LED lighting is hot–well, not really. The Fotodiox LED100WA is a brand new product that can come in the cool daylight or the hot tungsten color temperature. It will output 600 wats of power and because of its strobe-like design, it can take lots of different light modifiers like an umbrella, softbox, or other Bowens mount modifiers. One of the major features that the company is pushing though is the fact that they give off zero heat–which means that you won’t have to worry about a unit needing to cool down during the breakdown session after a shoot.
The LED100WA lights are priced at $324.95 and can be purchased at Fotodiox’s website. Tech specs and more images are after the jump.
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It was honestly bound to happen: and now it has. According to a report from the Wall St Journal found by Imaging Resource, Olympus will kill off their V series of cameras. The V series were always the more affordable options, but the problem is that those camera sales are being eroded away by mobile phones. There isn’t any word on the other point and shoot cameras like the XZ-2 and XZ-10, but when one thinks about Olympus these days, we often think about the Micro Four Thirds line of cameras. With the arrival of the EP5, the lineup has full mobile connection though it is also possible with Transcend Air cards for the rest of the pen lineup.
These cameras are designed to offer users something that they can’t get from their phones: better quality. The images are then easily ported over to the devices and then shared to the web. However, someone will soon need to put apps like Instagram and Facebook in the cameras without the use of the Android system.
Despite this news, the company had a tremendous stock rise today. According to the Wall St Journal report though, other manufactures such as Canon are even struggling with point and shoot sales. And for years, Canon Powershots were the absolute best that one could get. But with the recent competition from Fujifilm’s X series and Sony’s RX series with significantly larger sensors, we’re not very sure that the small sensor camera market can survive.
We’ve seen loads of great work done with an iPhone, but now a recent patent will probably take it up a step. According to Gizmodo, Apple put in a patent in 2011 to turn iPhones into remote flashes. Sound familiar? For those of us that have seen the light, it’s called strobism. It was part of a review that we did recently with the Phottix Mitros. However, this is pretty darn crazy. This may potentially mean that future iPhones might have real flashes and not LED lights and that there might be some sort of wireless TTL communication. But also, the iPhone has a leaf shutter–which could mean some crazy high speed sync capabilities.
At it’s core though, it will still mean that people will need to learn how to use a flash system.
iPhone5mod, creater of iPad and iPhone accessories, has just introduced a new CF card reader and an all-in-one card reader with Lightning interface. Both can be used with the latest generation of iPhones and iPads which come with the new Lightning connector instead of Apple’s old 30-pin connector. This is especially good news for those of us who recently migrated to the latest generation iPhone or iPad and were left without a (native) solution to get our data on our devices. Well, here it is now. The iPhone5mod CF card reader is available for US-$ 24.90, while the all-in-one card reader comes in it US-$ 36.90. They can be ordered from iPhone5mod’s website.
Reddit has been known to do some wonderful things and to generally look out for one another in their community. So when user stevieboy1984 asked the users of r/picrequests to help him restore an image of his grandfather at his request, the users got to it. The old timer is a war veteran, and is surely proud of his days during that time. 4Chan has been known to do similar things and usually the edits go from one user to another as improvements are made. User unhi was the one whose work was chosen and given to the vet. In the video below, you’ll see that Steve printed out many versions of the edit to show the progress. He then videotaped his grandfather’s reaction to show to the community–and to say the least the hardened old man was very pleased. The video is after the jump.
Via Laughing Squid
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Western Digital’s My Passport line have always been popular with amateur photographers. But today they’re announcing the My Passport Ultra, which feature USB 3.0 integration, WD Smartware Pro backup software with Dropbox, and the standard hardware encryption. Dropbox integration is extremely interesting since many phones and mobile devices these days have Dropbox installed, so it means that there is a greater spread of your files across the cloud. For the person wanting to show off their portfolio later on, this feature will make things much easier if they carefully curate a folder after automatic uploading.
My Passport Ultra 500 GB MSRPs at $99.99 USD, and the My Passport Ultra 1 TB is $129.99. There is a 2 TB option, but no word on pricing yet for that unit. They’re available now at the Western Digital Store.