“Vendors need to make 2012 the Year of the Connected Camera” says market research firm InfoTrends. One step along the road to built-in radio control of lights?
PC flash connectors are much maligned. Some manufacturers have got rid of them in favour of audio jacks. But DSLRkit, a Chinese maker of budget flash triggers, have taken a different path.
At the Focus On Imaging 2012 trade show, Pixel Enterprise release the King TTL trigger for Nikon while PocketWizard talk about the Plus III and their rivals. Flaghead bring out a trigger for wildlife photography.
Cheap fakes of Western and Japanese brand electronics are commonplace. Apple iPad and iPhone clones are rife. But what happens when an already cheap Chinese device gets knocked-off by another Chinese company?
Does CononMark’s new 3G Wireless studio lighting system demonstrate that Chinese manufacturers are finally starting to “show a little respect for their long-term customer”?
So we are almost in the second month of 2012 and there are things we would love to see. Head inside to read what in our opinion there should and shouldn’t be in the lighting industry of 2012.
The Pixel King for Nikon will be ready in March 2012 and sold in Europe. Jinbei are also to announce several new products this year including triggers, a battery inverter and a flash.
There are a lot of affordable monolight options out there, but if, like many photographers, you also want wireless remote control of your flash, the cost ramps up quickly. We evaluate the £170 Hobo Merlin 300Ws remote-controllable studio flash.
Earlier this year we asked our readers what they think future flashguns should be like. Eight months and 264 votes later, the results are in.
Three different wireless flash triggers, all with pass-through TTL hotshoes and wireless flash grouping. Which one is right for you?
At the Interphoto trade show in Shanghai, new products and developments are presented and discussed by Aputure, CononMark, Jinbei, MeiKe, Phottix, Pixel, Yongnuo and other manufacturers.
What features do you most want to see in the next generation of off-camera speedlights? Let us know in our online poll.