Check out the video above a quick overview of the Lastolite Strobo line of lighting modifiers for hotshoe flashes from PhotoPlus 2012.
B&H has its Impact Digital Flash Umbrella Kit for $69.95 (reg. $98.95) for the rest of the month. This kit includes two 32″ umbrellas, two 8′ light stands and two shoe-mount flash brackets.
This is a great little kit that I’ve personally had for several years (and I paid $100 for it). If you need a cheap off-camera mount solution for your speedlights, this is a great deal. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
Several Sigma lenses and speedlights are available with instant rebates up to $200. These deals are good through Jan. 15, 2013. Check out all the rebates here at B&H Photo.
Metz has announced a new touchscreen speedlight – the mecablitz 52 AF-1. The new hot shoe flash features a guide number of 52 and is capable of wireless TTL operation.
The touchscreen rotates when holding the camera in portait orientation for easier readability. Additionally, the mecablitz 52 AF-1 sports a USB port for future firmware upgrades.
The mecablitz 52 AF-1 will be available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Micro Four Thirds versions. No word yet on final release date and pricing. Check availability here at B&H Photo.
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The Phottix Ares flash trigger is a new 8-channel transmitter and receiver units that have a range of 200m and feature a “fire-all” channel function. No advanced bells or whistles here. Just a dumb transmitter and receiver that are aimed to be reliable and affordable.
Phottix Ares Key Features and Specs
- 200+m range
- 8 channels and Fire-All function
- 1/250s max sync speed
- 3.5mm sync port
- Hot shoe
- Triggers hot shoe flashes and studio lights
- Rotating transmitter can be used in teh up or down position
- Reliability digitally-encoded signals
- Cold shoe and 1/4″ threaded insert on receiver
- Cables and batteries included
No word on the final price yet, but since the Ares is replacing older units like the Tetra, Aster and Strato I, it’s reasonable expect a retail price point well under $100.
Phottix unveiled the new Mitros TTL flash for Canon, Nikon and Sony systems.
According to Phottix, “Mitros will do everything you expect a top-of-the-line TTL flash to do. Functions include built-in IR triggering with Master and Slave modes, AF assist light, auto/manual zooming flash head, all with fast recharge times. The Phottix Mitros TTL Flash includes a USB port for firmware upgrades and a 3.5mm Sync port.”
Phottix Mitros TTL Flash Key Features
- E-TTL, M, Multi modes
- High Speed Sync and Rear Curtain Sync
- Guide Number of 58
- Auto/Manual Flash Head Zoom w/ 180° rotation and 97° tilt
- FEC: Manual and Bracketed
- 0.1-2.5s Recycle Times
- IR Wireless Trigger w/ Master and Slave mode
- Powered by 4 AA batteries
- Port for External Battery Pack
- 3.5mm Sync Port
- USB Port for Updgrades
The Phottix Mitros TTL flash will be available during Q4 2012 and Q1 2013.
Here’s a great video from Joe McNally and Adorama TV. Joe’s working a Nikon D800 with the built-in flash as the commander flash, a Lastolite Ezybox softbox with grid and a red-gelled speedlight for a background light.
If you haven’t checked out Joe’s book, The Hot Shoe Diaries, there’s lots more of great speedlight info like this in there.