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Legendary Bowens lighting company to go dark

Goodbye Bowens

There are widespread reports from the photo industry that Bowens Lighting is to go into liquidation. The company would have celebrated its centenary in just 6 years time.

Bowens used to rule the roost when it came to lighting rigs for professional photographers. Countless stars and celebrities over the decades where illuminated by Bowens lighting in studios and on location across the globe. So dominant was the company that the company name was often used as the noun that described a photographer’s lighting, particularly studio flash lighting in more recent years.

The company started in the UK as a camera repair specialist in 1923 and later found its niche in studio lighting. It’s true to say that the industry segment Bowens once dominated has now become crowded and very competitive.

  • Do you use Bowens gear – what does the bad news mean to you?
  • Have you switched away from Bowens and, why?
  • Do you have any memorable anecdotes about using Bowens lighting over the years?

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Fantasea line introduces enhancements for underwater camera housings

Press release issued by Fantasea:

Fantasea LCD magnifier

FANTASEA LINE INTRODUCES ENHANCEMENT PRODUCTS FOR UNDERWATER HOUSINGS
NEW RELEASES Fantasea introduces a selection of products designed to upgrade underwater housings and enhance the experience of underwater photographers.

Fantasea LCD Magnifier

UMG-02 LCD Magnifier
Cat. No. 5052

When installed on the camera housing, the UMG-02 LCD Magnifier provides the underwater photographer with an enlarged, clear, bright and sharp view of the camera LCD screen.

Using the UMG-02 makes it easier to compose and focus with the camera system, resulting with sharper and more impressive underwater images. UMG-02 was optically designed for underwater use. The rubber sleeve serves as a sunshade and ensures a clear view also in the brightest conditions. Installation is quick and simple. An adjustable diopter allows focusing the lens to a finer degree customized to individual eyes.

The UMG-02 LCD Magnifier was designed to be installed on Fantasea housings. It can also be installed on other housings featuring a similar design of anti-glare hood rails.

Specifications

  •  Magnification: 2.3X (underwater)
  • Materials: Hard anodized aluminum bezel, rubber LCD hood
  • Lens construction: 2 groups and 3 elements
  • Lens coating: AR multi layer coating
  • Depth rated to 100 meters / 330 feet
  • Dimensions: 79.6 x 76 x 93mm / 3.13 x 3 x 3.66 inch
  • Weight: 192 g / 6.77 oz
  • Included in package: Lens cap, lens cap secure string and rubber hood quick release secure string

Fantasea Moisture Detector
Cat. No. 7501

Fantasea moisture detector

The Fantasea Moisture Detector can be installed inside any housing featuring sufficient space for the alarm unit.

The Fantasea Moisture Detector is very sensitive, so whenever moisture is detected by the sensor, the moisture detector LED light begins flashing and a warning alarm starts beeping, thereby alerting the user of a possible leak.

The Fantasea Moisture Detector includes an alarm unit and a moisture sensor unit, connected by a thin wire. The alarm unit is installed on any of the housing side panels using a double-sided installation sticker, included in the package. Make sure that your housing offers sufficient space for the alarm unit to be installed (34 x 24 x 7 mm) without interfering with a proper watertight seal. The Moisture Sensor unit is installed just under the camera or camera tray inside the housing.

The Fantasea Moisture Detector is operated by a 3V Lithium #CR1220 battery. A replaceable and non-rechargeable battery is included.

Important Notices

  • All components should be handled carefully during installation.
  • The Fantasea Moisture Detector assists with detecting moisture inside the housing. Installation of the Fantasea Moisture Detector inside the housing does not eliminate the user’s responsibility of validating housing watertight seal prior to and during the dive.

 

 

 

3 Legged Thing launches universal QR11 brackets

Press release issued by 3 Legged Thing:

3 Legged Thing is proud to introduce …
The QR11-LC & QR11-LG

British Tripod brand, 3 Legged Thing has launched its latest Universal L Bracket. The QR11-LC and QR11-LG are the result of six months of research and development, offering universal compatibility, accessory attachment and flat storage.

What’s the story?

The QR11 comes with triangular pads, designed to tessellate and provide as much surface contact as possible on the baseplate, which translates to more grip and a more secure connection. The base itself is the optimal length for most cameras, enabling more compatibility and better access to cable sockets. It features a quarter-inch threaded hole on the upright, for attaching other accessories, and a strap connector on both aspects.

“I really wanted to produce something cross-compatible with as many cameras as I could. I wanted to make something that is more than just an L-Bracket. Our Mission at 3 Legged Thing has always been to add as much value in innovation as we can to our products, and the QR11 is no exception,” said 3 Legged Thing’s Founder and Chief Executive, Danny Lenihan (pictured).

“I also wanted to produce something that was affordable,”said Lenihan. “So many L Brackets are upwards of $150 to $250, which is a lot of money for a student or any photographer, really. It’s important that we are as inclusive as we can be, so that photography enthusiasts on smaller budgets, can still have the opportunity to use an L Bracket. At $49.99, I think we’ve achieved that.”

The QR11-LC on a Canon 5d Mark IV. Image courtesy of 3LT Team Pro, Ben Eaton-Williams.

The QR11 also has another neat trick – it can be disassembled in seconds, using the included multi-tool (3LT-TOOLZ) and stored flat, making it easier to transport and stow. It also comes in two colour options: Equinox Copper and Eclipse Grey, to suit your style.

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Headquartered in a converted chicken shed (The Chicken Shed) on Kinsbourne Farm, in Stagsden, Bedfordshire, 3 Legged Thing is a small, British company of passionate people, creating and innovating camera support systems for photographers and videographers.

Billingham introduces the Hadley One

Press release issued by Billingham:

Billingham introduces the Hadley One

Versatile, purpose-built camera bag delivers ultimate protection for photographic equipment and laptop or tablet


Cradley Heath, UK – 28 June 2017: Billingham has announced the introduction of a new model to its acclaimed Hadley range, providing photographers with the highest quality protection for valuable camera equipment, laptops and personal possessions.

Building on the success of the Hadley Pro, the Hadley One has been designed and precision-engineered in England by the Billingham team, incorporating a host of new features following feedback from photographers around the world. Manufactured from rugged, weather-proof FibreNyte canvas, complemented by strong top-grain leather, this premium bag is slightly larger than the Hadley Pro and offers spacious storage to accommodate a mid-sized DSLR body and lens combination, or a core CSC kit, along with a small laptop or tablet.

Completely adaptable to each photographer’s needs, its removable, full-height padded insert can be positioned within the bag to divide the interior and provide optimum space for all items, and a second optional insert can be added, for extra versatility. A fully padded laptop sleeve has been stitched into the back of the main compartment, to hold a tablet, 13” MacBook Pro or similar device securely in place.

A robust top handle has been incorporated into the design, allowing the Hadley One to be carried as a briefcase or holdall, a features a re-engineered leather covering to provide extra comfort and a secure grip. The adjustable shoulder sling is manufactured from Billingham’s shuttle woven spun polyester and solid brass fittings, and can be completely removed if required.

Billingham’s weather-resistant FibreNyte canvas delivers exceptional durability, colour fastness and protection from external elements. Extremely tough, yet light in weight, it never requires reproofing, retaining its water and heat-resistant properties throughout the life of the bag.

Delivering maximum protection for heavier lenses and the all-metal bodies often featured in current CSC and DSLR products, the rear, side and bottom faces of the bag have been strengthened with foam padding. This also adds structure and support, making sure the Hadley One retains its shape whether completely full or just carrying a small number of items – and safeguards any equipment carried in the outside pockets.

For additional customisation and storage capacity, external pockets can be fitted to the Hadley One, fastened to the thick leather layer to provide a secure mount for valuable accessories. The shoulder sling attachment has been riveted through the leather to form a core structure of the bag.

In response to numerous requests from Billingham owners, a durable luggage trolley strap, enabling the user to retain the bag over the handle of a trolley suitcase, has been integrated into the Hadley One. This practical feature allows the photographer to access the rear zipped pocket when mounted, while a weather-proof zip closure keeps all contents dry in inclement conditions.

The Hadley One is available in three FibreNyte and leather colour combinations: Sage & Chocolate, Khaki & Chocolate and All-Black.

Harry Billingham, director, commented, “We have been listening to feedback from our customers for more than four decades, and we continuously look for improvements in our products and processes to exceed the expectations of photographers. While fulfilling the essential requirements of protection and strength, we also manufacture to exact technical specifications and quality standards, giving owners the peace of mind that they can trust and rely on our bags to perform throughout their lifetime. With the Hadley One, we’ve responded to the suggestions of photographers from across the world, incorporating features that will make their daily working lives easier, particularly those travelling frequently from location to location.”

Billingham’s meticulous sourcing procedures ensure that all textiles and materials meet stringent criteria, guaranteeing that every bag is built from tested, innovative and durable components. As with all Billingham bags, the Hadley One is subject to extensive inspections and quality checks before being made available to purchase. Once complete, the bag receives its own laser-engraved label and individual serial number, allowing the owner to register the product, and enabling it to be identified and tracked throughout its lifecycle. The Hadley One comes with a five year guarantee.

An extensive range of matching accessories is available for all Billingham bags, including top-grain leather shoulder pads for added comfort when travelling and leather luggage tallies in various colour options.

Hadley One technical specifications

External dimensions: (W x D x H) 370 x 140 x 280mm
Internal dimensions: (W x D x H) 350 x 120 x 250mm (without padded insert); 150 x 120 x 240mm (inside the padded insert); 120mm is maximum depth at bottom, 100mm at the top
Capacity: 8.75 litres
Weight: 1.38kg (inc removable sling and padded insert)
Pockets: 3 (plus integrated padded 13” laptop area)
Front dump pockets: Two – 140 x 30 to 80 x 210mm
Rear zipped pocket: (W x H) 330 x 200mm (capacity nominal)
Included: H1 removable shoulder sling (48mm width); Hadley One standard insert (1/2 length, full height including one padded divider flap)

Additional information on the Billingham Hadley One can be found at www.billingham.co.uk.

Availability and pricing

The Billingham Hadley One will be available from 1 July 2017 at www.billingham.co.uk and authorised Billingham stockists at a suggested retail price of £265 including VAT.

Removu S1 World’s First Rainproof 3-axis Gimbal for GoPro® Cameras

The Removu S1 is a 3-axis stabilising  gimbal designed and made for use with GoPro Hero 3, 4, 5 and Session cameras. This rainproof gimbal features a detachable handgrip, removable battery,  wireless remote control and is fully compatible with GoPro’s range of helmet, body  and bike mounts.

Removu S1

Removu S1

Advanced stabilisation

The Removu S1 delivers extremely stable and vibration free footage. The 3-axis stabilisation is manufactured with world class brushless DC motors and rotary sensors, removing unwanted movements and giving your footage a smooth professional look.

Water resistant

The motors and body of the Removu S1 are specifically designed to be water resistant. So whether your using the waterproof GoPro Hero5 or the S1’s rainproof housing for GoPro’s 3 & 4, you can keep shooting through whatever nature can throw at you!

Wireless control

The Removu S1 comes equipped with a detachable wireless joystick remote control. This allows you to control the angle of the camera and switch between the different modes on the gimbal using the 5-way jog key on the wireless remote.

Hold. Wear. Mount.

Removing the handrip from the body transforms the Removu S1 into mountable gimbal. You can attach the main gimbal body to any GoPro compatible mounting system o譠ering incredible versatility.

Control modes

PAN: The camera will smoothly follow your panning motion but cancel out any pitch  or roll movements.

FOLLOW: The camera will follow the direction the S1 is facing left, right, up and down.

LOCK: The camera is locked into it’s current position and maintains that orientation regardless of how the S1 is moved.

Extended battery life

The S1 has an excellent battery life of 3-5 hours. But what makes the Removu S1 even more attractive is that once the battery does run low, you can simply swap it out for a fully charged spare! There are also two micro SD slots in the handle cap so you’ll be able to capture every second of your adventure.

Removu S1 Specification

Gimbal

Operating Voltage (DC): 6.4V ~ 8.4V

Weight: 380g (Housing and Battery excluded)

Vertical Tilt Angle: 292°

Roll Angle: 90°

Horizontal Panning Angle: 292°

Operating Time (@25°C): 3h ~ 5h

Battery: 7.4V / 850mAh

Battery Charging Time: 2.5h (5V/2A)

Operating Temperature: -20°C ~ 45°C

Handle

Dimensions: 32.8 x 32.0 x 160.4 mm

Weight: 70g

Remote Control

Operating Time (@25°C): 10h

Operating Distance: 33ft (10m)

Weight: 24g

Battery: 3.7V / 200mAh

Battery Charging Time: 2.5h (5V/2A)

Operating Temperature: -20°C ~ 45°C

Removu S1 SRP: £349.99

removu.com

Nissin Air10s wireless commanders

The New Standard Nissin Air10s

An advance 2.4Ghz wireless TTL strobe commander

Nissin Air10s wireless commander

Nissin Japan Limited (Chairman Mr. Goto Chikara) proudly announces the Air10s, an advance NAS (Nissin Air System) 2.4Ghz Wireless TTL commander for Fujifilm, Sony, Micro Four Thirds, Canon and Nikon cameras, available in April 2017.

The Air10s is an advanced strobe commander in the N.A.S., Nissin Air System*1. The simple and clear dial layout with Color LCD display allows the user to seamlessly and quickly control a large group of strobes from a dark indoor studio, to a bright outdoor environment. It can control the NAS Ready strobes (i60A and Di700A) and the receiver Air R wirelessly.

Sustainable performance – easily updated via a Micro SD card slot

The Air10s has been equipped with a Micro SD card slot that allows users to update the device easily by themselves. Nissin plans on putting a Micro SD card slot on all future strobes and commanders.

Expand the creativity boundary – Control your strobes up to 100 meters*2

The device’s range of use has been greatly extended (when compared to older models) to a maximum distance of 100 meters, and the TTL Mode, high speed sync (FP sync) supporting up to 1/8000 High- speed shutter speed, rear curtain, and other functionalities can be controlled remotely.

Finest adjustment – supporting 1/3EV step in TTL flash exposure correction, and the smallest output down to 1/256*3

Used under the TTL mode, minimal adjustments are possible with just 1/3EV step. In addition, under manual mode, the device supports the lowest power adjustment down to 1/256, which comes in handy for highly sensitivity shoots.

Instant strobes setup – Manual output power instantly transform from TTL exposure data

The device has a “TTL Memory Function”, which memorizes the exposure during a TTL Mode shoot, and allows for a one-touch switch to manual mode. You can save time during the strobes setup as the device takes the TTL exposure data, calculates the individual output internally, and transforms the exposure data into manual mode for advance adjustment.

Set your group of strobes free – The Open Mode*4 allowing multiple Air10s to pair with the same group of strobes

The “open mode” allows for multiple Air10s units to pair with the same group of strobes. This means, the need to re-pair devices is eliminated, and even if cameras are changed, the same settings can be used as the shoot continues. This convenient functionality allows multiple cameras and commanders to share a same group of NAS strobes.

Crossover control – Full Control of Different versions of NAS Strobes

Even if your Air 10s is for Sony Mount, it is possible to pair it with Canon, Nikon and other differing version of NAS strobes (i60A, Di700A), and you can retain use of all the functions, including TTL Mode (Applies to the other type of Air10s versions as well).

*1 NAS stands for Nissin Air System, a proprietary wireless TTL communication system developed by Nissin for 2.4GHz radio transmission that allows for stable operation of slave strobes in outdoor or environments that may have other disturbances.

Devices are paired beforehand to ensure stable communication with each other, and to avoid signals from getting mixed up, 8 channels have been set up, providing a secure communication environment.*2 For Canon Mount devices that are set to Mode II, the rear curtain sync function cannot be used.*3 Only supported on i60A. When the device is paired with Di700Aor Air R, the TTL is -2.0~2.0EV, 1/2EV step, in Manual it is 1/1-1/128, 1EV step.*4 When using in Open Mode, the NAS strobe’s firmware needs to be updated.

Product Information

Product name: Nissin Air10s SRP: 170USD

Release Date: Different versions of Air10s will sequentially introduce to the market from April 2017

Specifications

The Air10s specification and model design are subject to change before the release date without prior notice. Type For Canon, Nikon, Sony, Four Thirds and Fujifilm Systems

Compatible Strobe I60A, Di700A

Compatible Receiver Air R

Wireless system Radio category

Radio specifications 2.4GHz ISM band (Obtaining technical standards conformity certification) Communication Pairing is needed before the use of Air10s

Channel 8 channels

Flash Groups A, B, C, D & Ȧ, Ḃ, Ċ, Ḋ(total 8 Groups)*5

(Group control and a specific group can be choosen to stop transmitting)

Power Source 2 x AAA batteries Continuous shooting speed 10 shots/sec

Number of flashes per charge Approx. 3,000 flashes

Transmission distant Max. 100mDepending on the environment

Mode [TTL] i-TTL (Nikon) / E-TTL II / E-TTL (Canon) [manual]/ ADI/ PTTL (Sony) / TTL (Fujifilm) / TTL (Micro Four Thirds/ Four Thirds)

Manual zoom Manual adjustment 24/ 35/ 50/ 70/ 85/ 105/ 135/ 200 mm

EV compensation on flash [TTL] -2.0 ~ + 2.0,1/3 EV step, each group can be adjusted independently or synchronized

Synchronization modes Color LCD with dial control

Manual mode power ratio 1/256- 1/1 with 1/3 step selection, each group can be adjusted independently or synchronized

Synchronization modes Canon: 1st- Curtain synchronization, 2nd- Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, FE Lock and FV Lock (set on camera).

Nikon: 1st- Curtain synchronization, Rear Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization,

Sony: 1st- Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, FEL Lock (set on camera)

Four Thirds/ Micro Four Thirds: 1st- Curtain synchronization, 2nd- Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, Slow synchronization, Red-eye reduction (Olympus only)

Fujifilm: 2nd Curtain synchronization, Slow synchronization, Red-eye reduction Other functions Micro SD card slot (For firmware update), Remote shutter release socket,

Modeling light control*5

AF-assist beam range 0.7 ~ 5m

Operation panel LCD color panel and select dial

Dimensions 65(L) x 60 (W) x 60 (H)mm/ 2.6(L) x 2.4(W) x 2.4 (H)inch

Weight 73g / 2.5oz (without batteries)

*5 “8 groups” and “modeling light” are functions prepared for Nissin products to be released in the future. It does not correspond to the current model.

SanDisk’s latest memory products at CES

SanDisk® Unveils World’s First microSD Card Designed to Deliver a New Dimension of Mobile Application Performance

The 256GB SanDisk Ultra® microSD card with the Latest A1 SD Specification Offers Mobile Users Even More Storage Expansion Options

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a global storage technology and solutions leader, today unveiled the world’s first microSDTM card that meets the Application Performance Class 1 (A1) requirements from the latest SD Association’s SD 5.1 specifications. By meeting the A1 performance standard, the 256GB SanDisk Ultra® microSDXCTM UHS-I card, Premium Edition, delivers capacity, speed and enhanced capability to deliver a better smartphone experience1.

Since the popular memory card format launched more than a decade ago, microSD cards have been instrumental in driving new segments in digital imaging like action cameras, drones, dashboard cameras and surveillance systems, and have significantly impacted the evolution of the smartphone. Today, approximately 75 percent of smartphone models on the market contain microSD slots, according to data from Strategy Analytics2. The 256GB* SanDisk Ultra microSD card offers the capacity and performance consumers need to capture all of life’s moments without having to worry about what to delete. The card can hold up to 24 hours of Full HD video3 and with premium transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s**. With A1 performance, the card can launch and run apps at blazing speeds.

“The microSD card has been an integral part of the digital revolution by providing more options for high performance, high capacity storage for smartphones,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president of product management, Client Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. “SanDisk® cards are at the centre of more than two billion consumer devices, and now with this A1 card, we’re proud to play a significant role in continuing to advance the trusted format.”

Long used by billions to expand capacity for photos, videos, music and many other digital files, the, microSD card now must evolve to support application-intensive environments, paving the way for a new dimension of memory card performance. With the introduction of the Android Marshmallow 6 operating system, users can expand storage capacity on smartphones by selecting the microSD card as preferred or adoptable storage, which means apps can now be loaded and launched directly from the A1 microSD card.

The A1 spec allows the new card to manage random read input-output access per second (IOPS) of 1,500 and write IOPS of 500, so it can quickly open apps and process accompanying tasks, such as audio, graphics, saved profiles and in-app permissions. With this in mind, the new SanDisk Ultra microSD card with A1 is designed to provide consumers a faster, more powerful app experience using cards.

“SD technology is trusted by consumers around the world for its reliable, backwards compatible and highly interoperable storage, making it the world’s leading memory format with billions of SD memory cards and devices in the market,” said Brian Kumagai, SDA president. “The A1 specification will help consumers identify the appropriate card to ensure an optimal experience when running and launching apps on their smartphone. We are pleased that SanDisk will release an A1 card, and continues to contribute to breakthrough technologies enabled by the microSD format.”

The new SanDisk Ultra microSD card with A1 is compatible with the SanDisk® Memory Zone app for Android™, giving users an easy way to manage and back up content on their device. The app is available for free through the Google Play™ Store4. The card will be available worldwide in January 2017 with a UK MSRP of £166.99.

The complete line of SanDisk® microSD cards can be purchased at more than 300,000 retailers worldwide.

 

 

SanDisk® Launches its Fastest, High-Capacity USB Flash Drive Ever

New SanDisk Extreme PRO® USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive Now Features SSD Performance in a Portable, Aluminum Metal Form Factor

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2017 – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a global storage technology and solutions leader, today announced its fastest, high-capacity USB flash drive to date with the launch of its high-performance 256GB* SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive. The new drive delivers the speed, capacity, and reliability of an SSD in the convenient form factor of a small USB flash drive, and is ideal for creative professionals, tech enthusiasts, or anyone who creates and shares massive files.

A game-changer in the USB storage category, the drive is capable of read speeds up to 420MB/s and write speeds up to 380MB/s1. With its unprecedented speeds, you can transfer full-length 4K movie to the drive in less than 15 seconds2. With its USB 3.1 interface, people can rapidly access and move files on the go, without having to worry about a cable. The new drive also features a sophisticated design with a durable aluminum metal casing and a retractable connector for ultimate style and reliability.

“The combination of SSD performance and a compact USB form factor offers the ultimate performance and convenience for moving files easily and quickly,” said Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing, Client Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. “With its increased capacity and blazing speeds, the SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive is our sleekest, most powerful SanDisk USB device yet.”

The SanDisk Extreme PRO Solid State Flash Drive is available up to 256GB, giving consumers plenty of room to manage large files. For added file protection, it includes the SanDisk SecureAccess® software, which offers 128-bit file encryption and password protection3. The drive also comes with a limited lifetime warranty4.

Pricing and Availability

The new 256GB SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive will be available in late January 2017 at Amazon.com and Best Buy at a UK MSRP of £125.99.

SanDisk storage solutions can be purchased at more than 300,000 retailers worldwide.

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About Western Digital

Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) is an industry-leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience and preserve data. The company addresses ever-changing market needs by providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage solutions with customer-focused innovation, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST, SanDisk and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers. For more information, please visit www.hgst.com, www.wd.com, and www.sandisk.com.

About SanDisk

SanDisk, a Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) brand, provides trusted and innovative flash storage products that have transformed the electronics industry. SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world’s largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smartphones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide