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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer battle of the 85mm lenses portaits (7 of 9)

When it comes to working with off-camera flashes, many experienced strobists will tell you that no camera system’s TTL operation will be able to give you exactly what you want right off the bat. For that, you’ll want to work with manual lighting. But there are tricks to get a flash system to give you the exposure that you want if you understand how TTL lighting works to begin with.

This short guide is designed as an intro for those just stepping into the lighting game.

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Flixel, the company that has made ccinemagraphs simple, has done something very special today. The company is celebrating the 60th anniversary of when Marilyn Monroe the Seven Year Itch scene while wearing a white dress and standing over a subway grate.

For those less in the know, Flixel takes sections of a video and turns part of them into moving gifs–but only certain parts of them while the rest remain still. This is known as creating cinemagraphs. Be sure to check out our review here.

Of course, all of its beauty is after the jump.

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The company that really seems to be stealing the show at Photokina 2014 is Panasonic. Today, the company made a surprise announcement that they’re getting back into the cell phone game–sort of. The new CM1 is an Android smartphone with a 10.2mmm f2.8 Leica lens that comes out to an approximately 28mm field of view. Plus said lens has full manual control over aperture, ISO and shutter speed. But beyond that, the company has packed a 1 inch sensor into the camera.

The camera phone can also capture 4k video. And according to their specs page, it runs Android 4.4, has four processors with 2.3 GHz, and a 4.7 inch display. The sample images are also beautiful.

A demo video is after the jump.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f1.2 Lens Product Images 2

Zhongyi, our favorite Chinese manufacturer of cheap, fast Mitakon glass has announced two new lenses. If extremely wide-open lenses are your speed, Zhongyi also announced the 42.5mm f1.2. The lens comes at a $359 bargain and for their money users will get a 64mm equivalent focal length that’s perfect for portraits and street photography.

Zhongyi also announced the Mitakon 24mm f1.7, a purely manual lens that offers users a 35mm equivalent focal length for just $289. The lens is also nice and compact, containing 9 elements in 8 groups including an ED lens to minimize chromatic aberrations.

Both of the new lenses will be coming in Fujifilm X-mount, Sony E-mount, and Micro Four Thirds formats. The Mitakon 42.5mm f1.2 and Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 will be available for pre-orders on Zhongyi official site this September. Zhongyi expects the two lenses will begin shipping out later this winter. In the meantime, check out more specs and images after the jump.

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In the continued support that Sony is trying to create for their full frame E mount system, the company is announcing today their 16-35mm f4 lens. To complement the A7 series of cameras, this lens is moisture and dust resistant. This lens sports 12 elements in 10 groups with 5 aspherical elements and 3 ED glass elements. It also has a 7-blade aperture, with a minimum focusing at 0.28 meters–which means that that may be the only place where you actually really get any bokeh.

More interestingly, the lens incorporates Optical Steady Shot technology–which is nice for shooting video.

Coming in at $1,349 you of course shouldn’t expect it to be super affordable but it surely isn’t so badly priced. That’s about all the information that we have on the lens so far, but we’re surely looking forward to our review.


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With Profoto previously coming out their TTL B1 monolights, it was only a matter of time before another manufacturer released their own. With Phottix coming out with their line of Odin TTL transmitters and receivers, it makes complete sense that at Photokina 2014 the company is announcing a brand new TTL monolight. The new Indra 500 will work with Odin transmitters–the same ones that trigger the company’s Mitros+ flashes.

The Indra 500 TTL has TTL operation for both Canon and Nikon systems when using the Odin receiver. Additionally, the light can do high speed sync and is powered by a Li-Ion battery or AC adapter–which is great for location work.

This light was years in development, And the result is eight stops of power adjustment and when working with TTL transmission you can use +/-3 EV settings.

No word on pricing yet, but be sure that we’re super excited about what’s capable with this light. More tech specs and images are after the jump.

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