Gitzo teams up with Sony to launch tripod and L-bracket designed for α-series cameras
17 July 2018 | 3:49 pm

As part of a collaboration between Vitec Group and Sony, Gitzo has introduced a new pair of products designed specifically for Sony α7 and α9 cameras: the Traveler α Tripod and the L-Bracket α.

The new products 'feature a tailored design to perfectly fit Sony α7 and α9 camera models, helping to increase grip and stability for precise framing and extraordinary composition,' according to Vitec Group.

Gitzo's new Traveler α is a 'premium travel tripod' featuring a new design and monochromatic color scheme to match the appearance of Sony α-series cameras. It weighs just 1.43kg/3.15lbs, opens to 165cm/64.96in and holds up to 10kg/22lbs of gear. Like Gitzo's other travel tripods, the Traveler α folds down to just 43cm/16.93in when using the 180-degree leg-folding system.

The legs themselves are constructed of Carbon eXact tubing and use the Traveler G-lock system for securing the proper height. The Traveler α is paired with Gitzo's 'most compact professional carbon fiber tripod head [...] engineered to provide the ultimate smoothness and precision of movement and secure locking with independent pan/tilt lock.' To wrap it all up, the special-edition tripod includes a genuine Italian leather carry strap designed to mimic the aesthetic of carbon fiber.

The second new product is the L-Bracket α, which Gitzo calls 'the lightest of its kind on the market,' weighing in at just 77g/2.7oz. The bracket is milled from a single piece of aluminum 'to become one with the most high-level professional mirrorless cameras on the market.' Its design includes four attachment points for camera straps, an open design for easy access to ports and cables. There's also a dedicated spot for the hex keys and accessories so you don't need to carry another bag of tools around.

The Gitzo Traveler α costs $999.99, while the Gitzo L-Bracket α will set you back $199.99. They are available now on Gitzo's online shop and authorized dealers.

Updated: Which RX100 should you choose?
17 July 2018 | 1:00 pm

There have now been seven variants of the RX100 series, and at least six of them are still current models. Confused? Here's an updated look at their differences, and our recommendations among them now that we've tested the Mark VI.

Kodak distances itself from failed Bitcoin scheme
17 July 2018 | 10:00 am

The Kodak-branded 'Kashminer' Bitcoin mining scheme announced at CES has apparently collapsed, with Eastman Kodak distancing itself from the company behind it.

This is distinct from the Kodak-branded 'Kodak Coin' cryptocoin and 'Kodak One' IP blockchain scheme announced by Wenn Digital Inc at CES.

Eastman Kodak is saying that the Kashminer scheme, where investors could effectively rent Bitcoin mining hardware which would be located at Rochester NY, and use Kodak's on-site power station for cheap electricity, was never actually a licensee of the Kodak name. This is despite the hardware appearing on Kodak's stand at CES, bearing the company's name.

The company behind the Kashminer says that the US Securities and Exchanges Commission had prevented the scheme from going ahead

The Kashminer scheme was immediately ridiculed at the time, since its promised consistent rate of return would appear impossible, given the increasing difficultly of 'mining' that is inherent to Bitcoin.

The BBC is reporting that Spotlite - the company behind the Kashminer - says that the US Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) had prevented the scheme from going ahead. It says it is now looking to establish a Bitcoin mining system in Iceland.

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