The Good Flash That I’d Never Buy. Profoto a10 Review

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It’s not often that I’m baffled by a flash. And that’s not to say that the Profoto a10 is a tough flash to use. But I’m trying to understand who’d buy it. I had to consult with a trusted friend of mine to help me understand, but neither of us could make the case. It’s not because the Profoto a10 is bad: it’s honestly a stellar flash! It even has a few proprietary innovations. However, most photographers probably won’t be able to justify the price to themselves.

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Think the M4/3 Format Is Dead? We Disagree. In Fact, It Just Grew.

Cheaper lenses and accessories for the M4/3 platform could end up spurring sales of Olympus and Panasonic cameras.

It has been stated often over the last couple of years that the Micro Four Thirds platform is on its last legs, but some recent news shows just how wrong those statements could be. New reports say that both Venus Optics and Yongnuo will now officially support the platform going forward, and this can only mean good things for the M4/3 platform and those who use it. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Fujifilm Scoffs at Canon’s Claim That The Camera Market is Shrinking

Canon’s claim that the camera market will shrink by 50% in the next two years is not shared by all in the industry.

A few weeks ago a Canon exec went on record and said that due to the popularity of smartphone cameras, the camera market will decline by 50% in the next two years; that sentiment isn’t shared by the industry as a whole though. Fujifilm firmly believe that the market will grow or decline for each company based off of their own innovations. Burn! Join us after the break to see what else Fujifilm shared, and what we think manufacturers need to do to combat the rise of smartphone photography. Continue reading…

The New Yongnuo YN450 Is Unfortunately One Giant Mess of a Camera

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While it’s a great concept with some good ideas, the Yongnuo YN450 is a swing and a miss.

Ears perked up, and eyes were wide open throughout the photography world late last year when Yongnuo announced that they would be making a hybrid camera that ran on Google’s Android software, and would feature a Canon EF Mount for lenses. The camera sounded pretty good; it promised easy connectivity to popular social media sites, and a user friendly interface that tens of millions of people around the world are familiar with. But between the announcement and now, you know what has really hit the fan. Continue reading…

Canon’s Fear of Smartphones Should be a Wake up Call to the Industry

Unless manufacturers start scrambling to attract new customers the camera market will decline rapidly.

Over the last 10 years or so the world of photography has changed immensely. The rise of smartphones and the cameras that they house have had a massive impact on the camera market. As time has gone on, and as smartphone cameras have improved, more and more people are opting to just use the camera in their pockets rather than a dedicated camera. It’s this behavior that has Canon and others running scared, and it’s why Canon believes that the camera market could plunge 50% in just two years.  Continue reading…

Yongnuo Seems to Be Making a Camera with Android Built into It

Surprise, surprise; there’s an upcoming Yongnuo YN450 system camera and its early specs have been leaked. 

Reports are abuzz of Chinese lens manufacturer Yongnuo gearing up to join the Mirrorless wars with an upcoming system camera. Called YN450 for now, the company has recently posted on their Facebook page a contest for an official name for this new camera. Yongnuo is gathering votes for two product names they currently have; 4G Camera and Smart Camera (or any name the interested public can suggest). The two current name choices coincide with the camera’s design, which is pretty much a smartphone with a lens mount (possibly a Canon mount, based on the photo).

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Yongnuo Updates It’s YN568 EX Speedlight Lineup and Introduces YN968N

Yongnuo, the Chinese lighting and accessory manufacturer known for their affordable speedlights, has announced the latest in their YN568EX series of mid-range, budget speedlights – the YN568 EX III. In addition to that, the company has also announced the long awaited Nikon version of their [amazon_textlink asin=’B01MQTDAD8′ text=’YN968EX-RT’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6058c33e-89c2-11e7-a882-331850712370′], the YN968N. Continue reading…

These Are The Speedlights We Recommend For Lighting Up Your Party Photography

As you have noticed lately, we have been exploring the arena of party and event photography, specifically the gear and tools needed to get great results in that genre. So far we have covered cameras and lenses, the two most critical aspects of a party or event photography kit.

Today we change our focus from the image capturing gear to another incredibly important piece to a party and event photography kit – the lighting. Specifically, we will be looking at our top speedlight recommendations, a list that will cover high-end (expensive) options as well as more budget-friendly options that also get the job done.

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Reports Say Yongnuo Gearing Up To Launch a 50mm F1.4 Lens

Could Yongnuo be gearing up to launch their own version of the Canon 50mm F/1.4? That is what some reports over on Photo Rumors are pointing to with images they received from a user.

Yongnuo has made their name in this industry with their cheap alternative products, which started with speedlights and lighting but has now expanded into lenses. Their lenses have been known to be built incredibly cheap, with outdated lens optical designs and AF motors. But in terms of the actual image quality from these very cheap lenses, it has been mostly noted to be fairly decent, in some cases even good.

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Cheap Photo: Killer Savings On Budget Speedlights from Godox and Yongnuo

Budget speedlights are a great way to ease yourself into the world of advanced lighting, they are affordable and many come with advanced features not found until you get into the $500+ range. Today’s highlights are some great budget speedlight options from Godox and Yongnuo, probably two of the biggest and most popular budget lighting brands.

  1. Godox TT685 – Save $80 – Get It
  2. Godox V860II – Save $100 – Get It
  3. Yongnuo YN600EX RT – Save $13 – Get It
  4. Yongnuo YN560IV – Save $9 – Get It
  5. Yongnuo YN-467 II – Save $27 – Get It

Pre-Order Links

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Review: Shanny SN600EX-RF Flash (Canon TTL)

When you think about great third party flash options, what you immediately think about are both Phottix and Yongnuo–but if you haven’t checked out Shanny then you should. They’re not anywhere as popular as the others and providing that everyone and their mother suddenly think that they can grab a factory in China and throw their name on a product, it’s tough to get through all the rest. However, Shanny does a couple of things that in many ways are very true to Canon’s own interface and also much more simplistic for the user.

At the same time though, they’re not perfect–and some things may straight drive you insane when you’re on a shoot.

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Creating the Photograph: Kevin Goss-Ross’s “Thinkhouse X: Bathtub Scene”

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Kevin Goss-Ross is a self-taught photographer working professionally for the past 7 years. Born in Pretoria, South Africa, and raised on the coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, he moved to Dublin in 2012. After studying graphic design at the Durban University of Technology and slogging it out in dirty alternative nightclubs and bars shooting music he sold his soul and started doing commercial and editorial work which, much to his dismay, he liked a lot.

And that’s how we’re brought to the Thinkhouse X series. The shoot was done for the agency Thinkhouse in Dublin and this image in particular was inspired by Hunter S. Thompson.

Here’s Ryan’s story.

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Review: Aperlite YH-700C Flash

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Aperlite isn’t as well known as Phottix or Yongnuo when it comes to affordable third party flashes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality isn’t there. In a world where everyone and their mother is creating a Me Too flash of some sort, getting to the best of the best is tough to do. The Aperlite YH-700C is a flash. Yes, that’s it. It’s an ordinary flash with TTL capabilities with both Canon and Nikon cameras. No radio wireless control, no crazy features at all–just a flash that’s very akin to Canon’s older 580 EX II. That means you’ve got TTL, manual and stroboscopic modes in addition to a tilting and swiveling head.

It isn’t exactly doing anything to push the technology barriers, but for what you’re paying for there isn’t a whole lot to complain about.

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Corey Boland’s “There’s Magic in the Winter” Is Geniously Lit

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Image by Corey Boland. Used with permission.

Photographer Corey Boland is no stranger to the Phoblographer; he’s demonstrated himself to be an excellent strobist and well on the way to becoming a professional photographer. But more than anything, Corey demonstrates creativity with his images and concepts: as is evident with “There’s Magic in the Winter.” He credits Frank Doorhof and Von Wong for his inspiration.

“I always liked the idea of ‘glowing bubbles’ or floating orbs. I also am really influenced by Ben Von Wong and his ability to create so much original light and almost surreal effects in camera and had the idea of white snow with glowing bubbles in the snow.” says Corey. “At first I had two lights but one was not syncing and therefore had to improvise to one”

Corey shot this images by using a Yongnuo 560III flash with built in a wireless receiver. The he proceeded to wrap it in a white garbage bag then stuffed into a ceiling fan glass dome to both act as a diffuser and a water proofing system; then it was set it full blast. Then he put the package in the snow and there was no messing with the settings. He used the YN 602 triggers to sync the flash.

His post-production was very minimal and pretty much added blue to the highlights to accent the “cold” snow.

Although none of his gear was wrecked, Corey states that it was all too possible. However, the flashes are so cheap that he wouldn’t have lost too much sleep.

Creating the Photograph: Corey Boland’s “Daughter Performing Magic”

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Corey Boland is a physical therapist that wears the photographer cape and cowl at night, but like the great Williams Carlos Williams before him, he surely has a creative and artistic side. We found the image that is the center of this post when he posted it on Reddit–naturally though, we know exactly how it was lit. But even though the methodology is fairly common, many don’t know how a photo like this is achieved. Nor do they always have the creative vision to pull something like this off in a very smart way.

Here’s Corey’s story.

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Yongnuo’s Affordable YN600EX-RT Speedlite Piggybacks on Canon’s Radio Trigger System

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Yongnuo has announced a new Speedlite YN600EX-RT for Canon strobists. The radio-controlled flashgun comes with a variable electronic zoom head that shifts between 20 and 200mm, plus it can be tuned for high-speed sync up to 1/8000 second.

Once paired with a the YN-E3-RT radio the flash can also be set up to fire with E-TTL mode and manual power control. The best thing about Yongnuo flashes is users can ride on Canon’s official radio transmission protocol whilst being a cheaper alternative to Canon own Speedlite, the 600EX-RT. Just keep in mind the YN600EX-RT is not compatible with Yongnuo’s 2.4GHz triggering systems, including the RF-603 and YN-622.

Yongnuo has yet to release a price for the Speedlite YN600EX-RT but it should arrive this October. Until then check past the jump for more images and specs on this flashgun.

Via Lighting Rumors

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Creating the Photograph: Barthelemy Nadal’s “Elodie”

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

Barthelemy Nadal’s photography appeared in our Flickr Group and upon really liking it, we asked him about this photo that he shot. We always find strobist photography to be inspiring not only to readers, but also to subjects to make themselves look better. Bart, believe it or not, has done a whole series of these and was kind enough to talk to us about how he did them.

Here’s his story.

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Review:Yongnuo 565EX ETTL Speedlite Flash for Nikon

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Lets admit it, China has an expanding photography industry. At its roots is a lack of originality. Chinese companies, however, have been producing increasingly better equipment. We have reviewed Yongnuo speed lights before, and they work well. So when I felt I needed a better speed light, I took a chance. I got a Yongnuo 565ex for my Nikon cameras. I have used it for some time now, and here is what I think.

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Yongnuo’s New YN-622 Radios Have LCD Screens

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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