March 2nd, 2015

The New Gear from WPPI 2015

 

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The WPPI Show kicked off this week in Las Vegas with a few new products. You can follow all the gear news from WPPI here. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:

Nikon D7200

An update to the company’s D7100, the APS-C (DX format) camera boasts a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low pass filter. It will offer a more generous buffer and faster processing than its predecessor, enabling the D7200 to shoot at 6 frames per second for up to 18 14-bit RAW files (up from the D7100′s six), 27 12-bit RAW images or 100 JPEGs. Drop the camera into 1.3x crop mode and you can bump continuous shooting up to 7 fps.

You’ll enjoy a native ISO range of 100 to 25,600 with an option to expand beyond this range to 51,200 and 102,400 when shooting in black-and-white.

The D7200 also sports a 51-point autofocus system that uses Nikon’s new Advanced Multi-CAM 3500II DX high-density system to keep your subjects in focus. There are 15 cross-type sensors to pin down moving subjects, with a center point that works down to f/8. Shutter speeds range from 1/8,000 sec. to 30 sec. with a bulb mode available for longer exposures. The shutter is rated for up to 150,000 cycles.

In a first for Nikon, the D7200 has both Wi-Fi and NFC so you can quickly pair the camera with mobile devices to share images and remotely control the camera.

Nikon’s Picture Control settings are now available in live view mode and can now be previewed in real-time on the camera’s 3.2-inch display. There are a pair of SD card slots and you’ll enjoy 1,110 shots per charge from the camera’s battery, according to CIPA standards.

On the video front, the D7200 records 1080p video at up to 30 fps or up to 60 fps when in 1.3x crop mode. You’ll have Auto ISO sensitivity in manual mode for the first time to control exposure transitions without altering shutter speed or aperture. There are also zebra stripes to alert you to over-exposed highlights during video recording.

The D7200 ships in April and is available for pre-order now for $1,200 (body) or $1,700 (with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens).

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Profoto B2

Profoto hit WPPI 2015 with a brand new flash, the B2, doubling down on the promise of greater mobility first introduced in the B1 but in a smaller, battery-powered device that can be used on or off camera.

Like the B1, the B2 features TTL metering for Nikon and Canon cameras via Profoto’s Air Remote. Unlike the B1, the B2 requires an external battery pack, a design concession that makes the head small enough to be used as an on-camera flash—like a speed light on steroids.

This 250W/s flash offers a recycle time of 1.35 seconds when shooting at full power or as quick as .03 seconds at the lowest power setting. Flash output is adjustable over a range of nine f-stops in 1/10th f-stop increments with flash durations as short as 1/15,000 sec. High-speed sync is also available up to 1/8000 sec. There’s a 9W LED modeling light, which is equivalent to a 50W halogen source, on the flash head as well.

The B2 will be sold in two main configurations. A B2-To-Go Kit will bundle the flash, battery, charger, a location bag and carrying bag for $2,195. A B2 Location Kit features all of the above, plus an extra flash head and battery for $2,995. The Air Remote is sold separately for $395.

Indra360

Phottix Indra360 TTL

The Indra360 delivers 360 w/s of power with built-in TTL triggering for Canon and Nikon cameras. It also offers manual and strobo modes, second curtain sync and high speed sync up to 1/8000 sec. shutter speeds.

You can adjust the Indra360′s power over 8 stops from 1/128 to full in 1/3 increments. Wireless control is available using the company’s Odin or Mitros+ systems. You can also trigger the flash in manual mode using the Strato II transmitter.

The flash will use a smaller Li-ion battery than the one introduced with the Indra550. The new battery is good for up to 300 flashes at full power and has an LED readout of the power level. It only has one outlet but if you opt for the original Indra battery pack, you can power two Indra360s at once.

The Indra360 TTL is due in April for $880 for a single light and battery kit.

November 5th, 2013

Profoto Announces Powerful but Portable B1, a Battery-Powered, Cordless Flash with TTL Functionality

Profoto-B1Profoto has just unveiled a very interesting new concept in portable lighting: a powerful, battery powered flash with TTL functionality.  Called the B1, the folks from Profoto described it to me as an “off-camera flash,” during an NDA meeting I had on the new product at PhotoPlus Expo. But that description doesn’t quite sum the B1 up, since it’s not a speedlight nor a monolight, but a new lighting product that combines some of the attributes of the two.

Along with its cordless portability, the B1 gives you TTL control thanks to a patent-pending invention from Profoto designed to integrate the flash with your camera. It works by attaching Profoto’s Air Remote TTL-C to the hotshoe of your camera. When you photograph your subject, the B1 will automatically adjust the blast of light to optimize exposure. If you want more control, you can switch to full manual control with the press of a button on the B1.

Read more of this Profoto B1 news story and see another image of the product here.

October 3rd, 2013

Profoto Introduces Collapsible Light Reflectors

ProfotoProfoto-Reflectors has introduced a series of collapsible light reflectors, which come in 32-inch and 47-inch sizes. The design of the light reflectors is intended to make them easy to carry and use on location. “Squircle” shaped (shaped like a squarish circle, or like a square with rounded corners, in other words), the reflectors have integrated handles that make them easier to hold, fold and, perhaps more importantly, easier to collapse. Both sizes are available in silver/white, sun silver/white, gold/white, black/white and translucent models.

The Profoto collapsible reflectors are available now and priced at $79 for the 32-inch versions and $119 for the 47-inch versions.

 

October 3rd, 2013

New Profoto Speedlight Ring Expands Use of RFi Softboxes

RFi-Speedlight-Speedring-with-speedlightsProfoto just announced a new Speedring adapter, which allows photographers to use any brand of speedlight with the entire line of RFi softboxes. The RFi Speedlight Speedring features dual brackets to attach two speed lights, if needed, for use with larger softboxes, providing extra illumination or faster recycling time. For more precise and creative lighting, the new adapter provides several adjustment options. Speedlights can be angled, adjusted vertically and, to obtain the optimal light-to-subject distance, moved forward. Even when using speedlights, softboxes can still be tilted and rotated 360 degrees.

Mounting positions are color-coded to match those of RFi softbox rods, making it easy to figure out what goes where with each different type of light modifier. The Speedring comes with additional hotshoe mounts so users can attach Profoto Air units or any radio sync, regardless of brand.

The RFi Speedlight Speedring is available now for $175, including the bracket and 4 hotshoe mounts.

June 17th, 2013

Phase One and Profoto Announce Lighting Control Integration For Capture One Software

Profoto_CaptureOne_light-control_675pxPhase One and Profoto today announced that their collaboration has produced a new integration between Profoto’s studio lights and Phase One’s Capture One software. Now photographers can link their Profoto studio light to the aperture or ISO settings of their DSLR or medium-format camera system. While shooting tethered in Capture One Pro, any changes to the aperture on the camera will cause the light intensity of the studio light to automatically compensate an equivalent f-stop. For example, if the photographer switches from f/8 to f/5.6, the light will drop one f-stop, so that the image is not overexposed.

The solution lets photographers define which groups of lights should be included in the linking, making it a flexible work tool.

“Capture One Pro was designed to satisfy the needs of professional photographers,” said Henrik O. Håkonsson, CEO & President, Phase One. “Our collaboration with Profoto and the success of our capture and lighting integrations offer unprecedented lighting control during capture. This solution is especially great for portrait photographers who want to vary their depth of field; they can just turn the aperture dial and the light intensity will follow to ensure the right exposure.”

Capture One software is available from Phase One at http://www.phaseone.com/software. The Profoto Studio plugin download is available at http://www.profoto.com/capture-one.