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A very long time ago, I hacked a beauty dish to work with a speedlight by stuffing a Gary Fong Lightsphere into the back of it. It worked well enough–and now it seems like the idea has caught on. RoundFlash recently announced their new RoundFlash Dish–a flash modifier that connects to your speedlight and gives off light almost like a beauty dish. It seems loosely based off of their very excellent RoundFlash Ring Flash Version 2.

Inside of this unit is a mirror that bounces the light backward and into a reflective area that then spreads the light out and evenly. Plus, it has a built in diffusion dome for even softer light.

It attaches to the head of your flash via a belt system and only costs around 69 Euro. If it’s anything like what the RoundFlash Ring Flash is, we’re super excited for it.



We’re teaming up with Sigma to give away a brand new 85mm f1.4 lens in your choice of mount. Want to know how to win? Check out the super simple rules after the jump.

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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Samyang 12mm f2.8 Product Images 2

Samyang has a new 12mm f2.8 ED AS NCS fisheye lens and it’s the company’s widest piece of glass made for full frame cameras. The lens captures a diagonal angle of view of 180-degrees letting photographers really capture the entire scene, landscape, building, or anything that might be in front of them.

Although the lens is entire manual as with most of Samyang’s lenses, the Korean lens maker has not skimped on the glass. The 12mm f2.8 is comprised of 12 elements arranged in eight groups. This includes three low dispersion ED glass and two aspherical lens elements. The lens has also been finished with a variety of coatings including a nanocrystal anti-reflection NCS coating applied together with standard UMC coatings.

Samyang claims its new lens will work in diverse lighting conditions, and provide great focus, high contrast and natural color reproduction even with the fully open. The price and release date for the 12mm f2.8 ED AS NCS fisheye has yet to be revealed, but you can get another look at the lens and some image samples after the break.

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julius motal the phoblographer capture one pro 8

Beleaguered Aperture users rejoice! Phase One has incorporated a migration tool for importing data from Aperture into Capture One Pro 8, the latest installment in its photo editing software. That is among a batch of new updates, including: catalogs for organizing, film grain, expanded Live View compatibility, and repair layers. There’s also a new subscription plan available alongside buying the whole program for a flat price. [click to continue…]

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Leica M Edition 60 Product Images 1Leica latest products from Photokina are touching on all sorts of nostalgia. On top of announcing a new Leica M-A film camera, the German camera maker is also introducing the Leica M Edition 60. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Leica M3, this latest camera skips including any screen at all to check their exposure. Rather than relying on an LCD to give users immediate feedback on their images the Leica M Edition 60 only includes a rangefinder window, forcing users to operate it like a film camera.

In place of the back LCD display there’s an ISO selector that will still give users a bit more flexibility than film. Otherwise users will be shooting blind and forced to get the exposure right the first time around. As yet another limited run Leica camera, the company says it will only produce 600 M Edition 60 bodies. The Leica M Edition 60 will come packaged with a Summilux 35mm f1.4 lens and ring up for the exorbitant price of €15,000 (about $19,424) this October.

Leica announced much more today. 16 new cameras and lenses no less. Check past the break for all the expensive photo gear.

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Phottix Odin TTL II

There are few products in the photo world that we don’t think need an update or an upgrade–and high up on that list was Phottix’s Odin II TTL flash transmitter. We reviewed the first one and awarded it an Editor’s Choice rating. To this day, we still use it and highly recommend it to anyone. But today at Photokina 2014, the company is announcing a brand new refresh to the transmitter. It now involves a new button layout, brighter green lights, and an overall more modern and sexy design.

So what’s new with the Odin II? For starters, you can control the manual power output from 1/1 to 1/256–which is amongst the lowest that we’ve seen. It also allows for modelling light control with the new Indra 500 monolight that the company announced yesterday. Users also can have give different lighting groups–which means that you can get more or less as complicated with your lighting as you want. You also get 32 radio channels that can control pretty much every single Phottix radio enabled flash or trigger product.

No word on pricing yet, but as far as lighting goes, Phottix seems to be stealing the show. They’ve announced the Canon and Nikon versions, and we’re sure that Sony will come later.

Tech specs are after the jump.

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