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.

Ikan Elements Starter Fly Kit Review

The Ikan Elements Starter Fly Kit is a compact and affordable (around $100) HDSLR rig.  While this kit is basic, it is surprisingly effective and will deliver enough performance for many HDSLR users who want to get some more stability out of their handheld work.

I love stuff that works and is cheap.  While stuff that works is a necessity and stuff that’s cheap is nice, put the two together and you get a real winner in my book. [Read more…]

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…]

Firmware Friday: Canon 60D, Fuji F300EXR, Nikon P7000

Camera     Firmware Update

Below you will find this week’s firmware updates.  Hit the manufacturer website links for more details and download instructions for the firmware.

Canon 60D version 1.0.8 – “Fixes a phenomenon in which captured images may become overexposed when using the camera’s built-in flash or an external Speedlite in combination with the lenses listed below…” [Canon Website]

Fuji FinePix F300EXR version 1.01 – “Unstable volume level during movie recording is fixed.” [Fuji Website]

Nikon Coolpix P7000 version 1.1 – “Image recording time at image quality settings that include NRW (RAW) has been reduced. Lens control has been optimized to reduce the frequency with which the “Initializing lens. Cannot focus.” message is displayed. An issue that, in some rare cases, prevented zoom operation has been resolved. An issue that caused the monitor display to exhibit a loss of detail in highlights (blown highlights) when the shutter-release button was pressed halfway with Active D-Lighting enabled has been resolved.” [Nikon Website]