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Today, Profoto is announcing their brand new B2 monolights–a compact set that in some ways bridges the gap between speedlights and monolights. Incorporating full TTL control if the photographer wishes, the lights are very traditional heads with all battery power and control coming from the battery pack. This pack can easily mount onto your shoulder, over your chest, or even on the ground as the heads can go a fair distance away onto a light stand or even by using a flash bracket that can mount onto your camera–if you’re that type of photographer.

At 280 watt seconds of power, the B2 lights offer more output than your standard hot shoe flash but less than most monolights. In fact, we’re partial to calling them the perfect in-between solution.

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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Sony A7s product images (3 of 8)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 5.6

In today’s Cheap Photo, we’ve rounded even more camera deals, lens deals, and photography deals and discounts. Nikon fans, Fujifilm fans and photographer who want the Sony A7 are in for a treat.

 

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss Rokinon Sigma 85mm f1.4 three way comparison (2 of 3)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 3.5

With the very recent announcement of the Canon 5Ds and Canon 5Ds R, the industry has taken a huge step forward. A camera with a sensor that can shoot over 50MP images in the 35mm format is changing the game completely. But with that, we’re always wondering about lenses. A while ago, we asked Lens manufacturers about how lens technology will be able to keep up with sensor technology.

But to find out what lenses could potentially work with such a high megapixel sensor, we did some research and asking around. As we get more information, we will try to update this list.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 18-300mm lens review product photos (2 of 8)ISO 8001-55 sec at f - 1.4

We’re admittedly not the biggest fan of superzoom lenses, but the Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary is one that is making us take a close look at the category again. Designed for cameras with APS-C sensors, it isn’t the engineering feat that the Tamron 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD is. This is part of Sigma’s Contemporary series, but instead feels like an Art lens in many ways. Designed for the entry level DSLR user that wants an all in one zoom lens and those of us that really hate walking, this lens is one that many folks will fall in love with.

And if you’re the type of person that travels a lot, this could be the all-in-one travel zoom that you want.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Cub and Company Shooter Strap Review images (2 of 8)ISO 8001-25 sec at f - 4.2

Fujifilm users have some big changes to look forward to. According to Fuji Rumors the Fujifilm X Pro 2 will feature a new 24MP non-organic X-Trans sensor plus room for two SD cards. The updated Fujifilm flagship will also purportedly get a few other upgrades including a new tilting screen and Wi-Fi.

A new source speaking to the rumors site also suggested a camera will come in the 2nd quarter of 2015, which could be any time from April to June. Previously, we’ve heard early reports the X Pro 1 successor could come any time between January to December of next year so we’re going to take this news with a grain of salt.

Whenever it does drop, the Fujifilm X Pro 2 has been rumored to cost 20 to 30% more than the X-T1, putting it in the ballpark of $1559.94-1689.93 for just the camera body by itself.

On a separate, tangentially related note Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki let loose that it’s may make Sony E-mount lenses in an interview with Imaging Resource. Yamaki explained that Sigma has been getting a lot of requests to make lenses as the market of E-mount lenses is still surprisingly nascent. What’s more, Yamaki also hinted at the possibility of taking existing Sigma FF lenses and adding an E-mount option as well.

Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art on a Sony A7s? Yes please.

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Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Sports  Product Images (2 of 2)

Product images by Chris Gampat

Over the last few years we’ve seen Sigma steal the show from Canon and Nikon with amazing prime lenses plus its completely unique Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 zoom lens. Now in the pursuit of creating the world’s biggest telephoto lens, Sigma has created a real monster with the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport.

It’s absolutely massive, bigger in scale most of its telephoto lens compatriots. On the Photo Plus East floor we got a chance to wield the lens and aside from making our arms sore, I came away quite impressed.

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