totalling 96TB of raw storage each.

    It pushes out 5-8Gbps without any issues. Only reason why we aren’t saturating the 10Gbps uplinks is due to our clients not being fast enough.

    Machines are only connected via 1Gbps but that’s to change soon.

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