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April 4th, 2013

Multiblitz Releases PRO X Continuous Lighting System

Multiblitz Pro-X Light

Multiblitz Pro-X Light

Multiblitz has announced the release of a line of tungsten lights, the Pro X continuous lighting system. With a 1000w halogen bulb,  dimensions of 4.3 x 5.3 x 3.8 in (W x L x H) and weighing only 2.6 lbs, Multiblitz unsurprisingly claims that the Pro X light is “the most compact, lightweight and yet powerful halogen light available today.” They claim 75 hours of life for the 1000W fan-cooled bulb delivering light at 3200K. The standard array of reflectors, rotating barn doors, and umbrellas are available. More interesting, however, are the two sizes (24” x 24” and 24” x 32”) of heat-resistant soft boxes that Multiblitz has exclusively developed.

For still photographers who turn to continuous tungsten lights for their unique look, along with millions more who are now using DSLRs to shoot video requiring professional lighting, it is nice to see a company coming out with a new lighting system aimed squarely at those users.

The PRO X will be sold as a lighting kit with two PRO X units, two light stands and two 4-flap barn doors in a padded soft case. It will be exclusively available in the US at the Multiblitz USA online store multiblitzusa.com starting on April 15, 2013 and is priced at: $849 (US), shipping included.

March 25th, 2013

Google Deeply Cuts Price for Nik Plug-in Suite

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Nik’s Silver EFEX plug-in is part of the newly priced bundle.

Perhaps making up for the controversy it created when it discontinued the Snapseed Desktop app, Google today announced a significant price cut for the Nik plug-in suite. The Nik plug-ins have long been popular with photographers looking to expand the power of Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom. Previously these plug-ins were in the $100-200 range with full six plug-in suites running $300 for Aperture/Lightroom and $500 for Photoshop/Elements.

However, today’s announcement reduces that price to $130 for the “Nik Collection by Google” and includes the Color Efex Pro 4, Dfine 2, HDR Efex Pro 2, Sharpener Pro 3, Silver Efex Pro 2 and Viveza 2 plugins. Perhaps even more exciting is the fact that, according to the announcement, if you have bought any of the Nik plug-ins in the past, Google will be contacting you and offering you the ability to upgrade to the entire suite for free. If you have never tried the Nik plug-ins, you can visit niksoftware.com for a 15-day free trial of the Collection.

See the Nik Plug-in announcement on Google+ here.