From Adorama Learning Center:
Orlit, a new flash and strobe manfuacturer, has burst onto the market with a 600ws wireless TTL monolight, a powerful new Canon-compatible TTL shoe-mounted flash, and TTL wireless recievers and transcievers. The new products are priced to compete with name-brand models while offering a full set of features.
Orlit Rovelight RT 610
A TTL wireless monolight with 600ws of power, the Orlit Rovelight RT 610 is compatible with Canon’s RT/ETTL and Nikon’s iTTL wireless flash control systems. With a guide number of 201 (ft at ISO 100), and manual levels from 1/256 to full power in 1/10-stop increments, the flash is poised to rival its top competitors. A stop-action “Freeze Mode” reduces flash duration to 1/19000th of a second. And to eliminate wires, the unit is powered by a 6000mAh Li-ion interchangeable battery rated to 450 full-power pops.
- 201GN (ISO 100 ft)
- No AC power cords
- 20W LED modeling light
- 2.4Ghz RT Radio System with full Canon RT Wireless Control
- Canon ETTL, Nikon iTTL radio slave modes
- EV TTL override adjustment to +/-3EV
- Bowens S-Type accessory mount
- Max. 2.5-sec recycle time
- Flash duration 1/800-1/19000 second
- Wireless range to 980 feet
For Canon RT TTL users, this is the only 600ws option available with full compatibility, and can be used in concert with both Canon and Nikon TTL flashes with full remote TTL operation via the Orlit TR-C11C or 612-N remote. It has 5 Groups in 15 Channels, and a special GR Mode where each member of the group can be independently set to mix of Manual or TTL automation. The use of the Orlit TR-611C or 612-N remote adds 980ft/300m remote freedom without a speedlight to provide full TTL / Remote Manual / HSS, in 3 individual groups, with backward compatibility to legacy Flashpoint Rovelight and the above mentioned HSS link to Canon and Nikon cameras.
The Orlit Rovelight RT 610’s features a large, clear, full-color LCD display, a simplified menu system, and a generous power and function control dial with soft menu touch control buttons for all options. Future technologies and camera sync are firmware can be updated through the USB port. The radio modes are 4: C-Canon, N-Nikon, TRS-Flashpoint Rovelight (in Manual), and A6-HSS function for Nikon or Canon.
HSS Mode allows shutter speeds up to 1/8000 by pulsing its light between the quickest focal plane shutter gate. The monolight can regulate flash duration (t0.5), by means of the manual output, from a rich 1/800s to an action arresting 1/8000s. To really capture a split-second event, the Freeze Mode achieves an additional reach to just 1/19000s while still at a color-balanced 5500 degree Kelvin.
Other features include a 20-watt LED modeling lamp (100-watt equivalent) with a 3200k color temperature.
The Orlit Rovelight RT 610 is available for $699.95
Orlit RT-600C TTL Speedlite for Canon
Designed to compete with top-line shoe-mount flashes for Canon’s TTL system, the Orlit RT-600C is a powerful flash designed for professional Canon photographers who need portable wirless flash. It is fully compatible with the Canon RT radio and optical systems. It can act as a master or slave unite for remote power control, and blasts a guide-number of 160 (ft at ISO 100, 200mm). It can work in concert with the Orlit Rovelight 610 RT as a powerful mobile lighting combination.
- GN 182 ft @ ISO 100 at 200mm
- High shutter speed 1/8000
- 1st/2nd Curtain sync
- Manual flash from 1/128-1/1 output
- 2.4GHz RT radio master/slave
- Custom functions
- LCD back light
- 15 Radio channels
- Tilt/swivel head
- Bounce card, w/a diffuser
- uilt-in color sensor for gel balance
The Orlit 600RT provides full ETTL-RT / Remote Manual / HSS, just like a Canon flash, with 5 Groups in 15 Channels, and a special GR Mode where each member of the group can be independently set to mix of Manual or TTL automation. The wireless modes are Canon RT radio and Canon ETTL IR for master or slave use. An Auto Exposure sensor located on the front of the flash, provides a non TTL option for “Ext.A” and “Ext.M” flash metering mode, preferred by many professionals.
The flash provides both ETTL and manual control as well as 2 optical slave modes and a stroboscopic mode. The metal shoe has a locking pin to prevent falls and breakage, and the control layout will be instantly familiar to Canon Speedlite users. The flash head rotates 180 degrees and tilts over 90 degrees for bounce flash. The head zooms automatically or manually from 20-200mm, and a built-in diffuser expands that range to 14mm. There’s a built-in holder for color gels and gel color temperature sensors that automatically adjust white-balance in camera.
The Orlit RT-600C TTL Speedlite for Canon is available for $169.95
Orlit TR-611C and 611N TTL Transceiver
Orlit also announced its TR-611 transceiver in Nikon and Canon-compatible versions. The TTL transceivers are designed to add 980 feet of remote operation without a speedlight to provide full TTL to Nikon and Canon’s respective systems. The TR-611C is backward compatible with the Flashpoint Rovelight. The TR-611N is compatible with Nikon’s CLS wireless system.
The Orlit TR-611C TTL and Orlit TR-611N
are available from Adorama for $69.95.
by Sean Setters
Photography gear, typically speaking, is expensive. As such, we as photographers often entertain the idea of purchasing inexpensive camera accessories in lieu of adding the brand name equivalent to our kits.
But should we? Is it safe/reliable to buy cheap camera accessories? In some cases, the answer is "yes." When considering the purchase of a cheap camera accessory, here are the questions I ask myself:
1. How substantial is the savings opportunity?
Of course the biggest allure in purchasing cheap accessories is the cost savings realized over purchasing the brand name item. But just how much are you saving? Can you replace the inexpensive alternative more than once while still saving money in the long run compared to the brand name product? If so, the cheaper alternative may prove to be a good investment.
2. How complex is the item?
You're more likely to have issues with inexpensive accessories that contain electronics (especially those that must communicate with your camera) or lens elements (which require tight manufacturing and assembly tolerances). Lens hoods, for instance, are relatively simple to create. In most cases, they're simply a molded piece of plastic. However, that doesn't stop name brand camera manufacturers from charging an arm and a leg for them. A cheap knock-off hood may not have internal flocking or a fancy filter access window, but they'll typically do the job. I say "typically" because there is a moderately wide range of qualities of design and production for the manufacturers filling this low-cost market space. And that brings me to my next question...
3. Is the item made by a relatively well known brand?
In-house brands, like Vello (from B&H) and Flashpoint (Adorama) offer budget-priced accessories that a major retailer will stand behind. This means that if you are dissatisfied with your purchase, you can likely return the item without financial consequence. These brands are usually slightly more expensive than unheard of brands, but often provide the best value-per-dollar from a security/reliability perspective.
4. How important are the item's benefits to your kit?
If you are going to rely on your accessory day in and day out, or you have clients whom depend on you to deliver images without fail, then the reliability of a name brand accessory may outweigh the benefit in cost savings realized by going with a cheaper alternative. Of course, brand name accessories can fail too, but... the brand name manufacturer has a reputation and [very valuable] brand to protect, so they will typically produce the highest quality products.
A Prime Example
Recently the eyecup on my now 8 year-old Canon EOS 7D broke (seen above). The item isn't necessarily vital to the operation of my camera, but I wanted to replace it.
In this case, I had three plausible options:
- Canon Eyecup Eg (direct replacement) for $16.95 + shipping
- Vello EPC-EG Eyepiece (B&H's in-house brand) for $14.95 with free shipping
- (2) Eggsnow Eyepiece Eyecups EG (completely unknown brand from Amazon) for $8.99 with free prime shipping
Ultimately, I chose to go with the third option for the following reasons:
- The cost savings was substantial, especially since I received two items instead of one.
- The eyecup is a simple product to make and therefore quality differences should be minimal.
- If the eyecup fails, it won't have a big impact on my photography until I can find another replacement (in this case, an identical item shipped).
Upon receipt of the Amazon acquired eyecups, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they seem to be identical to the Canon eyecup aside from the model branding.
A few additional cheap accessory options I've had pleasant results with from B&H
The Bottom Line
- Lens Hoods
- Lens Caps (front and rear)
- Body Caps
- Extension Tubes
- Tripod Rings
- Arca-style Quick Release Plates and Clamps
- Intervalometers, Wireless & Wired Camera Triggers
Sometimes the bottom line on your financial statement is more important than any potential risks a third party (especially non-vital) accessory presents. Other times, the potential risks simply aren't worth chancing. Of course, the differentiation will largely depend on one's particular priorities and preferences.
What do you think? Are there other cheap accessory items that you consider relatively safe investments? Let us know in the comments.