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Phottix Indra 360 LR 2up

Phottix has been changing the strobism game a bit by offering more affordable and yet very good alternatives to many of the more expensive monolights and flashes. The Phottix Indra500 TTL started it off in the monolight game and now the Indra360 TTL is doing the same thing but with less power output–just in time for WPPI 2015. In fact, the Phottix Indra500 TTL is the winner of our Editor’s Choice award.

The light can do TTL transmission with both Canon and Nikon DSLRs with Sony coming in the future. It is also capable of high speed sync, second curtain sync, and can be triggered with any of Phottix’s radio transmitters considering that it has a radio receiver built right in.

Like the Indra500 TTL, it works with a battery pack. More specs are after the jump.

The Indra360 TTL Studio Light, Indra360 Battery Pack is scheduled to begin shipping in mid-April 2015. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $880 for a one light / battery kit. Additional configurations are $1,760 for two lights / 2 batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller; $2,570 for 3 lights / three batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller. The Indra500 TTL Studio Light, Battery Pack and AC Adapter are currently available from Phottix dealers world-wide.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (10 of 10)ISO 1001-30 sec at f - 4.5

There have been stories going around and whispers of a large sensor compact camera from Olympus coming soon for a while now, but 43rumors has reason to believe that the camera is going to be much like the Ricoh GR. While this seems a bit unlikely, it’s still very interesting due to the fact that these reports have been going around for a while now and Panasonic launched one with the LX100. While that camera had a zoom lens, it only makes sense that Olympus would try to release something with a solid, fixed prime lens.

The reports state that this upcoming camera will be very much like the old Olympus Trip film camera–if it does indeed exist and comes out. This makes quite a bit of sense as Olympus has tried to create digital versions of their historically successful cameras like the Pen and the OM series.

While the Ricoh GR has an APS-C sensor, we believe that the company may instead opt for a Four Thirds sensor with retro ergonomics and maybe with one of their current lenses already attached. Their 12mm f2, 17mm f1.7, and 25mm f1.8 are all quite small and on the OMD camera make for an awesome compact package. It’s bound to be loaded with art filters and have a couple of accessories to make it look even sexier as a complete package plus include WiFi transmission to make it a better travel camera.

If it is indeed real, Fujifilm and Panasonic may have a major contender to look out for.

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Though they’re usually better known for lots of their very premium grade lenses, Panasonic today announced two new lenses: the LUMIX G 42.5mm F1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. and the LUMIX G Macro 30mm F2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lenses.

The 42.5mm f1.7 is obviously being targeted at portrait shooters, and is a more affordable version than their 42.5mm f1.2 lens. At its heart, it houses 10 elements in 8 groups, a close focusing distance of 12.2 inches, a metal mount, multi-coated lens elements, and POWER O.I.S.

But on the other side of the spectrum is the 30mm f2.8 MEGA OIS lens which is targeted at macro shooters. Panasonic states that it’s got a 1x life-size magnification, a focusing distance starting at 4.13 inches, has a metal mount, and 9 lenses in 9 groups including an aspherical element.

The Panasonic 30mm Macro f2.8 will be available in April and the Panasonic 42.5mm f1.7 in May at $399.99 each.

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Nissin recently announced a brand new radio-capable flash, the Nissin Di700A Air Flash requires you to use the company’s new Air 1 commander to trigger it and transmit instructions from the commander to the flash. The units are part of what Nissin is calling the Nissin Air System, and they claim that this system works from up to 98 feet away on eight different radio channels.

The Air 1 controls three different groups (A, B, C) and multiple flashes can be in each group to be controlled via TTL or manually.

The units will launch in March, and will be available for Canon and Nikon to start. The company promises that a Sony version is coming this summer. The Nissin Di700A will cost $259 while the Air 1 Commander for Canon Nikon and Sony will be $79. Want the kit? Di700A Air and Air 1 Commander combo will run you $299.

More images are after the jump.

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For years, Leica was the only camera manufacturer to dominate the digital rangefinder camera space–and while they still are it seems like they could have a contender soon. Meet the Konost FF, which according to Photo Rumors is currently a project happening that aims to create a full frame digital rangefinder.

The camera isn’t using the traditional mechanical rangefinder but instead one that uses electronics overlayed on an optical viewfinder. At the heart is a 20MP full frame sensor, The body is made from an aluminum alloy and in many ways looks like the Leica T camera.

The mirrorless camera world was dominated by Leica for a while then everyone else got into it. With Sony newly entering the full frame mirrorless camera world, it only makes sense that everyone else is going to enter. To be fair, Epson tried to enter the camera world with a rangefinder and failed.

To be fair though, this camera doesn’t seem very traditional rangefinder-like in appearance–and Zeiss and Voigtlander both seem to have better designed bodies with their film offerings. More specs and a video are after the jump.

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A rendering of Kodak Portra 400, which in the right light looks surprisingly like the actual film.

A rendering of Kodak Portra 400, which in the right light looks surprisingly like the actual film.

Really Nice Images isn’t as popular as VSCO or DxO for their film renderings, but they’re claiming that with All Films 3.0 that they can fool even film photographers. And from what we’ve seen so far, we have to agree. We’ve reviewed Really Nice Images’ Film presets for Lightroom before, and thought that the renderings were already solid. But what they’re adding in now is an analog softness feature. They stated that they added this in to eliminate the differences between the ultra sharp high megapixel cameras and film.

As for film renderings, the package includes Agfa, Kodak, Fujifilm, and Ilford.

The Really Nice Images All Films 3.0 package is priced at $122 and organised by 5 sub-packages based on film types: Negative, Slide, Instant, BW and Vintage. Those sub-packages can also be purchased individually for $49 each. Check them out here.

More image samples are after the jump.

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