One of My Favorite Tools: $30 Off-Camera Flash Cable

I’ve been more seriously into off-camera lighting for a couple of years now.  However, it was only a few months ago that I picked up a TTL flash-sync cable for my Canon kit.

Prior to this $30 purchase, the majority of my off-camera lighting had been done manually, which is perfectly fine and nearly limitless in creativity.  But it never hurts to add another arrow to your photographic quiver though. [Read more...]

Canon Radio TTL Flash Coming Soon, DSLR w/ Radio Transmitter Too?

Canon may be making that radio trigger flash and DSLR with a built-in transmitter after all.  Recall that I posted the details on Canon’s patent application in August 2010, which covered a radio-signal transmitter and receiver communication between DSLR and Speedlights.

Now Canon Rumors says its been told that Canon has working prototypes of flashes that are triggered via radio communication by an updated version of the ST-E2 transmitter.  Presumably, any new flash from Canon that sports built-in radio TTL communication would unseat the 580 EX II as the flagship Speedlight in Canon’s lineup. [Read more...]

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.

Full specs and more images below. [Read more...]

Rogue Grid Speedlight Modifier

ExpoImaging has launched a new stackable grid for use in conjunction with speedlights.  The Rogue Grid offers 25-degree and 45-degree grids, which will further stack to add a 16-degree grid for a 3-in-1 design.

The Rogue Grid carries a retail price tag of $49.95 and should be available soon at B&H Photo and Adorama.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Available This Month for Nikon

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. [Read more...]

Westcott Speedlite Accessory Gift Pack

Just in time for the holiday rush, Westcott has put together a sweet Speedlight Accessory Gift Pack, which includes a bundles of light modifiers and accessories for your speedlights (or Speedlites for you Canon guys).

This kit is only $75 and includes all of the following items:

  • Adjustable Shoe Mount Bracket
  • 43″ White Collapsible Umbrella
  • Micro Apollo Softbox
  • 14″ Diffuser
  • 14″ Silver/White Reflector

You can find this bundle at and Adorama.

Nikon SB-700 Speedlight

Along with the new D7000, Nikon has announced a new Speedlight, the SB-700.

The Nikon SB-700 Speedlight looks to be sort of an SB-900 Jr., with the ability to use it as a Commander or Speedlight Remote in Nikon’s Creative Lighting System.   The SB-700 offers a number of other improvements over the SB-600, which make it appear to be a reasonable alternative to the Nikon SB-900.

The Nikon SB-700 should be available in November 2010 at an initial retail price of $329.95.  Check availability on

There are plenty more details about this new Speedlight in the press release below. [Read more...]

Canon 2010 Spring/Summer Instant Rebates for Lenses

Canon Rebates

Canon has announced its lineup of lenses and flashes eligible for instant rebate savings for Spring / Summer 2010.

This is an instant rebate program too – no mailing receipts and UPC codes and then waiting 6-8 weeks. The rebate applies for purchases on qualifying Canon gear made between May 9 and July 10, 2010.

The specific items are listed below, along with links to product pages for each lens or flash at Amazon, Adorama and B&H Photo. [Read more...]