Paul Buff does politics, + lighting links

Paul C. Buff Inc. to refuse sales to Californian government agencies, while giving a 5% discount to Arizona residents; Einstein 640 and Yongnuo YN-468 reviewed; PocketWizard promotion extended.

Paul Buff has announced some controversial business decisions.

Effective immediately, Paul C. Buff, Inc. will refuse any sales to any governmental agency within the State of California. When a state chooses to boycott the residents and businesses of another sovereign state, I believe it is my responsibility as a business leader to help stimulate a measured response on behalf of those damaged as a result.

To Arizona residents: As a small token of support for any damages caused your state and residents by politicians in your neighboring state, I have placed a program in effect, effective immediately and for an undetermined duration, for any new orders from Arizona, that provides an additional 5% discount on any purchase from Paul C. Buff, Inc. Our customer service staff should automatically pick this up, whether you do business by phone or by shopping cart. If not, do not hesitate to mention the discount to our staff. I realize this is only a token of support, but perhaps it will encourage other businesses to take similar steps.

Read the full post.

A detailed review of the Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 has been published on ModelMayhem. It is in three parts: Part I – technical aspects, Part II – flash duration, Part III – controls.

USA customers can try out the PocketWizard ControlTL system (MiniTT1 and FlexTT5) for one month, until the end of July this year.

PocketWizard’s US Distributor, MAC Group, is extending the 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee to July 31, 2010 to give consumers an opportunity to experience PocketWizard Wireless TTL Freedom to their complete satisfaction or return them – no questions asked. Read the full release.

Speedlights.net has reviewed the Canon E-TTL functions of the Yongnuo YN-468.

This is the 2nd part of the Yongnuo YN-468 accessory flash review. Part one – the strobist review of the YN-468 – looked at the manual mode and its usability for wireless flash photography with radio triggers. Here now in part 2 we have a close look at the Yongnuo’s behavior on a digital TTL camera. For these tests a Canon 40D with 24-105mm lens was used.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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