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Photolosophy 101

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I’m feeling a little philosophical today, looking at recent trends and wondering if they apply to photography.

Outdoor photography has just been redefined!

What’s smaller than a speedlight but way more powerful?

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Elinchrom has just launched the ELB 400 portable flash unit. And that sound you hear is collective ‘drooling’ from outdoor photographers the world over.

Elinchrom revolutionized portable outdoor lighting when in 2009 they launched the Ranger Quadra. With the ELB 400, they’re doing it once again!

This is the most complete and portable off-camera lash system — specifically designed for outdoor photographers who want to travel light but insist on quality lighting. 

What’s cool about the New Profoto B2 OCF?

The B2 Off-Camera Flash system — consisting of a battery pack and a head — is lighter, more portable than the B1. As for being ‘cool’, that’s just for starters.

Both the pack and head can be put on a stand and the B2 can be wirelessly controlled from the camera. This makes B2 the world’s first off-camera flash that can be used both on and off-camera.

In addition, the B2 has all the benefits that made the B1 an outstanding success. It has TTL. It has HSS. It is fast enough to keep up with your camera and five times as powerful as the average speedlight. It can be used with the entire range of Profoto Light Shaping Tools. All this in a head with the same size and weight as a speedlight.

The Profoto Off-Camera Flash system also includes the new smaller, lighter OCF Light Shaping Tools — including four new softboxes, a new Grid Kit, a new Snoot and a new Barndoor.

  • complete TTL compatibility when using the “Air Remote” for Canon or Nikon
  • speeds up to 20 flashes per second
  • HSS allows you to shoot at super fast shutter speeds
  • can be used “on camera”
  • super fast flash duration

Nikon March(es) in

NikonD7200_1024x730There’s a lot to like about Nikon’s newest DX-format HD-SLR — the D7200.

Featuring a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF) and EXPEED 4 image processor (30% faster), the D7200 — with its durable yet lightweight magnesium alloy body — is capable of incredibly fast performance and capturing phenomenally detailed, sharp images and HD video.

Here are a few of the highlights:

• The D7200 is the first Nikon HD-SLR to feature both built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) that allow for seamless connectivity and sharing via compatible smart devices. Via NFC, users can simply touch their device to the camera for easy connectivity, while built-in Wi-Fi also allows user to employ their smartphone for simple playback and sharing, as well as a remote shutter and monitor.

• Picture Controls, now including Flat and Clarity settings, help you craft each individual image. These controls have been expanded for use in Live View, while artistic effects can be applied to both stills and video in real time, offering the ultimate in creative control.

• The D7200 inherits many of the high-end video capabilities of Nikon’s full frame HD-SLRs, the Nikon D810 and Nikon D750 — so this camera is sure to become a favourite with videographers. It’s able to record uncompressed and compressed Full HD 1080 footage at 30/25/24p and 1080 at 60/50p in 1.3x Crop Mode. Additionally, Auto ISO sensitivity is now available in manual mode, helping create smooth exposure transitions without changing shutter speed or aperture.

• Another nice-to-have is a built-in stereo microphone with 20 step adjustments. The D7200 is also the first Nikon DX-format HD-SLR to feature a built-in Time Lapse Mode with exposure smoothing, making capturing a beautiful sunset time-lapse easier than ever.

We’re expecting the D7200 to arrive the middle of the month. You can preorder yours today.