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 Monday, February 1, 2016
From Sekonic:
 
Sekonic Corporation, manufacturer of professional photographic light meters, announced today the release of two new versions of their acclaimed LITEMASTER PRO L-478 Series touch-screen operated light meters to their current line-up.
 
Tokyo, Japan and White Plains, NY – February 1, 2016 – ekonic Corporation, manufacturer of professional photographic light meters, announced today the release of two new versions of their acclaimed LITEMASTER PRO L-478 Series touch-screen operated light meters to their current line-up.
 
The new L-478DR-U-EL and L-478DR-U-PX models were developed with cooperation from Elinchrom in Switzerland and Phottix in Hong Kong. The L-478DR-U-EL offers wireless triggering and power control of Elinchrom flash units. The L-478DR-U- PX triggers flashes and radio triggers using the Phottix Strato II protocol.
 
Both use Sekonic’s breakthrough DTS (Data Transfer Software) system that automates meter calibration to the camera in use and has expanded Cine features that put these meters in a class of their own. Each meter features a distinctive, signature-color rubber surround and name badge for the flash brand it controls.
 
The Sekonic LITEMASTER PRO L-478 Series meters are compact in size, instantly familiar and comfortable to use. The large color LCD (2.7”) touchscreen displays ambient, flash, cine and other information in a clear and understandable way. Make your settings by simply touching or sliding a finger over the touch screen.
 
Flash Power Control for Elinchrom EL-Skyport Products
The power screen of the L-478DR-U-EL enables separate selection of any of the four lighting Groups, 1, 2, 3, 4 for flash brightness adjustment in 0.1 increments by simply tapping buttons on the meter’s touch screen. The F-number value for the light being measured appears in a central area on the screen as well as over the respective group selection button. The measured value for each group is maintained as a visual record of the brightness difference of the lights in use so that lighting ratios can be easily determined.
 
Once the flash adjustment is made for each group, all the flashes can be triggered for a total reading for exposure. The L-478DR-U-EL can also be used to measure and adjust the modeling light brightness of Elinchrom flashes for cine/video lighting.
 
The L-478DR-U-EL triggering and power control is compatible with all Elinchrom flashes that use the EL-Skyport triggering system. For more information about compatible Elinchrom flashes see http://www.elinchromus.com.
 
Flash Triggering for Phottix Strato II Protocol products
The L-478DR-U-PX flash control screen allows selection of a single group or a combination of groups for flash brightness measurement. The F-number value for the light being measured appears in a central area on the screen as well as over respective group selection button. The measured value for each group is maintained as a visual record of the brightness-difference of the lights in use so that lighting ratios can be easily determined.
 
The L-478DR-U-PX group selection and triggering is compatible with Phottix flashes and radios that are compatible with the Phottix Strato II protocol. These include flashes connected to the Strato and Strato II receivers and the Atlas II transceivers. Compatible Phottix flashes include the Indra360, Indra500 and Mitros+ series flashes designed for use with Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras.
 
For more information about Phottix products, see http://www.phottixus.com.
 
Sekonic L 478DR U EL and L 478DR U PX Feature Comparison

Additional Improvements to the L-478 Series Meters
Sekonic engineers have been continuously adding operational improvements requested by current owners who are making the L-478 one of the most sought after light meters in Sekonic history.
 
Among them are the inclusion of ISO 850 for Canon video cinema cameras and expanding the filter compensation from 5EV to 12EV to aid landscape photographers who use high-density ND filters. These and other small operational improvements will be available soon as a firmware upgrade for current owners by the latest Data Transfer Software ver. 5.0 available on http://www.sekonic.com.
 
B&H has the new Sekonic L-478DR Light Meters available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Sekonic News
Post Date: 2/1/2016 11:37:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed a patent for a potential successor to the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II.
 
If I'm understanding the garbled Google Translation correctly, there seems to be an emphasis on reduced vignetting in the lens. [Sean]
 
Description of Patent
 
Patent Publication No. 2016-14800
 
  • Published 2016.1.28
  • Filing date 2014.7.3
  • Zoom ratio 2.06
  • Focal length 16.48 23.60 33.95
  • F-number 2.90 2.91 2.91
  • Angle of view 52.70 42.51 32.51
  • Image height 21.64
  • Overall length of the lens 175.98 164.19 160.08
  • BF 37.99 44.61 56.87
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/1/2016 8:33:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Phottix:
 
NORTH WHITE PLAINS, NY, FEBRUARY 01, 2016 - Introduced at Photokina 2014, there is no flash triggering system that is more anticipated than the Odin II. It is the result of operational requests from the thousands of happy Odin users who love their TTL flash systems and want even more. Phottix is delivering on all of its promises. And then some.
 

Unrivaled Control and Streamlined User Interface
The Odin II gives photographers more control than they have ever experienced; control that is direct, logical, and fast.
 
Each of the 5 Groups has its own quick-access button. Changes are made by turning a large, perfectly-placed, control dial. Pick the light. Make the change. Lock it in. Shoot. A large, illuminated LCD panel shows all settings at a glance. Control five lights in TTL Auto or Manual. Switch the Group OFF and its display line disappears from the screen. Displaying only active groups assures an easier and simpler viewing experience.
 
More Channels and Digital ID
Pick from 32 channels. The first four channels offer three Groups and are compatible with the original Odin receivers. Channels five through thirty-two use the new functionality of the Odin II receiver including user-set digital ID for the ultimate in secure triggering. Remotely control speedlight zoom settings to provide the perfect coverage from broad light to spot. When shooting with Phottix Indra360/500 light, the Odin II transmitter also offers remote modeling light brightness control.
 
High Speed Sync and OverDrive Sync
High Speed Sync with TTL flashes and OverDrive Sync with manual, wire-connected, studio-type flashes enable flash photography at up to 1/8000 second for creative aperture effects and action stopping. An AF assist light makes autofocus shooting sure and fast in lower lighting.
 
A range of custom functions including switching ON/OFF of audible beep, screen illumination, and AF Illuminator function allows customizing the Odin II for any application.
 
"Just tap the group button and spin the wheel, it's super intuitive." - James Hays, Enchanted Images
 
A Complete "Anything Goes" Ecosystem
The Odin II system is compatible with the original Odin system, Phottix Mitros+ speedlights, the award-winning Indra360 and Indra500 TTL Studio lights, Strato, Strato II receivers, and Atlas II in receiver mode. Firmware upgrades for the Phottix Mitros+ and Indra360/500 will soon be available to take advantage of the new features of the Odin II.
 
The Phottix Lighting System offers solutions for every shooter. Hot Shoe flash minimalists can use the Odin II and the Mitros+. Photographers needing to overpower the sun can use the Phottix Indra, the Odin II and High Speed Sync features. Or these products can be combined creating the perfect lighting solution for challenging environments.
 
Major Features
 
  • 5 groups A, B, C, D, E
  • 32 channels with User-set Digital ID
  • Group buttons and control dial for fast changes
  • TTL Power Control +/- 3EV
  • Manual Power Control 1/1 to 1/128
  • High Speed Sync - up to 1/8000s
  • Second Curtain Sync (Nikon, Sony only)
  • AF Assist Light
  • Flash Zoom control
  • Modeling Light Control with Indra500/360
  • 2.4 GHz, Range 332ft (100m)
  • Compatible with Indra500/360 TTL, Mitros+, Odin, Strato, Strato II, Atlas II
  • Firmware upgradable
"The Odin II is the marriage of the most user-friendly interface I've ever seen and the most reliable triggering system I've ever used." - Dennis Pike, Photographer
 
Odin II vs Odin Feature Comparison Chart
 
The Odin II for Canon will be available on February 1st. Then Odin for Nikon will be available a few weeks later. The Odin for Sony will be introduced in late spring 2016.
 
B&H has the Phottix Odin II TTL Trigger Transmitter and Receiver available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Phottix News
Post Date: 2/1/2016 7:33:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rokinon Xeen 24mm T1.5 Lens for Canon EF Mount available for an in-cart price of $2,145.00 with free expedited shipping and 10% Rewards. Regularly $2,495.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24mm Lens Covers Full-Frame Sensors
  • Internal Focus Design
  • Multi-Coating for Color Consistency
  • Dual Side Focus and T-Stop Scales
  • 11 Blade Iris
  • Cinema Gearing for Focus and Iris
  • 200° Focus Rotation
  • 114mm Front Diameter
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/1/2016 5:29:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the LensRentals Blog:
We’re excited to announce that Roger Cicala and Aaron Closz will be participating in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session of reddit’s /r/photography forum on Monday at 3 pm ET. Over the last few years, /r/photography has been a huge supporter of our blog, so we wanted to give back by inviting the users of reddit to Ask Us Anything. This gives our readers a unique opportunity to ask Roger and Aaron on anything relating to cameras, lenses, other photography and video related gear and about all the techy articles they often post here on our blog. They’re also able to provide their extensive knowledge, and with one of the largest inventories of photography gear in the world, we have a lot to talk about! Be sure to tune in, and submit your questions on Monday at 3 pm ET!
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/1/2016 5:20:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Digital Treasures ChargeIT! JumP Power Pack available for $39.99 with free shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Jumpstart Vehicle Without Assistance
  • 7500mAh Lithium Polymer Battery
  • 400 Peak Amps of Power
  • Car & Wall Chargers Included
  • Jumpstart Cables Included
  • Built-In Flashlight with SOS Function
  • Carrying Case with Zipper
  • USB to Lightning/Micro-USB/30-Pin Cable
  • NAC Tested and UL Authorized
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/1/2016 5:13:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, January 30, 2016
Amazon is featuring the Kattee Canvas Cow Leather DSLR Shoulder Messenger Bag as a Lightning Deal and is available for $45.59. Regularly $56.99. (thanks Mark)
 
This shoulder bag seems to be very well reviewed with 74% of reviewers rating it as 5 stars. There are several different colors available at the same price.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/30/2016 10:12:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 29, 2016
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $595.00 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
 
From Sean: It's difficult to enumerate the many uses for this lens. If you don't currently own a general purpose lens for your full-frame camera, it's hard to beat the value that this lens brings to your kit. I even used it for my latest self-portrait posted to Flickr which hit their Explore feed last night.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/29/2016 10:51:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera available for $999.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,399.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/29/2016 10:44:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Sports and portrait photographer Matt Hernandez offers some lighting and posting tips in these videos (sponsored by Westcott) on capturing professional team portraits.
 

B&H carries the Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella (Silver).
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/29/2016 8:05:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Japan issued a press release yesterday warning of scheduled price increases on DSLR lenses and Speedlites in the Japanese region because of the rising cost of raw materials. Many of the price increases (scheduled for March) are relatively modest, but a few products will see more significant price hikes.
 
Click on the image below to open the .PDF with the exact details on Nikon Japan's revised pricing, or check out the Google Translate version.
 
Nikon Japan Price Increases March 2016

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/29/2016 6:39:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
In its Daily Deal special, B&H is offering substantial discounts on both Datacolor Spyder5PRO and Spyder5ELITE today.
 
Datacolor Spyder5PRO has been discounted by $80.00 for a final price of $109.00 with free shipping. The Spyder5ELITE is discounted even more - $105.00 - for a final price of $174.00, also with free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/29/2016 2:04:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 28, 2016
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon D7200 DSLR Camera available for $769.99 shipped. Compare at $1,096.95 new after $100.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This factory refurbished item comes with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty (not a 1-year warranty which is currently listed in the product page).
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/28/2016 10:51:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (review) available for $649.00 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00 after $200.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and technically not eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/28/2016 8:06:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Professional Network:
"British photographer Tim Flach uses his technical and artistic skills to capture almost-human moments from a wide variety of creatures. His work helps us look at our animal cousins in more profound ways, as he explains to CPN Editor David Corfield..."
See the entire article and intriguing animal images at the Canon Professional Network.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/28/2016 7:55:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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