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New 10TB Helium Drive, Nikon 24-70mm Disappointing on DXO, Sony A7 Drops Below $1000 {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on December 5th 2015

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.

New Western Digital 10TB Helium Drive Announced

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The megapixels keep getting higher and thus our storage requirements as photographers keep on increasing as well. While there is no doubt that SSD storage is the way to go for speed while working on a project, when it comes time to store a lot of data, you still can’t beat a good old fashioned HDD.

Western Digital has announced their latest HDD, a special helium-filled unit that is capable of 10TB of storage in a single drive. The new unit also boasts speeds of up to 25MB/s faster than your standard air filled HDD unit. The HGST Ultrastar He10 is the third drive announced in this special line of helium-filled drives, the first two featuring 6TB and 8TB capacities respectively.

Personally, my only hesitation with a helium-filled drive is the chance of that helium escaping and the drive being useless. That fear, though, seems unfounded as these helium-filled drives have an annual failure rate of just 0.35%. That said, 10TB is a lot of LR catalogs and image files.

There is no word yet on pricing for this monster HDD, but given the price of the 8TB variant ($599), it seems likely that this drive will hit the $700-$800 range.

Disappointing DXO Scores For Nikon’s Latest 24-70mm

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Nikonians everywhere rejoiced at the announcement and release of Nikon’s 24-70mm image stabilized refresh earlier this year. They dreamed big about amazing stabilization, sharpness, and optical quality. While all that that came true and more, it seems that it’s not all as they hoped it would be.

According to DXO’s latest testing (I know, I know, copious salt added here please), the newer 24-70mm F/2.8E lens from Nikon actually scores slightly lower overall than the older 24-70mm F/2.8. The newer lens scored a 28 while, the older lens came in at 29; not a huge difference at all, but a disappointing one for sure.

There are two ways to look at this: either you fall into the sure it’s slightly worse optically than the older 24-70mm, but it adds functionality with the image stabilization so you can shoot in situations where you couldn’t before with the older lens. If you don’t fall into that camp, then you fall into the pixel peepers camp who are freaking out over the fact that the older lens technically out resolves the newer lens corner to corner.

I don’t have a horse in this race, but I can certainly understand some frustration over this. Though, being a ‘glass half full’ kinda guy usually, I probably fall more into the first crowd, happy for the similar optical performance and expanded feature set.

Where do you fall with this?

Sony A7 Drops Under $1000 Again…

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Sure, Sony may have updated the A7 into the A7 II, but that does not make the original any less capable of a camera. In fact, if you have been thinking about giving the Sony E-Mount mirrorless system a try, the original A7 is a great place to start.

Currently, over on Amazon, you can pick one of these bad boys up for just $998. Yes, you read that right, a full frame camera for under $1000, brand new. If you have been wanting to give full frame a shot, you will not find a better deal than this anywhere else.

If you are interested, you can grab the deal over on Amazon 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.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. David Gould

    looking for a high storage hdd for keeping hold of important data I am thinking a NAS is still the way to go.

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  2. Bill Bentley

    10 TB’s of helium? That will fill a lot of birthday balloons. ;-)

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  3. Stephen Glass

    I’ve been a Nikon since I started. But now Canon has passed them on the Speedlite scene with built-in radios. Then a bad experience with a D800, the D600 recall… they’re losing ground. Maybe time to jump to the mirrorless systems.

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    • robert s

      ah yes the QC problems nikon has.

      -sb900 overheating
      -the d800 af points issue
      -the 24-70 AFS G zoom stiffness issue
      -the NEW 300 f/4 E VR recall
      -the D750 light leak issue recall
      -the NEW 200-500 recall
      -the NEW 24-70 VR was recalled before it was sent.

      I own 7 flashes. 4 nikon, 3- 3rd party. Im selling all nikon flashes because the 3rd party cost a third and do 98% of what the nikon SB900 does for me and does 100% of what the SB700/800 does for me. I have no interest in nikon flashes. they are overpriced and offer little for the money.

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  4. robert s

    id get the tamron at half price $1200/$2400 and better performance than the nikon.

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  5. Nick Viton

    Thank goodness my old 24-70 will still be worth something!
    ;)

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