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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica M9 at Bryant Park (14 of 27)

Mother’s Day is coming soon. Don’t know what to get her? Check out these 30 ideas.

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Manfrotto’s latest PIXI tripod is one of those special ones targeted at people with mirrorless cameras, entry level DSLRs, and phones. The company is billing it as small and perfect for selfies and table-top shooting. And to put further emphasis on the portability, we should also mention that it is only 8oz heavy and 7 inches tall when the legs are inward. The head has a 1/4 20 screw and there is a brand new push-button mechanism which they’re saying, “allows you to position your subject correctly in the frame, while the head is able to tilt 35° in the vertical axis and pan 360° in the horizontal axis.”

The PIXI is available now at B&H Photo for $24.88.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 1D X Hands on Review (1 of 8)

This has been a very big and long issue in the radio transmission world for a while. When the 5D Mk III and 1D X were announced and finally hit the shelves, photographers found themselves having issues with their trusty PocketWizard Flex and Mini radio units that trigger flashes. For years, these have been the industry standard for TTL transmission to Canon Speedlites. But something went terribly wrong.


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Indie company Kinefinity wants to give you image quality comparable to the BMCC. Seeing the market potential, the company has released details on the KineRaw Mini–which is placed at a much lesser price than its bigger brother, the KineRaw 35, in a much smaller size. The rumor mills are churning out a $4000 price point but we’ll have to wait for an official announcement.

The KineRaw Mini is essentially what makes up the KineRaw Super 35mm camera but in a lesser form. Inside, you’ll find the same sensor capable of ISO 10,240 and 2048×1080 resolution. Sadly, there is no compressed raw codec from the KineRaw or ProRes of DNxHD from the BMCC, just CinemaDNG codec that seems to be recording only internally. There is talk of an optional CineRaw encoder in the works if you need the specific format.


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I’m an owner of the Vagabond Mini battery pack for my Einstein E640 monolight; and I love the little thing. Recently during Hurricane Sandy, it was able to charge things like phones and other products for my roommate and I. But today, the company has issues a notice about their little Lithium Battery Pack; like not to use the damned thing around water in the first place. The full notice is after the jump.


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The Apple iPad Mini turned lots of heads, had some people scratching their heads, and sooner or later became quite the hit. Photographers love the iPad. It is an excellent way to show off a portfolio, as it is small and can accomplish many of the tasks we often need to do. But with the release of both the iPad Mini and iPad 4, why would a photographer prefer the Mini over anything else?


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