In the Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter review
, I included a photo of a large spoonful of tiny balls of candy. I thought you might appreciate knowing more about this image, so I'll share the recipe:
1. Clamp a melon-baller (my large "spoon") over a clean black back-painted glass surface using a Delta Clamp
and fill it until overflowing with cookie/cake sprinkles (the tiny balls of candy).
2. Tripod-mount a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
attached to a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR
in manual mode with settings of 1/160, f/16 and ISO 100.
3. Mount a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter
to the 5D III and configure a Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
as a slave.
4. Attach a Rogue FlashBender Softbox XL
to the 600EX-RT.
5. While handholding the flash and softbox, trigger the image capture using a Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote
The result is this image. While the reflection created by the Rogue Softbox is not as smooth as those delivered by more expensive softboxes, the reflection is not bad. One might think that a cloudy sky was the source the reflection.
Overall, I like the bright candy colors in this otherwise monochromatic scene. Images like this are easy to create with the right gear available.
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM for Sigma, Canon and Nikon fittings are scheduled to start the shipment towards the end of this month. B&H
has the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM lens
available for preorder.
From Nikon:Waterproof and Shockproof, the Family-Friendly COOLPIX S32 is a Must-Have for Every Family Moment
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the family-friendly COOLPIX S32, a fun and durable compact camera that practically anyone in the household can use. Ready to endure the elements of nearly any family outing, this sturdy point-and-shoot is waterproof (up to 33 feet, 10m) and shockproof*(1) (up to 5 feet, 1.5m). The S32 also includes a 2.7-inch (6.7cm) LCD display with an intuitive graphic user interface that makes photography easy for every family member, and the durable body will help ease worried parents’ minds.
“Every day can seem like an adventure for busy families, so Nikon designed the COOLPIX S32 to be tough and easy-to-use,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With Nikon’s trusted image quality, capturing memorable photos and HD videos will be one less thing parents have to worry about.”
Users can relive the memories of a family vacation through beautiful photos and Full HD (1080p) videos thanks to the S32’s 13.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and 3x optical zoom that help to deliver clear images and video, rain or shine. The family can enjoy their favorite moments together with unique playback options, including an in-camera slide show. From taking the first photo of an annual vacation to laughing over a short video at the end of a fun day, the COOLPIX S32 makes photography a family affair. The S32 also includes user friendly features like Motion Detection, Smart Portrait System, as well as Scene Modes and Effects, which will help capture and create that special moment with ease, regardless of which family member is behind the camera. Price and Availability
The COOLPIX S32 will be in available in March 2014 in White and Blue for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $129.95. B&H
has the Nikon COOLPIX S32
available for preorder.
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the latest additions to its impressive lineup of COOLPIX cameras that offer incredible optics and great performance. With a myriad of easy-to-use, creative features, the 60x zoom COOLPIX P600 and 42x zoom COOLPIX P530 provide super-long zoom lenses and the versatility needed to capture images and Full HD videos both near and far. Additionally, the ultra-slim, 30x zoom COOLPIX S9700 and the powerful COOLPIX P340 provide exceptional image quality while fitting comfortably in any pocket.
“Incorporating legendary NIKKOR optics, these new COOLPIX cameras provide users with incredible zoom capability and low-light performance that helps produce unrivaled sharpness and detail in their photos and HD videos,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “Users will enjoy capturing amazing photos and Full HD videos from a distance, along with the ability to share unforgettable moments with family and friends instantly.” New High Power Zooms Allow Users to Get Closer Than Ever Before
COOLPIX P600: Pushing NIKKOR optics to great lengths, the new COOLPIX P600 boasts an impressive 60x optical zoom from a wide-angle 24mm to an unbelievable 1440mm (35mm equivalent) range with the capability to reach even further using 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Lens Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization is also incorporated to help reduce the effects of camera shake, allowing users to capture clear photos from incredible distances. With built-in Wi-Fi? connectivity, users can show off these amazing photos with family and friends immediately by transferring images to a compatible smart device and uploading them to their social networks.
In addition to photographing from a distance, the P600 also lets the user compose the ideal photo or video from any angle with help from a high resolution (921k-dot) 3.0-inch (7.5cm) Vari-angle LCD display. Users can shoot above a crowd at a sold-out concert or get low to capture a baby’s first steps. With a 16.1-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, the COOLPIX P600 is capable of capturing detailed photos and Full HD 1080/60i video, even in challenging lighting conditions. The P600 also sports advanced features that appeal to serious photographers including full manual controls (P, S, A, M), an electronic viewfinder and an improved battery life that allows up to approximately 330 shots per charge. What’s more, the new Moon and Bird Watching Scene modes make it easier than ever to enjoy the extreme zoom range.
COOLPIX P530: The new COOLPIX P530 also demonstrates the capabilities of NIKKOR optics through an astounding 42x optical zoom with a 24-1000mm range (35mm equivalent) and 84x Dynamic Fine Zoom that gets the user even closer. This long-zoom offering affords the ability to capture subjects at otherwise unreachable distances in clear detail thanks to Lens Shift VR image stabilization, which helps minimize camera shake. At the core of the P530 is a 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that delivers beautiful photos and Full HD 1080/60i videos. Whether a user is looking to grow their photography skills or wanting more control over every shot, the P530 includes full manual controls (P, S, A, M). To help frame stunning photos and HD videos, the COOLPIX P530 sports a 3.0-inch (7.5cm) LCD monitor and a built-in electronic viewfinder, while users can also share their creations with friends and family when connected to the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.
COOLPIX S9700: With a 30x optical zoom (25-750mm, 35mm equivalent) and 60x Dynamic Fine Zoom packed into a compact body, the new COOLPIX S9700 is putting the power of NIKKOR optics into the hands of users who demand high quality images from a camera small enough to keep up with their active lifestyle. To help eliminate camera shake when utilizing this impressive zoom range, the S9700 incorporates Lens Shift VR image stabilization for share-worthy portraits or action shots. Sharing can happen immediately with the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi1 capability by transferring images to a compatible smart device and uploading them to social networks. Further enhancing the sharing of memories on an exciting trip, the COOLPIX S9700 also includes built-in GPS technology that lets the user see the exact longitude and latitude of where an image or video was captured.
A 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor contributes to the amazing image quality by producing breathtaking photos and Full HD 1080/60i videos. The COOLPIX S9700 also implements Hybrid VR image stabilization for stable video recording, even while handheld. From composing the perfect shot to viewing the photo in crisp detail, the COOLPIX S9700’s high resolution (921K-dot) 3.0-inch (7.5cm) bright OLED monitor helps the user do it all accurately. Powerful Performance in a Compact Camera
COOLPIX P340: With a versatile 5x (24-120mm, 35mm equivalent) wide-angle to telephoto zoom range plus 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom, and a super-fast f/1.8 maximum aperture lens with Lens Shift VR image stabilization, the COOLPIX P340 utilizes the strength of NIKKOR optics to capture super-sharp photos and Full HD 1080/60i videos with low noise and amazing color. The wide and bright f/1.8 lens gives users the ability to control depth of field and shoot in a wide variety of lighting conditions. This powerful compact camera also incorporates a large 1/1.7-inch, 12.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for superior image quality, and a host of advanced features including full manual controls (P, S, A, M) and RAW (NRW) image capture.
Composing and capturing photos, when inspiration strikes, is simple with the P340’s high resolution (921K-dot) 3.0-inch (7.5cm) LCD monitor and sleek, portable design that fits comfortably in any handbag or shirt pocket. Sharing that inspirational image can also happen on the fly with the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity1 where users can transfer images to a compatible smart device and upload them to their social networks. Proving that great things can come in small packages, the new COOLPIX P340 is a sophisticated camera option for demanding photo enthusiasts who seek more power and versatility in a compact camera. Price and Availability
The COOLPIX P600 will be available in February 2014 in Black and Red for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $499.95, while the COOLPIX P530 will be available in February 2014 in Black for a SRP of $449.95. Additionally, the COOLPIX S9700 will be available in February 2014 in Black and Red for a SRP of $349.95. Lastly, the COOLPIX P340 will be available in March 2014 in Black for a SRP of $379.95.
B&H has the Nikon Nikon COOLPIX P600
, COOLPIX P530
, COOLPIX S9700
and COOLPIX P340
available for preorder.
From Nikon: Beneath Its Durable Exterior, the COOLPIX AW120 Sports Incredible Image Quality and Useful Features Fit for Life’s Adventures
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the rugged COOLPIX AW120 for those who demand as much from their camera as they do from their adventure. Waterproof (up to 59 feet, 18m), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet, 2m) and freezeproof (down to 14°F, -10°C), the AW120 can handle practically any condition above or below sea level. Equipped with GPS technology, the COOLPIX AW120 lets the user track their exploration down to the exact longitude and latitude of where an image was captured. Explorers can also stay connected when they’re “off the grid” with built-in mapping and an Electronic Compass to help navigate the unknown. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows the user to seamlessly transfer images or HD video of any adventure to compatible smart devices for easy sharing of quality imagery to their social networks, friends and family.
“The new COOLPIX AW120 is uniquely designed for Nikon’s thrill-seeking consumers who are living life to the fullest, and need a camera to keep up,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. We’ve incorporated useful features and technology while still providing the image quality that Nikon has become synonymous with, so users can spend less time navigating their camera and more time navigating their adventure.”
The COOLPIX AW120 features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor that helps preserve adventurous moments that are worth reliving in stunning photos and Full HD 1080/60i video. Furthermore, a wide angle 5x (24-120mm) optical zoom lens and 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom with Hybrid Vibration Reduction (VR), a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture and about 6.9 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting ensure that photos and videos are captured in clear detail, despite the distance or tumultuous climate the explorer may be in. Knowing that operating a camera should not stop an excursion, the COOLPIX AW120 sports an intuitive graphic user interface and Nikon’s Action Control function that allows seamless operation with gloved hands. To help frame stunning photos and HD videos, the COOLPIX AW120 sports a bright 3.0-inch (7.5cm) high-resolution OLED monitor as well.
Additionally, the AW120 can be mounted to a new chest harness that allows the user to securely fasten the camera around their chest, which is helpful when capturing exciting stills and videos from a unique in-the-action point of view. The COOLPIX AW120 can also be fitted with optional silicone jackets that provide a second layer of protection as well as a stylish new look. The silicone jackets will be available in several different colors including Black, Orange, Blue and Khaki. Price and Availability
The COOLPIX AW120 will be available in March 2014 in Orange, Blue, Black and Camouflage for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $349.95. B&H
has the Nikon COOLPIX AW120
available for preorder.