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Canon Radio TTL Patent Application

Canon has obviously been working on a new TTL flash system that works with radio sync triggering for quite a while now.  We saw a patent application for a Canon radio-triggered flash and camera system in August 2010 and now, almost a year later, another Canon patent application that advances this tech has been revealed by the USPTO.

And maybe (hopefully) this is a sign that it’s getting closer to market. [click to continue…]

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PocketWizard FlexTT5

Ahead of CES last week, PocketWizard finally launched the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon DSLRs.  I’ve gotten a couple of emails asking about these, so yes, they should start shipping any day now. I got to play around with them a little at a pre-CES event and I can assure you they are working well with Nikon DSLRs.

Keep tabs on the stock updates at B&H (MiniTT1 and FlexTT5).

More details in the press release below. [click to continue…]

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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.

Pentax K-5 new firmware version – Increases continuous shooting in RAW format and other bug fixes [coming mid-November]

PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 version 5.200 for Canon “offers optimized compatibility with the PowerST4 Receiver for Elinchrom and the AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Paul C. Buff flashes.” [PocketWizard Website]

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You had to know this one was coming, right?  For years now, DSLR manufacturers have been tied to wireless flash communication via  light-based transmission systems, which puts limits on the ability to take your flashes out of the line-of-sight of other flashes.  Of course, there are a plenty of workarounds – and there are third party solutions from the likes of PocketWizards and RadioPoppers.

But there has always been something missing with those other solutions.  Maybe it’s a little clunky to strap on those third-party devices?  Maybe there was some radio interference?  Something, however minor, just doesn’t quite function like the factory specs of the wireless flash system under ideal conditions.

A recently filed patent application with the USPTO reveals that Canon is working on a radio-based solution for its wireless flash system with transmitters built-in camera bodies. [click to continue…]

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Camera  Firmware Update

So I missed our regular schedule for Firmware Friday this week.  All the better though, since a couple of new firmwares dropped on Friday.

Below you will find this week’s firmware updates.  Hit the manufacturer website links for more details and download instructions for the firmware. [click to continue…]

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PocketWizard FlexTT5

The PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 wireless TTL system has been available for Canon DSLRs for quite awhile now, with Nikon compatible units on the calendar for some point in the future.  The future just got a little closer for Nikon shooters. [click to continue…]

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