Timelapse+ is a feature rich intervalometer that provides photographers various ways of triggering DSLR cameras for timelapse photography. The device is currently a Kickstart project. The following is a video demo of the features. Read More…

Posted in Accessories on January 5th, 2012. No Comments.

Photography is an expensive hobby, especially if you want to get serious about it. A DSLR camera isn’t cheap but building up the accessaries can be a lot more expensive. One good example is the tripod and associated mounting hardwares.

A solid aluminum tripo can be found for around $100. A sturdy and light carbon fiber tripod is typically more expensive but $200 can buy you one. The next item you need is a tripod head. This makes adjusting composition a lot easier. The most polular choice is perhaps the ball head. A good ball head can easily cost more than the tripod it is attached to. Read More…

Posted in Accessories, Photography Gadgets on June 28th, 2011. No Comments.

The long promised RPCube is finally available for purchase on RadioPopper’s online store for $29.95, according to an announcement in a blog post on RadioPopper website.

With this little “cube”, users of RadioPopper JrX Studio receivers can remotely control the power levels of their Canon/Nikon-compatible flashes by turning the dials on the JrX Transmitter or pushing buttons on PX transmitter. Upto 3 groups of flashes can be controlled. Read More…

Posted in Accessories, Photography Gadgets on May 3rd, 2010. No Comments.

On the paper, the Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) rechargeable battery is great for shoe mount flashes: Higher voltage and lower internal resistance than most NiMH rechargeable batteries, which translates into faster recycling times for flashes. How much faster? According to this document, it can be 50% faster!

Is that all good? It is definitely not if the voltage is high enough to fry the circuit of your flash. It certainly happened. Here are just a few examples:

Here is an informative comparison between PowerGenix NiZn vs. Sanyo Eneloop NiMH.

The bottom line: if you need faster recycle times and are not afraid of frying your flashes, NiZn rechargeable batteries are certainly able to provide the thrill. Other than that, NiZn rechargeable batteries don’t seem to be good for anything else. You should be prepared to pay more for a NiZn-compatible charger and reduced cycle life.

For more discussions of using NiZn rechargeable batteries in flashes, read those Strobist discussions threads on Flickr.

Posted in Accessories on April 12th, 2010. 1 Comment.

Yongnuo is a well known Chinese brand for photography accessories in the photography community. They have products ranging from simple cords to power packs, wireless shutter releases, flash triggers, and shoe mount flashes.

Yongnuo’s current flash products include simple manual-mode-only YN-460 (available for ~$40 on ebay) and the Canon E-TTL or Nikon iTTL compatible YN-465 and YN-467. Now there is a all new YN-468 for Canon appearing on Yongnuo’s website. Unlike earlier models, YN-468 features a LCD panel on the backside of the flash and appears to have a new Multi Flash (RPT flash or stroboscopic flash) mode. It is said to be available around end of April. It is uncertain when the Nikon version will be available.

Another option for low cost Canon or Nikon TTL compatible flashes is Nissin Digital, based in Japan. Nissin flashes are available at Amazon and other well known photography vendors such as Adorama and B&H.

Posted in Accessories, Photography Gadgets on April 4th, 2010. 2 Comments.

Running coaxial PC cable between PC sync ports is a common way of  synchronizing flash with the shutter curtain of a camera. However more and more cameras and flashes come without PC sync port. The PC sync port now appears to be a legacy thing left for only the high end cameras. D200 and D300 have it but D40, D60, D80, and D90 do not.

The PC sync port can be very useful for some special cases. For example, this Nikon shooter wanted to use an iTTL flash on camera while still being able to fire his radio slaves.

This can certainly be done. I have talked about it in my earlier post titled Mixing Flash Modes. What he need is a hot shoe adapter that has all the required electrical connections to pass through the signals while adding a PC sync port. If you don’t need to maintain iTTL functionality, this device should work. Otherwise you need something just a few wires more sophisticated. The following is what I found for a little over $12 from eBay. Read More…

Posted in Accessories on January 9th, 2010. 9 Comments.

Eye-Fi announced the next generation Wi-Fi enabled SD memory card at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. The new class-6 card has 8GB memory and  is capable of 802.11n Wi-Fi connection. One interesting new feature is the so-called Endless Memory Mode, which automatically deletes photos and videos as they’re uploaded. Basically it means you have virtually unlimited storage if you have a wireless connection. It also comes with a new Eye-Fi Center software for viewing and sharing management. The new card is bundked with unlimited geotagging.

The great features of the “Pro” line of Eye-Fi cards are: 1) RAW format support, 2) Ad-hoc networking support so you can wirelessly transfer photos and videos to your laptop computer directly without a Wi-Fi access point. You can even setup auto slideshow using Adobe Lightroom2.

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Posted in Accessories, News, Photography Gadgets on January 5th, 2010. No Comments.

If you are looking for a geotagging solution for Nikon DSLR cameras, there are the Nikon GP-1 and many other third party options (low cost options). Most of the units I have talked about are direct tagging units, which are capable of directly writing (via camera) the GPS location information (latitude, longitude, altitude, and UTC time) in the photos. Another types of geotagging devices are also available that are basically GPS loggers that log the movements of the camera at a fixed time interval. The location information needs to be synced to the photos later using geotagging software on desktop computers. It adds some extra work and it is not as accurate because the unit may not be logging a location when a photo is taken. But it can log locations (waypoints) when the user is not taking photos. So it does something more than just geotagging.

If you are not happy about the limitations of existing geotagging GPS devices, a new start-up company in China called Shenzhen Easytag Technology Co. has developed a device called Easytagger that can do both direct photo tagging and track logging for about the same price as the Nikon GP-1. Read More…

Posted in Accessories, Photography Gadgets on December 7th, 2009. 12 Comments.
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