Review: Sekonic L-478DR Light Meter

Sekonic L-478DR

Sekonic released the L-478DR (and L-478D) touch-screen light meters not all that long ago, and they have had a pretty warm reception with studio photographers thus far. Sekonic is now taking things a step further with a new enhancement to the meter’s user-upgradable firmware that will tie in with X-Rite’s Colorchecker Passport. Head on past the break for my review of this meter and thoughts on what it can offer photographers demanding the most from their cameras.

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Metz’s New 52 AF-1 Flash Encourages You to Get Fingerprints on its Touchscreen


Metz announced a new flash recently, but it’s not any ordinary flash. The new 52 AF-1 flash is the world’s first hot-shoe mounted flash with a touch screen interface. We’ve seen this trend pop up recently with Sekonic’s new light meters. The flash features a head that rotates 90 degrees, TTL metering, high speed sync, full manual mode, slave mode, a metal hot shoe foot, and a recycle time of 3.5 seconds at full power.

They’ll be available in Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Pentax versions for around $325 US. And I don’t know about you, but I’m going to miss my dials. I could be wrong though.

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Instacube Lets You See Photos Of the Food and Puppies From the People You Follow on a Big Screen


Fan of Instagram? We are too according to our recent review. A special KickStarter is looking to make your love of the experience even larger. The Instacube is a giant cube thinger with rounded edges that takes the feeds from your Instagram and spews them out for you in a much nicer way than the current interface. Additionally, it has buttons to heart an image, comment, and more. To make it even simpler, the screen is also a 600×600 LCD touchscreen to simulate a tablet-style viewing experience. Plus it was wireless connectivity.

At the moment and without getting some personal fondling time, it seems pretty cool. At the time of publishing this piece, the project still has yet to reach its intended goal. It can with your help.

First Impressions: Canon EOS M

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon EOS M First Impressions (6 of 18)ISO 200

The other day, I traveled to Canon USA’s headquarters to get some personal fondling time with a prototype of the Canon EOS M (couldn’t put a card in the camera). As Canon’s first entry into the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera market, we predicted that the little camera has lots of headroom to clear. Canon cited that in the US, the MILC market is still very small (which is true) but huge in other areas of the world. This camera is also being targeted at the lower end consumer line as well as videographers.

When asked about the sensor, Canon couldn’t confirm with me at the moment whether or not it was the same sensor as the Canon 7D or T3i; but they did confirm that it was the same as the T4i.

So after an hour or two with the camera, how was it?


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Mamiya’s New Leaf Credo System Wants You to Put Your Fingers All Over It


Mamiya and Leaf combined their awesome medium format powers a while back, and they are flexing them quite a bit in the form of the new Leaf Credo medium format back. Available in 40MP, 60MP and 80MP CCD sizes for the 645DF system, it is full acknowledgement that the megapixels wars are still on.

Mamiya/Leaf claim that the sensor will have up to 12.5 stops of dynamic range: which still can’t beat film at 16 stops.

Plus, there is also USB 3.0 and Firewire interfaces, 1/4000th shutter speed, 1/1600 flash sync, and 1.2fps shooting.

But the cool part isn’t about the fact that you’ll be able to take a photo of a model and find every single blemish on their face. The back of each back has a 1.15 megapixel resolution touchscreen with multi-touch abilities: just like your iPhone or Android device. In fact, the whole panel seems to work with a touch interface.

According to Pop Photo,” The Credo 40 starts at $19,500. The 60 checks in at $32,500, and the Credo 80 will set you back a serious $39,000. And remember, you’ll need a camera body and a lens to go with it, so make sure to leave room in your budget.”

Review: Olympus EP-3 (and 12mm F/2)

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The Olympus EP-3 (or E-P3 or EP3) has been in my hands for a little bit over a week now thanks to the kind folks over at Olympus. They also sent over the gorgeous new 12mm F/2 (or 12mm F2) lens for review with the camera as well as the new kit lens. This review will not be the special field review that we do with many postings in a journalistic fashion, but instead it will be one super long and thorough review. With a list of defining new features to separate it from the predecessors and other cameras announced, does the EP-3 have what it takes to become a hit?

Update: You can also get the 12mm F/2, 45mm F/1.8, Olympus EP3 (black) or the Olympus EP3 (silver)from Amazon.

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Hands On: Sony Bloggie Touch

At this year’s Pepcom, many companies came to display their latest products as well as their soon to be released ones. Sony had a modest booth with some keyboard skins, a laptop, some digital frames, and the Bloggie Touch. The latter is the latest in a line of pocket sized camcorders, and I got some hands-on time with it at the booth.

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