Review: Leica Sofort (Fujifilm Instax Mini)

If you take one look at the Leica Sofort, you’ll wonder what makes this camera worth over $300 when there is so much resemblance to the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90. Photographers working with the camera will appreciate its fun and cute appearance in addition to its simple interface. Like all Instax film cameras, it has some quirks and this is less a result of the cameras as it is the film itself. You see, Instax film is set to ISO 800–so it’s always going to allow a lot of light to hit the surface.

But like most Instax cameras, you may not be totally happy with the results. I however and completely fine with them.

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Finally! Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film Becomes a Reality!

We’ve been waiting a really long time for black and white Instax film, and today Fujifilm announced that it’s on the way! The Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film will be the standard 10 shot pack and from the looks of the company’s press release is targeting fashion, street, and portrait photographers.

This October it’ll hit stores worldwide. There isn’t much information available at the moment, but we’ve copied and pasted the press release below. This is a developing story that we will update later on, as Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film is something that many of us have been waiting for for a long time.

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Manfrotto’s New PIXI Tripod is For the Itty Bitty Cameras

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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.

PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Finally Work with the Canon 1D X. But Has History Repeated Itself?

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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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KineRaw Goes on a Diet and Comes Out Mini

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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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Paul C Buff Releases Notice on the Vagabond Mini Battery Pack (Like, Don’t Use It Around Water)

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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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Review: Apple iPad Mini 16GB WiFi (The Photographer’s Perspective)

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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