Lenovo w520 Review

The Lenovo w520.  It’s a very well constructed laptop that offers incredible performance when well-spec’d.

Lenovo bills this as a portable workstation for graphics professionals, and when looking at the list of features it certainly appears to fit the description.  It offers a wide-gamut screen, X-Rite Huey display profiler built right into the palm rest, integrated card reader.  Upon closer inspection, however, things start to fall apart.  First, the card reader only supports the smaller consumer-grade cards.  CF cards are not supported, which means it’s useless to most of us pro shooters.  The X-Rite product works fine, I have no complaints there, but the biggest problem?  The screen! Continue reading Lenovo w520 Review

Canon Error 30

I took a spill while on a shoot yesterday, and my camera and my pride got a bit of a knock.

Immediately after “the incident” my camera appeared to be working fine, but a few minutes later the camera froze up with Error 30 on the screen, along with the usual suggestions that you try turning the power on and off, or removing and reinserting the battery.  Power cycling didn’t work.  Removing the batteries (I’m using the battery grip, thus the plural) worked for a few shots, then the error came back.  I repeated this process a few times before completely taking the camera apart (lens & batteries) and letting it rest a moment.  After putting it back together everything has been working fine. Continue reading Canon Error 30