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Posted 02/24/21
Profoto has unveiled the Pro-11 2400 AirTTL Power Pack, adding AirX connectivity as well as a variety of internal and external design upgrades to its flagship power pack. A familiar sight on fashion, action, and high-speed photo sets, Profoto’s power packs have earned their namesake, providing dependable, top-tier performance on some of the most demanding jobs in the photo industry. Capable of firing as fast as 1/80,000 second, the Pro-11 is equipped to capture even the most elusive subjects with ease. The addition of AirX functionality not only opens the door to wireless communication with AirX-enabled devices, but also simplifies firmware updates, making it easier than ever to ensure your gear is working at the highest possible level. What's New? AirX Compatibility Adding AirX Bluetooth functionality places the Pro-11 in the company of Profoto’s most technologically advanced lighting tools and “future-proofs” its operation. The AirX App can be used to adjust settings using mobile devices from a distance of up to 100 feet Firmware updates can now be performed without needing to go through the hassle of a USB interface Joins A10 and B10 strobes to form the basis of an AirX ecosystem AirX supports all legacy Air and AirTTL equipped devices Redesigned Exterior The Pro-11 maintains a familiar design while implementing a number of tweaks to streamline workflow on set. Bolder, brighter, easier-to-read typeface on the LCD for monitoring settings Improved buttons in line with Profoto’s latest light models Minor changes to user interface for adjusting settings New sound cues Upgraded Interior A number of tweaks under the hood have been added to the Pro-11 to improve safety and performance, including: Protective earth is now separated between flash circuits and logic to reduce the risk of exploding flash tubes Creepage distances between high-voltage circuits and protective earth are increased to reduce risk of short circuit from internal condensation Dump circuit redesign New panel, flash, and power circuit boards Taking the Best from the Pro-10 The Pro-11 shares many of the features that have made its predecessor a rental-house favorite, including its 2-outlet, 2400Ws design, 0.02-0.7s recycle times, and 11-stop power range in 1/10-stop increments. Capable of quick bursts up to 50 flashes per second, the Pro-11 can handle even the fastest subjects with ease. In addition to its built-in wireless capabilities, the Pro-11 also features a ¼" sync socket and USB port. For continuous applications, it can provide a maximum power of 2 x 500W. A fan is incorporated into its build for cooling. Profoto Ecosystem The Profoto name has become synonymous with the highest-quality lighting tools available to professional photographers. The Pro-11 is compatible with multiple heads and more than 120 light-shaping tools capable of producing nearly any lighting setup you can imagine. By leveraging the power of AirX, AirTTL, and Air technologies, the Pro-11 can be seamlessly integrated into existing Profoto lighting kits, adding a boost of power and the latest technology to personal and rental kits alike. Have you used Profoto’s power packs on set? Share your experiences and thoughts on the company's latest flagship in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 10/13/20
Canon has announced a new powerful on-camera flash unit with a xenon bulb for consistent output and a rechargeable Li-ion battery that will enable up to 335 flashes per charge. Designed for professionals and advanced amateurs, the Canon Speedlite EL-1 provides a Guide Number of 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm, which is comparable to that of the 600EX II-RT Speedlite. Canon Speedlite EL-1 The new EL-1 has a range of 24-200mm with a fast recycling time of 0.1-0.9 seconds. It also features an LED modeling lamp with adjustable brightness and color temperature controls. With a fully charged battery, the modeling light will run for three hours and can be turned on and off by double-tapping the camera’s shutter button. This impressive flash unit brings with it an improved user interface with a new LCD panel, a menu system with simplified options and control layout, as well as a new joystick controller. Efficiency features such as an active cooling system and improved thermal management enable longer operation times, and its power-output range, from 1/8192 to 1/1, provides versatile and power-saving settings when needed. Built to be strong, the EL-1 offers the same dust and water resistance as Canon EOS-1D series cameras and features a new high-durability glass flash tube. The flash head can swivel a full 180° with bounce up to 120° and provides a built-in catch light panel and wide-angle panel. The SBA-EL Bounce Adapter and SCF-EL Color Filter Set  are included, and the EL-1 is compatible with the Canon RT series of Speedlite products. Wireless second-curtain sync is supported, and the CP-E4N Battery Pack is compatible. Finally, the new rechargeable LP-EL Battery Pack that comes with the EL-1 utilizes the same LC-E6 Battery Charger used to charge the batteries on numerous Canon cameras. EOS M50 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera Canon has also announced the new EOS M50 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera, which is an upgrade of the EOS M50 featuring dual pixel CMOS AF improvements aimed at enticing content creators and vloggers. The new M50 Mark II still provides impressive 24.1MP image quality and the powerful DIGIC 8 image processor, as well as 4K UHD 24p and HD 120p for slow-motion video, but autofocus and Eye Detection advancements now enable faster focus lock and eye recognition at greater distances. Eye Detection can also be used during video with Movie Servo AF and you can use Eye and Face Detection during Servo AF. EOS M50 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera Paired with EOS Webcam Utility software, the M50 Mark II can be used as an easy webcam alternative, and the camera offers clean HDMI output for high-resolution, high-frame-rate streaming. The vari-angle touchscreen LCD is convenient for vlogging with Touch Record Control and enables versatile composition viewing including Vertical Video. The M50 Mark II has a 2.36 million dot OLED EVF, Silent mode for quiet operation and, of course, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is available as a body only or paired with a 15-45mm lens in a white or black finish. PowerShot ZOOM Compact Telephoto Monocular Also new from Canon is the PowerShot ZOOM Digital Camera, which is a pocket-size telephoto monocular that captures 12MP still images and Full HD 1080 30p video. This lightweight and easy-to-use scope has a three-way one-touch switchable button that provides 100 to 400mm optical zoom and 800mm digital zoom. Continuous autofocus in viewing mode and Face Tracking in video mode help you stay right on the subject, whether you are viewing wildlife or a sporting event, or even while hiking or at the beach. Optical image stabilization helps maintain a steady and shake-free image. The ZOOM features a 0.39", 2.3 million dot, 59.94 fps electronic viewfinder, as well as a built-in microphone, USB C port, and microSD card slot. It is outfitted with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology for LiveView and easy download to your smartphone via the Canon Camera Connect App. PowerShot ZOOM Digital Camera Ask any questions in the Comments section, below, and let us know which of these new Canon imaging products interest you the most.
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Posted 09/14/20
If you’ve ever wondered just how small Sony could make its full-frame mirrorless cameras, the newly announced a7C is here to provide you with the answer. Squeezing a 24.2MP BSI sensor into an APS-C form factor body, along with 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, the a7C is the smallest and lightest camera of its kind, opening up a world of possibilities for photographers and videographers. Accompanying the new ultra-portable body, Sony has also unveiled the FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 lens, the smallest and lightest standard zoom FE lens. Paired with the a7C, its similar sleek stature offers all of the benefits of a versatile full-frame system without the usual heft. Rounding out the new releases is the HVL-F28RM Flash, an easily pocketable wireless flash perfect for any of Sony’s a7 series cameras. Who Is the a7C For? The a7C is the perfect camera for vloggers, travel photographers, or any other image maker who wants the benefits of Sony’s full-frame mirrorless system in the smallest and lightest possible form factor. Sharing a similar design to Sony’s a6000-series APS-C mirrorless cameras, the a7C is svelte enough to carry comfortably in a purse, tote bag, or backpack, making full-frame everyday carry a reality. Conversely, the a7C could also serve as an excellent second camera or compact option for photographers already invested in Sony’s full-frame camera system. Sony a7C at a Glance: 24.2MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor BIONZ X Image Processor UHD 4K30p Video with HLG/HDR and S-Log3/2 15 Stops of Dynamic Range 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilization Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD Smallest Full-Frame Camera with IBIS to Date Full-Frame Sensor Captures High-Quality Imagery The a7C features a 24.2MP back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor paired with a BIONZ X Image Processor to capture high-resolution imagery quickly, with minimal noise. Capable of ISOs up to 204800, and boasting 15 stops of dynamic range, the a7C handles challenging lighting environments with ease so you can count on your images being sharp and accurate no matter where you are shooting. 5-Axis Image Stabilization Minimizes Shake In-body image stabilization (IBIS) has been a calling card of Sony’s mirrorless cameras for years. The a7C incorporates 5-axis IBIS so you can shoot stills and video handheld with minimal shake affecting your images. This also allows you to shoot at slower shutter speeds so you can work in low-light environments or explore creative scenarios that would not otherwise be possible. Advanced Hybrid Autofocus Keeps up with the Action The a7C benefits from 693 phase-detection and 425 contrast-detection points for reliable and fast autofocusing. Real-time Eye AF maintains focus on your subject’s eyes whether you’re composing a portrait, documenting an event, taking a selfie, or recording a vlog. Sony’s new Animal Eye AF is available for capturing stills of your pets, and the a7C also features Real-Time tracking, which comes in handy when trying to keep pace with moving subjects common in wildlife, sports, and street photography. When shooting stills, the a7C supports up to 10 fps continuous shooting so you can be confident that you will get the shot you want. 4K Video Recording The a7C is an excellent hybrid option for those who need to capture stills and videos using the same camera. It offers UHD 4K recording at up to 30 fps with full pixel readout and 4:2:0 8-bit output, as well as Full HD recording at up to 120 fps for slow-motion playback. S-Log2, S-Log3, and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) support are all available to achieve greater dynamic range and offer more flexibility during post-production. Headphone and microphone jacks are integrated into the body so you can record and monitor audio through the camera, and the a7C features a Multi-Interface Shoe that supports a digital audio interface when used in conjunction with shoe-mounted mics. Also, an HDMI Type-D port can be used in conjunction with an external recorder to gain 4:2:2 8-bit recording up to UHD 4K at 30 fps. Unique Yet Familiar Design The a7C’s design shares its form factor and the layout of many of its controls with Sony’s a6000 line of cameras. Chief among its similarities is the rangefinder-esque positioning of its 2.36m-dot EVF, as well as the general layout of its rear control buttons. Unlike past models, its SD card slot has been moved to the left side of the body alongside USB-C and micro-HDMI ports. And for wireless connectivity, the a7C can connect to your smartphone or computer via high-speed 2.4 or 5GHz Wi-Fi bands. Tethered shooting is also possible via USB for applications that benefit from larger or additional screens. The a7C was designed with today’s generation of content creators in mind. A vari-angle, side-opening 3.0" touchscreen LCD can be flipped out and rotated, making it easy for vloggers to adjust settings and monitor recordings in real time. Further streamlining operation, a top panel record button is easy to access whether you are in front of or behind the camera. The a7C is also compatible with Sony’s Wireless Shooting Grip for even greater control when shooting self-directed content. Complementing the portability of the a7C is its dust- and moisture-resistant design, so you can shoot outside without checking the forecast. A magnesium-alloy chassis further reinforces the build of the camera. Finally, the a7C uses the same NP-FZ100 battery as other recent Sony cameras, lasting up to 740 images or 225 minutes of recording between charges. A Stepping Stone for Sony Photographers The a7C introduces a fourth category within Sony’s full-frame mirrorless a7-series lineup. Joining the video powerhouse a7S III, high resolution a7R IV, and hybrid a7 III, the a7C becomes the compact camera of choice at this format. In terms of features and size, the a7C fits right between Sony’s a6600 and a7 III mirrorless cameras. On one hand, it serves as a step up for APS-C sensor photographers itching to take full advantage of Sony’s FE lenses. On the other hand, it serves as a step down in size for photographers who need an ultra-compact body without sacrificing sensor size.   a7C a7 III a6600 SENSOR 24MP Full-Frame BSI 24MP Full-Frame BSI 24MP APS-C PROCESSOR BIONZ X BIONZ X BIONZ X VIDEO RESOLUTION UHD 4K up to 30p 8-bit, 4:2:0 Internal UHD 4K up to 30p 8-bit, 4:2:0 Internal UHD 4K up to 30p 8-bit, 4:2:0 Internal RECORDING LIMIT None Up to 29 min. None SENSITIVITY ISO 100-51200 (Extended: ISO 50-204800) ISO 100-51200 (Extended: ISO 50-204800) ISO 100-32000 (Extended: ISO 100-102400) AUTOFOCUS 693-Point Fast Hybrid AF Upgraded Real-Time Tracking 693-Point Fast Hybrid AF 425-Point Fast Hybrid AF STABILIZATION 5-Axis In-Body 5-Axis In-Body 5-Axis In-Body VIEWFINDER 2.36m-Dot OLED 0.39"-Type EVF 2.36m-Dot OLED 0.5"-Type EVF 2.36m-Dot OLED 0.39"-Type EVF SCREEN 3.0" Vari-Angle Touchscreen 3.0" Tilting Touchscreen 3.0" 180° Tilting Touchscreen MEDIA 1 x SD (UHS-II) 1 x SD (UHS-II) 1 x SD (UHS-I) 1 x SD (UHS-I) BATTERY NP-FZ100 (740 Images/225 min.) NP-FZ100 (710 Images/210 min.) NP-FZ100 (810 Images/250 min.) DIMENSIONS 4.88 x 2.32 x 2.80" 5.00 x 3.74 x 2.87" 4.72 x 2.32 x 2.64" WEIGHT 1.12 lb 1.44 lb 1.11 lb A Compact Lens for a Compact Camera Accompanying the a7C is Sony’s new FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 Lens, the lightest and most compact FE standard zoom to date, weighing only 5.8 oz. Providing a perfect range for event, portrait, street, and landscape photography, the newest addition to the FE lineup serves as an excellent all-around lens for everyday carry. Its retracting design also increases its portability when not in use. Optically, this new lens incorporates three aspherical elements for superior sharpness and accurate rendering. A linear AF motor provides fast and silent autofocusing, making it well equipped for still and video applications, and a minimum focusing distance range of 11.8-17.7" (depending on focal length) is perfect for capturing selfies and close-ups without strain. Finally, like the a7C, it features a dust- and moisture-resistant design for safe use outdoors. Also, beyond the kit lens, Sony has recently introduced the LA-EA5 A-Mount to E-Mount Adapter, which is its most capable adapter, helping to bring Sony A-mount shooters over to the sleek E-mount mirrorless system. This adapter expands the usable number of lenses for mirrorless users without compromising on features and compatibility. Powerful, Pocketable Flash Finally, Sony has also announced the HVL-F28RM External Flash, an extremely compact and portable light perfect for pairing with the a7C. The new flash incorporates wireless radio control so you can work with it atop your camera or incorporate it into your existing Sony flash system to add an extra splash of light wherever you may need it. This flash has a guide number of about 92' and, going along with the common theme of today’s announcement, a more compact form factor than Sony’s HVL-F32M and HVL-F45M flashes. The Bottom Line If you have been thinking about stepping up to a full-frame camera but are concerned about bulky bodies and heavy lenses, the a7C may be just the camera you’ve been waiting for. If you already shoot full frame but have yet to find a camera body small enough for everyday carry, the a7C could fill this gap in your collection. Finally, if weight and size are limiting factors and your practice requires image stabilization, the a7C cannot be matched. How would you use Sony’s latest mirrorless camera? Share your thoughts in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 11/07/19
Announcing the Leica SL2, the sequel to the Leica SL. This sturdy, full-metal camera has DCI 4K, 5K, a 47.3 CMOS sensor, and uses Leica Maestro III processor. Doug here at B&H breaks down the newest features on the Leica SL2. Learn more about the Leica SL2 Click Here
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Posted 11/05/19
Introducing the Canon EOS Ra, built for astrophotographers! This full-frame mirrorless camera was made for photographing the stars and other celestial bodies, with features like 4K video and 4K time lapse, 30x magnification, silent shutter, long battery life, and more! Learn more about the Canon EOS Ra click here
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Posted 09/27/19
We took the Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera Filmmaker Kit  out on a night shoot to test the camera's low-light capabilities. By combining the Z6 with the Atomos Ninja V, this kit gives you added options such as N-Log, 10 bit 4:2:2 color and UHD 4K recording. What do you think of the results? Let us know in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 08/28/19
Sony just announced the a6600, its new high-end APS-C mirrorless camera. Effectively the new flagship of Sony's APS-C format camera offerings, the a6600 sets a new benchmark for usability and feature set. It not only gains the best-in-class autofocus of other recently released models, such as the a6400 and a7R IV, but also improves image quality made possible by a 1.8x jump in processing over its predecessor. We look at these, as well as other notable features of this camera, in this quick First Look video. Let us know what you think of the latest from Sony in the Comments section, below! Read more about the Sony a6600.  
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Posted 07/25/19
The Sony RX100 VII Digital Camera was just announced, and we brought it to Chelsea Piers Golf Club to test it. The RX100VII offers a9-level speed with a 20-f-p-s burst mode with no blackout, eye-AF in both stills and movie mode, a 24-200mm f/2.8-f/4.5 zoom lens, and 4k HDR video, making it ideal for creatives of all kinds. The par-formance of the Sony RX100VII is a hole-in-one for pocket-sized cameras! Click here for more useful photography videos on BandH.com.
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Posted 05/23/19
After flying to Tokyo, Japan, for FUJIKINA 2019, Bobby Sansivero was lucky enough to get a quick, early look at the just-announced GFX 100 Medium-Format Camera. Joined by FUJIFILM representative Justin Stailey, this video provides an outstanding look at all the new features and functions in this groundbreaking camera. Among the highlights are 102MP BSI CMOS sensor, in-body image stabilization, and full-width 4K video. Product Highlights: 102MP 43.8 x 32.9mm BSI CMOS Medium-Format Sensor Full-Width DCI 4K Video at 30 fps 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization Advanced 3.76m-Point Phase-Detect AF System 16-Bit Raw Photo Output Read more in our announcement, and stay tuned to B&H for more news and a coming review of the GFX 100. Add to Cart
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Posted 03/07/19
Wedding photographer JB Salle shares some tips regarding off-camera lighting and how to use strobes effectively. He discusses lighting techniques that mimic the sun when there isn't enough natural light, as well as how to use a reflector to separate the subject from the backdrop. There are a lot of useful nuggets of information in this video, so watch this video! For even more, come back and peruse our comprehensive video library.
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