The editing tablet market is usually dominated by the Bamboo models from industry-leading Wacom, but several competitors have sprung up in the last few years. Most notable among these have been Huion and XP-Pen. In addition to them, Apple has thrown its hat in the ring with the launch of the Apple Pencil some years ago for usage on their iPad and iPad mini models. Now there’s a new player in the market who’s making heads turn with their Pen Tablet models – Xencelabs. They are designed by industry veterans with over three decades of experience and with sizeable input from artists worldwide. The Pen Tablet models attempt to make inroads in an established market. Can Xencelabs woo digital artists and photography editors with their products? We got our hands on the Pen Tablet Medium model to test out.Continue reading…
This Canon patent is just one of many recently reported by CanonWatch.
Canon seems to be very active lately in filing patents, from the obscure to the downright vague, as the CanonWatch blog has found. A few weeks ago, we got word Canon filed a patent for a 400mm f/5.6 mirror lens. Just before the year ended, there’s news of another freshly filed patent that would be very useful to photographers. It involves better operation and less battery consumption during wireless communication.
Like many photographers, I worked for a time as an assistant in a studio, where one of my most important tasks was to follow behind (or in front of, or beside) the photographer and make sure they didn’t trip over their PC cable, thereby unplugging the lights while simultaneously falling unceremoniously on their face.
A remnant of the same era where telephone operators manually plugged cables into long rows of connectors to complete a call, the PC connector is a long cord that attaches between the camera and a flash or strobe setup. The PC has always been a problematic solution. On one side is usually found a connector that’s the same as a 3.5mm headphone mini-connector, while on the other side is a coaxial cable comprised of an inner cable wrapped in a thin circular metal housing. The circular coaxial end of the cable plugs into a camera’s PC port, and the 3.5mm cable plugs into a lighting pack. Multiple packs could be strung together by a series of cables, and photographers needing a lot of space between themselves and their packs would often combine multiple extenders and drag the cables behind them.
Alpine Labs has launched yet another successful Kickstarter campaign with their brand new camera remote: and it’s called the Spark. Why? Honestly I’m not sure, but if you’re one of the few photographers who has a camera that doesn’t have WiFi built in, then this could be a great product for someone like you. The Spark is being aimed at hobbyists, folks who shoot outdoors a lot, millennials with way too much money, and timelapse shooters (sort of.) Plus, it connects to your camera in a number of different ways.
The wireless tethering options available on the market haven’t been many over the years; but the new Tether Tools Case Air dongle is looking to change that and do it at an affordable price. Where you’d pay an arm and a leg for a Nikon or Canon accessory (or in some cases use the company’s software with something like a Canon 6D), Tether Tools is looking to do it all at your computer, from your phone, or from a tablet while also saving the battery power in your camera.
If you’re a serious studio shooter, the new Tether Tools Case Air will most likely be one of the more important things to pay attention to.
When you’re a social media addict and tech geek using one of Eye-Fi’s magical SD cards that directly transfer images from your camera to your smartphone, you’ll like this. With Eye-Fi Labs, the company now lets you play beta tester for them. Once signed up, you’ll be able to take a look at Eye-Fi’s latest developments before they’re released for the general public. While beta testing sometimes means you’ll get to use buggy software, it also means that you can play an active role in the development of new products by helping with troubleshooting and giving feedback.
Hooked? Head over to Eye-Fi’s website to find out more!
Via Photography Blog
Yongnuo, the famous Chinese manufacturer of super affordable photography accessories, has upgraded their TTL compatible radio triggers. The new YN-622 triggers now have working LCD screens with easier control over groups and all. The Canon version is called the YN-622C RX with the Nikon version being called the YN-622N TX. They have 2.4ghz transmitters with AF assist IR beams and new LCD screens for easier wireless flash control.
The new system works a lot like Phottix’s Odins which let you control everything right from the transmitter–and that makes use simple and efficient.
No word on pricing yet, but I’m sure they’ll be super affordable.
Via SLR Lounge
I have used camera phones for a very long time. Actually, they played an important role in my evolution as a photographer. Though camera phones have improved greatly over the years, I have never been happy with them. Enter the Eye-Fi card and my Olympus E-P1. I experimented with the two, and well, there was a paradigm shift. When I take a picture, the Eye-Fi transfers it to my phone and I can send it to Instagram. I found happiness.
Camera remotes are nothing new. They attach to your camera either via cord or wirelessly, and they let you control the shutter, and sometimes even the settings. Camera remotes working via your smartphone are also nothing new. But the Weye Feye is. It’s not just a simple remote control. It’s a WiFi add-on that attaches to your Canon or Nikon DSLR via USB, and delivers the camera’s live view stream directly onto your smartphone’s screen. Or your tablet. Or your laptop. Or the internet right away (via your smartphone or tablet or laptop.) On top of it all, the app that comes with it lets you control almost any of your camera’s settings. Pretty neat, innit? To get an impression of how it works and what XSories, the creators of the Weye Feye have in mind that you do with it, watch the video after the break.
When smartphones became more widespread, and the cameras they featured became more and more capable, everyone though that the days of the compact camera were over. Consumers seemed to have decided that the tiny cameras in their phones were all they needed, and the so-called ‘iPhoneography’ seemed to be the future–for the time being. Now though, it seems that Sony just re-invented mobile photography, by creating something of a hybrid between compact camera and smartphone.
We’ve seen loads of great work done with an iPhone, but now a recent patent will probably take it up a step. According to Gizmodo, Apple put in a patent in 2011 to turn iPhones into remote flashes. Sound familiar? For those of us that have seen the light, it’s called strobism. It was part of a review that we did recently with the Phottix Mitros. However, this is pretty darn crazy. This may potentially mean that future iPhones might have real flashes and not LED lights and that there might be some sort of wireless TTL communication. But also, the iPhone has a leaf shutter–which could mean some crazy high speed sync capabilities.
At it’s core though, it will still mean that people will need to learn how to use a flash system.
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.
RadioPopper has just released a firmware update for their PX system, making it compatible not only to Canon’s flagship DSLR, the 1D X, but also to the Nissin Di866 Mark II speedlight in both the Canon and Nikon version. Only the Canon version of the Di866 II can be used with both transmitters and receivers, though, and can act as both master or remote device. The Nikon version of the Di866 II can only be used as a remote device with the RadioPopper PX system. Continue reading…
The Phottix Odin TTL wireless radio triggers for Sony had been rumored for a while now, but today they’ve been officially announced and the company also states that they’ll ship this week.
Here’s the interesting news though: they used the Minolta hot shoe. Why is that weird? Because a camera like the new Sony A99 uses a standard hot shoe. Users of that camera are the market base most likely to purchase these triggers. In order to use them though, they’ll need an adapter for standard hot shoes to Minolta.
We reviewed the triggers for Canon DSLRs before, and we’re a huge fan. Specs and more after the jump. No word on official pricing yet, but we can expect them to be fairly affordable for everything that they’re capable of doing.
Fujifilm has been known for their EXR sensors being really quite good, and today they’re letting you totally be a creep and photograph someone from far away while instantly uploading to your smartphone. Indeed, the new camera sports a 25-500mm f3.5-f5.3 lens, a 1/2″ 16MP CMOS EXR sensor, the ability to shoot RAW, and wireless image transfer. Unfortunately, it only has a 3 inch LCD at 460K dots. But if you love shooting and sharing, then that screen won’t matter when your image is displayed on your iPad, iPhone or Android device. To be do this, you should download the new Fujifilm Photo Receiver app.
Then by downloading the free “FUJIFILM Camera Application,” the FinePix F800EXR is also able to record the user’s current location data provided by the smartphone or tablet’s location data (latitude and longitude), and display it on the F800EXR’s LCD.
The FinePix F800EXR will be available in August 2012 for $349.95 in black.
On Monday, February 20th, 2012, LPA Design announced the latest iteration of their highly regarded wireless remote transceiver, the PocketWizard Plus III. Succeeding the PocketWizard Plus II, the Plus III comes packed with a bunch of new features and improvements that will make a photographer’s life easier, such as a broad range of operating modes, an improved backlit LCD screen as well as screw-locking PC cords. Plus, it is about 30 % cheaper than the previous model. How’s that for an upgrade!? Read more after the jump.
Previously, we did a hands on review of the Phottix Odin TTL Radio Triggers. After shooting different portrait sessions and two trade shows with the units, I’ve learned them backwards and front. Being marketed on the internet as a more user friendly option to Pocket Wizards but at a more affordable price, do the Odins really have what it takes to earn a place in your camera bag?