Sony HVL-F43AM Flash Announced

Sony added a prosumer-level external flash to its lineup last week.  The new flash features the same “Quick Shift Bounce” rotation as found the the flagship HVL-F58AM flash.  It has guide number of 43 and offers 22 increments of power adjustments between full and down to 1/128 power – all in 1/3 stops – and is powered by 4 AA batteries.

The HVL-F43AM is slated for release later this Summer for around $350.

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Deal Alert: Sony NEX Camera + Lens = $150 Off

Right now if you buy a Sony NEX-3 or NEX-5 w/ 16mm kit lens, you can get $150 off the 18-55mm lens.  The deal is also good on the NEX-VG10 camcorder, which comes equipped with an 18-200mm lens – and you get to choose between the 16mm f/2.8 or 18-55mm lens for the $150 discount.

More details on the deal over at B&H Photo.

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 5 Camera Bag

Think Tank Photo has announced a new bag aimed at Micro Four Thirds and other mirrorless camera users – the Retrospective 5.  Akin to the rangefinder-esque design of many of today’s mirrorless cameras, the Retrospective 5 camera bag mixes old-school look with new-school features.

It is available in black and Pinestone colors and can accommodate a mirrorless camera with 2-3 lenses and several other accessories.  The Retrospective 5 should be available in May for $129 direct from Think Tank Photo’s website.

Photo Mechanic Available for $60 Until April 30

Photo Mechanic is a robust image organization program that provides nearly instant review of RAW images (even at 100% magnification) and normally retails for $150.  In celebration of the company’s 15th anniversary, Photo Mechanic 4.6 will be available for $60 through April 30, 2011.

If you aren’t familiar with the software and how it fits in a photographer’s workflow, check out Photography Bay’s Photo Mechanic Review.  You can purchase Photo Mechanic through Camera Bits’ website.