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Deal: Craphy Photography Studio Umbrella Kit

Craphy Direct via Amazon offers the Craphy Photography Studio Umbrella Kit for $95.99. Coupon code "QUNQL8Y6" cuts it to $67.19 with free shipping. It includes two 33" translucent umbrellas, three muslin collapsible backgrounds, and three light stands. Deal ends April 30.

Deal: Joby GorillaPod Micro 800 Tripod w/ Mount

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Joby GorillaPod Micro 800 Tripod bundled with the Joby GripTight Mount for $7.95 with free shipping. The tripod features auto-fanning leg design. Deal ends today.

Deal: Genaray SpectroLED 1000 Bi-Color LED Light

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Genaray SpectroLED Studio 1000 Bi-Color LED Light for $399.95 with free shipping. It features a color temperature of 3,200 to 5,600K, 13.6 x 13.6 x 2.75" panel, and 60° beam angle. Deal ends today.

Review: Gudsen MOZA Air 3-Axis Motorized Handheld Gimbal

Overview : Compact and configurable, the MOZA Air 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer can stabilize your mirrorless or DSLR camera for smooth, professional-looking footage. Since the Air can be used in either one or two-handed configurations, supporting setups that approach the 7-pound payload capacity won't sacrifice usability. The built-in handgrip control offers directional control and mode selection at your fingertips.

Other control options include using the free smartphone app or the separately available Wireless Thumb Controller. The Thumb Controller is especially useful in the two-handed configuration. Auto-tuning can be done through the app to ensure optimal performance.

The MOZA Air itself and the included batteries, charger, cables, and accessories all fit in the included hard carry case for convenient storage and transport.

Features :
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum construction
  • Dual handle for capturing stable handheld shots
  • Can be mounted to a tripod, slider, jib, crane, or anything else via the 1/4"-20 screw hole at the bottom
  • For Mirrorless and DSLR Cameras
  • 7 lb Load Capacity
  • Full 360° Rotation on All Motors
  • Includes Two-Handed Grip
  • Works with Wireless Thumb Controller
  • Free Control App with Time-Lapse
  • Automatic Tuning via App
  • Battery Lasts up to 12 Hours
  • Includes Hard Carry Case

Press Release: Canon Announces 470EX-AI Speedlite

Today, Canon announced a new speedlite flash, the 470EX-AI. The Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI automatically pivots to create an optimal angle for bounce flash. There are motors and gears in the flash that literally does all the positioning for you.

The flash has a guide number of 47 and uses pre-flash to first calculate distance to the subject, then distance to the ceiling, and moving the flash into its final position. The best angle for bounce is determined only by these distance calculations, and doesn't take into account the color of the ceiling such as black or dark ceilings.

The 470EX-AI can also re-position itself when quickly shifting between portrait and landscape shooting. Turning the camera from landscape to the portriat and double half-pressing the shutter rotates the flash automatically to adjust the bounce. More advanced photographers can use this feature in conjunction with a semi-automatic mode. This mode allows the photographer to position the flash themselves, while remembering the flash angle and automatically re-positioning itself when shifting to portrait orientation and back again.

The 470EX-AI includes infrared AF assist, and provides coverage from 14mm and 24-105mm. It doesn't offer radio triggering, but it can be used as an optical receiver. The Artificial Intelligence Bounce (AI-B) will not work with cameras released before July 2014 and it will not work with Canon M Series mirrorless cameras. The Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI will be available in April for $400.

Preorder: Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI $399
Continue for full press release.

Kickstarter: LENSCAPT: Lens Cap You'll Never Misplace

LENSCAPT is a new “faster lens cap” that’s designed to never fall off your lens. This new lens cap is geared toward for the photographer who is constantly on the move and taking photos on the fly. It works by screwing onto the lens’ filter threads This allows the LENSCAPT to remain secure and safe. With its magnetic clasp and a spring-loaded hinge, LENSCAPT allows photographers to shoot as quick as a flick of a thumb.

Designed with a locking ring, users can set it up to their preferred position and never lose another lens cap again. It also has a “reinforced inner rim” to provide protection against knocks and dust.

It will initially be available for lenses with 52mm threads, but the creators are looking for feedback as to other thread sizes that should be offered in the future.

For more information, you can visit their sites. We'll have link to Kickstarter and pricing once the campaign goes live.

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