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Available 1 May 2009, more after the jump.

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Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter on My Sony A900

Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter on My Sony A900

Elinchrom Skyport Receiver

Elinchrom Skyport Receiver

Well it took me less than a week to decide on the wireless trigger system for my Sony gears.  Decided on the Elinchrom EL Skyport system and got it yesterday.  Put it on a few range test and the results were more than satisfactory.  Reasons for picking the Skyport  is because it is way cheaper solution than the Pocket Wizard which is not legally sold here in Hong Kong due to some stupid radio frequency/broadcast regulations.  For the universal radio trigger set (1 transmitter and 1 receiver), it cost less than HK$1,400 (US$180).  Got myself couple extra receivers for HK$790 (US$101); great bargain.  Way better than the PT-04 from Shamshuipo.

In order for the Skyport to work on the Sony system, a cable is needed and so far I only found these from FlashZebra.  It’s the Sony/Minolta proprietary hotshoe to Skyport and it also work with Pocket Wizard and Cybersync.  The price at US$46.50 is a bit steep but the construction is awesome.  Too bad I’m not good at DIY or else I’ll make myself couple.

Sony/Minolta Proprietary Hotshoe to Elinchrom Skyport

Sony/Minolta Proprietary Hotshoe to Elinchrom Skyport

The Hotshoe to Elinchrom Skyport Itself

The Hotshoe to Elinchrom Skyport Cable Itself

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[Updated: 30 March 2009] For a more complete review on the Strobist Lighting Seminar DVD, check out this post from Lighting Mods.

[15 March 2009] Just received the Strobist Lighting Seminar DVD package from Strobist via UPS yesterday.  8 DVDs altogether.  Just finished disc 1 and half way through disc 2.  Will update more when I’m done.

In the package –

  • Disc 1 – Lighting Gear for Beginners (Excellent coverage from cameras, flashes, to DIY snoots and umbrellas.  Very informative).
  • Disc 2 – Morning Session Part 1
  • Disc 3 – Morning Session Part 2
  • Disc 4 – Afternoon Session Part 1
  • Disc 5 – Afternoon Session Part 2
  • Disc 6 – Bonus Material – Conference Room Headshot, Swimsuit Portrait, Kendo Practitioner, Pool Portrait
  • Disc 7 – Bonus Material – Lighting Indoor Basketball, Mountain Bike Shoot
  • Disc 8 – Bonus Material – Group Shot, DIY Macro Box, Sunset Sunflower

Source – Lighting Mods

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 25 March 2009: Canon announces the new 15.1MP EOS 500D which offers photographers an outstanding combination of features. Following the launch of the first Canon EOS camera to shoot movies – the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008 – Canon now brings Full High Definition (HD) video capability to consumers in a compact and lightweight DSLR.

The new EOS 500D features a 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor – ideal for large detailed prints or enormous cropping possibilities. For shooting in near-dark conditions, the EOS 500D offers a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200 which is expandable to 12800, giving photographers the power to shoot in the dimmest light conditions. Outstanding noise reduction is made possible by Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor.

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Front view with my Sony A900

Front view with my Sony A900

Side view

Side view

Top view

Top view

Got this lens for two weeks now and been out shooting a bit the past two weekends.  Initial feeling towards the lens – great F/2.8 lens at this range, not a fast lens, great for portrait but okay with sports.  Tamron Hong Kong now offering firmware upgrade to the lens but they can only do so by sending the lens back to Japan and it will take up to four weeks in doing so.  Reviews on the firmware upgrade from the local forums indicated that the lens focus a lot faster and more quiet.  Think I’m going to check it out after my two trips next month.

Will post up some pics I took with the lens later this week.  So far I can say, for a third of the money in getting the G lens from Sony, I’m happy with this Tamron.

Image from Photography Bay

Image from Photography Bay

According to Photography Bay and MacNN, a possible upgrade to the Canon 450D might pop up next week at one of the Canon event.  Rumored specifications includes –

  • 15-megapixel sensor with a DIGIC IV processor;
  • supporting ISO levels up to 12800;
  • LCD with 900K resolution; and
  • 1080p video recording???

Guess we’ll wait and find out.

Source – MacNN, Photography Bay

a900bookThe Complete Guide for Sony A900 by Gary Friedman is finally out. For US$29.95, you’ll get this really comprehensive ebook guide on the Sony A900. I bought this one and the previous one on the A700 and I find it really informative. In the A900 guide, Gary covers also the updated Sony wireless flash protocol. For those who had probelms in setting up the new Sony flashes on wireless, this is a must read section. Below is the write-up features on the guide –

“Gary Friedman’s comprehensive guide to Sony’s full-frame Alpha 900 DSLR presents a detailed description of each function, menu item, and button on the camera, plus has in-depth descriptions and examples of each feature.

Also included in this 525-page compendium are dedicated chapters on Dynamic Range Optimization, Sony’s new Wireless flash protocol, new features unique to the A900, and how to get great-quality high-ISO images out of the camera.

Get the most out of your investment! Gary’s books are renown for their clear writing style and their ability to convey complex ideas in understandable ways.

This ebook is being sold as a full-color, instantly-downloadable .pdf file (about 20 MB in size).”

For more info, go to this link.

Updated: 25 February 2009

US$199 for the MiniTT1, US$219 for the FlexTT5

[19 February 2009]
According to Pocket Wizard’s website, the Canon version will be released 1 March 2009 and the Nikon version in quarter 2.  No news on Sony version for the time being, major bummer.

Source – pocketwizardvids

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Was out on an off-camera flash shooting session couple weeks ago and saw this piece of gear from one of the guys.  It’s the Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional which is great for viewing pics out in daylight where it’s hard to view much off the LCD screen.  Spent a week shopping for it in town but no luck. End up odering it from HedlerUSA for US$76.99 plus US$29.25 for shipping.  The version I got is the 3.0 specifically for 3-inch LCD screen.

Wow, seems like a busy week for firmware upgrades.  Click the following download link for more information.

Canon EOS 40D v.1.1.1 Firmware Update

Nikon D700 v.1.01 Firmware Upgrade

Nikon D3 v.2.01 Firmware Upgrade

Source – DPReview