Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack for Speedlights for $249.95 – Deal Alert

Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack

B&H has the Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack for $249.95 (reg. $499.95) through today (March 6) only. the power pack works with Canon, Nikon, Sony and other speedlights with high-voltage connections and offers up to 1400 full-power flashes. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

There are other Bolt power pack units on sale as well. Check them out here at B&H Photo.

Can You Spot a Counterfeit Canon Battery, Charger or Grip?

Canon Counterfeit-4

For the past several tradeshows that I have been to, Canon has featured a great little display that asks you to identify counterfeit Canon products placed alongside genuine Canon products. The counterfeits look so convincing that I could not tell one from the other without further tips from Canon on spotting the differences.

You can see the counterfeit products highlighted in red in the image below. [Read more...]

Nikon D3100, D3200, D5100, D5200 and P7700 Firmware Update Ends Support for Some Third-Party Batteries

Nikon EN-EL14

The most recent firmware updates for the Nikon D3100, D3200, D5100, D5200 and P7700 appear to have caused some third-party batteries to stop working in these cameras. All of the cameras use the Nikon EN-EL14 and EN-EL14a batteries; however, there are many third-party batteries that match the EN-EL14′s design that are available for these cameras (often at reduced prices) as well. [Read more...]

Canon LP-E6 Battery Pack Service Notice Issued

Canon LP-E6

Canon has issued a service notice for the common LP-E6 battery used in several Canon DSLRs, including the 5D Mark III, 6D, 7D, 70D and others.

The notice affects those who experience a rapid blinking light on the charger when the battery is inserted, which indicates a “communication error” according to Canon’s service notice. When this happens, the battery will not charge.

See the full service notice below for details on the issue. [Read more...]

Switronix Bringing Power Accessories to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera?

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

HDSLR and cinema accessory provider Switronix sent out a little tease in its newsletter today about the Blackmagic Cinema Camera that’s shipping later this month.

Are you guys as excited as we are about this beautiful, little guy?

Check in this month to see the cool accessories we have developed for the Black Magic Camera.  -Switronix Newsletter

Switronix has been known for its HDSLR power accessories that so effectively pair cameras like the 5D Mark II with external battery packs, as well as on-camera lighting gear.  Given the uncertainty thus far about the Blackmagic Cinema Camera’s internal battery and lack of external power options, I’d say that an external power solution from Switronix is a good bet.

Stay tuned for the official announcement of whatever is coming from Switronix…

Switronix Announces New Power Cable For Canon DSLRs

Switronix has unveiled a new power cable for Canon DSLRs using the LP-E6 battery type (currently, the 5D Mark II, 7D and 60D).

The XP-DV-CH features a regulated 7.9v battery paddle (LP-E6 type) and an inline female p-tap connector for 12vdc, housed in an enclosure. It also includes both red and green LED indication to display battery power status. The cable can be used in association with a Switronix accessory or used solo with a PRO-X series lithium-ion battery product.

More details on Switronix’s website.

Redrock Micro and Switronix Team Up for HDSLR Powered Rigs

Switronix and Redrock Micro have teamed up to deliver customized HDSLR rigs that take advantage of Switronix’s battery systems and Redrock Micro’s supports.  The Switronix powered rigs offer up to 6-times the runtime of standard DSLR batteries and can also be used to power on-board electronics like external LCD monitors.  Switronix offers battery connection cables for the Canon 5D MKII, Canon 7D, Canon 60D, Canon T2i, and Panasonic AG-AF100.

Check out some of the configurations below. [Read more...]