Samsung boosts storage of high-capacity SSDs to a hefty 2 TB

by JamesNYCJune 6. 2015 09:26

Samsung looked to usher in the consumer adoption of solid state drives (SSDs) back in 2013 with the launch of its speedy EVO series. It continues to forge ahead with its high-capacity vision for consumer-oriented, flash memory storage solutions with the addition of a pair of 2TB SSDs to its lineup.

The newest members of Samsung's SSD family are powered by the company's proprietary 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology, which it first unveiled in 2013. This brings the total range of products in its SSD lineup to 20, ranging in capacity from 120 GB up to the whopping new 2 TB options.

The drives are housed in the same 7 mm, 2.5-in aluminum casing as previous models and comprise 32 layers of 128 GB 3D V-NAND flash chips and an improved MHX controller to better support the 2 TB format. Also inside are four 20 nanometer-class 4Gb LPDDR3 DRAM chips.

Samsung has launched two versions, the 2 TB 850 EVO and 2 TB 850 PRO. The PRO variants have traditionally promised slightly better read/write speeds and reliability. Though Samsung is yet to release technical details on the new drives, it is guaranteeing the PRO model for 10 years or 300 TB written, and the EVO model for five years or 150 TB written.

The 2 TB 850 EVO is expected to cost US$800 and the 2 TB 850 PRO $1,000. There's no official release date yet, but they will be available to buy in 50 countries. Samsung also says that it has plans to extend the 3D V-NAND SSD lineups to include mSATA and M.2 form factors.


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SanDisk targets enterprise customers with world's first 4 TB 2.5-inch SSD

by JamesNYCMay 5. 2015 09:22

Flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) have historically been the poor cousins to platter-based HDDs in terms of storage capacity, making them a poorer option for enterprise applications. But SanDisk is looking to change things with its new Optimus MAX SSD, the world's first 2.5-inch Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD packing 4 TB of storage capacity.

Touting the new drive as the first true replacement for legacy mission-critical data center SAS HDDs, SanDisk claims the 4 TB Optimus MAX SSD allows enterprises to maintain their current SAS storage infrastructures, while providing improved, cost-effective performance, and generating less heat and consuming less power than HDDs.

Just exactly how cost effective the new drive is remains to be seen as SanDisk hasn't revealed pricing details, but it is claiming sequential read/write speeds of up to 400/400 MB/s and random read/write speeds of up to 75,000/15,000 Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS) for the drive via its SAS 6 Gb/s interface.

Although the thought of slotting a 4 TB SSD into your laptop might sound appealing, SanDisk is targeting the drive at read-intensive applications with typical workloads made up of a read/write ratio of 90/10. This includes data warehousing, media streaming, web servers, video on demand (VOD), and web-based applications.

"Customers have been looking for a way to transition their data centers from HDDs to NAND flash, but have been forced to decide between cost and performance, or give up important functionality," says John Scaramuzzo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. "We believe that the Optimus MAX will be a disruptive force within the storage industry, catalyzing many organizations to make the switch from their HDD-prominent data center infrastructures to SSDs."

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Maxim Magazine Sold to Restaurant Holding Company

by JamesNYCFebruary 28. 2014 01:02

We've seen this scenario several times over the last few years, and based upon our photographers experience in dealing with magazines in transition such as this; word to the wise: Make sure you get paid as soon as possible and get the money up front when ever possible.

Biglari Holdings Bought the Troubled Men's Title

Alpha Media Group has sold Maxim magazine to a subsidiary of Bilgari Holdings, a holding company that specializes in owning restaurants such as Steak 'n Shake, the companies said Thursday.

Maxim's current management team will continue to run the magazine and it will remain headquartered in New York.

Read the full post on Advertising Age.

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Adobe rethinks their Suscription model specific to Photographers

by JamesNYCSeptember 6. 2013 04:02

Introducing the Photoshop Photography Program

The Photoshop Photography Program will be available during the week of September 16, 2013

During today's keynote at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Adobe is showcasing how photography workflows will evolve to take advantage of an increasingly connected world. This includes a tour of how easy it is today to use Creative Cloud to make your content and creations available anywhere, plus the power of Behance to showcase work. We also highlight some of the exciting new technologies that we're working on for Photoshop CC and Lightroom; our roadmap for making our photography products even more connected; and a peek at how we're planning to bring advanced Adobe digital imaging technology to mobile devices. You'll see these products and services become available in the not too distant future.

Throughout this week at Photoshop World, we're demoing some great digital imaging innovation and I hope you're as excited as we are about what's available today and what's coming soon, thanks to our talented teams of engineers.

Since introducing Photoshop CC, we've listened to feedback from a spectrum of our customers, from advanced professionals to casual enthusiasts. One common request was a solution specifically tailored for photographers. We listened, and at Photoshop World we’re announcing a special offer for our loyal Photoshop customers. Beginning today, customers who own Photoshop CS3 or higher are eligible for a special Creative Cloud membership offer that includes all of the following for just $9.99/month:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20 GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite
  • Access to Creative Cloud Learn’s training resources
  • Ongoing upgrades and updates

To be clear, $9.99 is not an introductory price. It is the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013. And here is a list of prices for the major regions outside of the US – keep in mind that these prices are exclusive of VAT/local taxes which vary by country.

North America                                       $9.99 USD

European Union                                     €9.99 EUR

EMEA non-EU                                        $9.99 USD

Australia/New Zealand                           $9.99 AUD

Asia Pacific                                            $9.99 USD

Latin America                                         $9.99 USD

Japan                                                    ¥1,000 JPY

UK                                                         £7.14 GBP

This offer will be available the week of September 16th at the same time we introduce the new version of Lightroom 5.2.  Visit the FAQ to learn more.

Beware Facebook's New Terms of Service

by JamesNYCSeptember 5. 2013 13:05

ASMP just sent a mass email to all subscribers alerting all of us to Facebooks new terms of service.

Facebook has just claimed the right to use or sell your identity, your content and your data without limit. They have nuked their own privacy policy, removing the right for you to keep anything private.

Download FB TOS as of Sept 05 2013

Proposed Updates to our Governing Documents

Facebook has asked for comments. They can be posted here.


Here is a link to information posted by ASMP


Here’s the most important language (strikethrough indicates language that is being removed. Bold text is used to indicate the new additions).

You can use your privacy settings to limit how your name and profile picture may be associated with commercial, sponsored, or related content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us. You give us permission to use your name, and profile picture, content, and information in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related that content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us, subject to the limits you place. This means, for example, that you permit a business or other entity to pay us to display your name and/or profile picture with your content or information, without any compensation to you. If you have selected a specific audience for your content or information, we will respect your choice when we use it.

The Section-by-Section Summary of Updates takes pains to claim that Facebook has the right to collect and make use of data that it finds “when you are using Fcebook or when Facebook is running.” This probably gives Facebook a license to collect, use, share and sell most of your web browsing (unless you are running software to block cookies) and much of what your mobile phone is gathering, such as your location, phone calls, etc.

They are already collecting a lot of this information. The screenshot below is from my Facebook feed a few hours after I did a search for a hotel in Reston on a totally unrelated site. Facebook is already collecting, using and selling this kind of information. They are now asking for irrevokable permission to continue, and to add your photos to the mix.

As with the Instagram Terms of Use, I believe that Facebook is asking for open-ended permission here that does not serve the needs of users. This is an overly broad agreement that shifts the control over a person or company’s content and identity too far into the hands of Facebook.

Photo Sundial App Gives You the Sun, the Stars, the Moon and more

by JamesNYCSeptember 5. 2013 11:37

Photo Sundial created by photographer Rick Sammon is an interactive app loaded with features that help you find the best light, sunlight, starlight and moonlight.


The new app, a great planning and on-site tool for all levels of photographers, is my 12th app. It is on sale until September 30th for $2.99. After that date the price goes to $4.99.


One man produces an amazing sci-fi short film with the Canon EOS C100 and AfterEffects

by JamesNYCAugust 28. 2013 06:50

I came across this amazing video created by one man using a Canon EOS C100, a few choice lenses and Aftereffects skills that are off the chart.

This really shows what can be done on a budget with serious pre-production, a solid idea, and the focus and attention to detail to create a great finished product.

I'd actually love to to this as a whole video series.

Arya is the last remaining member of her family, a lineage with a unique genetic code that grants the ability to survive the folding of temporal and spatial boundaries... In short, she can teleport. Tasked with exploring new planets, she is in search of something that will explain who exactly she is and where she comes from.

Director: Raphael Rogers
Producers: Raphael Rogers, Bianca Malinowski
Talent: Bianca Malinowski, Andrew Varenhorst, Raphael Rogers

More Info:
For those interested, I shot this with a Canon c100. Lenses used were the Canon 24mm IS prime, the Canon 50mm 1.4, the 100mm Macro IS 2.8 and the Tokina 11-16mm. By far, most of it was shot on the 24 and the 100. The final shot was done with my trusty 5DII as it was a pickup. There was no crew on this shoot. Just myself and Bianca. The shoot took 3 days and post production took significantly longer. All the visuals were done in after effects. I used Element3D a good amount. Thank you to everyone who helped me out during all the time spent editing. You know who you are.

Raphael's IMDB:
Bianca's IMDB:
Andrew's IMDB:

Managed by: Scott Glassgold of IAM Entertainment

New Things Are Happening At Jack Studios!

by JamesNYCAugust 27. 2013 21:17
Hey James,
New things are happening at Jack Studios  We have recently expanded our studio spaces and now offer a total of 8 full service studio spaces in the heart of Manhattan.  We also expanded our equipment room making it over 2000 square feet and stocked full of brand new photo equipment!  If there is ever anything at all I can do to help please do not hesitate to ask.

Photographer Manjari Sharma - Darshan Premiere, Solo Show, September 12th

by JamesNYCAugust 27. 2013 02:39

 Photographer Manjari Sharma - Darshan Premiere, Solo Show, September 12th

It gives me immense pleasure to invite you all to the opening of my upcoming solo show. The show will debut at ClampArt on Thursday, September 12th and will remain open until October 12th. Darshan is a series of constructed photographs of Indian Gods and Godesses. Please feel free to visit to learn more. The official press release can be seen here.

WHEN: September 12th, 6 - 8 pm
WHERE: ClampArt, 521-531 West 25th Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY10001


LockPort - protect the mini-HDMI port on your DSLR

by JamesNYCAugust 13. 2013 20:28

Just came across this very cool product for those shooting DSLR video.

This elegantly designed yet ruggedly crafted device protects the fragile mini-HDMI port on your DSLR with a rock solid clamp that adapts the mini-HDMI to a full-size HDMI. 

As some have found out the hard way, the mini HDMI port on a DSLR is fragile and very expensive to repair if damaged.  With the LockPort you will ensure your camera is protected allowing you the freedom to connect monitors, electronic viewfinders or digital recorders without running the risk of damaging your camera.  

The LockPort is made to fit the Canon 5D Mark II, Mark III, 7D, the Nikon 800 or 600 series and is now available with a USB connection as well.  With multiple mounting options, the LockPort is a 'must have' accessory for any serious cinematographer or photographer.
The LockPort5 fits your Canon 5D Mark III and is available in with the HDMI adapter for the front or rear. 
It can also be made to fit your Redrock Micro mount with an attachment.
The LockPort 7 kit works the same way as the LockPort5, but it is custom made to fit your Canon 7D.
It comes in either a front or rear mounting adapter.

Kits Starting at $137.00


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