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In honor of the Lomography company being one year away from legal drinking age (if you’re in the US) they’re teaming up with us to give away a special edition 20th anniversary LC-A+. One lucky winner will get one camera of a limited 1000 run.

The contest ends October 17th at 12AM NYC time. Sorry international folks, it’s only open to residents of the US and Canada this time around. But we promise that we’re working on more international contests.

Want to know more? Sign up for the contest here.

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Following the woefully disappointing announcement of Canon’s hyped up ad campaign, it appears the Japanese camera company might actually have something exciting to introduce in the near future. Canon Watch spotted a large sensor powershot camera on Canon’s Netherlands website. The camera is briefly appears in a video clip shrouded in shadows with a silhouette that looks strikingly similar to the Canon’s EOS M cameras. The mystery camera is labeled as a grote zoom (big zoom) later model next to the Powershot G1X Mk II and recently announced G7X.

Considering the position of this rumored compact camera, it’s safe to assume it will feature the same 1.5-inch 12.8MP CMOS sensor in the G1X Mk II plus a longer zoom lens that extends beyond a 24-120mm focal length range.

Canon Watch also reports that the camera appeared with a short introduction that stated, “Canon is committed to offer top notch picture quality a compact camera. The new model in the Expert Compact range combines a large sensor and powerful zoom for superb pictures from afar.”

Chances are we’ll see this camera shortly with PhotoPlus beginning later this month, so stay tuned for more and catch another glimpse of this mystery camera after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung NX30 first impressions photos (2 of 11)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Get your duck faces ready, kids. On October 14, Samsung’ll be in Hollywood to take a record-breaking selfie with the hosts Nick Cannon and Julianne Hough. We’re not sure what the scope will be, but we imagine it’ll be many extended arms and pursed lips.

The company has an ambitious campaign to get you to ditch your DSLR in favor of the NX30 or the NX Mini SMART Camera. The campaign goes by #DITCHTHEDSLR, and it just wrapped its event in Times Square. If you’ve been thinking of switching systems, and you like what Samsung’s doing, this could be your chance to get a new camera by trading in your old one. You’ll need your camera, a lens and a battery in order to qualify for the trade-in.

Of course, the focus is the NX30 and NX Mini SMART Camera. We haven’t reviewed the latter, but we have reviewed the NX30. We found to be a capable mirrorless camera in the guise of a DSLR. With Samsung’s 85mm f1.4, the NX30’s image quality would shoot up.

The event starts at 10am at the Hollywood and Highland Center.

Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Strobies Pro-Flash TLi-C Product Images 1

Carrying around a constant supply of AA batteries for your flash is a tiresome bother. Now Interfit is out to fix this annoyance with its new Li-Ion battery powered Pro-Flash TLi flashes. The new strobe lights have been designed to work in TTL mode with Nikon and Canon cameras. You’ll also be able to slave or master the Strobies Pro-Flash TLi-C or TLi-N to your other Nikon and Canon lights.

Photographers will be able to fire up to 650 full-power flashes-per-charge with these Lithium Ion-powered strobes. The Pro-Flash TLi line of lights also charge back up to full power in just 1.5 seconds between exposures. Other features include Flash Exposure Compensation, Flash Exposure Bracketing (TLi-C only), and Flash Exposure Lock.

Those who want to trigger the flash wirelessly with a radio system will have to pick up the STR249 transmitter and receiver available for $49.99. The Strobies Pro-Flash TLi-C and TLi-N themselves, meanwhile, are available now for $249.99.

The flashes come as a cheaper alternative compared to the Canon 600EX-RT or Nikon SB910. Add in the rechargeable Li-Ion battery system, comparable TTL control plus  the ability to link it up with your preexisting lighting gear, and this is a very tantalizing third-party flash for Canon and Nikon users.

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Editor’s Note: in an earlier version of the article we accidentally called it the Pentax WG-30W. We apologize for this mistake.

Pentax has always made pretty solid tough cameras, and for their latest iteration, they’re taking it a step forward–but for their latest offering they’re going by the Ricoh name.. Their new WG-30W will include WiFi transmission–a first amongst tough cameras. The WG-30W sports a 16MP CMOS sensor. On a personal note, that’s way too much for a point and shoot sensor, but we will need to see how the images actually come out.

As far as the tough specs go, Ricoh claims that the camera can go down to 40 feet, can be dropped from 5 feet, can withstand 220 lbs of pressure, and can survive -10 degree Fahrenheit. The WG-30W also has a double microscope mode and LED lights for macro images.

The camera will come in Carbon Grey and Flame Orange. When the Ricoh WG-30W hits the stores this December, you’ll be able to pick it up for $299.95.

Where to start

Starting out with your first camera can be daunting when you know very little about exposure let alone the all the buttons on your new gear. Luckily for you Adorama TV’s Mark Wallace has introduced a “Where to Start Chart” designed to guide users through their exposure with interactive buttons leading to more tutorial videos.

The chart starts off simple enough with a tree that splits into depth of field and motion. In other words the chart is asking whether aperture or shutter speed is more important for your shot. Of course either route eventually asks the photographer to set up their entire exposure with an ISO speed plus the addition of monopods or tripods and flashes.

The chart does not go dive into complex lighting at all with soft boxes, umbrellas, or even off camera flash. But Mark promises he will continue to update the chart with more sections and tutorials in the future.

Check out the video past the break and download the chart here.

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