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Kickstarter: MagMod – Magnetic Speedlite Modifiers

A new photography product has launched on Kickstarter. That project is known as the MagMod. According to the Kickstarter page and inventor, Spencer Boerup, "MagMod is the simplest, easiest, strongest, fastest, and sexiest speedlite modifiers for Canon and Nikon hot-shoe flashes, period."

The MagMod is a simple magnetic band that mounts to your flash allowing modifiers to be slapped on and off via N52 Neodymium magnets.

To help back the MagMod or if you're interested in purchasing a MagMod, you can do so by pledging for one on their Kickstarter page. It starts off at $55 and the price increases when you add more accessories like a MagGrid and MagGel.

Below is a video of what the MagMod is all about.

Deal: Sanyoo Eneloop Rechargeable AA Battery 8-Pack for $17 + free shipping via Prime

Amazon offers its Prime members the Eneloop 1500 Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable AA Battery 8-Pack, model no. SEC-HR3U8BPN, for $16.98 with free shipping. These 2,000mAH AA batteries are precharged and can be recharged up to 1,500 times. A must have for any photographer for their camera gear or even for normal household need.

Review: Plaber HPRC 2550W Wheeled Hard Case with Cubed Foam and Interior Cordura Bag

Review: Plaber HPRC 2550W Wheeled Hard Case with Cubed Foam and Interior Cordura Bag

Overview : The Plaber HPRC (High-Performance Resin Cases) HPRC2550W Hard Case is a lightweight, waterproof, unbreakable case. It is also crush, acid and corrosion proof and meets ATA 300 specifications for transit cases. The case also meets IP67, STANAG 4280, DS 81-41 standards for vibration, temperature exposure and impact. The interior is empty allowing you to use optional foam or pack it in any configuration that meets your needs.

The hard-resin shell is virtually unbreakable, and the interior rubber O-rings keep the case air and watertight. HPRC wheeled cases have a smooth low-profile backing that houses a high-strength aluminum telescoping handle. This efficient design translates into a clean finish on the back side of the case, while the use of aluminum delivers a stiff feel for complete control between the handle and case. The hardware is all stainless steel and bolstered by reinforced corners and hinges. The case also comes with smooth-gliding wheels, soft-grip handle for carrying and an air pressure release valve. The case is sealed with double hinged latches for a firm closure that will accept an optional TSA (Transportation Security Administration) approved lock.

The case can be used to carry anything but is targeted for transporting delicate, expensive and valuable audio, photo or video equipment and accessories. HPRC cases are used by the military, nautical, police and many other factions to protect their gear from dust, dirt, water, impact and corrosion. HPRC backs the case with its lifetime replacement warranty.

Features :
  • Double-hinge locking latches for secure closure and comfortable opening
  • Neoprene O-ring to keep the case air and watertight
  • Micro-textured surface to reduce scratching
  • Performance certifications from ATA 300, IP67, STANAG 4280 and DS 81-41 (military-grade)
  • Temperature Rating of -40 to 176°F
  • Pressure relief valve to maintain water tightness
  • Molded-in space for identification tags
  • Super-soft grip, rigid handles for field comfort
  • Wide smooth-gliding, molded-over rubber wheels
  • Male-to-female ribs for stacking

Review: Peak Design PRO Plates - ARCAplate, DUALplate, MICROplate

Peak Design Coupon Code

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Overview : Everything you could possibly want in one quick-release plate. PRO Plates works in ARCA-type tripod heads, and can also be configured to fit in both ARCA and most Manfrotto® RC2 tripod heads. Slides in Capture in 4 directions, and contains 4 loops for connecting Peak Design Anchors. MICROplate slides into Capture in 2 directions and has 1 loop for hand straps or Peak Design Anchors.
  • ARCAplate* – a revamped version of Capture’s standard plate, works with most ARCA-type tripods and slides into Capture in 4 directions.
  • DUALplate* – works with most Manfrotto® RC2 and ARCA-type tripods and slides into Capture in 2 directions.
  • MICROplate – fits perfectly on Micro 4/3 and slim-body cameras, works with most ARCA-type tripods and slides into Capture in 2 directions.
*Note that the DUALplate and ARCAplate has been replaced with the PROplate.

Features :
  • Machined and anodized aluminum construction
  • D-ring connection screw with hex drive
  • Injection molded twist-resistant rubber pads
  • Sling strap compatibility
  • Lifetime guarantee

Press Release: Nikon Releases 58mm f1/4G Lens

In addition to the new announcement of the Nikon D5300 camera, Nikon also announced the new Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens. Nikon already has a 50mm f1.4G so releasing a 58mm is an odd focal length for a new f/1.4 prime lens. Other than the obvious 8mm difference in focal length, but the quality is superior as well as the steep price increase.

The 58mm f/1.4G will be available at the end of this month and will retail for $1,699 US. For comparisons sake, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G is currently available for around $300.

That said, here are the specs on the new 58mm f/1.4G:
  • Filter Size: 72 mm
  • Focal Length: 58mm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.58 m
  • Nano Crystal Coating: Yes
  • 9 elements in 6 groups
  • Max Aperture: f/1.4
  • Min Aperture: f/16
  • Weight: 385 g
You can purchase the new Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens from the following retailers: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Continue reading for full press release.

Press Release: Nikon Announces D5300 Camera

Nikon has announced the replacement to the Nikon D5200, the D5300. The D5300 comes with WiFi connectivity, shoots 5fps, has a 39-point AF system and has a new sensor which is 24.2 Megapixels. With this new sensor they have removed the OLPF or optical low pass filter. The camera now has a 3.2 inch vari angle screen though it does not have touch screen.

Nikon D5300 camera body black - Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Nikon D5300 camera body grayAmazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Nikon D5300 camera body redAmazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Nikon D5300 camera with 18-140mm lensAmazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

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Press Release: Sony Announces A7 & A7R Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Sony has announced the A7 and A7R, both of which are mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. What makes these new cameras different from the rest of them is that they each feature full-frame sensor. That makes these the smallest, lightest full-frame cameras with swappable lenses to boast full-frame power, and with a 36.4 megapixel sensor on the A7R, and a 24.3 megapixel one in the A7.

The new Sony A7R also omit an optical low pass filter, which results in better resolution and detail rendering. Both of these new cameras have a new BIONZ X processor, a hybrid AF system that uses both phase and contrast detection for quicker focus, an OLED Tru-Finder hybrid optical viewfinder and a 3-inch rear screen that can be tilted.

Both camera models also has NFC and Wi-Fi for easy pairing and direct transfer of photos to devices, with dust- and moisture-resistant magnesium alloy cases. They take a new full-frame E-mount lens, of which Sony will release five in time for launch, and they also work backwards with standard E-mount lenses designed for the NEX series, albeit with some cropping. There will also be an adapter for Sony’s A-mount lenses, which work with their non-mirrorless DSLR range.

The A7R and A7 will both go on sale in December, for $2,300 and $1,700 for body-only, respectively. There will also be kits available with some of the new lenses.

To preorder your Sony A7 or A7R, you can purchase from these following retailers:

Sony A7 Body $1698
 - B&H PhotoAmazon | Adorama
Sony A7R Body $2298 - B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama
View all Sony FE Lenses & Accessories - B&H PhotoAmazon | Adorama

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New Sigma Art 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Lens Listed on Sigma’s Website

Sigma lists their latest addition to the “Art” line on their homepage. Planned release date was September 2013 for Canon but we're now in mid-October. So no word on actual release date or price for the lens. Sigma writes:
Access the full power of your camera’s image sensor. This new zoom fulfills Sigma’s uncompromising pursuit of high resolution.

The image sensors of digital SLR cameras continue to offer higher and higher resolution, and photographers are looking for high-performance lenses that leverage these sensors’ full power. In the case of zoom lenses as well, which are a dependable go-to in a wide variety of photographic conditions, photographers want convenience combined with exceptional optical performance. The new SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM zoom lens more than fulfills these requirements, offering exceptionally stable high resolution from wide-angle to medium telephoto photography.

While featuring a large-aperture 82mm filter size, this lens minimizes optical aberrations and avoids reduced peripheral brightness, an issue that tends to affect lenses with similar specifications. Each lens is checked with Sigma’s proprietary A1 MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system to ensure it offers exceptional quality for the high-megapixel era. Try this new high-performance zoom for yourself, and experience Sigma’s uncompromising pursuit of high resolution.

The full realization of the Art product concept for you to hold in your own hands and appreciate with your own eyes.

Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and tremendous expressive power, our new Art line of lenses delivers top-level image quality. With unsurpassed expressive performance, these lenses reach the high standards demanded by photographers with an artistic, creative inclination. Along with landscapes, portraits, still-life, close-up and casual snaps, they’re perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. Ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much expressive scope when capturing architecture, starry skies, underwater shots and many other scenes. The full realization of the Art concept, the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is the perfect flagship. Hold it in your own hands and appreciate it with your own eyes.
You can find out more information about the new ART lens by visiting Sigma's website.

Review: Peak Design PROpad for Capture Camera Clip

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Overview : The Peak Design PROpad is an accessory for the Capture camera clip that is compatible with all versions of Capture. It adds additional comfort and stability when using heavy camera and lens combinations. It attaches onto your belt or backpack strap either by threading the belt or strap through the inner loop or by clamping the clip and PROpad directly to the belt or strap.

Features :
  • Works with all versions of Capture: PROpad fits Capture v1, Capture v2 and CapturePRO.
  • Allows 3 different mounting positions: Use PROpad in the top-loading belt position, side-loading belt position, and backpack postion.
  • Includes long clamping bolts: These make it easier to mount Capture and PROpad on your belt or strap. Note that the long bolts only work with Capture v2 and CapturePRO.
  • Lifetime guarantee from Peak Design.

Press Release: Nikon Announces D610 Camera

Nikon has just announced a replacement to the D600 in the way of a D610. If you haven't heard, D600 has issues with oil on the sensors. However, Nikon has not officially acknowledged the issue but is this Nikon's way of admitting there was an issue? Maybe, but Nikon has put out a press release in the past stating they will repair anyones D600 that has issues.

So what has changed from the D600 to the D610? Honestly nothing major with the exception of hopefully fixing the oil issue on the sensor. It is still the same sensor and focusing system but it now does shoot a half of a second faster at 6fps vs 5fps, it also has an improved shutter mechanism, new quiet continuous shooting options and improved white balance.

This camera is for anyone who is looking to jump into full frame without breaking the bank. The D610 is just under $2,000 (body only). If you go full frame, you'll definitely need to focus on using better glass to take advantage of the full frame sensor.

The D610 will start shipping on October 18, 2013. You can purchase the D610 from the following retailers:

Nikon D610 body only: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Nikon D610 + 24-85mm lens: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Nikon D610 + 28-300mm lens: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Nikon D610 + 24-85mm and 80-300mm lenses: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Review: Eye-Fi Mobi WiFi SDHC Memory Card for Mobile Devices (iPhone, iPad or Android)

Overview : The Eye-Fi Mobi Wireless SDHC Card connects your camera to your Android smartphone/tablet, iPhone/iPad via extremely simple setup and instant connection so your best digital photos & videos are instantly saved and ready to share. With state-of-the-art technology and built-in WiFi that anyone can use, Mobi delivers exceptional Class 10 Speed performance for both video and still shots straight out of the package.

Eye-Fi cards are compatible with thousands of cameras, very likely including the one you already own. But, a variety of popular models from Canon, Nikon, Sony and other well-known brands have integrated additional Eye-Fi technology to improve your overall experience Cameras with the Eye-Fi Connected logo signify an improved user experience and, in some cases, advanced features. Eye-Fi connected cameras can detect when an Eye-Fi card is being used and most of these cameras will stay powered on until the photo & video uploads are complete, have an on screen icon signaling transfer activity and provide the ability to enable or disable Eye-Fi card WiFi via the camera menu. Some camera models will even identify which photos & videos have already been uploaded with an on-screen icon.

Features :
  • MOBI-8/MOBI-16 is ready to use, just like any SDHC memory card
  • Simple activation code pairs your mobile device to your Mobi SD card
  • Wireless network not required to transfer photos from your Mobi SD card to your wireless iPhone, iPad or Android device
  • Shoot HD video and fast action shots thanks to Class 10 read and write speeds
  • Compatible with thousands of cameras, likely including one you already own
System Requirements
  • SDHC compatible camera
  • WiFi enabled smartphone or tablet with either iOS 5.1 or Android 2.3 or later
Technical Highlights
  • Class 10 SDHC performance
  • Built-in WiFi for photo & video transfer from camera to mobile device
  • 8GB SDHC Memory (up to 4,000 photos or 3 hours of video depending on camera model, file resolution and other factors)
  • 16GB SDHC Memory (up to 8,000 photos or 6 hours of video depending on camera model, file resolution and other factors)
  • WiFi transfer image support: .JPEG
  • WiFi transfer video support (under 2GB per file): .AVI, .FLV, .MOV, .MP4, .MPG, .MTS, .M4V, .WMV, .3GP
  • Read/write support: All file types, including RAW
  • Latest security standards (improved WPA2-PSK plus static WEP 64/128 and WPA-PSK)

New Yongnuo Triggers & Flashes "Fully Compatible" with Canon RT System

Yongnuo has announced the first third-party flashgun and trigger compatible with the Canon 2.4GHz E-TTL system. The YN-E3-RT is an aftermarket flash trigger pitched by the Chinese manufacturer as an alternative to Canon’s own ST-E3-RT. A compatible flash modeled on the Canon 600EX-RT, the YN600EX-RT, will follow.

“I am excited to share our new flagship trigger product,” said Yongnuo’s Guanchao Liang. “It’s the YN-E3-RT, which is fully compatible with Canon’s RT technology.”

"We will release a flash, the YN600EX-RT, which is fully compatible with RT technology later," he added.

The YN-E3-RT sits on top of the camera and has a large LCD screen, providing the ability to review and adjust settings for different remote flashes — 600EX-RTs or YN600EX-RTs — without the photographer having to walk away from the camera position. Unlike infrared-based flash control systems, the radio signals can go round corners and work more reliably in bright sunlight.

The triggers are equipped with USB ports, allowing the user to install future firmware updates. They will also have a built-in autofocus (AF) assist lamp and "other useful features". We expect the flash to support E-TTL and manual control and high-speed sync (HSS).

It is not compatible — wirelessly — with the Yongnuo YN-622 line of triggers, but there is more news coming soon for current YN-622 users. "Don't be disappointed," said Mr. Liang.

Canon first released its radio triggering system last year, made up of the Speedlite 600EX-RT, a radio-controlled flashgun, and the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT, a camera-top control unit. Until now, these have been the only devices compatible with the technology, though other companies have produced equivalent mutually incompatible systems running on proprietary frequencies.

Photographers put off by Canon's prices might be tempted by the new (presumably) cheaper option, though it remains to be seen how much money they will save or whether the devices are reliable enough to be worth going with a third party. Yongnuo has not yet published prices or an exact release date.

Source: Lighting Rumors

Deal: Canon USA Lens and Flash Mail-in Rebates *UPDATE*

Canon announced a mail-in rebate program for a big bunch of their popular lenses and speedlites. The mail-in rebates (up to $300) end November, 14, 2013. Below is just a few of the popular lenses but for a full list of lenses, check out Adorama (Instant Rebate), Adorama (Mail-In Rebate) and B&H Photo (both Instant and Mail-In Rebate).

Canon EF 8-15 f/4L ($180) B&H Photo | Adorama
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L ($100) B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II ($300) B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L II ($200) B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EF 24 f/1.4L II ($200) B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EF 35 f/1.4L ($150) B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EF 50 f/1.2L ($180) B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II ($200) B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II ($300) B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS ($200) B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS ($200) B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama
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