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Why the New Elinchrom HS series is a lighting game changer.

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*Update* For all the Sony shooters who have been patiently waiting, Elinchrom has just released the EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Sony. See below for compatibility link. *Originally published November 2015 As Vistek’s Pro Photography Product’s manager, I get to see a lot of cool products come across my desk, but as a portrait photographer I get most excited when any type of new lighting products come out. The lighting game is ever changing, and a few weeks ago, Elinchrom released, IMHO, a real game-changing portable lighting system, the ELB 400 One HS kit, along with their new EL-Skyport HS for Canon…

FUJIFILM X-Pro2: Behind the scenes – Hands on with Spencer Wynn

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A few weeks ago, our friend, the amazingly talented photographer Spencer Wynn, allowed us to film a video with him providing his thoughts on the new Fuji X-Pro 2 camera. During the filming of the video, Vistek Product Manager Gary Goldberg managed to capture a few behinds the scenes photos of the process. See the FujiFilm X-Pro 2 at ProFusion Expo this October. Get You Free Tickets today! Order your Fuji X-Pro 2 from Vistek today. Spencer was able to put the Fuji X-Pro 2 through its paces for several weeks prior to it’s release announcement. The stunning images he captured can be found on his…

Beautiful quality of light: Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 & Litemotiv

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Guest contributor, photographer Michael Cooper, shares his thoughts on the Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 Flash Head and Litemotiv softboxes. Using the Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 Self Contained Flash Heads with the Litemotiv for beautiful quality of light*. *Please note that this article has been edited and modified using the source material provided by Michael Cooper. I recently shot Deb Bennett of Keller Williams Advantage Realty in her home for her sales promotional pieces and since I was shooting Deb in her house, it was important for me to place her in a room that was bright but still kept a natural feel. The…

Elinchrom Review – Steve Carty, Lighting Up the Night

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Guest contributor, Toronto based photographer Steve Carty shares his thoughts on the Elinchrom ELB 400, BRX 500 & ELC Pro HD 1000 lighting systems. Last year I made the decision to upgrade my existing lighting set-up and after a lot of comparison and research, I decided to purchase two Elinchrom BRX 500 Flash Heads to compliment the older light I was still using as my main when needed. With Elinchrom’s reputation for high quality equipment and fair price point, I have to say that the decision wasn’t hard to come by. I had first experienced the beauty of Elinchrom lighting about 20 years…

Canon 7D Mark II – A Bird’s Eye View – Review by Glenn Bartley

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This review of the Canon 7D Mark II originally appeared on Glenn Bartley’s website, Glenn Bartley Nature Photography and has been reproduced with permission of the photographer. Introduction I am a very practical photographer when it comes to making equipment choices. I make decisions based on what “tools” will allow me to capture better images of the subjects that I covet most – birds. Furthermore, I would consider myself primarily a field photographer that rarely sits in blinds or shoots in controlled scenarios where subject distance is under the control of the photographer. For these reasons effective focal length is the…

FUJIFILM X30 Review by Gary Goldberg

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About 2 weeks ago we received the Fuji X30 (Black Body) to live, work and play with. First and foremost I loved the way the mirrorless body fit in my winter coat’s side pocket. Since then, it’s been traveling with me just about everywhere, replacing my Samsung K-Zoom which had been my pocket camera for the previous 4 months. I much prefer the X30 as a carry-everywhere camera; it feels much more like a real “Photographers” camera. It has a real solid feel to it, and reminds me of a true rangefinder like my Leica M3. The X30, with just…

NEWS FLASH!

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“This Godox V860 flash is unfreaking believable” Gary Goldberg Vistek Product Manager We’ve rarely seen Gary get this excited about a product. Gary’s your typical calm, collected product manager. He’s seen it all. But put one of these Godox flashes in his hand, and pow! Gary transforms into some maniacal ultra-hype pitch master. Check it out! Oh, and you’re going to be impressed with the Godox flash, too.

A Birder’s Eye View of the 7D Mark II

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Bird photographer, adventurer, and overall really nice guy, our friend Glenn Bartley was kind enough to offer his point-of-view on Canon’s new 7D Mark II. This revue is highly relevant since (a) Glenn is an avid Canon shooter and (b) he currently shoots with the 7D and, like a lot of you, has been waiting seemingly forever for the upgrade. For Glenn, his new best friend didn’t arrive a moment too soon. He’s more than impressed with the new Canon, even going so far as to hail the 7D Mark II as the ‘new King of APS-C cameras’. You can…

Olympus TG-3 Camera Hands-On Review

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I got to take the Olympus TG-3 camera out for a little spin last weekend (literally as you will see). The camera has to many features to even go through all of them in a blog post. So lets start by saying this is by no means a review, think of it more as an overview of what this little camera can do, and how it can inspire you to have some fun and take some great photos. Let’s start off by watching a quick little introductory video. Also I want you all to keep in mind that I had the optional Fisheye Lens attached…

Retro for a Reason – Guest post by Ryan Tonegawa

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Vistek staff members aren’t just sales professionals; many of them are active in the industry. Ryan Tonegawa, for example, is a sales representative at our Mississauga store. He also finds time to shoot wedding, event and sport photography. Ryan recently picked up some Fuji cameras and couldn’t put them back down. In his own words he explains why. There are many fickle fads in the photography market. Such as selective colour images, focus peaking, “Tupperware diffusers”, heavy vignettes and HDR photos. Each of these ideas have a time and place to be used. (…or perhaps they don’t) But they will…

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