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The Glif for iPhone Back With Extras

GLIF+

The Glif for iPhone is back and this time around the guys behind Glif, Studio Neat, is introducing the +pack add-ons for the original Glif. The add-ons includes the Serif and the Ligature, watch the video for more details.  Indeed a great idea for Christmas presents.

Originally posted on PASM Workshop

December 5, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, iPhone 4, Photography, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Awesome Kickstarter Project – LandingZone – The Docking Station for the MacBook Air

LandingZone (US$159) is a docking station for the MacBook Air and is now a Kickstarter project.  The LandingZone features -

  • Total of 4 USB 2.0 ports; no need to attach a separate USB hub
  • Built in 10/100T Ethernet port; no more dongles for the Ethernet or fumbling with the cable
  • Built in Mini DisplayPort capable of driving resolution up to 2560×1440
  • Built in locking port compatible with all the Kensington Locks; now you can secure your MacBook Air
  • Two models to support either the 11″ or 13″ version of the MacBook Air (2010 or later)
  • Beautifully designed and engineered for simplicity, elegance, reliability and functionality (patent pending)
  • Comes with US power adapter which accepts wide range of input voltage (100~240 Vac)

Check out the introduction video on their Kickstarter page, link here.

December 2, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, Kickstarter, Mac, MacBook Air | , , | Leave a comment

Review on the Phottix Odin TTL Trigger for Canon

Image from The Phoblographer

The Phoblographer ran a long, thorough review on the Phottix Odin TTL Trigger for Canon (link to review here). In short, the author loves the Phottix Odin and his conclusions are -

  • Decent build quality
  • Exceptional battery life
  • The best TTL metering I’ve seen (it’s like you’ve never taken the flash off the camera. And even then it sometimes meters better.)
  • A price you really can’t beat: US$330.00 for a Commander and Receiver at the time of writing this post. US$130 for a receiver.
  • Extremely easy to use.
  • Very portable.

Check out the following video review from the author as well.

For those interested in the trigger, PASM Workshop is  selling them at a huge discount for their registered members,

  • Phottix Odin TTL Trigger Set for Canon (1 transmitter+1 receiver), list price HK$2,680-> now HK$2,380 (11%off)
  • Photix Odin TTL Receiver Only for Canon (1 receiver), list price HK$980-> now HK$890 (10%off)

Head over to their e-store for more information.

Source – The Phoblographer

November 7, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, DSLR, Photography | , , | Leave a comment

TouchFire: The Screen-Top Keyboard for iPad


Well, for those who miss that tactile feel when typing with an iPad, check out the TouchFire Keyboard on Kickstarter which will start shipping this December. The project has a funding goal of US$10,000 and has now achieved the US$36,728 pledged funds, meaning that this project is a success.  For a US$45 pledge , you will get a keyboard, a storage case and a pair of cover clips, all in black. Up one notch, for a US$80 pledge, you will get two 2 keyboards in black and white, 2 storage cases and 5 pairs of cover clips in colors that complement the iPad Smart Covers and of course there are other more expensive exclusive type packages which you can check out on their Kickstarter page. Check them out, great Christmas present for sure.

Source – TouchFire

November 2, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPad2 | , , , | Leave a comment

XStylus Touch – A True Hong Kong Innovative Designed Product


Hong Kong based inventor Elton Leung designed the XStylus Touch for the iPad a while back and the project is now listed on indiegogo (another form of kickstarter).  The project is fast in gaining recognition within the industry as his innovative design on the XStylus, a magnetic based stylus for the iPad is truly innovative, check out the above videos and see it for yourself.

If you want to find out more on the XStylus, go the helpme2k2′s Youtube channel.

Source – helpme2k2

October 1, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, Hong Kong, iPad | , , , , | Leave a comment

New Product Preview – iPad 2 Movie Mount from Makayama

For those who loves shooting video on your iPhone, ever picture yourself shooting with your iPad 2? Makayama’s iPad 2 Movie Mount (US$69.95) is to be released in October this year. From the video, it sure looks sweet with the slide on-the-fly between the built-in lens and the conversion lens, the ability to mount shotgun mics, video light and the optical viewfinder. That together with the iPad app and with the mount double up as a monitor stand when in upright position surely justifies the price tag. The only downside I see it is not with the mount itself but with the under-par camera on the iPad 2. What are your thoughts?

First published on PASM Workshop on 5 September 2011

September 8, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPad2, Video | , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Best iPhone Keyboard Yet

Source – SmartKeyboard2011

September 4, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, iPhone 4, Video | , , | 1 Comment

Phottix Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Trigger Set Review by FlashRaw

FlashRaw posted a very thorough review on the all new Phottix Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Trigger Set together with some really nice shots and demonstration pics. The new Strato II line evolved from its much successful Strato I line with cool new features like 4 group selector; screw-down locks for both transmitters & receivers; dedicated On/Off Switches on both transmitters & receivers and improved compatibility with Nikon SB-600 Speedlight.

My studio, PASM Workshop is now carrying both the Nikon and Canon versions, sorry Sony lovers, guess you all have to wait a bit. It comes in two different packings. One is the 5-in-1 Tigger Set with a transmitter and receiver (HK$690 list price and PASM price is HK$630) for Canon and Nikon and one is the receiver only set for both Canon and Nikon (HK$345 list price and HK$320 for PASM members and fans). To order, you can (a) buy it online through their Products Page and payment is via Paypal or (b) send your orders to sales@pasm-workshop.com and their sales team will get back to you.

I’m not going into details of the new triggers as FlashRaw did a great job in review it, just extracting their end notes and conclusion here for your reference.

End Notes and Conclusion

In case you just skipped here to the conclusion after skimming through the photos of the new Strato Multi triggers from Phottix, here’s a rundown of the key points:

Pro:

  • 4 selectable groups
  • TTL pass-through
  • Backwards compatibility with last-generation Stratos
  • Reliable & 100% clean triggering at 1/250
  • Great build quality
  • Locking hotshoe pins
  • Locking screw-down dials
  • Receivers & transmitters use common AAA batteries
  • Metal foot on transmitter
  • Metal threaded socket on receivers
  • Easy 4-position slider for channels (no dip switches)
  • Standard mini-jack connections (no proprietary connectors)
  • Cheaper than Pocketwizards, Elinchrom Skyports, Paul C. Buff Cybersyncs, etc.

Cons:

  • Plastic foot on receiver
  • Slightly less range than last generation Strato triggers (as tested)
  • Slightly less dense/rigid plastic used than last generation Strato triggers

The last generation of Phottix Strato were excellent triggers – they hit a fair price point with almost peerless build quality, innovative features (TTL pass-though) and the reliability of much more expensive triggers.

The new Strato Multi system takes these core attributes and adds user-selectable groups for even more flexibility, not to mention backward compatibility with the last generation of Phottix Strato receivers. All these features add up to a really solid triggering system that’s equally happy firing speedlights or studio strobes, all with the reliability professional shooting demands.

Source – FlashRaw

July 4, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, Photography, Strobist | , | Leave a comment

Another Great Kickstarter Project – Hive Dock for iPhone

Okay, what is so special about the Hive Dock? well, it’s a dock for your iPhone and works in both portrait and landscape.  It also amplifies the audio output into a concave chamber which then projects upward, all without needing any power. The dock also features a piece of Fresnel lens which tugs away nicely at the bottom of the dock.  The lens stands parallel to the iPhone’s Retina Display at a set distance of 4 inches, providing crystal clear 2X magnification.

The project is 16 days have 16 days to go and they are still looking for another US$120,000 pledges.  For a pledge of US$45, you will get a Twitter Follow + Hive t-shirt plus a Hive dock.  For more information, check out the project over at Kickstarter, link here.

For a target retail price of US59.95, I think it’s priced a bit too high.  I like the idea of it but just don’t agree to the part on hands-on gaming.

May 30, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, Beyond Geekiness, Gadgets n Gizmos, iPhone 4 | , | Leave a comment

First Look – Seagate GoFlex – Wireless HDD for iPad

Imagine having a 500GB harddisk where you can stream 300 HD movies on-the-go to your iPad, or better yet, to three (3) iPads at the same time. A harddisk with up to 5 hours battery life. How about if I tell you that it can stream not only to you iPad but pretty much any mobile devices with WiFi connectivity? Well, this is the Seagate GoFlex.

Image from Seagate

The GoFlex Satellite mobile wireless storage device is part of the Seagate GoFlex Storage System. This innovative system makes it incredibly easy to upgrade or change the interface on your GoFlex Satellite device, so you can always get optimal transfer speeds when loading and syncing your media.

  • Includes USB 3.0 connectivity for fast data transfers (fully compatible with USB 2.0)
  • Other available interfaces include FireWire 800 and powered eSATA (sold separately)

The GoFlex is to be launched this coming July with a price tag of US$199.99.  I personally cannot wait to get hold of one, what about you? For more, check out the following video.

Source – Seagate, evadianita

May 20, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility | , , , | Leave a comment

First Look – BOOKback from DODOcase for iPad 2 and iPhone 4

DODOcase just launched a whole line of DODOcase for iPad 2 but I’m interested in is the back cover on the iPad 2 they have, called the BOOKback, which protects the backside of the iPad 2 as well as the iPhone 4.  Take a look at the above video from the guys over at the iphoneblog. It is pretty much the same as the GelaSkins I reviewed a while ago,  Very easy to apply and I bet those are 3M adhesive as well, meaning they can be taken off and reapply fairly easily. Judging by the looks of the BOOKback in the video, it sure looks neat. Pricing on the BOOKback, US$19.95 for the iPad 2 and US$8.95 for the iPhone 4.

Source – the iphoneblog, DODOcase

May 2, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, iPad2, iPhone 4, Review, Video | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Get Your Ass Covered Review – GelaSkins for iPad 2

For those of you who are planning on getting an iPad 2 together with the Smart Cover, or who have already done so, one piece of advice….. get your ass (iPad 2) covered.  You definitely don’t want to have the back side wide open as you can get all the scratches on it, especially with the Apple logo (a big no no if you’re planning on selling it in the future).

In come GelaSkins, the company that specializes removable covers for portable devices. Their skins features stunning and photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images.  GelaSkins in fact is one of the few companies that have the whole product line ready before the iPad2 was launched.  Over 100 stock artworks are available or even best, use your own photo or art for the skins.  For now, GelaSkins only have the front and back cover set (US$29.95), and that comes with a wallpaper to match the artwork you choose.  For the iPad 2 back cover only, they do have the section up but no stock artwork yet, meaning one can only use their own photo or art.

UPS arrived this morning

GelaSkins for my iPad2

I ordered mine last week for my iPad 2.  Got the Charity: Water Logo on Black and Love Letters artworks and received them today.  The whole process of applying the skin to the iPad 2 took 5 minutes or so.  For now I’m leaving the front skins and the wall paper as I’m just using the black leather Smart Cover.  One thing I do notice while applying the skins is that one can easily pull the skins off and use another one, just stick it back to the sheet that it came with.  Thanks for the 3M technology GelaSkins uses.

Now for a limited time, you get one free skins if you order three from GelaSkins.

To let you get a better idea of how the GelaSkins work and look, I’ve linked this great video from metagamers below.

More pics after the jump…….

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April 7, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, iPad2, My Gears, Review | , , , , | 1 Comment

PASM Workshop – New Photop Accessories

PASM Workshop is now carrying a number of photography accessories for photop enthusiast.  If you want to order, send your email, contacts number and number of quantities needed to sales@pasm-workshop.com.

RPS Studio Speedlite Accessory Kit (HK$495) is designed to fit most popular speedlites on the market today. The kit allows photographers to improve the quality of the light from small flash units.

The RPS Studio Speedlite Accessory Kit features grid spots for creating dramatic effects. Also included is a reversible silver/white bounce reflector, and a red gel filter (Additional gel filters may be purchased). All of these accessories are mounted to a speedlite via the included mounting frame that attaches to all speedlites via hook and loop fasteners which are included.

The mounting frame has adjustable click stops to keep it at the desired angle for either bounce flash or to position a filter and/or a honeycomb grid. You can also quickly move the grid or filter out of the way for standard flash photos. The mounting frame folds up flat for easy storage.

Consisting of a mounting frame, three honeycomb grid spots (30°, 40°, and 50°), a silver/white reversible bounce reflector and a red filter, the Dot Line RPS Studio Speedlite Accessory Kit enables you to better control the spill rate and reflective qualities of your on-camera flash.

For Glare Free LCD screen viewing… Checking your histogram, composition and focus outdoors is easy with Hoodman’s HoodLoupe. HoodLoupe is worn around your neck just like a normal loupe. When it is time to review your shot; bring Hoodloupe up to your image and place your eye up to the eye cup for complete glare free viewing. HoodLoupe has a +-3 diopter to accommodate those with less than perfect vision. HoodLoupe adjusts focus just like a binocular eye piece… you turn the eye piece in or out to set for your vision. HoodLoupe’s precise German glass optics give you a 1 to 1 ratio for true LCD screen viewing. Each HoodLoupe is encased in a user friendly rubber for comfort and protection from bumps that will occur throughout your shoot. Comfortable lanyard and compact protective storage case included. Fits up to 3.0 inch LCD screens.

PASM Workshop is now selling them fo HK$700 for pickup at PASM ($730 including shipping), for more info, see the following video:

In addition, we have the Hoodman Eyecup for Canon and Nikon camera (HK$235, $250 including delivery)

For more info, check out our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pasm.workshop#!/pasm.workshop.

January 10, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Hong Kong, Photography | , , | 1 Comment

PASM Workshop – Special Discount on the Phottix Neo One GPS

PASM Workshop (www.pasm-workshop.com) is running a November special on the Phottix Neo One GPS. List price HK$980, PASM member price HK$845 (while stock last), email your order to sales@pasm-workshop.com, deadline tomorrow.

Source – PASM Workshop

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, DSLR, GPS, Hong Kong, Nikon, Photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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