No, this isn’t the frame of the next starship Enterprise. Rather, it is a speedring. Profoto released its speedring specially designed to be used for Speedlites and hot shoe flashes earlier on this year. And while many companies out there have their own, Profoto is a company that has always thought a bit differently from the others. This mentality has positioned them as a leader in the overall photo industry when it comes to lighting.
And while this Speedring has a lot going for it, its practicality in real life isn’t always so peaches and cream.
Profoto gear is exceptionally good; and not many of us can afford their products. But when you finally get to that stage, you never want to look back. So when Profoto announced today that they improved their Speedlite Speedring for their RFi softboxes (reviewed here), we were scratching our heads. How do you improve a formula that has been standard for so many years?
First off, it’s designed for use with hot shoe flashes quite obviously. The new speedring lets you mount two flashes if you wish though. That’s better than the Chimera Speedring adapter that I tested a while back.
Plus, the new speedring has color coded areas for easier placement of rods if you’ve ever had trouble assembling a softbox.
More info is on the company’s blog. We’ve called one in for review; and a demo video is after the jump.
Why? Why? Why? Why would one really want a speedlite flash for their iPhone? Well apparently, folks want it according to what the KickStarter for Nova states. The Nova is a brand new flash for the iPhone; except it isn’t a flash. Instead, it is an LED light that functions and acts like a flash–but it isn’t something with a real quartz bulb or anything else like that. With that said though, it connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth and can be controlled via an app. Said app allows some manual control over the flash but not in the way that Strobists think of. There is a warm, gentle, and full blast setting.
It also allows you to dial in the color temperature accordingly–which is really nice an an advantage that LEDs have over real flashes. To make this even more effective though, it would need some sort of other light modifier. And currently there are none.
Edit: After talking with Westcott, I learned that you can simply turn the inside ring and it will snap into place. However, it isn’t the simplest little thing to turn.
The Westcott Rapid Box feeds the addiction for portable and quick to set up softboxes for off-camera hot shoe flash users–or at least it tries to. The Rapid Box is a fusion between a collapsible softbox and a beauty dish. Since this whole strobist thing began, photographers have wanted small softboxes that are collapsible and have a great output.
Who better to do that than that Westcott? They’re Apollo Orb softboxes are legendary. And when they sent us their new Rapid Box Octa Mini, we were quite excited to give it a try.
And while Westcott nailed it on image quality, they didn’t quite hit the mark on functionality and practicality.
Nikon has always had a speedlight transmitter in the form of the SU-800. This commander does infrared transmission. But a new Chinese company is deciding to create the same product for cheaper and add in more features. The new Debao SU800 transmitter has more transmission power, and can control flashes away from a further distance (20m vs 35m), has a further AF assist range, and it supports continuous shooting. Of course, that distance still depends on various factors, such as the sun.
And the killer part: it comes in both Canon and Nikon versions–and is significantly more affordable than the Canon and Nikon equivalents.
At long last, it is here: the long awaited Canon 5D Mk III firmware update to allow uncompressed HD video recording has been released and is available for download. But there is also more as the previous product notice that stated the the camera didn’t focus so well with Speedlites has also been fixed. Additionally, the camera will autofocus with a lens extender combo when the maximum aperture is f8.