Lighting vapourware update

An update on the latest developments and releases from Aputure, Elemental, Godox, Phottix and Yongnuo.

Aputure Trigmaster Plus transceiver
Picture by Aputure

The Aputure Trigmaster Plus transceiver triggers, which were meant to be released this month, have now been pushed back to mid-April, price unknown. The more conventional RF-602-style Trigmaster triggers will also be released at this time, with a RRP of SG$59 (about US$42) for a transmitter/receiver set. (Source)

Godox‘s zooming, slaving, “idiot light”-equipped strobist flash, the Sunpix SP46, is now in production. Unlike some other manufacturers, they don’t have an eBay outlet for international customers. Instead you can order the flash directly from their partner, Brilliant Photo Group Ltd., for US$73 all in, branded as the “Brilliant DG-40“. They accept Paypal. Contact them directly here.

Elemental FUGL-E
Picture by Elemental

Elemental (UK) have some new studio lights in the works. The aptly-named FUGL-E entry-level lighting system will come out in April, and another system is planned for May. Further details will be revealed closer to release.

Phottix‘s Foton UB-88 strobist flash and Atlas 2.4GHz transceiver trigger were slated for March, and the Strato 2.4GHz trigger with TTL pass-through scheduled for April. Web domains have been registered for each of the products at phottix-strato.com, phottix-atlas.com and phottix-foton.com. The Phottix-Strato site is already up and running. Check the Phottix Journal for the latest information.

Yongnuo YN-468 on hkyongnuo.com
Banner from hkyongnuo.com

Yongnuo has announced several new products to be released “about April”. The YN-467 for Nikon will be released, with similar features to the existing Canon version (autozoom, TTL, manual, slave). The new YN-468 will come out in April/May in both Canon and Nikon versions (Canon likely to be released first). Features are believed to include an LCD panel, autozoom, TTL, stroboscopic mode and more (see the LCD panel). Another product up their sleeve is the YN-LV, a wired live view remote.

David Selby
Based in West Midlands, UK, David Selby is editor-in-chief of Lighting Rumours.
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  • J.H. Cheng

    I’ve seen these Elemental ‘FUGL-E ‘ flash heads before, I was offered them in Hong Kong for 26 US$ with a different name on them. I looked at them but theres just the one capacitor inside so the color temp and the flash power is all over the place. All the stuff they sell is from the same type of backstreet maker

    • You were not offered THESE lights in Hong Kong. These are an OEM product that we are supplying to the UK market, but as with all of our OEM products, we put our own stamp on them. The electronics have been re-engineered so that it supports 6 capacitors which produce consistent light temperatures of 5600K +/- 100K. We have also changed the modeling bulb mount to support the universal JD E14 screw thread, lowered the recycle time, changed all of the switches and replaced the flash tube with the Harman equivelent.

      What you have seen before is a typical chinese rip off of someone else’s hardwork and Registered Patent. If you would please forward the details to us at Elemental, it would be gratefully received.

      If you would like to see an image of the internal workings, or if the publishers of this website want to add it to this page, please get in touch and we will gladly provide.

      Daniel Lenihan
      Managing Director, The Elemental Group

  • J.H. Cheng

    Sorry, I must have got that wrong, or are you just playing games again?

    ‘Your’ Fugle is actually made by someone called Changzhou film appliance co ltd in China and is exactly the same as the one you sell except thta you have stuck your own name on it. If it is just a ripoff of your own product WHY HAVE YOU USED THEIR PHOTO ON YOUR WEBSITE? It is exactly the same photo that the real makers use in their magazine adverts, so why not be honest about the stuff you put your name on?

  • Perhaps you didn’t read my comment properly – allow me to elaborate:

    “You were not offered THESE lights in Hong Kong.” This is a fact. What you were offered is another light in the same casing.

    “These are an OEM product that we are supplying to the UK market, but as with all of our OEM products, we put our own stamp on them.”

    OEM means that we do not make the product, but we rebadge it for the UK. I have been quite forthright and clear about this.

    “The electronics have been re-engineered so that it supports 6 capacitors which produce consistent light temperatures of 5600K +/- 100K. We have also changed the modeling bulb mount to support the universal JD E14 screw thread, lowered the recycle time, changed all of the switches and replaced the flash tube with the Harman equivelent.”

    You are welcome to visit our offices, see the engineering schematics, take a look inside the casing where you will see a very different light to the one you describe. I have also offered for you to email us and we will gladly send you photographs of the electronics. By your own admission you saw a similar light with a single capacitor inside – very different from the six capacitors that we use inside it. It’s really not difficult to prove – I certainly would not comment on a public forum/website unless I could prove this.

    “What you have seen before is a typical chinese rip off of someone else’s hardwork and Registered Patent. If you would please forward the details to us at Elemental, it would be gratefully received.”

    If you have seen the original product, and not a rip-off, then I stand corrected, but it bears no resemblance other than the casing to the product we provide.

    Your comments:

    “‘Your’ Fugle is actually made by someone called Changzhou film appliance co ltd in China and is exactly the same as the one you sell except that you have stuck your own name on it.”

    No, it’s not exactly the same, but YES, we have stuck our own name on it.

    “If it is just a ripoff of your own product WHY HAVE YOU USED THEIR PHOTO ON YOUR WEBSITE?”

    It is not a rip off of our product. Please read again. We used their photo because it suited our purposes prior to the product launch. You’ll see several other photos which are clearly ours.

    “why not be honest about the stuff you put your name on?”

    I cannot be any more honest or candid that I have. You have been invited to see the products here, or email us asking for the relevant photographs and schematics.

    Daniel Lenihan
    Managing Director, The Elemental Group