Sony Introduces HVL-F43AM Flash


Today, Sony announced the new HVL-F43AM flash that they are marketing as, “compact, yet versatile.” It seems to be the prefect companion to the Sony A580 that we previously reviewed. According to the specs they sent us, it is:

– A powerful output of GN43 (105mm ISO100 m), the compact yet versatile HVL-F43AM flash from Sony is optimized for superb results with all A-mount cameras.

– As featured on the HVL-F58AM, the innovative Quick Shift Bounce system allows flash head position to be adjusted instantly when switching between horizontal and vertical compositions. This maintains consistent shadow positions regardless of camera orientation, allowing easy creation of natural-looking ‘bounce’ effects.

– Further, Wireless Ratio Control makes it easy to select light emission ratios for up to three separate flash units. This allows quick creation of sophisticated multi-point lighting effects without the need for complex professional equipment.

– Ideal for everyday shooting and more serious applications, its dust- and moisture-resistant design makes the HVL-F43AM ideal for demanding assignments, indoors or outside.

– Flash power levels are switchable in 22 increments, from 1/1 through to 1/128 level in 1/3 steps. High output power is complemented by a quick 2.9 second (approx.) recycling time. Despite the flash’s extensive functions, operation is refreshingly clear and simple via the high-quality LCD screen and direction buttons.


2011 How to Sell Prints Guide at Photoshelter (its free!)

Selling prints can be and interesting task. When I got to a confident level in my photography,  I wanted to do this. I have been  reading things, here  and there, about the subject.  PhotoShelter( @photoshelter on twitter) has produced a nice 44 page guide on selling prints,whichI am currently reading through, and the best part is, it’s free! It has information on getting traffic from Google, Google Analytics, and SEO as well as using social media to help you sell your images. As you know, I am always trying to save money for my photography. This will also help me earn money from photography.

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What Does the New Leica X1 Firmware Update Mean For You?

Today, Leica issued a firmware update for the X1. Indeed, it is already quite the powerhouse of a camera that will powerbomb your wallet. Rumors were abound though that the Leica X1’s firmware update was perhaps to make it more of a competitor to the Fujifilm X100. So here’s the thing: we know how the X100 will function. Does the firmware update indeed make it more of a competitor?

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WestLicht Museum of Photography Purchases the International Polaroid Collection

Photo by Ansel Adams (Found on Westlicht’s site)

Nostalgia buffs rejoice! The International Polaroid Collection, which apparently was lost for years, has been found and purchased by the owner of the WestLicht Museum in Vienna (the same place as Lomography’s headquarter’s). The future of the unique Polaroid collection was apparently uncertain, though the press release doesn’t exactly say why.

So what does this mean to us? As photographers, whether we care to acknowledge it or not, Polaroid is a part of us and our history. Our roots are critical and this is something that is important to our history. With that said, it affects us in different degrees. Whether we’re using some really cool apps on our phone, shooting with Impossible film or some stored Polaroid, or not even embracing it at all: instant photography is now ingrained in us. Press release after the jump.

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How to Get Around Lightbox in Facebook

Recently, Facebook took a better measure to protect people’s photos by incorporating Lightbox the way that Flickr does. This is a step in the right direction for many photographers, yes? Sure. But try this: click on a photo of some sort and wait for it to come up in Lightbox. Then hit refresh. I’m using Firefox, and it took me back to the old Facebook photo page that allowed me to pull the image from the site if I wanted to.

So photographers: does this mean that you’re just going to work on building your pageviews on Flickr instead?

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Apple Reduces Aperture 3 price in Mac App Store to $79

Apple has launched its Mac App Store and is listing Aperture 3 – it’s professional photo management and editing software – to just $79 (US). You need to update your Mac to OS 10.6.6, which installs the new Mac App application, and purchase online.

When Aperture launched over five years ago it was about $500: Apple has dropped the price progressively, but this sees the price go from $200 to $79.

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4 Reasons Why the Olympus EPL-2 and XZ-1 Will Dominate in Sales

Admittedly, I haven’t touched either the Olympus EPL-2 or XZ-1 at the time of writing this posting. However, they are two very exciting cameras that are bound to be hot on everyone’s list. Those of you that have been reading the site for a while know that I hated the EPL-1 (more than once) to the point of even refusing to link to it through Amazon and B&H because I wouldn’t tell anyone to buy it. It seems like Olympus has listened to what I clamored for originally, and threw in some amazing accessories as well. If not, it at least will make the decision between the two top dogs in this category a bit more difficult.

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Eye-Fi’s Direct Mode Allows For Uploading Photos to Your Phones

For those who like to share their images in a quick and easy way, Eye-Fi is a familiar name. They have announced their new product, Eye-Fi’s Direct Mode. This product allows user to, wirelessly, connect their camera to smartphones for instant connectivity. We’re currently working on reviewing the X2 cards and are really liking them. Hit the jump for more of the news from CES 2011.

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Impossible Project Hopes to Ramp Up PX 680 Color Shade Production; 8×10 inch format

Lovers of film, like the 20×24 Polaroid studio we visited, will be happy to know that the Impossible Project is still fueling creativity. Today, they are announcing that they plan to ramp up production of PX 680 color shade film and restart production of 8×10 large format film. To be honest, there is really little more to the press release but highlighting IP’s steps forward for the year (which are still quite tremendous in and of themselves.) But if you live in Tokyo or NYC, then you’ll want to check out the events they have going on. In which case, hit the jump and scroll all the way down to the bottom.

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Instant Rebate on the Olympus EP-2

We finished our review of the Olympus EP-2 a while back. We liked it: when paired with the right accessories. For the holiday season, the EP-2 is available with instant rebates: which include said items and is available only for a couple of days (so you can’t procrastinate.)

This is a great camera for the street photographer, the person looking for a more compact solution to bulk DSLRs, or the pro looking for something different. We understand that not everyone will want the K-x. However, this can be a great gift.

Use Our ThinkTank Photo Banner on the Side and Get a Free Bag

Today, we have a great announcement: ThePhoblographer is now partnered with ThinkTank Photo. If you choose to use our special banner on the side (or the previous link) and make purchases of $50 or more, you’ll get a special gift. Straight from the tank’s mouth,

“As a special offer to our friends, when you order $50 or more of Think Tank gear online, at checkout you will be able to select a bag to receive for free. Be sure to let others know about this special deal. Enjoy your free bag!”

Alternatively, you can also check them out at Amazon if you’re interested. For you holiday shopping procrastinators, you can also check out our holiday gift guide. You’ll appreciate the deals.

ThinkTank is the trusted camera brand manufacturer of so many photographers.

SnapKnot is Sending One Lucky Shooter to WPPI

Online Wedding Photography Hub, SnapKnot, is giving a way a free registration to WPPI’s Las Vegas trade show. The show, on February 21-23, 2011, is a chance to explore the latest wedding and portrait photography products and techniques. The random drawing doesn’t include travel or accommodations, but will include a year’s membership to WPPI for those who don’t have one.

The trade show exhibitor list includes camera companies Nikon and Canon, a number of print, proof, and binding companies, marketing solutions like The Knot, and equipment vendors like B&H. Also on the list are a number of lighting, medium format, and digital processing companies.

To enter, photographers must register with SnapKnot and leave a witty posting on the contest page. Good luck!

Fujifilm X100 Would Be Very Sexy in All Black

So, you remember the Fujifilm X100 that the photo world is kind of hush hush about right now? Well, people still want it. In fact, a reader sent us a photo of the camera rendered in all black. At the moment, we only know of the camera coming in the silver and black variety.

Dear Fujifilm, please release an all black version. This thing would be so sexy.

The Winner of The Canon SD4500 IS is…

street parking (cool)

A big congratulations goes out to isurusen on Flickr—please shoot me at email at chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com so that I can get the unit to you. You are the winner of our Canon Powershot SD4500 IS. This was a very tough decision for the staff. All participants did an amazing job and we were overwhelmed by how much a lot of you really got into the contest. A big congratulations needs to be be given to you all as well for not only showing off your talent, but also being great team players with many of you liking, commenting and encouraging the people you were running against. Such good sportsmanship put a warm smile on my face.

Stay tuned though, we’ll be running another contest soon.

Canon 7D Shot SXSW Award Winning Tiny Furniture, In Theatres 11/12/2010

Want to see just how good the Canon 7Dis for cinematography? This Friday, an SXSW award winning film, “Tiny Furniture” is coming to theaters. According to the Tiny Furniture Press Kit (PDF download), the entire film was shot using the Canon 7D—demonstrating the fact that the HDSLR is very capable of shooting cinema quality video. The movie is about 22-year old Auro who moves back home into her mother’s TriBeCa loft. Almost everything that could go wrong has gone wrong in her life and it begins to go awry in some typically hipster ways as she tries to find herself. Jody Lee Lipes is the DP—who has worked on The Whitest Kids U’Know, Man vs Wild, My First Kiss by 3OH!3, and lots more. You can find out where it is screening here.

I’ve used the 7D on a podcast, for a wedding, for concerts, for portraits, and we’ve done a full review on it. If you’re still not convinced, take a look at how it did against other Canon cameras, the D300s, and the Pentax K-5. Lastly, we tested a Zeiss compact prime meant for cinematography on it.

On a personal note, I wonder what lenses they used.

Pentax K-5 Beats Out Canon 5D Mk II, 7D, Nikon D700, D300s

Go to DXoMark, and try this out yourself: you’ll see that the Pentax K-5has beat out the Canon 5D Mark IIand the Nikon D700DSLR cameras with full frame sensors. Mind you, the K-5 has a smaller APS-C sized sensor. After that, pit the K-5 against the Nikon D300sand the Canon 7Dand you’ll start to become even more amazed. Not long ago, Pentax disappointed many of their customers with the K-7. Then the K-xcame out and it began to wow them. After this, the company released the 645D along with the Pentax K-rand the K-5. With the results of what the new sensor is capable of, it seems that the company is poised to fight back. The cameras now rank very high up on DXo’s highest score listings. More after the jump.

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Photo Plus Expo 2010 Is Over; Now Here’s the Roundup

Here’s a roundup of all the Photo Plus Expo 2010 Coverage we did.


Pentax RS1000 is The Perfect Camera For Fashionistas

It’s too bad that fashion week is over now as the Pentax Optio RS1000seems like the perfect camera for the fashion conscious consumer; at least in the above ad it does. At an affordable price and with a 3 inch LCD screen, HD video and 14MP, it will probably win the hearts of many people. Leica should perhaps watch out as Pentax now seems to be coming into the territory of creating fashionable and sexy cameras.

If you bought one, what skins would you customize for yourself? Let us know in the comments below.