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Most location photographers would kill to have more flash power output in a small flash body of some sort. Today, Interfit is announcing another addition into the category of small flashes that produce light like full studio strobes. It’s called the Strobies Pro-Flash 360 and looks very similar to products made by Cheetah Stand and Adorama’s Flashpoint.

The main selling point is of course the 360 watt seconds of power output available in a small body that needs to be connected to a small power pack. Additionally, it has an actual flash bulb that can be used totally bear or with the umbrella reflector that comes included.

Interfit claims that it is capable of high speed sync in addition to power adjustment of 1/3 increments, 450 full powered flashes, and a stroboscopic mode. Many years ago the Strobies were used by loads of photographers. And this new flagship product from the company may find its way into the hands of strobists everywhere.

Expect the Strobies Pro-Flash 360 to come in at $499.99 with the battery pack.

 

DIY Softbox

Image courtesy of Digital Camera World

We’ve seen a lot of softboxes in our day—from the Profoto RFi Softboxes to Westcott’s Rapid Box Octa Mini and Photogenic SB22 Square Soft Box—but have you ever though about making your own. Digital Camera World has come up with a nifty guide to do just that with a bit of cardboard, tin foil, and some cloth.

First you’ll need to cut out four wedge-shaped pieces of cardboard that will form into the softbox tent around the flash head. Then wrap the sections with aluminum foil and adjoin them together into a trapezoidal shape, filling in any gaps with light-proof tape (i.e. electrical or gaffers tape). As for your fabric anything white like an old t-shirt will suffice as long as it covers the front opening of the softbox.

Now that you’ve put it all together, the whole point of a softbox is to provide defused beam of light directed at your subject. Whether the flash is on your camera or off to the side as a second light source it should light your subject evenly while still in a directed manner.

Of course softboxes aren’t limited to just shooting model, they can be useful for product photography from nick-nacks destined for eBay to cars, make shift photo booth operations, and just about anything that demands more light. Now that you can build our own with random household items, there are even less holding you back from giving it a shot. Be sure to checkout Digital Camera World for the full build guide. Also be sure to check out our intro to softboxes.

Via Digital Camera World

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Fujifilm X30 Product Images 2

Since it’s introduction the Fujifilm X10 and X20 has always felt a little bit lacking compared to its X100s brother. It’s always sported an optical viewfinder that was good but did not truly vibe well with the camera’s zoom lens. Now Fujifilm has gone in the opposite direction and given the new X30 a full-time EVF plus a few other upgrades that will make everyone notice its new street shooter.

Like the Fujifilm X-T1’s fabled viewfinder, the X30 sports a big 2.36M dot OLED Real Time Viewfinder. It has the same 0.005-second lag time, but comes with a slightly lower magnification factor at 0.65x. Fujifilm has also fitted a new tilting LCD with double the resolution at 920k dots–which isn’t a whole lot in comparison to many other modern cameras.

Otherwise the X30 is largely the same camera as the X20 featuring the same 12MP X-Trans CMOS sensor and 7.1-28.4mm f2-2.8 zoom lens. At the front of this 4x zoom lens users will find a newly added control ring positioned behind the manual zoom control to adjust aperture and shutter speed. Coupled with a front facing function button, photographers will also be able use the ring to set functions such as ISO sensitivity, film simulation, white balance and continuous shooting can.

The Fujifilm X30 is not a completely new X20 that we were hoping for. But with these new ergonomics and screens should be enough of a reinvention to make the X30 shine on its own even in the shadow of the X100s. The Fujifilm X30 will be available in late September for $599.95 and until then check past the break for more specs and images.

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Fujifilm GF670

Medium format rangefinder cameras are expensive–and that may also be the reason for their declining sales figures over the years combined with the digital monster enveloping the film world. But the latest casualty of this the Fujifilm GF670 rangefinder medium format camera. Our sources within Fujifilm America contacted us today to tell us the sad news.

The camera was a medium format rangefinder with a unique folding lens that came in and out of the camera to make it more compact. It shot 120 film in the 6×7 format (highly regarded by many photographers) and sported an 80mm f3.5 lens which gave a semi-wide to normal field of view.

For what it’s worth, the company has been focusing much more heavily on their X series cameras due to the retro-styling that has been giving them so much success coupled with some fantastic image quality. But for what it’s worth, it’s quite sad to know that many digital folks won’t know the sheer image quality that the GF670 could deliver when coupled with Velvia or Portra.

The most recent blogger to give it any love was Steve Huff. But otherwise, the camera has some die hard Flickr users that love it in their very own group. Keep in mind though that this notice seems true of the GF670, and not the newer GF670W.

Good night sweet prince.

Paris Through Pentax

Life always looks sweeter thought a viewfinder and no video better highlights this fact than Maison Carnot’s Paris Through Pentax. The production and advertising company’s founders Mathieu Maury and Antoine Pai had an old Pentax 67 medium format camera on hand and decided it would be a great idea to record a through the viewfinder video featuring short scenes of Parisian life—and voila!

To create the lovely compilation of clips, the creative pair pointed a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera down at the viewfinder. The two cameras are basically stuck together using a two-by-four and tape. Add in a piece of blackened cardboard to act as an oversized lens hood for the Blackmagic camera and shade to block out any reflections, and this hacked together rig is ready for a stroll on the streets of Paris.

For an extra bit of nostalgic character, Mathieu and Antoine also added a soothing instrumental backing track to complement the video. The clarity of the picture coming though the Pentax 67’s viewfinder is truly a testament to the quality and character of these old film cameras.

Meanwhile, the video as a whole really plays out like a memorable vacation reel and an ode to the old film days photographers will love. Check out the video past the break.

Via Vimeo

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Image from the Wikimedia Commons

According to a report from Ars Technica, the US Copyright regulators are ruling on the side of Wikipedia that a selfie taken by a monkey cannot be copyrighted. The primate “borrowed” a camera from a photographer, who then tried to copyright the selfie image. Photographer David Slater tried to make the claim that the image was his, but in a stand for what could arguably be called animal rights, the US Copyright office decided that a photograph taken by a monkey is unprotected intellectual property.

With that said, the image remains part of the Wikimedia Commons and the delightful dopey monkey’s face can once again go viral all over the net.

So how did this all start? Well, when the image was added to the Commons, apparently Slater went after them. But according to the Telegraph, Wikimedia fought back and said that the monkey owns the selfie. We can only imagine lawyers in the room trying to say this with a straight face.

This brings up the question now: with dog and cat selfie apps out there, who is the owner of the image?