Adorama has been a roll lately with new products in its Flashpoint line. The latest announcement is the new Flashpoint DG600 300 w/s monolight that uses LEDs for its built-in modeling light. The LED modeling light ensures cool operation, as opposed to the toasty tungsten modeling lamps that most of us are accustomed to. [Read more…]
Lighting for Digital Photography is Syl Arena’s next book, which is due out at the end of October. Syl wrote the excellent Speedliter’s Handbook on Canon Speedlites last year and I expect him to nail this one as well. (You can read my review of Speedliter’s Handbook here.)
Lighting for Digital Photography will go beyond just the Canon Speedlite system and also dig into lighting with Nikon speedlights, bigger strobes and continuous lights. Additionally, the book will cover use of light modifiers such as umbrellas, softboxes, flags and gels.
Syl is a great teacher and Speedliter’s Handbook proved he knows how to teach in written words in addition to the workshops he’s known for.
Lighting for Digital Photography is currently available to pre-order for $14 on Amazon.com. This book would make a great stocking stuffer this holiday season for the photographer in your life.
Profoto has announced the new Pro-B4 1000 Air with a crazy flash durations down to 1/25,000 of a second (significantly improving on the speed of the Pro-B3). The Pro-B4 1000 Air can fire up to 30 flashes per second at the lowest power setting and will recycle in less than a second at full power. Power output is controlled in 1/10 f-stop increments and can be displayed in f-stops or watt seconds.
The Pro-B4’s Li-Ion battery can fully recharge in under 45 minutes and can even be recharged while in use. The chassis is solid-cast aluminum and is wrapped in a sturdy rubber frame to handle those rough gigs.
PocketWizard Plus III transceivers are out now. The Plus III offers 32 channels, a more durable antenna, a crazy Long Range Mode and a Repeater Mode. Long Range Mode sacrifices a little sync speed for a the sake of extended range. Repeater Mode allows you to use additional Plus III’s as a repeated to extend the full range for each additional unit.
Retail is $139. Check them out at B&H Photo here.
Joe McNally has a new book. It’s called Sketching Light. It’s pretty big at 432 pages. And, it’s all about lighting.
He tells readers what works and what doesn’t via his let’s-see-what-happens approach, he shows how he sets up his shots with plentiful sketches and behind-the-scenes production shots….
I loved his earlier lighting book, The Hot Shoe Diaries, and I’m really looking forward to this new book. I enjoy McNally’s stories and wit about as much as I do the information he provides. Expect good stuff.
Smith-Victor has put together several new photo and video kit lighting options that include both flash and continuous output lights.
The new kits are based on Smith-Victor’s Flash 110i, FlashLite Monolight and Quartz Halogen series. Look for these and other lighting kits from Smith-Victor here at B&H Photo.
Below, you will find a short rundown of each of the new kits, as described by Smith-Victor. [Read more…]
Photogenic has announced a new model for its PL-series monolights. The PL625DR offers a 6-stop output ranging from 7.8Ws up to 250Ws. The new monolight has a t.5 flash duration of 1/2000s at full power.
Additionally, the PL625DR’s Guide Number is 130 at full power with the PL7R reflector. It also comes with built-in PocketWizard receiver and is compatible with Photogenic’s PLIRC-2 Infrared Remote Control & PLICB-1 Multi Unit Control Center. Other creature comforts include auto flash dump, optical slave cell, fan cooling, built-in surge protection and a dimmable modeling light.
No word on t.1 flash duration times, price or availability yet.
The full press release and provided spec sheet is below. [Read more…]